March 24th, 2015 | Julia Braime
And so we come to the final scene of our Oscars inspiration posts where we translate enviable red carpet looks flaunted by stars of the silver screen into fabulous ideas for fashion forward brides.
In the limelight before the closing credits roll today is Australian beauty margot robbie. At just 24-years-old the actress is fairly new to the A-list celeb scene after her risqué role in the hugely popular Wolf of Wall Street shot her to fame in 2013. But what this lady lacks in experience she certainly makes up for in confidence as she worked the red carpet equally well, if not better than, actresses who have strutted their stuff outside the Dolby many times before.
And though not nominated for an award at this year’s event, Robbie still managed to be one of the most talked about stars as she stepped out in an attention-grabbing gown sporting a new edgy hair do.
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Covering up more so than when she starred alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot opted for a simple yet stunning floor-length Saint Laurent gown with long, sheer sleeves.
But with such a gorgeous figure it would be criminal to keep Ms Robbie completely under-wraps and so she exposes just the right amount of flesh with a plunging V-neckline. The overall result is modern elegance, and an easy look for brides-to-be to steal.
Sleek slim line red-carpet style dresses have ruled the bridal catwalks for numerous seasons now giving ladies the opportunity to wear a dress that shadows rather than hides their figure. Long sleeves have also gradually crept onto the bridal scene with cuffed bell shapes like Margot’s offering a breezy boho look.
Slinky silhouettes such as this also tend to lend themselves well to the vintage scene, with full silk designs offering full on Hollywood glamour from a past era.
Sheer rather than matt sleeves also helps to add further interest to a gown, whether left plain or detailed in lace appliques or embellishment.
Another modern addition to Margot’s outfit is her statement Van Cleef & Arpels necklace. More and more what’s happening in the fashion world is spilling over into bridal wear with stand-out necklaces being a recent example. Such an accessory can be a great idea for brides who have picked out strapless or plunging dresses to cover a blank space, if you will. The rules, which Margot has followed perfectly, are simple: if choosing a statement necklace keep all other accessories simple, and so there’s no need for chandelier earrings or a highly-detailed headpiece too.
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Margot is rocking the hair style of the moment – the ‘lob’ (that’s a long bob to those not yet in the know).
She follows a long line of celebrities that are ditching their trademark long flowing locks I favour of blunt cut shoulder-length dos. The style is incredibly versatile and suits most hair types and face shapes meaning the majority of ladies can wear it well, though there are a few exceptions that perhaps shouldn’t have joined the ‘short hair don’t care’ camp (ahem, Kim Kardshian)
In light of this new trend, we expect to (and would love to) see more brides sporting a lob, or bob, on their wedding day. Many ladies feel the need to grow their hair once an engagement ring is placed on their finger, but for a more modern look we say keep it cropped.
Brides can choose whether to keep it sleek and straight like Margot or add more texture with a wavy or curly do.
Those already adopting this look for their big day tend to keep their accessories fairly simple with most opting for floral headbands and hair pins, though floral crowns also look cute on bobbed brides.
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Ms Robbie’s effortless look is finished with barely-there makeup, apart from a vibrant hit of colour on the lips – again an easy one for our copy-cat brides to consider.
A perfect base is achieved through concealer, foundation and highlighter – no blushing brides here. Eyelids are also left bare though definition is added in this area with a touch of liner, lashings of mascara and a filler pencil for bold brows.
On the lips Margot has gone for a more youthful look with an orange/red matt lipstick rather than a classic deeper hue usually favoured by ladies on the red carpet.
This is a particularly good look for brides-to-be that don’t like an over-made up appearance and instead want a striking but fresh faced look.
That’s a wrap!
March 5th, 2015 | Rachel Parry
It’s been one red carpet event after the other recently with The Oscars, Elle’s Style Awards and The Brits all taking place in quick succession of each other.
While stylish ladies from both the UK and US have pulled out all the stops at each of the events we think the fabulous females at the Oscars presented the most award-worthy looks.
There didn’t appear to be any total fashion flops (though Lady Gaga’s red leather gloves were a little questionable) or any serious wardrobe malfunctions (unlike at The Brits #nocape) with the majority of ladies working their enviable red carpet styles perfectly.
Though it might be difficult to mirror their exact looks, fashions flaunted by the stars often spill over into the bridal wear scene giving brides-to-be the opportunity to take inspiration from these A-list celebs.
So prepare to take note ladies as we translate of some of the finest Oscar looks paraded outside LA’s Dolby Theatre into fabulous bridal wear options in a series of posts.
It seems only right to start with the most talked about actress of the moment Dakota Johnson, aka Fifty Shades’ Ana Steele.
Moving herself to the opposite end of the colour spectrum from grey, Dakota chose to be a lady in red. Her Saint Laurent column gown features an asymmetrical neckline and high-leg slit, trends we’re already seeing on the bridal catwalks and therefore an easy look for brides to imitate.
Ticking all the Oscar boxes, Dakota’s look is timeless, sexy and sophisticated and features just a touch of sparkle in diamond detailing on the shoulder.
Brides can choose if they would like a dress featuring all three of these features or just one or two areas of detail.
Column and asymmetrical dresses lend themselves to the Grecian look which might be a particularly appealing to those brides saying their ‘I dos’ overseas. Many designs of this type can also be found with touches of sparkling detailing like Dakota’s dress, whether it be similarly placed on the shoulder or perhaps along the waistline or hip.
Alternatively brides might want to do away with the shoulder detailing altogether in favour of a simple, strapless, slim line gown reflecting the lower part of Dakota’s outfit.
Meanwhile those keen to make an impact could take inspiration from the glamourous hue of Dakota’s dress and don red for their big day.
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The sleek ponytail is a timeless and effortless look that works as well on the red carpet and it does on the aisle.
Some brides-to-be get caught up thinking they require a complicated up do or a style they wouldn’t usual go for when it comes to their big day, but Dakota proves you can keep things simple and still look stylish by sporting a classic pony tail.
Brides can keep sweep their locks up straight, or as an alternative style their ponytail into loose romantic waves. Brides with short hair can still work the look by gathering their hair in a low ponytail at the nape of the neck while those with long hair might want to also lower their ponytail and reposition it to the side for a slightly different style.
Those with wispy bangs like Dakota shouldn’t feel the need to grow them out for the big day as we can see that a fringe can frame the face beautifully.
Brides choosing to wear their hair in a ponytail tend to keep their accessories simple, picking out pretty hair combs or tiaras to complete their look.
the make up
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Sticking with a classic and simple look once again, Ms Johnson adds a pop of colour to her flawless porcelain-like face with radiant red lipstick to match her attention-grabbing dress.
In true Cara Delevinge style she makes the brows bold and the eyes soft, sultry and alluring (must be her inner Ana Steele).
For brides this is a glamorous film star look that can easily be carried through from day to night without the need for alterations.
Just like Dakota those going for red lips are advised to keep the rest of their make-up simple as not to look like an over made-up Barbie.
Red lips are a hot trend right now in the beauty world so brides will be spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting a shade. Options vary from brights like poppy and cherry through to medium and darker hues such as scarlet and claret.
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