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New York Fashion Week: Day 5#

This has to have been, for me, one of the most eagerly awaited days of fashion week so far. Jenny Packham, Badgley Mischka, Naeem Khan, Rodarte, and of course, the glorious Oscar de la Renta… some of my absolute favourite lines (yes, I do say that a lot during fashion week, but can you blame me with so much talent before us season after season??), and they did not disappoint! I’ve seen a lot of 70s influences, colour blocking and I’m especially loving the origami-style details; folds, pleats and ‘what have the done to that fabric to get it to stay like that?’ creations… now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a wardrobe to redesign.

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Oscar de la Renta

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Vera Wang

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Tory Burch

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Oscars 2014 Fashion

Firstly, I think it’s sucky that the Oscars are not aired live in the UK – unless you have Sky. Maybe the feed could be found somewhere, buried in the deepest depths of the internet, but unfortunately my hours of searching brought me nothing.

So instead, I’ve had to turn to Vogue Online again. I won’t lie, I don’t pay too much attention to who won what Oscar (frankly, the various voters have made too many questionable choices over the years for me to trust their judgement). For me, it’s all about who wore what. I think that’s the most important part of the Oscars to most of us, really – the fashion. All images are sourced from Vogue.co.uk and eonline.com

The Best 10

Lupita Nyong’o’s Prada dress was made especially for her, teamed with Fred Leighton headband and jewellery. Most photos that I have seen of her in this dress involve her swishing it, and I can’t blame her – I would be doing exactly the same were this my dress – it just looks so amazing!

Show us a twirl: Lupia seemed particularly pleased with her gown, which she revealed had been made especially for her

I’ve seen this Gucci dress on a few ‘worst dressed’ lists because of the ‘armory’ detailing, but personally I love it. It’s a gorgeous touch of detail on a classically cut dress.

Cate Blanchett’s Armani Privé dress actually took a while to grow on me. Or rather, the dress of 90% instantly gorgeous – the sheer, uber pale, colour-match fabric. It was the embellishments that took some getting used to. It needs something of course, otherwise it would have just looked… ‘is she wearing a dress or just foundation with a skirt?’ blandness. There’s just something about these particular… what are they, exactly? Pearly, flat, round… coins? Discs? They just remind me a little too much of barnacles and other weird anthropods and mussels and… sea stuff. I think I’m probably the only person in the world who sees that though, so let’s just ignore that weird little comparison. I do, however, love the sleeves.

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Worst Dressed

This could have been a great dress – Giambattista Valli – if Penelope Cruz had just ditched the weird drapey shoulder scarf thing. Though I’m not keen on the pastel, faded-bubblegum colour, either.

A bit too 2001 glitz rather than 2014 Gatsby.

Wacky wallpaper: Zooey Deschanel donned a very busy floral and polka dot strapless number to the Vanity Fair party (left), and Nikki Reed looked ready for bed in her bathrobe-style boho gown (right)

Lace overload: Fashion darlings Karolina Kurkova (left, in Elie Saab at Elton John's viewing party) and Diane Kruger (right, in Valentino at the Vanity Fair after party) both opted for over-the-top lace looks

Bin bag dress, anyone?

Disney Media co-chair Anne Sweeney. wore an oddly structured blue Armani Prive dress, which opened at the waist to reveal a bright red silk accent

The ‘Almost There’s…

This Vera Wang dress just doesn’t quite… work. The fabric looks a bit cheap, a bit too t-shirt-y.

Lady Gaga, Oscars 2014

Chuck the chiffon around-the-neck wrap, and the ugly Gaga shoes (yes, I am aware that Gaga is not Gaga without Gaga shoes), and it’s a yes. The dress – Lorraine Schwartz – is beautiful. I’m not a Gaga fan, but all in all, she looks much better than when she wears her usual crazy outfits.

If it weren’t for the weird thigh-split detailing on the skirt (and that random layer of fabric above her leg), this J Mendel dress would be a yes for me.

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Catwalk to CW Crown

The bucket barrel deep, stinking pit of historical inaccuracies aside, I love The CW’s new show, Reign. It swings from giggly and girly to snarky and bitchy in the same way as shows like Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars. Most of all though, I love it for the fashion. Costume designer Meredith Markworth-Pollack is a genius at combining regal-chic with boho and modern touches. Ah, what I wouldn’t give for a chance to browse though Reign’s wardrobe department.

Why aren't you watching Reign?

Caitlin Stasey, Celina Sinden, Anna Popplewell and Adelaide Kane on the set of Reign!

Gorgeous hair accessories & styles: As inspired by CW's Reign

When "Reign's" costume designer Meredith Markworth-Pollack began working on the show, the idea was to create, "something slightly different to the costume dramas we had seen so far, especially because of the demographic of The CW, and bring in the element of contemporary fashion."

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Morgana's Huntress costume for her first Masque where she meets Alasdair

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Their use of accessories is also amazing, and I now have a bit of an obsession with chain and floral head wear.

Reign: Interview with Debra Moreland Reign. this shoooow and the gowns in this shoooow. obsessed.

Gorgeous hair accessories & styles: As inspired by CW's Reign

A lot of designer names such as Alexander McQueen have been popping up in the show, and having just watched the latest episode before catching up on the catwalk reports, I couldn’t help but wonder what pieces would likely be popping up in season two (which has been confirmed – yay!)

Looks most likely to appear in Reign S2:

Alexander McQueen

Marchesa

Melinda Looi

Naeem Khan

Jenny Packham

 Carolina Herrera

Erin Featherstone

Alongside items from Free People, custom items by the amazing fashion team and customised vintage couture, of course.

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Catching up on the Catwalks: AW14

I miss the good old days, when I could curl up in my armchair with a coffee, and watch the live catwalk feed each fashion week. Of course, it’s a good thing that those days are over – I’d hate to still have so much time on my hands that I can sit and watch the live feeds of fashion week (London, Paris, Milan and New York!). Being busy is always good.

So tonight I’ve been catching up on what so far I’ve only caught glimpses of. I especially love the creativity with tailoring, full midi skirts and feminine, flowing layers that are awash over the catwalk this year – these trends have been around for a while now, of course, but it just seems to get better each season. Thank you Vogue.com (the source of all photos below)!

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Versace

Fendi

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Temperley London

Let’s just throw the entire Temperley collection in there – I’m in love it all!

Julien Macdonald

Holly Fulton

Mary Katrantzou

Jasper Conran

Marchesa

Naeem Khan

Jenny Packham

Zac Posen

Alice & Olivia

Victoria Beckham

And then after an evening of perusing Vogue’s catwalk reports, comes that horrible sink in my heart as I remember that I can’t just nip into town and buy any of these outfits. Even if a Chanel or a Marchesa store were to pop up overnight five minutes from my house (ha!), I dare not even guess as to how much every item on this page would cost me in total… and when I would have the opportunity to wear most of them. Sigh. I have to keep reminding myself that to most of us, these catwalks are to be looked at in the same way as the artwork in a gallery. Depressing as that is.

Ah well. I have a thousand ideas in mind for re-working my own wardrobe to get me started. I think it’s about time I ought to inject some more ‘regal’, brocade and berry-toned pieces. I’ve been searching for months now.

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