The Oscars- 2012 Winners

The highly respected Oscar

The Oscars are quite possibly my favourite awards, not only because everyone is beautifully dressed (OK some people do it get very wrong, but the majority have good stylists) but because it is probably the highest accolade you can receive as an actor. Now I admit I don’t care much about who wins for ‘Best Cinematography’ or ‘Best Sound mixing’, for me it is all about ‘Best Actress’, ‘Best Actor’ and the supporting roles (perhaps ‘Best Picture’ also). So if you happened to miss the awards (most people were curled up asleep in bed) then allow me to share some of the winners with you.

Best Actress: Meryl Streep

Nominated…

Glenn Close – Albert Nobbs, Viola Davis – The Help, Rooney Mara – The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady, Michelle Williams – My Week With Marilyn

Best Actor: Jean Dujardin for The Artist

Nominated…

Demian Bichir – A Better Life, George Clooney – The Descendants, Jean Dujardin – The Artist, Gary Oldman – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Brad Pitt – Moneyball

Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer for Beginners

Nominated…

Kenneth Branagh – My Week With Marilyn, Jonah Hill – Moneyball, Nick Nolte – Warrior, Christopher Plummer – Beginners, Max von Sydow – Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer for The Help

Nominated…

Berenice Bejo – The Artist , Jessica Chastain – The Help , Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids, Janet McTeer – Albert Nobbs , Octavia Spencer – The Help

Best Picture: The Artist

Nominated…

The Artist, The Descendants, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, Midnight In Paris, Moneyball, The Tree Of Life, War Horse

Have a look at the winner’s speeches below.

 

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Oscars red carpet 2012

Here are my best dressed at this years Oscars. An unusual amount of white/silver on the red carpet but still lots of pastel colours doing the rounds. Rooney Mara and Milla Jovovich are by far my top two.

Michelle Williams looking divine in a red Louis Vuitton peplum gown

Milla Jovovich in silver-white Elie Saab. Absolutely stunning!

Jessica Chastian in Alexander McQueen (bespoke) hand embroidered gold bullion and metal thread.

Giuliana Rancic in Basil Soda.

Jonah Hill looking very trim in his suit

Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli. She has fixed up so much over the last two years.

J.Lo in a very daring Zuhair Murad art deco gown

Rooney Mara changing up her usual choice of black with a beautiful white Givenchy Haute Couture gown. J'adore her.

Natalie Portman in vintage Christian Dior Couture from Spring 1954. Interesting choice for the Oscars, I would get rid of the necklace though.

Gwyneth Paltrow looking fabulous in Tom Ford (he is a genius)

Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace.

Sandra Bullock in Marchesa. Love the gold detailing and the black long train but unsure about the cut of the top half

Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji & Neil Lane- Lovely!

 

Oxfam Get-together Campaign

So today was a very exciting day for me, I spent it in a room filled with beautiful women (and one male sex addict). I was at a jumble sale, in a church in Kings Cross, parting with my cash to help raise money and celebrate International Women’s Day (coming up on the 8th March).

So who were these women I hear you ask, well the ‘creators’ were Dawn Porter and Gemma Cairney. They managed to get donations from the likes of Fearne Cotton, Jimmy Carr, Lauren Laverne and Claudia Winkleman. What was equally impressive were the celebrities who showed up to run their own ‘stalls’, Kate Nash, Cherry Healey and Grace Woodward. Dawn and Gemma each had their own section and Dawn’s finance, (now a Hollywood star) Chris O’Dowd came down to show his woman some support. Oh and the cakes, my God there were so many cakes! I actually had to back away and distract myself or I would have ransacked the lot. There was also a very friendly man from Bleach London who was colourfully spraying stencils into people’s hair (I refrained from this as he was too close to the cake stand and I didn’t trust myself).

I was lucky to get in early and have a sneak preview thanks to Amy who runs Sink The Pink club nights with her partner in crime Glyn. They were also selling goodies ranging from old school CD’s to ridiculously cheap accessories. There were so many clothes and shoes it was enough to rival Carrie Bradshaw‘s wardrobe. Beautiful vintage and designer pieces going for as little as £8!!!! Absolute bargains. I was walking around in a daze for about twenty minutes, not quite believing what I was seeing. I’m glad I was able to take my pictures when I did, because as soon as those doors opened it was carnage. At one point I was actually stuck between two girls arguing over who should have the royal blue jumpsuit donated by Lauren Laverne, it was the most awkward moment I’ve had for a long time.

As I mentioned earlier there was a sex addict thrown in amongst these hoards of women. I know this because he did actually advertise the fact on a BBC Three documentary a couple of months ago. Yes it was the one and only comedian Jeff Leach, all 6ft plus of him in his black wife-beater covered in tattoos. I have to admit he was looking pretty attractive (it was painfully obvious I thought this when asking for a picture of him, I giggled like a schoolgirl, two awkward moments in the space of an hour!). He was selling his body lots of books and other random bits.

Cherry Healey’s table had to be my favourite shopping point, not only is she extremely beautiful and friendly, she was wearing the most amazing biker jacket and red striped shirt. She also had a ridiculously sexy pair of shoes that my unfortunate large feet just wouldn’t fit into.

So as I mentioned this was all in aid of International Women’s Day as there are 1.3 billion people living in poverty worldwide – more than two-thirds of them are women and girls. Events like this jumble sale raise vital funds to support women around the world. Oxfam are asking women to hold their own get-together events on or around International Women’s Day (remember March 8). As Tesco say, every little helps.

I’m unsure yet how much was raised, but by the looks of the 250 people waiting outside when I left, I have a feeling it’s going to be a pretty sizeable amount.

For more information on the Get-together campaign visit www.oxfam.org.uk/womensday

All the information on International Women's Day

The very svelte Dawn Porter (her engagement ring is stunning by the way)

Always smiling Gemma Cairney

My favourite, Cherry Healey

Cherry's gorgeous shoes I couldn't fit into

The rather handsome Jeff Leach

Chris O'Dowd

Some of Fearne Cotton's donations (quickly raided I might add)

Kate Nash, I didn't even recognise her at first, she's clearly cut out junk food.

Amy & Glyn from Sink The Pink

Some of the Sink The Pink goodies, I'm kicking myself for not buying that t-shirt now

Hairdresser from Bleach London

So many cakes!

The crowd after only 10 minutes of the doors opening, it got much busier than this.

Apologies for blurry picture but this is the crowd outside going halfway down the street

Milan Fashion Week

‘Dangerous Beauty’

Versace A/W 2012-13

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Versace A/W 2012-13

Versace A/W 2012-13

I am going to post about other shows from Milan but I was so impressed by Versace this season, I thought it deserved one all to itself. I absolutely love anything that has a Gothic element, and Donatella showed this in full force. The crucifixes, studded leather, alarmingly tight looking coat-dresses and chain mail (first seen on the Versace runway back in1982), were all on the catwalk. The coats were especially beautiful with flashes of jewel toned colours or all black with appliquéd crucifixes. I’d quite happily rock up to Tesco in any of them, although if I could afford one, I’d more likely be shopping in Waitrose. I wouldn’t be surprised if Rooney Mara decided to wear something from this collection to the Oscars.

Sarah Young- Moombahton Queen

I first discovered Sarah Young by accident. I was reading some blog and through numerous links I stumbled upon her website. I liked the layout and the things she was talking about; fashion, music, art and some random entries. She seemed to be doing all the things I wanted to do, she was the DJ for fashion parties in New York, styled artists I was obsessed with and seemed generally really cool.

Fast forward a year and I was interning for her. I was shocked when I discovered her age, she was a few years younger than me. I admit a hint of jealousy came over me as she was so ahead in her career and I was just starting mine.

Of course she had to be really nice, I had hoped she would be a bitch so I’d feel better, but no, she was just as cool as I’d thought. She had just started a weekly radio show online at Nasty Fm playing everything from bashment and dancehall to dubstep and kuduro. This is where she introduced me to moombahton and immediately I was hooked!

If you haven’t heard of it before (where have you been?!) I shall explain. It was Dave Nada who introduced this new genre of music. He had taken reggaeton and Dutch house and geared it down to 108 BPM’s and moombahton was born. It is now gaining popularity and Sarah Young is at the forefront of the hype, including it in her sets and being a general spokeswoman for the genre.

She recently teamed up with WESC to release her first ever (free) CD entitled ‘Sarah Young- Moombahton Queen’ and I have to say it is excellent. There are cameos from the man himself Dave Nada and my favourite Lady Chann. She has done an incredible job of showcasing moombahton so if you haven’t heard it before, this would be a very good introduction for you. They proved very popular and sold out, but luckily Sarah was kind enough to release an online download (also free).

2012 looks set to be a huge year for Sarah Young. Her EP ‘I am Sarah Young’ is out March 29 with Adidas.

Check her out at iamsarahyoung.com and download her excellent moombahton mix.

 

Make sure you check out her show every Friday 6-8pm on Nasty FM.

Ozwald Boateng ‘A Man’s Story’

So like I said in my previous post, I had the honour of meeting Ozwald Boateng; one of Britain’s most influential and successful fashion designers of the past two decades.

He is in the middle of promoting his documentary film ‘A Man’s Story’ which spans over a 12 year period starting in 1998. It documents his journey through the fashion world from being recruited as the new creative director of menswear for Givenchy, to moving his business back to Savile Row. It also shows intimate parts of his life as he struggles to balance life and work.

We met in the Soho Hotel, at first I did feel like Julia Roberts in ‘Pretty Woman’ minus the hooker boots. Everyone looked very professional in suits and structured dresses. I was wearing a biker jacket and chunky boots, only relaxing when I spotted Asher D and his entourage having a meeting.

As usual things were running behind schedule and I was made to wait in the corridor whilst he finished up with a journalist. When I entered the room I was greeted by the director of the film Varon Bonicos (who has 20 years of experience in the film and TV industry,) he was full of smiles and very chatty. Ozwald was sat in the corner looking suave in an immaculate suit of his creation (as you’d expect) waiting for a diet coke. He too was very chatty and oozed confidence, he really is a very strikingly handsome man.

As I listened to him speak, I noticed how incredibly open he was. He did not shy away from questions about his divorce (the breakdown of his 2nd marriage to former model Gyunel is clear to see in the film) he was very honest and had such grace about him. He said that when people watch the film, there is always one part they will focus on more as it will relate to an aspect of their life. If they then watch it back, there is at least 50% more film they will see. When asked if he had a favourite person to dress he said he didn’t look at it that way, instead he thinks of it as helping someone be there most confident because they feel good in his clothes.

Having dressed the likes of Richard Branson, Daniel Day-Lewis, Keanu Reeves and Ray Winstone, Ozwald Boateng has come a long way since he opened his first studio in Portobello Road back in 1991.

‘A Man’s Story’ opens in the UK on 9 March and has a DVD release of 19 March.IMG-20120222-00108.jpg

Take a look at the preview below.