Sunday 18 February 2018

Fashion Friday: Red Carpet Wrap's hits and misses

Blake Lively at the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards in New York this week. AP
Blake Lively at the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards in New York this week. AP
Rihanna at the CFDA Awards
Jacob Koopman (22)
Charlie McDonald (29)
Kam Kandola Flynn (34)
Deirdre Reynolds

Deirdre Reynolds

The hottest looks from the red carpet and from the streets of Ireland

Hit:  Blake Lively

Somebody call the fashion police, because Blake Lively completely killed it at the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards in New York this week.

Gossip Girl star Blake got tongues wagging for all the right reasons in a spangly Michael Kors mini-dress fresh from the designer's Resort 2015 collection.

Hot on the heels of her red carpet run at Cannes, the Brigitte Bardot lookalike added sky-high Casadei heels, hoop earrings and a stack of bangles.

Even her blush pink manicure matched her headband.

But it's the sun-kissed skin and tumbling tresses that really swings it for the sixties-inspired star.

All this, and she gets to go home to husband Ryan Reynolds at night.

Some people have all the luck.

Miss: Rihanna

You've heard the expression 'Fur coat, no knickers'?

Well, when Rihanna also stepped out at the CFDA Awards, it was more like 'Fur stole, little else but knickers.'

There's no denying that the Bajan beauty has a banging body.

But does she have to show quite so much of it off?

From the neck up, the 26-year-old pop superstar – who scooped the 2014 Fashion Icon award – oozed class with a twenties-style headscarf, smokey make-up and art deco earrings.

From the neck down, she looked like a right flapper in a see-through Swarovski crystal gown, matching gloves and pink mink in one of the most divisive looks of the year so far.

Still, it's one way to cause a nipple – sorry, ripple – on the red carpet.

The way we wear

By Niamh O'Rourke

Jacob Koopman (22)

Musician, From Holland, living in Dublin city

He wears: Shirt, €27, Vans store. T-shirt, "I cut out the neck myself", €7, Dunnes Stores. Jeans (women's), €6, sunglasses, €1.50 and plimsoles, €4, all Penneys.

What is your ...

* Biggest splurge?

A black leather biker jacket for €180 from Topman.

* Best dressed style icons?

Charlie Chaplin, Brandon Boyd and Jack Skellington.

* Worst fashion mistake?

Baggy pants made from floral curtains worn with tighty whities when I was 14.

* Favourite item in your wardrobe?

Skinny jeans.

Charlie McDonald (29)

Restaurant manager, From Belfast, living in Stoneybatter, Dublin

She wears: T-shirt, €20, Topshop. Skirt, €30 and sandals, €40, both River Island. Belt, "I have it so long I can't remember". Headphones by Sony, gift. Necklace, €20, New Look. Sunglasses, €25, Urban Outfitters. Bag, €20, H&M.

What is your ...

* Worst fashion mistake?

A neon blue ra-ra skirt in the early noughties. Yes, that happened!

* Favourite label or designer?

Selected Femme.

* Biggest splurge?

A floor-length, nude silk, column dress by Alexander Wang for $500 in New York.

* What influences your style?

80s' and early 90s' movies, particularly Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct.

Kam Kandola Flynn (34)

TV events programmer, London

She wears: Cardigan, £40, Benetton. Dress, £50, Joy. Jacket, £60, Warehouse. Sunglasses, £5, vintage shop. Converse, £40, Office.

What is your ...

* Favourite shop?

& Other Stories, Cos and vintage shops.

* Best bargain buy?

A lime and white check, 50s'-style dress for £20 on Brick Lane. It's very Betty Draper.

* What influences your style?

A sense of history and romance and whatever catches my mood.

* One item you can't live without in your wardrobe?

Navy Breton top, works so well as casual or chic.

What we’re loving this week... flat sandals

Irish Independent

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