The media look at Hollywood and Bollywood red carpet events for celeb fashion yet shouldn't one of the fashion capitals in the world (aka London/England) be known for it red carpet fashion?
I hope l'm not the only one thinking this but... I can see why it isn't. Who dresses the well-known figures and celebrities for red carpet events in the UK? Every time l see photos of British Asian award ceremonies, British film releases or special celebrity events most of the British and Asian invited seem to get it wrong. It's usually off-trend or just look dreadful as it doesn't flatter their body shape. As a result of these mishaps l'm worried you ladies might be having the same problems. No more looking back at your photos and think, 'what was l thinking!!'
To help you l have to find some examples and it's the perfect timing because British celebs were out on the red carpet event for the premier of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. And l look at some of the red carpet do's and don'ts which can be applied to all you lovely ladies getting dressed up for a party or special event.
Do incorporate the colours and themes of the event into your clothes, l loved Dame Judi Dench on trend long jacket. She looked better than my mum who's much younger. Mummy's and nannies have to look good too. It just goes to show no matter what age you are if you get it right you can look fabulous!
Don't wear the wrong theme to the event. Did someone tell Claire Sweeney it's a South Asian flavour movie not African theme. Claire Sweeney was wearing a African flag dress which didn't do anything for her figure. The slit of the dress being in the middle made her legs look wider. Colours aside a sleeveless dress with a thin slide on the side would of emphasised her beautiful curves and figure.
Do wear an outfit that flatters your figure, makes you look elegant and incorporates the theme of the event! And an Indian designer for a premier event as Tina Desai did and looked stunning in a South Asian lengha by Manish Malhotra with a touch of that well-known mini mirror detailing on her lengha. Tina Desai even combined the dupatta in her lengha beautifully by draping it round her back and wrapping it round her wrists. It didn't take too much away from her dress and showed off her lovely figure.
The wrong way to show some flesh was also seen on the red carpet event. Don't come wearing shiny PVC outfit with platforms. It's an elegant event, best to leave something for the imagination and not reveal all that cleavage. It certainly gives off the wrong signals. It's similar to what you would find in Anne Summers (whispers) in the back. I can see some Asian girls going this way, your not going clubbing and even if you were l wouldn't suggest the outfit worn by Sofia Hayat. You certainly wouldn't see anyone at the Oscars wearing by Sofia Hayat outfit.
Even Camila, the Duchess of Cornwall was on-trend with a burgundy velvet gown, jewellery and luxurious organza style dupatta. No-ones got any excuse for looking terrible.
Even the best fashionistas, celebs and bloggers can get it wrong. My main advice for parties especially weddings would be - dress to flatter your figure, dress elegantly, try to be on trend and less is more (I don't mean less clothes, more clothes the better.) :D
I hope this all helps to getting you all on the right track for dressing for special occasions.
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