Red-Carpet Beauty 2014

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THE red carpet is every actress, musician, director and model’s chance to dress up and look their best, and the hair and make-up can often take as much planning as the gowns – particularly during awards season.

From the Oscars to the  Golden Globes, the Emmys to the  MTV Movie Awards, stars such as Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts and Sandra Bullock have called upon the classic smoky eye for their red-carpet looks, whilst bold lip colours have proven popular with Lupita Nyong’o, Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Watson – as well as for Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Lorde at the Grammys, VMAs and Brits.

For hair, Cate Blanchett and Amy Adams have paired their couture gowns with vintage-inspired curls and romantic up-dos, whilst Anne Hathaway, Lawrence and Nyong’o have found numerous inventive ways to style their short hair throughout the season.

  Emmys, August 2014 Claire Danes wore her hair in a romantic up-do, offset by red lipstick and black eyeliner.    Julia Roberts kept her make-up simple, and wore her hair in loose, centre-parted waves.

Minnie Driver wore her hair in a half-up-half-down style teamed with smoky eye make-up.

Taylor Schilling complemented her elegant up-do with metallic smoky eye make-up and a statement Forevermark earring.

Kate Mara’s short bob was worn tousled and centre-parted, whilst her make-up look comprised dewy skin, kohl-lined eyes and nude lips.

Christina Hendricks complemented her fair colouring with a pink lip stain, soft smoky eye make-up and pink blush, whilst her hair was worn in gentle curls.

Lucy Liu wore her dark hair gently waved and swept over one shoulder, whilst long lashes and pink lipstick were the focus of her make-up.

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The most stylish brides of 2014

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With Poppy Delevingne, Olivia Palermo and Fearne Cotton all tying the knot this year, see the most stunning wedding gowns to hit the aisles

On July 4, TV and radio presenter Fearne Cotton, 32, married partner Jesse Wood in London. Wood, who is the son of Rolling Stones rocker Ronnie Wood and Cotton have a baby son, Rex. The bride wore a beautifully sequin embellished dress by Jenny Packham, which flares from the waist down to the ankle

 
Olivia Palermo and Johannes Huebl on their wedding dayn late June, style maven Olivia Palermo wed her German model boyfriend Johannes Huebl. The elegant blogger wore a quirky but elegant combination of shorts with a full tulle overlay and a simple cashmere jumper by Carolina Herrera to marry in up state New York
 
Poppy in her Pucci gown

Poppy Delevingne then had an almighty knees-up in Morocco with dozens of friends, for which she had a second dress made by Peter Dundas of Italian fashion house Pucci

FULL STORY: Poppy Delevingne marries in Chanel couture

Angelina Jolie wore a ‘very traditional’ wedding dress to marry Brad Pitt

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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt 'getting married' on film set of Mr and Mrs Smith in 2005

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt ‘getting married’ on film set of Mr and Mrs Smith in 2005 Photo: REX

We’ve yet to see pictures of the gown which Angelina Jolie wore to marry her long-term partner Brad Pitt, so we’ll just have to make do with a description for now.

According to E!, the 39-year-old wore a dress that a source describes as: “very traditional, but very Angie, it was comfortable but plain white floor-length antique lace and silk.”

The Maleficent star is also said to have worn a veil and sported a locket belonging to her late mother, Marcheline Bertrand.

SEE: The most stylish brides through history

While the designer of her dress has yet to be confirmed, could it perhaps be Versace? The actress is a loyal fan of the Italian fashion house, often sporting creations made especially for her red carpet appearances.

Mother-of-six Jolie’s stunning engagement ring, which was designed by Pitt and their jeweller friend Robert Procop, is now joined by a band made by Procop.

The couple’s six children were present at the ceremony in the south of France on Saturday, August 23; their sons wore matching cream linen suits which were just like their father’s tuxedo while their daughters each had a dress made to reflect their style.

READ: How to plan your dream wedding

Pitt and Jolie are not newcomers to marriage; Pitt was formerly married to fellow actress Jennifer Aniston for seven years while Jolie has been wed to Jonny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thornton.


The Jolie-Pitts in his’n’hers tuxedos at the 2014 BAFTAs in London. Photo: Rex

Most revealing red carpet dresses

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As Amber Rose leaves little to the imagination at the 2014 VMAs, look back at the most revealing outfits to have made the headlines

Practically naked apart from a few tactically placed chains, here’s hoping Amber Rose did not have to go through any security screenings on her way into the VMAs

 
Rihanna pictured arriving at the CFDA Awards in New York City on June 2 When deciding what to wear to pick up her CFDA Style Icon award, Rihanna plumped for 216,000 Swarovski crystals and not a lot else
 
Jennifer Lopez at the 42 Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, 23 February, 2000Say the words ‘Jennifer Lopez’ and ‘that dress’, and there’s only one frock that comes to mind; the below-the-navel Versace number she wore to the Grammy Awards in 2000 secured her headlines for the next decade, and counting…
 
imagePolish model Anja Rubik pretty much revealed her entire anatomy to the world in this absolutely-no-space-for-knickers gown by Anthony Vaccarello to the 2012 Met Gala
 
imageGwyneth Paltrow is in the best shape of her life and boy, does she want the world to know. The actress chose to reveal her pert derriere in this Antonio Berardi gown at the premiere of Iron Man 3, showing what willpower of steel can do for a woman
 
“At six o’clock, it seemed like a good idea…” Andrea Riseborough's BIFA boob.Of her dress, British actress Andrea Riseborough told the crowd at the Baftas how “At six o’clock, it seemed like a good idea…”. Oh, the benefit of hindsight
 
 Wow, that’s a whole lot of Kim Kardashian to deal with. Maybe the reality star was trying to get her last scantily-clad kicks before the realm of stretchy pants and maternity wear hit, but she should have learnt from her past listings as our weekly fashion blunderer that nude cut-outs do her no favours. Get thee to Mothercare, Kim! Always opting for style (albeit dubious style) over comfort, a pregnant Kim Kardashian chose what looks like a giant, embroidered owl to cover her blooming assets in the early stages of her pregnancy
imageHaving fallen off the cruise ship she was performing on, and managing to successfully wade her way over to the MTV Movie Awards, a crystal-clad Katy Perry thought she’d got away with this clanger. Ironically, look closely and her dress appears to be grinning like an idiot…
 
imageCaprice’s dress designer obviously wasn’t any good at maths – turns out they ran out of fabric after constructing the skirt, leaving just a wee morsel left for the top half
 
imageKelly Brook wore this scrap of Julien Macdonald fabric to support her then boyfriend Jason Statham’s film Snatch. Perhaps unsurprisingly, she turned out to be the one snatching all the headlines
 
Kate Winslet at the premiere of Mildred Pierce in New York last night.A 35-year-old Kate Winslet racked up her most risqué red carpet moment to date in this sheer-panelled Stella McCartney creation. While many other starlets who fell for the dress’s charms opted for nude underwear, Winslet went commando
 
imageThere was nothing charming about ‘Charmed’ actress Rose McGowan’s fish net red carpet surprise
imageHeidi Klum chose to emphasise that certain assets have a habit of going south, at Elton John’s Oscars party
 
 

Emmys 2014: Fashion hits and misses from the red carpet

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Sofia Vergara arrived to the 2014 Emmy Awards. Television Favorite bombshell Sofia Vergara look phenomenal as she made her way down the red carpet. The actress arrived at the Emmy 2014 in a stunning white Roberto Calvelli creation which featured silver embellishments that accentuated her famous curve.

Is it too early to buy a winter coat in August?

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Model wears Kumiko textured faux fur coat, £275, Whistles

Model wears Kumiko textured faux fur coat, £275, Whistles Photo: Jamie Hawkesworth

The logical answer to the question posed in this headline is no, however there’s no escaping the reality that we are slipping out of summer, a fact made all the more brutal by a drop in temperatures this week.

To boot, the topsy-turvy retail industry loves nothing more than a fast-tracked switch to a new season, with shops already full of cashmere rollnecks while many of us are still trying to show off our summer tans.

Online retailer ASOS is going full-throttle into winter by listing 50 new coat styles between now and September. “We know our customer craves newness and wants all of the key trend items as soon as they possibly can” explains Ian Amer, ASOS outerwear assistant buyer.

SHOP: Our edit of the best winter coats in August

Here at Telegraph Fashion we’ve long been advocates of telling you to buy your bikini in March and now, we’re openly weighing up the benefits of snapping up that winter coat right now – i.e before the January freeze sets in and all you can get your hands on is a sale rail reject you wouldn’t normally be seen dead in.

So peruse our edit of what’s actually shopable now, take in our experts’ tips and then make your call on whether to wait it out or snap something up this instant. Just don’t say we didn’t warn you…

THE PROS

You’re less likely to make a panic buy

“I am a big advocator of shopping for what I like, not for what I need” offers Stella magazine’s fashion director Charlie Harrington. “And then when the moment arises, abracadabra – there it is in your wardrobe.” For the record, she has already committed to a heavy winter number by Roksanda.

You can be sure not to miss out

“I have already ordered three (yes three!) Sacai winter coats” reveals Telegraph Luxury’s women’s style expert Caroline Issa. “I saw them on the runway in March in Paris and pre-ordered them as I figured best to get my dream coat buys out of the way so that way I’m not scrambling hoping to find them come the new season and not knowing where to go, where to find them, wondering whether they will be in stock in my size etc. It’s my new way of shopping.”

You’ll have a great selection to choose from

If you shop on the highstreet then listen carefully to the words of Amer: “August is the time when there is the best selection of outerwear available so it really does pay dividends to plan ahead a little.”

SHOP: The autumn trends to buy now

THE CONS

You might be bored of it come November

We all know that if you buy something and don’t start wearing it almost immediately, you can probably live without it. “Being a bit of an impulse shopper, I find planning ahead removes all the fun” says Telegraph luxury and digital fashion editor Belinda White. “Right now I’m thinking I need to find a perfect parka this winter, but when it’s actually cold enough to wear one who knows what I’ll be eyeing up?! Too risky.”

You might get too hung up on needing The Coat Of The Season

“While it’s amazing to have the coat style of the season is there any point in spending a fortune on it if it’s so identifiable with one season?” ponders a wise Kate Finnigan, Stella magazine’s style editor. Her recommendations are to “have more than one and not put everything into one coat. “I think get a couple of high street numbers (I’d recommend COS) and consider a classic.”

You might end up with something everyone else is wearing

Sophie Warburton, The Telegraph’s style co-ordinator, deploys this mantra: “I never buy early as you often end up with ‘that Zara coat’ that everyone else has.”

…But wait a minute… what’s wrong with last winter’s coat?

Telegraph Magazine’s ethically-minded style director Tamsin Blanchard has a few thoughts on our seasonal, rampant consumerism. “If you buy a good quality one (mine was from Folk last year – highly recommended, really beautiful Italian fabrics and timeless shapes) then you should be fine to wear it again this winter as long as you remembered to put it into the dry cleaners.” What if it’s looking a bit tired? “Just buy a new scarf or lipstick if you feel the need for an update.”

SHOP: Our edit of the best winter coats in August

THREE TIPS FOR INVESTING WISELY

– It sounds obvious but check out what you already own. That navy coat might be lovely, but if you already own three surely it’s not that great an investment.

– It’s worth checking out the dregs of the summer sales – especially online. We spied a Marni coat down in lambskin from £1,590 to £954 on the brand’s website.

– Make sure it’s the best quality fabric you can afford; there’s nothing worse than a coat that goes bobbly after a few wears.

See the best of the high street’s autumn 2014 collections