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Best & Worst Dressed At The 2016 Oscars

For film’s biggest night, Hollywood’s brightest and boldest actresses brought out their best designer duds for a walk on the red carpet. Here are the best and worst looks from Oscar Sunday.

Naomi Watts is stunning in this Armani Privé blue and purple scale patterned strapless dress. The Aussie actress ups her game in a drop-dead gorgeous Bulgari diamond necklace and matching clutch.



Saoirse Ronan may not have won the Oscar, but she sure was a winner on the red carpet. The Brooklyn actress wows in a custom-made Calvin Klein emerald sequin dress and matching Chopard emeralds and diamonds.



Lady Gaga impresses as only SHE can! The singer sticks to her unique roots in this Brandon Maxwell white jumpsuit complete with a sweetheart neckline and full train. Gaga adds over 8 million dollars of Lorraine Schwartz diamonds to complete her flawless look!



Olivia Wilde is another stunner in white; the actress takes the plunge in this plunging Valentino Haute Couture number. Wilde kept her makeup and hair simple and accessorized her look with a statement necklace.

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Julianne Moore ditched her go-to Givenchy for this custom Chanel Haute Couture black dress with embroidered straps. Last year’s Oscar winner was mesmerizing thanks to an addition of Chopard diamond earrings and cuff.




It’s so good to see Tina Fey finally end up on a best dressed list! The funny actress stuns in a royal purple Atelier Versace strapless gown and matching statement Bulgari diamonds.



Another red carpet, another sizzling appearance by the one and only Margot Robbie. The beautiful actress is reminiscent of an Oscar statue in her snake skin gold Tom Ford gown with plunging neckline and matching Forever Mark diamonds.



Rachel McAdams hits the mark in her impeccable August Getty Atelier gown! From the train to the open back, and not forgetting her flawless Piaget drop earrings, the Canadian beauty was surely one of the night’s best dressed stars.


Olivia Munn is classy and elegant in her tangerine one-shoulder Stella McCartney gown. She accentuates her look with a matching lip and Forever Mark jewels.



Jennifer Lawrence decided to take a walk on the wild side and step out of her comfort zone in this nude and black lace Dior gown. The actress completed her look with a fresh face and a blunt straight bob.



I’m undecided about Cate Blanchett‘s gown choice for last night’s awards. The actress’ seafoam green Armani Privé gown has too much going on thanks to the multidimensional appliques all over. At least her breath-taking Tiffany & Co. diamonds saved her!


Kate Winslet looks like she went for a dip in the ocean right before the Oscars and then put on the first gown she saw hanging in her closet. Everything about this look is a disaster; from the careless hairdo to the liquid silk lamé custom Ralph Lauren gown, Britain’s English rose could have done so much better than this!



Another red carpet, another disaster for Heidi Klum. The supermodel fails to impress in this over-the-top cleavage baring one shoulder lilac Marchesa number with one too many floral embellishments.

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She may have taken home the Oscar for best actress, but even that can’t save Brie Larson from this Gucci disaster. The actress is a mess in this custom-made royal blue spaghetti strap gown which featured too many out of place skirt details and an oversized silver belt.

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Fireworks Ahead: The Victoria’s Secret Fantasy Bra 2015

The time has come for our annual rendevouz with the unveiling of the Victoria’s Secret Fantasy Bra for 2015! The lingerie-maker once again turned to Lebanese jeweler, Mouawad, to design and execute yet another bra and belt masterpiece set, that will be shown during Victoria’s Secret’s fashion show this year.




Following last year’s two breath-taking sapphire, ruby, and diamond bras worn by Alessandra Ambrosio and Adriana Lima, 2015’s  multi-million bra centers around a firework theme, and features diamonds, blue topaz, yellow sapphires and pink quartz and is set in gold. And like all pricey VS fantasy bras, this flawless piece costs a whopping USD 2 million!



And who might just be the lucky supermodel who gets to parade the catwalk wearing this year’s fantasy bra? As it turns out, Victoria’s Secret tipped veteran angel, Lily Aldridge for this role. The model- who has walked for the Victoria’s Secret fashion show 6 times already- will slip this beauty on when the label tapes its annual fashion show in NYC next week.



#IAmWhatIAm With BHV Lebanon

Imagine a world where you could be anything you wanted to be. What could be better, right? Well now you can thanks to an amazing initiative by BHV Lebanon!



Join BHV Lebanon and myself in this inspiring campaign that aims to support Lebanon’s youth by asking them to speak their minds. I chose to be summer, but you could choose to be free, happy, excited, or state your opinion about the things that matter to you the most. The instructions are pretty simple:

  • Create a short video and express yourself in 10 to 15 seconds
  • Upload the video to your Instagram page- make sure your account is not a private one
  • Don’t forget to add the hashtags #BHVIAmWhatIAm and #IAmWhatIAmWithLara

The lucky winner will be treated to a styling and photo shoot session with BHV and myself. Make sure to upload your videos before August 7th!



The Top 10 Weirdest Looks From The 2015 Met Gala

Just like every year, Hollywood’s finest flock to New York’s MET for the annual MET Ball. Contrary to last year – when we didn’t witness any ground-breaking fashion moments, this year’s invitees religiously embraced the China: Through the Looking Glass theme as stars such as Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Sofia Vergara and others wowed in their custom designer wear. I’m sure you were bombarded with the best looks online all day yesterday, but what you probably haven’t seen are the downright outrageously weird outfits. Here’s a closer look:

Wearing head to-toe Prada, Olivia Wilde looked like she was ready to celebrate the Chinese New Year in this V-neck column studded purple gown. At first look, the gown seems interesting, but then Olivia had to go and ruin it by adding these opera gloves (also studded) and matching clutch (that was also studded too).




Miley Cyrus‘ body is drowning somewhere in this Alexander Wang black dress with excessive side cutouts. As if this gown isn’t bad enough, she had to go and dye her hair ice blue. Personally, I would have preferred the mesh dress nipple-pasty wearing Miley instead of THIS.




This is what happens when you take a theme TOO seriously! Katy Perry looks nothing like herself in- what I can only imagine- is a Pokemon? inspired Moschino gown.




Solange Knowles usually never manages to steal big sis’ Beyoncé’s thunder, but in this case she has. Solange chose a custom-made Giles mini dress which was as weird as it was awesome!




FKA Twigs sure loves mosaics. Robert Pattinson’s new fiancé strutted her stuff in a Christopher Kane multi-colored “Lovers Mosaic Design”. And have you heard? The internet found the penis on her dress. Can you?




I’m not sure if Kerry Washington‘s bubble gum pink Prada gown belonged at the Met Ball. From the floral details, to the bow embellished shoulder straps, and not forgetting the green Mary Janes, Washington looks better suited to be handing out candy at the Disney Store.




Instead of going all out for an elaborate Chinese inspired gown, Cara Delevigne let her body do the talking – literally. The British model paired her Stella McCartney jumpsuit- featuring a bra top and skinny pants, with countless floral body tattoos. Way to bend the rules Cara!




Justin Beiber makes his return to the red carpet at the MET in a gold embellished suit jacket and black collarless shirt. Enough said.




While Chloe Sevigny is known for her interesting? fashion choices, this time she took things to a whole new level. Her JW Anderson ensemble is just TOO busy, starting with the white bodice, to the forest skirt, and finishing with the red heels and “coiffed” blond hair.




Even if you can get over the disastrous 80s inspired red Balamain gown, long fringed earrings, and shimmery gold belt, you can’t but notice how much Kris Jenner resembles Adam Lambert in this shot!



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Salma Hayek is Coming to Beirut!

Yes all the rumors you heard are true!

The beyond stunning Salma Hayek will be in Beirut on April 27th, 2015 for the world premiere of her new animated movie, “The Prophet”. You read that correctly: the Lebanese capital will be hosting its first EVER world premiere at Beirut Souks’ Cinema City!




The sexy Lebanese-Mexican actress has lent her voice to the movie’s leading character, Kamila and is also the Executive Producer of the picture. Hayek has long been a fan of the Lebanese writer, Gebran Khalil Gebran and is said to have been proud of finally transforming the story from a book to the big screen for the whole world to enjoy!




Aside from Hayek’s impeccable acting skills, the much-loved actress is quite the fashionista and has been so since her early Hollywood days. Salma is always one to watch any time she hits the red carpet and steals the show with the dazzling silhouettes she wears along with the tasteful cleavage she puts on display. Red, black, fushia, and neutrals, Hayek has worn it all. She is also a designer favorite and has worn gowns by Balenciaga and Gucci, to name a few.

There’s no doubt that Salma will bring glitz and glam to Monday night’s red carpet; she will undoubtedly wow us with the gown she chooses to wear. So, just for fun, I’ve rounded up a selection of some of the hottest gowns from Lebanon’s finest designers; who knows, the actress might just choose to wear one of them on the big night!

In case Hayek decides to go for a Lebanese designer, Elie Saab may be on top her list! The world class designer presented a stunning Ready To Wear Spring 2015 collection inspired by the sea. The actress can choose a thigh high slit sky blue design with belt detail, a classic black plunging jumpsuit or a printed low-cut design. Salma can also go for a design from the Spring Summer 2015 Haute Couture collection; just take a look at this stunning Chartereuse confection with a full skirt and impeccable embroidery!


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Red has always been a favorite color of the fiery Hayek. At first look, this red jumpsuit by Zuhair Murad might look like business, but the delicate mesh details across the bodice add a little glam to the otherwise subdued design! The breath-taking actress can add sexy waves and a red lip to pump up the look!


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Wouldn’t you love to see Salma taking a huge risk thanks to one of Lebanon’s up and coming designers? This iridescent hand embroidered fringed cocktail dress is designed by Rami Kadi, as part of his new Les Illusions Exquises collection and would show off the actress’ toned legs perfectly!





What do you think of my picks? Regardless, there’s no doubt that no matter what Salma Hayek chooses to wear, she will be on my best dressed list!


Chasing a Dream with Elie Saab

It was supposed to be another star-studded Spring-Summer show for Elie Saab in Paris yesterday. Except this fashionable affair was unlike any other in the designer’s history! As each model strutted down the catwalk, a story about Beirut’s golden age was reflected from the dress she wore; stories about the city that never slept, endless parties, eternal beauty and youth, and a personal reverie of Saab‘s mother wearing a tulip print dress.




This is Elie Saab in all his glory; exploring new patterns and colors, introducing feathers to his collections, reviving low heeled satin sandals, putting on an elaborate show- as if from a fairytale, and ultimately, paying homage to his Beirut!




Now, let the pictures do the rest of the talking..








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Remembering Oscar De La Renta

The world woke up to the news of Oscar De La Renta’s passing this morning. For many, Oscar De La Renta was a dream-maker and a design master mind.

De La Renta was discovered by the U.S. Ambassador to Spain’s wife, who saw a few of his sketches and asked him to dress her daughter. This dress landed on the cover of Life magazine and soon enough, the Dominican born designer’s career took off. Following tenures at Balenciaga, Lanvin, and Elizabeth Arden, De La Renta started his own label in 1965.


Hillary Clinton at the Inaugural Ball in Oscar De La Renta
Hillary Clinton at the Inaugural Ball in Oscar De La Renta


The designer’s name is synonymous with evening wear and day time suits (that are largely favored by the “ladies who lunch” in New York’s swanky five star hotels). He is famous for voluminous skirts, embroideries, and rich colors that reflect his hispanic heritage.


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Oscar De La Renta was adored by the US’s first ladies, dressing everyone from Jackie Kennedy to Hillary Clinton to Laura Bush, and finally, Michele Obama. His famous celebrity friends included Anna Wintour, Sarah Jessica Parker, and the new Mrs. Amal Clooney – who was featured with the designer (in what would probably be his last photo shoot) in the latest issue of Vogue following her lavish Venice wedding to George Clooney last September.


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Sara Jessica Parker in Oscar De La Renta at the 2014 Met Gala


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Amal Alamuddin Poses with Oscar De La Renta in Vogue



5 Iconic Handbags in Honor of National Handbag Day

In honor of National Handbag Day (which was marked yesterday), Carmel + Vanilla presents 5 of the most iconic handbags in history.

The Hermes “Kelly”:

Possibly one of the most iconic handbags of all time, this sublime piece was first introduced in the 1930s. The bag’s original name was changed to the “Kelly” in 1956, soon after Princess Grace of Monaco was spotted holding it to shield her pregnancy away from the prying eyes of paparazzi. This Hermes icon is one of the first truly modern bags and is considered by many as the “ideal day bag”. Want to own one? Then you better start saving! The Kelly’s starting price is USD 4,000 and goes all the way up to USD 16,000!


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Princess Grace of Monaco photographed with the Hermes “Kelly” bag.



The “Chanel 2.55 Flap Bag”:

Generally labeled as way ahead of her time, Coco Chanel didn’t want to carry a bag by hand anymore and created the strap instead. This accessory accompanied the introduction of the Chanel 2.55 Flap Bag in 1955. This iconic bag provides instant sophistication and poise and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. These days, this high-end piece is available in a variety of colors and retails at a starting price of USD 2,700.

Fun Fact! Rumor has it that the bag’s zip compartment was used by Coco Chanel to hide her love letters.



The Hermes “Birkin”:

Hermes makes the list again with the signature “Birkin” bag that was first introduced in 1981. Inspired and named after singer Jane Birkin, this iconic bag is similar to the “Kelly”, but larger in size. Want to include it to your wardrobe? Well brace yourself; the waiting list to own a Birkin is up to SIX years! A new Birkin will set you USD 13,000 back, while a pre-owned one retails for about USD 10,000.




Jane Birkin poses with the Hermes "Birkin" bag
Jane Birkin poses with the Hermes “Birkin” bag


The Dior “Lady Dior Cannage Tote”:

While on a trip to Paris in the 90s, the late Princess Diana fell in love with this handbag. Since then, this iconic bag became known as “Lady D” or “Lady Dior”. “Cannage” refers to the type of stitching that makes the bag look the way it does. Today, Dior introduced a smaller sized version of Lady Dior and added a shoulder strap for better support. The massive French house’s iconic bag retails for about USD 2,500. French actress Marion Cotillard is the face of Lady Dior.


Princess Diana took her Lady Dior everywhere!
Princess Diana took her Lady Dior everywhere!

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The Louis Vuitton “Speedy”:

Though introduced in the 1930s, the Louis Vuitton “Speedy 30″ had a surprisingly youthful look and is still widely popular nowadays. The bag is also known to be reliable for travel and is widely accepted as an “affordable” luxury item. Starting price is around USD 1,000 although special editions can cost up to USD 2,500.


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Audrey Hepburn poses with her customized Louis Vuitton Speedy
Audrey Hepburn poses with her customized Louis Vuitton Speedy
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After Brazil’s humiliation yesterday against Germany, the semi-finals continue tonight as Argentina take on Holland in Sao Paolo.

And as the star players battle it out on the field, let’s take a closer look at the WAGs who will be cheering them on!

I can’t but start with Lionel Messi’s stunning wife, Antonella Roccuzzo. The star player’s lady love – who is often photographed hitting the beach in skimpy bathing suits- has known the infamous number 10 since his early childhood days. The twosome officially became a couple in early 2009 and welcomed their first son- an adorable baby boy, named Thiago- a few years later.



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The now Mrs. Messi can be seen cheering her husband throughout his matches for Barcelona, and there is no doubt that she will be there tonight as well!


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Here’s what you need to know about Robin Van Persie‘s Wife: A former Ms. Nigeria Holland, Bouchra Van Persie received countless death threats on Twitter and was labeled as a “gold digger” when fans assumed that her husband changed football clubs under her pressure. The twosome also had a rocky start to their romance when Van Persie was accused of assaulting a stripper a few years ago. However, the couple seem to have moved on from all this drama and are often seen looking polished and fashionable in every photograph!


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Gonzalo Higuain literally hit the jackpot when he started dating German born journalist, Daniela Saurwald. With dark hair, colored eyes, full lips, and a body to die for, the Spanish based reporter is absolutely drop dead gorgeous!


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Wesley Sneijder met his match when he married Spanish Dutch actress Yolanthe Cabau. The Dutch star married his second wife in 2010 in a lavish ceremony, where the two looked as happy as ever in their designer wear. Since then, the couple have enjoyed several getaways and countless shopping trips together.


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Everyone seems to be so pumped up for tonight’s big game between Germany and Brazil! And as fans fight over who the star player of the match will be and how Germany have an advantage over Brazil who lack 2 of their key star players, I decided to shed some light on the ladies who will be cheering their men from the bleachers.

In case you’re unaware, the term “WAG” stands for “Wives and Girlfriends”; the acronym was coined by British tabloids who used it to label the English squad’s wives and girlfriends (obviously!) during the 2006 World Cup. The name caught on since then!

Let’s kick things off by introducing Manuel Nueur‘s girlfriend, Kathrin Gilch. This short-haired beauty is always photographed standing by her man, as they attend major functions together. The German model’s style can best be described as classic, favoring understated designer dresses over cleavage baring outfits. Here’s a peak at some of her memorable looks.


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Neuer’s counterpart, Julio Cesar hit the jackpot when he married model Susana Werner in 2002. Werner-who was previously engaged to footballer Ronaldo- is a Brazilian model with German roots. (wonder who she’ll be cheering for tonight ;) )


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But don’t let her gorgeous looks fool you- this stunner was robbed at gunpoint in Rio De Janiero last year, and emerged a stronger woman. Take a look at her best moments with her dreamy footballer husband.


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Lukas Podolski‘s long-time girlfriend, Monika Puchalski is always photographed cheering her now husband on live from the stadium. The German blondie reflects an effortless style- always favoring comfy jeans, a leather jacket, and her husband’s football jersey while attending football matches.


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Neymar‘s recent injury may have him reaching for his phone to dial his ex-girlfriend’s number! The Brazilian star recently split up with his young love, Bruna Marquezine. In happier times, the rising Brazilian actress was constantly photographed wearing Neymar’s Barcelona jersey.


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Finally, Bastian Schweinsteiger has been happily dating Sarah Brandner for over seven years now. Aside from attending glamorous parties together, the German model dropped jaws when she posed for Sports Illustrated’s Body Painting issue a few years ago!


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