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Paula Fabulous In Louis Verdad & Dior


This spring we saw some of fashion’s biggest, boldest and loudest trends on the catwalk. With electric colour, graphic prints, maxi lengths and bright white were some of the key looks to emerge this season. One of the biggest trends we saw was the Colour Block from Gucci. Paula stepped out on stage in a mix of hot pink, red and cobalt blue from designer Louis Verdad for a maximum glamorous impact with blue patent pumps from Christian Dior that made viewers eyes pop.  Los Angeles designer Louis Verdad returned to the fashion scene for the first time this year in two years. Known for sexy tailoring which earned him a reputation with the likes of other celebs most notably Madonna and Cate Blanchett when he first burst on the fashion scene nearly a decade ago. His spring/summer 2012 collection that Paula selected to wear was a mix of everything I love about fashion – glamour, sophistication, bold, colour and sexy shapes. This look is a loud and proud colour combination for Paula and makes for a dynamic and confident look on the final show. This is a look that gained a mixed reaction from fans and viewers some loving and recognizing the fashion forward bold look while others were surprised at her choice and thought the outfit was slightly overkill and’ try hard’. I love the hot pink silk top against Paula’s skin tone and hair colour and love the combo of red and pink together with statement jewelled earrings which is hot. I thought she looked amazing as she stepped out on stage and loved that she was trying something new and bang on trend. I’m not mad on the front slit on the skirt with the aqua fabric and matching Dior shoes, I would have stuck with red but that’s a small detail and completely subjective. Overall I prefer the black mesh dress on Paula but adore Louis Verdad as a massive talent and can see why Paula wore this outfit on the final rather than the black. What do you think? Do you love or hate the colour block trend on Paula?

Paula Wows in Alexander Mcqueen Mesh

As you all may know the mesh trend is still around in fashion and is as cool as ever. In the 90’s this was made popular by Adezzine Alaia, in the 2000’s American Apparel paved the way on the high-street for a range of colourful mesh bodysuits that combined sports lux with a sexy urban clubbing look. Mesh is still hot for Fall / Winter 2011 with a range of celebrities wearing the trend and on the last night of final performances, Paula did not disappoint looking phenomenally sexy to the max in a long Alexander Mcqueen black mesh flesh halter-neck dress. I absolutely love this look on Paula and it could rate as my favourite yet as the design and the style of the dress oozes understated but confident party glamour. I’m always slightly nervous when she wears long dresses but there’s something about mesh inserts that evoke a daring but mysterious vibe and I like it! It’s a subtle but sexy way to show some skin with a high fashion vibe and Paula looks sensational. She teamed this look with gold accessories including a dramatic statement piece gold Giuseppe Zanotti cuff bracelet which accentuated her outfit and makes her stand out in the style stakes. Paula finished off the look and cranked up the glamour with long loose half up hair that looks effortless and fresh. Overall I love mesh on Paula. Subtle sexiness and it works! What are your thoughts on the mesh trend? Love or hate?

Going For Gold: Golden Girl Paula Shines

Wow, was anyone actually able to concentrate on the show the other night? It seemed all eyes were firmly fixed on Paula as she stormed the stage in another fabulously out of this fashion world sexy Nanaz Couture design.  And while the headlines may all be about who will win The X Factor, Paula reclaimed the limelight in a teeny-tiny (and supremely tight) metallic gold and silver lace dress by Nanaz Couture.  Her now staple long glossy curls were half up half down paired with long lashes, long earrings and a nude lip provided the finishing touches. I love seeing Paula wearing gold and silver together which also happens to be nice and festive for this time of year. I sat down with the lovely designer Nanaz and she told me that ” it’s very difficult to find gold and silver woven together so beautifully. So when I found that in a lace, I knew it was going to be something special for Paula. I lined the dress with a silver lining, so the silver colour would stand out. This was to do justice to it, next to gold.’’  As the final approaches it’s hard to see how Paula will beat this look. What do you think? How do you rate Paula’s metallic mini? Comment below.

Paula Fires Up The Runway Once Again In Red

Paula sparkled on The X Factor stage last night and I think she must be listening to me as it looks like she’s really enjoyed using and embracing the stage as her runway! I’m making it official that from now on the stage is Paula’s runway to showcase a range of fabulous looks – any ideas what this show should be called? This week Paula wore a stunning asymmetrical one shoulder sparkly jeweled cuff mini dress which showed off her amazing figure. She followed my lead and selected to wear red again, totally rocking the shiny one shoulder dress that not only screams The X Factor but is currently the hottest trend to wear this season from New York to Milan with fun party dresses from Gucci, Lanvin and Diane von Furstenberg. Fashion is having a code red for fall, with head-to-toe crimson looks firing the runways. Red is the color of anger, passion, fire and love which seems to be a pretty good description of Paula on the X Factor so it’s a great match. Last week I said Paula looked last Jessica Rabbit meets a Sexy Santrass in red this week she is working the 1970s disco sex-bomb look. A look this strong evokes passion, sophistication, and power. Paula choose to get the head-to-toe look with coordinating red lacquer nails and scored the pièce de résistance: spicy red stilettos. Paula finished off the look with loads of flowing hair (loved) and gold hoop earrings (perfect) Result a show stopping look and one of my favourite yet. (photos credit thanks: Kayryn / video: misskatrin033)

Paula Embraces Ochre Yellow On Kimmel

What do Jimmy Kimmel and Paula’s dress have in common? They are both acid! The judges were all on Jimmy Kimmel live this week and looked slightly shocked and bemused throughout the whole interview at Jimmy’s line of questioning. Paula selected to wear one of her own dresses for the appearance following the trend for neon and ochre yellow that have ruled the runway and have been seen all over the red carpet. The ochre yellow style trend has managed to popularize vibrating outfits that are paired with funky accessories seen on the runways of great designers such as Lanvin Michael Kors (a fav of Paula’s), Salvatore Ferragamo as well as one of my all-time favourite designers Matthew Williamson. Wearing bright colours requires some confidence and they look best on olive tones like Paula’s. Paula paired her sleeveless wing dress with patent black Louboutin heels and a black feather jewelled choker (a similar style above) which resulted in a slightly sexy rock chic aura. She completed her look with ochre yellow eye shadow and black liner as well as a half up wavy hair style and large jewelled earrings. Is this look a hit or a miss?


Nanaz Hatami is the Founder and inspiration behind Nanaz Couture. She benefits from a rich background in the fine arts of Persia, complementing that with the modern fashion of the west and putting her talents to work as a designer from her experiences around the world. Positioned between haute couture and ready-to-wear Nanaz can create any fabulous creation you desire. Straight Up Style sat down with the  hot designer making waves in Hollywood to discuss design, fashion, making dresses for Paula Abdul and much more …

What made you want to become a fashion designer? I originally took a degree in fine arts and one of my subjects was fabric design.  I really enjoyed that and after that, moved more toward what you can do with fabric and took an interest in designing.

What time of day are you most creative? Late at night.  That is when I do most of my sketches.   

What inspires you to design the wedding dresses and eveningwear you do? My older sister was a dress designer for many years and she used to design gowns for many diplomats and political figures in Washington including Mrs. Carpenter (President Nixon’s secretary).  I started out her, and I was originally inspired from there.  As for today, I see inspiration in everything.  Everyday objects that are random for most people, will give me ideas for shapes and different fabrics that I design.

What do you most love about being a designer? Creating something new every day.  There is nothing I would rather do.

You must be ecstatic that Paula Abdul wore one of your designs on The X Factor the other night (pic above) how did that occur? Her stylist Kayla who I had worked with before, asked me if I wanted to present my designs to Paula.  I sent her two designs and she loved both of them.

Is she as tiny as she looks on the television?  She has a gorgeous slim figure.  Perfect to work with.

Did you have free rein to design what you liked for her or did you get given a brief? I had free reign and I chose what to design specially for her.

I loved the bold graphic print of the dress, what made you design this style of dress for Paula? I am very particular about the fabrics I source.  That particular one was beautifully hand beaded and when I saw it, I immediately thought of Paula.

If you had to describe Paula’s style in three words what would that be? Classic, elegant and simple.

Did you know she was going to wear your dress on the night or was it a total surprise? She called me that same afternoon and told me she is wearing my dress herself and was such a special moment for me. It was so nice of her to do that.

What were your feelings when you saw her in one of your designs? Proud…very very proud.

Fill in this blank. Nanaz  Hatami designs make me feel …. special

If you were to design Paula’s finale dress on The X Factor what would that look like? I would design something fitted long and full

What’s next for you? This is an exciting start for me and I look forward to expanding showcasing more of my work for people to see. 

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