The Best Red Carpets of the Year 2014

2014 was a good red carpet year. These lovely ladies enjoyed show-stopping moments and while some of them made worst-dressed lists, they all left a memorable impression. We saw an abundance of glamour, we love that, but we also loved it when the more daring, A-list fashionistas pushed the envelope and challenged the norm. From short rompers to flowing gowns, they brought it.

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Julia Roberts for GIVENCHY 2015

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My initial reaction to hearing that Julia Roberts was the new face of Givenchy was "YUCK!" and then, "WTF???!!!" I don't see her as fashion. She's void of style. The very few times she's ever looked good on the red carpet is because a stylist dressed her. BUT, I stand corrected with these Givenchy campaign photos. [Though to my defense, Julia Roberts was dressed and styled by someone else... just sayin.'] She looks good. Great, actually. Strong, powerful and modern. Photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, the images evoke the " Givenchy timeless beauty" that Riccardo Tisci set out to capture. So there you have it. Julia Roberts for Givenchy 2015.

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Behind-the-Scenes with Candy Spelling at Estate

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E. Vincent Martinez & Candy Spelling

I couldn't imagine a better location to interview Candy Spelling than at Estate. And after interviewing at so many TV news stations, she couldn't agree more. Candy Spelling and her bestie Alicia walked into Estate and felt at home. [So a big loving shout out to my friend Tony Conway and A Legendary Event for the love and the space!] Candy and her friend were relaxed, comfortable and enjoyed the Mitchell Gold furnishings, style and decor. They were especially impressed to learn that Bill Lowe Gallery changes the artwork out every season, which keeps the "feel" of Estate fresh.

So what else happened on and off camera?? 

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This was pre-interview. Demi Styles snapped the photo. I was trying to contain my excitement by distracting myself on Twitter. Candy was in the dressing room with

Nyssa Green

of the

Green Room Agency

getting her hair and makeup ready.

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Gil Guillama was getting us ready.

"Candy, may I get a sound check please,"

he said. Funny thing was that while we had the interior of Estate to ourselves, the landscapers reigned outdoors. Guess what, the loudest John Deere was mowing away right outside our window! Not to worry, Amy, Estates super fab manager took care of that! "Quiet on set. Action!"

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I began the interview by letting Candy know just how much I enjoyed her book,

Candy At Last

. I read it in only three days! I was enthralled by her stories about her adventures with Hollywood celebrities. The greats! We spoke briefly about her daughter,

Tori Spelling

.

"Everyone wants to ask me about Tori,"

she pointed out before the interview, so I decided to respect Candy's privacy and not dwell or pry. Just a mention. Besides, after thirty-eight incredible years of marriage with the legendary

Aaron Spelling

, Candy had so many other fascinating things to talk about. So we did.

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And finally. I had to. I just had to... I whipped out a Sharpie and with a smile handed it to Candy... the inscription reads:

"Vincent - Thanks for being so sweet! Warmest Regards."

Signed Candy Spelling. Yup, no longer

just

Aaron's wife or Tori's mom. [It's] Candy At Last.

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Emma Watson covers ELLE

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She's smart, sexy and on the April cover of US ELLEEmma Watson makes Western chic by wearing a Balmain shirt and calfskin pants. No magic needed to work the camera here. She looks so fresh in all the photos, I love it. But what I love most about Emma Watson is that she valued the importance of a good education by completing her studies at Brown and Oxford.

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This is probably the most amazing and gorgeous photo of the group. Stunning.

The child star has grown up with a pretty good sense of herself, though she tells ELLE about her envy towards new emerging actresses: 

“There are all these actresses who have emerged in the last year or two, and they get to emerge as this complete human being. And I’m so jealous!" Emma Watson also talks to ELLE about concerns over her "first kiss" in Hollywood and discusses her role in the new epic film Noah. You can read the entire interview in ELLE, now. [photos Carter Smith]

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Michael Fassbender for GQ Magazine

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We all know Michael Fassbender polishes up well looking great in a designer suit or in his birthday suit. BUT his rugged style in November's GQ Magazine is a winner too. The mix of Gant, Emporio Armani and a little dirt seems so effortless. The convertible, aviators and boots add to his badassery. Read the full GQ interview here.

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Celebrity Fashion Moms

The Lavish Baby Showers of These Fashion Icon Moms

by guest blogger: 

Tammy Braverman

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Photo: Hollywood Branded via Flickr

Have you seen the

Burberry

"Suzanna" 

one-piece swimsuit

 for baby?  The distinctive tartan pattern not only adorns our favorite handbags and trench coats, but baby bloomer shorts and booties. The British luxury fashion house isn't the only couture brand dressing our little ones.

Louis Vuitton

crafts baby carriers, cars seats and strollers, as

Gucci

knits up merino wool cardigans and rompers.

As children become the new accessory to celebrities, designers attempt to keep their customers engaged with $400 silk-print girls' dresses and $100 bibs. Thanks to lavish baby showers and luxury nurseries, the designer baby market continues to thrive.

Kim Kardashian

Kim kicked off her June shower by sending a fully functional ballerina music box dancing to Kanye's lullaby version of "Hey Mama" to each guest. RSVPers included Nicole Richie, Kimberly Stewart and Kelly Osbourne. The garden party guests donated monetary gifts to Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago at Kim and Kanye's request. The ladies left wearing gifted baby's breath head wreaths.

Gwen Stefani

Featuring a pink 

L.A.M.B.

 theme to match her clothing line, Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale glammed up their little rocker's baby shower in 2006. Gifts included a $1,200 bedding set, $1,300 chandelier and $6,200 gold necklace. That's before the kid was even born. Their son, Kingston, is the latest model for Burberry kids spring/summer 2013 ad campaign.

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Photo: Jason H. Smith via Flickr

Jessica Simpson

Staying true to her Southern roots, J. Simps had a Tom Sawyer-themed shower, complete with a banjo player, vintage baby bottles, checkered tablecloths and wagons filled with grass and flowers. Guests munched on grilled cheese and pigs in a blanket. Simpson even had a fishing booth, where Jessica Alba, Chelsea Handler and hairstylist Ken Paves fished for party favors of OPI polish, lip gloss and, gasp!, condoms.

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Photo: John VanderHaagen via Flickr

Kate Middleton

It's a boy! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge celebrated the birth of their little one with less celebrity and more history. The Royal Baby Shower, planned by none other than her sis Pippa, was set to take place at the end of July, but Kate Middleton birthed her baby boy on July 22, so the shower might turn into a congratulatory party instead. Guests can drop off cards, but no gifts will be accepted. The Royal Family doesn't exchange gifts, so they've asked participants to donate to local charities that help children.

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Photo: Comrade Foot via Flickr

Tori Spelling

Fashionable eatery, Elixir Tonic & Tea, was Tori Spelling's locale of choice for her lavish baby shower. Guests received pricey lip enhancers, $600 pearl bracelets and designer baby blankets.

Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott

Photo: Greg Hernandez via Flickr

Shaunie O'Neal

Shaquille's lady offered spa treatments at her 150-guest baby shower. Indulgences included manis, pedis, massages and knitting lessons for the women, while the men played craps, poker and blackjack.

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