0151 336 5982
0151 638 6498

Dressmaking Fabrics : Get the Golden Globe Look with Fabrics from Calico Laine

Last night, the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards took place at the Beverley Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Historically, The Golden Globes are a great night for British cinema and television, and this year was no different with British film '12 Years A Slave' bringing home the coveted Best Film award. Of course, we were all glued to our televisions and social media channels throughout the night to see who else would be triumphant and (more importantly!) who was the best dressed? Even before the last glass of champagne has been drained the Best Dressed lists are already beginning to emerge on the internet and on breakfast television shows, and topping most of those lists this year is star of Best Film award winner, Lupita Nyong'o. Her first awards show saw newcomer Lupita, dominate the red carpet with a stunning Ralph Lauren gown in a breathtaking shade of crimson and dramatic cape effect.

Watching the arrivals at awards shows such as this is a great way of gauging what trends are emerging for the coming season and which dressmaking fabrics are ideal for copying the red carpet look of the stars. As well as Lupita's incredible block colour gown, many of the stars were seen showcasing the two-tone trend which has been rapidly increasing in popularity. Amy Adams was fabulous in a jaw dropping two toned, red Valentino gown whilst Aubrey Plaza looked lovely in shades of lavender and country singer, Taylor Swift chose an elegant cherry red gown with a black top. Sandra Bullock went even further and showed her fashion credentials in a multi-coloured gown of black, pink and blue with an asymmetric hem. Sandra's look is very much love it or hate it but we adored the gorgeous satin dressmaking fabric which is always a staple at awards shows and many special occasions. There were so many beautiful gowns on display this year, here are just a few of our favourites:

cate Cate Blanchett in Lace.

Cate Blanchett - many of the leading fashion publications have slated Cate's recent red carpet looks as being rather underwhelming but Best Actress winner Cate pulled out all of the stops at this years first major awards show with a stunning black lace Armani Couture gown. The gorgeous mermaid shaped skirt with a high lace collar made the most of the statuesque star's height and paired with dazzling Chopard diamonds, Cate's gothic glam look was a winner. Lace has long been a favoured dressmaking fabric and its popularity in the fashion industry shows no sign of abating. To achieve this look, our Heavy Corded Lace is the perfect choice of dressmaking fabric. Ideal for any special occasion this is an elegant fabric ideal for evening gowns and cocktail dresses and is suitable for layering over many other of our dressmaking fabrics.

sofia Sofia Vergara in her show stopping Zac Posen gown.

Sofia Vergara - the Colombian beauty brought the drama in an epic black frock by Zac Posen. Paired with a fabulous turquoise necklace by Lorraine Schwartz this is very much a look which will not travel much further than the red carpets of Hollywood but for a toned down version of this show stopping frock look to our range of Duchess Satin dressmaking fabrics for a formal outfit or bridesmaid dress. A dress like this needs structure and body and our Extra Stiff Dress Net is perfect for layering under other dressmaking fabrics for designs which require a solid construction to create a voluminous look.

emma-roberts Emma Roberts channels Old Hollywood in Lanvin.

Emma Roberts - Julia's niece chose a glam, black gown and minimal accessories for a classic Old Hollywood style. The sleeveless, floor length black dress by Lanvin is a classic style which will never go out of fashion. With a matte finish and a flattering drape, this is the perfect look for any function and can be worn again and again. To create this look for yourself choose a dressmaking fabric such as Microfibre. Known for it's soft, peach-skin feel, Microfibre is popular in the manufacture of evening dresses and contemporary bridal gowns due to its luxurious lightweight finish and flattering drape. Microfibre is a particularly easy fabric to work with and it does not require lining making this a great choice for low maintenance but show stopping designs.

71st Annual Golden Globe Awards - Arrivals Mila Kunis in a metallic, silk chiffon gown.

Mila Kunis - Mila looked flawless in this sophisticated metallic head turner by Gucci and let her dress do the talking with her natural make up and sleek up do. The silver, silk chiffon halter neck gown was heavily embellished with beadwork and sequins and the cool, grey hues were striking against her porcelain complexion and raven locks. Chiffon is one of our most popular dressmaking fabrics and is perfect for making you feel elegant and feminine on special occasions. Ideal for any of your evening wear designs Chiffon dressmaking fabric is perfect for giving an elegant and floaty appearance to your gowns and can be layered to add volume to your creation. Our range of Chiffon dressmaking fabrics includes Japanese Chiffon, Iridescent Two-Tone Cationic Chiffon and Soft Georgette Fabric.

Who was your best dressed at this years Golden Globes? Head over to our Facebook page and our Pinterest boards for exclusive previews of new dressmaking fabrics and tips and advice.

Until next time

Calico Laine