Sunday 26 February 2012

Get the Rooney Mara look from Singapore-based website

And the award for the celebrity who rocked the cutout/black look goes to… by far Rooney Mara!

Regardless who’s going to win this year’s Oscars, Rooney Mara has won the fashion stakes during this award season; mainly because of her constant use of the cutout dresses.

I was never the biggest fan of this trend but she single-handedly changed my opinion. And while it doesn’t sound so ‘chic’ to start with, she owned it with her unique styling, effortlessly making those flesh-baring cutouts look more class than trash.

Now I’m convinced, I’m ready to rock the trend for this spring/summer season… in my own way of course :-)

Teaming this sexy cutout number from Keepsake with my favourite pair of heels (seriously!),
cool accessories from local label Yahn Adam and bright yellow mesh bag might
get me my Rooney Mara moment... Rana-style ;-) 

The queen of the cutout look: Rooney Mara in Michael Kors (left) and Nina Ricci (right)

And my absolute favourite look of her in Prabal Gurung dress (left), rocking a white
Givenchy gown (centre) and a Roksanda Ilincic jumpsuit (right)

For a start, I’m a million miles away from the porcelain-skinned, cropped haired actress who always looks great in black. To me, colour is essential, but with this look it’s about blending it in, not drowning everything else out.

Another difference between Rooney Mara and us – the Nina Ricci and Givenchy frocks she’s been rocking are not really a viable option. So I found the perfect alternative: Australian-based Keepsake which has just been made available in Singapore through local e-commerce site

Sexy without being too revealing, this is a great LBD which is spot on trend and anything but boring for this party season! What I love most about it is the hemline which gives it a fun edge over any short bandage version.

A tastefully sexy back!

So, onto the big question:  How to style it? I would wear it with my ‘oh so hard to match’ Alexander McQueen goddess heels, a gorgeous rib cage cufflink (S$199) and understated earrings (S$109) from local label Yahn Adam (one of the  top designers  who represented Singapore in Star creation 2010 fashion contest!) also available on

To top it off, I would add my usual splash of colour in form of a bright yellow mesh bag which I picked up (for less than S$20!) from one of the local shops around. Now all I need is an event invite. Any offers?

This Keepsake dress (and other cool frocks from the same label)are available on and retail from S$117+.