Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Elle Style Awards 2010.

Amidst the chaos of London Fashion Week, Elle magazine took the time to honour some of the brightest style icons of the year. Always top of my list; Alexa Chung picked up the Editor's Choice award, and the Olsen twins were named Style Icons of 2010. And everyone's new favourite songstress, BRITs best album of the year winner, Florence (and the machine) Welch scooped the award for Best Music. Elle also reaffirmed the British Fashion Council's choice of Designer of the Year in honouring Burberry's Christopher Bailey with the title once again.

For her impressive charity work, Naomi Campbell won the Outstanding Contribution Award. Campbell put on star-studded charity fashion shows at both New York and London fashion weeks this year to raise money for the efforts in Haiti. She called upon many celebrity friends (including Kelly Osbourne, Daphne Guiness and David Walliams) to walk in donated designer clothes that were later auctioned off. Kate Moss wore an Alexander McQueen dress that was bought by Sir Philip Green for 100,000.
Another supermodel making a bit of a comeback is a pregnant Claudia Schiffer who picked up the coveted Model of the Year award - arguably well-deserved for the face of Chanel. Past winners have included Agyness Deyn and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

Following on from the BAFTAs, Carey Mulligan and Colin Firth were once again awarded Best Actress and Best Actor respectively. Admittedly I haven't yet seen 'An Education' but I also haven't yet seen any discernable style from Carey Mulligan - am I the only one who thinks her bleached blonde elfin crop is really unflattering? I just don't see what all the fuss is about. And you'd be forgiven for your confusion regarding Elle's 'Breakthrough Talent' winner, Nicholas Hoult, as he has been a household name for some years now following his starring role in 'About A Boy' opposite Hugh Grant, and more recently his lead role in popular E4 drama 'Skins'. Obviously since his appearance in Tom Ford's 'A Single Man', he now has the bona fide fashion credentials for an official 'breakthrough'.

Other winners included; Dannii Minogue for Best TV Personality of the Year - presented to her by her sister Kylie, and Kristen Stewart for Woman of the Year (not really sure what 'Woman of the Year' means or what Kristen Stewart did to deserve it?).

Here are a few of my favourite fashionistas that graced the red carpet and got it right:
Alexa Chung in Chanel. Pretty in spring's sorbet colours.

Mary-Kate Olsen in Lanvin. Love the long sheer layers over the shorter hemline.

Ashley Olsen in Christian Lacroix haute couture. Just perfect.

Miquita Oliver and Rick Edwards. Love everything about her outfit right down to the Chanel handbag, just perfect! Rick looks really nice too but I wish he'd worn dress shoes.

Colin Firth looking dashing in what I can only assume is Tom Ford.

Daisy Lowe in Miu Miu. Love the Miu Miu catprint! Love the shoes.

Jade Jagger. Love this vibe, she looks dressed up but comfortable.

Christopher Bailey and Claire Danes in Burberry. He always keeps it simple and classic. I want her shoes.

Naomi Campbell in Alexander McQueen.

Paloma Faith. Not sure about the scarf over her head but other than that I love it. Top marks for style, it's a bit adventurous and she pulls it off well, a very flattering look for her.

Agyness Deyn was ahead of the game in A/W 2010 House of Holland.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Christian Dior. She always looks like a goddess.

And some of those who were slightly off:
Jaime Winstone in Roksanda Ilincic. When your skin colour blends into your dress you might want to rethink a few things, and the makeup is wayyyy too much.

Kristen Stewart in Emilio Pucci. Bad hair, outfit is nothing special.
Carey Mulligan in The Row. She looks like someone's mum.

Sarah Brown in Osman Yousefzada. I know she's trying to dress appropriately/conservatively because she's the Prime Minister's wife but she doesn't have to look like an Amish woman with a neck brace.

Nicola Roberts in a Vanessa Bruno suit. Everything clashes, the ginger hair, the pink suit, the red clutch. Just no. Poppy Delevigne. Not a terrible look but I wasn't aware this was a summer wedding. The length puts years on her too.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor and husband Richard Jones. Those clashing brights are too horrible, not to mention that tattoo.

Jo Whiley. Oh no no no. That colour is offensive.

More Soon.

All red carpet photos from http://www.elleuk.com/

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