High Style, Obviously, At Style Awards

It is a truth universally acknowledged that British red carpets are the best red carpets. And for sheer verve, style, eccentricity and bold failures, it was hard to beat last night's Elle style awards.


High Style, Obviously, At Style AwardsEmma Watson rocks minimal flirty glam in Hakaan — there's a reason she won a Style award.

High Style, Obviously, At Style AwardsBlake Lively, stunning in cerulean: I love this departure from her habitual fitted silhouettes!

High Style, Obviously, At Style AwardsPer usual, Alexa Chung rocks awkward chic.

High Style, Obviously, At Style AwardsIn that fierce tomboy mode, Karen Gillan — who looks adorable.

High Style, Obviously, At Style AwardsI love the Dorothy Draper approach to florals: go big or go home. Corinne Bailey Rae clearly agrees; this is whimsy that stays chic!

High Style, Obviously, At Style AwardsWhich is not to say that you then position said print against a loud plaid. I'm not saying couples need to coordinate or anything creepy, but this is...blinding.

High Style, Obviously, At Style AwardsHelena Christensen's frock has the luster of an abalone shell. You decide whether that's a good thing.

High Style, Obviously, At Style AwardsThandie Newton makes a strong case for the 70s trend: everyone else may as well give up right now — or be inspired.

High Style, Obviously, At Style AwardsMinnie Driver's dress has pulled off something tricky: slightly dowdy on top, and skimpy on the bottom. A miracle of engineering, really.

High Style, Obviously, At Style AwardsTolua Adeyemi shows how to do transparency.

High Style, Obviously, At Style AwardsMuch as I adore Sophie Ellis-Bextor, I fear this flirts aggressively with 80'ss bridesmaid.

High Style, Obviously, At Style AwardsLisa Snowdon wears what may be the most boob-unflattering frock in the history of clothing.

High Style, Obviously, At Style AwardsAnd yes, I included Jaime Winstone's in that assessment.

High Style, Obviously, At Style AwardsAnd this.

High Style, Obviously, At Style AwardsSo, I get that it was Valentine's Day. And that this Erin O'Connor tee is all the crack in her set. And yet, Emilia Fox gives further weight to the argument that there's really no context in which text works on a red carpet.