High Style, Obviously, At Style AwardsS

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 AwardsSEmma Watson rocks minimal flirty glam in Hakaan — there's a reason she won a Style award.

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

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

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

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

High Style, Obviously, At Style AwardsSThandie 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 AwardsSMinnie 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 AwardsSTolua Adeyemi shows how to do transparency.

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

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

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

High Style, Obviously, At Style AwardsSAnd this.

High Style, Obviously, At Style AwardsSSo, 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.