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

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

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

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

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

High Style, Obviously, At Style Awards Thandie 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 Awards Minnie 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 Awards Tolua Adeyemi shows how to do transparency.

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

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

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

High Style, Obviously, At Style Awards And this.

High Style, Obviously, At Style Awards So, 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.