Brit Awards Are British, Stylish

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As the name implies, the Brit Awards attract some of the biggest boldfaces in the UK arts. But that doesn't mean that Rihanna and Bieber weren't there, too! And yes, the duds were eminently gawk-worthy.

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Even though it's all downhill from here (in the bad, Sisyphus way, not the easy-coasting way) let's start with Rihanna's absolutely rocking gown. Because doesn't it just put you in a good mood?

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Sophie Ellis-Bextor, as a rule, has one of the most consistent of all aesthetics — a little Minnie, a little Peggy Sue Got Married. And who doesn't appreciate consistency in a naughty world? I mean, the woman has stayed true to her "Murder on the Dancefloor" roots, here!

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Although if we're applauding literal-retro consistency, I guess we gotta hand it to Paloma Faith, too.

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Corinne Bailey-Rae is like a stealth red-carpet star: not flamboyant, but always interesting and quietly cool.

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Let's talk about Adele. Specifically, the fact that she looks totally elegant.

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This is the way to rock statement hair-color: by coordinating it subtly! Love how Ellie Goulding's combining with Old Hollywood 30s, and somehow it totally works.

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The Biebs, who I have read is toughening up his image under the tutelage of some Usher-approved "swagger coach." Hence the jacket?

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So, I'm normally kind of a fan of Fearne Cotton, sartorially-speaking, but this is all skewing a little 90s for me...seriously, didn't we all dance to "Wannabe" in some version of this dress? (I mean, those of you who weren't still forced to wear children's Laura Ashley dresses by your mothers because you were under 5' like some of us.)

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On the one hand, Alesha Dixon's dress is seriously failing the fingertip test. On the other, she looks kind of smashing, so.

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Well, sure, maybe Heidi Range could have toned down the shoe, but just how swell is this Calder-esque belt?

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I'm not even going to suggest that Jessie J forgot her pants, when that's clearly an integral part of this Sexy Geico Gecco costume.

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Remember all those things we said about Ellie Goulding vis a vis statement hair and balance? Yeah, kind of the exact opposite applies to Avril Lavigne here.

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Hofit Golan's outfit is so busy it's like the clothing equivalent of working three jobs while parenting five kids, and still managing to be an active member of two book clubs, an oenophile's society and several online communities with liberal commenting policies.

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Rhiannas performance was just plain embarrassing. I wonder if they have an applause sign somewhere, because there was no reason to clap for her.