It's A Fine Line Between Dowdy And Dowdy-Chic

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When a film mag and a whiskey come together to host an awards show, well, anything can happen. And sartorially speaking, did.

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Keira Knightley walks a line between dowdy-chic (an oxymoron?) and dowdy in Rodarte.

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Not just anyone could pull off this hue; Lily Cole makes it fun.

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Sarah Harding, ready to take flight.

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Georgie Henley shows off the current penchant for Art Nouveau themes. And for dancing.

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Ophelia Lovibond goes mod — the purse is a bit of anachronism, like the modern penny in Out of the Past that takes Christopher Reeve away from Jane Seymour.

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Olivia Williams in what appears to be a bejeweled carpenter's apron.

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I'm used to seeing Michelle Dockery in Downton period finery; she does modern classics just as well.

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In a room full of understatement, Preeya Kalidas brings full-on glam.

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Lily Cole has definitely been one of my style-icons since she appeared as one of the few recognizably ginger models (in the late 90's or so?). I've always really appreciated how natural and sensual (very Botticelli in the face) her look is.

Why the hell did she have to dye her effing hair?!

It's hard enough as it is to find good red-headed muses and/or fashion role models. There should be laws preventing these sorts of things!