When I first started guest-blogging GBU, I had some major philosophical qualms of the 'who-am-I-to-judge' school about critiquing other women's clothes; I entertained putting up a pic of myself in a gown so I'd feel like I wasn't hiding behind my monitor blah blah blah. Whew! Glad I got that bit of nonsense over with before reviewing the Elle Awards, which took place in Barcelona at the MNAC Museum, because this is some serious stuff. For one thing, it was, like, 90% models, and they were not playing around. For another, the bar was set Euro-chic high. Even the disasters were the sort of avante-garde triumph we Americans could never pull off. No job for an emotionally-fraught blogging adolescent, that. Have fun, after the jump.

The Good:

Amber Valetta represents.

Singer Natalia Jimenez's dress is one of the night's best. Sensational gams never hurt.


Most people went sleek, so I appreciate model Nuria March's New Look silhouette.


The one-shoulder trend? I'm pro. At any rate, Judit Masco works it.

Another 'Good Thing' (as Martha would have it): big 70s-inspired necklaces. Makes Helen Swedin's look!


The Bad:

Here is a serious question for you: what is it about the color white that can add ten degrees of tacky to a gown like model Yvonne Reyes'?


This is Jean-Paul Gaultier. I know.


I was a little nervous about including Alejandra Pratt's gown because I wasn't sure if it was maternity. But I don't think it is.

Why so sour, designer Amaya Arzuaga? Oh. Well, I guess I can see why.


Just so you know, my boyfriend wanted me to put model Ariadne Artiles in "The Good." Didn't.

The Ugly:


That's what I'm talkin' about, Veronica Blume. A true "Ugly" should be spectacular, awe-inspiring, best recollected in tranquility. Wel played, madam.

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