The Black Ball: Great Cause, Pretty Good Clothes

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Last night, Alicia Keys threw something called The Keep a Child Alive Black Ball, in aid of the eponymous HIV/AIDS charity. And loads of folks showed up at St John's in London: Jennifer Hudson, Padma Lakshmi, Mischa Barton, Shaznay Lewis, Jasmine Guinness - and luckily for us, they were all dolled up. The Good and the Less-Good, after the jump.

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You know, truthfully, I'd forgotten why Mischa Barton was considered chic. This reminded me.

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Not my absolute favorite on Padma: she looks merely gorgeous rather than stunning.

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It gives me great pleasure to be able to elevate Jennifer Hudson to the literal heights of the Good. I can't pretend I'm a major fan of these New York & Co. -style giraffe prints that won't go away, or the severe bob on JH, but I'm delighted to see our lady in something softer. When all the components are in place - defined waist, open neck - structured armor is not always necessary!

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By "Good" I'm afraid that in the case of Jasmine Guinness I just mean "grand-niece of Nancy Mitford." I'm actually on the fence with this one: the color's great on her, but it's not doing a whole lot for her overall.

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The Less Good:

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Actress Jodie Whittaker's dress is sabotaged by its lacy hem. Oh, and her tap shoes.

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Shaznay Lewis' mini would be so much cuter were it not made of insulation.

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Singer Sandi Thorn's dress is an object lesson: these Grecian-draped tops are incredibly hard to wear, very bulky and almost never a good idea, no matter how pretty the color.

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TV presenter June Sarpong is in danger of being worn by her dress's aggressive print. Her booties are no match for its power.

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Certainly not "Ugly"-worthy, but the worst of the evening: actress Hattie Morahan.

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@LoveNoelG: I like Alicia Key's dress, but you're right, she doesn't look like she believes she can rock the dress.