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.
You know, truthfully, I'd forgotten why Mischa Barton was considered chic. This reminded me.
Not my absolute favorite on Padma: she looks merely gorgeous rather than stunning.
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!
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.
The Less Good:
Actress Jodie Whittaker's dress is sabotaged by its lacy hem. Oh, and her tap shoes.
Shaznay Lewis' mini would be so much cuter were it not made of insulation.
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.
TV presenter June Sarpong is in danger of being worn by her dress's aggressive print. Her booties are no match for its power.
Certainly not "Ugly"-worthy, but the worst of the evening: actress Hattie Morahan.