Stars shine on Brits red carpet
Published 21/02/2012 | 18:44
Florence Welch showed she was number one in the glamour stakes at the Brit Awards as she became pop royalty in a dazzling gown.
The chart-topping star showed it was Florence and the McQueen as she showed off a dress by Sarah Burton, who designed the Duchess of Cambridge's wedding gown.
Florence wore a textured peach dress with a lace train, cut to the thigh at the front with Indian hand jewellery and platform gladiator sandals, as she arrived at London's O2 Arena for the pop world's biggest night of the year.
The dress for the Florence + The Machine star is one of Alexander McQueen designer Burton's first major outfits since last April's royal celebration.
Many of the biggest names in music were gathering for tonight's awards ceremony which will culminate in an outstanding contribution prize for Blur. But the band's members did not look as though they had put as much thought into their outfits as the younger generation of stars.
Frontman Damon Albarn arrived wearing a flatcap, Harrington jacket and jeans, while guitarist Graham Coxon wore a faded denim jacket and shades. Even bass player Alex James managed to spoil the effect of his blue suit by wearing it with a T-shirt and mismatching buttons.
Another nominee, Jessie J, set pulses racing in a barely-there sheer scarlet dress. Adele played it simple, wearing her signature black with a long dress and sheer sleeves.
International breakthrough artist nominee Lana Del Rey was another star who favoured red with an elegant, trailing off-the-shoulder dress.
Pop princess Kylie Minogue wore a vivid strapless blue frock, while current chart-topper Rita Ora was another who chose a long gown with a white number.