Monday 23 January 2017

Red Carpet Wrap: Best and worst dressed

Published 10/09/2010 | 05:00

From left: Corinne Bailey Rae and Alexa Chung
From left: Corinne Bailey Rae and Alexa Chung

Who is a style queen and who should be taken away by the fashion police this week?

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Best dressed: Corinne Bailey Rae

Now normally we have to admit that we don't really like asymmetrical hems -- they make us feel that the wearer may be a bit, well, unbalanced ... But we'll make an exception for this little number -- just this once.

The shimmering fabric makes Corinne seem really quite ethereal, the cut is super-flattering for her figure and, unlike most, she can really rock the one-shoulder look.

The key to this is keep the accessories very simple, as the singer has cleverly done. Forget fussy jewellery and over-sized clutches, to-die-for strappy sandals are quite enough.

She may not have left the Mercury awards with a gong, but Corinne's definitely a winner in the fashion stakes.

Worst dressed: Alexa Chung

Don't you just love this time of the year? The last of the shabby sales stock is a dim and distant memory, and the shops are crammed with new and oh-so-shiny goodies.

There's no stupid guilt, you simply have to indulge yourself with a whole new wardrobe.

Sorry, did we say indulge?

We meant, of course, invest -- you simply have to invest in the new autumn/winter looks.

After all, the last thing you want is to be seen as Ms Last Season.

But it's not easy to figure out just what we need to buy to really inspire those fab feelings of envy among our friends.

Although we know that camel is the only colour to be seen in, we also realise that we NEED an aviator jacket, like yesterday.

Thankfully there are a few style icons that we can look to for advice. Step forward Alexa Chung.

Actually, on second thoughts, don't.

It may be stratospherically cool, channels '50s style and shows off her endless legs (and dodgy knees), but the combination of that trapeze jacket and matching skirt and those silver booties makes her look like a visitor from Planet of the Women in Big White Outfits. Not for us, thanks, even if it is Valentino.

Irish Independent

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