Is it a loo roll cover? A tiered wedding cake? Maybe Babs Windsor shrouded in a meringue? Nope, it’s only Lady Gaga, back again with yet another outlandish avant-garde outfit topped off with a towering beehive wig and a Phillip Treacy mask, naturally. It's certainly one way to beat the cold - or in the words of host Peter Kay, “she’s the only woman I know who gets her clothes from Ikea.” God love her. As for the performance, which she dedicated to Alexander McQueen, La Ga donned a lace bodysuit and pranced about below a sculpture of, er, herself - created by Nick Knight and featuring those now instantly identifiable Armadillo heels. Just priceless.
Arriving on the soggy red carpet, Lily Allen said, "I wanted to ask [Lady Gaga] for advice on my outfit. She's the lady in the know." But considering the popstrel was kitted out in a floor-length dress from Chanel’s Pre-Fall collection, we reckon she pretty much had it nailed. In fact, we whole-heartedly salute her for working such a dramatic wet-look ensemble, despite admitting she was ''not very comfortable. It's quite heavy and also it's quite tight so it keeps on twisting around.' We would feel sorry for you Lils but considering you're wearing it because you're King Karl's muse, we suggest you keep schtum and let us admire the magnficence. Oooh that red and gold embellishment, ahhh those draped layers and wooow the silk lining...it all brings a regal touch to the typically edgy occassion, plus her Cleopatra-esque blunt fringed bob is just perfect. So although we are a little concerned about her neck situation, overall this look makes us very happy. Long gone are the days of prom dress + trainers. Well done Ms Allen, you've done us proud.
Next up, we have Leona Lewis who gave futuristic fashion a go courtesy of this metallic asymmetric frock accented by colour popping Stella McCartney pumps and matchy-matchy pink lips. How great to see her out of those corsets and billowing Westwood gowns she’s become permanently attached to. And we’re delighted to see she’s doing her bit for up-and-coming Brit designers as this dress is by none other than Grazia fave William Tempest.
Taking a page from Madonna’s book with a black lace dress by Dolce & Gabbana, Kylie Minogue decided to ditch the teeny tiny cocktail frocks and yet still flashed some leg courtesy of the flowing skirt. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, sheer is THE way to do subtle sexiness. The knicker-flashing is a tad distracting though...
Awh ain’t Pixie Lott cute! Looking like an extra from Chicago, she donned this classic LBD with tutu-style skirt and lace sleeves by little known designer Kate Halfpenny, vamped up with 1920s-inspired waved hair. How adorable!
Girl of the moment Florence Welch roared onto the red carpet in this uber-short mini-dress embellished with gold sequins - props to her for having the pins to pull it off. But when collecting her award for Best British Album from none other than designer extraordinaire Tom Ford (wowser!), she joined the black lace brigade with a made-to-measure Roksanda Ilincic gown. Go Flo!
There's no doubt Alicia Keys looks fierce. But haven’t we seen this Balmain number somewhere before? Yep, this is the very same paillette frock that Gossip Girl Blake Lively wore back in September ‘09 for a Post Emmy Awards party. Luckily, Ms Keys knows how to make it her own with a buzz of tight curls and some spiked Louboutin booties. Perfect.
Fashion kudos to Courtney Love for choosing this bejeweled Miu Miu dress from the S/S 10 collection. The very on-trend nude tone is really rather chic but what’s with the floral necklace? Although bringing a dash of colour to the ensemble, it creates too much fuss around the quirky white collar and sleeve detailing, don't you think? Those sparkling Cinderella heels mean we’re going to let her off though. At least she went for an individual look unlike our next Best Dressed contender...
The Brits are the chance to get edgy not elegant, so take note next time Alexandra Burke. As much as we admire her Oscar-worthy floor-sweeper, the over-sized bow reminds us of a Christmas present adorned with one of those Red Awareness Ribbons... Not the best comparison, we’re sure you’d agree.
It’s official - we want to be Cat Deeley. Doesn’t she look simply stunning in this feminine frock jazzed up by shimmering floral appliqué and accessoried with her favourite pair of zip-up Jimmy Choo Glenys heels? Love! And, how appropriate, Cat is wearing a Brit designer to the Brits. La Deeley popped into Matthew Williamson's studio yesterday to catch up with Matthew and choose her red carpet look. This amazing dress is from Mr Williamson's pre-Fall collection - Cat's the first to be spotted out and about in the preview range - and, with gorgeous pieces like this, we suspect, not the last...
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