Last Night's Best Dressed: Keira & Carey's Comeback!

14 October 2010

And they’re back! Last night, Leicester Square hosted the world premiere of ‘Never Let Me Go’ and that can only mean one thing: Grazia Daily’s favourite new dream team reappeared. Hurrah! So you'll have to forgive us, dear readers, because after we saw Keira and Carey combine fashion forces for their afternoon duties yesterday, followed up by another double dose for the red carpet, Grazia Daily has been worked into quite the frenzy. But is their latest offering as spellbinding as the first? We just can’t decide...

You see, we were so proud to see the gorgeous girls breaking the mould by championing hip New York designers and working Rodarte and Proenza Schouler numbers for round one. How refreshing, we cried! But for round two, they’ve done the predictable by returning to their old fashion favourites. Admirable consistency or sheer laziness? Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

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As the face of the Coco fragrance, naturallement Keira Knightley can always count on longtime pal Karl Lagerfeld to lend her some threads, so it was no surprise to see her sporting one of the Kaiser’s designs. And considering it’s Chanel Couture, we concede it was a wise move. Teamed with her newly chopped tresses and that notorious pout, KK oozed classic sophistication in the creamy pearl knit curve-clinger. The draped detailing on the neckline, shoulders, waist and back flash a hint of flesh for a saucy edge, but the delicate beading keeps it super-elegant. What a combo! A pair of black satin pumps are all that’s needed to polish off the look (and thank heavens she left those clumpy pointed boots where they belong: on the catwalk).  

Meanwhile, Carey Mulligan rustled up another number from Vionnet. You’ll remember the young starlet received plaudits for supporting the French fashion house on several red carpet occasions (lest we forget that monochrome gown she chose for the BAFTAs, par exemple), so we appreciate her revisiting Rodolfo Paglialunga’s masterful draping. But something just ain’t quite right...

Let us explain. At Vionnet’s S/S ‘11 presentation, we drooled over the very same crêpe de chine gown, which was presented with a waist-clinching bow. Last night, however, the actress opted to wear it loose and billowing. Was this a good move, we wonder? We don't like to nit-pick, but quizzical Graziaettes have compared Carey’s interpretation to a pleated multicoloured tablecloth that swamps her petite frame, and we're scratching our heads at the lack of a belt and that ankle-biting hemline. What's more, when posing next to Keira, doesn't she look like she’s off on a beach holiday rather than at a oh-so-glam premiere? (Those Giuseppe Zanotti basket weave sandals sure don’t help.) Oh dear, what a conundrum we find ourselves in...

So we need YOU style savvy lot to wade into the debate. Has Keira out-shined Carey on this occasion? Or is Knightley + Mulligan still a fashion force to be reckoned with? Grazia Daily is torn - please help us decide!

by Jessica Vince


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