Cheryl in Jonathan Saunders, Dannii in Marchesa: It's The X Factor Fash-Off!

01 November 2010

Crikey! The X Factor went the whole fandango for Halloween, didn’t it? From Simon’s brilliantly white fangs, Mary’s cheeky horns and Katie’s frankly terrifying eyelashes, it gave us Graziaettes a LOT to discuss round the water cooler this morning (check back here for our detailed dissection later). So it's time to move over Freddie vs. Jason, because this weekend’s style showdown was a MONSTER clash. Here are the results...

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As our favourite four-headed beast stepped through the smoky doors, we were pleased to see the spooky spirit had oozed into their outfits (ish). While the boys stuck to their usual fare, Dannii Minogue and Cheryl Cole vamped it up with dollops of blood red and gothic black. So far Dannii’s sat like a queen a top the battlefield thanks to a little help from Victoria Beckham and on Saturday, she continued her success with some Marchesa whimsy. The snaking ruffles on her A/W ’10 dress create a gloriously curvaceous effect, so all that’s needed is a pair of Giuseppe Zanotti heels and that La Roux-like bouffe. Has she been swapping quiff tips with Aiden, we wonder?

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Meanwhile, Cheryl championed London-based designer and Grazia fave, Jonathan Saunders. We've long swooned over Saunders’ feminine creations (not to mention his chiseled good looks) so it’s no surprise Chezza has fallen for his charms too, especially when you see how darn fantastic Lindsey Wixson looked in the same frock just last month:   


Yep, this little number has walked straight off the S/S ’11 catwalk and onto the young judge. It's the perfect combination of sweet-yet-sexy sportiness and that flared-out silhouette has repeatedly proved to be a winner for our Chez. One teeny niggle - we'd loved to have seen her sporting a perky ponytail like Lindsey's to really make the most of that net lace yoke.

Onto the results show when at last Cheryl gave us COLOUR! Vibrant, two-tone colour, in fact, suitably complementing her plum tresses. Oh, and ruffles! LOTS of sculptural ruffles bursting from a waist-defining belt above a pink satin skirt and matching Louboutins. Hurrah! And more good news - Cheryl is back to supporting up-and-coming designers because this one's by Bosnian born Ina Soltani (commit this name to memory, folks). According to the designer, the Ina Soltani woman 'is current and bold, yet sophisticated and chic.' So we say it's a perfect fit.

As for Dannii, she treated us to another delight from her own clothing line, Project D. The asymmetric LBD is snazzed-up by sequins and looks particuarly mature beside Cheryl's playful frock... Some frou-frouing with her hair might've perked this one up a notch, we feel.

So people, you've seen the goods and now it's time to offer YOUR verdict. Warm up those voting-figures and let us know whether this weekend's frock-off was an absolute thriller or a total scare-fest...


by Jessica Vince


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