Last Night’s Best Dressed: Brit Beauties at the Empire Awards

28 March 2011

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Happy Monday, kids! The weekend has been and gone, but that doesn’t mean we can’t relive all the fancy-schmancy-ness from last night, right? Right! And the big event was the Jameson Empire Awards where our very own Keira Knightley, who turned 26 on Saturday, picked up the Hero Award at the ceremony in London. But what was she wearing, we hear you cry! Here’s what...

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Well, how splendid this is. Step aside Uncle Karl, looks like KK has a new fashion obsession. For this pretty frock is – shock! horror! – not Chanel but – sus! pense!Rodarte. Ooh. You’ll remember the Brit beauty, who wowed us last week in that saucy Coco Mademoiselle campaign, worked a blue and white Ming vase design from the Mulleavy sister’s S/S ‘11 catwalk back in October. At the time, we saluted La Knightley for breaking free of the predictable mould with a kitchen tablecloth-like skirt, so we’re delighted to see her championing the hip New York designers yet again. And hasn’t she done well? The nude frock is embellished with sparkling sequins and funked up by cut-out shoulders surrounded by ruffled trims, giving it a ladylike yet quirky edge. Admittedly, it doesn’t quite deliver the same style maverick twist as her previous Rodarte offering (in fact, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s the handy work of a certain Lagerfeld) but we we’re loving it nonetheless. Are you?

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Joining Keira at the awards was leggy model Lily Cole. Now, let’s be honest. We’ve occasionally questioned Lily’s sartorial smarts – namely due to this – but there’s no denying this Prada number is a real blinder. To be specific, we’re loving the bold yellow tone that’s oh-so-spring-like and works beautifully with her new raven locks, while her metallic headband lends the look an air of bohoness. And with that, we’re back in business!

So now we need your helping hands to cast the Best Dressed vote. Get involved, below...

- Jessica Vince


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