Well, how faaabulous! The glam culmination of Kate and Wills's Canadian and Californian tour was the BAFTA Brits to Watch dinner held at the Belasco Theatre in Los Angeles on Saturday night. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge mingled with the royalty of Tinseltown, from Nicole Kidman to Blake Lively, but as the guests of honour and with a dramatic arrival including police motorcycles and squad cars, it was hard for the newlyweds not to steal the show. So were their fellow guests' gowns fit for a princess? Take a look at the contestants and let us know your verdict - remember your comment could appear in next week's issue of Grazia!
Kate Middleton's Alexander McQueen gown certainly aided her breath-taking entrance as she swooshed up the red carpet in flowing lilac chiffon topped off with bouncy Hollywood hair and accompanied by her be-tuxed hubby. Kate accessorised with earrings borrowed from the Queen, a Jimmy Choo clutch and glitter-finish heels. You'll remember Grazia Daily spotted the Duchess leaving MQueen's HQ in London earlier this month and Sarah Burton is becoming K-Midd’s go-to designer for official engagements since creating her resplendent wedding dress, and it's proving to be a fine match.
Hmm, has Blake Lively taken to covering up since that scandalous scandal? For here are her curvalicious credentials swathed in oodles of dove grey chiffon. Well, who'da thunk it?! Blake's one-shoulder gown covered in twinkling embroidery is from Marchesa's S/S ’11 collection, teamed with Lorraine Schwartz jewels, Christian Louboutin heels and a new honey-blonde hair do. You like?
Aw, how we adooore Zooey Deschanel! The kooky actress-slash-singer trotted out this brilliant Oscar de la Renta A/W’11 prom dress made of blush silk organza with a gathered skirt and scalloped hem. WE LOVE (and how adorbz is her hubby?).
Our very own Cat Deeley was doing it for the Brits in an uber-feminine cornflower blue halter gown covered in lace and with a drop waist for a relaxed nightie-like effect. Oh, how dreamy is her hair?
Meanwhile, giving Kate a run for her elegant money, Jennifer Garner arrived in this navy blue gown of draped satin. We drool.
Uh oh, is someone trying to upstage the Duchess? Looks like Jennifer Lopez was doing her best by flashing her killer abs courtesy of this Emilio Pucci A/W ’11 gown, accessorized by a Lena Erziak clutch. Diva-licious!
As for Nicole Kidman, she looked entirely event-appropriate thanks to this custom-made Elie Saab gown adorned with sparkly beading. Doesn’t the ice blue hue look fab on her? We say yes.
And finally, we have Elizabeth Banks championing Versace once again. Her A/W’11 number with gold Medusa buttons and side pocket details provided a splash of originality when she rolled up in her swanky car.
So check out the gallery below for more glamazons and don’t forget to let us know which best-dresser gets your vote…