In the week that was ‘Lady Gaga v Queen’, the battle that is the X Factor fash-off reached a whole new level.
Yes, for the first time in the history of The X-F-F-O, we were treated to a suit – and not courtesy of a male judge. GASP! It was Kelly Rowland who caused a ripple of ‘oohs!’ across the land when she arrived on stage in a super-sleek ensemble from Stella McCartney. Possibly inspired by Gaga’s male alter-ego Jo Calderone, the Destiny’s Childer wore a sharp collared, buttoned-up white shirt by Anne Fontaine under a fitted tuxedo with a pair of skin-tight trousers and pointy Giuseppe Zanotti heels for a touch of femininity. The androgynous look was amped up with a boyish hair ‘do – her long extensions swept into a equestrienne-esque bun topped off with a blunt fringe. How refreshing, and oh-so-on trend of our K-Row. ‘I stole this from Gary’s closet,’ she joked. Just as long as it wasn’t from Louis’.
As for Tulisa Contostavlos, she went for all-out glamour in contrast to Kelly’s masculinity. Her asymmetric gown of layered, swirly chiffon is more mature than we’re used to from the N-Dubz star and has us recalling Danni Minogue’s ladylike looks, especially with that side-swept hair. She teamed the look with strappy black platforms and a err, healthy glow.
Onto Sunday’s extravaganza, we find Kelly back on feminine form in a wonderfully vampy concoction. We’re very excited to learn Grazia Daily fave Corrie Nielsen is the designer behind her Tom Ford-esque sheer blouse nipped at the waist – how we adore that gorgeous frou-frou neck – while her sweeping skirt is from Elie Tahari. As for her bouffanty beehive, it's somewhat schoolmarm-ish but makes the perfect finishing touch to her look. She sure knows how to mix it up, eh?
And again, Tulisa was Kelly's perfect counterpart, wearing a glitzy mini-dress adorned with multi-coloured florals accessorised with blood red Louboutins. We're rather fond of Gary Barlow's tartan jacket by Maison Martin Margiela too. But, as ever, there was no upstaging Her Gaganess who performed her new single 'Marry The Night' in a saucy lace leotard covered in bondage gear, fishnet tights and knee-high boots. LOVE.
So now it’s time for the results! Do tell: who’s the Fash-Off Queen and who’s style has gone gaga? You decide, dear readers.