As a stylist it was great to see so many fashionable ladies (and gents) rocking their outfits at the National Television Awards, which was held at the 02 Arena last night. Aside from best dressed there were of course, as always, a few fashion faux pas so here is my round-up of my favourite and should-have-left-it-at-home from the red carpet collection….
First up stepping into the limelight was the incredible supermodel Elle ‘the body’ Macpherson. She was invited of course to present an award and turned up with fashion designer Julien Macdonald in tow. Looking stunning in a floor-length charcoal jeweled gown Macpherson opted for a on-trend ponytail with matching jewel accessories.
Strictly Come Dancing presenter Tess Daly also caught the papperazzi’s eye looking like an Amazonian queen in her black gown, split to the thigh, with metallic gold lining and matching neck cuff.
I think also a special mention has to go to Corrie’s Catherine Tyldesley. Aside from the above, she really did exude elegance in her long velvet purple gown by Azagury (a brand that the late Princess Diana favoured); showing that there is real Hollywood glamour outside of Weatherfield. Her stylist Martine Alexander also dressed an assortment of the cast including Paula Lane in Roc and Doll and Ali King in Suzanne Neville: one very busy lady on the night.
Another stylist who should also be noted for her amazing skills is Sinead McKeefry; dressing BFF’s Fearne Cotton and Holly Willoughby. Cotton shimmered in a 1920s style silver flapper gown complete with fringing and beading from Temeperley, whilst Willoughby sizzled in a figure hugging gown by Roland Mouret.
The crew from TOWIE also pleasantly surprised me looking sharp in their chosen tones of pale pink and stark black. Lydia Bright led the way looking like a Hollywood starlet with 1950s inspired curls and red lips whilst Jessica Wright opted for a suitably modest Honor Gold lace dress. Sam Faiers and Lucy Mecklenburgh (dressed in Forever Unique from PasticheCouture.com) sparkled in their chosen gown which were encrusted with Swarovski crystals and metallic sequins – Michelle Keegan and Michelle Collins also adopted the evenings dusky pink hues too.
X-Factor judge and mentor Tulisa of course shrieked with delight when her team won the category of best Talent Show. However, as much as I admire her, the flamingo pink ruffled strapless cocktail dress was a concoction that should have stayed in the nearest wildlife park and gave me flashbacks to Bjork’s ‘swan’ gown at the 2001 Academy Awards.
Alongside her co-host Matt Smith who also won an award for Drama Performance (Male) in Dr Who, Karen Gillan (who picked up the matching award for Drama Performance – Female – in Dr Who) seemed to have unfortunately dressed down for the occasion in a simple LBD, whilst presenter of the NTA after party for ITV2 Caroline Flack also tried to keep it cool in her quirky print chain dress; the length could have perhaps been adjusted to something less revealing when she sat down.
I’m A Celebrity contestant Fatima Whitbread also showed off quite an assortment of flesh on the red carpet with a coffee coloured gown which seemed to swamp the muscular athlete whilst morning TV presenter Kate Garraway also seemed slightly swamped in her bubble gum pink satin gown. Aside from the TOWIE girls that were a hit there were also some that made a total miss; Lauren Gooder exposed herself in an unflattering silver gown whilst Chloe Sims (whom I adore) just needed to add a belt to the centre piece of her outfit. Lastly Lauren Pope’s silver gown, which looked so demure from the top, literally fell apart at the seams with slashes of lace created throughout the encrusted satin a-line skirt, completely ruining it for me.
But I think that worst dressed celeb for the evening by far was new Dragon Hilary Devey; her space-man costume was far from entertaining for a woman of her age.
For the full list of winners visit http://www.nationaltvawards.com/