British Fashion Awards

December 7, 2011

Red Carpet

British Fashion Awards

The party season is fast approaching and now’s the time to start looking for red carpet party dress inspiration.

If the British Fashion Awards were anything to go by, this year it’s all about LBD’s with a twist, either in dramatic floor-skimming lengths or with quirky touches like mesh panelling. Bold metallic finishes are also a popular choice and an unusual alternative to all the gold and silver sequins on the high street.

Our past style crush, Tali Lennox wore this gorgeous gold column gown by Mulberry. We hunted down a very similar style in French Connection for a fraction of the price at €234 (£165). For a slightly slinkier version, we also came across this cocktail version on Asos.com by TFNC for €60.53 (£45).

French Connection

French Connection gold dress

From the moment Stella sent her spot mesh dresses down the autumn/winter 11 catwalk, a waiting list commenced. Now thankfully the high street has brought us its own interpretations of this season’s most iconic dress.

The real version was donned by Kate Hudson but this Warehouse number for €80.70 (£60) and this one-sleeved version from Boohoo.com €25 (£20) are perfect for looking beautiful on a budget. To go for something a little different, this other Asos find features mesh circle sequin embellishments instead €51.11 (£38).

Boohoo mesh dress

Model of the moment Georgia May Jagger certainly looked stunning in her Julian Macdonald dress that dripped with sequins but we fell in love with this more understated version in French Connection. Even better as it’s currently on sale for €176 instead of €226 (£120 instead of £160).

French Connection

French Connection


Alexa Chung
wore her ‘Most Stylish’ crown well in a truly inimitable Christopher Kane cocktail dress—who himself swooped the newly introduced gong for New Establishment Designer.

A fitting finale to a festive British style fest, and plenty of ideas for your Christmas party outfit we hope.

– Gillian Brett

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