Last night in London, the British Fashion Awards honored the U.K.'s best designers and dressers for their work making or wearing clothes over the past year. And the best of the best, from Stella McCartney to Daphne Guinness, attended the event wearing the sorts of fabulous apparel and shoes you don't get to see at the safe events honoring film and television, where everyone (with few exceptions, like Blake Lively) is so scared of ending up on worst-dressed lists that they don't even bother trying to be fashionable. But Britain is a land that celebrates sartorial risk, and that sentiment was wonderfully apparent on the award show's red carpet, where if something made you wince (red tights, excess fringe), it also made you smile inside, just knowing it was there. Ahead, see what Kate Hudson, Sarah Burton, Guinness, McCartney, and many more wore to the award show yesterday.
A slide in this post has been updated to note Louise Gray has not collaborated with Kanye West after all.
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As skilled at camouflage as any octopus, Deacon wore pants that had guests at a distance wondering why he left his legs at home and if this might be a new weight-loss trick no one told them about.
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Though red tights would prove shockingly popular (and by popular we mean more than one person wore them) and difficult to pull off, Louise made it work because she also wore whistles as earrings. And as it goes in fashion, when nothing makes sense, everything makes sense.
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The look of a woman who is just longing with all her might for that sleeve to fall off and expose her side boob, romance novel cover–style.
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What? Did you not see the "wanted" ad Chuck Bass put out for his missing scarf?
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To keep the Gossip Girl references going: Hilary is one of the few people special enough to borrow Serena's season-five necklaces.
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Amber Le Bon
After the party, she can just skip right back onto her yacht and sail off to a warm island and continue making us all jealous.
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She might be scowling because she just had an accident, meaning, that slit in her dress.
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A dress that leaves everything — and yet, somehow, nothing — to the imagination.
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This might be the best Ms. Burton — the designer for Alexander McQueen and creator of the most famous princess-dress of our time — has ever looked.
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She's curvy, has a symmetrical face and long hair, wears tight dresses, and her name starts with a K — so where are all her magazine covers, hmmm? What box hasn't she checked off by simply existing?
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See, the chair she sat in needed dusting.
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Again with the red tights. Maybe this is the Brits' way of saying that Kate Middleton may wear nude hose, but they will have none of it.
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Marc Jacobs and Victoria Beckham
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Christopher Kane with His Sister Tammy
She's pregnant and flaunting it in a dress by her brother.
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Demonstrating that red is perhaps best for pumps instead of tights.
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She smirks because she's one of the few people fabulous enough to just wear pajamas and get away with it.
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Sarah Mower and Sir Philip Green
They're the inside-out versions of each other, sartorially speaking.
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Julien MacDonald and Josephine de la Baume (aka, Mark Ronson's wife)
Another example of dressing like an Oreo.
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Kate's like, "Eff this dressing up rubbish, I am an icon so I will wear my nightie and a net and people will be forced to call it fabulous if they want anyone to think they understand anything about fashion."
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Perfect for her, but would surely look horrible on just about anyone else.
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Georgia May Jagger
Can she please tweet about whatever Duane Reade she's finding silver brooms at? Kthanks.
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Kristen "The Shit" McMenamy
She's like a princess out of that CGI fantasy action film about owls that came out a while ago. In the best possible way.
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Fabulous in Gareth Pugh — one of the rare occasions looking boxy is a good thing.
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Stella "Also the Shit" Tennant
A fine take on minimalism.
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She's wearing a dress by Stella McCartney, from one of her best collections yet, but it doesn't work that well on her. Apparently it's possible for black to not be your color.
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Alexa beat Kate Middleton to win the award for most stylish British person, which the British public votes on. You can't say her preference for flats and dresses that aren't designed to show off her boobs and butt aren't refreshing — and evidently quite so, since she's won this award two years in a row. Perhaps she's a reminder that there are better ways to distinguish one's style than pasting tires to one's head or not wearing bottoms when the cameras are around.