Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The dress factor: How Dannii trumped Cheryl in The X Factor fashion stakes

By Claire Coleman

It’s been the question on everyone’s lips: Which female judge will win this year’s X Factor style stakes? As the series enters its final week, fashion and beauty expert Claire Coleman gives her verdict...

Style war: Dannii pulls off a white J'Aton Couture while Cheryl looks like she's cut down a flamenco's dancer's costume in Zuhair Murad


It's the first live show and judges Dannii Minogue and Cheryl Cole declare a style war. Dannii pulls this one off without looking like a second-time bride, but Cheryl looks as though she’s cut down a flamenco dancer’s costume.

Dannii: J'Aton Couture
Cheryl: Zuhair Murad
WINNER: Dannii


Undoubtedly one of Cheryl’s worst looks - and she knows it. She looks painfully uncomfortable in this too short, cut-out skater frock, and those fussy shoes probably aren’t helping. And, yes, while I concede that there’s a that there’s a touch of Maggie Thatcher about Dannii’s outfit, she looks classy and together.

Dannii: Antonio Berardi
Cheryl: Versus

WINNER: Dannii

Back to black: Dannii may seem a touch Maggie Thatcher in Antonio Berardi but Cheryl looks painfully uncomfortable in too-short Versus

Dannii’s gone for the Fifties sexy housewife thing while Cheryl’s outfit screams young, finger-on-the-pulse fashion. Both look like they’ve tried too hard.

Dannii: Dolce & Gabbana
Cheryl: Kristian Aadnevik


Try hard: Dannii goes for the Fifties housewife look in a Dolce & Gabbana prom dress while Cheryl is the fashionista in Kristian Aadnevik


Another uncomfortable night for Cheryl in her naughty French maid fancy dress attire. Dannii nails it with her Mad Men-inspired red ruffled dress.


Dannii: Marchesa
Cheryl: Jonathan Saunders

WINNER: Dannii

Lady in red: Dannii nails it in Marchesa while Cheryle looks uncomfortable again in Jonathan Saunders


Er, did Cheryl actually forget to get dressed? She looks worryingly as though she was on her way to a funeral, got her slip caught in her knickers and just ran out the door anyway. To be fair, Dannii could be accused of looking like an enormous Ferrero Rocher, but at least she remembered to put a dress on.


Dannii: Philip Armstrong

Cheryl: Pucci

WINNER: Dannii

Underdressed vs overdressed: Dannii might look like an enormous Ferrero Rocher in Philip Armstrong, but at least she doesn't look like she forgot to get dressed, like Cheryl in Pucci


I know Cheryl looks as though she’s auditioning for a role as an evil Princess Leia in a soft-porn version of Star Wars, but I quite like it. Dannii’s classic toga-style dress really suits her, but I’d have preferred it if she’d ditched the gaudy turquoise earrings and gone for something simpler in gold.

Dannii: Carla Zampatti

Cheryl: Georges Chakra


Monochrome magic: Dannii is a goddess in Carla Zampatti, Cheryl channels Princess Leia in Georges Chakra


I’ll concede that it may look as though Cheryl’s ripped off Dannii’s look from last week, added some gold foil and teamed it with some stripper shoes, but I still think it looks miles better than Dannii’s chocolate log of a boring column dress . . . yawn.

Dannii: Gucci
Cheryl: BodyAmr

WINNER: Cheryl

Take it to the maxi: Dannii is boring in Gucci while Cheryl steals Dannii's goddess look in BodyAmr


Every part of my brain says Cheryl’s dress shouldn’t work — it’s too gold, too spangly, too Oscar statuette. Yet I love it, and so does she. But Dannii looks uncomfortable in her acres of fussy, Greek-inspired red chiffon.


Dannii: Carla Zampatti

Cheryl: Gianfranco Ferre

WINNER: Cheryl

Golden girl: Dannii loses out in yards of red chiffon by Carla Zampatti while Cheryl's spangly number by Gianfranco Ferre is a winner


What with Dannii’s oversized corsage and Cheryl in a work of origami, neither of these outfits represents their best looks of the season. Still, both are flattering, even if the detailing is somewhat unconventional.


Dannii: Aurelio Costarella

Cheryl: Stephane Rolland


Origami queens: Dannii goes for the oversized corsage in Aurelio Costarello while Cheryl resembles a present in Stephane Rolland

While Cheryl has outshone Dannii in previous series, this year Ms Minogue has really hit her stride.

She’s learned to keep things simple, having worked out that clean-cut lines look best on camera.

Her remaining act, Matt Cardle, may be the bookies’ favourite to win this weekend’s final, but in the style stakes, it’s Dannii who has the X Factor.


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