Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Samantha Cameron pays the price of being Prime Minister's wife as she is upstaged by Victoria Beckham and Kelly Brook in daring split dresses at the B

By Sarah Bull

Fashion friends: Victoria Beckham makes sure she is the centre of attention in a dress from her Spring/Summer 2011 collection as she poses with Samantha Cameron at the British Fashion Awards

It's one of the most hotly-anticipated events of the year, with only the creme de la creme of the fashion industry attending.

So it's no wonder that Victoria Beckham, who was up for her first fashion award, was keen to stand out from the crowd at the British Fashion Awards held at London's Savoy Hotel.

The 36-year-old star wore a daring black dress from her Spring/Summer 2011 collection which featured a split up the front to show off her perfect legs, but had some competition from Kelly Brook, who also went for the trend of the moment in a pretty grey and black split dress by Suzie Turner.

But while both Victoria and Kelly dazzled on the red carpet, David Cameron's wife Samantha paid the price of being the Prime Minister's wife by covering up almost entirely in a full-length Osman Yousefzada gown.

Upstaged: Victoria and Kelly Brook dazzled on the red carpet, but Samantha Cameron's outfit left EVERYTHING to the imagination in her full-length black gown

While Sam Cam looked chic in the outfit, it left absolutely everything to the imagination, showing only a tiny hint of decolletage and her arms.

But the 39-year-old did manage to draw attention to her tiny waist in a black cinch belt - just three months after giving birth to daughter Florence.

However, Cameron's slightly questionable choice of outfit is unlikely to affect her status as one of the UK's most influential fashion icons, who was recently hired by the British Fashion Council as an adviser for London Fashion Week from next February.

Stunning: Kelly wore a corseted Suzie Turner gown which highlighted her svelte and slim figure

She said at the time: 'London Fashion Week is extremely important to the fashion industry in the UK and I look forward to being fully involved from next season.

'We have so much young talent that needs to be supported and nurtured to ensure we are building brands and businesses for the future.'

But maybe SamCam should have opted for one of Victoria's more feminine designs, which have been modelled by celebrities from Madonna, to Nicole Scherzinger, to Katherine Jenkins all opting to wear her designs on the red carpet.

Paying tribute: Naomi Campbell paid tribute to late designer Alexander McQueen in a black full-length gown

But there's no better model for the outfits than the designer herself, as she proved by posing for photographers outside the event.

Victoria was nominated for the Designer Brand Award, but faced stiff competition from Mulberry, Burberry and Pringle and ended up losing the prize to Mulberry.

It seemed black was the colour of the evening, with Cameron, Naomi Campbell, model Daisy Lowe and former Strictly Come Dancing professional Kristina Rihanoff all opting to head to the dark side.

Colourful: Claudia Schiffer went for an unusual Mary Katrantzou design while Yasmin Le Bon opted for a fun Christopher Kane dress

Starlets: (Left to right) Emma Roberts in Julien Macdonald, Lara Stone in Calvin Klein and Alexa Chung in Chanel

While Daisy Lowe wore a pretty black and gold number, Naomi, who won the Special Recognition Award, paid tribute to late designer Alexander McQueen in a black gown with sheer bottom, which she teamed with a shrug.

McQueen was honoured with the post-humous Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Design award at the ceremony.

But there were some more colourful outfits from Claudia Schiffer, who wore an unusual Mary Katrantzou design, and Yasmin Le Bon, who went for a slightly Hawaiian-inspired design in a Christopher Kane printed number.

Posing up: Kimberley Walsh and Lily Cole pose for photographers on the red carpet outside the awards

Heading to the dark side: (Left to right) Daisy Lowe, Kristina Rihanoff and Tania Bryer all wore black

American actress Emma Roberts, niece of actress Julia, opted for a pretty black and blue Julien Macdonald dress with black opaque tights and Prada heels.

Meanwhile Alexa Chung, who won the British Fashion Council's prestigious British Style Award, wore a pale pink Chanel dress.

Explaining her outfit choice, she said: 'I love dressing like a five-year-old, so it really ticked that box for me!'

Fun and flirty: Thandie Newton opted for an unusual blue and white Peter Pilotto dress, while Twiggy went for a full tutu skirt and black Per Una wrap jacket

Dressed in black: (Left to right) Host Claudia Winkleman, singer VV Brown and Céline creative director Phoebe Philo

David Walliam's stunning wife Lara Stone wore a gorgeous white Calvin Klein dress with strappy black heels, and it seems she did enough to beat David Gandy and Rose Huntington-Whiteley to be named Model 2010.

After winning, Lara told Grazia: 'I'm very excited about my award. It's an honour to win Model Of The Year.'

But, possibly the most anticipated award of the evening, British Designer Of The Year, went to Céline creative director Phoebe Philo, who wore a black jumpsuit of her own design.


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