Fashion

School of frock

Thanks to the offerings from marquee events like the MTV Video Music Awards and film festivals in Venice and Deauville, we're officially back in the business of judging real fashion

EVA HERZIGOVA

Nocturnal Animals premiere at the Venice Film Festival in Venice

Gown: Alberta Ferretti

Finally, a wow moment after the couture dry spell. Herzigova is a goddess who absolutely slays in this enchanting diaphanous floral embroidered gown. I don't even care about the visible white bodysuit.

Ratings: A+


DIANE KRUGER

Deauville American Film Festival opening ceremony in Deauville, France

Gown: Elie Saab

Clutch: Charlotte Olympia

Whimsy and dark glamour come together flawlessly. It's apt there are jewelled hearts all over because I'd call it love at first sight.

Ratings: A


NICKI MINAJ

MTV Video Music Awards in New York City

Gown: Bao Tranchi

And Minaj's "makeunder" is officially complete. She's at her most stunning and smouldering, turning up the heat, yet providing ample coverage of those killer curves in a sultry cobalt blue cut-out, sheer-panelled mermaid number.

Ratings: A-


BEYONCE

MTV Video Music Awards in New York City

Gown: Yolan Cris

How does one go from being the night's biggest winner to a big loser in the style department? This is from an actual bridal collection, and it is evidently a marriage made in hell. Oh, and my mother called - she wants her wedding gown back.

Ratings: D


RITA ORA

MTV Video Music Awards in New York City

Jacket, dress and shoes: Marc Jacobs

A furry-shouldered moto jacket. A messily constructed cobwebby cover-up sporting a patch of red feathers. Lady Gaga's platform rejects. For delivering the most random and exhausting mash-up of the week, Ora sinks straight to the bottom of the barrel.

Ratings: F


MOST IMPROVED

CHLOE GRACE MORETZ

Girl, this is not your dress. Someone willowy like Elle Fanning could probably make such a fussy floral maxi bloom, but Moretz is obviously wilting under all those ruffles. The keyhole cut-out is also a failed attempt to add a sliver of sex appeal. The next day, she wisely switches directions in a knitted frill-trim belted black mini that projects a youthful sass befitting its 19-year-old wearer.

Deauville American Film Festival opening ceremony in Deauville, France, Sept 2

Gown: Erdem

Deauville American Film Festival photocall in Deauville, France, Sept 3

Dress: Alexander McQueen


Before people were looking at the things that we were doing, we were so much more, like, method with fashion. We really went all the way. We went the extra mile on everything because there was no one looking at us.

— US actor Jaden Smith on how he and his sister Willow were “much cooler” before they were famous

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