It seems that we may have been a little to hasty about dismissing Cheryl Cole’s American dream. If the press are to be believed (the News of the World so definitely true!!!), Cheryl may well be returning to US X Factor after produces viewed the tapes and decided they may have made a big mistake in ditching the Georgie petal. If this is true, and I hope for Cheryl’s sake it is, then I hope someone has a word in her ear about her previous X Factor wardrobe. Because, let’s be totally honest, it was dire. The girl who looked completely fabulous during Cannes in a range of showstopping gowns, sleek hair and flawless make-up looked completely underwhelming during her time in the States. Lets examine the evidence.
Look 1 – Oscar De La Renta top, Diane Von Furstenburg trousers.
It was a clever move for Cheryl to plump for classic American designers for her first audition. And I do love the purple and orange shades together. But turquoise as well? This was a clear case of over icing the cake. The trousers were just too long, making Cheryl appear as if she had no feet. And the hair…Malibu Barbienow has a Geordie accent. Her crowing glory was teased and backcombed in a way that may well have seen L’Oreal scratching their heads in wonderment. This was overstyled to the extreme.
Look 2 – Sonia by Sonia Rykiel
This is a really cute dress by Sonia Rykiel, and I would love it if Pixie Lott was wearing it. But Cheryl is a sophisticated women, not a little girl, and it really just looked too young for her. Cheryl needed to look self assured and sophisticated to hold her own on a panel of late 40s/50 something fellow judges. This look left her floundering like a little girl allowed to mix with the grown-ups.
Look 3 – Giambattista Valli
This is a nice Giambattista Valli dress. I like the Westwood necklace. But in this ensemble, when compared to the smoking hot Paula Abdul in Alexander McQueen, looks a little bit frumpy for the beautiful and sexy Miss Cole. Paula looked amazing in a dress of a similar shade, but with the plunging neckline, fashion-forward neckline and stylish nude shoes, she far outshines her younger rival. I hate Cheryl’s 1970s style stripper sandals, which look cheap and nasty, and feel sad, because she can do so much better than this. Far too demure and ‘more tea vicar’ for me!
So what should she wear? A few ideas…