X Factor Fashion – Week 2 Tulisa, Nicole…and Ella Henderson.

Week 2 of the X Factor proved that Tulisa can really pull a fabulous look out of the bag when it is called for. With the elegant and beautiful Nicole Scherzinger sitting on the same panel, Tulisa knows that the style bar has been raised – let’s face it, with her bone structure and catlike eyes, Nicole would look great in an earthen sack. But Tulisa is a girl who can always spring a style surprise (albeit not always a good one…) and last night was one of those nights.

Tulisa chose a classy white draped dress with leather panels from New York designer Alexander Wang. There was just so much to admire about this dress. The shift style bodice was very elegant and ultra flattering, whilst Tulisa is one of those lucky people who look really great in white. I loved the draping detail that added a Grecian style to proceedings, something later followed by Jade Ellis and Ella Henderson – this was a really neat touch.

Definitely one of my favourite Tulisa dresses on the X Factor – ever!

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Nicole went for a futuristic silver number from Inbar Spector. I don’t dislike this, but this is a case of actually wishing the skirt was a little longer making this into a sexy pencil style. The intricate design is visually striking, and certainly made a statement when Nicole was behind the desk, but it looked a little too elaborate compared to Tulisa’s pared down chic.

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But while all the style attention has been focused on the two leading ladies, 16-year-old Ella Henderson has been quietly emerging as a new style star. While Louis likens her retro glamorous looks to Adele (and says this as if this was an insult???) Ella has shown a sophistication beyond her years by wearing beautiful timeless dresses with a fabulous beehive hairstyle. This week she looked simply beautiful in the Haylei maxidress from Ted Baker, bringing to mind Princesses from films like Jason and the Argonauts – totally gorgeous.

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The Sunday Live show was a mixed bag. Tulisa opted for a Pucci dress that failed to deliver results. In a monochrome print, this was a full length dress that would’ve been better as a pencil dress or a  mini. Although I loved the twist detail,  the print was just too busy and this was a dress that was clearly too mature for the 20-something Tulisa, and may have actually been a better choice if worn by Nicole.

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If Tulisa took the style honours on Saturday night, then Nicole was the clear winner on Sunday. Her Kristen Aadnevik dress was both floaty and rock chick, with leather accents, lace and chiffon in one very pretty package. I loved the way this dress merged the masculine leather with the softness of the chiffon, and also loved that Nicole left her hair loose and flowing in pretty waves.

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X Factor Live show Fash Off – Week 1

Well, it is back with a bang, and if last night’s live vote was anything to go by, then singing is not the most important thing about the X Factor ( Rylan is apparently a better act than the beautiful, talented Carolynne..who would’ve believed that???). So I will concentrate on one of my favourite aspects of X Factor, the fash-off. Last year, the lovely Kelly Rowland was the absolute clear winner in the style stakes, choosing beautiful dress after beautiful dress and leaving Tulisa frankly in the shade. But with Kelly gone, Tulisa faced a new challenge from Nicole Scherzinger. So who would win the battle of the opening week of live shows. Would the newly brunette Tulisa win the honours, or would new girl Nicole show her how it was done?

Saturday night – Honours even

Saturday night was judged a draw in the Fashion-Mommy household, because both dresses were clear misfires. Both ladies opted for black, but that was where the similarities started and ended. Tulisa went for a strapless, puffball monstrosity from Carlotta. This was a dress that so disappointed me, because when she was sitting behind the desk, this looked so beautiful. The ruching on the bodice was lovely, and her showstopping necklace looked fabulous, and with pretty hair and make-up, she actually looked perfection. But the skirt had the appearance of a deflated parachute, or some left over puffball from the late 1980s and so just spoiled what could’ve been a winning look. Imagine this with a 1950s style prom skirt, or even a slinky pencil skirt, she would have been the runaway winner in the style stakes. Nicole fared no better. Her revealing mesh and bodycon look from IZMAYLOVA was rather tacky, particularly the panel that looked like a pocket over her breast. I couldn’t help but think this attempt at ‘edgy’ looked like something Cheryl Cole had left in the X Factor wardrobe two seasons ago – not good on any level.

Sunday Live Show – Honours even

I really loved both the looks on display on Sunday night, the girls opted for colour and sparkle and both chose a strapless option. Tulisa looked gorgeous in a hot pink dress from Milly that she teamed with shoes from Burberry. She looked young and fresh, the colour was great for her and the length of the slightly a-line skirt gave it a flirty feel. Nicole lived up to her promise in a glittering gold dress from Kristian Aadnevik that just poured over her curves, giving her a goddess-like appearance. Both ladies also had the perfect hair to complement their outfits. Nicole’s glossy mane made me envious, whilst Tulisa’s cute side plait was perfect for her fun look. This was just so much improved on the first night – making me excited to see the rest of the series now.

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