From the definitive X Factor days of Dannii and Cheryl, watching the outfits has always been a big part of my X Factor viewing. Last year Nicole Scherzinger was consistently amazing in her choices, upstaging her brash co-star Tulisa on a number of occasions. This year, we are set for a different view on fashion with returning judge Sharon Osbourne. Sharon is as cool as hell in my eyes, but she is also 62 and a grandmother, and so will be looking for different things from her X Factor wardrobe.
Also, although she is stylish, she could never be called an icon of style, in the way that Nicole has been wining plaudits. Her wardrobe has rather a gothic feel in acres of black, with just the occasional pieces of monochrome tied in. So how would Sharon fair in the arena of the live shows?
The first live show saw both ladies turn on the glitz and glamour. Sharon opted against black and instead chose a gorgeous emerald-green shade that contrasted perfectly against her red hair. With long sleeves and a 1980s style silhouette, complete with those Joan Collins shoulder pads, I think this was a good look for Sharon, flattering in both colour and shape. I was actually less impressed with Nicole’s Julian Macdonald choice. This dress just seemed made for someone with a smaller bust. Nicole’s curves made it seem a little out of shape at the front – should that mesh panel really gap so wide? The fringes were described as Gatsby-esque, but to me they said ‘unfinished’. The hair and make-up looked beautiful, but the dress – I just wasn’t a fan.
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On Sunday night both ladies opted for classic black designs. Nicole chose Kristian Aadnevik for the first results show, a classy mixture of black leather and velvet. I loved her messy updo, and the detailing of this dress, deceptively simple on a first look, but with lace paneling on the sides and almost a ladder effect on the back. Fabulous.
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Sharon wore a gothically glam black gown, with lace effect sleeves and side paneling. Another good choice from Mrs O.
I don’t think this year is going to be setting music alight, but it may just prove to be a vintage year for fashion.