It’s a known fashion fact that nearly every A-lister, from Kate Moss to Yasmin Le Bon, has had a taste of the delicious visual feast that is the Stella McCartney panelled dress – a.k.a the optical illusion dress to the wonder-working Hollywood elite – and Team GB superstar Victoria Pendleton is no stranger to the British designer’s lustworthy wares.
Stepping out of her Stella McCartney cycling gear, the Olympic gold medallist slipped into a stunning panelled dress, complete with sheer mesh panels at the waist, at the 2012 GQ Man of the Year Awards.
And the slickness of Victoria’s style didn’t stop there, continuing with a standout brass belt, clutch and nude, rubber-platform faux croc pumps. Slicked back hair and smouldering eyes polished off her red carpet look.
What could’ve been a potentially serious style faux pas on the part of Katherine Jenkins’ stylist was mildly averted, when the opera singer took to the red carpet in the floor-length version of the same dress…at the same event!
Opting for a softer up-do with loose tendrils of hair framing her face, Katherine stuck with a nude makeup palette for a subtle evening look, accessorising with only a crystal bracelet.
Stella McCartney is a hot red carpet favourite with the A-listers (it was pretty much Stella McCartney galore at the GQ Awards this year!), and both ladies pulled of the renowned dress with equal flair.
Ms. Pendleton tapped into the sexy side of Stella McCartney’s designs, by opting for the form-fitting, shorter length, whilst Katherine channelled dreamy Hollywood glamour with a floor-sweeping version – making it near impossible for us to decide between the two looks!
Fash-off champion: Although we adore Katherine’s take on the dress,Victoria’s easy-to-wear knee-length stops the dress from falling into swallow-me-up territory, and the addition of a belt adds to the waist-trimming illusion. The sharp accessories add an edge to this off-kilter LBD, and quite frankly, we want her entire look!
A stylish winner off-track, too; it’s a guaranteed gold in the fashion stakes for Ms. Pendleton!