Girls Aloud won the fashion honours at the Brits last night as they sashayed down the red carpet in a selection of daringly short skirts. Sarah Harding, Kimberley Walsh, Cheryl Cole and Nicola Roberts looked stunning as they greeted fans and posed for photographers.
Pop princess: Kylie looks chic in black dress and diamonds
Like most of the other women attending the awards ceremony, they opted for thigh grazing styles - and vertiginous high heels. Nadine Coyle was the only member of the group missing. And if Cheryl Cole was struggling to cope with her heartbreak over footballer husband Ashley's alleged infidelities, she certainly didn't show it. After a sunshine break in Thailand, she showed off her tanned physique in a super-short, off-one-shoulder canary yellow dress. But the singer was still not wearing her wedding ring. Moments earlier, Kylie Minogue made a spectacular red carpet entrance wearing a figure-hugging black dress with eye-catching diamond necklace and short bob hair cut. She too had opted for short and braved the cold for five minutes signing autographs as fans chanted her name.
Along with fashion highs in the form of the most unforgiving of short skirts, shimmering fabrics were also in favour. Presenter Denise Van Outen opted for a glittering gold dress with a plunging necklace while following in her high-heeled steps was American superstar Rihanna, celebrating her 20th birthday, in space age silver.
The singer, who lost out to Kylie for best International Female, teamed her glamorous outfit with strappy shoes and delicate jewellery. Natasha Bedingfield also opted for silver and shimmied down the red carpet in yet another short dress. Strictly Come Dancing sensation Alesha Dixon showed off her slender legs in black opaque tights under the tiniest strapless red dress. Meanwhile, KT Tunstall appeared in an unusually glitzy green creation paired with shimmering high heels which looked as if it belonged on Strictly Come Dancing.
Space age: Rihanna and Denise Van Outen shimmer in gold and silver
Thigh grazing: Strictly Come Dancing's Alesha Dixon and singer Natasha Bedingfield also opted for short skirts
And opera diva Katherine Jenkins also opted for sequins with a snow white outfit capped with puffed sleeves.
Among a galaxy of rainbow-hued dresses and tiny pellet skirts, there were some stars who opted for more sensible (and arguably more flattering styles). Leona Lewis, 22, who was up for four Brits but won none, proved once again she was a class act in a black lace dress which flattered her curves. It was back to black too for Michelle Ryan, best known for playing Zoe Slater in Eastenders but now staring in American mini-series Wonderwoman. She had swopped her red-and-blue spandex for sleek black satin.
Bikini babe Gemma Atkinson was restrained in a flapper dress while rising starlet Adele draped herself in head-to-toe black. Never ones to let the side down, Arctic Monkeys were the most astonishingly attired act of the evening in full-scale English gent in the country regalia. DJ and producer Mark Ronson looked typically immaculate in black tie dress while singer Mika arrived in typically flamboyant style wearing a silver jacket.
Malfunction: Sean Lennon with his girlfriend Kemp Muhl whose chiffon dress has gaped open
Frock horror: Fearne Cotton and Beth Ditto improvise on a theme of You've Been Tangoed
English gentlemen: Arctic Monkeys turn a few heads in their country squire attire
Classy ladies: Leona Lewis and Michelle Ryan cover up in classic black
There were two outstanding candidates for worst dressed - both sporting astonishing orange outfits.
First came Radio One's Fearne Cotton, whose choice of a streamlined version narrowly saved her from sartorial suicide.
She was pipped to the post of offences against fashion by Gossip singer Beth Ditto who appeared to have come as a shocking orange meringue.
Meanwhile, Sean Lennon's girlfriend Kemp Muhl struggled with a catastrophic wardrobe malfunction as the tiny scrap of chiffon masquerading as her dress slipped open to reveal rather more flesh than she intended.
Family affair: Presenters Sharon and Ozzie Osbourne with daughter Kelly
Back to black: Gemma Atkinson covers up and Adele piles on the layers
Strictly ballroom: Singer KT Tunstall in green and opera singer Katherine Jenkins both opted for sparkling sequins