Elle Style Awards 2011 – courtesy of Next

Oh what a night. If you followed my tweet-a-thon last night, you’ll know that I did not spend my Valentine’s Day alone. Thanks to the wonderful people at Next, I spent yesterday evening with Alexa Chung, Tom Ford, Matthew Williamson, Courtney Love and Emma Watson among others at the Elle Style Awards. I still can’t believe I attended THE fashion awards show of the year, the perfect evening to whet my fashion whistle before LFW kicks off. I’m going to keep the post very brief as it’s picture heavy so here are the winners and presenters followed by the pictures I took on the night. The new baby (DSLR) stayed home so apologies for the slightly ropey pics.

International designer: Tom Ford, presented by Samantha Cameron

Next breakthrough talent: Noomi Rapace, presented by Danny Huston

British designer: Christopher Kane, presented by  Courtney Love

Best model: Coco Rocha, presented by Boy George

Best actress: Natalie Portman via video link

Best accessory designer: Emma Hill, presented by Corrine Bailey Rae

Best music act: Cheryl Cole, presented by Dermot O Leary

Best jewellery designer:  Dominic Jones, presented by Laura Bailey

Best TV actor/actress:  Blake Lively, presented by David Gandy

Best actor: Stephen Dorff, presented by Minnie Driver

Next young designer: Meadham Kirchhoff, presented by Emanuela de Paula

Outstanding fashion contribution: Helena Christensen, presented by Matthew Williamson

Style icon: Emma Watson, presented by Vivienne Westwood

Best moment of the night? Dame Vivienne presenting Emma Watson with the award just after saying she doesn’t know who she is and only met her five minutes ago! Super huge thank you to Next for inviting me. 

Presenter Alexa Chung
Samantha Cameron
The gorgeous Tom Ford
Noomi Repace
Courtney Love
Boy George
Coco Rocha
Corrine Bailey Rae
Cheryl Cole
Laura Bailey
Dominic Jones
Blake Lively!! Stunning
Blake Lively
Minnie Driver
Stephen Dorff
Meadham Kirchhoff
Matthew Williamson
Helena Christensen
Vivienne Westwood
Vivienne Westwood and Emma Watson
Emma Watson

 And here’s what I wore.

Dress – Rare Opulence
Jacket – River Island
Belt – H&M
Wedges – Carvella
Clutch – M&S

Reena Rai

Reena Rai is a 30-something London-based fashion, travel and lifestyle blogger. She has been blogging for 10 years (!), previously at fashiondaydreams.com before launching her self-titled blog.



  1. Anonymous
    February 15, 2011 / 6:58 pm

    Good ol' Next!Sounds like you had an amazing time, love the outfit too.Have to say, Stephen Dorff still looks fit! ;)Sunnyhttp://wardrobemag.wordpress.com

  2. StyleFrost
    February 15, 2011 / 9:18 pm

    Love your outfit, gorgeous clutch! Lucky you! x

  3. Zara_K
    February 15, 2011 / 11:36 pm

    Majorly jealous! you look gorge hun and looks like you had great seats!

  4. Style Eyes
    February 16, 2011 / 5:59 pm

    Wow looks amazing and you got to see Vivienne Westwood! I love the dress Corinne Bailey Rae is wearing, looks very similar to one that I have been lusting after in Oasis.I loved Cheryl Coles red dress too.I was just looking at the bottom pics wondering which VIP they were of. Then I realised it was you. Gorgeous and definitely VIP worthy.

  5. Helen
    February 19, 2011 / 6:22 pm

    WOW! This looks amazing, I'm insanely jealous. And you were so close to the stage too! Not a big fan of Emma Watson, I think it's quite funny that Vivienne didn't know who she was. But isn't Blake just gorgeous in real life?! Damn her ha! You look fab too, your shoes are amazing! x

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