Who can (and can't) do the splits The celebrities attempting to emulate the 'showstopping' Duchess of Cambridge
10:23 GMT, 11 May 2012
When the Duchess of Cambridge arrived for a dinner at Claridge’s this week, her elegant cream dress demonstrated that when it comes to long gowns, Kate’s not short on style.
At first glance, her body-skimming dress was elegantly understated.
But when she stepped forward, the thigh-length split in the skirt opened to reveal a swathe of toned royal limb, bare but for a criss-crossing of Jimmy Choo crystal-encrusted sandal.
Leading the way: The Duchess arriving at Claridges early this week in her stunning slit evening gown
It was, quite simply, a showstopper. Kate’s dress, by London-based designer Roland Mouret, is a version of a 2009 style inspired by Thirties film star Carole Lombard.
But on our future Queen it emerged as a definitive demonstration of how to wear a split skirt with panache.
Because, let’s face it, plenty of high-profile celebrities who have stylists on speed dial still get it wrong.
So, who are the stars who shine in a split skirt, and which ones don’t have a leg to stand on
GETTING IT RIGHT
Bad girl gone
good: Often outrageous, Rihanna looks positively understated in her
biascut silk-satin slip. The cleverly-cut split creates a diagonal
draped effect on her dancer’s thighs, softening their muscular shape
Devon cream: Let’s face it, if
Devon-born model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley can’t work this look, no one
can. Her fluid dress with a double-dip split looks casually elegant as
it flutters around her coltish limbs
Cruz control: A short split skirt is a tough look to pull off. But Penelope Cruz would look sexy in a bin bag. The discreet lack of cleavage means she gets away with the neckline/split combo
Golden girl: Never one to resist a bit of bling, Beyonce channels Grecian goddess in her gold lam gown. The neckline is a bit low, but the whole thing is saved by its elegant draping and shows off her booty
Yummy mummy: Not many mothers could pull
off this unforgiving side-split dress, made from bead-encrusted tulle.
But when you work as hard as Gwyneth Paltrow does to keep in shape, you
deserve to show off the fantastic results
GETTING IT WRONG
Red alert: Centre-split skirts create an illusion of width where you least want it — across the hips and thighs. And when you have a bosom like Christina Hendricks’s, why focus on your lower half
Titanic disaster: Kate Winslet usually looks great on the red carpet, but this was a sartorial blunder. It’s a case of ‘sack the stylist’, with its sporty vest-top, tacky lace inserts and mid-thigh split which is neither here nor there
Greek tragedy: Kylie Minogue rarely puts a foot wrong with her wardrobe choices, but the tiny singer is swamped by her coral Grecian-style frock.
It looks as if she’s stepping out in her dressing gown
Yellow peril: Britain’s Got Talent’s Alesha Dixon judged it wrong in this shocker.
With its asymmetric neckline, draped sleeve and layered skirt, it looks as if she got caught up in a parachute
Star crossed: Draped in swathes of peach silky jersey, there’s no denying Amanda Holden can pull off showstopping glamour with aplomb. But the BGT judge dares to bare a little too much, which is a shame.
Friend’s enemy: If only
this dress didn’t have
an asymmetrical neckline,
we could focus on Jennifer
Aniston’s fabulous pins. But
the awkward mix of
bustier and one-shouldered
bodice ruins the look
Fuchsia imperfect: When you have a body like Halle Berry’s, you can be forgiven for flaunting it. But this fuchsia gown breaks the No.1 fashion rule: display only one erogenous zone at a time
The Pitts: Jolie was winning plaudits for the Versace gown she wore to the 2012 Oscars until her leg took on a life of its own and proved even the most exquisite gown can become a laughing stock