Gemma Critchley: X Factor dress hunting

Posted on October 9, 2011 by

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The advent of X Factor has stirred up a few fashion memories…

<a href=”http://unrealityshout.com/image/the-x-factor-logo”><img title=”x factor logo janet devlin dress xfactor live shows white cream fringed dress” src=”http://unrealityshout.com/files/images/x-Factor-logo.preview.jpg&#8221; alt=”x factor logo janet devlin dress xfactor live shows white cream fringed dress” width=”241″ height=”135″ /></a>

I’ve spent tonight reminiscing about the days when it used to be my actual day job to watch stuff like X Factor and pick out the best outfits then try to recreate these via Oli.co.uk. Alas, <a title=”oli.co.uk gemma critchley oli fashion janet devlin x factor beaded french connection dress” href=”http://www.freemans.com/Oli-at-Freemans/oli-shop.stm&#8221; target=”_blank”>Oli has changed significantly and is now part of Freemans</a> and I departed for new work-based shores almost a year ago for bigger and better things, but I still miss spending my days immersed in fabulous fashion.

<a href=”http://www.homorazzi.com/article/absolutely-fabulous-christmas-special-2011-ab-fab-eddie-patsy-jennifer-saunders-joanna-lumley-bbc/”><img title=”ab fab absolutely fabulous eddie patsy new ab fab series fashion x factor xfactor” src=”http://www.homorazzi.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/ab-fab-christmas-special.jpg&#8221; alt=”ab fab absolutely fabulous eddie patsy new ab fab series fashion x factor xfactor” width=”205″ height=”143″ /></a>

So, in homage to my previous life, here’s my favourite outfit from the first of the<a title=”the x factor xfactor live shows ” href=”http://xfactor.itv.com/&#8221; target=”_blank”> X factor live shows</a>. I adored Sophie Habibis’ styling too, but Janet Devlin’s cream fringed dress with lush gold embellishment was an absolute winner for me. I find Janet pretty annoying in general and didn’t think the overall styling was amazing for her song – too Florence Welch for me – but this dress was stunning. I’m still trying to find out who it’s by, but for now, behold:

<a href=”http://beatifnik.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/janet-devlin-x-factor-live-shows-cream-fringed-dress-fix-you-coldplay-xfactor-girls-xfactor.png”><img title=”Janet Devlin X Factor live shows cream fringed dress fix you coldplay xfactor girls #xfactor” src=”http://beatifnik.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/janet-devlin-x-factor-live-shows-cream-fringed-dress-fix-you-coldplay-xfactor-girls-xfactor.png&#8221; alt=”Janet Devlin X Factor live shows cream fringed dress fix you coldplay xfactor girls #xfactor.png” width=”153″ height=”266″ /></a>

It reminds me a lot of French Connection’s party collection in AW09, which subsequently inspired Oli Premium, the last party season collection I worked on at Oli.co.uk.
<div style=”position:relative;width:400px;height:400px;”><a href=”http://www.polyvore.com/dress/thing.outbound?.embedder=0&amp;.svc=copypaste&amp;id=26280103″><img style=”border:0 none;” title=”french connection oli.co.uk nude pink beaded embellished dress christmas partywear party” src=”http://embed.polyvoreimg.com/cgi/img-thing/size/e/tid/26280103.jpg&#8221; alt=”french connection oli.co.uk nude pink beaded embellished dress christmas partywear party” width=”400″ height=”400″ border=”0″ /></a></div>
Tassles and scalloped edging with embellishment – it shouldn’t work together, but it really, really does. If I find Janet’s dress, it’s definitely a potential contender for my Christmas party outfit…

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