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Bafta frocks frenzy: Elegant, trashy and downright daft

Frances Burscough despairs at the TV Bafta Awards' frocky horror show

Since the advent of reality TV and the dumbing-down of popular programming, the Bafta TV Awards red carpet has become notorious for attracting Z-listers and wannabes hoping to catch the eye of the paparazzi by wearing bizarre outfits.

It's certainly nowhere near as stylish or glamorous as the Academy Awards - or even the movie Baftas for that matter.

Last night's event at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, was no exception.

The tacky celebrity trend of bum-flashing, boob-revealing and overly exposed body parts continued apace whilst the flashbulbs popped in approval. Pixie Lott led the daring and baring brigade with a floor-length dress in navy blue devore lace, behind which her underwear was clearly and intentionally visible.

Mary Berry's elegant, bright pink number also proved a recipe for success.

Rochelle Humes went even further in a black Spanish Mantilla lace gown by couturier Zeynep Kartal which featured yards and yards of gossamer-fine fabric, most of which was totally transparent.

Jennifer Metcalfe just looked daft in her asymmetric dress with a bizarre gaping slash at the knees.

Meanwhile, Rosie Fortescue from Made in Chelsea wore an equally revealing silver grey number that looked like she'd accidentally got caught up in a tangle of old fishing nets that had washed up on a beach.

Other frocky horror stories of the night included Michelle Keegan's pale green silk dress that was so creased by the time she arrived that it looked like screwed-up tissue paper.

And Claudia Winkleman in her childlike polka-dot frock and Tess Daly in that weird contraption made from what looked like a plastic garden trellis. There were some winners though, I'm glad to say.

My favourites were Lucy Mecklenburgh's coral gown, Millie Mackintosh's white lace confection and Laura Whitmore's summery buttercup yellow brocade prom dress. I also enjoyed seeing Davina McCall buck the trend in a bolero jacket and trouser suit styled like a Spanish matador.

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