The 2009 Elle Style Awards Are Handed Out

Not even torrential downpour could spoil the party

The Elle magazine Style Awards were handed out at Big Sky London in London, England last night where Freida Pinto of Slumdog Millionaire was awarded the prize for Best Actress, Mickey Rourke of The Wrestler took home the prize for Best Actor and — get this — Courtney Love was named Woman of the Year. Yep. For reals. Here are a few photos of some of the red carpet arrivals along with some info on the affair last night:


Another torrential downpour; another awards night. BAFTA stars and celebrities braved lashing rain, ankle-deep puddles and a bone-chilling wind for the Elle Style Awards at Big Sky Studios in North London last night. Minders with brollies and a canopy hastily erected outside the main door provided a brief respite as the girls in their gowns shook the raindrops from their hair. Freida Pinto, still elated after Slumdog Millionaire’s success the previous night, and recipient of Elle’s Best Actress award, wore a funky Chanel short dress with a transparent PVC yoke embellished with silk camellias. Alexa Chung, the host for the evening and winner of the Best TV Star, was also in Chanel, looking extremely sophisticated in a teal-blue, short, fitted backless dress, accessorised with a gigantic cocktail ring by Mawi, and a new upswept hairdo. “I don’t look too mumsy, do I,” she worried. No way, Alexa. Courtney Love, who was named Woman of the Year, entertained the camera crews with impersonations of Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. Her ‘Cruella de Vil’ black fishtail gown, worn with a little shrug encrusted with jet and black sequins, was by Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy. Roisin Murphy also played the Givenchy card, teaming her mirror-beaded top with a pair of Armand Basi grey harem pants … Mickey Rourke arrived just in time to pick up his Best Actor award and gorgeous Sienna Miller, who received the Style Icon award, made a discreet entrance, which almost fooled the photographers. She’s looking forward to the catwalk debut of Twenty8Twelve, the label she jointly runs and designs with her sister, Savannah, a Central Saint Martins graduate, and which is one of the hottest tickets for the forthcoming London Fashion Week, starting on Friday February 19th. Also joining in the Best-Dressed fun were Rolf Snoeren and Viktor Horsting, recipients of the H&M Style Visionary trophy, who dazzled in black DJs with lapels encrusted with jewels, beads and crystals, Matthew Williamson and Christopher Kane who was named best British Designer.

The Elle Style Awards are usually pretty spot on with their prizes (tho I question the wisdom of honoring Mickey Rourke for his “style” choices) … but I have absolutely NO IDEA how Courtney Love qualifies as Woman of the Year. If I recall, she only graced the mag’s pages once in the past year … and really hasn’t done anything professionally in years. Even in a ceremonial sense, awarding C. Love a prestigious award like this doesn’t make a whole lotta sense. At least, Court bothered to make the trip to the UK to collect her prize. Here are a couple pics of Courtney stumbling making her way out of the Elle Style Awards afterparty at Groucho Club early this morning:


I suppose she looks a’ight … even after a night of partying. As crazy as she seems, I do have a soft spot for Courtney Love. Sure her blogs are usually nothing more than meaningless nonsense but I am a fan of her music. I hope she still plans to release that album she was supposed to release on Jan. 1 … there’s been no news on when we might expect it, if at all. I guess we’ll have to see. In any event, Congrats goes out to Courtney and all the other award winners last night.

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  1. Bevy Beloved

    aww good for courtney. I’ve always been of fan because she is insane and not like all the same copies of Hollywood ;) she isyhe blemish onthe perfect face of Hollywood :P

  2. Wendell

    I wouldn’t qualify this as a “prestigious” award. It’s from Elle for god’s sake. It’s not a Pulitzer or Nobel Peace Prize or anything.

  3. Christina

    Does anyone know who makes Sienna Miller’s dress? Is it from the new twenty8twelve collection? I must have it!

  4. kittycatastrophe

    “Woman of the Year”?…Congrats on getting something with your name carved in it handed to you for some completely unfathomable reason.

  5. PixieBassline

    I’m just glad she doesn’t look like a walking-dead crack-fiend!!

  6. Melissa

    HELL YEAH COURTNEY! Love her- always have, always will. She’s a very interesting person, i’m actually reading her diaries right now. I’m glad she looks really good too =)

  7. Aidan

    This win is about as on par as Dina Lohan’s for Mother of the Year.

  8. Tracy

    umm….no way. courtney love woman of the year…she is batshit crazy.

  9. Bubblegum

    I always have had a soft spot for Courtney Love. Inexplicably and unapologetically! She is a unique person.

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