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Tolula Adeyemi In Michael van der Ham – 2012 Elle Style Awards

After a flying visit to New York to take in a few shows during Fashion Week, Tolula Adeyemi returned home to attend one of London’s most fashionable nights, the 2012 Elle Style Awards.

The British model and actress wore a Michael van der Ham Spring 2012 dress.

Dutch-born, London-based Michael van der Ham is London’s hottest new talent. So hot that Net-A-Porter.com recently added his Spring 2012 collection to the roster.

This silk-satin print gown beautifully encapsulates his signature look of clashing prints.

Without the sheer runway top, we can clearly see that the halter dress has one sleeve with a cold shoulder.

Wearing her hair up in a braided style, Tolula accessorized with a Milli Millu clutch, a Rachel Galley bracelet, Mawi cuff and ring plus Made rings and earrings.

Do you think this look is better on or off the runway?

Credit: Style.com & Getty

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25 Responses to Tolula Adeyemi In Michael van der Ham – 2012 Elle Style Awards

  1. Dani February 14, 2012 at 03:27 #

    The sleeve is neither smart nor attractive, only disruptive! That said, I do prefer it without the sheer top over it.

    • EmmaWoodhouse February 14, 2012 at 23:54 #

      Totally agree. It looks like it was just randomly added for no reason. Other than that, the dress is OK…I’m not really sold on the print.

  2. Jane February 14, 2012 at 03:46 #

    On the runway! I think the sheer top gives the dress more edge!

  3. mol February 14, 2012 at 04:00 #

    I love Tolula in this and think she looks better than the runway model – really like this so much!

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  4. katchimo February 14, 2012 at 04:00 #

    She works with it! But it could definitely use a colorful skinny belt.

  5. Elizabeth February 14, 2012 at 04:12 #

    I love the sheer top over the dress it gives it a breezy springtime look and adds detail to the shirt that draws your attention to it. That being said, it does look great on her for a red carpet dress, and I think the sleeve creates interest, I’m just not sure I agree with the choice of hair style.

  6. Li February 14, 2012 at 04:41 #

    I’m not a fan of the sheer top over the dress. It just looks messy and accidental to me. Having said that, I’m also not fond that that single sleeve – I think the dress would be perfect just as a halter.

  7. Anj February 14, 2012 at 04:47 #

    Totally better on Tolula. There’s more structure without the runway top and her hair style adds flair to the outfit. Love.

    • CreoleLady February 14, 2012 at 06:06 #

      +1, ITA.

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  8. Jess2 February 14, 2012 at 05:49 #

    I love Toula’s look and I prefer it without the sheer top. The sleeve seems a bit out of place but the overall dress is still fab.

  9. Lou February 14, 2012 at 09:28 #

    I prefer the look on Tolula – it looks more like an evening outfit without the sheer top.

  10. Maria February 14, 2012 at 09:32 #

    way better off the runway

  11. Nat February 14, 2012 at 09:39 #

    The dress is definitly better without the sheer top. Now if we could just cut out that single sleeve…
    I like the runway clutch better, though. It’s more interesting.

  12. Miss Claudia February 14, 2012 at 10:13 #

    On Tolula, she is rocking it! I love all the accessories the whole look is amazing! :)

  13. Ana February 14, 2012 at 10:15 #

    The sleeve gives the outfit edge and stands out from the sugar coated gloss, playing it safe on the red carpet!

  14. D February 14, 2012 at 10:51 #

    love this dress but wish the clutch is a different colour, its missing something… some colour perhpas

  15. Alina February 14, 2012 at 12:20 #

    Tribal queen.

  16. Katie February 14, 2012 at 12:27 #

    This look is so much better off the runway, Tolula looks beautiful

  17. Parvati February 15, 2012 at 13:28 #

    I much prefer Tolula’s version of the dress, than the runway version. I also really like this sleeve, it makes the dress more interesting.

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