27 April 2012 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Once, Nigella ruled. Now there's a battle for her domestic goddess crown – and style is just as important as the ability to whip up a crème brûlée. Meet the contenders…

Rachel Khoo

Style From her immaculately painted lips (often pink, but best when they're true red) to her chunky short fringe (all the better for showing off her inquisitively coquettish brows), the look is pure Amélie. Khoo's clothes underline what her make-up bag is getting at. The obligatory Nigella-ish cropped cardigans are present and correct in powder blues and hot pinks. The dresses hint at that carefree-girl-on-a-push-bike-shopping-at-a-vegetable-market cliché, but on closer inspection those polka-dot dresses with elasticated belts are more likely from the vintage rails at Topshop (cross-back spot dress, £52) or the sanitised online vintage boutiques found in the "marketplace" section of asos.com. But there's nothing wrong with that.

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