Anne Hathaway stole the show at the London Film Festival tonight as she dazzled in a strapless blue and purple dress.
The 25-year-old actress easily outdazzled Gwyneth Paltrow, who went for a baggy, Gothic number at her screening on the opposite side of Leicester Square.
The Devil Wears Prada star bravely kept on smiling as she stood in the wet at the premiere of her latest film Rachel Getting Married.
Hathaway admitted her dress was pretty soaked, but she was thrilled to be showing off the movie in the British capital.
Meanwhile, Paltrow was forced to shun her customary high heels on the red carpet in favour of flats.
She said: 'I hurt my knee just being silly so I'm in flat shoes tonight.'
She opted for a gothic-style look in a black column dress by Salvatore Ferragamo protecting herself against a rainy London night in a black fur shrug by Felder & Felder.
Instead of hurrying inside to get dry, Hathaway - aided by a group of minders carrying umbrellas - signed autographs and greeted the hundreds of fans who had waited outside in the pouring rain for a glimpse of their idol.
She said: 'I've been rained on and almost tripped on the red carpet.'
Determined not to let the rain ruin her big night, Hathaway said she was feeling happy and confident following her high-profile split from long-term love Raffaello Follieri in the summer.
Just weeks after their split, Follieri was arrested and is currently awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to fraud.
While insisting she was single, Hathaway admitted she had recently met a potential new boyfriend in Los Angeles.
She enthused: 'This guy I know in LA is kind of really doing it for me right now... I'm totally single right now, but I happened to meet a sexy guy the other day.'
In the film, Hathaway plays a druggie
Hathaway has described Rachel Getting Married as the role of a lifetime for her and has already received Oscar buzz for her performance.
When the film debuted at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals last month, critics were universal in their praise of the Princess Diaries star.
Playing down awards buzz, Hathaway said: 'It's really cool, but it's a little premature to get excited about it.
'I actually did something that I'm proud of, where all of the intentions I had for the character made it to the screen.
'For me, it's a recognition of my dreams, this role.
'Not to sound arrogant or cocky, but I've never defined myself by the way other people did. That's not what they tell you to do in all the Lifetime (TV) movies, anyway. It's always about 'be yourself, be yourself, be yourself'.
'Well, the person I am is an actress, and I'm really excited that with this movie I feel like I've earned that title. I've certainly been striving to earn it since Princess Diaries.'
Also at the screening was British actress Thandie Newton, with her director husband Ol Parker.