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Little Black Mess: Of all the life-changing inventions of the 21st century (the iPhone, YouTube, the deep-fried Twinkie), one stands head and shoulders (or more specifically, belly and hips) above the rest. Yes, we're talking about the miracle of Spanx, the stretchy undergarment that smoothes as it shapes, all without the hassle of diet or exercise. The operative word, of course, is "under," because, as wonderful as the so-called power panties are, no one wants to broadcast that they have them on. And that brings us to Lily Allen, who appears to be getting some cinching assistance beneath the sheer skirt of her Goth-y Chanel gown. Upon close inspection (way too close, if you must know -- we're about to take a "Silkwood" shower), it's impossible to say for sure whether the British singer is Spanx-encased. But the point is that she looks as if she's flashing reinforced undies on the red carpet. And what could be worse than that? Lily makes up for the unsightly unmentionables issues down below by covering up on top, hiding behind a lengthy, Mistress of the Dark black mane and heavy bronze eye makeup applied from a spray gun set to "Sleep-Deprived Cleopatra."