BAFTA 2015 – The Best Looks

Last night was the most glittering occasion on the British movie calender, when Stephen Fry yet again took to the podium to present the BAFTA awards. In recent years the glitter has become even starrier, as more and more American and International stars make their way to London in what is seen to be a good pointer for the Academy Awards.

Last night we had American Royalty walking the red carpet, with Julianne Moore, Amy Adams, Reese Witherspoon and Ethan Hawke all making an appearance. European stars Lea Seydoux, Naomi Rapace and Monica Belluci also made the trip to London, with Lea my absolute first choice for best dressed, in an exquisite yellow gown from Prada that had skin flashing panels yet remained totally elegant. Her hair and make up was also perfection – think 30s Hollywood glamour.

Other stars caught the eye with beautiful looks. Smethick’s Julie Walters was simply stunning, at 64 she was wearing a dress that many decreed as the best on the night, including Fearne Cotton who proclaimed that she want that dress and Rosamund Pike’s bob (I have to say Rosamund’s dress was another disappointment.) Felicity Jones continued that fabulous run in ultra pretty Dior, whilst Amy Adams went ultra modern in white Lanvin.

Another favourite was Romola Garai in Roksanda. I know this will be a marmite look, but those gorgeous ice cream shades, the beautiful cut of the full skirt and the pretty cuffs of the blouse make this a hit for me. Another style icon, Laura Bailey, chose a subtle, yet beautiful dress from Emilia Wickstead. I would love to see a sunshine yellow version of this on Kate Middleton, another Wickstead fan.

I have picked out my favourite looks from the night and featured them below, but also wanted to give a special mention to Kristen Scott Thomas. The eternally beautiful actress looked exquisite in a 1948 Balmain dress from William Vintage, proof that a perfect dress really does stand the test of time.

 

Felicity Jones in Dior

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Amy Adams in Lanvin

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Laura Haddock in Ashli Couture

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Reese Witherspoon is Stella McCartney

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Romola Garai in Roksanda Ilincic

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw in Prada

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Edith Bowman in Luisa Beccaria

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Laura Bailey in Emilia Wickstead

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Lea Seydoux in Prada

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Julie Walters

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Kristen Scott Thomas in 1948 Balmain from William Vintage

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Oscars 2014 – My Favourite Looks

It seems strange that a year ago I sat writing my Oscar fashion piece lamenting that it wasn’t exactly a vintage year for fashion. Well, what a difference a year makes. 2014 was most definitely one of the best dressed Oscar fashion nights in years, so much so, that it would be difficult to chose a best dressed.

Lupita Nyong’o deservedly won her best supporting actress category and fashion plaudits in Nairobi blue Prada. It was a goddess style dress that was just so pretty, and the hairband was perfect to accessorize with. She has been the Queen of awards dressing and this dress was the absolute pinnacle.

Cate Blanchett opted for the inevitable Armani dress and looked a dream. The stunning nude dress was ‘heavy; in embellishments, but made her look like a star from the days when movie stars were movie stars. Elegant, ladylike and almost regal, Cate was just sublime, with perfect Grace Kelly hair and make up.

The American Hustle ladies may have been left disappointed on the night, but they didn’t disappoint in the style stakes. Amy Adams was in midnight blue Gucci and was the epitome of chic – she reminds me more and more of Lauren Bacall with her old-Hollywood choices. My one reservation was that the look was very bare – I would’ve liked to see a statement necklace with this. Jennifer Lawrence was loyal to Dior of course, but this red dress was, for me, her standout awards season dress. The peplum detail was super flattering – although her pratfalls are now getting a little less enduring – buy shoes you can walk in lady.

Here are all the looks that I just fell in love with on a super sparkling night of glamour.

Amy Adams

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Kristen Chenoweth in Roberto Cavalli

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Olivia Wilde in Valentino

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Lupita Nyong’o in Prada

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Naomi Watts in Calvin Klein

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Chrissie Teigan in Monique Lhuillier

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Cate Blanchett in Armani

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Camilla Alves in Gabriela Cadena

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Jennifer Lawrence in Dior

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Charlize Theron in Christian Dior

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Kate Hudson in Versace

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Sandra Bullock in McQueen

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Angelina Jolie in Elie Saab

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Lady Gaga in Versace

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Kelly Osbourne in Badgeley Mischka

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Evan Rachel Wood at the Vanity Fair aftershow party

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The 2014 BAFTA’s – Key Looks

The days when the BAFTA’s were an also-ran awards ceremony have long since gone. These days the stars turn out in force for the British Academy awards ceremony, and this means a feast for the fashion lovers eye.

This year saw a Hollywood who’s who roll call walking the red carpet. Brad and Angelina, Cate Blanchett, Amy Adams, Leonardo Di Caprio, Lupita Nyong’o, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Uma Thurman and Maggie Gyllenhall all turned out to add a glittering presence. Add in British stars like Naomie Harris, Samantha Barks and Helen Mirren, and the night was guaranteed to have sartorial looks on display that would have set tongues wagging.

Here are some of the key looks from the night. My personal faves were Lupita Nyong’o (again, but I’m making absolutely no apologies for this – she looked flawless in Emerald green Dior) and Samantha Barks, who opted for a simple, elegant column dress that was just so chic, albeit a little long.

Lupita

Lupita in Dior

Cate Blanchett in McQueen.

Cate Blanchett in McQueen.

Cate Blanchett opted for Alexander McQueen. It was a nice dress, but I have to admit to being a little underwhelmed with this. However, I loved her speech, which was a touching tribute to Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and I did then wonder if the sombre dress was a tribute too.

Samantha Barks in Calvin Klein

Samantha Barks in Calvin Klein

Angelina Jolie in Saint Laurent

Angelina Jolie in Saint Laurent

There was a part of me that thought that the matchy-matchy tuxedo look was a bit like the Beckham’s in the bad old days, but this is Angelina Jolie, and with her sex appeal, this just looked super sexy, especially with that louche untied Dickie bow.

Joely Richardson in William Vintage Bob Mackie

Joely Richardson in William Vintage Bob Mackie

Joely’s dress wasn’t to all taste, but the 1973 Bob Mackie dress (which I can so picture 1970s Cher wearing) was one that I loved. Amazing colour and, with the sunburst pattern, it also reminded me of an Art Deco piece.

Naomie Harris in Gucci

Naomie Harris in Gucci

One word – perfection.

Amy Adams in Victoria Beckham

Amy Adams in Victoria Beckham

I wasn’t actually sure of this dress from the photographs. It seemed a little stiff, a little schoolmarm-ish. But this is one of those dresses that you need to see from all angles, because when Amy stepped onto that stage, showing the sexy back zips in all their glory – then I fell in love with this look.

Did you have a favourite look from the BAFTA  ceremony?