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?

 

 

TV Bafta’s – A host of Beautiful looks

The stars of the small screen were out in force last night for the Television BAFTA awards, the most prestigious awards in British TV. From Sienna Miller to the cast of Made in Chelsea, it seemed like everyone was there, scrubbed up and wearing Sunday best. This year there were some really lovely looks on display, with a host of designers from Matthew Williamson to Valentino represented on the red carpet.

I struggled to come up with my favourite looks, as there were actually quite a few to choose from. Lucy Watson from Made in Chelsea, Zoe Hardman and Helen McCrory all looked beautiful on the Red Carpet, in looks that were both classy and elegant in their own way. But it is the six ladies below who captivated and stole my attention with their stunning style.

Sienna Miller in Matthew Williamson

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Didsbury KNITTED FIT AND FLARE DRESS OFF WHITE 

Rachel Peach ANGULAR METAL FRAME CLUTCH PEACH 

Millie Mackintosh in Sass and Bide

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Audrey Bandeau Maxi Dress 

Amy Nuttall wears Phase Eight

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Margherita Criss Cross Fishtail Dress £250.00 

Kara Tointon in Dennis Basso

 Holly Willoughby in Valentino

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LEIGHTON JERSEY MAXI 

Ruth Crilly in Jenny Packham

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Peach metallic sequinned party dress £128 

special occasion dresses

Ivory Feather Stole £70 

 

 

Baftas – style highs and lows.

Last night was the most important night on the British film calendar – The Baftas.  As expected, ‘The Kings speech’ dominated the awards winning seven in total, including Best film, best Actor for Colin Firth and Best supporting actor and actress for Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter. Best actress went to Natalie Portman, who was absent due to her pregnancy, but many other Hollywood stars made the trip across the pond and braved the wet London weather for the ceremony. Here is Fashion-mommy’s guide to the best and worst looks on the red carpet last night.

Trend – all shades of blue!

Blue was definitely one of the key colours on the red carpet at the Baftas. Jessica Alba looked totally beautiful in a strapless, draped Versace dress, wearing her hair in Heidi style braids. Julianne Moore was much improved from her Golden Globes Lanvin debacle in a midnight blue gown from Tom Ford, which she accessorised with bright red lips and the delectable Mr Ford himself. Livia Firth was her usual red carpet perfect presence in an eco-chic sustainable Nina Skarra gown. She described it as her ‘Rita Hayworth’ moment, and I couldn’t agree more, she was definitely one of the best dressed on the night. Gemma Arterton split opinions with her YSL black strapless dress that was decorated with a huge blue bow on the front. I personally liked the look, and thought she vamped it up perfectly with flowing hair and red lips. A less successful blue dress was the Stella McCartney gown worn by Jennifer Lawrence. The ‘Winter Bone’ star had been one of the best dressed in hot pink at the SAG awards, but this blue dress just looked ill-fitting and she seemed in danger of loosing it all night.

Trend 2 – Pinks, reds and every shade in between.

As with other awards shows this year, the trend for pinks, reds, orange, corals etc was still in abundance. As with the blue shade though, some looks were more successful than others. Emma Stone continued her strong showing this awards season wearing an amazing Lanvin gown in coral. With her hair still blonde and channelling Marilyn Monroe, she looked perfect. Thandie Newton is always on best dressed lists on occasions like this, and her beautiful Monique Llhullier pink strapless gown was romantic and dramatic, and her simple hair and make up were also flawless. Amy Adams wore a dress from the Elie Saab Spring/Summer 11 collection that perfectly matched her skin tone and hair colouring, and, unlike her SAG dress, this actually fitted properly! Harry Potter star Bonnie Wright was beautiful in her floral dress from Clements Ribeiro. The length was unusual, but suited the dress which had a slight oriental feel to it. Sam Taylor Wood showed that minimal can be oh so flattering in her orange Celine dress, although I wasn’t so sure about her beau Aaron Johnson’s paisley Tom Ford tux, which was slightly cruise ship singer for me. I was not impressed with Sarah Harding’s Georges Chakra red dress, it was a little bit like a Las Vegas showgirl, seemed to age her, and the tattoos just looked tacky.

 

Emma Stone

 

 

Amy Adams

Bonnie Wright

Sam Taylor Wood and Aaron Johnson

Sarah Harding

 

The mavericks

There are some fashionistas who ignore all the trends and style rules when they hit the red carpet. This is a risky venture, but when it pays off, the results can be dazzling. Helena Bonham Carter stayed true to her favourite designer, Vivienne Westwood, for the BAFTAS. She was nursing a cold but sported one of her best and most flattering looks, appearing elegant and glamorous.  On the other hand, the gloriously beautiful Eva Green turned up in a gothic black gown from Tom Ford that made her look like a reject from the Adams Family. It reminded me of a similarly unflattering look sported by Gwyneth Paltrow at The Oscars. Tilda Swinton, who can get it wrong on the red carpet, looked spectacular in a trouser suit by Haider Ackermann which made the statuesque actress look like the heir to Marlene Dietrich’s androgynous glamour crown.

Rosamund Pike divided my opinions in her mustard Alexander McQueen gown. Although I loved the halter neck dress, I feel the same as I felt about the similar Mila Kunis dress from the SAG awards. It was just too Summery, perfect for The Serpentine, or Elton John’s summer ball, bit not to an event in drizzling February. Their was no such split opinion over Tracy Emin’s look. With her wearing a bed sheet Vivienne Westwood dress, and just got out of bed hair, I can only surmise she is relaunching her unmade bed artwork, with herself part of the human exhibit!

 

Young stars

Emma Watson proved yet again why she is a style icon to watch with her ethereal dress from Valentino. Her hair and make up were great too, but she looked a little moody on the night, a smile would’ve improved her look even more. Hailee Steinfeld wore a calf length dress from Mui Mui, that I was torn about. The length was unflattering and needed to be either shorter or longer to really suit the young star. Her hair was also a bit mumsy, with a Queen Victoria style bun. One look I really loved was the gorgeous tulle style prom dress worn by Felicity Jones. This was really an example of a young star dressing age appropriately and having fun with fashion. The vintage Chanel dress was frothy and fabulous, and with her cute bangs and smoky make-up, her whole look was spot on.