Each year I have mixed feelings about the BAFTAs red carpet, the awards are our Oscars but they don’t ever feel in the same league, they never really bring all the big stars, the fashion is generally more bad than good or just too safe to care, and I never understand why they don’t make the red carpet more organised, watching it makes me so frustrated there is never a full length shot, there are heads in the way, and it always looks so crowded.
Saying all that I did like a number of the gowns tonight, mainly thanks to Julianne Moore, who all award season has killed it, I loved her shimmery Givenchy beauty at the Golden Globes and her green sequinned Givenchy wonder at the SAG Award, and now this incredibly sexy red Tom Ford gown.
What I love about this gown has to be the two-tone mix of fabrics, with the velvet bodice with plunging neckline, teamed with a silk skirt. I like the contrast of the two fabrics, it makes it modern and fresh and I love it when Julianne does sexy. I think this look will be on a lot of people’s best dressed list. If it isn’t it should be – I love it that much. Without this sexy look this red carpet would have been a little blah for me.
Next up on my Best Dressed list has to be Reese Witherspoon in Stella McCartney, I love this purple hue on her, and this gown is elegant and sexy, which is perfect for her, and shows off her gorgeous figure. I have to be honest though I was a little worried about her girls escaping at the side – or maybe that was secretly hoping! Her hair and make-up was once again stunning – her glam squad are doing her proud this award season.
My third spot has to go to Laura Haddock, star of Da Vinci’s Demons, which I love, who so had a princess moment on the red carpet in her custom long-sleeve tulle gown with a plunging neckline by Ashi Studio, who I am going to have investigate and find out more about as I adore this pretty gown. Some of my Twitter feed were saying that this was a little too much for a non-nominee or presenter, but come on why the hell not, she is beautiful, the gown is divine, and I loved that she stood out.
My last two spots were tough to fill, I actually considered just doing my three best dressed, but then I had a change of heart and thought that these two lovely ladies did deserve to be showcased. So here you go, my fourth best dressed goes to Gugu Mbatha-Raw who looked gorgeous in a lilac Prada gown. What I loved about this frock was the feminine colour and silhouette mixed in with the rock-n-roll black crystal trim, I think that by adding that edgy accent made this a bolder look for me, I also think her accessories round off a great look, I even like the ear cuff, which is actually starting to bore me now, it was edgy when Emma Watson did it. Also this was Gugu’s second Prada look this weekend, is there a contract on the horizon?
Last but not least is Felicity Jones in Christian Dior Couture, her stylist called it a vintage gown, but I don’t think spring/summer 2013 counts as vintage, not even when you say it is ‘modern vintage’. But nevertheless I still like it, for me this is the best she has looked all award season. There is something so classic and pretty about this embroidered pink silk gown that makes it perfect for her and the occasion. The only thing I would have changed is the length, I think it was a little long for her.
I also think a special mention has to go out to Rosamund Pike who looked stunning in a black Roland Mouret, the only reason she didn’t get my fifth spot was purely because the gown actually looked better on TV than it does in photographs, which sometimes happens, but still this was her best look so far this award season. I also though Holliday Grainger looked amazing in an elegant black-and-white Antonio Berardi gown, as did Lea Seydoux in a canary yellow cut-out Prada gown, and Amy Adams was again flawless in a white custom Lanvin.
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