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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Who was your best dressed at this year’s BAFTAs?
Who: Jennifer Lawrence
Where: At the Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2014 in West Hollywood, California
Wearing: A mirrored embellished Tom Ford mini dress with sheer panelling to the side and long sleeves from the spring/summer 2014 collection, teamed with strappy black heels
Verdict: I liked Jennifer Lawrence’s strapless red Christian Dior Couture gown that she wore to the main event, the peplum was nice, but I think I am done with her Dior overload, so it was refreshing to see that the actress embraced her sexy side in this shimmering Tom Ford mini dress for the after party.
There is a lot about this look that I love – from the heavily embellished shattered mirror effect to the fact that she is actually showing off her amazing pins to the sexy sheer panel down the sides. At the Oscars she looked elegant and at the Vanity Fair party she looks youthful and it was nice to see.
I also think I prefer this heavy kohl party eye make-up on her, it really works with her edgy pixie cut and is perfection with this sexy mini.
Are you pleased that Jennifer Lawrence changed it up for the after party?[Pic: Facebook.com/TomFord]
Where: At the Golden Globe Awards 2013, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in California
Wearing: A draped back black and white silk georgette Tom Ford gown with long sleeves, teamed with a black nappa panama weave clutch with gold metal band and Bulgari jewels
Verdict: Julianne Moore looked incredible in this custom Tom Ford gown, which she emailed the designer to ask if her would design her look, and not only is it working the monochrome trend but it was also perfect for her to brave the Californian chill.
This Tom Ford gown didn’t make as much of an impact as his other red carpet triumphs such as Anne Hathaway‘s and Gwyneth Paltrow‘s, but it totally works for Julianne’s style and I love how the white panels have a slimming and lengthening effect, not that she needs it.
Finishing her look are the most incredible and bold Bulgari 22-carat diamond and yellow gold earrings. Now they are statement earrings!!!