For the past half a decade or so, the highlight of my calendar hasn’t been the long stream of Fashion Weeks, it’s not been Christmas, nor is my birthday even the top of my absolutely the best time of year list, it’s been, and still is, Awards Season.
The time of year where the red carpets are more televised than the awards shows, when everybody who is anybody is asked, “Who are you wearing?”, and not “Who do you want to see winning in X category?”, the fashion is almost as important as the accolades and celebration of film, television and music across the globe.
However, this year’s BAFTA’s have left me with a somewhat dimmed glee as the list of attendees walked the length of the red carpet, past the seemingly tame press pit and up the steps leading towards the Royal Albert Hall. The looks last Sunday were somewhat safe and less thrilling than what was seen Stateside at the SAG Awards or the Golden Globes just a few weeks ago, but perhaps everyone is opting to dazzle and impress the larger crowds of the Oscars in LA this Sunday. With that being said, I’m definitely not down-playing some of the stunning fashion highlights of the most prestigious British Film Awards, it’d be a crime for me to say that I wasn’t impressed by some major players in the fashion stakes and talk about some of my favourite styling ensembles (can we give a major cheer for the different shade of pinks we were blessed with?), whilst brushing over some of those… less so.
The ultimate favourites of mine, in no particular order, have to be;
Scarlett Johansson in that stunning deep pearlised pink, highly embellished and feathery Versace gown that literally made my jaw hit the floor the moment I clocked eyes on the double nominated actress.
Daisy Ridley, at first I thought she’d opted for a black, half-sheer gown, until I saw more photos and realised that it was in fact a deep teal shade that well and truly won me over. She look utterly and effortlessly beautiful with the form fitting custom made Oscar de la Renta dress complete with the sheer cape. Obsessed.
The Duchess of Cambridge always looks impeccable when she walks the length of the BAFTAs carpet (I nearly cried from the spectator pit when she walked past me in that forest-green number at the 2018 BAFTAs), but her ‘recycled’ gold and cream Alexander McQueen gown from a number of years ago looks just as incredible now as it did back in 2012.
Other favourites included Zoë Kravitz in a stunningly simple long-sleeved, gold, floor-length YSL number, Naomie Harris’ metallic silver sequinned Michael Kors gown that leads the procession of reimagined and current twenties styles and Laura Dern’s hot pink dress that gave her a youthful beauty on the red carpet. That’s not to mention Olivia Colman in her traditional awards style black embellished and sheer sleeved gown that is now synonymous with the BAFTA and Oscar winner, Charlize Theron dazzling in a plunging, pleated chiffon, bold purple Dior dress and Emilia Clarke’s again re-imagined black sparkly, twenties style slim-strapped, scoop-necked Schiaparelli Haute Couture gown.
Renée Zellweger was the first best dressed attendee that I fell head over heels for (and my overall favourite from the night!), that cotton-candy Prada gown softened her up beautifully and she couldn’t help but look elegant as she stepped onto the stage to accept her Best Actress award. There was something so youthful and understated about her complete look that still mesmerises me.
My controversial pick of the night has to be Florence Pugh. I’ve been hopelessly obsessed with her for the past year, so seeing her shine during awards season has been the best of the best for me. But when she stepped on the red carpet I was unsure, the colour made me give the instant thumbs up, but the rest made me unsure for a solid thirty minutes. The more pictures I saw circulating Twitter the more I leaned towards I actually really love this, however almost a week later I’m still edging on slightly unsure. I’m giving her the benefit of the doubt and keeping both thumbs up though.
And not to forget the men, my top looks were from Jack Lowden, John Boyega and Andrew Scott.
The more I talk about the BAFTAs, the more I hope (and pray and beg) that one day I’ll be invited and not having to spend time entering the ballots or running for wristbands just to be in the audience pits on the red carpet (not that I’m complaining!). Now time to be excited for the Oscars styles.