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Dame Helen goes pink as fashion queens go back to black

By Frances Burscough

Can the BAFTAs ever compare to the Academy Awards? Not really.

Certainly not when the red carpet is drenched with slushy sleet and every diva has a clear plastic umbrella as her most important accessory.

Nevertheless, Sunday night's ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London showed some glimpses of real glamour and a few sparkles of true spectacle.

From the guests and nominees who did brave the atrocious weather conditions to be photographed by the paparazzi, it was clear that black is back.

Gemma Arterton once again went for a Grecian silhouette, in a black one-shouldered bandage dress which showed off her statuesque figure to great effect; while Amy Adams looked delightful in a delicate French lace floor-sweeper, wearing her strawberry blonde hair swept aloft in a voluminous bun.

Monochrome was another popular trend favoured by the glamorous glitterati.

Personally, I find this classic combo a bit boring but Juno Temple's Stella McCartney maxi dress in cream crepe with a black lining and contrast satin waistband was one elegant exception.

Jennifer Garner on the other hand looked atrocious in her black, white and grey number which looked like she's tacked a handful of white napkins onto her bodice at the last minute. AND left home without looking in the mirror. Sack the stylist!!

The singer/songwriter Paloma Faith was spectacular in a sparkling diamante-encrusted silver gown by Richard Oakwell.

Meanwhile, Dame Helen Mirren caused flashbulbs to pop when she emerged from her limo in a gorgeous ivory devore satin two-piece and with a brand new pixie crop... in blushing pink, no less.

This looked amazing and complemented her shell pink lipstick and lilac eye shadow perfectly. What a dame!

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