Bafta red carpet chic or fashion faux pas?
Who were the standouts on the Bafta red carpet and who needs to sack their style adviser? Frances Burscough picks her hits and misses on a night of movie glamour.
One of my favourites of the evening also happened to be the very first to arrive. The Irish TV presenter Laura Whitmore was the official red carpet hostess for the event and so it was no coincidence that her stunning aquamarine silk gown was the exact shade of the EE logo, the official sponsor of the awards. Consequently she looked every inch the elegant proprietress, like Sharon Stone in Casino, and upstaged almost everyone else in the process. Incidentally, watch out for that specific shade of turquoise, as it will be everywhere this spring and suits all complexions.
The leading lady of numerous costume dramas - including Peaky Blinders and The Tudors - wore what has to be the most romantic outfit of the St Valentine's evening event. Fashioned from ruby red rosebud lace and matching ruffled silk chiffon, it complemented her pale skin and pearly locks perfectly. No wonder she looks like the very epitome of romance and love, she played Cillian Murphy's lover last year and is now Chris Martin's new flame this year, lucky woman. I wonder if those sumptuous diamond and ruby chandelier earrings were a Valentine's gift from Chris?
Cate was up for Best Actress for her role in the (extremely tedious, but super-fashionable) film Carol, and despite losing out to Brie Larson, she looked every inch a winner before the evening had even started. Her exquisite couture gown featured a bodice heavily adorned with pre-Raphaelite inspired floral embroidery and a sweeping skirt made from black ostrich feathers. It was completely different from anything else on the night but, being the screen siren she is, Cate carried off this amazing creation with panache.
At only 21 years of age, Best Actress nominee Saoirse Ronan is probably one of the youngest attendees, yet in the past she has been accused of dressing far too old for her tender years. Not this time though. At the Baftas she looked both pretty and vibrant, in a long black gown with a jewelled floral all-over pattern that sparkled and twinkled in the limelight. This was complemented beautifully by a three-tiered jewel collar made from matching stones and very trendy silver platform sandals.
It seems like the classic LBD is becoming a thing of the past, if this year's Baftas are anything to go by. Most chose colour or pattern above plain black, yet Kate Winslet proved it is still a stand-out option to get you noticed on the red carpet. I loved the asymmetry of this figure-hugging gown and the way she accessorised it with 50s movie star hair and make-up a la Veronica Lake.
As much as I enjoyed her portrayal as the sympathetic wife in the Danish Girl, and as much as I love wearing the odd bit of leather myself, this all-over leather dress by Louis Vuitton missed the mark in my opinion. Leather itself is a heavy material, but encrusted with chrome studs, beads, hoops, hooks, needles and pins, this looked just too heavy to be attractive. In fact the actresses petite frame was weighed down with so much baggage that her bust and figure looked completely flat and stiff as a result.
This flouncy and fluttery white dress made from sheerest tulle and silk organza would make someone a lovely wedding dress but it was not quite right for the Baftas. Not only did it look far too light and airy-fairy for the bleak mid-winter, but it also reminded me of my living room carpet after the dogs have demolished a toilet roll. I bet it looked stunning hanging up in the couturier's salon, but in reality it was just too fragile and delicate for the occasion.