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The Baftas: Susanna Reid refreshingly vibrant in pink while Louise gets it so wrong

By Frances Burscough

As far as gongs go, the Baftas are probably the least anticipated of them all.

After all the sheer unadulterated and priceless glamour of the Oscars, this night pales into insignificance in comparison. Very few actual A-listers bother to show up and so the red carpet is more of a 'Who's Who' of 'who's she?'

Meanwhile, the few famous faces who do bother to put in an appearance amid the sea of wannabes usually look like they've made the bare minimum of effort for the occasion.

Last night's event was no exception. Almost everyone worthy of note at all wore black, which in the unseasonably hot weather and dazzling sunshine looked dark, dreary and dowdy.

 

Helena Bonham Carter was there. She wore a black swathed silk gown with a heart-shaped neckline that was about a foot too long at the hem, which she accessorised with a bizarre pair of Dame Edna-style sunglasses.

Claudia Winkleman opted for a tafetta body con dress in black and burgundy but she looked like she'd arrived via a hedge backwards with her hair in a tangled mess and a lipstick that clashed with her make-up.

A few added a flash of white to their monochrome ensembles. Keeley Hawes opted for black and white floral prom style frock, Tess Daly wore black net over a silver bodice, Mary Berry wore a Chinese-style number, while the Great British Bake Off co-presenters Mel and Sue both wore masculine monochrome trouser suits.

There were one or two colourful exceptions that really did stand out from the inky depths of LBDs. Susanna Reid looked refreshingly vibrant in a salmon pink symmetrical silk dress with a floor-sweeping hemline. Jenni Falconer wore a simple gown in jade green, Olivia Colman was elegant in emerald and Natasha Hamilton chose cobalt blue to cocoon her growing baby bump.

But, like I said, there was little to get very excited about. However one particular outfit did stand out in my opinion... but for all the wrong reasons. What on Earth was Louise Redknapp thinking?

Her shapeless outfit seemed to combine two separate pleated skirts in black and white chiffon worn on top of each other, partially revealing her underwear. Over this she plonked an oversized cycling top which concealed every curve in the most unflattering way possible.

Sack the stylist Louise! Or, if you actually dressed yourself, then it's time you got one ASAP.

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