Fashion winners (and losers) on the red carpet at Baftas
The leading ladies of the television industry must have breathed a huge sigh of relief yesterday when London was bathed in glorious sunshine in time for their big night at the Baftas.
Three distinct trends emerged from the gathering glitterati - the white Grecian gown, the tailored black pantsuit and the sparkle of metallic silver. Here are my best and worst from the night...
Amanda Holden looked stunning in an exquisite couture gown by Lebanese designer Tony Ward. The bridalwear specialist swathed her in a breathtaking column dress made from finest silk chiffon encrusted with sparkling silver embroidery and crystal beading, featuring a diaphanous sheer cape. Wow. The only drawback to the look was her hair. Surely, if you've spent so long getting a couture gown fitted, you can also take an extra hour to get your roots done?
Now the ladies of TOWIE aren't known for their perfect taste, so it was a surprise to see Lucy Mecklenburgh in one of the most beautiful outfits of the evening. She chose a strapless gown in a very ornate yet delicate brocade, interwoven with a silvery lilac lace pattern. It accentuated both her figure and her tanned skin perfectly and, with her raven hair pulled off her face in an elegant chignon, she looked like a younger version of Penelope Cruz.
Meanwhile, Corrie's Georgia May Foote also resembled a Spanish senorita, but her ensemble was an all-black affair of jet-bead encrusted chiffon with spaghetti straps and a cascading fishtail train. Her hair looked immaculate, too, pulled into a perfect ponytail to enhance her dramatic smokey eyes.
I loved Mr Selfridge star Kara Tointon's Grecian style gown made from a platinum coloured semi-transparent stripy georgette, featuring wide satin straps and a matching belt. This complemented her petite figure beautifully, although the plunging decolletage did leave very little to the imagination.
It's no surprise that one of my least favourite outfits was in yellow, a colour that rarely flatters and often reveals a little too much. This was certainly the case with Alesha Dixon who wore a clingy and unforgiving spandex dress in the exact shade of Coleman's English Mustard. And just like mustard, too much of it can ruin everything, which it did.
I also disliked Kate Garraway's awful turquoise body-con dress in what looked like corrugated cardboard.