Award season is nearly at a close, but as the guests at the 2014 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards showed, it’s no time to wear anything mediocre. Held at London’s Royal Opera House, and attended by Prince William (sadly, minus Dutchess Catherine) The awards celebrated the best in British and international film of the last year. The bright and bold trend we’ve seen at previous awards ceremonies is still alive and well, as is the not-so-basic black dress, and sleek suits made quite the impression on the red carpet. Did we mention that was just the women?
A dark palate is always a starlet’s go-to hue for a red carpet, but this season the simple black dress has been replaced with rich embellishments, sharp silhouettes and unexpected details. Dame Helen Mirren continued her reign as most stylish over 60 in a sexy, but age appropriate, embellished gown by Azagury. The tiered tulle on the skirt added drama, and the illusion panels added excitement to the dress.
Uma Thurman opted not for sequins and tulle, but a impeccably well tailored column gown by Atelier Versace. Minimalistic, but the silk gown hugged the actress in all the right places, and added an interesting twist, with a slit in the back. Rather than overdo the formality of the dress, Uma finished her look with loose hair and a statement eye.
In unsurprising news, Cate Blanchett looked stunning, this time wearing Alexander McQueen. The cap sleeved dress featured painted petals accentuating her figure, and was styled with a statement necklace and a loosely pinned bun.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, many opted to shrug off darker gowns in favour for crisp, white looks. Sally Hawkins followed the ankle length hem trend in a bespoke lace gown by Mulberry. The long sleeves added another dimension to the silhouette and the shorter hem showcased her Christian Louboutin-designed pumps.
Les Miserables star Samantha Barks chose a minimalistic gown courtesy of Calvin Klein. The colour perfectly complemented her skin tone, and the statement necklace the look was styled with added glamour, but didn’t overpower the sleek look.
Sai Bennett went old Hollywood glamour, styling her Chanel gown with soft waves and a bold red lip. The playful silhouette kept the look from reading older, and the darker hued shoe grounded the look.
Usually when we discuss suiting, we’re restricted to the men, but this year the girls will be boys. Actress Ruth Wilson led the pack in a silver lamé Antonio Berardi suit. The structured nature of the suit kept it interesting, and the red accents and illusion pumps added a pop of colour.
Angelina Jolie flirted with the trend by wearing his and hers tuxedos with partner Brad Pitt. The Saint Laurent and Valentino-designed suits complemented each other well, with Brad looking every bit of a leading man, and with the loosened bow tie, Angelina added her signature sexy style to the look.
Leonardo DiCaprio went traditional in a silk lapelled Armani suit for the event. Slicked back hair, patent leather dress shows and a Tag Hueller watch completed his look, giving him an air of polished, easy style.
BOLD IS THE NEW BLACK
While we’ve discussed the monochrome end of the colour palate, bolder gowns have become very pronounced this awards season. Leading the pack was fashion’s It Girl of the moment, Lupita Nyong’o in a stunning emerald Christian Dior Couture full gown. While the dress has already been seen on the red carpet courtesy of Jennifer Lawrence, albeit in crimson, the colour made it fell fresh and new. The metallic belt added an edge and the look was completed with a gold cuff duo.
Bond girl Naomie Harris was fantastic in fuchsia, wearing an sleeker take on a wrap dress courtesy of Gucci. The playful colour was a standout on the carpet and the illusion heels and black clutch grounded the look.
Michelle Rodriguez may not have been bold in colour, but the leather overlay on her dark emerald Emilio de la Morena gown stood out on the carpet. Reading like a harness, the leather took a traditional gown into edgier territory, and perfectly cinched her waist. Simple hair and make up completed her look.
GOOD THINGS COME IN TWOS
While we’ve discussed singles that stood out on the carpet, there was a fair share of stylish duos. Father and daughter Richard and Olivia Grant perfectly complemented each other, with the elder opting for a traditional tuxedo, and her in a heavily embellished bodiced gown.
Actor Tom Hardy was partnered by longtime friend Kelly Marcel, with her in a simple, Grecian style mint gown and he in a black dress suit and tailored trench coat. The more casual take on event wear may have read underdressed, but the tailoring and accessories brought their looks together.
Nominee on the night Tom Hanks was accompanied by wife Rita Wilson; he in a traditional tuxedo and bow tie, and she in a bronze, sequinned Jenny Packham gown.
Now that the BAFTA’s are over for another year, that just leaves one award show – The Oscars. Who will wear what? We’ll find out in a few short weeks!