Our guide to the Bafta’s best and worst dressed celebrities
Julianne Moore, Cate Blanchett, Alicia Vikander, Gemma Chan, Idris Elba and John Boyega among the sartorial superstars at the star-studded film bash
The stars lined up outside London’s Royal Opera House on one of Britain’s biggest film nights of the year. The 2016 Baftas spelt wins for Leonardo DiCaprio and The Revenant, Kate Winslet for her role in Steve Jobs and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but there were plenty of winners and losers in the fashion stakes.
Let’s get the unpleasantries out of the way first: Poppy Jamie’s nude and dark green lace disaster reminded us of musty vintage wallpaper. And the usually chic Laura Bailey disappointed with an unusually clumsy frothy black dress with too many frills. However the fashion disasters were generally few and far between, and there was plenty of eye candy for the fashion hawks.
Presenter Cate Blanchett won the Bafta red carpet award for her daring Alexander McQueen colourful floral applique bodice falling into a glorious black feather skirt. Always a risk-taker when it comes to film and fashion, Blanchett continues to keep us on our toes with her daring choices.
It was also a daring choice for the young actress Alicia Vikander (who is dating Michael Fassbender) in an eye-catching long dress made from black leather panels lined with metallic detailing. Dree Hemingway totally pulled off a red lace, floor-length polo neck red gown – which is honestly no small feat. Laura Whitmore’s sleek aquamarine number was a crowd pleaser, but then she does have the figure for it.
Winslet’s black gown was interesting with the one shoulder, angular cut. Julianne Moore looked uber-polished in her classic black number with white strap detailing.
Rising star, British-Chinese actress Gemma Chan impressed in her silver-textured sequinned body-skimming dress, we especially like the choice of long sleeves to balance out the super-sexy shimmer.
Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke and Saoirse Ronan both played it safe: Ronan with a floral motif tube dress and some killer jewels, and Clarke with a flattering red dress.
Awards nights are of course. always easier for the men. But that’s not to say there weren’t a few sartorial standouts amongst them.
Relative newcomer John Boyega caught attention for his colour contrast tux in black and deep burgundy brown. Can Idris Elba do no wrong? The handsome British actor eschewed the generic tuxedo and white shirt red carpet standard for an all black tux look (black shirt too). Multilingual cross-dressing comedian Eddy Izzard showed us a slick (menswear) look on the red carpet.