The BAFTAs bring together those working in the film industry from across the world, from the on-screen talent to the people working behind the scenes to make the magic. This year’s awards ceremony, held in the impressive Royal Albert Hall, saw its guests dressed to the nines – perhaps to compete with their decadent location. Here we sought through the glitz and glamour for our favourite looks from the night.
Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge
Accompanying her husband (Prince William is the President of BAFTA) Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, eschewed the traditional ‘princess’ dress for an off-the-shoulder Alexander McQueen gown. Unlike the traditional lighter colours or embellished detailing that Middleton often gravitates to this choice – featuring a dark floral pattern – is subtly romantic in a very modern way thanks to the simple silhouette.
Proving that the dress-over-trousers look is not a firm remnant of a distant, embarrassing past, but a totally of-the-now move was Emma Stone. Stone, who wore a dazzling Chanel Couture dress and matching trousers, styled the look with simple pulled-back hair, delicate Tiffany & Co. jewellery, silver pumps and a well-placed pearl anklet – most definitely the next It accessory. Another key aspect of Stone’s outfit? The plunge neckline, daring mostly in the sense that Stone braved the bitter British winter!
Also wearing Alexander McQueen was Emily Blunt who wore a design that united power dressing and romanticism. On top: a militaristically shaped, medieval-inspired bodice, intricately embroidered with images of flowers and birds. On the bottom: a gently ruffled skirt. Together? A dream of a dress.
Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner looked ever more the Hollywood siren at the BAFTAs, complete with icy-blonde locks, shimmery Louis Vuitton gown, plunging neckline and up-to-here leg split. Turner could not help showing off her fun personality though, prancing along the red carpet and making jokes with photographers.
Rey, sorry, I mean Daisy Ridley, stunned on the red carpet in an modern asymmetrical, panelled dress featuring a floral design. As any girl who has braved the wintery cold for a night out knows, fashion – no matter how gorgeous – is not worth freezing for. Ridley proved that there is no need to suffer for style and paired her dress with a matching bomber jacket – totally a Rey-like move.
Rising Star nominee Anya Taylor-Joy made her mark on the red carpet in only the best way, wearing a Gucci confection of pastel blue ruffles, the bodice of her dress detailed with a decadent panther embellishment. With a mix of ballerina, Russian princess, and street style vibes, Taylor-Joy proved to be the most exciting star on the red carpet.
Words by Esther Newman