Monday, 11 February 2013

The 2013 BAFTA Film Awards

Most Americans were glued to their television sets last night as Fun made it rain (literally) and Mumford and Sons claimed victory. Alas, I was not watching the Grammys. I, on the hand, was in London, watching the BAFTA Film Awards. As a self-proclaimed award show fanatic, I noticed several difference between British and American ceremonies: the BAFTAs were shorter, paid little attention to the technical aspects of film and (most importantly) the red carpet was slacking. But before you bow your head in utter shame, the night did have a bevy of brilliant ensembles as well as terrifying looks. I will address the Grammys, for there's a lot to talk about, but allow me to give you a glimpse into red carpet style from across the pond.

Helen Mirren in Nicholas Oakwell: Nothing about this ensemble is right. Nothing, I say! The Renaissance-esque silhouette is eyebrow-raising enough, but the real problem is the bubblegum pink hair. Though Mirren is undeniably the queen of cool, I can't help but wonder if the new hue is a mid-life crisis in disguise. 
Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture: If this season is an indication of anything, it's that the Silver Linnings Playbook star's days as a red carpet darling are numbered. Lately, I'm either completely unimpressed with her sartorial choices or disapprove of one tiny stylistic mistake that undermines the whole ensemble.  While I absolutely adore the bejeweled Dior creation, the slicked-back hair is just not jivin'. Coupled with a dramatic pair of earrings, it looks as if Lawrence had a rocking hairdo that the rain destroyed. In actuality, that could've happened (the weather was quite terrible);however, that's what on-call hair stylists are for.  In addition to the noncommittal look, the hair draws your eye down to the hips and thighs. And that's never okay. Instead, she should've opted for a messy updo or a low ponytail.

Samantha Barks in Celia Kritharioti: There's sexy, and then there's slutty. Perhaps it's the wet hair, but the Les Miserables star isn't looking that classy. And it's the BAFTAs for crying out loud! 
Amy Adams in Elie Saab Couture: The itsy, bitsy Adams struck out in Great Britain. Oh, that's not how the song goes?  Though this ensemble shouldn't be deemed "worst dressed," I'm just not crazy about this look. The top knot is a little overeager, especially with the laced bodice. For a sexier look, The Master star should've paired this ensemble with a sleek blowout. 
Elizabeth Banks in Chanel: As much as I adore Elizabeth Olsen and Karl Lagerfeld , this look is a little too extreme.  Though her beauty regime is absolutely radiant,  there are just too many fripperies in this ensemble. Oh how I wish the fringed straps would disappear. Then this look would be a million times better.
Sarah Jessica Parker in Elie Saab: For this occasion, red carpet trailblazer  forwent kooky shapes and thought-provoking accessories. Instead, Sarah Jessica Parker opted for a simple black jumpsuit (with a pile of jewels, naturally). Some may call this ensemble plain; however, I admire the starlet's keen sense of what is event appropriate. She wasn't nominated, so why should she sport an avant garde outfit? The Sex and the City star apparently took the biggest risk of all and kept it simple. And honestly, if offers a refreshing take on what it means to get all dolled up.

Anne Hathaway in Burberry: This season's golden girl keeps on shining . The BAFTA winner-- and sartorial goddess-- nails it once again. With a studded column dress on, Hathaway seamlessly blends American minimalism with British funk. As for the beauty front, both the warm color palette and side-swept bob offer a friendly approach to cutting-edge style.

Marion Cotillard in Dior: After a less-than-extraordinary  ensemble at the Screen Actors Guild awards, it's safe to say that the style maven has made a comeback. First of all, what better way to brighten up a stormy London night with a sunny yellow hue? The silhouette is half Marilyn Monroe, half modernized sportswear-- a quirky combination, but it works! Progressive and classic. The French actress pumped up the glamour with vibrant lip and retro hair. C'est magnifique!

Eddie Redmayne in Burberry: It seems as if every girl on this planet is obsessed with the Les Miserables star. His boyish charm makes him an instant dreamboat, but it's his risks on the red carpet that truly make fashion groupies swoon. As expected, his latest experiment was a hit. Let's be honest, doesn't the navy make his eyes pop? Swoon.

Hayley Atwell in Antonio Berardi: What's black and white and  chic all over? I'm so smitten with this outfit. Between the sleek black and white color duo and the almighty peplum, this dress is seriously a show-stopper. The natural makeup and the soft waves tones down the dress's extravagance. Brava.
Photos courtesy of The Cut.

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