While the Grammys are certainly a more high-profile ceremony here in the US, awards season isn’t confined to L.A. Many of our red-carpet favorites were all the way on the other side of the pond on the same night, attending a little shindig known as the British Academy of Film and Theatrical Arts Awards. Despite taking place in Merry Olde England, it’s a legitimate part of our awards season leading up to Oscar night, and there is an equally glamorous red carpet to be profiled as well. Let’s take a look and hand out some more Fluffies, shall we?
CATEGORY: MOST IMPROVED
After Anne’s lackluster look at the Golden Globes and complete fashion debacle at the SAG’s, she had only one way to go, and that was up. While this studded-bodice Burberry column isn’t the best look I’ve seen her wear, it’s a vast improvement on her recent appearances and shows off her svelte figure.
Helen is absolutely adorable in this champagne Nicholas Oakwell creation, which even wears a bit of wintry mix on the hem well. But the big conversation starter here is Helen’s pink ‘do, an unexpected pop of color that takes the look from regal to perky in a very creative way.
CATEGORY: THE BAG LADY AWARD
Yep, this has sadly become a permanent category. The skirt of Jennifer’s Roland Mouret ensemble is a decent column skirt, but that top definitely looks like a couple of plastic grocery bags held together with a surgical-tape halter. You can do better, Jenn!
CATEGORY: LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
Marion is a breath of fresh air in this gorgeous structured Dior with a thigh cutout and directional take on the peplum. Dior handed Marion a real dud at the Globes, totally redeemed her at the SAG’s, and continue to keep her looking awesome. The sunny color is like a pop of summer on a cold February night and suits her well, and her hair, makeup and jewelry are all perfectly complementary.
CATEGORY: THE SAD CANDY CANE AWARD
Uh-oh, this looks to be a new permanent category too. Not all trends should be followed. Designer Celia Kritharioti has done Gemma no favors with this nude-and-black barber pole. The nude fabric looks like baggy pantyhose around the lower part of the skirt and train, but at least Gemma’s pretty updo and great smoky eyes salvage the look somewhat.
CATEGORY: GOTHIC GLAM
Amy’s Elie Saab is simply ah-mazing. Check out the prettiest bodice I’ve seen in ages. I’m especially loving the fitted sleeves. The slim, slit skirt is the ideal complement to the lacy top, which incorporates just the right amount of sparkle. The high chignon and pink tourmaline earrings complete a beautiful look.
CATEGORY: THE EFFORTLESS AWARD
SARAH JESSICA PARKER
Nobody looks as easily polished as SJP, on any carpet, ever. Also in Elie Saab, she is doing the pantsuit trend absolutely right, but would you expect any less from this fashionista? The black velvet is an ideal backdrop for the statement necklace and matching bracelets, and the overall look is killer cool.
CATEGORY: RENAISSANCE GIRL
Natalie shimmers in a Nicholas Oakwell gown that wouldn’t look out of place on her Game of Thrones character. The plunging cutout, full sleeves, and embellished belt come together for a winning medieval look that glows in spite of the nasty weather.
CATEGORY: BEST USE OF LACE
The half-sheer trend continues, and this is how to do it right. It’s hard to believe that Louis Vuitton designed both this beautiful creation and the similar-but-hideous dress worn by Rachel Weisz at the Golden Globes. It just proves that sometimes it’s the choice of fabric that marks the difference between fail and win. Love love love the shoes, too.
CATEGORY: MOST BRILLIANT
Or shall I call out the Blue Ribbon? I just love this Roland Mouret gown on Jessica, especially the electric blue color and perfectly coordinated sapphires. This is a slightly more sleek and structured version of Fluffy’s own senior prom dress from long long ago, single shoulder and all– same color, same shape (my one shoulder had rhinestones, and my peplum was ruffly– it was the 80’s). Therefore, I love it not only for its own merits, which are awesome, but for the nostalgia factor.
CATEGORY: TRAGEDY OF THE NIGHT
I can’t award Paloma the dubious honor of worst-dressed, because I have no issues with her dress, another pretty Nicholas Oakwell not dissimilar to Natalie Dormer’s, although heavier and beaded. My mourning is for the way she’s completely trashed this innocent dress by attempting to accessorize it with a weird, bedazzled orange beehive reminiscent of pig innards, and heavy makeup including Groucho brows and a matte red lip which in no way flatters her skin tone. Way to ruin a good thing.
I’m not sure what that stuff all over this Chanel dress is– flowers? popcorn? packing peanuts?– but the unfathomable appliques, along with the saggy bustle and unfortunate black feathers placed in just the right spots to mimic armpit hair, make this the Epic Fail of the night.
Jennifer has had a wonderful awards season courtesy of Dior, whose only misstep has been mummifying her poor legs in a giant caterpillar of a train at the SAG’s despite the rest of the dress being lovely. This is the second time I’ve bestowed the best-dressed honor on the Jennifer/Dior combo, and this time she doesn’t have to share it with anyone else– this crystal-adorned strapless white fantasy is clearly the night’s biggest dose of wow. With Jennifer’s regal bearing, beautiful drop earrings, understated hair and smoky eyes, this is my favorite look of the entire awards season so far.
SPECIAL CATEGORY: THE FLUFFY AWARD
As we all should know by now, the Very Special Fluffy Award celebrates my own personal aesthetic– the dress I’d choose for myself. Saoirse is wearing an incredible Christopher Kane chiffon gown made all the more eye-catching by its pops of cobalt and purple flowers. A sheer black dress is the perfect backdrop for florals in Fluffy’s opinion, and this color combination flat-out rocks.
So that’s it for this edition of the Fluffy Awards, and I shall see you at the Oscars when I make my second annual appearance on the red carpet courtesy of Photoshop. What shall I wear this year? I’ve already picked it out– all I’m saying is that I’ve gone with Reem Acra this time around, but as for color and style, well, you’ll just have to wait till Oscar night. See you there, my lovelies…