I have not seen a red carpet this dull since the ’12 Golden Globes. Not to say that there weren’t highlights, but they were few and far between… I somehow managed to make myself care about enough of them to make a full post, so here ya go.
CATEGORY: THE ARM CANDY AWARD
CATEGORY: BEST RETRO
CATEGORY: BEST LEGS
Brienne of Tarth is a true action hero, and the actress who brings her to life is my new fashion hero. I could snipe about this Giles Deacon dress being so tiny and plain, but when you have legs that long… I say show them off. Fluffy is envious.
CATEGORY: MOST BRILLIANT
Lily’s Vivienne Westwood was almost universally reviled, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with this dress. It’s bright, it’s fun, and I’d totally wear it. On the other hand, I am not so crazy about the hair doodad, but that is NOT the fault of the dress.
CATEGORY: THE LITTLE MERMAID THAT COULD
CATEGORY: THE FAIRY PRINCESS AWARD
Who else thinks that Lara’s Yuvna Kim gown would look right at home in a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream? No hate from me: I think it’s a great look, and an awesome way to keep beige from being boring.
CATEGORY: LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
Joely also went the vintage route with a 1978 Bob Mackie number embellished with an eye-catching sun motif. As with Gillian Anderson’s vintage piece, it feels a bit futuristic for its era– in this case I keep thinking late 80’s, but in a good way.
CATEGORY: MOST DRAMATIC
Dame Helen always stands out. She knows what she likes, and she can rock a flouncy tulle ballgown better than most ingenues. This midnight blue Jacques Azagury creation is the perfect showcase for her ageless charm.
(TIE) MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL AND ALICIA VIKANDERI’ve been nice all awards season, but my patience is wearing thin. Maggie’s Lanvin can’t decide if it’s Granny Glam or a Goth cowgirl costume. Alicia’s Chanel looks like she tried to jump out of a Bastille Day cake and got stuck.
(TIE) LUPITA NYONG’O AND CATE BLANCHETT
Lupita can wear the simplest design, like this Dior ballgown, and make it something beautifully special. Maybe it’s her choice of bold colors; maybe it’s her knack for accessories; maybe it’s just magic. Whatever it is, it’s amazing. And Cate is as awesome as always, in an Alexander McQueen column that looks like a clever, sleeked-down take on a traditional Chinese cheongsam dress, accented with a major statement of a necklace.
SPECIAL CATEGORY: THE FLUFFY AWARD
As we know, the Very Special Fluffy Award goes to the dress I’d have chosen for myself. Tuppence Middleton (no relation) is wearing a rose-colored silk Miu Miu gown, which evokes both “Material Girl” Madonna (which was in itself an homage to Marilyn Monroe) and the seventies retro-cool of American Hustle– a mashup of fashion eras that somehow works as a single, gorgeously cohesive unit. Love it, want it.
That’s it for the BAFTAs and that’s it for the pre-Oscar Fluffy Awards. The Big Night is close at hand, and Fluffy’s dress is all picked out. You’ll never guess who I’m wearing. Not in a million years! See you there…