As if the Grammys weren’t enough award show action for one weekend (which included the midseason return of TWD), there was a big shindig going on across the pond, as well. The British Academy of Film Awards are a thing, and a major part of the Oscar race. Also, the red carpet is taken a little more seriously there than at the Grammys. I was less than impressed with the Grammy fashions, and just couldn’t stand that dress that Rihanna had on.
I don’t mean to be mean, honestly I don’t, but ZOMG that was the worst outfit ever.
Enough about the Grammys, though; I am here to take stock of BAFTA fashions. Let’s check it out.
Ok, Rosamund wore a cancerous black lampshade to the SAGs and anything would have been an improvement. This Roland Mouret version of the Generic Column Dress™ isn’t particularly inspired, but at least it’s pretty, so I’m all for it.
Keira has gotten progressively better at dressing her baby bump as award season has gone on. This Giambattista Valli tea-length dress with pretty floral detailing over layers of tulle gives me pause; same fashion house that produced the Rihanna travesty. I guess everyone is entitled to an off day. I promise I will shut up about the Grammy dress. Alrighty then.
THE BOOBY PRIZE
This dress is really supercute. I love the color, the cut, everything…except… it has the Prada Problem. Please, please, Miuccia, for the love of all that is holy, please learn where NOT to place bustline darts. The headlights are stuck on bright.
THE GOLD MEDAL
PRETTY IN PINK
OLIVIA GRANT AND NIMRAT KAUR
Olivia’s shimmery pink icicle of a dress is probably my favorite Jenny Packham design ever. Nimrat’s Georges Hobeika with its embroidered capelet bodice speaks to the Disney Princess inside me in the best way possible.
AWARD OF MEH-RIT
(TIE) JULIANNE MOORE AND KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS
Sometimes I can’t help but wonder if certain stars (or perhaps their stylists) have been Doing This for so long they no longer care, like that old turtle from Neverending Story. I’m not a fan of Tom Ford generally, and Julianne’s dress is a perfect illustration as to why. It’s a one-way ticket to Snoozeville. I have seen more visually interesting mother-of-the-bride dresses on the rack at David’s. And it saddens me to see that Kristin has lost all stylistic moxie; I’m dating myself by remembering her best as Mary in Prince’s “art film” Under the Cherry Moon (as well as that Neverending Story reference), but it makes me feel old anyway to see her dressed in dull, matronly weeds like this. Yes, it’s vintage Balmain, but this one should have stayed in the trunk.
Stella McCartney is a stalwart red-carpet fave for her simple, flattering designs, and this brilliant purple sheath is a prime example. What could have been a boring piece is given pop with the unusual color.
This Lanvin column is another design that’s almost the same-old same-old, but is saved by a dazzling cummerbund tied up in embellished tassels. It’s just the right addition to take blah to beautiful. (Note: I have read conflicting reports that this is a Stella McCartney design rather than Lanvin. Does anyone know the truth? Comment if you do…)
I have strong feelings about this Dior ballgown. I’m just not sure what they are. I want to love it, but cannot wholly; I equally want to hate it, but can’t find anything to really hate. It’s just an odd, confusing dress that truly perplexes Fluffy. I do not like sitting on the fence, but I am not at all sure what I like about it, or what I don’t. Before my brain explodes a la Scanners, I should just move along.
Lanvin is flirting with becoming a little too staid and predictable, but they keep subverting the type, in this case with an interesting bodice design and on-point draping. And those Tabitha Simmons shoes are to die for!
THE DAZZLE AWARD
Charlotte’s Antonio Berardi gown makes a statement with some serious beaded bling. It’s another simple design– in this case an asymmetric one-shoulder column– given major wow factor with dramatic additions.
THE EFFORTLESS AWARD
I haven’t been able to find out who the designer is on this one. Perhaps said Unknown Dressmaker does not want to own up to it. It’s definitely an odd piece. While the funky bodice might have worked with a better skirt, this one just has to go. I’m all for whimsy, but there’s a tipping point. However, I am rather fond of the shoes.
THE VERY SPECIAL FLUFFY AWARD
Here’s Natalie winning the Special Fluffy Award again! (She’s in very elite company; few stars repeat wins in this category.) It goes to the dress that best exemplifies my own personal aesthetic– that is, the dress I’d be most likely to wear myself. This Issa gown is a lovely color combo, a simple silhouette with extra attention to detail in the outlined darts and flowing lace train. But the one thing that clinches it, for me, at least? Those gloves. They are too epic. Like ’em, love ’em, gotta have ’em!
There we go, lovelies… two carpets in a day makes a very, very tired Fluffy, so I shall be wrapping this up, but remember to join me next time around!