The BAFTAs are sort of the British Oscars, and a (slightly obscure stateside) part of the awards season. Here are a few quick awards for the red carpet; after the SAGs extravaganza I’m still reeling, so this set shall be mercifully brief.
Category: Most Improved
Yes, it’s beige, but it’s a much different, softer look for Rooney, not her usual severe/austere monochromatic, almost vampiric red carpet presence. Yes, I bag on Rooney a lot. The romantic, textured Givenchy gown and especially the makeup let Rooney shine, instead of hiding behind ghostly Kabuki-like foundation and stark, harsh black or white gowns that don’t flatter. This is the best look I’ve ever seen her wear, and she looks like a princess.
This Burberry column is adorable, boasting an intricate floral design reminiscent of a medieval unicorn tapestry, and accented with a statement necklace of multicolored jewels.
Category: The Divalicious Award
This begonia-pink, fit-and-flare dress by Galia Lahav is absolutely everything. Angela looks so radiant…and so ripped! I totes want arms like that.
Category: The Effortless Award
Category: The Goddess Award
Julianne has been killing it this year, with bolder choices than she usually goes for, like this black-and-white Armani dress. She really looks like she’s channeling some Greek statuary here, and whether it’s Athena or Aphrodite, it’s beautiful.
Category: Most Brilliant
Emilia slays in a gust of wind and a bright coral-colored Victoria Beckham design with a matching clutch and strappy heels. A standout just from the color, it adds visual interest with the plunging neckline and shoulder cutouts that draw attention to her face rather than her décolletage.
Category: The Dazzle Award
Wow, it’s so shiny! In my world, that’s not a bad thing. What we have here is a Louis Vuitton gown in dark leather that fits like a second skin, with sparkly chain-look details and silver fringe. I am so in love with this.
Category: Purple Prose
I am not so into Gwendoline’s partnership with Lanvin. Giles Deacon never made her look awkward in the way this dress does. It looks like a weird hybrid of an old-school Adidas tracksuit and a delia’s catalog prom dress. It’s so 90’s, and not in a good way. Poor Gwennie looks beautiful, though, rising above the sad dress with on-point hair and makeup.
Category: Just Suit Me
Rebel’s Maria Renaldi suit with customized skirt is unusual, but ultimately quite flattering to her curvy hourglass figure and showing off her legs while still rocking a short train. It’s a whimsical style only she could pull off. I am jealous of her gorgeous mermaid hair.
I wanted to like this Jacques Azagury dress, because feathers; they don’t call me Seriouslyfluffy for nothing. But there is delightfully over-the-top and just plain overdone, and what we’ve got here is definitely the latter. The feathered shoulder pieces look like actual dead-bird wings, taxidermied and stitched onto an otherwise normal blue dress, creating Frankenbird. Just no, please.
The asymmetrical Antonio Berardi dress is far from Kate’s formerly somewhat staid style. She’s been shaking things up this award season, and this is possibly her best look in years, sleek, sexy, yet undone enough to give an aura of fun. Brava!
Special Category: The Fluffy Award
Cate is one of my absolute, all-time style heroes. This Alexander McQueen gown is the ideal illustration as to why. As we should all be aware by this point in award season, the Extra-Special Fluffy Award goes to the dress I’d have chosen for myself. We have a bejeweled, drop-waisted bodice that looks like stained glass, and a sweeping skirt made of feathers. These feathers are done correctly, though, cute, not creepy like Stefanie Powers’. I heart it so much I just can’t even!
Well, that’s a wrap, just a small batch of Fluffies to whet the appetite for Monday’s Grammy Awards and the Oscars at the end of the month! See you tomorrow…