Last Sunday night saw the world’s most talented actors brave the cold weather to strut their stuff on the Red Carpet at the 2012 British Academy Film Awards.
The stand out trend of the night proved to be a upgraded version of the nude trend which proved popular at the Golden Globe Awards early last month. Hues of a champagne and gold persuasion with a metallic finish were a popular choice with Best Supporting Actress nominee Jessica Chastain of The Help in an almost foil-like Greek goddess inspired Oscar de la Renta gown. Award presenter Christina Ricci went for a dazzling gold Givenchy dress with cap sleeves and a deep neckline. The Pan Am star accessorised with Bulgari jewels and Givenchy shoes for an opulent look. Actresses Emelia Fox and Holliday Grainger went for a more ethereal approach, in Luisa Beccaria and Valentino respectively, the pair looked feminine and waif-like in their layers of floaty fabric. Staying with the colour scheme but steering clear of metallics, Gillian Anderson stunned in a vintage Sybil Connolly gown in peach. Anderson’s gown boasted handfuls of textured fabric, a trend that also crept up frequently at this year’s awards.
The metallic trend continued, though this time finding its place alongside monochrome shades on some of the night’s most high-profile actresses. Bridesmaids actress and co-writer Kristen Wiig donned Alberta Ferretti for the occasion and kept it simple with a strapless, satin finish. The star showed her stylish but understated style at the Golden Globes too in a nude Bill Blass dress not entirely dissimilar in style. My Week with Marilyn star Michelle Williams flew the flag for the high street in a bespoke H&M creation from their exclusive Conscious collection. While some have been quick to criticize the dress as boring, it has raised the debate of whether there is a place for high street designs on the usually designer only red carpet. Williams accessorised with a clutch by designer Olympia Le- Tan, a favourite with celebs such as Natalie Portman and Tilda Swinton. The clutch, an imitation book, was a nod to the woman she starred as, “The Misfits” by Arthur Miller, a play adapted into a book in which Monroe starred just before her death.
Melissa George showcased some home-grown talent in her Victoria Beckham wetlook gown, a show-shopper which she accessorized with a smokey eye and chain embellished clutch. Tilda Swinton, who seems to be taking a more feminine approach to the red carpet this year having been previously noted for her androgynous and striking looks, wore an ivory Celine tunic with a metallic panel at the bottom.
The night saw stars rocking brights too, from canary yellow through to coral. New Bond Girl Naomie Harris wore a cut-out yellow gown with a plunging neckline. The Emilio Pucci number made sure her role in the upcoming Skyfall is highly anticipated by Bond fans everywhere. Leading Actress nominee for The Help Viola Davis wore a salmon pink gown custom made for her by Valentino with a thigh high split and gathered waist. Fearne Cotton, who was present on the BAFTA red carpet to present E! Entertainment’s coverage of the event with Dermot O’Leary, has drawn considerable attention by wearing a coral coloured Moschino gown, tied with an oversized velvet bow around the way. While many have argued she was the worst dressed of the night, there’s no doubt that Fearne ticked the bright trend box. Lastly, Hayley Atwell kept it vintage with an A-line block colour dress from the 60s.