Here we go. There were two major red carpets yesterday. We are going to start with my rundown of the best dressed at the BAFTA Awards. The British version of the Academy Awards is usually a really chic red carpet, and last night was no different. I won’t lie when I say that I was slightly disappointing because the looks were slightly underwhelming. Some of the stars who usually top my best dressed lists wore okay gowns, but didn’t leave me speechless. Despite that there were still some really beautiful moments on this red carpet. 1) Timothee Chalamet in custom Haider Ackermann: In a night where so many major stars wore hot off the runway couture creations I think it surprises even me that when I was ranking my Best Dressed list that a menswear look was my favorite look of the night. Now if anyone is going to over take a big couture gown it would be Timothee Chalamet to do it. He rocked a red and white patterned Haider Ackermann tuxedo jacket and matching shirt paired with black pants with red details on one side of the calf. It is definitely a riskier look than we are used to seeing on the red carpet at a film awards show, but Timothee just oozes effortless cool so he could wear just about anything and I would love it. 2) Michelle Yeoh in Elie Saab Fall 2017 Couture: I was really excited to see what Michelle Yeoh was going to wear on the red carpet this awards season, but to be honest I was a little let down by what she has worn so far this awards season. That all changed last night when she rocked a dramatic steel blue Elie Saab Fall 2017 Couture off the shoulder ballgown which features dramatic cape sleeves and intricate gold embroidery. She has rocked many Elie Saab gowns in the past and this one really stood out to me. There was no ugly visible chunky watch which is a huge win. Her chic waves and a gold embellished Roger Vivier clutch all made this look the epitome of dramatic glamour.
3) Regina King in Atelier Versace: Despite the fact that this was another awards show where Regina King, the favorite to win the Best Supporting Actress Oscar, wasn’t nominated at she brought her a-game to the red carpet. She was at the BAFTA Awards as a presenter and she shocked me wearing a hot pink Atelier Versace draped gown. I had seen this gown in the back of some photos taken in the suite in Paris where Versace presented the brands Spring 2019 Couture collection to private clients and I was LOVING IT. I honestly expected this gown to be something similar to what Irina Shayk would wear for the Oscars, but honestly I think that Regina is selling it to me better than Irina does. Part of the reason I love this look so much is the fact that it was so unexpected and she easily sold it to me.
4) Olga Kurylenko in Armani Prive Spring 2019 Couture: I might not have been the biggest fan of the Armani Prive Spring 2019 Collection on the runway, but when Olga Kurylenko stepped onto the red carpet at the BAFTA Awards yesterday I was taken with the electric blue and red short sleeve column midi dress that she rocked. It isn’t typically what I would expect to see on the red carpet at a major movie awards red carpet, outside of maybe the SAG Awards, and Olga just make it work easily. 5) Margot Robbie in Chanel Spring 2019 Couture: It has finally happened. Margot Robbie has finally showed me why she is a Chanel ambassador. I had basically written her off. She wasn’t selling the brand to me on the red carpet at all, but that all changed last night at the BAFTA Awards. She stepped out wearing a dramatic navy ruffle and white embellished gown from the Chanel Spring 2019 Couture collection. Honestly it is a little more than I think that we have ever seen from Margot. It isn’t something I would have picked for her on a wish list for Margot. It is much edgier than I would typically expect to see from her, but she powered through those sharp ruffled shoulders and owned this look. Bravo.
6) Eleanor Tomlinson in Ralph & Russo Spring 2019 Couture: A BAFTA Awards red carpet is not complete anymore without at least one glamorous Ralph & Russo moment. Yesterday it came courtesy of Eleanor Tomlinson. I was honestly a little surprised since the red headed British actress isn’t usually one to grab a gown right off the runway. This was actually my wish for Rachel Weisz, but I think that Eleanor really brought the gown to life. As regular readers know I love a redhead who can sell fashion to me and while the look is rather simple Eleanor infused it with grace and elegance to make it head to toe perfection.
7) Thandie Newton in Valentino Pre-Fall 2019: I had no idea that Thandie Newton was going to the BAFTA Awards. I was watching the official red carpet livestream on the BAFTA YouTube and I saw the hem of this black and white window pane ruffled Valentino Pre-Fall 2019 gown and I was eagerly awaiting the camera to pan up and reveal who was wearing it. When it did and I saw it was Thandie I was thrilled. She definitely owned this gown with effortless glamour and ease. 8) Viola Davis in custom Armani Prive: I heard about two hours before the carpet was even open that Viola Davis, who was nominated for Best Actress, was wearing Armani Prive I knew I would end up loving it. She wore a custom black velvet column gown with a dramatic white silk bow inspired by the brands Fall 2018 Couture collection. I absolutely adored it. It was dramatic glamour defined.
9) Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in custom Alexander McQueen: I am definitely claiming victory in almost perfectly predicting the gown that Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge would wear for the BAFTA Awards. I picked a one shoulder Alexander McQueen goddess gown and that is exactly what she wore. Was it the exact same gown that I picked? No it wasn’t, but I was honestly expecting a custom gown to begin with. Her custom white chiffon gown with 3D floral embellishments was absolutely gorgeous. The royals are always the last to arrive at the BAFTA Awards and Catherine definitely finished out the red carpet in extremely glamorous manner.
10) Olivia Colman in custom Emilia Wickstead: Rounding out this list is the gorgeous custom Emilia Wickstead gown worn by Olivia Colman. She continued her run of wearing only British designers. I was really expecting her to wear McQueen for this red carpet, but maybe she is saving that for the Oscars? This chic and simple black and white gown was just right for Olivia. It was elegant and regal and perfect for someone who won the Best Actress trophy for playing a queen.
Who was your favorite at the 2019 BAFTA Awards?