What did the stars wear? Become BAFTA ready on a budget14 February 2019
Some may have eagerly anticipated the BAFTAs 2019 to discover the creme de la creme of cinematographic talent around the world, but others were more concerned with the emerging fashion trends showcased on the red carpet. It was a starlit night indeed as Tinsel Town’s most in-demand names ventured out to play, schmooze and reveal their designer looks. Grab yourself a pen and paper - with our discounts from the hottest brands in women’s fashion you could copy these uber cool trends and become BAFTA ready on a budget.
When it comes to standing out from the crowd, nothing nails it quite like a woman wearing a tuxedo. Singer Mary J. Blige blinged up her angel-white Ralph & Russo tux with heaps of gold embellishment while catwalk queen Irina Shaky coordinated her sassy black number with her partner Bradley Cooper. Take this look to the next level with a flirty yet fierce tux jumpsuit from Debenhams or ASOS and you’ll be the semi-androgynous belle of the ball. Besides, who says men get to have all the structured suiting fun?
At the opposite end of the spectrum, a strong cohort of classy celebs chose to swathe their flawless figures in ethereal prom dresses for the big night. Actress Linda Cardellini looked like a beautiful ballerina in a Paolo Sebastian Couture frock with a corseted bodice and frothy, full skirt. However, Cynthia Erivo, nominee for the Rising Star award, stole the show with a dazzling, floor-length creation, featuring a layer of lilac tulle to match her hair.
White was one of the official colours of the suffragette movement as well as the colour recently chosen by House Democrats protesting Trump’s position on equal pay and women’s rights. So, it was no surprise after last year’s all-black Time’s Up stance that the BAFTAs 2019 were looking a whiter shade of pale. The Duchess of Cambridge cut a glamorous figure in a snow white, one-shouldered Alexander McQueen gown while Hollywood royalty Rachel Weisz similarly dazzled in a floaty, white, vintage-style frock, complete with embellished waistband and Bardot neckline.
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