Let’s face it, last year’s Oscars were as much about the dresses as they were about the winners. J-Law’s pearly pink Dior gown earned her a million girl crushes overnight, and her now infamous fall up the steps on the way to receiving her award for Best Actress for Silver Linings Playbook earned her equally as much sympathy.
The favoured style de jour last year was big, big and even bigger. Big ball-gowns with sweeping tails, not to mention the volumised hair to match, were the trend of choice for last year’s A-listers. Whilst Ms. Lawrence was almost certainly leading the charge in the world’s best-dressed columns, she was by no means the only one to go for a couture-esque vibe. Amy Adams ravished in silver Oscar de la Renta, whilst Reese Witherspoon went for deep blue Louis Vuitton.
At this year’s BAFTAs, however, there was a definite change in style. The big show-stopper skirts of the Oscars were notably absent, with stars opting for slim-fitting dresses instead. Bold, dark colours dominated the red carpet, and hairstyles were noticeably sleeker compared to this time a year ago.
So the saying goes, if in doubt, wear black, but there can be no doubting the style of Cate Blanchett, who oozed glamour in satin Alexander McQueen, or Amy Adams and Sheherazade Goldsmith, who looked equally elegant in Victoria Beckham and Stella McCartney respectively. Michelle Rodriguez, more recently in the news due to her growing closeness to model-of-the-moment Cara Delevingne, made sure all eyes stayed on her in a teal Emilio do la Morena dress, with statement black embellishment.
It does seem that no-one passed the slim-fit dress memo on to Dame Helen Mirren though. She might have gone for on-trend midnight blue and a sleek up-do, but her Jacques Azagury dress had the full tulle skirt seen at last year’s Oscars. Perhaps she was just gearing herself up for this weekend?