So here we are again. Awards season has started with a bang and the red carpet hasn’t disappointed.
In the northern hemisphere where the weather is cool, two red carpets have managed to raise the temperature to boiling point.
London has just hosted their night of nights, the BAFTA awards, and Los Angeles rocked it with the Grammys, and then the big guns, the Academy Awards.
I always love the anticipation of the red carpet, so who nailed their looks this year?
Let’s start with the BAFTAS. Britain’s version of the Academy Awards, is always a good precursor to Hollywood’s night of nights. Quite often the winners here will pick up the major gongs at Oscar time.
It is also a chance to refine their glamorous looks.
Dame Helen Mirren was receiving BAFTA’s highest accolade, the Academy Fellowship in recognition of her exceptional contribution to film presented by Academy president HRH The Duke of Cambridge.
She looked stunning in a navy Jacques Azagury gown.
I know there has been a black lash of late by female actors, and how the media seem to focus on them in regards to their sartorial choices.
While I am in agreement that the focus should be on the performance, I also love to see their fabulous fashions and like to know who they are wearing.
Their male counterparts, whilst looking incredibly dapper, unfortunately aren’t as exciting. A bit of a catch 22 really, and I don’t see any way around it, apart from a mass couture boycott and a run of potato sacks! No fun really.
With a backdrop of the Royal Opera House in London it’s hard not to be glamorous on this star studded night.
Rosamund Pike in Roland Mouret looked very chic. The halter neckline showed her shoulders off to perfection and the black complimented her English rose complexion and blonde tresses.
Simplicity was key to many of the looks, as was block colour.
I do think my favourite look of the night went to Amy Adams in a fabulous white Lanvin gown.
This stunning column shape with superb waist detailing and tassel trim oozed class and sophistication.
White really is perfection on this red head.
Next up, Reese Witherspoon in regal purple by Stella McCartney.
She worked that plunging neckline to her advantage and kept hair and accessories simple, smoking hot! Yellow, when done well, is a colour I do love to see on the red carpet.
It just pops, and the Grecian inspired Prada gown Lea Seydoux wore so gracefully really ticked all the boxes for me.
Stunning fit and drape, and egg yolk hue, it was an excellent choice.
Oh, and Marion Cotillard who won the BAFTA for Best Actress in 2014 wearing my favourite look then also wore yellow, an architectural Christian Dior Couture gown.
Keira Knightley was glowing. Choosing a black and white Giambattista Valli with delicate detailing really worked.
Relaxed hair kept the look soft and romantic.
Vintage is a winner in my book, always stylish.
And none more so than Kristen Scott Thomas in William Vintage, although there were conflicting reports that it may have been vintage Balmain.
She is too divine for words, a class act!
I will mention my two favourite gentlemen of this red carpet.
BAFTA winner for Best Actor Eddie Redmayne in his Giorgio Armani navy velvet tuxedo.
He had his wife, the stunning Hannah Bagshawe on his arm and she was looking simply stunning in a floaty grey Valentino gown that turned heads.
Also Douglas Booth in a fantastic sage green velvet jacket by Dunhill got my vote for the most stylish male.
Next week I’ll dissect the fashion of the Grammy Awards, which is a very different kettle of fish.
I hope you’ll join me once again.
Jo Bayley, Fashion Editor, The Culture Concept Circle, 2015