Welcome to the second annual edition of the Style & Then Some BAFTAs red carpet coverage. We weren’t live on the red carpet, we didn’t go to the awards ceremony and we didn’t get the goss from the stars. Instead, we asked some of our favourite artists to capture some of the best dress celebrities in illustrated form (just like last year). From Marion Cotillard’s sunflower yellow dress to Helen Mirren’s pink hair, BAFTA 2013 gave us some bold and beautiful red carpet choices. Let’s take a look.
Jennifer Lawrence by Janneke de Jong
Jennifer Lawrence, who was nominated for Best Actress for Silver Linings Playbook, wore a strapless Christian Dior gown in the palest pink ever. She styled it with slicked back hair and minimal jewellery – a wise move I think, as the silver embellishments on the dress meant it didn’t need much accessorising.
Janneke’s website: www.dawdlr.blogspot.com
Sarah Silverman by Naomi Austin
Most of the time whenever I see photos of Sarah Silverman she’s dressed a bit like a child, but she sure looked grown up on Sunday night, in a black halter neck gown. It’s by New York designer Rafael Cennamo. He may not be a well-known name in the UK, but he’s a regular dresser of showbiz starlets over the pond.
Jessica Chastain by Naomi Austin
She may have been nominated for Best Actress for Zero Dark Thirty but Jessica Chastain was all bright on BAFTA night (boom boom). Her electric blue one-shoulder Roland Mouret gown practically glowed against her red hair, red lips and, of course, the red carpet.
Sarah Jessica Parker by Naomi Austin
SJP was one of the few female stars to dispense with the usual dresses for girls, suits for boys tradition, opting instead for something in the middle – a black Elie Saab jumpsuit to be precise. It’s a bit like the one Beyonce wore to the Grammys on the same night, and while it landed SJP on some worst dressed lists, I happen to think it’s an inspired choice: she still looks sufficiently dressed to the nines, but I bet she was way more comfortable (and warmer) than most of the other red carpet walkers.
Helen Mirren by Claire Kearns
Fellow Best Actress nominee Helen Mirren (for her role as Alfred Hitchcock’s wife Alma Reville) got more attention for her new pink hair than her dress. She looked like she was having a great time on the red carpet, swishing her flowing Nicholas Oakwell Couture gown about as she posed for the cameras. I like her attitude.
Claire’s website: www.curlyc.co.uk
Anne Hathaway by Hilary Killam
Best Supporting Actress winner Hathaway played to the local crowd in a black cap-sleeved Burberry gown. The silver detailing on the top half was reminiscent of sixties design star Paco Rabanne’s futuristic and she was probably ever so slightly less freezing than the stars who (bravely/stupidly) opted for sleeveless styles. Well played Hathaway.
Marion Cotillard by Hilary Killam
The French actress, nominated for Rust and Bone in the Best Actress category, wore a Christian Dior dress that appeared to defy gravity – the long skirt wasn’t actually floating in the air, it was attached via a cheeky little sheer panel at the top of her left thigh. Some of the press called it ‘confusing’, I call it a bright sunshiney triumph on a sleeting February night.
Hilary’s website: www.hilarykillam.ca