Hollywood decamped to London’s freezing Bow Street this evening as the acting fraternity put on their glad rags and made their way down the red carpet for the 69th BAFTAS ceremony.
All eyes were on some of the world’s biggest film stars as they posed up for the paparazzi ahead of the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.
There were, however, some spectacular sartorial fails in the style stakes with Bel Powley, Laura Haddock and Rebel Wilson all falling short.
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It may be cold…but there was a rainbow on the red carpet at the BAFTAs this evening. Bel Powley appeared to be channeling the Wizard of Oz in her brightly coloured rainbow frock, which she wore with an impressive pair of silver platforms
Flying high? No! Stephanie Powers arrives in a rather macabre-looking blue fishtail dress, topped off with shoulders covered with a flurry of black feathers
Perhaps it was the wintry weather but there were definitely some more macabre outfits on display.
Eighties star Stephanie Powers, 73, led the way, looking like she could take off at any moment in a gothic-looking blue fishtail dress, topped off with shoulders covered with a flurry of black feathers.
Stylist Simon Glazin was aghast at Power’s choice, saying: ‘Whoever told Stephanie that the dead raven around her neck was a good idea should be fired. The dress is age appropriate – sheer panel and all – but the feathers just don’t go.’
Bel Powley at least cheered up proceedings in her rainbow-coloured outfit. The London-based star went for a disco design that was in sharp contrast to the more gothic looks sported by many.
Stylist Glazin felt that it was a tad too gay pride for the BAFTAs though. He told FEMAIL: ‘I’m all for dressing in the gay flag, but maybe leave that up to the brilliant drag queens of Soho. Not the BAFTA red carpet!’
She doesn’t look happy! Rooney Mara cut a severe figure despite her floaty beige dress which carried a hexagonal design. The Carol actress wore her hair scraped back from her face with a shiny metallic headband holding it all in place
Even her toenails are black! Laura Haddock goes for a total black-out with a blousey top and an all-feather skirt that sits just above the ankle exposing a pair of strappy black heels
Hemmed in: Rebel Wilson’s knee length pencil skirt wasn’t a fashion hit, with the back of the dress continuing to the floor. The 35-year-old Australian looked more like she was ready for a day in the city then a night of untold glamour
An outfit of contrasts: Cate Blanchett dons a fitted floral dress that is highly intricate on top and evolves into a ‘yeti skirt’ that sweeps along the floor of the BAFTA red carpet
Alicia Vikander, 27, braved the cold wearing a floor-length black leather gown with an encrusted chain mail pattern that ebbed into a tinsel-like design. The Danish Girl star, who is attending the ceremony with boyfriend Micheal Fassbender, wore her brunette tresses tossed to one side, showing off a five-stone drop earring
Laura Haddock and Cate Blanchett continued the black feather theme worn by Powers, with both actresses opting for ‘yeti skirts’ on their dresses.
Haddock, 30, went for a total black-out with every part of her outfit – bar a slick of red lipstick and a simple pair of diamond earrings – dedicated to the darkest colour. Even her toenails, visible in a pair of weather-defying black sandals were painted in a charcoal hue.
Blanchett, 46, posed wearing a fitted floral dress that was highly intricate on top and evolved into a ‘yeti skirt’ that swept along the floor of the BAFTA red carpet.
Blanchett’s Carol co-star Rooney Mara cut a severe figure despite her floaty beige dress which carried a hexagonal design. The US actress wore her hair scraped back from her face with a shiny metallic headband holding it all in place…and certainly didn’t crack a smile for the cameras.
MTV star Poppy Jamie steered away from the gothic theme that seemed to dominate the red carpet, plumping insead for a nude fishtail dress covered in an emerald green flock design.
Rebel Wilson’s knee length pencil skirt also wasn’t a fashion hit, with the back of her dress continuing to the floor while the front cut off abruptly. The 35-year-old Australian looked more like she was ready for a day in the city then a night of untold glamour.
Flock mermaid? MTV star Poppy Jamie went for a nude fishtail number…covered in an emerald green flock design
Granny’s carpet? Brooklyn star Saoirse Ronan told BAFTA’s official presenter Zoe Ball that she was freezing in her flowered gown which exposed her shoulders. Wearing her blonde locks up, Ronan teamed the dress with a very colourful three-tier necklace
The Danish Girl star Alicia Vikander, up for a brace of awards, who donned an ankle-length black leather sleeveless dress with an encrusted chain mail design that perhaps went a step too far in the direction of S&M.
Insult to injury, Swedish Vikander’s leather ensemble appeared to have a silver tinsel-like material at the dress’s end.
Brooklyn star Saoirse Ronan told BAFTA’s official presenter Zoe Ball that she was ‘freezing’ in her flowered gown which exposed her shoulders.
The questionable dress was teamed with a very colourful three-tier necklace.
‘The British Oscars’, hosted once again by Stephen Fry, his fifth appearance, will broadcast on BBC1 at 9pm, two hours after the actual event.
Those taking riskier choices in the fashion stakes might wish they’d played it safe, for the ceremony is televised in more than 200 countries, with well over a billion viewers worldwide.
Some of Hollywood’s biggest names will be taking their places in Covent Garden this evening with Idris Elba – in line for a Best Actor award for his role in Netflix movie Beasts of No Nation – sharing the red carpet with fellow Brits Eddie Redmayne, Dame Maggie Smith and Kate Winslet, all of whom are in line to scoop the academy’s top awards.
A FEAST FIT FOR HOLLYWOOD’S FINEST: WHAT THE BAFTA A-LISTERS WILL DINE ON POST CEREMONY
Lamb ‘en croute’, chocolate brownie and BAFTA’s very own tea: Executive Chef of Grosvenor House, Nigel Boschetti, poses with a dish intended for guests at the post-BAFTA dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel
After Taittinger champagne, the guests will sit down to:
Beetroot marinated salmon, horseradish yoghurt, pink grapefruit dressing, confit lemon
Loin of lamb ‘en croute’, slow braised shoulder of lamb, spiced red cabbage with golden raisins, butternut fondant, spinach and watercress mash
Dark chocolate brownie with mousse, lavender cremeux and berry compote
All this is followed by Fortnum and Mason Bafta Blend Tea, coffee and Hotel chocolat Petits Fours
With the Oscar ceremony two weeks away, the BAFTAs have long been a barometer of what’s likely to win big when the gold statuettes are handed out in LA on February 28th. Global stars appearing in London this evening include Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Leonardo DiCaprio and Alicia Vikander.
Bookies favourites when it comes to the Academy judges include a closely fought battle between Boston sexual abuse biographical drama Spotlight, epic Western The Revenant and comedy-drama The Big Short.
A FINE CONSOLATION PRIZE (…THAT INCLUDES MARMALADE, BALLET PUMPS AND WINE TASTING IN NEW ZEALAND)! WHAT’S IN THIS YEAR’S BAFTA GOODY BAG:
A case full of luxury: BAFTA guests will receive a smorgasbord of high-end products ahead of the 69th ceremony this evening including Taittinger champagne, Fortnum & Mason loose leaf tea and an engraved Swarovski pen
The coveted gift bags – presented this year in a cabin size Globe-Trotter safari case – are handed out to nominees and presenters ahead of the event so the curious can browse their gifts while being escorted in their chauffuered Audi cars:
So what will Leo, Idris and co find?
A bottle of Brut Réserve NV Taittinger champagne
Lancôme’s Hypnôse mascara and La Vie Est Belle fragrance
Twenty-seven Hotel Chocolat milk, dark and white chocolates
Charles Worthington’s Volume & Bounce BAFTA Limited Edition duo
An engraved Atelier Swarovski crystal paperweight
An Evian refreshing, moisturising brumisateur facial spray
A classic cotton white pocket square (to wear with a tailored suit) from Hackett
The Savoy’s own-recipe English Breakfast Marmalade
A range of cordials from Bottlegreen
Exclusively designed foldable ballet pumps from Cocorose, London
Fortnum & Mason specially selected, bespoke blend of finest quality loose leaf tea
Bath and body gift set from Noble Isle, made with natural British extracts
A tour, wine tasting and lunch at the Villa Maria winery, Auckland
Discount voucher for timepieces from 88 Rue du Rhone
A Cross pen
A sleek, black notepad with embossed Grolsch branding