Baftas fashion: Deep freeze hits Baftas red carpet
Published 11/02/2013 | 09:51
The weather did its best to ruin the Baftas red carpet fashion, but a few sunny spells prevailed.
The Hollywood stars brave enough to migrate to London from the Californian sunshine for last night's Bafta Awards had no need for the kind of strict no-nudity dress code imposed upon attendees of the Grammys. As the drizzle over Covent Garden's Royal Opera House turned to snow, it was more a question of how many clothes the red carpet starlets could get away with wearing, than how few.
Best actress nominee Jennifer Lawrence was taking no chances after her recent pneumonia scare, wrapping-up her pretty embellished Dior gown under a mannish black overcoat, leaving the big 'reveal' until she was safely in the warm. Being the face-in-waiting of the storied French couture house has ensured Jennifer, 22, hasn't had to look far for something to wear this awards season, and - besides the SAG Awards gown which didn't actually rip, OK? - has been guaranteed a win every outing, if only from the savage fashion critics.
Zero Dark Thirty actress, Jessica Chastain found out too late that puddles are no friend to cobalt satin, while Rising Star nominee Andrea Riseborough discovered for the second time this award season that there is such a thing as too much cleavage on the red carpet.
As her fulsome décolletage started turning blue, Anne Hathaway, had to step in and loan Riseborough her jacket. Hathaway, a red carpet veteran - and herself the recent victim of the worst kind of wardrobe malfunction (Google at your peril) - came prepared in a low-risk studded black Burberry gown and let her accessories do the talking instead.
Up close her dainty Anya Hindmarch box clutch had been personalised with an image of the first edition cover of Victor Hugo's Les Misérables - the film for which she received her Best Supporting Actress win.
There were two rays of sunshine however. Best actress nominee Marion Cotillard - another Dior girl - could have lit up the whole Royal Opera House single-handedly thanks to her eye-popping yellow gown, scarlet lips and mega-watt smile. And of course we must give a special recognition award to Helen Mirren's candy floss pink hair - a surprise style move which the 67-year-old Hitchcock actress claimed was inspired by the 2011 winner of Britain's Next Top Model. Not everybody's cup of tea, but she wore it with conviction, and the smile of a woman who knows she has nothing to prove.