British Soap Awards 2016 red carpet dissected - top 25 best and worst looks
Published 29/05/2016 | 09:43
Usually the British Soap Awards red carpet is one of the most colourful of the year but while there were a few brave souls sporting brights and prints, the vast majority of stars opted for sleek black.
There were almost 30 women in head to toe black with red the next most dominant colour with nine gowns and one red jumpsuit.
Here's a breakdown of the best and not-so-on-point looks of the night...
Ladies in red
Of all the stars sauntering down the red carpet at the Hackney Empire in London, Corrie star Kym Marsh (39) made the biggest impact in her body hugging, cleavage enhancing Old Hollywood/Jessica Rabbit number.
Also rocking red was Eastenders star Jacqueline Jossa who let the svelte gown do the talking with straight hair and minimal accessories.
With almost thirty women wearing black, it wasn't easy to stand out, but Gemma Atkinson looked sensational in her halterneck black gown with gold detail. Very 90s, in a good way.
Gillian Taylforth showed exactly how to channel sex goddess at the age of 60 - she balanced out her plunging neckline with long sleeves in black lace. Stunning.
When you opt for black, a stand out neckline, like Eden Taylor-Draper's works wonders. Add a waist cinching art deco style brooch detail and it's perfect.
Fiona Wade channelled Kim Kardashian and her top bun was sleek with the bare shoulders. We can't help feeling the Angelina Jolie leg was a bit unnecessary but overall she looked fantastic.
On the other hand, the nude illusion trend managed to make an appearance courtesy of Jazmine Franks. In fairness, it's not as revealing as it could be.
Best of the rest
How stunning does Rhea Bailey look in Adam Shaw? The blush colour works perfectly with her skin tone and the structured corset with peephole cutouts on the waist and voluminous skirt just screams class. Gorgeous.
On the polar opposite end of the scale style-wise Diane Parish opted for a more casual look, but the midnight blue colour teamed with gold cumberbund and accessories is very effective. Top marks.
Leopard print can veer from horrid to cute and quirky and thankfully Lisa Hammond hits the quirky mark in this sedate leopardprint number.
Bhavna Limbachia's dress is so simple but so stunning - midnight blue with a plunging neckline and hint of gold at the waist. Done.
Several stars opted for two-pieces including Isabel Hodgins and Anna Passey, who rocked up in the same skirt. Isabel teamed hers with a black bandeau while Anna wore a yellow corset which gets our vote.
Sophie Powles also opted for print, which is so pretty but perhaps more summer barbeque than red carpet?
Daisy Wood Davis, Faye Brooks, and Katie McGlynn all opted for lace two-pieces, with varying degrees of success. If we had to choose a winner we'd choose Faye who successfully contrasted black lace with a pretty pastel pleated skirt.
Not quite right on the night
Satin can look very dated in the wrong style and Lisa George teamed her red satin dress with tight saloon style curls and a hair piece.
Sair Khan's hair and make-up was stunning and the sports luxe trend was a novel look on the red carpet. Unfortunately the cropped culottes only served to make her legs look shorter.
Jennifer Brooke's boho burnt orange look was undeniably pretty but, again, perhaps not red carpet ready.
Vicki Pattinson looked beautiful, but it's really difficult to flatter your cleavage (and make them look even) with a neckline that sweeps in one direction.
Too cool for school
Kellie Bright was the picture of cool in her black dress with turquoise heels, although something a little more tailored a la Lacey Turner (below in yellow) might have been a little more flattering.
Trouser suits are becoming more common on the red carpet these days. Shona McGarty opted for the classic Robert Palmer look while Jennifer Matcalfe went super bodycon with plunging neckline.