Tuesday 25 October 2016

Style jury: The good, the bad and the ugly at the BAFTAs

Published 17/02/2014 | 15:15

Independent.ie's style jury give their verdict on the red carpet fashion at last night's BAFTAs.

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Aishling Phelan: The 12 Years a Slave actress had every right to make a fashion statement and stand out from the rest of the fashion glitterati. And statement she made!

Caitlin McBride: Undoubtedly my favourite look of the night, the colour is divine. Flawless!

Fionnauala McCarthy: Lupita can't put a fashion foot wrong this awards seasons.  I love that she embraces colour block. No pressure on her now for the Oscars. 



AMY ADAMS in Victoria Beckham


Aishling Phelan: She vamped up her awards attire with a black figure-hugging frock by Victoria Beckham. The knock-out dress featured a sheer cropped overlay and a dainty collar made it an understated best-dressed piece.

Caitlin McBride: There's certainly nothing wrong with this look but I can't find a whole lot right with it either. It bores me.

Fionnuala McCarthy:  Disappointing  prissy dress on  Amy.  Prefer when she shows some of her fantastic cleavage off. 



Aishling Phelan: The award for most daring design went to TV presenter Fearne Cotton.  Her shimmering 1980 Scaasi gown from William Vintage played with a trio of metallics incorporating bronze, silver and gold. Her old-Hollywood style frock with intricate detail made her the most captivating attendee of the night.

Caitlin McBride: I love this look! her dress is absolutely stunning and a close runner up for the best dressed of the night for me. Her hair is all over the place though - it looks like the wind got the better of her on the night.

Fionnuala McCarthy:  Total old school Hollywood glamour on Fearne and she nails the look in this 1980 Scaasi gown.  Give that girl an award.


SAMANTHA BARKS in Calvin Klein


Aishling Phelan: Barks was the epitome of the phrase ‘‘less is more’’ in her ivory Calvin Klein gown.  Adhering to the style house’s clean-cut reputation, the dress was the most laid-back and sophisticated look of the night with no beading or detailing needed.

Caitlin McBride: I agree. She was the epitome of simple elegance and  I imagine Samantha woke up to a very large bouquet of flowers from Calvin Klein this morning.

Fionnuala McCarthy:  This ticks all the boxes - Calvin Klein, figure hugging, strapless, chic, and dare I say, boring. 


RITA WILSON in Jenny Packham


Aishling Phelan: Actress Rita Wilson made an impact in her own right as she accompanied her A-list actor husband Tom Hanks to the ceremony. Rita sparkled in a nude Jenny Packham gown with complex silver and gold sequin detailing.

Caitlin McBride: What's not to love?  Rita ensured she was centre stage on the arm of her hubby and reminded me why they're often considered one of Hollywood's sweetest couples.

Fionnuala McCarthy: Rita shines in this Jenny Packham champagne tulle gown.  It fits her like a glove and she shows that women over 50 can wow on the red carpet too.




Aishling Phelan: Naomie Harris sizzled in a hot pink thigh-split gown. The fuchsia Gucci gown used a plunging neckline and floor-skimming design to create a show-stopping red carpet look. Her Cartier stud earrings were to die for.

Caitlin McBride: This look should work, but it doesn't. I would have preferred a higher neckline with her daring thigh slit, although the colour is beautiful.

Fionnuala McCarthy:   Although the dress features a plunge neckline and thigh high slit,  it is tasteful and classy for a cold February evening on the red carpet. 

CATE BLANCHETT in Alexander McQueen

Aishling Phelan: Cate Blanchett played it safe, yet chic in a black and metallic floral gown. The fashion-forward actress jumped on the new spring trend of timeless florals, refreshed in metallic shimmering colours.

Caitlin McBride: She's the most desired actress to dress this awards season, which is why I've been consistently under whelmed by her red carpet choices this year.

Fionnuala McCarthy: For once Cate has made a fashion faux pas.  The tight satin is unforgiving, even on her skinny frame.  I like the cap sleeves and the pattern, but it just looks a size too small for her. 




Aishling Phelan: Gylenhaal showed off her statuesque figure in an embellished Lanvin frock. The unusual dress featured sheer long sleeves with a floral design and large silver sequins and beads that accentuated her waist and neckline.

Caitlin McBride: Her body looks great but everything else is simply terrible. Sack the stylist.

Fionnuala McCarthy:   Vile.  Looks like something a group of five year olds would have made for a fancy dress party.  



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