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

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

LUPITA NYONG'O in Dior

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. 

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AMY ADAMS in Victoria Beckham

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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. 

 

FEARNE COTTON in Scaasi

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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

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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

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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.

 

NAOMIE HARRIS in Gucci

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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

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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. 

 

MAGGIE GYLENHAAL in Lanvin

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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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