Tuesday 16 January 2018

Fashion face off: BAFTA bores V Grammy glamour

One night, two red carpets, hundreds of fancy frocks. But Hollywood's first ladies just couldn't match their rock n' roll sisters for sheer fashion drama

Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift
Julianne Moore
Keira Knightley
Madonna
Rihanna
Amy Adams
Reese Witherspoon
Miley Cyrus
Felicity Jones
Lady Gaga
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

IT was a tale of two red carpets. On the one hand, you had the BAFTAs in London, where a steady stream of Hollywood stars sashayed around looking chic and elegant in perfectly fitting demure designer gowns.

Meanwhile at the Grammys in LA, rock 'n roll's leading ladies turned up the volume with thigh-high splits, multiple tattoos and even, in Madonna's case, no pants. The fact that the ceremonies were held just hours apart further underlined the fact that Hollywood stars are chic but ultimately, not all that exciting, while their more musical sisters usually have the edge when it comes to pushing the fashion envelope.

Still, there's nothing like an awards ceremony for bringing out the critic in you. So here are the evening's hits and misses ...

So we've picked out the night's hits and misses for your perusal.

Amy adams

This jewelled, tasselled white Lanvin gown could veer dangerously close to Jane Norman territory, but somehow a statuesque Amy Adams pulled it off with stylish aplomb ­ — and a boxy clutch for company.

Keira Knightley

Keira was a lesson in chic maternity dressing in posy-dappled Giambattista Valli.

Julianne Moore

How unfortunate that Julianne’s striking Tom Ford gown should be a perfect colour match for the red carpet. But we’ve got to hand it the 54-year-old for dressing like a winner while taking home the Best Actress accolade.

Reese Witherspoon

Reese stepped out of her comfort zone of  knee-length,  feminine dresses and packed a punch in Stella McCar-tney.

Felicity Jones

Felicity literally bloomed in Dior spring 2013 haute couture.

Rihanna

Rihanna is a dead-ringer for a toilet-roll holder in this enormous Giambattista Valli number, but for once, it’s demure.

Taylor Swift

Taylor really can do no wrong these days, and she’s pretty nifty on the red carpet too. This teal Elie Saab number puts her right at the front of the fashion pack.

Madonna

Madge channelled her inner matador to come up with this creation. Also, she didn’t wear pants. Just be thankful she didn’t ride in on a bull.

Miley Cyrus

Pop’s favourite shrinking violet wore a boring black dress and then cut holes in it to make it more interesting. We’re not convinced — but

at least she tried

Lady Gaga

Silver dress, silver shoes, silver hair, silver eyeshadow — who said matchy-matchy was out of fashion? Gaga looks like a Splash-era Daryl Hannah here, which is no bad thing in our book.

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