At least BAFTA fashion leads the Oscars (with bonus Kristen Stewart)

Kayleigh explained how this year’s BAFTAs were a mess to try to be the Oscars. Unsurprisingly, while the world’s film industries are still trying to carve out a place against Hollywood domination, the UK film industry has a number of seats at the table reserved for it, but still as a subsidiary of United States. Following this induced pattern, it was inevitable that the BAFTAs would become a subsidiary of the Oscars. Except for one thing: fashion on the red carpet of the former is always more adventurous, more dazzling, and more… well, glamorous than the trends of the latter, guided by the neurotic eagerness of stars and stylists to fall into the graces of many. interests. groups: Live-Love-Laugh Minivan Majorities, producers strategizing for the next awards cycle, dumb internet villains who think they’re fashion experts just because they’ve been following red carpets since they’re 13, future brand endorsements if they’re on the verge of becoming free agents, the expectations of your castmates and crew and, of course, Academy voters who might vote for you next time.

Well, the same thing that relegated the BAFTAs one level below the Oscars is what allows stars to kick back and experiment. Of course, that shouldn’t come as a surprise given that the British fashion industry has been the hub of cutting-edge ideas since Russia-NATO tensions last reached an all-time high. How great you are Edward Enninful.

Winners and nominees.

Likely because of COVID, several of the nominees we most wanted to see didn’t show up, like Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga (Best Lead and Supporting Actress for Who passedrespectively) or Mahershala Ali (Best Actor, for swan song) or Best Actor winner Will Smith. Also Leonardo DiCaprio didn’t come, but I don’t think you asked.

Lady Gaga of course had one of the best looks of the night in Ralph Lauren, and I’m starting to think that’s the one she would have wanted to wear to the Oscars, if she hadn’t been snubbed. But my favorites were Emilia Jones in Atelier Versace and Alana Haim in…no, no way, a beautiful flattering Louis Vuitton? It almost doesn’t look like it! Well, in Emilia Jones’ case, the maxim of dressing in the colors of the award comes back in full, there’s something magical about the leafy gold dresses that always work, paired so well with her simple hairstyle:

Renate Reinsve also looked lovely in… not at all, another great Louis Vuitton? Although slightly out of character compared to his previous style choices, still wonderful. Joanna Scanlan’s makeup and hair was gorgeous and super accessorized.

In the Best Supporting Actress category, Ariana DeBose understood Oscar de la Renta’s mission and made all of Latina proud. Once again, a spectacular hairstyle, a magnificent color, the earrings.

Now, I’m already biased towards Irish women in general, so no wonder I dig most of Catríona Balfe’s black Armani dress, but I would have paired it with a looser hairstyle and a stronger shade of lipstick .

Here’s lovely Ann Dowd:

The other queen of the category for me was Jessie Buckley in this Alexander McQueen… is that what you call a deconstruction? Well, I love it, I love how futuristic there is in everything she’s wearing here, and no, it’s not just my bias for Irish women talking (it’s the case, but my truth has a well-known bias towards Irish women).

Lashana Lynch came to pick an almost predicted Rising Star Awards in this Prada, basically in honor of being so good at no time to die that even the trolls did not attack her. The color is perfect, but I feel the fit is a bit too boxy. Perfect earrings.

Now, as for the guys…look, Benedict Cumberbatch looked dapper, just like most of the others. But they weren’t the real Kings of the night, with a few exceptions. Because menswear showed up at these BAFTAs and deserves its own section. Let me close this one with Best Director nominee Julia Ducournau in Prada… now, having agreed that she is one of the most important authors in world cinema today, is it acceptable to agree that also happens to be beautiful?

Guys who weren’t bored.

Obviously, CODA’s Kodi Smit-McPhee and Troy Kotsur would be included here, in custom Louis Vuitton and Gucci, respectively (but it’s the beret and loafers that do Kotsur’s whole look).

The returning king is Riz Ahmed in a pastel-colored Gucci three-piece.

But I’m also here for Sebastian Stan’s Givenchy with rings around his neck, I’m here for Paapa Essiedu another great Gucci with a scarf-thing, I’m here for Kelvin Harrison, Jr. business-like Burberry, I’m here for Max Hardwood’s Moschino teal, and yes, I’m even here for Daniel Kaluuya’s Prada coat from their McDonald’s capsule collection. A round of applause for the guys who know their colors and their layering.

Almost there.

This section is for dresses that I didn’t like too much, but have some interesting ideas. And yes, Daniel Kaluuya’s coat should be included here too.

Florence Pugh is perfect, don’t get me wrong. I’m into the nose ring, the earrings, the jarring pink tail on this Carolina Herrera, but I think this kind of cropped-cropped dress should be more architectural in a way that highlights the waist and shoulders. Still, a reminder that I’m a straight guy…I’m not complaining.

And then we have Millie Bobby Brown in… yeah, that sure looks like a Louis Vuitton. Look, I think maybe we’re worrying too much about her. Of course her parents seem known as shit, of course she was overexposed and positioned away from the rest of her stranger things castmates, and of course, her clothing choices weren’t teen-appropriate, not so much because they’re inappropriate, but because they’re too grown-up. Too “early 1960s starlet in her twenties.” But so far, she doesn’t seem like a misfit at all: her career choices have been wise, she’s dating a boy her own age (Bon Jovi’s son!) and that dress, well, she’s totally makes sense for a teenage girl trying to convey the “I’m an adult now” look, which means a revealing, padded dress with accessories and hairstyle that go so far into mismatching that they actually match the messiness of all. This is the part where she’s experimenting, I don’t know if she’s having fun and probably needs some fashionista training, but it’s totally normal for her to try something like this. License her.

My most beautiful of the evening was Léa Seydoux in… it’s not possible, another great and flattering Louis Vuitton?

OK, but I’m thirsty

This one is going to be more, uh… respectfully heterosexual than the previous two I did, mostly because I covered the hottest guys above. While the guys who brought it more than made up for the similarity of the tuxedo, there were no more than a dozen of them. Still, in fairness, here are some other angles from Sebastian Stan, Paapa Essiedu, Himesh Patel, and Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù. Also, some Tom Hiddleston because I know you always touch this:


My turn now. First, a rundown of the other looks I loved. In quick succession, this sexy-cute emerald Gucci in Daisy Edgar-Jones, this red Valentino Couture in Haley Bennett, and Wunmi Mosaku in dazzling canary Marc Jacobs.

Now, let’s quickly review my weaknesses. Women who are so much my type that I’m predisposed to love anything they wear, except this time I’m also right. First up, we have Ellie Bamber in Chanel that’s understated, whimsical and sexy. Next, the future Galadriel Morfydd Clark as a Valentino canary proving that yes, she is worthy of Cate Blanchett. AJ Odudu kills me without kindness in YANINA Couture. And finally, Beltalowda salutes Dominique Tipper in a one-off by Temperley London and Annie’s Ibiza

The biggest dress of the night, however, is neither. Not even Lady Gaga’s. I mean, I used his picture for the banner because of the traffic. But the BAFTA winner is someone who’s about to get massively broken in the new season of Bridgerton, who wasted no time wearing an absolute “I’m here to stay bitches” Maison Valentino: Simone Ashley. She deserves her own Getty insert:


Everything is so comfortable and relaxed: the hair, the fabrics, the cut. It’s almost like she’s wearing the fanciest pajamas ever. Everything is already perfect, but maybe the only thing I would change is…oh my god, I’m digging my grave here…the bra. For something more like a bralette, a nod to her upcoming role. But still, as it stands, she’s already a future fashion MVP.

Bonus Kristen Stewart

She obviously didn’t attend the BAFTAs, because she wasn’t nominated, but she went to the Critics’ Choice Awards which were taking place the same night at Dolce. Well, you might want to take a deep breath:

It is very important for all of you to disabuse Alberto coxswain of his growing belief that he is somehow steering Louis Vuitton in the right direction with his brain. Use violence, even if it is not necessary.

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