Baftas 2014 Red Carpet Fashion – hits and misses

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Awards season is now in full swing.

Just ahead of the Academy awards next month were the BAFTAs, which took place last night.  It was a glittering night where Hollywood and UK film royalty (and also actual royalty) stepped out onto the (rainy) red carpet.

Who nailed the red carpet look? And who failed? Here are our hits and misses.

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Break out star Lupita Nyong’o (12 years a slave) looked absolutely stunning in this green satin Dior number.  The colour is fresh, the cut is elegant and feminine and the gold band at the waist is echoed simply but effectively in the arm jewellery. Everything about this outfit is spot on.

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Michelle Rodriguez….I honestly don’t know where to start, so I’ll start at the top. First off, her hair is a complete mess. Fine if you want to go for the carefree beach hair look on the beach, but at a red carpet event you should be polished and neat. Next, again – we’re not at the beach love. The surfer beaded jewellery (and that’s what it is, trust me), is great for the surfer bad ass chick beach look, but again – you’re at a movie award event at a prestigious location! Sparkly jewels and pretty accessories work.  Wooden surfer dude looking beads don’t. The dress.  THE DRESS.  Could have been cool if it wasn’t a) creased b) utterly ugly.  She could have got around the dress with the right hair, make up and jewellery but she failed on everything.  Ugh.

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Maybe a controversial choice but I love Gillian Anderson in the striped blue satin gown with the flowing detail at the back.  She looks a little unsure (as though she forgot something….like maybe finishing her hair off?), but she gets away with it.  The earrings work too. Pretty.

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Pink & Orange together often work, when done correctly. But the cut and shape of this gown is utterly naff and so are Lily’s hair accessories. From top to toe I think she looks like a complete joke, but since my favourite red carpet failure Helen Bonham Carter wasn’t there someone else had to provide the laughs.  Thanks, Lily Allen.

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Cate Blanchett just looks so elegant. The dress is gorgeous and the necklace is very ‘Lord of the Rings’ and is a fab, pretty statement piece that works well with the gown. The gentle coiffed hairdo is feminine and well groomed but still loose enough to look soft on her face. The whole look is spot on.

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Joely Richardson…..hair, good.  Barely there make up, bad.  Chicken neck with no jewellery to hide said chicken neck, very very bad. Shapeless, loud, garish dress from Eastenders market – unforgivable. Weird middle toe being bigger than big toe and poking out of peep toes – horrific. Truly dreadful ensemble. Someone get the woman a stylist.

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Playing it safe in black but totally rocking it with perfect hair, gorgeous red statement lips, sheer chiffon overlay, on trend nails and jewellery is Superman’s Supergirl, Amy Adams. She looks elegant, poised and gorgeous.

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Pearly Queen Maggie Gyllenhal has managed to make herself 50 years old.  The hair would work with the right clothing but the high collar on the madly embellished jacket just does not work. Pity, as the skirt is actually really pretty and so are the sleeves. Picture this gown with a plain black satin bodice…..yeah.  That.

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Chat show Queen Oprah Winfrey is rocking this Stella McCartney number. The georgette skirt is beautifully flattering, whilst the fitted lace bodice contains Oprah’s ample assets well. The satin bow completes this gown, in a colour that suits Oprah down to the ground. The jewellery and clutch are gorgeous. I would have preferred if she had done something decent with her hair, but she still outshone many women half her age and half her size.

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First of all, it’s not that cold, Cruella. Second, if the dress had been in red satin, it would have worked. But it isn’t so it looks like a sack of wrinkled crap. A shame as I love the hair.

So that’s the top 5 hits and misses.  And now, onto the special awards.  Emphasis on special for some of these.

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Great shoes, Ange.  Might have looked better with a DRESS.  Making a statement is Hollywood’s (once) prettiest couple in his n’ hers suits. It works, I’m just not a fan….and here’s how you do it properly…

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A good suit, a nice dress, happy arm in arm picture.  See, that wasn’t too hard was it?

The who the hell do you think you are? award469730613-1Let me give you a reminder, love – you are Fearne Cotton, radio DJ, sometimes presenter and nostrils massive. You are not Marilyn Monroe. Your roots need doing, your hair is awful, your dress is nasty and you are not a star. How the fudge did she get an invite and who the hell said it was okay to turn up looking like this??!

 

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Emma Thompson articulately sums up my entire thoughts about Stephen Fry and his very poor, unfunny, mumbly, stuttering turn as presenter.

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Tinie Tempah high 5’s the future King of England.  Risssspeck!

So, what are your thoughts? Agree, disagree? Did we miss someone who looked amazing or someone who made Lily Allen look well dressed?

We’ll be back early in March for the Oscars 🙂

 

 

Benefit – Boxes o’ powder

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Benefit started out their Box o’ powder collection with the now legendary Hoola (subtle bronzing powder with a cult following). It then expanded the collection to include Dallas and Dandelion and I thought they had every complexion covered and every need catered for, but they keep on releasing powders – and I want them all! I already own Hoola, which when used correctly offers my pale skin a non-obvious, non-fake looking sunkissed glow.  Dallas works just as well but with a little more use on the apple of the cheeks, works great as a blush too.  Dandelion is my all time favourite – this ballerina pink powder can be swept over the entire face to brighten, balance and enhance.  But I’ve been looking at the other powders and can’t make my mind up what the try next, I just know I need another one!

Should it be the UKs No. 1 bestselling blush? Sugarbomb
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“Swirl the 4 complimenting, shimmering shades of peach, soft plum, pink and rose powders together and sweep on cheeks for a natural radiance. It’s a sweet rush of gorgeous!”

Or perhaps the newest offering? Rockateur
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“Pick up the beat with a rush of heat! This rockin’ rose gold cheek powder gives a famously provocative flush that turns heads on-stage and off. The crowd will go wild for its sexy faceted design, accented in luxe gold. For an encore, the custom angled, dimensional brush gives rich, show-stopping payoff every time.”

Coral isn’t really my colour, but somehow I still want this one…. Coralista
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“Our warm coral-pink cheek powder is your “coral blush for a tropical flush”! This shade cheers up every skin tone in seconds.Complete with soft, natural-bristle blush brush.”

Or maybe I need this gorgeous rose & Berry powder? Hervava
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“Seeking a flush of enlightenment? Swirl on hervana… Our goodkarma face powder! Four complementary shades, lucky shell, divine peach, heavenly rose & berry delight – blend together perfectly for an orchid blossom blush. What goes around,,,comes around!”

In the end, I think a great way to try the powders before spending £23.50 on a box of powder is to try one of Benefit’s Mini Kits. They may be a little more expensive (£25.50), but you get 3 other mini products that you may use all the time anyway such as lip gloss, Benetint, High beam etc.  But you get the powder too, and if it works for you, then you have a mini kit that can go in your handbag and if you like the powder, you can buy the full size for your vanity or make up bag/drawer at home.

I think I need to go with Sugarbomb, and once I do, I’ll review it here.
Click the photo below to check out all of Benefits amazing powders.

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