Colin Firth: No worries about the right frock for the Bafta "best actor" winner, arriving at London's glamorous new #Corinthia Hotel for the Bafta brunch
Don’t we just love the #Bafta’s and the #Oscars for demonstrating that, even with the best stylists, the biggest budgets and jewellers and cobblers clamouring to lend them goodies, there is still no guarantee that celebs will look fabulous on the red carpet. Lots did, but some didn’t and some looked fine, but we just knew they could have looked better.
Best supporting actress winner #Helena Bonham-Carter, for instance, looked stunning, but it was despite the #Vivienne Westwood black gown, rather than because of it. But her hair looked good, and at least she wore matching shoes!
Award presenter #Jessica Alba, rocking a gorgeous blue chiffon dress by #Atelier #Versace, demonstrated the eternal fashion truth that a high waist and clever boning are the failsafe fall-backs for fabulousness after six.
#Emma Watson’s parchment gown with one shoulder and frill was probably divine on the sketchpad, but it proves that even the most slender (and young) woman needs a bit of uplift if she is going to look her absolute best.
#Thandie Newton in a hot pink strapless gown by US designer #Monique Lhuillier again shows that boning is brilliant, although the dress is a tad “safe”.
It’s the droopy boob syndrome again for #Amy Adams wearing #Elie Saab. It’s a magnificent frock, but even her size 8 frame looks square and chunky in it.
#Emma Stone, nominated for a “rising star” award, looked drop-dead gorgeous in a drop-dead simple red gown by #Lanvin, where all the work goes on under the surface.
#Colin Firth’s stunning wife #Livia – a double for #Penelope Cruz – chose a navy blue silk gown by ethical designer #Nina Skarra. She clearly didn’t want to compete in the “flesh” stakes, but a slightly lower or wider cut neckline would have prevented her looking as if she was drowning in her gown.
The androgynous looking #Tilda Swinton wore black velvet #Haider Ackermann and looked, well, androgynous-glamorous.
Pretty #Rosamund Pike wore yellow and brown print gown by #Alexander McQueen, which looked deliciously on-trend. That stunning print spoke for itself, and cleverly she kept the rest simple.
Hailee Steinfeld, the shining star of True Grit, looked perfect and perfectly on trend in black, mid-calf Miu Miu. With a little purple clutch and plain courts, she showed how to rock a directional look and not look as if she had borrowed her mum’s dress.
#Annette Bening wore a one-shoulder white gown with frills and silver beading and proved that you can wear an elegant dress and not necessarily look elegant. KISS, Annette, keep it simple, and white is a bit bridal.
Lovely #Emilia Fox needed some underwear under her rich cream silk-satin dress by #Kate Halfpenny. Also, while the shape was great on her, she decided to desert her slightly hippie-chic vibe, and it wasn’t a wholly successful experiment.
#Eva Green wore black #Tom Ford… and we thought he was god who could do no wrong. How wrong we were. The sheer bodice and solid skirt makes her look as if she is in mourning for her lost figure.
#Julianne Moore also wore Tom Ford – a long column of blue velvet, which was better that Ms Green’s gown, but the earrings (by #Bulgari), were too discreet. Without a necklace, they needed to be much bolder to balance the bareness.
Get a new hair stylist #Gemma Arterton. The black velvet column gown with big fat blue silk satin bow (courtesy of #Yves St Laurent) suited you well, but you need a new hair-do… too much, too messy. And where is the necklace or the cuffs needed to balance the bareness…
Without mentioning names, there were a lot of mistakes – spaniels’ ears cleavages and droopy boobs the most common. And a lot of too much going on. Learn the lesson: if you choose a big frilled and draped dress keep the hair simple (that means you, Tracey Emin, in your gold #Vivienne Westwood with antebellum folds and bows!).