The BAFTAs 2015 – Who was your favourite?

The first thing to say is that I am sitting at home wrapped in two oversized cardigans and I’m still feeling a bit chilly. Those poor souls on the BAFTA red carpet in Covent Garden this evening have little choice but to walk the red carpet into the Royal Opera House without the luxury of H&M knitwear. I interviewed on that walkway in 2007 and I was shivering in my Karen Millen frock most of the night. You know when you are so cold your jaw freezes and it’s hard to get your words out coherently? That was me. A little like being drunk only without the warm feeling. Secondly, it’s a good turn out at the British equivalent of the Oscars this year. My brother worked for several years behind the scenes so I know only too well that the organisers are never quite sure until the very last minute who will actually put in an appearance on the night so this evening they must have felt rather pleased with themselves. And hey, at least it isn’t raining. Here are my thoughts on the great gowns and the frightful frocks as they happen tonight in London…

Rosamund Pike - at last!

Rosamund Pike – at last!

I have to start with Rosamund Pike who one way and another I have given a very hard time to so far this award season. She has taken some risks or maybe she’s been ‘having fun with her style’ – which reasoning do we admire most? I don’t know, but either way for the most part, the looks haven’t worked. Tonight however she has chosen a far simpler column silhouette by none other than Roland Mouret and he is of course the master of sculpted dresses. Although with her fair colouring I’d rather have seen her in a colour instead of black, I love the twisted halter neck and the overall look is sheer sophistication. Let’s hope she goes with Mouret for Oscar night too. Kristen Scott Thomas is someone who is rocking the black. Her dress is exquisite, looks slightly warmer than most of the others and is age appropriate. Love.

Kristen Scott Thomas

Kristen Scott Thomas

I’m also going to give some love to Keira Knightley (I know, unheard of, what’s come over me?) because I’ve been a bit perturbed by her pregnancy wardrobe thus far. Well, despite the 3D petals which add volume that no woman heavy with child needs, this Giambattista Valli midi gown looks just lovely. And it’s haute couture for flip’s sake; when I was pregnant I wore a big Primark thing to the Sex and the City 2 premier. Different world I tell you.

Keira Knightley - bloomin' lovely in Giambattista Valli haute couture

Keira Knightley – bloomin’ lovely in Giambattista Valli haute couture

You can rely on Amy Adams – nominated three years in a row now so she’s well rehearsed – to look gorgeous at these occasions. She’s in a white Lanvin column dress this year and while I like it, I can’t pretend I didn’t think for a moment there that she had some kind of ammo around her middle. They don’t need that kind of security panic on the red carpet.

Amy Adams in Lanvin

Amy Adams in Lanvin

Reese Witherspoon is supporting British talent in a Stella McCartney number and this purple one is a more daring one with a very booby neckline I can’t decide if I like. Ultimately, this is such a fantastic colour on her, I’m going to give it the thumbs up. Also, I want her hair please.

Reese Witherspoon in Stella McCartney

Reese Witherspoon in Stella McCartney

There are a few reds popping up and Julianne Moore’s cut-out long sleeved (oh how sensible) Tom Ford gown is a winner but then isn’t Julianne always? It would be great if she was finally recognised by winning an award for once too.**

Julianne Moore in Tom Ford

Julianne Moore in Tom Ford

Finally, I love the lilac of the very elegant gown worn by Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Her hair and make-up are immaculate and her beautiful posture is a lesson to all. Or maybe she was in fact rigid with the cold.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Not so fabulous in my opinion, and it is with a heavy heart I say this, is Patricia Arquette whose dark Pamella Roland red frock is ageing and looks ill fitting. The neckline is too high and isn’t the best style for her shape. I’m cross on her behalf that she’s been stuffed into that old thing – sorry but I named my cat Alabama after Arquette’s brilliant character in True Romance so I’m a bit emotional. I wouldn’t mind only Patricia herself doesn’t look all that thrilled either.*

Patricia Arquette in Pamella Roland

Patricia Arquette in Pamella Roland

*Patricia Arquette has just won the best supporting actress BAFTA – excellent, I’m genuinely thrilled. Bet she wishes even more she hadn’t worn that particular dress though… **Hooraay Julianne Moore has her BAFTA at last!


About aftercarrie

I help people refine their wardrobe to suit their shape, colouring and lifestyle. I am a style consultant, personal shopper and colour analyst working in London. Be the loveliest possible you. My first book SHOPPED was released on 5th July 2016 (September Publishing).
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6 Responses to The BAFTAs 2015 – Who was your favourite?

  1. oxonian says:

    You are absolutely on the button with your likes. For me, Kristin Scott Thomas all the way, chic and elegant, but then I share the age group ! I would just like the earrings she was wearing – please. A mention also for Julie Waters. Loved the silver with her new hair.


  2. Kerry says:

    I agree – this was a good year for Bafta frocks. Julianne Moore and Kristin Scott-Thomas (who I want to be, obviously) stole the show. Van I just put in a word about two slightly older ladies? For me, it was a big yes to Julie Walters with her cloud of silver hair and glittery number, which really suited her bubbly and extrovert personality. But Imelda Staunton: no love, the hair was too harsh and your dress looked like a giant, green cabbage. Kerry xx


  3. penny stott says:

    Well I really liked the little number Felicity Jones wore & I love Eddie Redmayne’s suit & his shoes .


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