Last Sunday were the 2018 BAFTA Awards at London’s Royal Albert Hall, attended by Hollywood and international stars, some of them in amazing gowns - others, not so much.
It was, as always, a star-studded event but this year, the actresses decided to support the Time’s Up Movement by wearing all black gowns, similarly to what had already happened at the Golden Globes Award last January.
The idea was to shift the attention from clothes to the campaign after an open letter signed by 190 actors asked women in the film industry to wear black and to “use our power as communicators and connectors to shift the way society sees and treats us. We need to examine the kind of womanhood our industry promotes and sells to the world." But despite most women wearing black, many still managed to look dazzling in their gowns.
As expected, the film “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”, won five awards: best film and best original screenplay, and best actress for Frances McDormand who plays a strong woman fighting for justice after her daughter was raped and killed.
The choice of this film as the big winner of the evening seems very appropriate to Hollywood’s Zeitgeist.
One of the few exceptions to the all-black dress code was the elegant and very-very pregnant Duchess of Cambridge, who attended the BAFTA with her husband in a Jenny Packham dark green dress with a black waist belt since the members of the royal family traditionally only wear black at funerals or Remembrance Day.
Among the best dressed was Gemma Arterton in a one-shoulder black pleated and ruffled Alberta Ferretti gown, in my opinion, the most beautiful and flattering dress of the evening. The Australian Margot Robbie, star of “Tonya”, wore an haute couture Givenchy - a chiffon gown under a sheer fabric and lace, embellished with silver sequins - and looked absolutely stunning.
Angelina Jolie looked the part, as usual, in a black off-the-shoulder floor-length and figure-hugging gown, elegant but a bit boring if I may say so. Salma Hayek wore an elegant velvet long Gucci gown, all black but with some sequin big pink flowers embroidered here and there.
Gucci was also the choice of Letitia Wright who chose a wonderful column black dress with some silver details and a big black and silver belt, very Gucci, very chic! Jennifer Lawrence was beautiful in a black custom-made Dior with a cream chiffon shrug on her shoulders, but the top seemed a bit too stiff.
I liked very much Naomi Harris’ look. She chose a black jumpsuit with a long sheer overcoat with sequins from Zuhair Murad, and I loved Gugu Mbatha-Raw gown, she looked extremely chic in a black and silver vintage Cardinali and with almost no jewelry except tiny earrings and rings.
Cressida Bonas looked lovely in girly an Armani dress and Julie Walters, powerful and chic, in black pants and blouse paired with big diamond earrings and bracelet. Lily James wore Stella McCartney, while Gugu Mbatha-Raw looked very chic in a black and silver vintage Cardinali.
Once the awards were over, everyone was whisked off to Grosvenor House for dinner before flocking to Annabel’s for the Vogue and Tiffany & Co. Fashion and Film Party.