For a fashion awards night it was ironic as to how many usually-well-turned-up-on-red-carpet people, had quite the opposite effect. Many turned heads on the red carpet and not for the right reasons failing to impress anyone that saw them, and here I thought Black was the most safest color. From capes on dresses to odd ( and not the good kind) dresses and gowns it was pretty much a catastrophe. While the British Fashion Awards 2015 in partnership with Swarovski did miss last year’s sass, however not everyone was a lost cause and some of the red carpet appearances did kick some serious ass!! My highlight of the night: Jonathan Anderson winning both Menswear and Womenswear designer for 2015.
While I never thought anyone could one up Angie when she wore matching suit with Brad Pitt, Posh definitely hit it out the ball park with her sharp tailored suit paired with some kickass heels. It is not difficult to see why this is a fashion power couple. The suit with subtle hints of satin trimmed details and with the perfect length (*one the most important things) nailed the whole no-nonsense look and made for a sensible choice on the cold night. The black ensemble paired with an up-do and her signature smoky eyes and the perfect arm man-candy made her stand out on the red carpet.
A red gown on a red carpet only makes it to my list if it is able to stand out and this one sure did. As if we needed to be reminded of the bloody orgy from American Horror Story , winner of the best designer on the red carpet, Tom Ford definitely made his presence felt despite being absent at the ceremony. Lady Gaga, who received award on his behalf, turned up in, no surprises, a Tom ford gown. The honeycomb mesh and bodice-to-toe sequined red gown with a thigh high slit complete with honeycomb mesh gloves, definitely showcased how in recent times Tom Ford has ventured into a certain experimental category of sorts but without losing sight of his commercial-ness and that is what makes him personally an exciting designer for me. He pushes the limits and how but knows where to stop (well most of the time!!). The blood red nails and box clutch were the perfect accessory to pair up with the gown ( am just glad she did not go red lips too). The restraint in excessive works for dynamic Gaga.
It wasn’t hard to see why this lass won the best model for the night. In a backless monochromatic Mugler maxi dress, Jourdan Dunn winning her second award (first in 2008) was understated, effortless and exuded a chic vibe on the red carpet. The proportions were perfect and going the minimal route with barely there silver strap-on sandals, Dunn kept things simple letting the dress take center stage with a less is more rule. With a cool bob and just a ring, she was a winner both on and off stage.
I have always admired Miss Chung for her saritorial choices for bringing in a certain british rebel human charm to the glam world of fashion. In addition to being a good model, it is her personal choices that are always intriguing. This beauty with brains turned up in an off shoulder Erdem dress that exuded contemporary and vintage charm all at the same time. What I loved about her was keeping things to a minimum with just a bold red lip coordinating the printed shearling trimmed dress. Not an easy dress to get on board with, but it grew on me the more I looked at it. Though I like the shoes, I wish she would have gone with another color, a teal or nude maybe?
The pretty Rosie huntington-whiteley hardly has a misstep but when she does have a wow moment, that is when you notice her. In her sparkly Burberry number, she outshone pretty much every other one wearing Burberry with an effortless statuesque ease that is hard to come by. While the plunging neckline and her hair with that blown out volume drew attention oh her being sexy and pretty at the same time it was the gown’ falling on the perfect length that was the triumph to its statuesque nature. Checking off all boxes, she accessorized with a pair of earrings a rosy (pun not intended) makeup that was just hard to falter.
Raising temperature on the cold night, if there was one dress that sent a loud and clear message to your ex making him regret what he gave up… Kate Beckinsale proved this was it. Ladies take a cue! and celebrate yourself. Beckinsale who recently split from her husband looked every inch the diva, asserting, you don’t need a divorce to bog yourself down. Bringing the sexy back, literally, Kate wowed in a slashed neckline draped number from Erdem. The grecian on the front and party at the back number literally stumbled everyone with the pizzaz she brought on the red carpet. The cinced look was kept simple with a black clutch and a ponytail spelling fierce in all directions.
For the last spot it was a tie between model Erin O’Connor and actress Gwendoline Christie. Wile I loved the distressed and ragged details at the end of O’Connor’s dress bringing edge to a prom style silhouette. The print was an unusual and refreshing choice within the monochrome but I wasn’t too on board with that shade of red and the choker…quite the Cher vibe. On the other hand, Christie struck a silver siren note in the high low hem gown styled perfectly with a mullet like hairstyle and offsetting with a red lip which oozed very old hollywood glamour charm.
LIST OF WINNERS
Emerging Womenswear Designer: Thomas Tait
Emerging Menswear Designer: Grace Wales Bonner
Emerging Accessory Designer: Jordan Askill
Red Carpet: Tom Ford
Model: Jourdan Dunn
Outstanding Achievement: Karl Lagerfeld
Creative Campaign: Burberry
International Designer: Alessandro Michele for Gucci
New Establishment Designer: Mary Katrantzou
Establishment Designer: Erdem
Brand: Stella McCartney
Isabella Blow Award For Fashion Creator: Nick Knight OBE
British Style – Fashion Innovator: FKA Twigs
British Style – Red Carpet Ambassador: Gwendoline Christie
Accessory Designer: Charlotte Olympia
Menswear Designer: JW Anderson
Womenswear Designer: JW Anderson
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