Fuschia of style: 10 lessons the from British Fashion Awards
The awards for the nattily dressed took place on Monday
Unlike some red carpets where we have to pretend to be interested in whatever film or project its walkers are promoting, at the British Fashion Awards there are no such esoteric constraints. We’re here to appreciate the clothes, so herewith see the sartorial winners from the night ...
Best Grandes Dames
There was nothing subtle or apologetic about this year’s version of the hue, which has seen it reach a peak of singing fuchsia variants.
Roksanda, always the best advocate for her label, sold it well and, while some (OK, me) pointed out that even though Kristin Scott Thomas appears to have taken hair inspiration from Harry Potter, her Valentino gown was rather magnificent.
Fresh from premiering her new movie, Mary Queen of Scots, Saoirse Ronan trotted across town and changed into a Strictly-ish Gucci number, while its designer, Alessandro Michele, made no qualms about donning a natty gold crown with his lounge suit. Jenna Coleman – no regal headwear, sadly – scored high in Dior.
For your Christmas-wrapping inspiration look no further. Alek Wek – who co-presented the awards with Jack Whitehall – shows that the bigger the bow, the better.
Best His and Hers
Nothing makes us happier when VB and DB align in sartorial symmetry. mega-celebs, to be fair, isn’t as good as the matching black leather Versace looks from 1999, but it’s a strong contender.
Much is made by fashion writers of “tonal” dressing, which is a pretentious way of telling you to wear the same colour head to toe. Kate Moss is doing it expertly here, with her shoe and dress in sync, managing to give a nod to festive events to come, but without too much of a Mrs Claus cliché.
Best of Hollywood
Each year the awards manage to sprinkle a few more mega-celebs on to its red carpet, which offers such rich sport! Yes to Naomi Watts in Richard Quinn (who nabbed the British Emerging Talent Womenswear prize – and cried! The poppet!). Hello to Uma Thurman in Prada, Naomie Harris was chic and dinky in Miu Miu, Penélope Cruz sparkled like the dreamy booking that she is.
Plus honourable mention to Liv Tyler. She’s a Londoner now, which may account for her laidback yet classy Givenchy suiting.
Adut Akech, the 18-year-old rising supermodel by way of Sydney via South Sudan, cover star of British Vogue, face of Valentino (and wearing it here), Moschino and Saint Laurent, posed like the elegant statuesque beauty that she is.
How joyous is this bouquet strewn number? And as for the lace! Halima Aden you are a treat for cold December hearts.
Best Mummy and Me
Imagine being the daughter of a supermodel? Or having one for a daughter? No, I can’t. But these four can! Kaia Gerber picked up the award for Model of the Year. Lizzy, as her mother, Jerry Hall, explained at Dame Westwood’s behest, has successfully lobbied for the equal rights amendment in Illinois.
So really, something for everyone to be proud mega-celebs.
– © The Daily Telegraph