BAFTA Best

Last night saw red carpets rolled out on both sides of the pond.

In Los Angeles, Grammy attendees received a memo asking them to cover up, and we were all a little more than grateful, weren’t we? However, those restrictions led to a lack of noteworthy fashion moments. I expect edgy, hip, and crazy during “music’s biggest night”, but it was all tuxedos and big bow ties. Even the beatniks kept the beat to a humdrum pulse. Interestingly enough, my best dressed at the music fest was a Brit.

As Adele accepted another award (is anyone counting anymore?), another big night was happening in her homeland – the BAFTAs – the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards.

I look forward to the display of Brit style each year, which usually involves a few more risks and that English ease approach to this whole red carpet business. It’s a welcome break from the fish tails and froth of the rest of awards season. Sadly, this year proved to be a disappointment. For one, the weather was dreary and not entirely conducive to glamour. Starlets here, too, had to cover up in proper overcoats (not those couture-y runway coats we’d expect them to wear)! Second, there weren’t as many Brit style mavens around as I would have liked to have seen. Where were the Kates? Livia and Colin? Plus, the usual sartorial suspects like Dame Mirren and Eddie Redmayne didn’t give us anything to gush on Twitter about. Mirren, though, has coloured her hair a metallic pink. I am hoping it’s for a film role and not an actual hairstyle choice. Poor Eddie, too – he apparently got food poisoning soon after his red carpet appearance.

So, with that said, here are those who not only braved the weather, but put a brave fashion foot forward.

Anne Hathaway changed it up for this side of fame – her pixie cut has grown in a bit, so it’s softer. She ditched her usually glitzy gowns for a Burberry studded column, which had just enough sparkle and just enough subtlety.

Anne Hathaway in Burberry at the 2013 BAFTAs on Exshoesme.com. Photo by Gareth Cattermole Getty Images Europe
Anne Hathaway keeping it British, in Burberry.

I thought it fit her well and was fitting for her age. I am tired of young actresses dressing like their mothers.

Anne Hathaway in Burberry at the 2013 BAFTAs on Exshoesme.com. Photo by Ian Gavan Getty Images Europe
Fit and function – and she didn’t even look cold.
Anne Hathaway in Burberry at the 2013 BAFTAs on Exshoesme.com. Photo by Dave Norton for Bauer Griffin
Loved the Les Mis book bag, but I think the cuffs should have been a little more rock and roll.

It’s the best I’ve ever seen her look. Speaking of that, look who else changed it up last night – Mrs. Affleck (still finding it funny how she used her stage time at the SAGs – or was it the Globes – to finish her husband’s thank you speech).

Jennifer Garner in Roland Mouret at the 2013 BAFTAs on Exshoesme.com. Photo via PacificCoastNews.com
Jennifer Garner in Roland Mouret.

You can do the math, but I think this is the first time I’ve seen her in something with geometric lines.

Jennifer Garner in Roland Mouret at the 2013 BAFTAs on Exshoesme.com. Photo by Ian Gavan Getty Images Europe
The other dresses have been boring, haven’t they, Jen?

Westwood is never boring and one expects at least one Auntie Viv sighting in a red carpet strut. Andrea Riseborough and her date, boyfriend Joe Appel gave us a double dose of the Westwood aesthetic.

Andrea Riseborough and Joe Appel in Vivienne Westwood at the 2013 BAFTAs on Exshoesme.com. Photo by Dave Benett
When couture complements, you are sure to receive many a compliment.

This woman is no stranger to couture – she chose one of the best dresses from Dior’s recent garden haute couture collection by Raf Simons and it also happens to be in the colour of the moment.

Marion Cotillard in Christian Dior Couture at the 2013 BAFTAs on Exshoesme.com. Photo by Ian Gavan Getty Images Europe
All flowers need a little sprinkle of water – Marion Cotillard tries to keep the Dior dry.

TV presenter, Laura Whitmore didn’t need a golden gown – she has golden tresses. And she didn’t need fancy dresses either, opting for a smart jumpsuit instead. I thought her makeup was classic glamour.

Laura Whitmore in Alexandre Vauthier Couture at the 2013 BAFTAs on Exshoesme.com. Photo by Ian Gavan Getty Images Europe
A red lip and a cat’s eye – oh my.

Right now, this girl needs a little shut-eye, but I’ll have a few more design details for you tomorrow.

Photos: 1. Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images Europe; 2, 5, 7, 8. Ian Gavan/Getty Images Europe; 3. Dave Norton/Bauer Griffin; 4. PacificCoastNews.com; 6. Dave Benett via Vivienne Westwood.

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