When you're going to be on the red-carpet, you have a momentary spin-out; what does one wear? After a failed dress fitting I had faith it would come together because I had the basics: fringed Bionda Castana heels and a dream hair and make-up team in John Frieda’s Mark Smith and Rebecca McMahon. And when having a sartorial freak-out I always turn to the YSL Le Smoking tuxedo for inspiration: part-masculine, part retro-sexy and sleek in white, it's a winner.
But, clearly, the celebs weren't suffering from any last minute outfit anxiety. Or if they were, it didn't show. The sheer peek-a-boo effect was the leading story last night, in reaction to the risqué Kim-‘oncé-Lo styling at last week’s Met Gala. The darling of Strictly Come Dancing, Pixie Lott, showed how to do chic and cheeky without showing too much flesh and the stiff, sheer skirt on Tess Daly’s Amanda Wakeley S/S 15 gown was elegantly sexy. But having seen it so many times now, I feel like this look has been exhausted and even though stars including Rochelle Humes and Katie Piper have the shape and swagger to carry it off, it’s tired.
Red is an awards favourite because from siren to crimson, it is a scene-stealing choice. There were a lot of vintage silhouettes and details: Gizzi Erskine accessorised a vintage Balmain gown from William Vintage with her signature beehive and The One Show’s Alex Jones opted for a draped design with Bardot sleeves and cleavage. Hilariously, when I shouted out to Tamsin Greig (who was wearing a sharply statement coat) ‘Tamsin, you look fantastic’ she replied ‘thanks Mum.’
Monochrome is a reliable choice because it's classic, modern and proves to be the failsafe choice for our leading TV presenters. My best-dressed was Emma Willis who looked unbelievably sleek in a Roland Mouret jumpsuit, perfectly styled with her pixie crop and a red lip. Nominee (who I felt should have won) Claudia Winkleman wore an oversized- pearl embellished Chanel dress which was darling and in total contrast Davina opted for a tailored equestrian-style from Paul Ka, styled with braided hair and beautiful Bionda Castana heels; yes this look may divide the critics but because it's Davina, it worked.
If you can’t do full-on drama at the BAFTAs when can you? Star of Poldark Eleanor Tomlinson chose a wonderfully dramatic dove-grey feathered gown from Ralph Lauren, which has a real feel of McQueen and her co-star Heidi Redd looked ultra-sexy in a figure-fitting pale pink design. Millie Mackintosh wore ethereal Rami Al Ali couture which boasted a pretty embellished skirt, however her Made In Chelsea friend Rosie Fortescue’s Julien Macdonald gown was ill-fitting and bulky which meant unfortunately, the gown wore her down the red-carpet rather than the other way round.
As always it was really exciting to see some fashion-forward designs take over the more traditional gowns: Ophelia Lovibond wore an oversized-print Giles piece; you can tell how much she enjoys fashion and embraces the fun of red-carpet dressing. Both gracious and cool, First in Line nominee Vicky McClure looked beautiful in Osman and the paparazzi went wild for Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams who was dressed in lilac crochet Self Portrait.
So that is my spin on the red-carpet wrapped for another year, congratulations to all the winning talent and shows; what a great night for British TV!