Bold at the BAFTA’s.

Good morning to you my Film and Television fashionistas,

This past weekend, the 73rd British Academy Film Awards 2020 were held in the iconic Royal Albert Hall in London. This time of year always means awards season and with it comes my favourite bit – the FASHION! This year did not disappoint and I have picked my top looks from this years red carpet.

The EE British Academy Film Awards [BAFTAs] at the Royal Albert Hall on Monday 18 February 2018

(all images courtesy of google images)

Firstly lets start with the ladies and wow what with fringing/ asymmetrical/  bold colour blocking and sparkle, it was a smorgasbord of  cutting edge looks on the red carpet.

Renee Zelleweger who picked up the Best Actress award for playing the beloved Judy Garland donned a pastel pink Prada number that reminded me of candy floss and our favourite chocolate treats at Christmas time. The pale hue complimented her fair hair and pearly skin perfectly.

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As you know from earlier posts, I am a HUGE fan of the LBD and it seems that was the dress of choice for a number of starlets this year. I particularly love the cut out back detail of Margot Robbie’s Chanel Haute Couture lace gown which is reported to have taken a whopping 690 hours to make. Emilia Clarke let her embellished dress do the talking with her paired back accessories and slicked back hair – something I have a penchant for also in my own style. Olivia Coleman’s floral Alexander McQueen’s masterpiece reminded me of a summer garden in full bloom – so exquisite.

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Contrasting textures from fringing to beaded embroidery, feathers and pleats to all out trophy shimmer were the name of the game for some of the celebrities. I particularly love the clever illusion of dimension with the contrasting fabrics and the thick belt which accents the tiny waist of Vanessa Kirby’s Valentino gown. I also really like the sleek silhouette of Zoe Kravitz’s Saint Laurent dress. The gold tone really brings out her complexion and the way her lipstick matches her nail polish is an great detail.

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And now onto the leading men of the silver screen. I am a huge fan of cobalt blue and the subtle satin piping detail of this Dior Tuxedo jacket on Joe Alwyn really makes this look young and edgy. Velvet is another of my absolute faves, especially in a blazer (I have a navy velvet jacket which I try to dig out every Spring) and this burgundy Armani look on Taron Egerton really adds some warmth to the starkness of the rest of his monochrome palette. Baroque detailing featured on John Boyega and Alex Wolff in Joshua Kane and wow what a colour explosion. The white shirt and tasseled velvet loafers paired with the post box red suit is an absolute winner in my eyes.

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Although in our day to day lives, we may not be attending award shows or black tie events, we all can take away some great fashion tips from the red carpet.

Ladies, do not feel shy to be bold in your statement dresses whether it be lace, ruffles or pleats – just remember that if you are wearing a showstopping dress, tone down your accessories and hair/ makeup to really let it speak for itself.

For men, it is ALWAYS a good idea to experiment with colour, even if it is a small pop of a colourful pair of Happy Socks or a bright scarf – it will brighten up any dreary winter morning. Ankle length tailored trousers pair best with slip on loafers and no socks – this look is not limited to balmy summer days. No matter what though, fashion should be your way of showing your individually, sometimes making mistakes but also when you get it right – we all can feel like a movie star even for one day.

I am just going to leave you with a quote I saw this week which really stuck with me –

“Dress like you are going somewhere better later”

Take care,

Keya x

London Fashion Week – my favourite time of year (excluding Christmas of course!)

Good day my lovely fashionistas,

This weeks post is all things London Fashion Week as iconic buildings around the city are over run with stylists, models and fashion designers showcasing their latest collections.

There is definitely something in the air during fashion week in the capital. One thing I love about London and have been hard pressed to see replicated in many of the other cities I have visited to date, is the ability Londoners have to be truly unique and unafraid to dress in head to toe trends or in their fail safe uniform of “I’m comfortable and don’t care” style.

Last year I was lucky enough to be invited to a number of fashion shows in prestigious buildings like Somerset house and the Natural History museum. I cannot explain the excitable elation I experienced on the morning of the event. I was also filled with utter dread as to what on earth I would wear to such a soirée. After numerous outfit changes I chose the below due to its ability to keep me cool when sitting under the harsh runway lights and also the flats made walking between the shows a trifle more enjoyable :-

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My shirt is a wonderful silk tied front Massimo Dutti creation, my white pleated skirt from penguin was purchased on a Saturday jaunt to Portsmouth and my blue suede brogues are also from Massimo. My sunglasses and plum lipstick are from the new Burberry collection which stopped me in my tracks when walking past the shop in Bond Street. I just HAD to have them! I also had my most revered arm candy with me in the form of my Chanel 2.55 bag which holds a special place in my heart. Fabulous and incredibly functional! The smile on my face never dissipated for the whole day as the models sashayed along the runway in fairytale Oscar de la Renta and futuristic laser cut designs.

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I am obviously biased as I love living in this diverse, edgy city but I can honestly say that I completely understand why so many designers love coming to London where street style is ingrained and not taught in so many people.

Here’s to another great week in the capital, let’s see what the new collections have in store.

Until next week, take care
Keya

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