On Monday, Moët & Chandon once again welcomed the haute-monde of the British film collective, to recognize the pioneers in the film industry at this year’s British Independent Film Awards. The event saw stars such as Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan and Olivia Coleman go home with a win, but there were also notable victors of the red carpet style scene.
One of the most notable looks was the floor length Gucci gown that Carey Mulligan debuted, adorned with tropical, artistic detailing. The dress featured a geometric, three-dimensional print, in line with the 70s throwback trend being featured in their current ready-to-wear collection. The showstopper of the dress however, was the intricate beading and embroidery featured in the motifs adorning the length of the gown. Although the covered-up look in combination with the contrasted (not necessarily complementing) colours may not be to everybody’s taste, it suited Carey’s quirky panache, making a memorable imprint amongst the vast collection of monotonous monochrome looks.
However, Marion Cotillard pulled off this simplistic look, exuding her usual Parisian elegance in a black beaded gown crafted by Dior. The key holed cutout on the shoulder sleeve added a contemporary flare to the dress, accentuating the actress’ figure by breaking up the silhouette. The allover beading also added dimension to the dress, shifting it on to the list of best looks.
On the opposite end of the colour dimension, the BIFAs saw Vanessa Kirby arrive in a tea-length, white and ivory number designed by Emilio de la Morena. The outfit featured a risqué yet tasteful embroidered sheer top, the design paralleling with Vanessa’s shimmery, makeup look. This was a truly head to toe look, as the high-waist A-line skirt drew the look downwards to her curved black Louboutin’s giving her a simple, composed grace.
From angelic- to slightly gothic, heads turned towards Tuppence Middleton, wearing an Erdem creation. The dress combined a Victorian vintage with Hippie haute couture through its drop-waist detail, ruffled high neck and cape-style sleeves. The dark base featured a watercolour floral print in autumnal shades and the split cape sleeves created a sheer length to emerge the arms so that the dress didn’t create a ‘Tuppence tent.’ The shorter hemline of the dress also added a flirty aspect to the gothic look, landing Tuppence on our list.
Moving on to one of the penultimate looks on the list, best actress winner Saoirse Ronan became the night’s ‘triumph trifecta’ through her award, makeup look and style. Ronan showed us what Christmas party dress envy really is, in her wintery ensemble crafted by Burberry (seriously, Saoirse, can we borrow this for our office parties?). The dress was (of course) beaded and sequined galore, featuring short sleeves and a short hemline creating something reminiscent of a mod-feel. Her makeup was also perfected in to a slick smoky cat eye perfect for the holiday season, which met with the dress to bring out the deep coloured red, green and blue sequins.
Our final style star was resident model and actress Agyness Deyn, who wore a custom Giles Deacon A-line dress. Agyness stomped her patent red heels on the looks of the other guests, favouring mainly the classic over the contemporary. Although I’m not a fan of her combination of highball heels with classic couture, the silhouette and worldly fusion of the dress gave her look its USP. The satin creation featured East Asian influenced motifs surrounded by stringed tassels on a traditional French, strapless shape. The look flattered Agyness’ tall frame with a midi-hemline and structured base, paving the way for more creations like this on red carpets to come.
The best element of the collection of looks from the BIFAs is that there was no style sync apparent; from gowns to mini hemlines, and classic winter looks to springtime tea-dresses, the guests brought a collection of fashion features to the red carpet event.
Full List of Award Winners:
EX MACHINA Alex Garland
Best Actress sponsored by MAC
SAOIRSE RONAN Brooklyn
Best Supporting Actress
OLIVIA COLMAN The Lobster
Most Promising Newcomer sponsored by The London Edition
ABIGAIL HARDINGHAM Nina Forever
The Discovery Award sponsored by Raindance
ORION: THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING Jeanie Finlay
Producer of the Year
PAUL KATIS, ANDREW DE LOTBINIERE Kajaki: The True Story
Best British Short Film
EDMOND Emilie Jouffroy, Nina Gantz
The Douglas Hickox Award (Best Debut Director) sponsored by 3 Mills Studios
THE SURVIVALIST Stephen Fingleton
DARK HORSE: THE INCREDIBLE TRUE STORY OF DREAM ALLIANCE Judith Dawson, Louise Osmond
Outstanding Achievement in Craft
ANDREW WHITEHURST Visual Effects, Ex Machina
Best International Independent Film
ROOM Ed Guiney, David Gross, Emma Donoghue, Lenny Abrahamson
Words: Julia Cohen
Photos: John Phillips/Getty Images