West Coast stargazers got a taste of British glamorama at the BAFTA Los Angeles 2010 Britannia Awards last week in Century City, California. Stars from euro and dollar zones—Jeff Bridges, Olivia Wilde, Kevin Spacey, Carey Mulligan, Dakota Fanning, Marion Cotillard and Betty White—arrived for the Britannia Awards night, given by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (yup, BAFTA). Stars wore creations from Preen, Elie Saab, Christian Siriano, and Michael Kors. We displayed the best of manners and kept our comments on frocks and shoes on proper hold…until now. See what you think.
Carey Mulligan arrived in a white-black dress with belt and full skirt. The aura was pardon-me-I’m-really-a-lab assistant-but-I-had-to dress up. The dress was a Preen. We say keep the dress but lose the blue suede shoes. We would have said OK if she had gone with Sam Edelman Lorissa pump black suede shoes. The peep-toe style with their bold spikes and stones would have delivered the Oomph.
We are not sure what the dress designer was thinking. Actually, we are not sure if the designer was thinking. Maybe bits of cloths were swept in a bag quick-quick and the designer, saying OMG, proceeded to say the dress was intentionally cut off one shoulder, presented as a toga, and hemmed as a mini. If there’s anyone who can save the dress, it’s shimmery French actress Marion Cotillard. We would have donated Tory Burch Reva silver leather ballet flats. These little miracle-workers soften all blows.
Rosario Dawson and Cillian Murphy were happy to strike a pose. Wardrobe malfunctions aka static, bunched-up slip and no fabric hang, may have been at the root of this disappointing dress on alive, radiant and multi-talented Dawson. We were shaking our heads too at her beige heels. We count them two rungs above Carey’s blue suede shoes. We vote for Pour La Victoire Irina platform pump black leather.