Why These Previous BAFTAs Looks Got It So Right

BAFTAs red carpet host Angela Scanlon on the past attendees who absolutely nailed it

What makes a perfect BAFTAs red carpet look? Presenter Angela Scanlon will be hosting the live BBC Three red carpet coverage of the 2016 BAFTAs tonight. We asked her to pick out her favourite previous BAFTA looks, and tell us why she thinks they got it so right.

1) Lea Seydoux

Why it works: “There really isn’t any other time when you can get away with wearing canary yellow than on the red carpet and I love how effortlessly bold and resplendent Lea Seydoux looks in this Prada number. I love brights and nothing shouts ‘eyes on the prize’ than a show-stopping dress like this. I also love the sweetheart neckline and the cut-away detail. Thumbs up!”

2) Laura Bailey

Why it works: “On the red carpet practical is probably a sin, but somehow the ever-stylish Laura Bailey has nailed this gorgeous floor-length gown. The genius edition of pockets in this Emilia Wickstead dress means not only can she smuggle some essentials – phone, keys, Tic Tacs – but also keep her hands toasty while gliding down the red carpet. Smart girl.”

3) Julianne Moore

Why it works: “Firstly, Julianne Moore is a legend so anything that comes out of my mouth will be biased. Girl crush aside, everything about this outfit really shouldn’t work – the triple threat of red on red on red would leave most people red-faced. But not our Julianne. Girl’s got game and she loved this red look so hard she even accessorised with a red neck tie.”

4) Lupita Nyong’o

Why it works: “In normal life if I tried to describe a green dress with a fishtail, my friends would raise a suspecting eyebrow. But no I have not lost my mind because Lupita manages to exude a glow like no other in this stunning Christian Dior Couture gown. The simple neckline and the belted detail transforms what could have easily been a dresscode disaster into a dresscode dream.”

5)Angelina Jolie

Why it works: “When your accessory is Brad Pitt you’re onto a good thing, and when you’re also Angelina Jolie dressed in a tux then you’re winning. This outfit is so ideal for so many reasons, the main one being she’s warm. Warmth is so underrated when it comes to red carpet dressing, because when you feel great (aka not freezing) you look great. Though when you’re Angelina you’re going to look great in a black sack.”

6) Maggie Gyllenhaal

Why it works: “Maggie is nailing gothic princess and it works. The navy lace, embellishment and pared-back styling lets this dress do all the talking. I love how her gorgeous pixie crop adds an air of nonchalance that makes this look so effortlessly cool.”

Join Angela Scanlon for the BAFTA red carpet show at 8.30pm on BBC Three

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