Plus, a political fashion statement.
The BAFTA television awards have come and gone, taking with them an unbelievable string of words we now have to get used to: ‘the BAFTA award-winning show Love Island‘. Beyond Marcel and co.’s new excuse to update to their Instagram bios, the evening also brought a string of absolutely stunning dresses that we fell in love with.
The string of spring and summer fashion trends were out in full force, with many stars opting for simply cut dresses in bold shades to let the colours do all the talking. Amanda Holden was the indisputable star of the evening in a fuschia gown by La Mania (primed to become one of the best BAFTA dresses of all time), while Coronation Street‘s Michelle Keegan stepped her game up in a banana yellow stunner. Thandie Newton brought the rainbow in a ruched draped dress by Richard Quinn.
On the other side of the spectrum, metallics and sparkles also dominated with the likes of comedian Katherine Ryan and Jane McDonald stepping out in show-stopping floor length pieces. However, it was Vanessa Kirby’s shimmery Dior that blew the competition out of the water – the perfect fairytale dress for her to sweep onstage with and collect her supporting actress BAFTA for The Crown.
Time’s Up Badges
Since a swathe of Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment allegations have come to light and the Time’s Up movement has blown through Hollywood, the British film industry stood in solidarity with their American counterparts on the steps of the Southbank Centre. We didn’t know exactly what would be in store at the BAFTA TV awards given that the political fashion statements have tended to differ, from the BRIT Awards’ white roses to the Golden Globes’ all black dress code.
Scroll down to our gallery for all our favourite looks this year…
This deep pink stunner was one of the most talked about dresses of the night. Amanda Holden practically glowed in her simply cut, yet utterly flattering dress crafted by Polish designer La Mania.
The Crown actress swept onstage to accept her Supporting Actress award dressed in a breathtaking Dior gown. The shimmery dress moved like a dream and paired beautiful with her slicked back hair and deep lipstick.
Michelle Keegan chose a stunning A-line dress by Suzanne Neville in a buttery yellow, one of the favoured shades of the evening.
The Poldark star was a stark contrast to the colourful dresses of the carpet in the best of ways. Her off shoulder dress with a very on-trend puff sleeve detail was utterly sophisticated. Designed by Mother of Pearl, it was given an edge with subtle stud embellishments.
Although Thandie may not have scooped up a Leading Actress BAFTA for Line of Duty, she definitely won awards for her bold floral dress designed by Richard Quinn.
Katherine chose to keep things local with a shimmery silver dress by Perseverance London, which was detailed with hundreds of complex metallic spirals. Although you can't see it in this photograph, it also featured a dramatic low back and her smokey eye was the perfect addition to the look.