How to steal the show, whilst remaining blooper-free?
Fashion Expert Pandora Sykes will tell you how ….
1. Thus far at the 2018 awards seasons we’ve seen a lot of black, thanks to the Time’s Up initiative. It started at the Golden Globes and is set to continue at the BAFTAs (though not The Oscars.) It’s not just what you wear, now; it’s why you wear. Black doesn’t have to mean dull, though - quite the opposite. A dramatic, formal hue allows the details to do the talking. Feathers, dramatic splits, sheer panels are all worthy contenders. Think of Tracee Ellis Ross at The Golden Globes in a one-shouldered black taffeta gown and matching taffeta head wrap - she looked sensational.
2. When you say ‘red carpet’, you'll likely think of a pouffy frock. But don’t forget about fuss-free tailoring. Clare Foy wore an utterly plain double-breasted black suit to The Golden Globes and looked brilliant, with her slicked back bun, porcelain skin and bright red lipstick. Simple can often be best, particularly if you prefer simple cuts.
3. Bustiers might sound terrifying, but time and time again they prove themselves an elegant red carpet decision. Think Gwyneth, accepting her Best Actress Oscar for Shakespeare in Love in 1999, wearing a ballet pink Ralph Lauren gown. There’s something sensual, in an entirely non-provocative way, about the collar bone. Plus, everyone’s good a got collar bone. Fact.
4. You can do all the planning and prep possible when it comes to your jewellery and outfit, buy don’t forget that you actually have to move in your black tie. Opt for a dress that isn’t too tight (if it’s too loose, you can always pin it; too tight, and you’ll be in agony as soon as you sit down and unable to enjoy the awards) and remember that renownedly tricky move: exiting the car and entering the red carpet. Various starlets have proved over the years that wearing underwear is, ahem, vital for this bit. Exit one leg at a time, drawing yourself up to your full height before stepping out with your other leg. Think, Julia Roberts in Notting Hill - and glide. Have your bag ready in your hand, so you don’t need to bend over into the car to grab it. After all, you never know where a pesky pap is lurking. And finally: smile!
5. Remember, less is more. A big pair of sparkly cocktail earrings are a sure-fire scene stealer, but when paired with an equally large choker and a diamante-strewn gown, the effect can be eye-watering. If your hair is up and your dress is strapless, a big necklace will look divine. If you’re going for loose hair and covered shoulders, try some dangly earrings. And don’t forget to think about your bag. A small and elegant clutch is a great option, but double check it fits your Smartphone in before you leave.