While many people are genuinely interested in the results of this year's BAFTA awards, there are also a great many people who are more interested in what the stars are wearing on the red carpet. This year there were many more black dresses than recent years; could this be due to the current economic climate? There was a huge range of styles worn by the celebrities to different degrees of success and while some look fabulous in the dresses they wore, others have done better in the past!
Starting with the black clad brigade of which there were many, Angelina Jolie and Penelope Cruz both looked stunning. Both women have "Deep" colouring which means that black is in their colour pallet. I particularly liked the splash of yellow (a hot colour for this season) in Angelina's dress. The only criticism I would make of Penelope Cruz's dress was the high neck line. It made her shoulders look bigger than they really are.
Kate Winslet and Emma Watson were also wearing black which could be overpowering for their colouring, but they both wore plunging necklines so the black wasn't too near their faces. Emma's dress was particularly stunning with the gold detail around the neck line.
Kylie Minogue and Goldie Hawn were less successful in black. Kylie's "Soft" colouring would have been enhanced with a softer colour but again the low neckline helped. Goldie is blonde and over sixty so black is too harsh for her. A softer grey would have been more flattering.
Emilia Fox is much too small and frail looking for the heavy black dress with a long train which overpowered her in size and colour.
Freida Pinto wore a pale pink dress that was not the most flattering colour for her "deep" colouring although it was lovely to see some colour and the dress was a lovely shape to show off her curves, she needs something stronger and darker. Laura Bailey was the height of fashion with lots of ruffles and bright colouring but sadly not the right colour for her either and Amy Adams wore a blue dress that was a perfect shape for her body but the wrong colour for her auburn hair. A warmer shade of blue would have been more flattering.
Kirstin Scott Thomas looked truly amazing in her black and royal blue dress; she is a woman who knows how to dress glamorously. Her "Clear" looks are mirrored perfectly by this stunning dress. Sharon Stone looked amazing in a very striking red dress that flattered in colour and shape.
Joanna Steele-Perkins is a senior Image Consultant with Colour Me Beautiful who are affiliated to The Federation of Image Consultants. Based in Taunton, Somerset, she is a regular contributor to magazines and newspapers. She offers advice on all aspects of personal image and her services include Personal Colour Analysis, style consultations, Make-up Lessons, image for men, bridal advice and personal shopping.