BAFTA: celebrities on the red carpet

What a night for the British Film and Television Awards.

I cannot remember when I have laughed so much at bad jokes, watched celebs running to collect awards, and seen such a big monochrome collectiveness as I saw last night at the Philips Bafta Television Awards.

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First and foremost though the dresses; what a surprise from most of the ladies who attended, including my latest client du jour, Kara Tointon: looking stunning in a grecian Temperley dress with Susan Caplan and CARAT jewels to boot, she emulated glamour at its best, matching her outfit with the nude theme of the spring/summer season.

Closely trailing her and looking fantastic as well was presnter Cat Deeley in Christian Dior. That lace and black bodice-hugging dress suited her frame fantastically, and matched with statement on-trend block colour fuchsia lipstick scored high in the style stakes.

Sheridan Smith and Amy Nutall also made a surprise style plus with their Ermanno Scervino and BIBA gowns, but it was Olympic champion Victoria Pendleton who stole most of the limelight opting for a shimmering Stella McCartney gown, cementing her newcomer style status. Stepping out from the black and white theme however was actress Hannah Tointon in a leopard print Valentino gown looking grown up and glam.

The One Show’s Alex Jones also looked polished as she adorned a striking black Valentino gown showing off her svelte figure and looking as fresh as a daisy after appearing earlier in the day on breakfast show Something for the Weekend. It seemed that the monochromatic effect continued with Daisy Lowe (who was there to support beau actor Matt Smith – Dr Who), Zoe Ball and Louise Rednapp – who looked wonderful in a black fitted jumpsuit.

Then there was the white bright brigade starting with the The Only Way Is Essex girls. Sam Faiers looked simply stunning in her Diane von Furstenberg design, whilst Lauren Goodger choose a sparkly Scala floor length gown to show off her hourglass figure, and holding on to fiancée Mark Wright (even closer than glue to paper). The best highlight of the night though had to be when TOWIE won a Bafta for the YouTube Audience Award at the ceremony, which was sponsored by Evian. Their producer stepped in to curb Wright’s speech, as it was taking far too long; a taste of his own self-publicised medicine perhaps?

Car crash couture wannabe’s of the evening have to go to Amy Child’s though, who I absolutely adore but apart from nearly loosing a boob when she practically ran to collect the BAFTA, the Pia Michi gold Beauty and the Beast Belle dress simply did not cut the mustard. A shock as well from Lydia Bright, another lovely lady, whose dress seemed half Mulberry design from two season’s ago and half something else; a shame because she usually does look quite glam on set. And lastly another disco ball attempt from Michelle Collins.

However, it seems the men on the night injected some fun into their outfits. Moving away from the contemporary tux suits Joey Essex opted for snakeskin trainers to accompany his three-piece silver suit (the no trainers rules obviously not in play at Grosvenor House), and looking REEM, of course. Mark Wright trying the dishevelled look with his bow-tie undone, and celebrity hairdresser James Brown and musician Carl Barat throwing caution to the wind in their trilby hats and open shirt/scarf combo. A winning formula for the male side…

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