Photo By Hana Knizova
The 2021 BAFTA’s awards took place over the weekend, celebrating the greatest talents within the film industry. With a much more diverse list of nominees for each and every category, female-oriented and directed films Promising Young Woman and Nomadland winning big and Tawainese Director Ang Lee receiving this year’s fellowship, it’s certainly a year of cinema to be celebrated, and a step towards better, brighter film industry.
One moment that stands out among many is the ‘Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema’ Bafta, this year awarded to Noel Clarke, a man who won the Rising Star Award only 12 years ago. In a movingly honest speech, the actor, director, and screenwriter, known for his stimulating and moving depictions of inner-city London youth, dedicated his award to the “underrepresented”. With the results of this year’s British Academy Awards, we’re certainly closer to the inclusivity we need, the representation and recognition so many deserve in such an unfair industry, and the celebration of art for what it is and not for the money put behind it.
With nominees attending virtually and celebrities such as Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Phoebe Dynevor able to grace the Royal Albert Hall in person, the fashion scene continued to thrive. Using Instagram as a primary platform to showcase the much-missed red carpet number. Here are Voir’s top picks for best-dressed celebrities at the 2021 BAFTA Awards.
Priyanka Chopra Jonas– A Sustainable Queen
Priyanka Chopra Jonas walked the red carpet in preparation to present the award for Best Animated Film. Nick Jonas, attending as a plus one enhanced the power couple image to a fashionable, united force. Priyanka’s alternative BAFTA outfit she posted onto Instagram was the winning number that made a lasting impression, wearing Ronald Vanderkemp’s sustainable couture and Bulgari jewellery. Priding the design on ethical luxury fashion, Priyanka’s silk milkado jacket is pieced together in art form; it contains gorgeous embellishments of hand-painted beads with pleated butterflies and plissé skirt. We are totally here for the encouragement of sustainable couture; even more so when it looks as good as this narrow scoop neck, shoulder-padded wonder.
Emerald Fennell- Double Winner
Winning two 2021 BAFTA awards for Outstanding British Film and Best Original Screenplay, the Director of ‘Promising Young Woman,’ Emerald Fennell embraced her success wearing a custom Roland Mouret dress paired with jewellery designed by her father, Theo Fennell. The ivory gown creates drama through drapery. Its colour and lightness projects a whimsical vision, this minimalist look creates a classy and timeless tone, it is subtle and stunning.
Cynthia Ervivo– Glittering in Gold
Cynthia Ervivo took to the socially distanced carpet by storm. Her glittery Louis Vuitton skater dress number ensured she was not missed. The attention to details throughout her plentiful accessories complete the look, a highlight has to be her bejewelled nose ring and sparkling acrylics. Head-to-toe in glitz and glam, Ervivo dazzled with confidence, her dress created beautiful shape oozing sophistication.
Phoebe Dynevor- Lady Whistledown Would Approve
The Duchess of Hastings did not disappoint; Bridgerton Star Phoebe Dynevor graced the red carpet with a gorgeous Louis Vuitton gown. With an asymmetric neckline, it creates an effortless and stylish effect. The fact Dynevor chose not to accessorise with a necklace proves this dress speaks volumes alone.
Bukky Bakray and Kosar Ali – BAFTA Debut
During Bukky Bakray’s virtual win of the EE Rising Star Award gave glimpses of her silky Prada gown. Her performance in the (BAFTA) award winning film ‘Rocks’ is her first acting role. The talent and potential Bukky Bakray demonstrates is an exciting prospect for film industry. However, it is not only acting which Bakray is thriving at; this lady has got style looking ever so elegant in her pink silk Prada gown.
Styled by the same stylist (Zandrian Smith) as Bakray, BAFTA Nominee for Best Supporting Actress, Kosar Ali, wore a custom Alexander McQueen on her BAFTA debut. The stylists expressed their intentions to reflect Ali’s personality through her outfit. This is achieved for it portrays a youthful and fresh feel. Ali’s outfit contains a variety of textures, giving the look more depth. Her outfit has been described as a ‘cleansed palette,’ encouraging the crisp and dainty vision intended.
Renée Zellweger– Thriving across the Pond
Bridget Jones’ Diary Star, Renée Zellweger presented the award for Leading Actress virtually from LA. Wearing a slinky, metallic midi dress, this off-the-shoulder gown complemented her figure, creating gorgeous shape. The Armani Prive custom dress gives a classic minimalist feel. The dramatic neckline offers a unique, statement detail, providing the perfect balance for a BAFTA dress.
Words By Theodora Wood and Daisy Greetham