Black, Beautiful, and British: Celebs Celebrate Across the Pond for the BAFTAs

Cynthia Erivo in Vera Wang at the EE British Academy Film Awards at Royal Albert Hall on Feb. 10, 2019, in London, England.
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Our eyes may have been glued to the Grammys on Sunday night in Los Angeles, but on Sunday night in London, England, a different awards ceremony was taking place. As we enter the home stretch of the 2019 awards season, the film portion of the British Academy Film and Television Awards (also known as the BAFTAs) was giving us more Oscars forecasting.

It was also a fashion forecasting moment, as many of our British and American faves showed up in recurrent trends. While fashion renegade Cynthia Erivo once again gave us pure unicorn-level fantasy on the red carpet, the overwhelming trends were black and white, and vibrant jewel tones. Also a theme this year, at both the BAFTAs and the Grammys? More modest silhouettes than in years past. High slits were balanced by high necklines, and vice versa. And the pantsuit trend—often dressed up by a train—was repeatedly seen on both red carpets.


For instance, both Rising Star Award winner Letitia Wright and multi-hyphenate Mary J. Blige opted for white pantsuits, Wright’s a sleek and minimalist version by Stella McCartney and Blige’s a gold-embellished remix (with train) by Ralph & Russo. Hot pink was also a major trend at the 2019 BAFTAs, worn by Regina King (in Versace) and English talents Zawe Ashton and Naomi Ackie. And Octavia Spencer found a winner in a custom red gown by Sachin & Babi she said made her feel “like a queen.” Good thing, since she was sitting behind Prince William and wife Catherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. (And adding to Sachin & Babi’s good fortune last night, they also created a custom look for American royalty Michelle Obama, who surprised the Grammy audience wearing an olive sequined pantsuit from the label.)

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, meets Letitia Wright following the EE British Academy Film Awards on February 10, 2019 in London, England.
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And of course, after the event comes the afterparty—and one of the two major events was the Vogue & Tiffany Fashion and Film Party, which, as you may guess, was the perfect merger of fashion and film. On hand were British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful and March cover star (and contributing editor) Naomi Campbell, fellow supermodel Jourdan Dunn, and several sexy costume changes.

Want to see if the Brits do it better? Scroll through our slideshow below.

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Maiysha Kai

Maiysha Kai is Managing Editor of The Glow Up and your average Grammy-nominated goddess next door. Minneapolis born, Chicago bred, New York built. Nuance is her superpower.