Yesterday I made my way to the Corinthia Hotel, London for a red carpet masterclass hosted by the Style partners of the BAFTA awards – House of Fraser, CARAT* London, M·A·C Cosmetics, St Tropez and Mark Hill.
The masterclass began with a 45 minute talk hosted by presenter, stylist and fashion journalist Darren Kennedy. First up was M·A·C Senior Artist Rebecca Butterworth and celebrity hair stylist Mark Hill, both discussing red carpet beauty trends and tips. Followed by House of Fraser’s Design Director Jakki Pay running through red carpet trend predictions and HOF examples. Mo Mohsenin of CARAT* London brought some sparkly delights to the stage and the talk finished off with a Q&A with Actress Ophelia Lovibond & BAFTA CEO Amanda Berry.
M·A·C Senior Artist Rebecca Butterworth told us how when applying make-up to the nominees, she uses a different technique to what she would on catwalk shows. It is much lighter and wants the actresses to look like the best versions of themselves. Because of the heavy use of flash on the red carpet she swears by powdering the heck out of the t zone to avoid shine, but likes to leave the natural shine of the cheeks. She noticed that a smokey eye is becoming less and less requested at the moment and make-up trends are pointing towards light eyes and a red lip.
Mark hill produced the most stunning up do’s on the two models. I especially loved the loose low style created on the blonde model Penny. Apparently her hair is down by her waist and thick. When I had a close up look I couldn’t work out were it all was … what sorcery is this! The best part of his talk was picking me out of the audience and saying I had great hair! #humblebrag
House of Fraser’s Design Director Jakki Pay spoke about the Red Carpet trends of the moment that included Grecian goodess (think Lupita Nyong’o at the Oscars), The Column (bias cut), Purity, inky days (texture mixing darks), Molton (neutral & metallic mixes), Watercolour & Colour bursts. The models finished looks were presented and these incredibly expensive looking dresses from Biba & Adrianna Papell were only in the £200/£300 mark. The photos do the dresses from House of Fraser no justice at all! they were sooooo shiny and sparkly I was hypnotised.
On the topic of sparkly, Mo Mohsenin of CARAT* London spoke about jewelling up the nominees. He spoke about his team working with the talents outfit as a whole and offering style advice. One example he gave us was of Samantha Womack wanting simple pieces with her plain black dress. CARAT suggested something statement (the necklace pictured above) and she received an abundance of press on her outfit. He stated the best part of CARAT is that even though it is luxury..its not so expensive that the talents have to be followed around including the toilets by a security guard.
The final part of the talk was a Q&A with Actress Ophelia Lovibond & BAFTA CEO Amanda Berry. Amanda stated that the actual awards was the top of the swan and the legs were working very fast underneath that isn’t seen. The BAFTA’s is the leading UK charity supporting the art forms of the moving image – film, television and video games with 6,500 individual members across the UK & US. Amanda was asked how many red carpets she had walked…amazingly she had lost count and was making an educated guess at nearing 100 – can you imagine her wardrobe! Ophelia Lovibond told us how nervous she is when she is about to walk a red carpet and sneaks flats in her bag for a quick change after.
After the talk I headed for my 3pm spray tan appointment with St Tropez. The lovely Jules Heptonstall gave me an all over glow and discussed the new product launching in line with the BAFTA’s – the one hour tan. No more having to sleep while your tan develops and staining white bed sheets. You can leave your tan on for one hour before washing off the residue for a glow, or leave on for 3 hours for a darker tan.
Before I left I had a couple of photos with the award, but I am feeling so rough at the moment I can’t post them….yuck! What surprised me the most was how heavy the award was. As much as a bowling ball.
What do you think of the finished looks?