Baftas 2020 red carpet: Saoirse Ronan stuns in glamorous sustainable gown

The stars attending this year’s awards were asked to dress with a sustainable twist

Saoirse Ronan arriving at the 2020 Bafta awards at the  Royal Albert Hall in London on Sunday. Photograph:  Tolga Akmen/AFP/ Getty Images

Saoirse Ronan arriving at the 2020 Bafta awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Sunday. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/ Getty Images

 

On a freezing February evening, Hollywood stars descended on London’s Royal Albert Hall on Sunday for the 73rd British Academy Film Awards. When it came to the red carpet fashion, Baftas attendees were tasked with an extra red carpet challenge: dress with a sustainable twist.

The academy had decreed that all guests must make more educated wardrobe choices and opt for a style with green accreditation. This could be vintage, secondhand, renting or re-wearing. It even went as far as supplying a sustainable fashion guide, created by the London College of Fashion, for those confused by the stricter dress code.

With photos beamed across the world from large-scale awards ceremonies such as the Baftas, celebrities have a raised platform to make more environmentally friendly choices, in turn influencing others, making sustainable dressing the norm.

Saoirse Ronan in a black voluminous Gucci gown made from discarded satin. Photograph: Neill Hall/EPA
Saoirse Ronan in a black voluminous Gucci gown made from discarded satin. Photograph: Neill Hall/EPA

Irish star Saoirse Ronan, who was nominated for best actress, didn’t let the sustainable red carpet deter her sartorial choices, proving you can be glamourous and green. Ronan, who has appeared on all of awards season’s most anticipated red carpets in a chameleon-like range of styles from slinky to whimsical, went back to basics with a black voluminous Gucci gown. The simplistic satin gown with leather straps was a blank canvas for Ronan’s hair and make-up – a twisted-front updo and classic red lip. Glittering coloured gem earrings added a statement flair.

Ronan’s stylist, Elizabeth Saltzman, told British Vogue the gown was made from discarded satin. “We wanted to create a gown that didn’t waste any resources or people’s time . . . It’s the first time we’ve gone dead simple,” she said.

Another Irish acting nominee, Wild Rose star Jessie Buckley, who was also on the best actress shortlist, opted for a luxurious gown by Italian fashion house Miu Miu which was decked out in velvet and feathers.

Irish actress Jessie Buckley in a Miu Miu velvet gown and feathers. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images
Irish actress Jessie Buckley in a Miu Miu velvet gown and feathers. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images

Also flying the Irsh flag were Amy Huberman, who wore a dove grey tulle dress by Irish designer Helen Cody, and Aisling Bea, who dredded in a sequin, thigh-slit gown by British designer Hasan Hejazi.

Kate Middleton, had no qualms, either, in adopting the updated dress code. With a consistently practical and appropriate approach to style, the Duchess of Cambridge is prolific at re-wearing and recycling her wardrobe, something that is not as apparent with the Hollywood elite.

Midleton showed the A-listers how it’s done, dipping into her royal archive, re-wearing an gold and cream tulle gown by Alexander McQueen, that she first wore for the royal tour of southeast Asia and the south Pacific in 2012.

Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge Kate Midleton in an Alexander McQueen gown that she first wore for the royal tour of southeast Asia and the south Pacific in 2012. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters
Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge Kate Midleton in an Alexander McQueen gown that she first wore for the royal tour of southeast Asia and the south Pacific in 2012. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

Bombshell star Margot Robbie chose a fresh-off-the-runway design, with a sombre but romantic lace Chanel Spring 2020 Haute Couture peplum gown.

 Emilia Clarke decided upon a strappy, glittering black Schiaparelli Spring 2020 Haute Couture design.

Margot Robbie in a lace Chanel Spring 2020 Haute Couture peplum gown. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA
Margot Robbie in a lace Chanel Spring 2020 Haute Couture peplum gown. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA
British actress Emilia Clarke in glittering black Schiaparelli Spring 2020 Haute Couture design. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/ Getty Images
British actress Emilia Clarke in glittering black Schiaparelli Spring 2020 Haute Couture design. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/ Getty Images

While sombre tones dominated with Clarke, Ronan and Robbie all wearing darker-than-night hues, shades of pink electrified the red carpet.

Booksmart actror Kaitlyn Dever showed her style smarts in a blush ruffled gown by Miu Miu, Renée Zellweger chose a cotton-candy hued pink Prada dress with off-the-shoulder detail, and Scarlett Johansson went sultry with a shade of pink complete with beading, feathers and cutouts by Versace. 

Florence Pugh competed with Charlize Theron in the effulgent stakes, with both actrors battling out in impactful brights. Pugh combined a Dries van Noten Spring 2020 parachute cape over an abbreviated black dress, while Theron wore her boldest Dior dress yet – a striking purple pleated handmade gown.

Renee Zellweger wearing Prada. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters
Renee Zellweger wearing Prada. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters
US actor Kaitlyn Dever in a blush ruffled gown by Miu Miu. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/ Getty Images
US actor Kaitlyn Dever in a blush ruffled gown by Miu Miu. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/ Getty Images
Scarlett Johansson in Versace. Photograph: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images
Scarlett Johansson in Versace. Photograph: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images
Florence Pugh in a Dries van Noten Spring 2020 parachute cape over an abbreviated black dress. Photograph: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images
Florence Pugh in a Dries van Noten Spring 2020 parachute cape over an abbreviated black dress. Photograph: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images
Charlize Theron wearing Dior. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images
Charlize Theron wearing Dior. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images
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