British Fashion Awards 2019: Stylish Irish Laura Whitmore and Simone Rocha

From glittering gold to all shades of green, see what the A-listers wore on the red carpet

Fashion Awards 2019: Erin O’Connor and Laura Whitmore on the red carpet. Photograph: Jeff Spicer/BFC/Getty

Fashion Awards 2019: Erin O’Connor and Laura Whitmore on the red carpet. Photograph: Jeff Spicer/BFC/Getty

 

It was the biggest night in British fashion on Monday evening, when Rihanna, Julia Roberts, Cate Blanchett and other A-listers all went to the Fashion Awards, at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Giorgio Armani was awarded the outstanding-achievement accolade, and Naomi Campbell took home the fashion-icon award, for her contribution to the industry.

Most awardgoers provided a masterclass in party-season dressing – shine and sparkle are back, green is a colour to be seen in, and black has never gone away.

Giorgio Armani and Julia Roberts. Photograph: Isabel Infantes/AFP via Getty
Giorgio Armani and Julia Roberts. Photograph: Isabel Infantes/AFP via Getty
Simone Rocha. Photograph: Tim Whitby/BFC/Getty
Simone Rocha. Photograph: Tim Whitby/BFC/Getty
Lily James. Photograph: Karwai Tang/WireImage/Getty
Lily James. Photograph: Karwai Tang/WireImage/Getty

The Irish designer Simone Rocha dressed in her own design, an oversized drop-hem satin cream number, Pixie Geldof’s white Prada dress was simple in silhouette but shimmering, Poppy Delevingne’s strapless layered tulle dress brought the frou-frou, Amber Valletta’s dress came with a cape, and Lily James’s was tied up with glittering gold bow.

The Irish presenter Laura Whitmore and the actor Emma Roberts both emphasised the “little” in little black dress; Whitmore chose a blazer-cum-dress by the high-street store River Island, and Roberts wore a sequin high-low style.

Laura Whitmore. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire
Laura Whitmore. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire
Emma Roberts. Photograph: Karwai Tang/WireImage/Getty
Emma Roberts. Photograph: Karwai Tang/WireImage/Getty
Shailene Woodley. Photograph: Isabel Infantes/AFP via Getty
Shailene Woodley. Photograph: Isabel Infantes/AFP via Getty

Other guests stuck to party-ready formulas, with only Shailene Woodley attempting the type of avant-garde style normally seen at the Met Gala. The Big Little Lies actor showed how to keep the chill at bay on a crisp December evening by arriving in a padded full-length puffer dress from Moncler’s collaboration with Valentino.

Rihanna. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire
Rihanna. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire
Adut Akech. Photograph: Isabel Infantes/AFP via Getty
Adut Akech. Photograph: Isabel Infantes/AFP via Getty
Emilia Clarke. Photograph: Isabel Infantes/AFP via Getty
Emilia Clarke. Photograph: Isabel Infantes/AFP via Getty

Green isn’t a colour normally seen on carpets, but it worked at the Fashion Awards – mostly because it came in all shades, from pale and icy right up to shocking fluorescents. Rihanna worked a gauzy cover-up and bandeau mini-dress combo, complete with sheer gloves, from her own label, Fenty. The model Adut Akech was all wrapped up in an emerald-green Valentino dress complete with oversized bow. The Game of Thrones actor Emilia Clarke opted for highlighter-hued separates, combining an amped-up fluoro crop top with glittering skirt by Schiaparelli.

Alexa Chung. Photograph: Isabel Infantes/AFP via Getty
Alexa Chung. Photograph: Isabel Infantes/AFP via Getty
Sandra Oh. Photograph: Isabel Infantes/AFP via Getty
Sandra Oh. Photograph: Isabel Infantes/AFP via Getty
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Photograph: Karwai Tang/WireImage/Getty
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Photograph: Karwai Tang/WireImage/Getty

There was enough glitz to rival a Strictly Come Dancing final, given all the bows, sequins, metallics and long gowns that sashayed down the red carpet. All done in the best possible taste, of course: Alexa Chung wore a long-sleeved shimmering gown with crisp white collar from her own label; the Killing Eve actor Sandra Oh chose a purple sequin-and-lace dress by Erdem; and the supermodel Naomi Campbell wore a metallic-and-sheer number by Alexander McQueen. The actor and model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley shimmered in a sleek metallic gown by Bottega Veneta, while Nathalie Emmanuel embraced the festive nature of sequins in a fiery shade of crimson.

Naomi Watts went for a sumptuous Bardot velvet dress by the British brand Burberry, with her fellow actor Julia Roberts ditching the dress for a glittering wide-leg jumpsuit.

Nathalie Emmanuel. Photograph: Isabel Infantes/AFP via Getty
Nathalie Emmanuel. Photograph: Isabel Infantes/AFP via Getty
Naomi Watts. Photograph: Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty
Naomi Watts. Photograph: Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty
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