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BAFTA Awards 2013: fashion from the red carpet

The BAFTA Awards is the biggest and glitziest event on the British calendar, it's where Hollywood actors and home-grown celebrities walk side by side showing off their best outfits on the red carpet. The 66th British Academy Film Award was no different and despite the cold and the rain we were certainly not disappointed.

When it came to choose the perfect shade for the night most stars opted for classic black or safe and trendy nude, few dared to inject a splash of colour into their wardrobe and even fewer into their hair. Dame Helen Mirren was among the elite, twirling onto the red carpet wearing a light grey chiffon gown by Nicholas Oakwell Couture and finishing the fairy godmother look with lovely pink hair.

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Leading actress nominee Marion Cotillard chose a controversial Dior Couture yellow strapless dress, enriched by Chopard diamond jewellery. While Zero Dark Thirty star Jessica Chastain glowed in Rouland Mouret bright blue asymmetric gown and Laura Bailey brought some colour to dark London with a Roksanda Ilincic coral number and jade earrings.

The ladies who dazzled at the Golden Globes managed to turn a few heads at the BAFTAs as well. Best Supporting Actress winner Anne Hathaway was simply impeccable in Burberry black gown with studded bodice and Anya Hindmarch clutch. Jennifer Lawrence wore an exquisite Dior pink strapless dress with sequin embellishment and Chopard jewellery, which she kept well hidden from the cold by a black coat.

Black was the colour of choice for Supporting Actress nominee Amy Adams, who wore a magnificent Elie Saab full-length gown with revealing lace detailing on the top and Fabergé jewellery. Also in black Thandie Newton, who was all poses and smiles in her Louis Vuitton lace dress accessorised with Jimmy Choo heels.

Jennifer Garner kept it classic and sophisticated in Roland Mouret monochrome gown as she accompanied her husband Ben Affleck, winner of Best Director and Best Film for his movie Argos. Same shade of choice for Rising Star winner Juno Temple, who graced the red carpet in an elegant Stella McCartney white gown with black belt and Asprey jewellery.

Not all that glitters is gold and Paloma Faith should learn the lesson for the next red carpet appearance. Her eccentric, heavily embellished full-length frock by Nicholas Oakwell did nothing for her figure. And as much as we love Sarah Jessica Parker and her quirky style, ditching a dress for this Elie Saab jumpsuit was not a glamorous idea. There is always worst, though, as Alice Eve's flaming black dress by Charlotte Olympia proved.

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