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Maddy Mussen and Victoria Moss

BAFTAs 2024: Emma Stone, Margot Robbie and Taylor Russell lead the BAFTA red carpet best dressed

Given that the Baftas coincides with the 40th anniversary of London Fashion Week you’d be forgiven for hoping for some canny stylist moves, or at least a few more Brit-based frocks on the red carpet. But apart from Florence Pugh in boob-breast-plated Harris Reed (quite fab), Barry Keoghan in green Burberry (fine) and Greta Gerwig in Erdem (good-ish) this weekend’s catwalk designers were fairly absent. A missed opportunity.

Imagine the joy of vintage Westwood or Galliano? No archive Alexander McQueen? Could no one have whipped out any early Christopher Kane? Sad, and frankly unimaginative - but it also underscores the fact that mega brands own red carpets these days, and it's too lucrative for either party - star or fashion house - to miss out on the viral-eyeballs. . 

I had planned a whole spiel about how men have killed off the shirt, is shirt off sick, etc. But I’ll save that joke for another time. Unlike at other more showy-off-y awards carpets this year, shirts were very much in effect. Although note the blending of tie and shirt - both Barry K and fellow Irish thirst-trap Paul Mescal wore white shirts and matching ties - chic. The third Emerald Isle hot ticket, Andrew Scott went slightly game show with head to toe red - and a satin open neck shirt. Bradley Cooper was in a knee length Louis Vuitton dress coat which was rather captain’s deck on a middling cruise.

It was left to Ryan Gosling to camp it up in a white Gucci suit with red piping; his co-star Margot Robbie gamely continuing in her Barbification with Armani Privé doing the honours for her black and pink strapless gown and full length black gloves.

That whiff of 80s glam popped up on Emma Stone, whose puffed up one shoulder Louis Vuitton was peak Tatler party pages, see also Emerald Fennell in odd red-flowers-down-tits Armani, not to mention Emma Corrin in a Miu Miu pant, blue tight, giant bows on hips and veil! Corrin, pick up, Tatler Bystander 1987 called, it wants its concept back. 

Ayo Edebiri continued her ascent to woman we most want to dress like/hang out with in a peachy perfect Bottega Veneta halter frock complete with extravagant feather white cape - and white gloves (side-note: how do we feel about gloves on red carpets? I am slightly on fence, but they are edging into A Thing territory). 

In a sea of mediocrity other knockouts included Taylor Russell, who was really quite sensational in gleaming white feathered Loewe (partial Brit-win here, its head designer Jonathan Anderson had his own brand JW Anderson show earlier in the day). 

Rosamund Pike was in another pretty Dior teal blue prom-style ballerina length dress, which was lovely but the shoes felt a bit hefty with it. 

I don’t know - are we award-seasoned out already? Is it all just too tasteful and safe? All in all - fine, but please try harder at the Oscars. Victoria Moss

See all the Baftas looks here:

Florence Pugh

In Harris Reed and Boucheron jewellery (AFP via Getty Images)

Taylor Russell

In Loewe (REUTERS)

Barry Keoghan

In Burberry (REUTERS)

Dua Lipa

In Valentino (AFP via Getty Images)

Prince William


Sophie Wilde

(Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Naomi Campbell

In Chanel (PA)

Emma Stone

In Louis Vuitton (REUTERS)

Paul Mescal


Margot Robbie

In Armani Privé (REUTERS)

Colman Domingo

In custom BOSS (Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Emerald Fennell

In Armani (Getty Images)

Cate Blanchett

In Louis Vuitton (AFP via Getty Images)

Emma Corrin

In Miu Miu and Cartier jewellery (PA)

Da’Vine Joy Randolph

In Robert Wun (Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Bradley Cooper


Callum Turner

In Burberry (REUTERS)

Rosamund Pike


Emma Mackey


Emily Blunt

In Elie Saab and Tiffany & Co jewellery (Getty Images)

Phoebe Dynevor

In Louis Vuitton (PA)

Daisy Edgar-Jones

In Gucci (Getty Images)

Andrew Scott


Carey Mulligan

In Dior (PA)

Hannah Waddingham

In Oscar de la Renta (REUTERS)

Sandra Hüller

In Louis Vuitton (REUTERS)

Claire Foy

In Gucci (Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Robert Downey Jr

With his wife, Susan Downey (Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Ayo Edebiri

In custom Bottega Veneta and Tiffany & Co jewellery (Getty Images)

Sophie Ellis-Bextor


Cillian Murphy

(Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Dominic Sessa

(Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

India Amarteifio

(Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Bryce Dallas Howard


Lashana Lynch

In Prada (Getty Images)

Paul Giamatti

(Getty Images)

Lily Collins

In Tamara Ralph couture (PA)

David Tennant


Marisa Abela

In Fendi couture and Cartier jewellery (Getty Images)

Mimi Keene

(AFP via Getty Images)

Mia McKenna-Bruce

In Carolina Herrera and Cartier Jewellery (PA)

Kingsley Ben-Adir

In Gucci (Getty Images)

Clara Amfo


Sheila Atim

In Gucci (Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Meg Bellamy

(Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Charithra Chandran

In Sabina Bilenko couture (Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Vogue Williams


Molly Manning Walker

(Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

This article is being updated live as guests arrive. Stay tuned for fresh looks.

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