Team Grazia have been waiting patiently to see Tim Burton’s latest work of twisted genius and last night, we hopped along to London's Alice in Wonderland premiere to finally witness the film’s wild, weird fun. And it didn’t disappoint, natch. But it was the flurry of fashionable types that turned out to walk the green carpet that really got us in the fabulous and fantastical mood, leaving us feeling really rather underdressed. So cast your eye over the wacky wonders, glam gowns and down right mad hatters (Miss Lowe, we’re talking to you) then let us know who gets your vote...
Helena Bonham Carter is a true English eccentric so we’d expect nothing less than a quirky delight for the world premiere of her hubby’s flick. HBC is one woman who looks beautifully spooky without even trying so with the addition of this Vivienne Westwood frock complete with layered tulle skirt under a Beetlejuice inspired jacket, a neck-full of pearls and a Queen of Hearts clutch, she radiates the kookiness we love her for.
Also supporting the Brits by flaunting the figure-flattering charms of Vivienne Westwood was the film’s White Queen, Anne Hathaway. She sparked in brown sequins that were the perfect compliment to her warm-toned beauty look and topped it off with gold Casadel heels. The dress's length makes it a tad frumpy, no?
Bringing more wacky ways to the occasion was the designer herself who looked like the resplendent Dame she is in one of her own designs, shrouded in an enormous grey scarf. Loving the novelty tiara and matching earrings too. Trust Viv.
You’d be forgiven for mistaking this one for a certain pixie-cropped Carey Mulligan but look again and you’ll see it’s up-and-coming Australian actress Mia Wasikowska. Looking like she’s stepped out of the magical Wonderland, she looked beyond beautiful in a Valentino AW09 Couture gown of flowing black lace. So elegant yet so youthful. *sigh*
To our delight, the eccentricity just kept on coming in the shape of Paloma Faith wearing what looks like a Venetian blind a top her head – well, twas the night of mad hatters after all, and it is really rather fabulous. As for the metallic gold dress by Qasimi, there’s one word to sum up our initial reaction: LOVE!
Avril Lavigne, who wrote the film’s theme tune, toned down the drama with an unexpected sleek and slender look with a Morticia Addams style silk rouched floor-sweeper by Dolce & Gabbana. But considering her trademark is punky funky, could this be her way of channeling the topsy-turvy vibe? ...Or is she just being plain boring?
Awh sweet. The lovely Lily Cole was back on fine form thanks to this printed frock and colour popping clutch. And how cool are those floral heels? Want!
Oo look! It’s London’s very own Tweedledum and Tweedledee, aka: the Dellal sisters. Alice and Charlotte wisely wrapped up against the rain and we’re particularly impressed to see Alice jumping onto the aviator trend with her rough around the edges flying jacket. Get investing now, ladies.
Saving the best for last, we have Daisy Lowe. Really, there are no words. Although WHY?! would be a good start...
- Jessica Vince