Melissa George getting her nails painted, Tom Hiddleston cutting his in the corner and Douglas Booth peeking out of his Hackett suite to find friend Gemma Chan? It could only be backstage at the BAFTAs in the opulent Charles Worthington and Lancôme pop-up suite at The Savoy. Tattinger was being served since the early hours (as you do, this is the BAFTAs, darling) alongside oatmeal cookies, salty popcorn and room service requests and Grazia Daily was right in the middle of it all. We caught up with Jane Eyre actress Holliday Grainger to ask her, just how do you go about choosing a red carpet dress!? ‘I literally chose my Valentino dress two days ago. I had loads of dress options and I loved them all but the shortlist was between this romantic ethereal gown and a vintage dark blue velvet dress which I absolutely fell in love with but I thought I’d go with the former and be brave. It’s nude and I’ve never worn nude but I thought, sod it, it’s the Baftas, man! When else will I get a chance to wear this?’
Charles Worthington’s hair muse for the night was the beautiful Jessica Brown Findlay who went for an up do to complement her gothic black Alessandra Rich dress. We caught up with her make-up artist, Kay Montano to talk eyes or lips? ‘I always do lips last. They’re the tipping point and can make or break a look so I waited until Jessica had on the handbag, shoes, hair, dress and jewellery to see what to do. I went with a transparent lip because a heavy dress, up hair, heavy eyes and heavy lips? It’s too much’ Kay stated before letting us in on a little eye-shadow tip, ‘purple is the new brown, it’s much more flattering.’ Amethyst here we come.
After the lavish awards ceremony where, Brad Pitt, Michelle Williams and Tilda Swinton were all in our line of sight, we sat down to the official BAFTA dinner in the beautifully decked out Grosvenor Hotel where there were decorative influences from each of the five best film nominations. Think Hawaiian flower wreaths and art deco touches finished with tablemats with screenshots from each movie on them. We spotted Jonah Hill and James Corden having a chat, a flock of people hanging inconspicuously around a certain George Clooney and the stunning Michelle Williams popping to the loo to touch-up her lipstick.
Post-dinner, we all gathered around to see the very talented Emeli Sande perform songs from her debut album at the Disaronno official after-party where there were gallons of Disaronno cocktails, namely ‘The Diva’ which was topped with champagne and garnished with metallic sugar balls and Disaronno Sours. The queue for the photo-booth was constantly heaving and we saw Alex Zane, Orange Rising Star winner Adam Deacon and George Lamb all hanging around it. Brad Pitt’s whereabouts, unfortunately, remained to be seen…
Jessica Brown Findlay is the muse for the Charles Worthington Limited Edition BAFTA & 25th Anniversary Collection – out now. charlesworthington.com