This weekend marks the beginning of awards season and Sunday was a double whammy with the BAFTA’s in London and The Grammy’s in Los Angeles.
And so today we get the chance to closely discuss the stunning dresses and suits covering the worlds biggest stars. This year we applaud the stylists, who pulled out the showstoppers and created beautiful pairings between designer and Star.
Of course we love to take inspiration from these events, where trends are made and designers are as much part of the event as the celebrities themselves. First we look at the BAFTA’s, London’s most star studded event, where actors and directors take to the red carpet excited to see who wins the coveted awards of the night.
The Studio 104 office decided Julianne Moore in her Tom Ford gown is our favourite combination of the BAFTA’s. This dress ticks all the boxes for us. The skirt especially creates a sultry silhouette while the plunging neckline makes us forget about her clashing with the red carpet.
The figure hugging skirt is actually flattering for many body shapes, which makes this silhouette perfect for a hostess uniform (minus the revealing neckline) The skirt pulls in the body in all the right places, and the high waistline elongates the body.
And so we move on to another beautiful long gown. Reece Witherspoon’s Stella McCartney crepe dress uses the same flattering formula. However the width of the shoulder straps actually makes Reece appear bigger on top.
This is something we must be careful when designing a uniform- how different body shapes will appear.
Rosamund Pike’s dress by Rouland Mouret caught our eye because of the neck detail. We have noticed this neckline earlier this season on the catwalk, and it certainly is a flattering detail. Unfortunately this is not ideal in uniform, as bra straps must be concealed. Nevertheless we think Rosamund looks very glamarous in another floor length gown.
And onto the Men of the evening, tuxedo’s take centre stage as we appreciate the nod to old school hollywood glamour.
Luke Evans ditches the Middle Earth attire for a stunning Valentino tuxedo two piece. The simple dark navy fabric allows the classic tailoring to speak for itself. The black satin lapel adds a classic but subtle contrast.
We can see a restaurant’s sommelier wearing this classic tailoring as his uniform of choice.
Eddie Redmayne wore the velvet suit that we saw so much of from this season’s London Collection’s Men.This Giorgio Armani creation used rich Navy velvet to add a luxurious feel to the classic tuxedo.
Also we noticed the satin strip down the side of the tuxedo trousers, which adds a simple touch. Our Quaglino’s uniform used this satin strip to draw inspiration from the glamorous 20’s when the restaurant first opened its doors in London’s Mayfair.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston combined in one photo is just too much to take. And their tuxedos take quintessential British dressing to a whole new level. The sharp tailoring is set apart by the most subtle of details: the lapels. Whether a glossy satin or a matte crepe, the lapel can make or break a tuxedo, and well, these guys look dapper.
And across the globe another award ceremony was under way, the 57th annual Grammy’s.
Although she missed out on any awards of the evening, Taylor Swift marks our favourite look, wearing a stunning Elie Saab floor sweeping dress.
Where do we start? The simple bodice combined with the layered shirt is a stroke of genius. We can imagine a hostess gliding around a restaurant greeting guests in this beautiful dress. It may not seem overly practical, but in fact long skirts can create a tripping hazard, so the high front is perfect for hotels and restaurants with lots of stairs for the hostess to climb.
Rihanna surprised us in this fairytale gown. She is remarkably covered, and we love the exaggerated layered skirts.
This silhouette may not be an inspiration for uniform, but the colour is a breath of fresh air. A flattering colour pallete could be built around this pink, and I’m sure a young and vibrant hotel would embrace the pop of colour.
Could we talk about the Grammy’s without mentioning the Queen herself?
Of course not, Beyoncé wore several dresses throughout the evening, including a stunning floor sweeping Proenza Schouler creation.
And now its the boys turn, and the certainly do not disappoint.
Representing Britain, Sam Smith recieved his Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album and Best New Artist.
And he won our hearts with his down to earth acceptance speeches.
His classic black and white tuxedo adds a touch of quintessential British tailoring to the American awards.
John Legend chose a simple but sharp suit for the awards. We love the tonal grey, and the mix of textures in the lapel and strips down the trousers. The styling is also interesting to us, the lack of a tie means that all the focus in on the tailoring, and the minimalist lapel.
And his wife Chrissy Teigen looks stunning in a cutaway floor length gown.