Last night saw The Royal Albert Hall host the 72nd British Academy Film Awards hosted by Joanna Lumley. It was an evening of Ab Fab style and Glamour with her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge leading the way in a stunning off the shoulder white McQueen gown and dazzling Jimmy Choo “Romy in Viola Glitter” pumps. In keeping with Royal Bafta style ,The Crown actress, Claire Foy was also in Jimmy Choo.
The Duchess was not the only one sporting glittery shoes last night, “If Beale Street Could Talk” actress, Regina King wore sparkling gold Stuart Wietzman sandals. Also seen in Stuart Weitzman was Viola Davis who was nominated as best actress for her role in “Widows”, however this was taken home up by Olivia Coleman for her role in “The Favourite” which scooped up seven BAFTAs in total last night.
Margot Robbie also favoured the open toe sandals, as did Maya Jama with a sexy strappy black shoe. Linda Cardellini was bang on trend with a strappy metallic high sandal as was Olga Kurylenko.
Claire Foy who wore a strappy Jimmy Choo, whilst Mary J Blige went for gold pumps, not to be out done by Aussie actress Cate Blanchet who even dyed her hair dark to accompany her incredible jewelled black gown by designer Christopher Kane and elegant black Sergio Rossini pumps.
The biggest surprise of the night was English actress, writer, director Zawee Ashton who opted for a flat black sling-back by cool Korean designer Sunyuul Yie who’s brand Yuul Yie launched in 2010 and has since become a bit of an under the radar sensation with fashionistas and shoe addicts across the globe.
As for the men on the red carpet, Crazy Riche Asians actor Henry Golding wore a rich velvet loafer while Eastenders heart throb Ben Hardy opted for a Cuban heel. Best Supporting Actor nominee, Timothee Chamlet went with a slightly less conventional black-tie look by wearing combat boots by Colombian born, French designer Haider Ackerman. Bradley Cooper looked Dapper in a simple Black dress shoe accompanied by his Russian Super model girlfriend Irina Shayk who was in an elaborate sandal with hand embroidered crystal and dressed by Burberry. It seems American film director and Best Adapted Screen Play nominee Barry Jenkins forgot his socks ……
Spike Lee not only took the award for Best Adapted Screenplay, but also for the loudest shoes as he decided to re-wear his customised Gold Nike Air Jordans that we saw him wear back in January at the Golden Globes. His kicks were created especially for him by legendary American footwear designer Tinker Hatfield and the Air Jordans sported the name of his BAFTA winning movie BlacKkKlansman as well as the Jumpman logo on the left shoe. The mid-top style trainer has an all gold upper and matching gold laces and tongue nicely finished off with side zippers. Richard E Grant was spotted dancing his way back to his hotel room in his brand new Louboutin’s at the end of the evening.
Meanwhile on the ‘other side of the pond’ music royalty turned out in force at the Staples Center for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. Again sandals were the biggest trend with Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez both turning up in the identical pair or Jimmy Choo “max” platform sandals. Stuart Weiztman was popular on the Grammy red carpet also, especially with Anna Kendrick and American Country singer songwriter Kacey Musgraves.
Jada Pinkett Smith also picked a strappy sandal whilst “Black-ish” actress Tracee Ellis Ross went for a Christian Louboutin stiletto heel. Former Grammy winner and All About That Bass singer Meghan Trainor looked stunning in a Sam Elderman shoe while Alessia Cara went with a black Nicholas Kirkwood tall platform sandal. Gucci was seen on country singer Keslea Ballerini paired with a floaty Jenny Packham dress.
Miley Cyrus raised eyebrows with her customised black patent peep toe shoes with gold heels. Despite taking the last name of new husband, Neighbours star, Liam Hemsworth, the heels of her shoes were the initials M and C. Another husband and wife team seen on the red carpet were Alicia Keys looking exquisite in Aquazzura whilst husband Swizz Beatz opted for a loafer instead of a dress shoe with his dark suit with red striped trouser. Loved up Katy Perry wore Malone Souliers beautifully crafted by founder and creative director Mary Alive Malone, whilst gushing about boyfriend Orlando Bloom and wearing a pink dress by Balmain that resembled a giant cupcake. Little Big Town member Kimberly Schlapman on the other hand, looked radiant in a Zanotti heel.
The evening of beautiful red carpet shoes was perfectly brought together by Dolly Parton performing her new track “Red Shoes” to which she told us “It’s my modern day coat of many colours. It’s like going back in time with spiritual elements”. Sunday 10th January really was a night of shoes…..