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The BAFTA TV Awards, A Calmer Red Carpet After the Met

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Hannah Bardsley - 7DNews London

Mon, 13 May 2019 16:48 GMT

Everything was A-line. Well everything apart from Daisy May Cooper’s gown. Which was so far from A-line that it was practically a black bin bag. That was a joke, Daisy May Cooper, writer and star of the BBC’s hit show This Country actually wore a bin bag to the BAFTAs TV Awards.

Can you tell how extra-ordinarily pleased I am about it? The dress was made by her mother and two friends and took three days to complete, practically couture. Cooper told the BBC that she decided to donate the money that she would have spent on a dress to a local food bank and wear bin bags instead. The outfit cost roughly £5, you can’t even get Primark deals that good. 

Really, it’s a pity no one invited Cooper to the Met Gala. She would have bought a whole new dimension to the theme ‘Camp’.

For everyone else though the look was A-line or power suit. And in the case of a few women an A-line power-suit dress. That’s right, the shoulder pads and double-breasted button-down jackets of the 80s have managed to combine with a more chic and more modern gown surprisingly well. 

And, by surprisingly well, I mean that Ruth Wilson, who sported the look with a low neckline, and Billie Porter who gave it an a-symmetrical twist, both looked like super villains. But ridiculously well dressed, I-would-kill-to-be-her super villains. So, it worked incredibly well.

And while we are on the super villain tangent, Jodie Comer, BAFTA winner for her role as the assassin Villanele in Killing Eve, wore an a-symmetrical, caped magenta gown that was chic, simple and stunning.

Black and white was a recurring theme for the night. (Some one stop me before I make a Cruella De Ville reference.) Doctor Who star, Jodie Comer, wore a long sleeved, flowing dress that mixed the two with geometric shapes, while Doctor Foster lead Sussane Jones wore a sharp, art-deco styled black jacket white dress. Her long sleeves were caped, like many other’s that night. Capes are making a glorious return.

Historian and TV presenter Lucy Worsley who won the BAFTA TV for her documentary Suffragettes wore a green, white and purple suffragette banner, that accompanied a simple white tea-dress.

A standout outfit was worn by Maya Jama. The actress took art-deco to another level in an off-white dress made entirely of fringe. The threading dripped with beads and was paired with a serpent necklace that curved tightly around her neck. 

Arguably the best suit of the evening was worn by Jennifer Metcalfe who paired a black bow tie and cummerbund with a fitted bright yellow suit. The suit was covered in prints of birds and trees that I would happily take on holiday or as wall-paper. Amongst the more subdued tones the actress brought sunshine to the red carpet. 

And when it came to colour, dusty pink also had its moment. Always ruffled and decorated with flowered and lace trimming, it provided a softer and more feminine look around the sharp tailored outfits of the night. Samia Longchambon wore a floral version of the dress while Elise Chappell wore a flowing boho, laced version, with ruffles that extended to the sleeves. 

Little attention is ever given to the outfits of men at these red-carpet affairs. (I know I am guilty of that too.) So, let’s give a brief mention to Graham Norton, who wore a dinner jacket embroidered with white leaves, and a drooping bow tie. And Kieron Richardson who rocked a pale grey double-breasted suit with his bleached white hair.

If there’s one take-away from the night it should be that double-breasted suits are back. So, take out your cigars, poker sets and velvet, power dressing is in.