Cate Blanchett in Armani at the British Fashion Awards: stunning or blah?

The Fashion Awards, Arrivals, Royal Albert Hall, London, UK

Here are photos from last night’s British Fashion Awards, an annual fashion gala which… I’m sure gives away awards to fashion people. It’s a thing! It’s quite a big event, actually, and it’s always very well-attended with tons of A-listers and B-listers. This year, they got two huge names: Julia Roberts and Cate Blanchett, both acting as guests/muses of Mr. Armani. Both women wore Armani as well – Julia wore a jumpsuit (very flattering) and Cate got the bigger “look” with this lovely gown. I wonder… do you think Julia and Cate worked that out? Or was there a fight about who wore what? Because Cate’s look is so much more special and headline-grabbing.

The Fashion Awards, Arrivals, Royal Albert Hall, London, UK

The Fashion Awards, Arrivals, Royal Albert Hall, London, UK

Emilia Clarke in Schiaparelli Couture. YIKES. I dislike yellow and orange on a red carpet in general, although those colors are all over the place this season. This is just a poorly designed dress though.

The Fashion Awards, Arrivals, Royal Albert Hall, London, UK

Irina Shayk in Burberry. This… is bad? It could have been sort of cool, but the random roses are ruining the look.

The Fashion Awards, Arrivals, Royal Albert Hall, London, UK

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Bottega Veneta. I love metallics in winter! She looks like a silver Christmas present. The design of the dress is kind of dumb, but Rosie pulls it off.

The Fashion Awards, Arrivals, Royal Albert Hall, London, UK

Lily James in Valentino Couture. I mean… if she and Matt Smith broke up recently, that might explain this whole look. I would say yes to this dress if I was heartbroken and tired.

The Fashion Awards, Arrivals, Royal Albert Hall, London, UK

Naomi Watts in Burberry. I love a rich velvet look and this is RICH. I’m sort of surprised by how much I love this and want to wear it.

The Fashion Awards, Arrivals, Royal Albert Hall, London, UK

Laura Carmichael in Ralph & Russo. Love her, and I’m sure the dress costs a fortune. But no – she’s underdressed for this event and the actual dress kind of sucks.

The Fashion Awards, Arrivals, Royal Albert Hall, London, UK

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Lucy says:

    Naomi’s jewels!!! Amazing. Both JR and CB look great in my opinion. They have very different styles, and their looks reflect them perfectly. Love Julia’s turquoise earrings.

  2. Becks1 says:

    Julia and Cate both look fabulous. Those dresses/outfits suit them perfectly. I don’t think Julia could have pulled off Cate’s look, to be honest. Cate is just more “high fashion” in my mind – like she takes more risks on the red carpet. Julia’s is a bit safer but she looks fantastic, and I love that is a jumpsuit.

    I love Naomi’s as well. I’m really loving black velvet this winter, not sure why (as opposed to other winters.)

    • lucy2 says:

      I agree, I think both Cate and Julia look great, and their fashions suit them well.

    • Bonita says:

      Yes to all of that. Julia would have looked terrible in Cate’s dress. Cate could have pulled off both. Naomi looks fabulous.

      All the rest are meh…

  3. Loretta says:

    Emilia Clarke is stunning in yellow and yellow is a such difficult colour to wear.
    Cate Blanchett is divine.

  4. Ashipper says:

    I think Cate really looks beautiful in that gown. I’m just worried about where her left arm is.

  5. Other Renee says:

    Poor Lily James. She looks so sad and that dress is one of the most awful dresses I’ve ever seen.

  6. Aliyah says:

    Cate for the win. Irina Shayk’s dress wouldn’t look so drab if it were any color other than gray.

  7. Jadedone says:

    I like Cates dress but the colour is off to me. I love Emillia’s dress, its the fashion awards so I think you should wear something a little different.

  8. Alexandria says:

    Gosh I’ve always thought Rosie and Irina are so beautiful.

  9. Lisa says:

    Cate’s and Julia’s looks both suit them.

  10. sherry says:

    The hem on Emilia’s dress looks like it’s pinned up!

    • Desdemina says:

      Yeah, I can’t tell whether they decided to change the length at the last minute, of if they were going for weirdly puffy and tacked up all along!

  11. Bookworm says:

    That’s the best Julia has looked in years. When you look back and forth between her and Cate, Cate’s dress looks like a prom dress.

    Irina with that grim gray color is so dreary especially with the severe hair and muddy makeup. There’s just no brightness to her entire look.

  12. LindaS says:

    Cate is a gorgeous woman. She is also very tiny but it looks like that is natural for her.

  13. Kebbie says:

    Cate on the red carpet is always a home run. She’s always so stunning.

  14. Lady D says:

    Especially attractive when she’s sticking up for Woody Allen. I can’t stand this smug phony liar.

  15. Darla says:

    I like Julia’s look much better, but i can’t figure out if I’m being affected by how much I really dislike Blanchett.

    I think Emilia looks so great and I love her dress!

  16. one of the Marys says:

    Julia is the best here, she’s glowing and looks comfortable. Cate looks like she can’t take a deep breath. I like her hair.
    Lily’s smoky eye makeup is great.
    I wonder if it’s the photography angle but Irina and Naomi both look like they have terrible posture here, jutting necks or something. That black velvet is gorgeous

  17. Blueskies says:

    Laura Carmichael certainly loves showing off her gams. I haven’t seen her in a long dress or trousers for months, lol. Cate and Julia both look gorgeous. Naomi, too. I don’t care for the dress style but *love* the velvet. Her jewellery looks amazing against it.