Vintage at the BAFTA Awards: Helen McCrory & Emilia Fox
There's always plenty of modern glamour on the red carpet during the awards season, but what's really interesting is seeing the stars who risk stepping out in vintage. On Friday night we joined William Banks-Blaney of WilliamVintage for his annual pre-BAFTA dinner, where he gave us a bit of sneaky gossip about who he might be dressing on the red carpet come Sunday night. But you never know what might change in 48 hours, so we were thrilled to hear that four BAFTA attendees had opted to wear gowns from his incredible archive.
For 2013 William has joined forces with Livia Firth and the Green Carpet Challenge, which aims to raise the profile of ecological and social justice within the fashion industry. Vintage is, of course, sustainable fashion at its most glamourous, and the ladies who chose to wear WilliamVintage tonight definitely showed that off.
First was Helen 'Narcissa Malfoy' McCrory, in a pale blue WilliamVintage 1963 Givenchy haute couture gown. You could be forgiven for thinking we chose this photo deliberately as an excuse to feature her rather dapper velvet-clad hubby Damien Lewis too (you're welcome, ladies). We won't contest that, but we will say we think Helen looks incredible in this beautiful dress.
Also in WilliamVintage Givenchy Couture was Emilia Fox, whose wasp-waisted dress was from 1958. An amazing emerald necklace, bracelet and earring set from Adler finished the look. She arrived on the arm of hairdresser to the stars Charles Worthington, so it's probably safe to assume the the textured updo is his handiwork!
Also in WilliamVintage were Claudia Winkleman, and Joanna Johnston, a nominee for costume design for Lincoln.