She Leads, You Follow: British Fashion Awards Edition

The boldest and the best of British fashion took to the red carpet on Nov. 23 for the British Fashion Awards of 2015. The annual event, which began in 1989 to honor prominent figures in British fashion whose contributions have transcended far beyond the UK, was held at the London Coliseum and saw the likes of Anna Wintour and Victoria Beckham in attendance. But some attendees stood out among the rest for their impeccable style.

First to catch our eye in a sophisticated white ensemble was model Arizona Muse. She floated down the red carpet in this ethereal two-piece gown, featuring a beaded elbow-length crop top and a cascading solid white skirt. A silver frame clutch, a red lip and a classic updo completed her stunning look.

Black and white was far from boring when model Jourdan Dunn walked the red carpet of the British Fashion Awards in this striking number. Featuring a mock-neck and cutouts at her waist and back, this gown revamped the classic combination. Dunn paired her look with a simple silver strappy heel and a few bold rings.

Actress Kate Beckinsale opted for an all-black ensemble for the evening’s festivities, wearing an open-back dress with black heels and a black clutch. She completed her look with her signature high ponytail updo.

Capping off our favorite looks of the night was model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who stunned in a silver encrusted Burberry gown with a plunging neckline. Chandelier earrings and tousled hair completed her stylish ensemble.

Although these lovely ladies are dressed for a night to celebrate British fashion’s elite, there are some things we can take away from their style to apply to the way we dress every day:

  1. Simplicity is key – One of the unifying factors among all four of these looks is that they are all fairly simple; while they may have beading, cutouts or interesting necklines, they don’t feature overwhelming prints or over-the-top accessories. Each look has one interesting focal point, to which all other things play a supporting role: for Muse, it’s the beaded crop top; for Dunn, it’s the cutouts; for Beckinsale, it’s the back detail; for Huntington-Whiteley, it’s the plunging neckline. All of the other details of their outfits — from their hair to their jewelry to their shoes and accessories — enhance instead of detract from the focal points of their looks.
  2. Neutrals are interesting – Another common theme among these looks is their color: they are all done in neutral colors. From black and white, to all white, to all black, to silver, these looks are all neutral, but still so appealing. Why? Because of the shape of the gowns and their intricate details. While some have interesting cutouts, others have elaborate beading either at the bodice of the gown or all the way through. These gowns also have inherent shape-creating structures; Muse’s crop top accentuates her waist, while Dunn’s and Beckinsale’s cutouts do the same. Huntingon-Whiteley’s plunging neckline not only frames her face, it also acts as a pointing device to her waist, making it appear even smaller. Details like these are small, but they make all the difference.
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