The stars were out in full force at the British Independent Film Awards last night, transforming Old Billingsgate Market into a glamorous hot spot.
A host of talented British actresses commanded the red carpet in a dizzying array of floor sweeping gowns, including Poldark’s flame-haired leading lady Eleanor Tomlinson, comedienne Jennifer Saunders and Downton Abbey’s Laura Carmichael.
Tomlinson led the fashion pack, steering clear of traditional black, opting for a stunning full length Grecian dress in dazzling green. It certainly gave us tips for the festive party season this year – as did Carmichael’s Missoni inspired crochet number with ruffled sleeves. But, it was Ab Fab’s Saunders – also hosting the awards ceremony – who really upped the glam-stakes with a luxurious burgundy stole wrapped over her crushed velvet jacket.
Our particular favourites? Well, we loved the fact that Kate Dickie steered away from tradition. The Game of Thrones nominee opted for a modern Couturissimo jumpsuit – with Lulu clutch and Kurt Geiger shoes. Lucky Man actress, Amara Karan, also rocked the all-in-one, wearing a Pretty Little Dress jumpsuit and accessorising with a (yes, you guessed it) Lulu clutch.
Off the red carpet, it was a particularly memorable night for Alison Steadman and Naomie Harris, who won special awards for their contributions to acting. The latter, who revamped Miss Moneypenny in Spectre last year, graced the stage in a vibrant Gucci mini to receive the Variety Award for spotlighting British filmmaking on an international scale. Meanwhile, the legendary Steadman picked up the Richard Harris Awards, acknowledging her tremendous five-decade career, dressed classically in black velvet and red lips.
Suffice to say it was a great night for female talent – not least in the Best Director category, as American Honey’s Andrea Arnold bagged the award for her latest movie, starring Shia LaBeouf. Let’s hope Arnold’s recognition helps lead the way in 2017. Arnold recently expressed her ‘shock’ that there are still so few women directors, arguing: “There are a lot of capable women out there.”
And who could forget Anna Friel? The Marcella star looked eclectic as ever in a quirky gold column skirt, with silver polka dot ruffles, giving us plenty of ideas for Christmas.