Romantic gowns enchant at the BAFTAs

Classic red, white and black dresses ruled the red carpet at this chilly Valentine’s Day awards show in London. Take a look at the ten gowns that stole the show—and our hearts.

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Alicia Vikander

Alice Vikander at BAFTAs 2016

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Alicia Vikander was anything but basic in this leathery black Louis Vuitton. The gown’s vertical pattern morphed from a chain-link design on the bodice into feathered fabric on the skirt. “It’s heavy,” the Danish Girl actress said to reporters on the red carpet. “It weighs like 35 pounds … [walking in it] is a workout!”

Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet at BAFTAs 2016

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Kate Winslet, winner of the Best Supporting Actress award for Steve Jobs, looked striking in a structured black Antonio Berardi gown. The red rose clutch she’s holding is a subtle nod to the date: February 14th. Her makeup was natural, except for a feminine red lip. “My daughter kept saying to me I’m not sure about the lip color … maybe you should wear red. So I said, ‘OK, I’ll wear red!'”

Annabelle Wallis at BAFTAs 2016

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Actress Annabelle Wallis hit on two trends at once last night with her red Oscar De La Renta dress: bright red and floral designs with a sheer halter neckline. The Mine star paired the gown with black Sophia Webster sandals.

Emilia Clarke

Emilia Clarke at BAFTAs 2016

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The Me Before You actress, Emilia Clarke, wowed in a structured red Victoria Beckham design, paired with a matching Jimmy Choo clutch, and Tiffany & Co. jewelry.

Sarah-Jane Crawford

Sarah-Jane Crawford at BAFTS 2016

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Sarah-Jane Crawford, a British television and radio presenter, looked classic in a black and white Stella McCartney gown and a deep berry lip as she spoke with other stars on the red carpet.

Gemma Chan

Gemma Chan at BAFTAs 2016

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British actress and BAFTA presenter Gemma Chan sparkled as she walked the carpet in a silver metallic lace gown from Jenny Packham’s Fall 2015 collection and matching silver sandals.

Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchette at BAFTAs 2016

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Australian actress Cate Blanchett, who presented the award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema, looked spring-like in an Alexander McQueen gown detailed with sparkling floral lace on the bodice and a black feathered skirt.

Saoirse Ronan

Saoirse Ronan at BAFTAs 2016

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Saoirse Ronan chose a floral Burberry curve-hugging strapless gown, topped off with a youthful touch: a sparkling multi-color necklace. Though she wished she had also thought to bring a coat: “It’s freezing here!” the Brooklyn star told Hey U Guys reporters as she rubbed her bare arms.

Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore at BAFTAs 2016

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Julianne Moore, who won leading actress at the BAFTAs last year, presented the Leading Actor award to Leonardo DiCaprio in a white column Armani Privé custom gown. The fishtail cut dress with wide black ribbons of fabric flowing after her, felt slightly reminiscent of the highly praised Valentino gown of Julia Roberts 2001 Oscar fame.

Olga Kurylenko

Olga Kurylenko at BAFTAs 2016

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Former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko chose a sleeved Ralph & Russo Spring 2016 couture gown, embroidered with a frosty white floral detail from head to toe. The Quantum of Solace star paired the gown with a chic white clutch.

Natalie van der Meer
Natalie van der Meer
Senior Editor Natalie van der Meer is a former editor for Redbook, Woman's Day, Reader's Digest and Allure, covering fashion, beauty, travel, family, book reviews, and much more. She lives in New York City.