Last week, Britain’s current music stars and general celebrities took to the red carpet for the annual BRIT Awards which took place at London’s O2 Arena.
It wouldn’t be a British awards ceremony without some hiccups, awkwardly landing jokes (even with the charming Mo Gilligan as host), nonsensical categories – looking at you, Best International act/song of the year – and best of all, the tipsy acceptance speeches.
I’m still wondering why the same chosen American acts (Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Lizzo…) are being lumped into the same category as EDM music makers across Europe to battle it out for one custom-made BRIT Award, despite covering completely different genres and ranges.
The category for Best Pop/R&B Act as one didn’t make any more sense, especially with Harry Styles claiming the win, hence the R&B Brit stars stood no chance. Stormzy didn’t take home an award but put on a wonderfully moving performance, as he knows how and the presenters (Clara Amfo, Maya Jama, AJ Odudu and Roman Kemp) somehow saved the awkward parts of the show, alongside Gilligan.
It wasn’t all amiss, as the stars hit the carpet and back-to-normal packed venue in some stand-out pieces.
Leomie Anderson dazzled in a fuchsia, sparkly two-piece with elongated, flowing threads falling from the mini skirt. The pattern of the ‘fit worked well to capture the light with the shiny material. Trailing, gold earrings and a rosy eye-to-cheek tint paired with the model’s wet hair look made for a formidable ’emerging from the sea’ moment.
Ellie Goulding marvelled with a black upper-body skin mould top piece, serving ‘free the nipple’ featuring a smokey eye. Thin eyebrows are also coming back in and with a simple trouser silhouette and the singer’s newly-dyed hair, the dark effect stood out well on the evening’s red carpet.
Flo, the melodic band (AKA the new Destiny’s Child), turned heads with a matching burgundy, leather look. (From left) Stella, Jorja and Renée wore the same material in three different ways for their gowns at their first BRITS, cementing their image as this year’s Rising Star.
Stormzy, AKA Big Mike, took (literal) big strides in a divine Givenchy periwinkle suit. The matching braces and undone collar added to the rapper’s suave and charming demeanour – the best-dressed man, if you will.
Rina Sawayama slayed in a translucent maroon Saint Laurent SS23 number. The matching brown smokey eye and nude lips tied the entire look with a bow.
The designer of this year’s BRIT Award, Nigerian artist Slawn, took to the carpet in traditional wear in a flattering embroidered green.
Little Mix’s Leigh Anne Pinnock returned to the BRITS passing the torch to the incoming girl group Flo, and teasing her new solo music career. The orange opened number complimented the singer’s melanin whilst her hair remained the main centre piece, styled to reach the heavens.
Salma Hayek appeared as a guest presenter of an award, whilst advertising her new film, Magic Mike. The actress wowed in a PVC black two-piece number with a silver, sparkling chain. Hayek stays holding onto her sex symbol status.
Red carpet presenter Clara Amfo kept it cute and classy in a bardot LBD with a surprise trailing train. The sky-high peep-toe heels made this all the more better, alongside the radio DJ’s braided bob and glowing smile.