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August 12 2011

The month in photography

Our guide to the month's best photo exhibitions and books – featuring Sean Smith, Lewis Hine, Vanessa Winship, Julia Margaret Cameron and Pieter Hugo



February 14 2011

Baftas 2011: style lessons we learned

Who shone and who didn't quite get the look right on Baftas night? Simon Chilvers gives his fashion verdict

See pictures from the night here

It helps to be best friends with a designer

If the ceremony ever got boring, which it did, then game of the night was surely what are Julianne Moore and Tom Ford gossiping about? Naturally, Moore was wearing a Ford – she was in his catwalk show and his film A Single Man, after all – and it was the night's fashion triumph. Midnight velvet could sound a bit stately-home curtains, but with Moore's red hair, bright lips and restrained jewels, this was the epitome of class.

Men in bow ties do look dapper. And modern


Tom Ford is on a winning bow-tie streak. The designer was naturally dashing in a large one while he also dressed both best actor winner Colin Firth and Nicholas Hoult in smaller versions.

If you're young, wear something fashion-forward


Star of True Grit, Hailee Steinfeld, may have looked older than her 14 years but Miu Miu was an inspired choice. Cool yet demure with the on-trend midi-length differentiating her from the floor-length brigade.

It's all about the right hair


Emma Watson's Valentino couture dress was gorgeous but now that the edginess has grown out of her pixie crop, the combination was a trifle ageing. Meanwhile, Helena Bonham Carter went signature bird-nest bun with a hint of dreadlocks and heaven knows what happened to Tracey Emin – her hair was so big it outshone her gold Vivienne Westwood. Imagine.

Colour can trump bland


A red carpet can easily turn into a sea of beige (see last year) so it was a relief to see stars embracing this spring's colour trend. Sam Taylor-Wood's tomato Celine dress and Emma Stone's one-shouldered Lanvin gown with split-pleat skirt were both hits. Note: both had belts to break up the colour. Meanwhile, Gemma Arterton proved you can do safe black but with a twist of bright: her simple yet striking velvet Yves Saint Laurent number was razzed up with an electric blue bow belt.

Surprises can be good


Wild trademark hair aside, Helena Bonham Carter decided to take the barking-bag-lady look down a notch from the mismatched-shoe debacle of the Golden Globes. Strangely demure, in a restrained black Vivienne Westwood.

Eveningwear: really the time to experiment with python?


In theory the idea of a snake-print Lanvin dress sounds quite fabulous but unfortunately, as JK Rowling found out, it's a pattern that can overwhelm.

Ditch one-shouldered for sleeves


There was talk at the Golden Globes about a resurgence of dresses with sleeves but this didn't really happen on Sunday night. It's a shame really, because, as proved by Livia Firth's gorgeous dress by ethical designer Nina Skarra, sleeves can add a real sense of elegance.

You can have too much of a gold thing


A jewel-encrusted Givenchy couture dress should be a total knockout. Unfortunately, the translation on to Girl with the Dragon Tattoo actress Noomi Rapace didn't add up. For gold tips though, look to Christopher Lee's brilliant wife Birgit who chose to razz up her plain black dress with one massive neck piece and a pair of wondrous specs.

Women can wear trousers at night


Yes, yes, yes, we know Tilda Swinton is a red-carpet wild card – she's super androgynous and has severe hair – but in a fashion season of trousers, her choice of wide-leg trousersuit and tux blazer by Colombian designer Haider Ackermann was smart. Heroic.


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