• Emily Duff

Fashion at the BRIT's: Stars wearing stars

After waiting for so long, events are finally happening in person again, allowing us to fully critique each and every celeb look. With colours coming back for summer, the brown and neutral colour trend refuses to budge along with the comeback of Old Hollywood style looks on the red carpet, paying homage to the 1920's. This year's BRIT’s looks encapsulated this range of fashion. Here’s a run down of some of my favourite and least favourite styles seen:

Diamonds are a girl's best friend

Rising star winner, Griff, wore one of the most unique looks on the red carpet. She wore an already elaborate multicoloured fringe gown, which was then complimented by a diamond encrusted headpiece that covered the top of her body like a rain shower. Paired with baby blue heels, the artist tied the look together with a tonal blue colour going across her forehead and blending the look togethera very quirky risk that 100% paid off.

Maya Jama styled a stunning black co-ord which could have easily been a boring look. However, being covered in sparkling jewels across the seams brought it all together while still staying close to classic tailored down style. The look would have ordinarily shown off Jama’s stomach but with the glittering diamonds showering across her midriff it really elevated the look to be less pre-teen and more of a mature Old Hollywood made 21st Century style.

Suited and booted

Breakthrough artist, Arlo Parks, stuck to her minimalist style by wearing a well-fitted suit. The androgynous look was elevated with the suit material, sticking to black shoes and a white shirt, Arlo kept the look interesting with a dark red plaid pattern that really complimented her skin tone and similar coloured hair.

Somewhere over the rainbow

Having won best female solo artist at last year's BRIT Awards, all eyes were on Mabel this year. Dressed in a gorgeous, slinky lime green couture dress, she definitely didn't disappoint. Paired with matching arm-length gloves and strappy heels, the gown was made interesting by subtleties like a single shoulder strap, a cut-out across the left side of her midriff, as well as a crystal lining along the seems that matched her chunky earringsmade obvious from Mabel’s classic Hollywood up-do.

Being nominated for best single for ‘Head & Heart’ and presenting an award himself, MNEK also embraced colourfulness for this year's BRIT awards. Wearing an oversized blue pleated suit, the layers and bagginess flowed around him making him appear almost angelic, giving Poseidon a run for his money.

Up-and-coming pop star, Rina Sawayama, adorned a stunning purple gown on the red carpet and followed on from the range of pastel spring colours that created this year's BRIT awards colour palette. The massive dress was made up of a ruched bandeau that showed off Rina's stunning figure, balancing out the huge skirt and train made from the same material. To elevate the look further, two huge pieces of material in the same colour crawled across her arm, reaching right up to her face and accentuating the entire look.

Feather duster fashion

Seemingly taking inspiration from Fifi, Lumière's girlfriend in Beauty and the Beast, Celeste sported a feather dress that took up her entire body. Not form fitting, the black feathers formed a big clump that blended into her black tights but matched to the inventive white feathers creating a headband across her hair. While not my taste, Celeste was clearly aiming to stay on trend, following the roaring ‘20s inspiration that is one I think we’ll be seeing a lot more of (hopefully in a more demure style) on the red carpet.

Pretty in print

Harry Styles was as stylish as ever. Winning a BRIT award this night, he looked good doing so. Sporting an oversized suit, Styles stuck to the very trendy palette of neutrals ranging from dark brown to beige in a very 70’s square pattern. It was one of my favourite looks of this night and I would love to wear this suit myself. Styled perfectly with boots and a matching brown leather briefcase, Styles looked like he was straight out of a Gucci campaign (as always).

Sticking to the printed suit style, Olly Alexander paired a baby blue shirt with an open black and white star print jacket and pants. The pairing of this blue colour along with the oversized feather lining of the jacket really missed the mark for me, being both too much and too subtle on its own. I think this could have been elevated with feathers being seen elsewhere in the outfit, such as trimming the pants as well as the jacket, and with Alexander adorning multiple jewels and chains to balance out the weight of the look.

Lace and lipstick

Last but definitely not least, Billy Porter was dressed as incredible as ever. Always doing the most, Porter sported an almost Y2K style dress with black silk for the body along with classy lace sleeves. High to the neck, the dress stopped at the knees allowing his stunning black and gold platform boots to grab our attention. While rather subtle, this look was then balanced out with a big black fascinator hat and plenty of bling around his wrists and fingers.

Edited by Maddy Burgess

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