Despite a virtual ceremony, BAFTAs off-site red carpet looks were nothing short of allure and charm

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Award nominee, Kosar Ali, in Alexander McQueen. (Photo via @alexandermcqueen on Instagram)
Award nominee, Kosar Ali, in Alexander McQueen. (Photo via @alexandermcqueen on Instagram)
  • Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the 2021 BAFTA nominees attended the ceremony virtually alongside a virtual audience, while awards presenters made physical appearances at Royal Albert Hall in London.
  • The BAFTAs are the biggest night for film in Britain, and Sunday evening's choice of socially distanced looks was indicative of this.
  • We take a quick look at 15 best looks of the night from the likes of Louis Vuitton, Armani, and Valentino. 

It's been a fascinating awards season of virtual (off-site, if you prefer) red carpets. 

It seems even somewhat incorrect for us to still be referring to a "red carpet", when what we're really getting - week after week - is a series of Instagram galleries.

But even so, it's still worth commending celebrity stylists and designers for making sure awards nominees and presenters continue to wow us at a time when fashion has become more practical than pulchritudinous. 

READ MORE: ICYMI - No red carpet, but the best SAG Awards looks were as theatrical as the stars wearing them 

The BAFTAs were no different, as British film bigwigs showed out in the finest threads. More than fit-to-form gowns, the prevailing trend of the evening appeared to be remarkable jewels.  

Another takeaway we got from this red carpet is that Louis Vuitton's Nicolas Ghesquière doesn't rest.

So let's take a look at the 15 best-dressed stars at the 2021 BAFTAs:

Presenters 

Awards presenter Gugu Mbatha-Raw in Louis Vuitton 

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 11: Actress Wunmi
Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images 

Awards presenter Cynthia Erivo in Louis Vuitton 

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 11: Actress Wunmi
Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images  

Renée Zellweger in Armani Privé 

Felicity Jones in Valentino 

Phoebe Dynevor, arrives in a black Louis Vuitton gown.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 11: Emerald Fennell
Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images 

READ MORE: Bridgerton - in defence of ‘inaccurate’ costumes in period dramas

Nominees 

Kosar Ali in Alexander McQueen

Nominee for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in "Rocks", Kosar Ali, was all decked out in Alexander McQueen - wearing a cropped tailored jacket in ivory wool silk and a shredded dress in layers of ivory tulle with a brooch embellished headscarf and antique gold and silver metal jewellery. 

Bukky Bakray in custom Prada

Complete with Chopard jewels to pick up her "EE Rising Star" award.

Dominique Fishback in Georges Hobeika

Nominated for best actress in a supporting role for "Judas and the Black Messiah"  

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 11: Emerald Fennell
Photo by Marcus Ingram/Getty Images for ABA 

Wunmi Mosaku in Alberta Ferretti

Nominated for best actress in a leading role for "His House". 

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 11: Actress Wunmi
Photo by Ashley Randall Photography/via Getty Images 

Ahley Madekwe in Louis Vuitton

Maria Bakalova in Armani Privé

Celeste in Dilara Findikoglu

The singer performed "Hear My Voice" from Best Film nominee "The Trial of the Chicago 7". 

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 11: Emerald Fennell
Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images 

Niamh Algar in red Valentino

Nominated for best actress in a supporting role for "Calm With Horses" was captured in Cape Town in her award show look.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 11: Emerald Fennell
Photo by Michelly Rall/Getty Images for ABA 

Screenwriters

Emerald Fennell in Roland Mouret

Emerald is the winner of best original screenplay and outstanding British film for "Promising Young Woman". 

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 11: Emerald Fennell
Photo by Zoe McConnell/via Getty Images 

Theresa Ikoko accessorised by Emefa Jewellery 

Screenwriter and Playwright Theresa Ikoko was nominated for Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer, Best British Film and Best original screenplay for "Rocks". 

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 11: Actress Wunmi
Photo by Pamela Awione/via Getty Images 

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