I’ve received a few tweets and comments asking when I was going to write this post so I’m sorry that it’s taken me so long, I’ve been so busy all week! I have so much to share about the amazing day I had so hopefully this long post will make up for the wait…
It all started when I received an email from the Charles Worthington team inviting me to report for them from the red carpet at the BAFTA awards. I had to read it 3 times – my brain literally couldn’t compute it. I have to admit I still didn’t think it was really going to happen right up until a couple of days before the main event, when I suddenly began feeling simultaneously wildly excited and extremely nervous. I barely slept the night before!
On Sunday morning I headed to the Savoy hotel (a dream in itself) where the Charles Worthington team had set up camp in 2 gorgeous Style Suites and were primping the hair of BAFTA attendees alongside little old me. I was paired with lovely Chloe who, bizarrely, has actually done my hair twice before at the Percy St salon!
Chloe predicted that we’d see a lot of quiffs on the red carpet but knowing what suits me (quiffs exaggerate my large forehead and round face!) I chose to have my hair in a half-up-half-down messy beehive – all technical terms, obviously – and I absolutely loved the final result. I closely watched what Chloe was doing so I can try to recreate the look at home. Professional tip: when curling your hair make sure you also twist it as you wrap it around the wand/tongs as the curls will last longer!
Post-pampering I was asked if I wanted to meet Charles himself. I hadn’t expected that at all so I was really nervous but I needn’t have been: he was so friendly and it was incredibly kind of him to spare 5 minutes to chat when he must have been so busy. I was being looked after for the day by CW’s lovely digital manager Mareike (isn’t that that prettiest name?) so we then went and had a girly chat over some hot drinks.
Red carpet time!
Before I knew it the time had come for us to gather at the friends and family entrance to the BAFTA red carpet. I had no idea what to expect but I’d been told to wrap up warm as we’d be outside for the rest of the evening – it wasn’t so bad at first but the temperature quickly dropped so I was glad of the advice!
If you’ve ever tried to use a touchscreen phone while wearing gloves you’ll appreciate that I struggled to tweet/write on the Charles Worthington Facebook page (I’d stupidly not thought to bring my Etre Touchy gloves) so I ended up just poking my thumbs out of my gloves!
The list of celebrities in attendance was ridiculous – a who’s who of Hollywood. I swooned over George Clooney and Brad Pitt (who both spent at least an hour working the red carpet and saying hello to everyone despite the cold, so charming) and got starry-eyed over Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham-Carter, Tim Burton, James Cameron, Dame Judi Dench, Jean Dujardin and Daniel Radcliffe (oh yes, Harry Potter!).
The Charles Worthington team had styled the hair of Emilia Fox and Jessica Brown-Findlay (amongst others): they’d both gone for really different looks, sporting 1940s-style waves and a high ballerina bun respectively. Emilia’s tumbling tresses were my favourite ‘do of the whole night and her new red colour looks absolutely perfect on her. There’s a simple 1940s waves how-to on the Charles Worthington website if you want to give it a go yourself.
Same again next year?
So there you have it!
Sorry for rambling on so much but it was such a fantastic day I just didn’t know which bits to leave out! I do hope you enjoyed my tweets on the night itself and liked reading a bit more about my experience here. For more photos see my Facebook page and/or take a peek at my Instagram feed.
Thank you so much to the Charles Worthington for asking me to be a part of this, and hey, if you need someone to report for you next year… ;)
[ Jessica Brown-Findlay with Charles Worthington. Jessica wore Alessandra Rich and had her hair styled by Charles Worthington. ]
[ Emilia Fox wearing Luisa Beccaria and carrying a Diane von Furstenburg clutch. Hair by Marc Trinder for Charles Worthington. ]