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Inside the intimate Chanel pre-BAFTA dinner in Mayfair

Lily Depp, Emilia Clarke and Jessie Buckley led the A-List guest list at London's most exclusive private members' club

It may be one of the most glittering events in British cinema, but Chanel stole the show at this year’s BAFTAs. The couture house co-hosted its annual pre-awards party with businessman and producer Charles Finch at 5 Hertford Street, gathering together the biggest names in fashion, film, art and music at the Mayfair private members club.

Amongst the guests to enjoy dinner and drinks – followed by dancing in downstairs nightclub Loulou’s – was model, actress and Chanel brand ambassador Lily-Rose Depp, who dazzled in a gold beaded couture slip dress from the autumn/winter 2019 Haute Couture collection. To complement Depp’s look, makeup artist Christophe Danchaud used Chanel beauty. 

Lily Rose DeppGet Lily Depp’s red-carpet glow
Make-up artist Christophe Danchaud prepped Lily’s skin with Hydra Beauty Micro Serum and Hydra Beauty Crème before adding a healthy glow with Les Beiges Eaux de Teint Medium Light, Chanel’s first water-fresh tint. Baume Essentiel Golden Light and Sculpting was then used to give Depp a subtle radiance, before adding illumination with Éclat Lumière Highlighter Face Pen 20 – Beige Clair and Éclat du Désert Exclusive Creation. Danchaud accentuated Lily’s cheekbones using Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick Stick Blush N°24.
On Lily’s eyes, Danchaud applied Les 4 Ombres 352 – Elemental and Stylo Ombre et Contour 34 – Contour Brun and Le Volume de CHANEL 10 – Noir and Le Gel Sourcils 370 – Brun. Le Crayon Lèvres 93 – Beige Innocent highlighted Lily’s lip contour before the application of Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur Mat 257 – Discrétion as the finishing touch.

Depp wasn’t the only star in head-to-toe Chanel, with many of the partygoers dressed by the inimitable French maison for the occasion, including a number of BAFTA nominees. Jessie Buckley, nominated for Best Leading Actress for her role in Wild Rose, rocked a pearl-studded leather jacket from the spring/summer 2016 collection accessorised with beige gold Coco Crush earrings from Chanel Fine Jewellery, finishing off the look with a dark blue manicure using Chanel Le Vernis in Bleu Trompeur.

Jessie Buckley
Jessie Buckley, the Irish actress nominated in the category ‘Best leading actress’ for her role in ‘Wilde Rose’, wore a silk taffeta skirt in white, look 93, from the Spring-Summer 2019 Ready-to-Wear Act 1 collection and a black leather jacket embellished with white pearls, from the Spring-Summer 2016 Ready-to-Wear Act 1 Collection. CHANEL Fine Jewellery: ‘COCO CRUSH’ Earrings in 18K Beige Gold and Diamonds and ‘Bouton de Camélia’ Pendant in 18K White Gold and Diamonds. CHANEL Makeup

Also resplendent in Chanel were actresses Emilia Clarke, who wore a navy, white and red tweed dress from the spring/summer 2020 Ready-to-Wear collection, and Laura Dern, whose performance in Marriage Story saw her up for Best Supporting Actress, in a vintage sequin jacket and black silk trousers from fall/winter 2019 Ready-to-Wear.

Emilia Clarke
Emilia Clarke wore a tweed dress in navy, white and red, look 5, from the Spring-Summer 2020 Ready-to-Wear collection. CHANEL bag.
Laura Dern
Laura Dern who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in ‘Marriage Story’, wore a vintage black jacket with sequins and black silk trousers, look 61, from the Fall-Winter 2019 Ready-to-Wear collection. CHANEL Makeup

Keeping it classic were Vanessa Kirby in a vintage black silk blouse under a white tweed jacket from spring/summer 2020 Ready-to-Wear Act 1; Chanel ambassador Laura Bailey, wearing a cotton white blouse from the same collection with a black organza skirt; and actress Ella Balinska in a chic grey jacket, white shirt and silk black trousers combination.

Vanessa Kirby
Vanessa Kirby wore a white tweed jacket, look 42, from the Spring-Summer 2020 Ready-to-Wear Act 1 collection and a Vintage black silk blouse. CHANEL Makeup
Laura Bailey
Laura Bailey, the Chanel Ambassador, wore a black organza skirt, look 82, from the Spring-Summer 2020 Ready-to-Wear collection and a cotton white blouse, look 59, from the Spring-Summer 2020 Ready-to-Wear Act 1 collection. CHANEL Makeup
Ella Balinska
Ella Balinska wore a grey jacket, look 1, from the Fall-Winter Ready-to-wear Act 1 collection, a white shirt, look 8, from the Cruise 2019/20 collection and a silk black trousers, look 4, from the Fall-Winter 2019 Ready-to-Wear Act 1 collection. CHANEL Makeup

Gala Gordon shone in a gold embroidered dress from the Métiers d’art Paris-Bombay 2011/12 collection and Saoirse Ronan – nominated for Best Leading Actress for her performance in Little Women – opted for some sparkle, too, in a cashmere tweed black and silver top and skirt from the Métiers d’art Paris 2019/20 collection. Saoirse was joined at the party by her co-star Florence Pugh and the film’s director Greta Gerwig, with other guests including Robert de Niro, Gillian Anderson, Gemma Arterton, Gwendoline Christie, Claire Foy and Taron Egerton.

Gala Gordon
Gala Gordon wore a gold embroidered dress, look 46, from the Métiers d’art Paris-Bombay 2011/12 collection. CHANEL bag. CHANEL Fine Jewellery: ‘Comete’ Ring in 18K White Gold and Diamonds. CHANEL Makeup

The following evening, Chanel was in the spotlight again, with Lily-Rose Depp sweeping up the red carpet for the 73rd British Academy Film Awards, setting camera bulbs popping in a black lace bodysuit from the pre-fall collection, over which she had layered a black slip, accessorising with diamond cuff bracelets and a pair of peep toe pumps.

Margot Robbie – double-nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category for her roles in Bombshell and Once Upon A Time in Hollywood – may have lost out to Renee Zellweger on the night, but she was a winner in the style stakes, in a lace Chanel Spring 2020 Haute Couture peplum gown.

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