I am quite easily the happiest stylist in the Universe today. I was honoured to be styling Adeel Akhtar, BAFTA nominated as Best Actor for Murdered By My Father. It’s one of the best TV programmes I have ever seen, harrowing, heartbreaking, brutal but so well done, and it was incredible to be the first stylist he has ever worked with. Having been so moved by the programme it felt extra special to get him ready for the red carpet and ceremony – but when Thandie Newton announced the winner and said his name, I cannot pretend that I didn’t lose my voice screaming in excitement for him and cried, quite a bit.
Not only did he win Best Actor, but he is THE FIRST EVER actor of colour / non-white actor to win Best Actor in the 62 year history of the Awards… I mean – that is just insane on so many levels, but so deserved. And on a personal note I am so happy that he chose a stylist of colour / non white stylist for this amazing moment too!
Never stop making wishes!
I am such a huge believer in taking a moment to sit and focus on what you really want to achieve in life, making moodboards, making wish lists, happiness planning and visualisation – whatever works for you. As kids when the birthday cake arrived we were told to close our eyes, think and see what we want, and make a wish. Somewhere in adulthood we kind of forget that idea and have to relearn it. So I found it super poignant that yesterday evening, Facebook did one of its little memories things, and told me that on May 14th 2015 – I posted a photo at BAFTA HQ. I was there with the National AIDS Trust who I worked with for their first ever fashion collaboration and I vividly remembered looking at the giant BAFTA on the wall and saying to my other half, one day I’ll get to style my first BAFTA winner. Et voila – that moment happened – last night – exactly two years later. And I am such a champion of ‘representation’ (I can’t stand the word ‘diversity’) in the arts so this means even more.
I am so delighted for Adeel Akhtar and the Murdered By My Father team! Congratualtions Adeel. There is so much more to come and I couldn’t be more excited for you!
Huge thanks to Chester Barrie, Duchamp, Grenson, Tateossian and Paul Smith for helping me create Adeel’s red carpet look. Very happy stylist.