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Understated glamour sweeps board at Baftas

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One of very few short-haired stars on the red carpet, Carey Mulligan's elfin cut stood out from a crowd of long, casually curled hairstyles
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Claire Danes went for a sleek, glossy, simple style paired with more dramatic make-up colours
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23 FEBRUARY 2010

We said it about the Golden Globes and we’re saying it again about the Baftas: the recession seems to be having an effect on showbusiness, with both events noticeably downplayed on the glamour front – still eyepopping, but in an understated way.

Instead of the overblown frocks and towering updo's we’d come to expect from A-list awards ceremonies, the Baftas showed us celebrities playing it cool.

So we’ve identified the key trends that the rest of us are likely to be influenced by when we want to keep it real(ish) over the coming months:

Letting it all hang out - With rare exception - mainly Romola Garai with her fabulous fanned-out topknot - the celebs let their hair down or dressed it loosely back, but still with lots of sections pulled out to frame the face.

Playing it cool - Kristin Stewart, Kristin Scott Thomas and Claire Danes went for hair that was blowdried sleek – although with a bit of a kick at the ends on Kristin Scott Thomas’s short style - with a liberal application of high-shine serum on top to attract the flashbulbs.

Keep curls coquettish - Tongs were out in force before the start of the red carpet, with large sections of hair coiled around to create twirls of curls – but only from the temple down, to make it look as though they’d been looped around the fingers without any effort at all - while we all know it took hours of professional expertise!.

A little on the side - Again, there was lots of asymmetry – hair dressed to the side in simple updos or tucked behind one ear when left down.

But our award goes to the actress who really stood out, not least for bagging two nominations and one award at the age of 24, but also for a beautiful gamine cut that stood apart on the red carpet and allowed an elegant, pattered dress by Vionnet to do all the talking.

Carey Mulligan followed her own heart in deciding she wanted to look like a princess on the night. Which was fitting, considering her a fairytale ending.

Click here to see more red carpet style from the Baftas.

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