The fashion standout on the BAFTA red carpet in London on February 16 was neither Cate Blanchett’s black and silver Alexander McQueen nor Amy Adam’s sleek Victoria Beckham. In fact, it was not a dress at all but Angelina Jolie’s Saint Laurent tuxedo, identical to partner Brad Pitt’s but for the loosened collar and undone bow tie.
If Angelina was trying to make a statement, it was this: He’s with me. I’m with him. We’re together.
A little way away on the red carpet was the possible cause of this sartorial show of togetherness – Brad’s 12 Years A Slave co-star LupitaNyong’o, stunning in strapless emerald green Dior.
Just weeks ago, Angelina’s appearance at the wrap party for her new film Unbroken raised eyebrows. “She had a bulging vein in her forehead and dark circles under her eyes. Her famous lips even looked thin. Everyone is talking about Brad’s crush on his 12 Years A Slave co-star LupitaNyong’o and she looked sick with worry,” news agencies had quoted a source as saying then.
There were certainly no signs of worry with the tuxedo – the lips were pillowy, eyes sparkled, and, as they posed arm-in-arm on the red carpet, all seemed well with the Jolie-Pitts.