Ariana DeBose and Rachel Zegler flew the flag for Ukraine on the 2022 BAFTA Awards red carpet.
Wearing blue and gold gowns, the “West Side Story” stars showed their support for the country at the glamorous awards show Sunday night.
“Did anybody see what Rachel Zegler’s wearing?” DeBose, 31, asked media backstage at the event. “Because the two of us together are standing with Ukraine, like seriously, we are reflecting it in color.”
The “Hamilton” star looked radiant in a sunny yellow custom Oscar de la Renta gown with a ruched, strapless top and a red flower made of Swarovski crystals at the waist.
Meanwhile, newcomer Zegler, who will star in the upcoming “Snow White” remake, sported a softly draped Vivienne Westwood gown in the same shade of blue as the Ukrainian flag, accented with glittering jewels by Tiffany & Co.
As well as standing out as a political statement, DeBose’s gown also paid tribute to her character in “West Side Story” by including red crinoline created by the film’s costume designer, Paul Tazewell.
“We hope it’s a subtle nod to the film that got her to this moment,” stylist Zadrian Smith of celebrity styling duo Zadrian + Sarah told Harper’s Bazaar.
Along with reflecting her character, the actress also wanted to pay tribute to her Latina heritage by choosing late Dominican designer Oscar de la Renta for the BAFTAs, along with wearing a creation by Venezualan-born Carolina Herrera for the Critic’s Choice Awards.
“So much of this season has gotten to be about celebrating different parts of my identity,” DeBose, who took home the Best Supporting Actress award at both the BAFTA and Critics Choice Award ceremonies, told Harper’s Bazaar.
The Broadway star added that “it was really lovely to get to pay homage to Latinx designers this weekend, as that’s a huge part of who I am.”
Other stars at the BAFTAs, including Benedict Cumberbatch, who wore a blue and yellow badge pinned to his lapel, showed their backing for the people of Ukraine.
“We all have to continue to put pressure on the Putin regime, continue to help in any way we can, whether that’s through donations or housing refugees, all of which I’m looking to do and have done,” the “Sherlock” actor told BBC News.
Host Rebel Wilson chose a different approach to show her support after announcing there would be sign language interpreters for a performance by Emilia Jones.
“And this is the gesture for Putin,” she said, extending her middle finger.
Whether subtle or in-your-face, it’s clear that stars are using the red carpet to make a political statement this awards season.