Sunday, 18 February 2018

The Duchess in Green Jenny Packham & Stunning Emeralds for the BAFTAs

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the glittering EE British Academy Film Awards ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall tonight.

The couple made their debut at the event last year for the 70th awards ceremony. Prince William has been President of the Academy since 2010, and both he and the Duchess have supported BAFTA’s charitable activities by attending events across the charity’s learning programme, including Young Game Designers and BAFTA Kids events, as well as others related to building cross-cultural collaborations with the creative industries in China.

William and Kate walked the red carpet.

The scene at the Royal Albert Hall.

Ahead of the ceremony Kensington Palace said: "While BAFTA is well known for celebrating excellence and championing creativity through its awards, it is a charity committed to identifying talented individuals, and making sure they receive the encouragement, professional support and advice that will enable them to succeed, regardless of their background or other circumstances. In addition to its awards ceremonies, BAFTA has a year-round learning and new talent programme, including a campaign to support young people from all backgrounds entering the film, games and television industries, which the Duke helped relaunch in 2013, and a scholarships programme, which features the 'Prince William Scholarships in Film, Games and Television'."

The glittering BAFTA Awards is a star-studded celebration of achievements in film, commending the finest performances and movies of the year. It is considered one of the biggest nights on the entertainment calendar. Contenders for Best Film this year include Dunkirk, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Darkest Hour, Call Me By Your Name and The Shape of Water.

More from Variety:

Nominated in the lead actress category are Annette Bening for “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,” Frances McDormand for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Margot Robbie for “I, Tonya,” Sally Hawkins for “The Shape of Water,” and Saoirse Ronan for “Lady Bird.”
Competing for the lead actor title are Daniel Day-Lewis for “Phantom Thread,” Daniel Kaluuya for “Get Out,” Gary Oldman for “Darkest Hour,” Jamie Bell for “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,” and Timoth√©e Chalamet for “Call Me by Your Name.”

Before the ceremony, William and Kate met BAFTA nominees.

The BAFTA award trophy is a mask designed by American sculptor, Mitzi Cunliffe. When the Guild merged with the British Film Academy to become the Society of Film and Television Arts, later the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the first 'BAFTA award' was presented to Sir Charles Chaplin on his Academy Fellowship that year.

A video of William and Kate arriving.

The Duke and Duchess take their seats.

The show began with a breathtaking performance inspired by The Shape of Water.

Three Billboards was the big winner taking home five awards including Best Film, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor.

Prince William presented the Fellowship Award. It is awarded annually at the ceremony, and is the highest accolade bestowed by the Academy to an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television or games. The recipient of this year’s Fellowship was British filmmaker, Sir Ridley Scott.

William's speech:

Catherine and I are extremely pleased to be here amongst you all this evening.
The Film Awards are just one part of BAFTA's activity. I have been privileged over the years to experience first-hand the impact of its work in the United Kingdom, in Los Angeles, New York and Asia - work ranging from scholarships and supporting new talent, through to masterclasses with the very best in the industry - many of whom are here this evening. 
Your support of BAFTA - sharing skills, expertise and time - means we can ensure the growth of creative talent in the UK and internationally. It ensures that we can do much, much more to help talented people from all backgrounds to be given the opportunity to succeed.
The recipient of this year's Fellowship - the highest honour the Academy can bestow - is a true cinema great. His films are amongst my own personal favourites! A director and producer whose work has engaged audiences for 40 years and whose creativity continues to inspire the vital next generation of talent...
Please welcome to the stage, Sir Ridley Scott.

William and Kate met nominees and winners after the show.

More from The Telegraph:

The Duchess told Lee Unkrich, the director of Coco which won best animated film, that her husband and son could now bond over watching films. “I'm desperate to see it,” she said of Coco, a Pixar animation about a boy who wants to be a musician helped by his great-great-grandfather from the land of the dead. “Lots of girlfriends have been to see it with their kiddies and been really impressed with it.
“They [Prince George and Princess Charlotte] are just getting into films now, George is four-and-a-half. Paddington is definitely up there and now Coco. “It's great obviously because of William's interest in film, it's great to have that father-son thing.”
The Duke, in conversation on stage after most Bafta guests had left for the formal dinner, said he had “loved” Baby Driver, adding: “I love the music as well and he drives like a legend.”

Whilst this is a night of glamour and entertainment, there was another significance to the ceremony tonight and indeed the 2018 awards season thus far. Several weeks ago, a number of leading Hollywood actresses decided to wear black for the event in solidarity with the Time's Up movement. Actors and activists have collaborated to support the UK Justice and Equality Fund. This is a new body that will provide a network of expert advice, support and advocacy organizations across the UK. Emma Watson has already donated £1M. The fund has already raised over £1.5 million. Below, Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek and Lily James tonight.

A host of stars including Watson, Keira Knightley, Kate Winslet, Claire Foy, Rosamund Pike, Saoirse Ronan, Tessa Thompson and Naomie Harris released a letter, Sisters, this is our moment to say Time's Up. Below, a portion of the piece:

Dear Sisters,
A little over a month ago Time’s Up was launched. You might have read a public letter in the New York Times. You may have noticed women wearing black on the red carpet. You might have seen women coming forward to share their stories of harassment. Maybe you identified with some of the stories these women shared.
Maybe you found yourself nodding as you recalled similar moments in your own life.
Here in the UK, this movement is at a critical juncture. The gender pay gap for women in their 20s is now five times greater than it was six years ago. Research in the UK has found that more than half of all women said they have experienced sexual harassment at work. A growing reliance on freelance work forces creates power relationships which are conducive to harassment and abuse. Those engaged in insecure contract work are especially vulnerable to exploitation. While we know women are disproportionately affected by this abuse, we also know there are men in our industry and others that have been subjected to harassment and abuse as part of this system of patriarchal power. And they too have been silenced.
So, what is our industry’s role in promoting a vision of an equal society? We believe it is huge. We believe we need to use our power as communicators and connectors to shift the way society sees and treats us. We need to examine the kind of womanhood our industry promotes and sells to the world.
There is no question that Time’s Up should be and will be a global movement. A movement that is defined and led by those affected by the problem, not by those in power. As we approach the Baftas – our industry’s time for celebration and acknowledgment, we hope we can celebrate this tremendous moment of solidarity and unity across borders by coming together and making this movement international. Perhaps Time’s Up seems a million miles away to you – started by a group of women with privilege. The truth is, we are all workers, and whether we’re in the limelight or in the shadows, our voices matter. With our collective power, we can galvanize others.

In a foreword for the programme William referenced the movement:

'As president, I am proud of the leadership BAFTA has shown; in a year which rocked the industry as many brave people spoke up about bullying, harassment and abuse despite the risk to their professional careers and reputations.'

Reporters described Kate's sartorial choice for the night as a "diplomatic minefield". The Royal family has a strict policy of avoiding anything which could be construed as a political statement. Whatever Kate chose to wear tonight it was going to be the topic of headlines and conversation. I would have loved to see Kate in black tonight; any woman who has experienced sexual harassment or knows someone who has is acutely aware it's a systemic problem across all industries; it's certainly not limited to Hollywood. Wearing black through the awards season will not change the deeply rooted problems; I do hope it's a step in the right direction though, and a show of solidarity from the future queen would have been appreciated. Perhaps in time it will be remembered as a missed opportunity for Kate. Equally, I am uncomfortable with the vilification of women who don't conform to certain expectations and perhaps it was felt wearing black tonight would create those expectations for future movements and campaigns. Ultimately, feminism is all about choice and given her position I can understand her choice tonight. It's not a decision which would have been made lightly or without the advice of aides. I imagine it was felt the subdued green with black accessories was the best compromise. The dark green Jenny Packham gown features a deep v neckline and a black sash, which has been seen as a subtle nod to the movement.

More from the Telegraph:

'The Duchess of Cambridge has given just a nod to the Time’s Up movement in a sombre dark green dress with black sash, as she eschews an unofficial all-black dress code for this year’s Bafta ceremony.
The Duchess has been presented with a difficult dilemma ahead of the awards, after actresses and industry leaders circulated a letter asking attendees to wear black. Members of the Royal Family are supposed to avoid all political statements, leaving the Duchess with a stark choice between being accused of overstepping her position or being the only woman wearing colour.
In the event, she took the middle ground, wearing a dark green Jenny Packham gown with a black sash to blend in with the dark dress code. Neither the Duke or the Duchess appeared to be wearing the Time’s Up lapel pin, which many others had donned to walk the the red carpet. A spokesman for Kensington Palace did not comment on the choice.'

There are multiple similarities between the gown and her much-loved ink blue Packham dress.

You may recall Kate wore dazzling emerald and diamond jewellery in New York in 2014.

Kate's sparkling emerald and diamond jewellery worn tonight are part of the suite. The earrings appear to be convertible, Kate also wore the bracelet again tonight.

It has been speculated the jewels were a wedding gift, and I think you'll agree, they are absolutely beautiful.

More from Harper's Bazaar:

The Duchess wore a emerald-and-diamond necklace, and matching bracelet. Emeralds are thought to represent compassion, harmony, hope and mercy.

Kate carried her black Mascaro clutch.

And wore her Prada Suede Cutout Wavy pumps. The $750 pumps are described as "feminine suede pumps with cutout detail". Made in Italy, they feature a pointed toe and self-covered heel.

Kate's make up looked lovely tonight - she was glowing!

Tomorrow, The Duchess and The Countess of Wessex will attend the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange at Buckingham Palace.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Vote for Kate's Best Scandinavian Tour Looks & February's Calendar Filling Up!


We're back with our remaining post-tour polls and chatting about Kate's February calendar today!

Best Tour Coat

Kate's coat game during the Scandinavian tour was strong. She added several stylish additions to her already drool-worthy collection during the four-day trip. On the first day of the tour in Stockholm, Kate wore the Burberry Toddingwall Trench Coat. It is described as "Shearling collar, buttoned epaulette at shoulders, long sleeves, buttoned tab at cuffs, flap at yoke, buckle-fastened belt at waist, two buttoned welt pockets at front, branded buttons, single vent at back hem, shearling linen."

For lunch at the Royal Palace of Stockholm and an afternoon of engagements with Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, Kate changed into a long green bespoke Catherine Walker coat. Kate accessorised the coat with a faux fur collar and cuffs from Troy London.

I absolutely loved the red and white houndstooth Catherine Walker coat with large red buttons worn for day two of the royal tour in Sweden.

For a reception at Fotografiska Gallery that night, Kate arrived wearing an elegant black coat by well-known Swedish designer Ida Sj√∂stedt. The coat is from the A/W 2018 Collection. Kate accessorised with her faux fur collar and cuffs by Troy London once again.

The Duchess arrived in Norway wearing another bespoke Catherine Walker coat. The blue coat features a funnel neck.

And for the final day of the tour in Oslo, the Duchess sported a plum Dolce & Gabbana military style coat with gold buttons.

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Best Tour Day Dress

Kate wore her first day dress of the tour for an afternoon of engagements in Sweden. The green Catherine Walker creation featured a funnel neck and fitted sleeves.

On day two, it was bespoke Alexander McQueen. The piece features the same fabric as the Metallic wool-blend boucl√©-tweed midi dress. It is described as "Alexander McQueen's Pre-Fall '17 collection is inspired by the medieval heroines of Arthurian legend - Isolde, Guinevere and the Lady of the Lake. Beautifully made from wool-blend boucl√©-tweed, this midi dress is flecked with gold yarns".

In Norway, Kate wore the very pretty Seraphine Marlene dress.

And for the final day of the tour, Kate wore a dress by Norwegian brand byTiMo. The Black Lace Trimmed Shift Dress features oval-heckled lace detailing on the collar, on the shoulders and in the waistline. The floral print piece is from the Pre Spring 2018 Collection.

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Speaking of what Kate wore on the tour, we have two updates to share. Kate's Kjus Duana two-tone quilted shell down jacket is back in stock in most sizes at Net-A-Porter.

And as several of you noted in the comments, Kate's Sorel Boots are reduced from $130 to $79 on the Sorel website.


With Prince George on half term break, William and Kate cleared their schedules for this week and are thought to be spending the week enjoying a family break. Hello! suggested it's possible they are spending a few days in the French Alps, it's also been suggested they are enjoying time at their country pile Anmer Hall.

18 February - Kensington Palace announced several appearances for the Duchess for February. As hoped for, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend the BAFTAs, for the second consecutive year, on Sunday evening. A host of stars including Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence, Gary Oldman, Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Salma Hayek, Lupita Nyong’o, Orlando Bloom and Bryan Cranston are confirmed for the night. Below, we see the Duchess in bespoke Alexander McQueen at last year's ceremony.

The Duchess faces a fashion dilemma on the night. Actresses are planning to wear black in support of Time's Up. More from The Telegraph:

'The Duchess, who will attend this year’s Bafta ceremony with the Duke, will be left in a diplomatic minefield, as actresses prepare to wear black dresses in support of the Time's Up movement.
A letter circulated to female nominees urges them to follow the example of the Golden Globes, to leave a room full of women in all-black as a “strong, unifying and simple statement". The Duchess, who wore a patterned black evening gown to the ceremony last year, is not in the habit of public protest, in keeping with the Royal Family’s policy of avoiding anything which could be construed as a political statement. At the Golden Globes, only a tiny handful of women chose not to wear black, leaving them standing out for, some critics argued, the wrong reasons.
Amanda Berry, CEO of Bafta, has previously indicated that awards organisers are braced for speeches about the Hollywood harassment scandal. "It often has (been used as a platform) in the past, I think in different years there have been different issues,” she said after nominations were announced.'

It's possible Kate will opt for a black print gown similar to the McQueen from last year. Alternatively, she might just give her favourite Jenny Packham gown another outing. Below we see Kate wearing the dress in New York in 2014 when she was expecting Princess Charlotte.

19 February -  Next Monday evening, the Duchess is teaming up with the Countess of Wessex to host a reception at Buckingham Palace on behalf of the Queen during London Fashion Week to celebrate and showcase a new creative initiative - the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange. The initiative uses fashion as a common language and platform to help people understand the modern Commonwealth in a different way. It will celebrate creativity, sustainable production and manufacturing, trade links and ethical supply chains across the fashion industry, from business and design to textile and fabric design and manufacturing, to craft and artisan skills.

21 February - The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Sunderland. They will first visit The Fire Station, one of Sunderland’s most iconic buildings, recently converted into a music and arts hub. The Duke and Duchess will then travel to see the Northern Spire, an ambitious and striking new bridge over the River Wear, due to open in spring 2018.

27 February - The Duchess will visit the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) to learn more about the College’s global health programmes to reduce maternal and newborn mortality worldwide, and will attend a roundtable discussion on tackling the stigma around women’s health.

Later that day, The Duchess will visit St Thomas' Hospital to officially launch a campaign to promote nursing worldwide. She will visit a specialist ward, take part in a roundtable discussion and deliver a speech to mark the launch of the Nursing Now campaign. Nursing Now is a major global campaign aimed at raising the profile and status of nursing worldwide, so that nurses can make an even greater contribution at the heart of efforts to tackle rising burdens of disease.

We'll see you Sunday evening for the BAFTAs :)

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