The Duchess in Dark eco-friendly Jenny Packham for BAFTA Awards

The Duchess wore a new gown for tonight’s BAFTA (British Academy of film as well as television Arts) Awards ceremony.

The glittering gala was at London’s historic Royal Albert Hall.

Kate’s gown was a Jenny Packham design.

This is the second time the Duke as well as Duchess have attended the Awards.

Below, the couple is welcomed by the Academy’s Chief Executive, Amanda Berry.

Kate as well as William being greeted inside Royal Albert Hall.

Also attending this evening’s ceremony, Helena Bonham-Carter, winner of the BAFTA for Best actress in a Supporting function in recognition of her work in The King’s Speech. She will play the Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret, in season 3 of The Crown. (On Twitter somebody wondered if her handbag was a whimsical nod to that role.)

Others at the awards included Salma Hayek, Jennifer Lawrence, as well as Emma Roberts.

The duo on the method to their seats.

In this picture, you see Kate’s personal secretary, Catherine Quinn, standing on the left. 

Prince William has been president of the Academy considering that 2010.  In his foreword to tonight’s program, he referenced the continuous turmoil within the market relating to sexual harassment as well as assault: 

“As President, I am pleased of the leadership BAFTA has shown; in a year which rocked the market as lots of brave people spoke up about bullying, harassment as well as abuse in spite of the danger to their expert careers as well as reputations.”

Tonight he presented Sir Ridley Scott with the Academy’s Fellowship; a lot more from BAFTA:  

Awarded annually, the Fellowship is the highest accolade bestowed by BAFTA upon an private in recognition of an outstanding as well as exceptional contribution to film, games or television. Fellows previously honoured for their work in film include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Sean Connery, Elizabeth Taylor, Stanley Kubrick, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Judi Dench, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Lee, Martin Scorsese, Alan Parker, Helen Mirren as well as Sidney Poitier.

Here you see Kate with Sir Ridley after the awards.  

For last year’s Awards, Kate was in an Alexander McQueen piece that turned out to be a visitor favorite, taking very first location in our poll on your favorite 2017 evening gowns.

At the 2011 BAFTA Brits to Watch event in Los Angeles Kate wore another Alexander McQueen dress.

Now to what Kate wore for this year’s awards ceremony.

She was in an off-the-shoulder Jenny Packham gown with an empire waistline as well as deep vee neckline on the front, with a full, flowing skirt.

The draped neckline on the back has a shallow scoop; there is a hidden zipper closure with a hook & eye. Kate likewise wore a black velvet band that is tied into a bow at the center back. 

In this picture you can see exactly how the frock floats, I believe the material is most likely a silk chiffon; you can likewise see the little train a few have mentioned in their comments.  

Michelle of Perth’s fashion discovered some Jenny Packham styles with style elements similar to those utilized for Kate’s gown. From left to ideal we show the Velvet Trimmed Ruffled Silk Chiffon gown at in kingfisher blue at Net-a-Porter; a spring 2015 bridal design; a gown from the 2017 Pre-fall collection, as well as a wedding event gown from the Jenny Packham question Collection at David’s Bridal, the Hand Beaded Cap-Sleeve Sheath.    

The gown color selected by Kate this evening was a topic of much discussion ahead of the event. From a people story: 

Similar to the Golden Globes in January, attendees of this year’s BAFTA Awards were encouraged to wear black in support of the Time’s Up initiative, which stands against harassment, assault as well as mistreatment of women. 

More from a everyday Telegraph story by Hannah Furness:

The Duchess of Cambridge has provided just a nod to the Time’s Up motion in a sombre dark eco-friendly gown with black sash, as she eschews an unofficial all-black gown code for this year’s Bafta ceremony.

In the event, she took the middle ground, wearing a dark eco-friendly Jenny Packham gown with a black sash to blend in with the dark gown code.

And from Vanity Fair:

By wearing dark green, as well as that extremely visible black sash, Kate managed not to stand out against all of the other black gowns on the carpet, stayed within royal protocol, as well as still made a statement for any individual looking for it.

And The everyday Mail’s story:

The Duchess of Cambridge has defied the Time’s Up demonstration by arriving at the BAFTAs in a eco-friendly dress, instead of the black worn by the majority ofthe red carpet.

Film stars as well as directors made the one-colour statement to show support for the fight against sexual harassment against women, nevertheless only the ribbon around the pregnant Duchess’s Jenny Packham gown was black.

This is from The Sun’s coverage: 

For the 2018 Baftas, Kate wore a dark eco-friendly gown – not rather the black gown code worn by those supporting the Time’s Up movement. However, she wore a black sash with the gown which is an acknowledgement without making a political statement.

Kate might face repercussions if she had worn black as it may be seen as a political statement, which is against the Royal Family’s rules. She was in a tough setting as if she completely refused to wear black, she might be open to criticism for not using her platform to make a stand against sexual harassment as well as women’s rights.

This is from a BBC story: 

Bethan Holt, fashion news as well as features director at The Telegraph, told BBC News: “The Royal household extremely seldom get included in political messaging, so maybe it’s not such a surprise that she didn’t join in with the rest of the women as well as wear black tonight.”

And this by means of The Express: 

While lots of of the stars tonight chose black gowns to support the Time’s Up movement, the Duchess of Cambridge is forbidden from taking a political stance on issues. 

Royals normally stay clear of making political statements, while the monarchy’s website reads: “As head of state, the Queen has to stay strictly natural with respect to political matters.”

Tonight’s gown is rather similar to one more Jenny Packham frock the Duchess has worn, an inky blue gown seen on three occasions.  

In fact, the last time we saw Kate in that inky blue gown she was likewise wearing pieces from the exact same emerald and diamond jewelry set. That was at the 2014 fundraiser for Sat. Andrews university at the Met in new York.

That is the best segue to protection of tonight’s jewelry. obviously sartorial support of the Time’s Up motion isn’t restricted to the color of one’s clothing. Something I completely missed in protection of the Golden Globes as well as other awards was the number of women accessorizing with emeralds. a lot more from W magazine’s coverage:

Black dresses on the 2018 Golden Globes red carpet weren’t the only symbolic look of the night—plenty of actresses likewise wore emerald jewels, a stone which signifies “hope, renewal as well as growth” as well as marks a symbolic aspect of the Time’s Up effort demonstration on the red carpet, which aims to combat sexual assault as well as gender disparity in all workplaces, not just Hollywood.

And from the Today Show:

Emeralds have long been associated with divine feminine power — birth, fertility as well as development — as well as often, they were associated with goddesses, like Venus as well as Umina in the ancient Peru,” Anna Sheffield, creator as well as innovative director of her eponymous jewelry line, told TODAY Style. “They nod to the power as well as creativity attributed to females considering that the dawn of time, as well as evoke the reverence with which women must be treated.”

Many thanks to Jennifer F. on the Facebook page for pointing out the emerald jewelry information. 

A better look at tonight’s pieces. 

We have seen the shimmering diamond as well as emerald bracelet before, as well as the earrings as well, however worn in a different style.

A better look at the necklace.

The earrings are convertible; you can see in this picture that tonight’s earrings are the bottom part of the drops worn in 2014.

More about the pieces from Ella Kay of The Court Jeweller: 

The pieces are set with white diamonds, yellow diamonds, as well as square-cut emeralds, which are set within a floral border of diamonds. 

Kate tonight as well as in 2014. 

The bracelet as seen in 2014 (l) as well as once again tonight (r).

This is a set believed to belong to Kate; it is not on finance from HM, most believe it was a wedding event gift. At one time there was some believed these were from Diana’s emerald as well as diamond set, however both The Court Jeweller as well as the Royal Order of Splendor have explained this is not the case.  

Kate’s shoes are the Prada wavy cutout style we have seen previously.

She carried the velvet quite Ballerinas/Mascaró clutch very first noted at the sun armed forces Awards in 2011.

Almost every post written in the run-up to tonight’s Awards, as well as most written this evening pointed out Kate’s conundrum: regardless of what color she wore there would be repercussions. I’m sure it wasn’t an simple decision. 

A word about comments on tonight’s post: this is the first,as well as may well be the only time when we will publish comments with political content. I’m not encouraging it by any type of stretch of the imagination, however I don’t understand exactly how it can be avoided as well as I understand nearly every visitor will have their own thoughts on what Kate wore. Some will desire she had worn a black gown. Others will be pleased she did not. Some will discover the black sash as well as emerald jewelry to be the best option to the dilemma confronting Kate when selecting an ensemble for tonight’s engagement. We all bring our own experiences, strength, as well as stories to this point as well as have our own thoughts on the topic. If you disagree with someone’s comment, please respond politely, personal attacks won’t be published.   


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