The Duchess brought back an Alexander McQueen design for tonight’s BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Awards ceremony.
A video of the Duke and Duchess arriving:
— BAFTA (@BAFTA) February 2, 2020
The royals are accompanied by the Academy’s president, Amanda Berry OBE.
This is the fourth year the Duke and Duchess have attended the event.
Hello! reports that while walking the red carpet, “One well-wisher told Kate “You look beautiful,” while another quickly added “So do you Will!” to which the royal couple reacted with a roar of laughter. I believe this video shows the exchange.
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Very much like the Oscars/Academy Awards in the US, the glittering ceremony is held at Royal Albert Hall. In this photo of Kate and William being seated, you can see several nominees and notables, including Joaquin Phoenix.
Prince William is President of the Academy; this is his tenth year in the position. The role was passed to him by the Duke of Edinburgh, who was named president of the organization in 1959.
William presented this year’s Fellowship Award to American film producer Kathleen Kennedy. The Award is the “highest accolade bestowed by the Academy to an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, games or television.”
With a career covering more than 70 movies over 40 years, 66-year-old Kathleen has worked alongside directors including Martin Scorsese and David Fincher, having started her career working as an associate to Steven Spielberg on the Indiana Jones film Raiders of the Lost Ark. Not a bad way to make your debut, right? Since then, Kathleen has worked on too many incredible and iconic movies to even begin listing. E.T., Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Schindler’s List, Jurassic Park? She worked on all of them, making for one seriously impressive CV.
In recent years, however, the mother-of-two’s main focus has been on the recent Star Wars sequels. As president of Lucasfilm, George Lucas’ production company, Kathleen is one of the people responsible for taking us back to that galaxy far, far away, working on the new trilogy, A Star Wars Story spin-offs and the Disney+ series The Mandalorian as a producer.
Silly sidebar: yours truly met Ms. Kennedy when she was in Oklahoma City producing Twister. Portions of the film were shot at the TV station where I was the news director.
After the ceremony, Kate spoke with winner Renee Zellweger, winner of the Best Actress Award for her role as “Judy”.
A video of the two chatting.
— Lizzie Robinson (@LizzieITV) February 2, 2020
The Duchess speaking with other attendees.
The couple also spent time with Rising Star nominees and the winner.
After the @BAFTA ceremony, the Duke and Duchess met with with rising star nominees and winner @onlymikes_ William joked how many films he had to get through around the awards while Kate joked that “Having children is so bad for watching films.” #BAFTAs pic.twitter.com/dXWDqwps5d
— Roya Nikkhah (@RoyaNikkhah) February 2, 2020
The Rising Star Award winner was Micheal Ward, second from left.
The Duchess speaking with director Sam Mendes (center), whose film, 1917, won seven awards tonight, and Andy Serkis (left). Mr. Serkis won the BAFTA for Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema.
Another post-ceremony video via Kensington Palace.
After the ceremony, The Duke and Duchess met the winners of the 27 awards categories, including the cast and crew of @1917 which won 7 awards.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) February 3, 2020
Now for our look at what Kate wore for this year’s BAFTAs, preceded by an explanation on why this year’s dress code is different from that seen at previous ceremonies, as detailed in this Telegraph story:
All attendees of this year’s event have received a guide created by the London College of Fashion’s Centre for Sustainability asking them to think about the environmental footprint of their wardrobe choices and either re-wear something they already own or choose a more sustainable option.
A look at the Duchess this evening.
She brought back an Alexander McQueen gown designed by Sarah Burton for a 2012 state dinner in Malaysia, in creamy white and gold, embroidered with Hibiscus flowers, the national flower of Malaysia. From our original description: “The creamy white dress featured a sheer overlay with gold lame embroidery bordering the sleeves, neckline, and center of the gown, the same thread was used to create the golden hibiscus floral motif scattered over the fabric. Other elements included an empire waist, shirred white fabric at the bust, short, sheer sleeves and a full, flowing skirt.”
A closer look at three of the hibiscus flowers and the intricate detailing on the sleeve embellishment.
As is standard with the Duchess when repeating some pieces, modifications have been made to the original dress. Below you can see (hopefully) some of the changes, primarily a more structured shoulder, the removal of some of the fabric in the sleeves, and the addition of a lining to the sleeves.
Kate accessorized with what looks like another Anya Hindmarch Marano clutch in gold glitter with a goldtone frame and logo clasp.
The piece measures roughly 7.5″ x 4.5″ and is lined in suede. Kate also has this style in blue. Thank you to @innominate_93 and Heaven on Twitter for their ID work on the bag.
Gabi suggests the Duchess was wearing Jimmy Choo Romy pumps and I think she is correct. I haven’t seen photos showing enough of the shoe to determine if it is a style that is solid glitter, like the pair shown on the left, or if it is one of the brand’s dégradé designs, like the pair shown on the right.
The Duchess wore this style in silver glitter to last year’s awards.
Kate’s hair was in an elaborate updo and she was wearing jewelry we’ve not previously seen.
The Duchess’s new earrings and necklace appear to be from the Van Cleef and Arpels Alhambra Collection, launched in 1986. “A symbol of harmony edged with golden pearls, it has established itself as a token of luck and signature of Van Cleef & Arpels.” Kate’s pieces are from the Magic Alhambra Collection, created in 2006. It is one of three Alhambra lines the French luxury firm offers.
The necklace and earrings look like they are the white mother-of-pearl and yellow gold style, although in some shots the top portion of the earrings looks grey. Below, the Magic Alhambra Necklace with Six Motifs ($8950).
Below, the Magic Alhambra Earrings ($6200).
The Duchess of Cornwall has worn pieces from the Alhambra collection on more than one occasion. Below, in Alhambra earrings for the December 2019 world premiere of the film 1917.
Gwen and Susan both commented about Grace Kelly wearing pieces from the collection; there is a photo here showing the Princess in a necklace from the line.
The Duchess also brought back her citrine cocktail ring.
The night’s guest of honour, the Duchess of Cambridge, was one who likely had no qualms whatsoever about the new dressing rules. She is perhaps the most prolific re-wearer of clothes in the public eye. It’s a statement that, on the surface, seems ridiculous; we, the fashion press, point out over and over again that she is wearing her clothes again, just as any normal person does.Kate re-wore an Alexander McQueen dress which she had first worn on tour in Malaysia in 2012. Her fan clubs on Twitter and Instagram had been placing bets as to which of her evening gowns she might pull out for the occasion; few had predicted that she might still have this gold embroidered dress in her wardrobe.
With its embroidery-trimmed bustling and long, flowy silhouette, however, the elegant creation felt just as timeless and current as ever. This Duchess refreshed the dress with new accessories, namely a set of Van Cleef & Arpels dangly earrings and necklace, securing her place as one of the BAFTAs’s best dressed (and appropriately dressed!) stars of the night.
Now for our look at four years of BAFTA ensembles. Last year we saw Kate in Alexander McQueen and a pair of earrings that originally belonged to Diana, Princess of Wales; at the 2018 awards, she wore the deep green Jenny Packham with emerald and diamond jewelry; at the 2017 BAFTAs it was an off the shoulder Alexander McQueen dress.
The Royal Family Channel offers about 1:30 of the couple arriving.
- The Daily Mail’s coverage is here; The Telegraph’s story via its live blog is here; The Evening Standard’s article & gallery are here; The Guardian’s article is here; The Express story is here
- British Vogue’s story is here; a Hello! piece is here; Caroline Leaper’s Telegraph column about Kate’s look is here; a Grazia UK piece about Kate’s beauty look is here; a PopSugar gallery is here; Vogue’s piece is here; the Fug Girls post is here