British elegance marked the night of the BAFTA awards, this Sunday, in London, where the best of cinema was celebrated. Glamour It is elegance, with hints of color, were the highlights of the red carpet at the Royal Festival Hall, with the Princes of Wales, William and Kate, rivaling the stars of the seventh art. Once again, the heirs to the British throne took advantage of the occasion to send a strong message: it’s okay to reuse clothes and it even looks good.
It is only the fourth time, since she got married in 2011, that Kate Middleton is present at the BAFTA, but every time she steps on the red carpet in London, it is for her that all eyes converge. Since the pandemic, Prince William and his wife had not returned to the event and, as such, expectations were high about what the princess would wear.
Kate remained consistent with the trend of reusing pieces from her (extensive) wardrobe, instead of betting on a new dress ─ in 2022 alone, more than 217 thousand euros will have been invested in new looks for the future queen consort. The choice for the BAFTA fell on an Alexander McQueen creation, which he had already used in 2019, for the same event.
The asymmetric model in chiffon flowing white has been slightly altered and deconstructed with elegant black gloves. Curiosity: the earrings with floral motifs that accompany the look are from the Spanish Zara, a democratic and accessible option. Kate Middleton’s choices are not made by chance and, in fact, reflect the most shrunken monarchy in every sense, the one that Charles III has proclaimed.
The Princes of Wales were present at the ceremony, which was also a tribute to Elizabeth II. The tribute to the monarch, who died on September 8, 2022, was performed by Helen Mirren. The British actress, who played the queen in the cinema, recalled that without her support, the BAFTA would not be what they are today, since the queen sponsored more than fifty organizations linked to the art.
The Princess of Wales wasn’t the only one to reuse a look on the red carpet. The winner of the Best Actress award, the Australian Cate Blanchett, wore a Maison Margiela dress, originally premiered at the Oscars in 2015. one twist: feather sleeves. At Dior, Carey Mulligan also excelled in her discretion ─ a creation that The vogue british describes as almost conventual.
But not only demure creations made the night. American actress Anya Taylor-Joy surprises whenever she steps on red carpet and, this time, she did not disappoint, in a Schiaparelli haute couture creation, playing with the contrast between the dress’s miniskirt and the voluminous cape, almost veil-like.
The British Florence Pugh marks the evening with one of the boldest options in terms of color ─ it’s an orange tulle dress signed by the young Harris Reed, the recently appointed creative director of Nina Ricci. The dress, explains the designer, was inspired by a 1988 model, rescued from the luxury house’s archives. “It was the first design I did for the brand and I am absolutely blown away to see someone so amazing wear it,” he celebrates.
Harris Reed’s commotion is proof of how the red carpets, more than a vanity fair, are important moments for promoting the work of fashion houses and their creators who, in exchange for visibility in the press and on the Internet, wear the award ceremony nominees.
At image gallery above, follow the parade of stars on the red carpet at Royal Festival Hall.