BAFTAs 2019: Duchess Kate and the Black and White Brigade

There was a ton of black and white on the BAFTAs red carpet last Sunday, including the Duchess of Cambridge who attended with William.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in Alexander McQueen

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This is a very Hollywood moment for Kate – she usually pulls out all the stops for her annual appearance at the BAFTAs. This custom McQueen creation is lovely and while I usually don’t gravitate towards white on the red carpet (too bridal) this feels so far aesthetically removed from her unforgettable bridal look that it doesn’t invite the comparison.

She also picked some killer jewels for the occasion. She’s wearing the Queen’s diamond bracelet and the late Princess Diana’s pearl and diamond earrings. And I am delighted to report that her Jimmy Choo pumps are fabulously glittery!

Olivia Colman in Emilia Wickstead

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I love that Olivia is wearing a designer known to be a “favourite” (see what I did there?!) of the future Queen! This is crisply elegant on her.

Elizabeth Debicki in Armani Privé

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This is from the Fall 2018 Couture collection that has deservedly gotten so much play on red carpets over the last year. As you can see, on the runway it had more of a relaxed, blousey look with the ruffle starting around the hip. While I like the runway version better, this is still hella chic. Although, what is going on with her hair?

Viola Davis in Armani Privé

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Yet another look from the ubiquitous Fall 2018 Couture show! It’s stunning on her, and I don’t miss the blue strap her team edited out from the runway look.

Cate Blanchett in Christopher Kane

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So, Cate is a brunette now!? Apparently it’s for a new play she’s in and it’s definitely going to take some getting used to. As for her dress, It’s always fun to see Christopher Kane on the red carpet, and it doesn’t get much more fun than a breastplate made of giant jewels!

Mary J. Blige in Ralph and Russo

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My list of demands is: 1) chop off the train, and 2) make the jacket all one fabric. Then we can talk.

Melissa McCarthy in St. John

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Simple and elegant with a great red lip – can’t go wrong!

Salma Hayek in Gucci

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It’s alarming that one of Salma’s more sane Gucci looks features a giant bejeweled lizard creeping across her chest, but that’s what you get when you sell your soul to Alessandro Micele.

Danai Gurira in Thom Browne

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This is classic Thom Browne – weird and sculptural and somewhat off-putting. I don’t actually hate it, but I do have concerns about her ability to breathe and sit down.

Marina de Tavira in Oscar de la Renta

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This just doesn’t fit her chest at all, but is otherwise lovely. You’ll see another look from this Spring 2019 RTW Oscar de la Renta collection on Claire Foy. It’s all very “I just came from the beach and needed a very fancy cover-up”.

Glenn Close in Alexander McQueen

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Classic and elegant.

Letitia Wright in Stella McCartney

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Also, classic and elegant. I love how two completely different looks on two completely different women can still feel ultimately timeless and classy.


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