The Oscar’s British cousin, the BAFTAs, were held last night in London. The BAFTAs decided to adopt this year’s unofficial dress code from the Golden Globes, which was to wear black in support of the Time’s Up movement. And just like the Golden Globes, some guests didn’t really do the all-black dress code. But the person who broke the code wasn’t an actress with a lone IMDB credit who was hoping to trend on Twitter.
Duchess Kate, who is seven months pregnant, showed up to the BAFTAs in a dark green dress by Jenny Packham. She didn’t totally say “Oi, screw that” to the dress code; she did wear a black belt, black shoes, and carry a black handbag. Prince William,the current president of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, did wear black, but let’s face it, there was a zero-point-zero percent chance he was going to show up in anything besides a boring black tuxedo.
We all know how well it turned out for the tiny handful of women who didn’t wear black to the Golden Globes (internet pitchforks aplenty!). According to People, the internet didn’t hold back on letting Duchess Kate know what they thought of her decision to wear a color gown to the ceremony last night. But it probably wasn’t an intentional fuck you to the Time’s Up movement. The royal family remains neutral in regards to any political campaign or movement. I guess Time’s Up is a little too political for them, which would explain Kate’s green dress. And it’s not because – like I assumed – Kate is contractually obligated by Kensington Palace to wear jewel-tone bridesmaids gowns. Because she wore black to the BAFTAs last year.
So Kate’s dress was obviously a way to side-step the whole political thing. And that was probably a relief for her. No black dress means no one asking her opinion on the matter. Which in turn means no awkward death glares when someone jokingly asks if anyone at the palace has warned Grandpa Philip about the Time’s Up movement.