I wasn’t going to cover this, or at least I was going to wait a while before I mentioned it, but the inane coverage of William’s charity dinner/gala (for the Royal Marsden Hospital, held at Windsor Castle) has made me want to say something. There are SEVEN (7) articles on the Daily Mail website dedicated to this thing. And guess what, they’re pretty much all just fashion posts. Yet they still claim, in the articles, that Kate decided not to attend because she didn’t want her clothes to pull focus from William’s charity. That is some utter BS right there. If William didn’t want fashion to pull focus, then he shouldn’t have invited so many fashion girls to his event. And if he is willing to invite so many fashion girls to his event, then there is no reason for Kate not to be one of them.
I understand that Ralph Lauren was sponsoring the event since he donated funding for a new breast cancer wing at the hospital, so of course the event would be filled with fashion girls and the night would pretty much devolve into a fashion event rather than an event for the hospital, but if that’s the case, then there is no reason for Kate not to be there. And the “she’s still on maternity leave/she’s on baby-sitting duty” excuse that the articles also try and use is null and void since they have a FULL TIME NANNY. Then they try and claim the “Kate and Will want to keep their engagements and charitable projects separate” excuse, which the author of the article even debunks by saying that Kate has visited the Royal Marsden with William before, so that excuse is also BS.
And it gets even stupider. The first thing William said to Ralph Lauren and his wife when he met them was, “I’m sorry my wife’s not here, you probably would far rather you saw my wife.” Disregarding the fact that the last half of that sentence makes little sense, why the heck would Will apologize for Kate not being there when the only reason she wasn’t there was because he didn’t want her there? Seriously, his (the palace’s) excuse for Kate not attending was that she and Will want to “spread their influence” by doing separate engagements. If Kate not attending was something Will would need to apologize for, then just let her attend! It’s not like she didn’t attend because she had somewhere else to be or something. The excuse given was that they didn’t want to do engagements together. She could have easily been there. If Will hadn’t apologized for her non-attendance, it wouldn’t have been an issue, but apologizing when he’s the one that didn’t want her there? Ugh. Own your opinions and decisions, William.
You know, this engagement was thrown out as Will’s alone, and I was okay with that—it seemed odd that Kate wouldn’t be his date since it’s a dinner/gala, but I was fine with it. It’s when they started making excuses for Kate’s absence that I took an issue with it. If this is Will’s engagement alone, that’s fine, but then just come out and say it. Say Kate was never supposed to be there. Don’t make excuses for her absence like she was ever supposed to attend. It’s like when Kate kept saying that she wanted to bring George with her to engagements while in Oz and NZ, but she couldn’t because he was sleeping. That was dumb because George was never scheduled for those events in the first place. Ugh. This is so stupid. Make a decision and defend it, Will and Kate, and stop making excuses for dumb sh-t and flip-flopping all over the place as some lame attempt to PR your way out of culpability for anything. It only hurts you in the long run.
Okay, rant over. Let’s talk fashion, since that’s pretty much the only point of this event. Oh, wait, there was a point: “to celebrate the innovative work of The Royal Marsden and bring together the Hospital’s world-leading consultants, supporters and philanthropists.” Sure… except that’s not what anyone is talking about. All anyone is talking about is the fashion from random celebs that happened to be there. I totally understand inviting celebs to charity events to get publicity—why do you think the royals do charity work in the first place—but when the entire coverage is all the fashion, and not even Will or his speech that he must have given since there are pics of him with note cards, then that’s a problem. UPDATE: Here is the transcript of William’s speech via his website. /UPDATE Anyway, fashion…
Emma Watson: I must admit, I have loved Harry Potter for a good 14/15 years—first the books, then the movies. So I still have a soft spot for all things Potter, including the actors—Emma played Hermione Granger. While I have a soft spot for Emma, I don’t particularly like this outfit. I’m not a fan of the button-down shirt tucked into a long skirt, and her makeup seems too dark.
Helena Bonham Carter: Helena wore a dark blue gown with layered ruffling on the skirt. I don’t know if I would like this dress on anyone else, but on Helena, I kind of love it. She makes it work. Helena for the second win.
Margot Robbie: Margot wore a long-sleeved silver dress with an exposed back. The exposed back would have been too much had the dress not had long sleeves (maybe it is still too much given that this was a royal event, but whatevs). I’m not a huge fan of what the dress is doing to her breasts in front, but overall I think she looks nice.
Jessica Michibata: I don’t know who this is, but she wore a red drop-waist, strapless gown. I think it may be a bit pagenty for the event.
Zhang Ziyi: I don’t know who this is, but she wore a grey long-sleeved, embroidered gown with a giant feather shawl thing. The dress may be pretty on its own, but the feathers are too much.
Sophie Turner: She wore a black, one shoulder gown. Meh.
Lily James: She wore a black dress with beading on the top and feathers at the bottom. Hm… it’s not terrible, but not great either.
Cara Delevingne: I have no idea why this chick is a thing, but whatever. She wore a black dress with… whatever, she’s boring.
Kate Moss: in a black one-sleeved, tank dress with a thigh-high slit. This is so ugly.
Ricky Loew-Beer (Ralph Lauren’s wife): Oh my. She wore a white gown with tiers of ruffles at the bottom, a neckline that makes it look like the dress is trying to swallow her head (or her head was chopped off and placed on a cake plate), and a satin, waist-length jacket. Man, this is awful.
Here’s Benedict Cumberbatch, just because.
Oh, by the way, I want to point out that most of these women wore their hair up. I can almost guarantee if Kate had been there, she would have worn her hair down. Speaking of Kate, maybe the reason she didn’t want to go was because she knew she would get out-fashioned by Cate Blanchett.
[Here is a video of the event; part of Will’s speech is at the end, starts around 3:20 mark–again he just reads off the note cards.]
Links: Daily Mail 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. OMG there’s an EIGHTH article from the DM, this one is about Kate Moss asking where Kate was and maybe flirting with Will when he said Kate wasn’t there (I say maybe because I don’t know, it’s not overt, but it seems weird). Express.
William and Harry participated in the first polo match of the season over the weekend. The match ended in a tie. Here is the Hello article about it.
Speaking of fashion, check out the Least Favorite Outfit Poll. I think it’s the green Erdem for the win on that one.