Prince William and Kate Middleton are scheduled to attend the 2017 BAFTA Film Awards two Sundays from now, on February 12. This will be William’s third appearance at the award show, and Kate’s first. In preparation for Kate’s big BAFTA debut, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at her film premiere looks, as well as her look from that BAFTA event in Los Angeles.
Kate made her film premiere debut on January 8, 2012 when she and William attended the UK premiere of War Horse at the Odeon Cinema in London, where she got to meet the film’s stars, including Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston, and director Steven Spielberg.
For this event, Kate chose a new gown from Temperley London, the “Amoret” black lace gown. For this event, Kate paired the new gown with Jimmy Choo Cosmic pumps, Pretty Ballerinas velvet bow clutch, and her diamond art deco earrings and bracelet.
Kate has since re-worn this gown twice, making it one of her most worn gowns. I wasn’t a huge fan of this gown when I first saw it, but it’s grown on me.
Kate’s second film premiere came several months after her first, when she, along with William, attended the UK premiere of African Cats at the British Film Institute Southbank in London on April 25, 2012.
Kate forwent a gown and opted for a cocktail-length dress instead, choosing a new Matthew Williamson peplum dress with turquoise and gold embellishment. She wore her Emmy Shoes Valerie Pumps and Natasha Clutch in Carbon, and wore a pair of Kiki McDonough Peridot & Blue Topaz earrings.
Kate then repeated this dress to a Place2Be visit in 2015.
Kate’s next film premiere was on December 5, 2013 when she and William attended the UK premiere of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom in aid of the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund and the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund at the Odeon Cinema in London. William and Kate met Nelson Mandela’s daughter, as well as the film’s star, Idris Elba.
The Duchess chose to repeat a cream Roland Mouret “Lombard” gown to this event, pairing it with her Mulberry Bayswater Clutch in black, black Prada pumps, and a $35 Zara statement necklace.
The first time she actually wore her hair up to a film premiere she went with a messy ponytail that instead of looking messy-chic, just looked messy.
For how much people claim Kate loves film premieres, she didn’t attend another one until October 26, 2015 when she, William, and Prince Harry attended the world premiere of Spectre at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The Royal Film Performance was in aid of the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund, Shelterbox, and Save the Children.
Kate went to her go-to gal, Jenny Packham, for this custom blue dress. Kate brought out the bling, though, with her mom’s Robinson Pelham Blue Topaz Chandelier Earrings. Kate also wore her Jimmy Choo Vamp sandals and carried a Casa box clutch by Jenny Packham. Kate’s updo showed off the bangs that she had recently cut at the time.
Catherine finally went solo to a film premiere when she attended the UK premiere of A Street Cat Named Bob at the Curzon Cinema Mayfair in London on November 3, 2016. The premiere was in aid of Action on Addiction, of which Kate is Patron.
Kate chose this new Pleated Crochet gown from Self Portrait for the premiere, pairing it with her red Mulberry Bayswater Clutch, Gianvito Rossi Bordeaux pumps, and Oscar De La Renta pearl and metal earrings.
Kate went back to having her hair down for this premiere, although she did push part of it to the side to show off her poppy brooch.
This look is not from a film premiere, but it is from the only BAFTA gala event Kate has attended: the BAFTA Brits to Watch dinner held at the Belasco Theatre in Los Angeles on July 9, 2011. Kate got to meet various celebrities including Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Lopez.
To meet Hollywood stars, Kate chose a custom purple gown from Alexander McQueen. Kate wore her diamond art deco bracelet and the Queen’s Diamond Chandelier earrings, with her Jimmy Choo Vamp sandals and Ubai glitter clutch.
For years people have commented that Kate loves meeting celebs and that film premieres are her favorites, so I was a bit surprised to find that she’s actually only been to 5 film premieres. Celebs and film premieres may be her personal favorite, but they make up a very small portion of her overall engagements. It’s not like she fills her diary with film premieres and celebs, although she clearly lights up around Ben Ainslie.
Most of the time when I only focus on Kate’s clothes at an event, I feel a bit badly because I think I should be focusing more on the reason for the event, but she tends to give me so little that I end up focusing on her clothes. But considering that Kate is only going to the BAFTAs as William’s plus one, and part of the reason I watch award shows is to see the fashion, I think it’s perfectly fine to focus only on Kate’s fashion for this upcoming event.
I, personally, am hoping for a new gown and not a repeat of a gown I dislike (like that Self Portrait one above). I’m also hoping to see some nice jewelry. Seriously, Kate, repeat dresses and coats to the day engagements and splurge on a nice new gown for the BAFTAs.