BAFTAs Fashion Preview: The Time's Up Dress Code, the Royals and Will Kate Middleton Wear Black?
The British awards are coming up this weekend.
The British Academy of Film and Television Awards are set to be held on Sunday and this year — in the midst of the Time's Up and #MeToo movements — there will be plenty to watch for on the red carpet.
Here's a brief rundown of everything you need to know about London's most stylish awards show.
Who will be there?
The ceremony may be the hottest ticket in London Town, but there will be plenty of Americans stepping out for the BAFTAs as well. Timothee Chalamet, Octavia Spencer, Greta Gerwig and Allison Janney are among the fashionable Yanks who have been nominated for awards, joining international colleagues Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan and Sally Hawkins.
Other notable attendees include Jennifer Lawrence, Rachel Weisz and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, so you can bet the red carpet will be as fashion-heavy as they come.
Cool, but we were talking about the royals.
Yep, Kensington Palace confirmed last week that Kate Middleton and Prince William have hired a babysitter and will be hitting up Royal Albert Hall for the festivities. The Duke and Duchess are regulars at the BAFTAs, given William's role as BAFTAs president. TBD on whether future royal person Meghan Markle will be making her red-carpet debut on the arm of her betrothed, Prince Harry.
OK, and what will they be wearing?
Inspired by the Golden Globes blackout, women attending the BAFTAs have orchestrated their own informal dress code in honor of the Time's Up movement.
"With BAFTA being the first major film awards ceremony in Europe this year, we feel it is important to make a statement to show global solidarity and that the issue is not being forgotten," reads a letter that began circulating among attendees in January.
"We are inviting you to wear black to the awards ceremony, to follow suit from our sisters who attended the Golden Globes. Wearing black is a strong, unifying and simple statement — a physical and visual representation of our solidarity with people across all industries who have experienced sexual harassment and abuse or have been held back due to an imbalance in power. It is also the easiest color for the majority to wear and feel comfortable in."
We can also likely expect those in black to be sporting the Time's Up pin designed by costume designer Arianne Philips. For those watching at home, the pin can be purchased for $12 online, with all proceeds donated to the legal defense fund for women across industries battling sexual harassment.
Even the royals will be in black?
That much is unclear. As The Cut pointed out, the royal fam's policy of remaining neutral on political or otherwise controversial subjects may mean that Middleton will wear color or a pattern in order to keep up non-partisan appearances. That being said, her outfit of choice will make it evident whether she — and therefore, the Palace — believes the Time's Up movement is a partisan issue or an apolitical one more akin to the mental health and addiction non-profits Middleton champions.
Should she attend, we would expect Markle, at least, to wear black, given her history of fighting for women's rights. After all, she's not quite a royal yet.
Who is hosting?
For the first time in 12 years, a woman is taking center stage at the BAFTAs. Joanna Lumley, best known for her role as Patsy on Absolutely Fabulous, will serve as the evening's host. Fingers crossed for over-the-top outfits from her, too.
How can I watch?
The awards ceremony as well as the red carpet preshow will be live-streamed on Facebook as well as BBC beginning at 9 a.m. PT.