Kate Middleton has been lauded for her fashion statement. However, her dress in this year's BAFTA Awards has raised some eyebrows, citing the #MeToo campaign.
The Duchess of Cambridge had been awed and praised because of her stylish pieces. Regardless of the occasion, many await her outfit in these public appearances, and so was the case in the recently held BAFTA Awards on Sunday, Feb. 18.
As usual, Middleton stood out from the crowd with her elegance and grace. But more so, she was noticeable for her dress for this year's prestigious awards night, a dark green empire cut flowy dress made by Jenny Packham. She paired this with sparkly accessories.
At first glance, Middleton looked beautiful in her well-fitting gown. But the color of the dress was what sparked controversy. For those unaware of what had cast shadow in the industry, black had become a significant symbol of the many victims who are speaking out against their abusers.
Last month, there was news that those who will grace the BAFTA Awards would wear black as a nod to what had happened in the Golden Globes where most celebrities wore black. However, a BAFTA official already said that the institution did not have any dress code.
Now, the event was attended by many celebrities mostly wearing black. With Middleton's dark green gown, many wondered if the 36-year-old royal stunner was expressing her support for the #MeToo movement.
While this was the case, Middleton accentuated her gown with a black ribbon and a black clutch, while her dark green dress visibly turned black in the dark. Altogether, Prince William's wife seemingly hinted that her pieces were a subtle hint to the #MeToo campaign.
While we could only assume so much, it is important to understand where Middleton was coming from. Whether she was for or against the movement, she would not be able to express this freely, as the royals are prohibited from making a political statement.
Prince William also wore a black tux. Meanwhile, celebrities during the event who wore black are Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Roberts, Saoirse Ronan, and Margot Robbie.
Last year, Middleton wore a black floral off-shoulder Alexander McQueen dress to the BAFTA Awards. Many lauded the Duchess of Cambridge for carrying the outfit with simplicity and grace at the same time.
The #MeToo campaign started last year after several women bravely came out accusing film mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault. Since then, it had encouraged other victims from different sectors to speak out as well.