What’s black, white, and red all over? Kate Middleton and Prince William on the 2023 BAFTAs red carpet. The Prince and Princess of Wales arrived at Royal Festival Hall in London on Sunday, 19 Feb. to attend the prestigious award show having a monochrome moment. Kate’s ethereal one-shouldered floaty dress by Alexander McQueen was undoubtedly enchanting, but it was her black opera gloves that really added kudos to the ensemble.
Kate has long been a devotee of short leather gloves teamed with frock coats for day-to-day outings, yet for the red carpet moment, she jumped on the long-length armwear trend that has dominated celebrity style of late. The black gloves were a stark contrast to the white gathered fabric that was knotted at the shoulder with extra material falling down her left arm. While she might have chosen the British designer for her outfit, she proved she really is the queen of high-low dressing by teaming the look with £17 statement earrings from high street favourite, Zara. Prince William was by her side wearing a suave suit, with a double-breasted black velvet jacket and bow tie, coordinating perfectly with the Kate’s black and white look.
Royal fans were quick to compliment Kate’s accessories with one tweeting, “She did her magic again. I have always loved long gloves!” Other eagle-eyed fashion fans noticed that Kate wore the exact same McQueen gown to the BAFTAs in 2019. Often dubbed the “royal recycler”, she gave the dress a fresh feel by amending the shoulder detail from appliqué flowers to a pleated, draped train. This sustainable approach to red carpet dressing proves rewearing old outfits really can still have an impact.
Kate kept her hair long and straight for the occasion with smudged eyeliner and a glossy pale pink lip. It might just have been a month since Prince Harry’s revelations in his memoir, “Spare”, but Kate and Wills looked all smiles walking the red carpet together. Read ahead to see all angles of their 2023 BAFTAs look and then don’t forget to check the other red carpet looks this year.