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Duchess Kate wore red to the Forward Trust event: copykeening strikes again?

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The Duchess of Cambridge had an event this morning, or I guess mid-day in the UK. She made an appearance at the Forward Trust’s launch event for Taking Action on Addiction. Kate was made the royal patron of the Forward Trust by default, because they absorbed her old patronage Action on Addiction. Kate barely did one event a year with Action on Addiction, and she’s barely done anything with the Forward Trust. So here we are.

Kate rolled up to this event in a red ensemble which… I mean, CopyKeen strikes again. Sometimes I don’t actually “see” the comparisons with the Duchess of Sussex, like the “copying” is so general, it’s not really that meaningful or notable, like “oh, she’s carrying a bag in a similar style as Meghan!” Granted, I do think that Kate has a Meghan look-book and she absolutely copykeens Meghan whenever possible. It’s usually not bash-us-over-the-head obvious. But holy sh-t, Kate really threw out half her closet to make room for her Meghan-copykeening styles, huh? I’ll say this though: she looks nice. I’ve always said that she looks great in red.

Kate delivered the keynote speech at this event, it will be interesting to see if we get any video of it. She’s not good at delivering prepared remarks (or unprepared remarks), so who knows.

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Addiction is not a choice. No one chooses to become an addict, but it can happen to any one of us. None of us are immune.#TakingActiononAddiction @ForwardTrust pic.twitter.com/CkTf4mjrAQ

— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) October 19, 2021

That is why I am so passionate about the work of @ForwardTrust, an organisation I am so proud to be patron of.

This is the work that you and so many other charities provide day in, day out. And it is needed now, more than ever.

— The Duchess of Cambridge pic.twitter.com/voTrYDvF5I

— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) October 19, 2021

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Angelina Jolie wore Balmain & brought her kids to ‘The Eternals’ premiere

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The Eternals had its big world premiere in LA last night, and Angelina Jolie stole the show, rolling up to the carpet with five of her six children. Pax is the only missing Jolie-Pitt kid, and my guess is that he just opted out because he doesn’t really like to be photographed. Or maybe he had school? So we got to see Knox and Vivienne (who are 13), Zahara (16), Shiloh (15) and Maddox (20). Can’t believe she has all those teenagers and she’s still standing!

Angelina wore this Balmain look in a sludge/mud brown. I wish it had been brighter, but I appreciate that Angelina and the kids sort of coordinated their looks. People are calling this Balmain a “dress” but I think it’s actually pants. Big, flowy pants. There’s some structure to the top part, and I think it’s basically a built-in bustier, and then there’s some half-sack fabric to make Angelina happy. Her jewelry is vintage Tiffany & Co. and Beladora. The Beladora piece is likely the chin-cuff. How does the chin-cuff make you feel?

As for the kids… I don’t know what designers they’re wearing except for Zahara. Zahara is wearing her mom’s old Elie Saab gown!! Angelina wore that Saab gown to the 2014 Oscars. It looks like Zahara and Angelina took it to a tailor and then made a few edits, but it looks lovely on Z. It feels like this is basically a confirmation that Zahara is the one pulling stuff out of her mom’s closet. I don’t think Shiloh and Vivienne can be bothered, they know their mom is pretty unstylish. Also: Shiloh in a dress! She’s such a tomboy, this is one of the few times we’ve seen her in a dress.

Angelina Jolie attends the

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Salma Hayek wore Gucci to the LA premiere of ‘The Eternals’: gorgeous?

I covered Angelina Jolie separately, but the rest of the photos from The Eternals’ premiere are worth discussing! The Eternals has such a big cast, and all of the major players came out to LA for the premiere. The promotional tour really begins now, and I’m really excited to hear from the cast, which includes Jolie, Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani, Gemma Chan, Kit Harington, Richard Madden, Brian Tyree Henry and more.

Salma brought her daughter Valentina to the premiere, which keeps it on-theme with Jolie bringing her kids too. It struck me that Salma and Angelina probably couldn’t keep their kids away – Marvel forced them to keep the details of the film under wraps, so their kids probably just wanted to see the latest Marvel movie anyway. Salma wore Gucci, a very sexy look. Valentina is so pretty! She reminds me of Kat Dennings.

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Gemma Chan wore Louis Vuitton – a very big, over-the-top look. It’s great for this premiere though, and I get the feeling that Gemma (more than anyone else) is more “the lead” of the ensemble.

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Here are some of the dudes:

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Levin: The Earthshot Awards were ‘much too celebrity rather than royal’

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It’s the morning after the Earthshot Prize Awards and I can’t help but think that there’s a real lack of drama or excitement about the inaugural awards. This is supposed to be Prince William’s big legacy project, it’s the thing he’s been hyping (in his dull way) for more than a year. Keenshot is supposed to be HIS big keen thing, like Harry’s Invictus Games, Travalyst, Sentebale and Archewell. And now that the awards ceremony is done, people are just like “… And?” Even Angela Levin – who normally only has her knives out for the Sussexes – was super-critical about all of it:

Speaking on talkRadio, royal expert Angela Levin said: “I’m afraid I thought it was a bit of a cross between X-Factor and the film awards, I thought it was much too celebrity rather than royal and over the top with saying ‘you must not buy new clothes’. Of everyone sitting there with black suits and bowties, I can’t see that that worked very well, I think it should have been much more casual.”

When asked by Julia Hartley-Brewer if she thought the awards ceremony was too “gimmicky”, Levin continued: Yes, I did actually, and I thought the green velvet jacket looked horrific on Prince William, but that was an ‘I am green’. I do think that the clothes make a very important image for something that you’re doing and I felt it was completely over the top.

“As you said, Catherine is somebody who wears her clothes several times and we don’t make a fuss, but then suddenly last night, everybody was making a huge fuss about it. What I thought was extraordinary is that she wore it last in 2011 and she’s still the same size, having had three children!”

[From The Daily Express]

Wow, gimmicky and too celebrity? Criticizing the future future king for looking like a jackoff in his twenty-year-old trousers and Bond villain velvet? Yiiikes. If the Keenshot ceremony had been more casual, then what would have been the point? The whole point of this was that William has a big environmental thing and that HE is keen. I guess Angela Levin didn’t get the memo.

The London 2021 Earthshot Prize Award Ceremony

Cambridge Earthshot arrival London

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Emma Watson wore an upcycled wedding gown to the Earthshot Awards

The London 2021 Earthshot Prize Award Ceremony

The Earthshot Prize Awards were held last night at Alexandra Palace. Guests were invited to attend in person if they were already in London (or close by), and instead of traveling long distances to attend, foreigners were asked to merely video-conference in, to avoid taking planes and such. People who attended in person were also asked to either recycle old fashion or wear some kind of sustainable fashion. Which is what Emma Watson did – she wore this Harris Reed ensemble which is technically new, but it was upcycled from old wedding gowns. Emma’s bell-bottoms are from the same designer, although I don’t know if they’re upcycled too. This was her first “event” appearance on a carpet in two years!

The London 2021 Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony

The London 2021 Earthshot Prize Award Ceremony

Emma Thompson also attended – Emma is quite cozy with the royal family, and she’s good friends with Prince Charles. I didn’t know she was involved with Keenshot or William. Hm.

The London 2021 Earthshot Prize Award Ceremony

Mo Salah, the Egyptian footballer who plays for Liverpool, also attended. He was a presenter.

The London 2021 Earthshot Prize Award Ceremony

And here’s Ed Sheeran performing on stage, and chatting with the Keens.

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Duchess Kate rewore a McQueen at the Earthshot ceremony: keen in lilac?

The Cambridges attend the Earthshot Prize Awards

Sunday evening, the long-awaited Earthshot Prize Awards ceremony was held at Alexandra Palace in London. There had been a lot of hype for weeks/months about this and it’s supposed to be Prince William’s baby, although I think at some point, he just stopped working on it and simply got credit for everything his staff did. We also knew ahead of time that Kate was going to the ceremony and that she would be a presenter or something. Most of the photos just show her supporting William by staring up at him like he’s a god (while he mostly avoided eye contact). She also schmoozed a bit, so good for her.

As for the superficial stuff… well… let’s start with Kate. She repeated a custom Alexander McQueen she first wore in 2011, at a Los Angeles BAFTA event on the Cambridges’ big “tour” of North America. The BAFTA event was thrown together because Kate wanted to go to LA and meet some movie stars. It’s a solid look, and she was praised for the McQueen at the time. The point of her re-wearing the gown for this event was to emphasize not only her “thrift,” but the idea that people should re-wear clothing and not just buy fast fashion or run out and buy new clothes for every event. The problem is that… yeah, Kate comes across as somewhat performative. Still, I’ve always wondered if she would ever re-wear this McQueen, just because it is one of the better pieces in her archives. I was also expecting her to theme-dress and wear green, so I’m trying to figure out how a pale lilac gown is on-theme? IS SHE SMOG?

As for William, yes, as you can see, he was keen in green. It was a lot. A green velvet jacket with a black turtleneck. People were calling it his Bond Villain look, but in some photos, the turtleneck looks like Steve Jobs cosplay. It was legitimately a “bold” look for William, who usually wanders around in wrinkled button-down shirts and too-tight trousers with visible moose-knuckle. *shudder*

During William’s speech, he suggested that the Keenshot Prize ceremony will change cities every year, and that next year’s Keenshot ceremony would be held in America. LOL. Super-obvious. Those salty people have been rabidly anti-American about all things Harry and Meghan, and then wait a minute, they need American donors, American financing, American tourism, American media and American interest in their lil’ white supremacist family, whoops! So of course Moose Knuckle and Wiglet are going to hype this for the next year, that they too are coming to America. As for changing cities every year… William thinks his Keenshot is comparable to Invictus.

PS… People said that Kate copied Meghan’s to-the-left side-swept wavy hair. I can see that. I also think Kate got some reddish-blonde highlights, or maybe it’s just the lighting.

The Cambridges attend the Earthshot Prize Awards

The Cambridges attend the Earthshot Prize Awards

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Jessica Chastain in Gucci at the Rome ‘Tammy Faye’ premiere: totally awful?

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Here are photos of Jessica Chastain at last night’s Rome Film Festival premiere of The Eyes of Tammy Faye. As we well know by now, this movie is Chastain’s baby. She bought the rights to the documentary of the same name and she put this whole project together. This is, I believe, her big bid for an Oscar. She really wants it. And I do think she’s probably one of the leading early contenders.

Jess’s fashion from the promotional tour hasn’t been the best though. In years past, I think her sartorial strength is not reinventing any style wheels or going too avant-garde. She looks good in stuff from Valentino and Elie Saab, she looks good in bright colors and monochromatic, well-cut gowns. If I was styling her, that’s where I would go – beautifully cut gowns in jewel tones, big surprise. But Jess’s stylist has other ideas. She wore this Gucci gown which looked like Gucci had three pretty gowns and they decided to put it all together and call it a day. The combination of the skirt and the top is not great. From a distance, it also looks like she’s wearing a denim vest with a prairie skirt. Ugh. One nice thing: I guess Andrew Garfield wasn’t available for Rome, but Vincent D’Onofrio came out for the promo. He plays Jerry Falwell in the film. (Re: Vincent, I still would.)

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Bonus photos of Jess at the Rome photocall, where she wore an electric blue satin suit. I’m so mad at this outfit. Why did Gucci do this to her? Don’t send Jessica Chastain out there in a satin suit and a bra! She looked so uncomfortable.

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