Like it or not, the obsession over every outfit Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge wears won’t be ceasing anytime soon. While her style hasn’t pushed the envelope all that much, she has without fault picked flattering pieces that seem true to her style and lack the calculated feel you get from so many other looks worn by boldface names. She effortlessly mixes the affordable with the unimaginably expensive and, unlike nearly all other recognizable names, she has no problem repeating a look she loves. To the BAFTA Brits to Watch Event, which was held on July 9 at the Belasco Theatre in Los Angeles, the Duchess of Cambridge opted for a beautiful pleated, pale Alexander McQueen gown with a waistband. She paired her look with a Jimmy Choo clutch and shoes and while it certainly wasn’t anything as wildly memorable as Dana Delany’s look of the night, a Baroque print Prada dress worn with an orange and black striped Prada fur stole and a striped blue and green Prada clutch, the Duchess was one of the most faultlessly styled of the night.
Also chic were Elizabeth Banks in a Fall 2011 white Versace gown accented with the brand’s signature Medusa via gold buttons and Zooey Deschanel who looked adorable in a blush silk organza embroidered Oscar de la Renta Fall 2011 cocktail dress.
The night’s winning looks, however, belonged to Jennifer Garner in a navy blue draped satin gown and Blake Lively in a one-shoulder Spring 2011 Marchesa gown that proved that when she covers up, the actresses can indeed look refined and glamorous.
Cat Deeley was all smiles in a blue lace halter gown with a drop waist that went beautifully with her loosely curled hair, while Nicole Kidman looked like the Hollywood royal that she is in a custom Elie Saab blue beaded gown.
Less impressive were Jennifer Lopez in a cut-out Fall 2011 Emilio Pucci gown that would have looked better had it been sleeveless and lacked the contrasting print, but kudos to the mama of two for her killer abs. Similarly, Mary Louise Parker's Dolce & Gabbana red mermaid gown would have looked significantly better had she done without the waist corsage.
One thing seemed very clear however, aside from the royal couple, for a ceremony about "Brits to Watch" most eyes seemed to be on Hollywood's non-Brits.
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