The BAFTAs, in an effort to go greener every year, reportedly sent out some guidelines to attendees in the hopes that they’d take a more sustainable approach to red-carpet dressing: borrowed or rented outfits that might one day be worn elsewhere again, archival looks, vintage, or their own repeats — or, things made in a notably eco-conscious way (as you’ll see later on Daisy Ridley) or by eco-conscious designers (Stella McCartney, Mara Hoffman, Reformation, only one of which — Stella — got any love from anyone). But it’s unclear how long before the BAFTAs these guidelines were dispensed. There were a LOT of custom looks and variations of 2020 runway clothes, and it’s hard to know how many balls were already rolling too fast downhill by the time the guidelines were sent — or, how many of these specially made outfits WERE following the guidelines, and they just haven’t talked about it (unlikely), or how many people just weren’t too fussed in the first place. People were quite excited to do the all-black dress code (for the most part) in support of Time’s Up and #MeToo; it’s a shame the sustainability initiative didn’t get a little more heat behind it.
We’ve been checking stylist Instagrams to see whether there’s any information that would give any indication whether the outfits were in any way notably eco-conscious. For the most part, it seems Kate Middleton — ahead of the trend, as a noteworthy recycler of outfits (that’s a compliment) — wisely stuck to the plan, as Wills is president of BAFTA, but disappointingly few others may have followed her lead. We’ll try to update this if we get any new information. In the meantime, we’ve got three BAFTAs slideshows coming your way, so strap in, y’all.