On Thursday, November 2nd, 2016, The Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton) attended a special screening of the Recovery Street Film Festival before heading to the red carpet premiere of A Street Cat Named Bob at the Curzon Mayfair Cinema Theatre in London.
The Recovery Street Film Festival features films made by former addicts and their loved ones A little bit about the film festival:
“We want to demonstrate through the medium of film the diverse issues that are faced by people overcoming addiction and how those around them can be affected.”
“The aim is to empower people affected by addiction by giving them a voice, providing a platform for them to tell their own stories of the ‘ups and downs’ and how they reached recovery.” RecoveryStreetFilmFestival.co.uk
“The films provide real hope that people can and do recover from addiction” – Kensington Palace
Here is one of the short films, Hope Inside:
During the film festival, Kate saw competition winning films from the past three years She also met with creators of the festival, winning filmmakers and representatives from Action on Addiction and other charities involved with the project. (As you may recall, Kate took on the Action on Addiction charity as one of her Patronages in 2012).
After, Kate attended the World Premiere of A Street Cat Named Bob at the nearby Curzon Mayfair cinema The premiere benefited Action on Addiction too.
The film is based on the much-loved, international best-selling book by the same name. It’s a true story about an unlikely friendship between a young homeless busker, James Bowen, and the stray ginger cat who changed his life.
Kate met with the real-life James and Bob, as well as the film’s actors and representatives from Sony Pictures Releasing UK and Action on Addiction, before watching the film. Here’s a photo of Kate petting Bob:
Kate debuted a new designer for the evening’s events. She wore a white floor length dress by Self Portrait.
It’s the Pleated Crochet Maxi Dress from the designer’s Resort 2016 collection The bodice features a high neckline with floral lace detailing, a crocheted design and tan mesh lining. The dress features full-length sheer sleeves. The skirt is made from crepe with shutter pleats and a high side slit.
If you like Kate’s dress would like something similar for an upcoming event, check out the designer’s current collection. This black dress (available from Net-A-Porter) is virtually the same. The only difference is the crochet pattern:
Some of these cocktail-length dresses could work for a party (click any image below to shop) –
Prefer midi-length? Try these:
There are several maxi dresses that are available too, perfect for a swanky gala (or film premiere!)
Self Portrait is a relatively new designer label, but it is growing in popularity thanks to its celebrity fans (now including Kate!) ASOS, Net-A-Porter, Shopbop, Selfridges and Neiman Marcus are just a few retailers stocking the designer.
Quite frankly, I’d love to see Kate wear more Self Portrait designs, wouldn’t you?
There’s a great profile on the designer in Vogue magazine from 2013, which you can read here.
Kate brought back a few familiar accessories during the evening Her clutch bag is the Mulberry Bayswater in Conker Suede.
As you may recall, she owns the bag in three different colours.
She also wore her coordinating Gianvito Rossi pumps in burgundy suede.
If you’d like to buy the same pair, they’re still available for purchase for $675 / £450 at My Theresa.
This is another item Kate owns multiples of, she has these shoes in four different colours at the time of writing!
Kate chose her Oscar de la Renta earrings for the occasion.
The earrings can be purchased from Oscar de la Renta’s website for $190 USD.
Kate first debuted the gold-plated faux pearl earrings last month, during a visit to Manchester The earrings can be purchased from the Oscar de la Renta website for $190.
The designer describes the earrings as follows:
Gilded details nod to natural oysters and Art Deco discs in these show-stopping button earrings, accented with lustrous Swarovski crystal pearls in statement, sea-inspired design. Handcrafted in America from weightless gold-plated pewter, this simple silhouette incorporates just the right amount of elegance into any look.