Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at the 2011 BAFTA Brits To Watch Event in Los Angeles, California, on July 9, 2011.
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The BAFTAs, which stands for the British Academy of Film and Television Awards, may have been held in February but their "Brits to Watch Award" event, hosted by none other than Prince William and Kate Middleton during their whirlwind California tour, remind us that the folks from across the pond can hold it down on the red carpet against Hollywood's most sparkly ladies.
Dressed like a goddess in her cinch-waisted Alexander McQueen (who does soft and gentle as well as he does brusque and angular, and is almost the de facto designer for the duchess), Kate embodied royalty the same way that Princess Grace once did. Word on the street is that her neutral shoes are Jimmy Choos, which is an applause-worthy choice. Hollywood starlets could do black or even shimmery with this dress, but Kate’s pale turn is appropriately regal.
Blake Lively at the 2011 BAFTA Brits To Watch Event in Los Angeles, California, on July 9, 2011.
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At first glance, Blake Lively, provided lively (erm) competition in the queenly realm (see what we did there?) but upon really studying her Marchesa gown, it’s clear she went for a totally different vibe. Sure, there is a femininity and composure to her swooped dress, but the one shoulder is subtly sensual. The draped trail and gauzy layer provide a drama that may not be fit for a queen...but definitely looks gorgeous on the red carpet.
Jennifer Lopez at the 2011 BAFTA Brits To Watch Event in Los Angeles, California, on July 9, 2011. Photo: Getty Images
Though maybe not appropriate for a visit to Buckingham Palace, Jennifer Lopez’s belly-baring dress reminds us that ladies do indeed run the world. The dress comes from the same collection as the green Pucci Beyoncé rocked with combat boots in her "Run The World (Girls)" music video. This full-length gown opts for cutouts that reveal glimpses of Jennifer Lopez’s legendary (and still bangin’) bod and one ornately sequined sleeve. J. Lo is still sexy without being over the top.