Watson donates $1.4M to combat sex harassment

Emma Watson is something of a do-gooder: she shops sustainably, she is a proud feminist and is even a UN Women Goodwill ambassador. So as if we all needed another reason to love her and what she stands for, she made it easy and handed us one more.

According to HuffPost, the actor and activist recently donated $1.4 million to the UK Justice and Equality Fund, which aims to create a safe and inclusive environment for all people, following the publication of a “Dear Sisters” open letter. Published in The GuardianHuffPost says the letter was “signed by some 200 women in the British entertainment industry and called on people everywhere to stand in solidarity with Hollywood’s Times Up initiative to fight sexual harassment and inequality. ”

The letter, which served as a “curtain fundraiser for an activist night at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards,” kicked off a similar night of all-black attire and Time’s Up pins similar to what’s been seen in the U.S., says HuffPost.

As for Watson, she explained to The Guardian that the issue of sexual harassment isn’t isolated; rather, it is indicative of a much larger trend.

“It’s easy to dismiss harassment and abuse as being caused by ‘one or two … bad men,’ but the UK statistics point to a much bigger and more structural problem. The issue is systemic.”

It is systemic, indeed — and #TimesUp on perpetuating that system.

Winslet’s BAFTA Win

An acceptance speech for an award is often emotional, fraught with nerves and abounding excitement. Sometimes, a speech can not only be sentimental, but also inspirational. And after Kate Winslet won a BAFTA award on Sunday, Feb. 14, the actress delivered a speech of this very kind.

According to ELLE, Winslet won an award for best supporting actress for her role in Steve Jobs, and proceeded to praise her fellow nominees in her speech on stage. However, once she got backstage, the actress delivered a powerful speech on her own experiences as an up-and-coming actress, advising young women all over the world to overcome their self-doubt.

She said:

I often, in a moment like that one, I find myself afterwards thinking I should’ve said something—when I was younger, when I was only 14, I was told by a drama teacher that I might do okay if I was happy to settle for the fat girl parts. Look at me now! Look at me now.

And so what I feel like saying in those moments is, to any young woman who has ever been put down by a teacher or a friend or even a parent, just don’t listen to any of it. Because that’s what I did. I didn’t listen, and I kept on going, and I overcame all of my fears, and I got over a lot of insecurity. And just keep doing it, and keep believing in yourself, you know? That’s what I felt like I really had to dig deep and do. So I would dedicate it to all those young women who doubt themselves because you shouldn’t be doubting, you should just be going for it.

Thank you, Kate Winslet, for not only inspiring us to overcome our self-doubt, but also for being living proof that we can move past our insecurities and fears to live the lives of our dreams.


She Leads, You Follow: Downton Abbey BAFTA Edition

There’s no denying the tremendous success of Downton Abbey, so it would come as no surprise that the show was honored with a special award at the BAFTA Tribute that took place on August 11. And while this tribute was held to celebrate the show’s worldwide success, the celebration had a pretty exciting side effect — it showed off just how fashionable their cast is!

Keeping it classic in black and white was Michelle Dockery, who turned heads on the red carpet in what InStyle reports was a Valentino gown. Dockery styled her minimalist gown with a slick of red lipstick and a metallic clutch, while letting her hair fall around her shoulders in loose curls.

Lily James followed suit in an equally exquisite ensemble, wearing a white jacquard midi dress by Ulyana Sergeenko. James completed her head-to-toe white look with white pom-pom embellished pumps, the product of what InStyle says is a collaboration of Christian Louboutin for Ulyana Sergeenko.

While Dockery and James are dressed for the red carpet, there are some things we can take away from their formal looks and apply to our everyday style:

  1. Panels are perfection – Michelle Dockery’s colorblocked dress shows us just how useful panels can be not only on a dress, but on any garment. The white panels on her dress are positioned in such a way that they fall straight down from her waist to the floor, just barely skimming her hips. This straight line from her waist to the floor creates the illusion of straighter hips while also allowing us to focus on the black center column of the dress, which overall makes her appear even slimmer than she is. The lines created by the colorblocked panels also lengthen her frame, making her appear taller. Panels like this on a dress, skirt, pants or top are a great way to create illusions of a longer, leaner silhouette — having the panels positioned on the outsides of the body help to create this shape, so look for pieces with a similar construction to recreate the look.
  2. Simple doesn’t mean boring – Lily James’ red carpet look may be done in one color, but it’s far from boring. That’s because her outfit is filled with subtle details that come together to create a cohesive, visually stimulating look. Her dress is done in jacquard, which means that the material of the dress has a print woven into it. Oftentimes, this print can be done in a metallic thread or a thread of a slightly different hue, which makes the print multidimensional. James’ dress has a tone-on-tone jacquard, meaning the print is done is the same hue as the dress, adding the slightest bit of texture to the monochromatic look. James then introduces satin and fuzzy pom-poms with her shoes, adding yet another dimension to her outfit. Her look shows us that an outfit isn’t boring just because it’s comprised of only one color — as long as it has pattern, texture and some shine, any outfit that pays attention to details can be an exciting outfit.