There's A Good Reason Celebs Were Outfit Repeating On The BAFTAs Red Carpet

This is huge.

Despite copping criticism for a lack of diversity amongst nominees, the 2020 BAFTAs red carpet has made some big moves when it comes to sustainability.

According to The Independent, BAFTA specifically asked guests to make “sustainable choices” on the red carpet by re-wearing something they already own or hiring something instead of buying something new.

Ahead of today’s awards show, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts released a ‘guide’ in choosing more sustainably for the red carpet in partnership with London College of Fashion, UAL. 

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In the guide, BAFTA recommends a number of websites where guests can buy their red carpet frocks second hand or resell their own goods to avoid them ending up in landfill. They also list websites where you can rent red carpet dresses, and brands that advocate sustainability and inclusivity. 

Some of the brands listed include Stella McCartney, Mother of Pearl, Bethany Williams, Reformation and more. 

Speaking of sustainability, the GOAT team breakdown Joaquin Phoenix’s recent involvement in the plant-based menu at this year’s Golden Globes on It’s Been A Big Day For… below:

Another way BAFTA recommended keeping their red carpet sustainable is by mending and repairing your clothes before throwing them out. “It is estimated there are 3.6 billion clothes left unworn in the nation’s wardrobes, working out at 57 items per person – with an average of 16 items only worn once and 11 still with the tags on,” they write.

“When you consider how much water, energy and raw materials go into the production of every garment, not to mention the labour and the carbon footprint of the transportation of the clothing, this is not an approach we can maintain.”

The efforts of BAFTA clearly paid off with the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton arriving in a dress she had previously wore at a 2012 dinner in Malaysia. 

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It’s so important that big events like the BAFTAs that have such a huge audience push for sustainability. We’ve got a long way to go but this is definitely a step in the right direction.

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Why It's So Complicated Talking About Kobe Bryant's Past

No one underestimates how incredible of an athlete, father and husband he was.

The world was rocked over the weekend with the news that 41-year-old former Lakers basketball player Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna ‘Gigi’ Bryant had been killed in a helicopter crash.

Listen to the GOAT team unpack Kobe Bryant’s life and complicated past in the most recent episode of It’s Been A Big Day For… below:

Bryant and his daughter were among nine people killed in the crash, which occurred in Calabasas, California on Sunday morning.

Following Bryant’s tragic death, words of condolence began flooding social media from his famous friends and fans, and the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards featured numerous tributes to the late great NBA legend in both performances and speeches.

Despite a lasting legacy and a career full of countless highs, Bryant also experienced lows throughout his life, including accusations of sexual assault in 2003.

The case was eventually dropped when Bryant’s accuser refused to testify and was later settled out of court after the woman filed a separate civil suit against him in 2004.

In his apology to the woman, Bryant said, “Although I truly believe this encounter between us was consensual, I recognise now that she did not and does not view this incident the same way I did. After months of reviewing discovery, listening to her attorney, and even her testimony in person, I now understand how she feels that she did not consent to this encounter.”

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After news of Bryant’s death broke, Felicia Sonmez – a reporter for The Washington Post – was suspended after she tweeted an old article about the NBA player being accused of sexual assault.

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Sonmez’s tweet, and subsequent suspension, lead to a heated social media debate about people either completely ignoring Bryant’s sexual assault case, or making it their only focus.

Danielle Cadet, the Managing Editor of Refinery29, put it best when she tweeted, “It’s possible to feel overwhelming sadness for Vanessa Bryant and her remaining daughters AND acknowledge Kobe Bryant as an iconic athlete AND believe victims of sexual violence. It’s complicated. And that’s ok.”

Bryant was an incredible athlete, father, husband and friend, although no human is perfect – and that is something he admitted himself in his 2003 apology. These situations are incredibly nuanced and it is possible to celebrate the life of someone you admire while acknowledging their complicated past.

If you, or anyone you know is a victim of sexual assault, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or 1800 RESPECT for support services.

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