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Me Too for the Black Dress!

Lady in Black Jennifer Lawrence at Baftas

I thought Joanna Lumley looked stunning last night as she opened the Baftas at the Royal Albert Hall — she paid homage to the suffrage movement as the first group of British women were given the vote only one hundred years ago. “A century ago, the Suffragettes laid the groundwork for the sort of dogged resistance and powerful protest that is carried forward with the Time’s Up movement. And with it, the determination to eradicate the inequality and abuse of woman the world over,” Lumley said.


  • Fringing detail in black cocktail dress €220 by Jenny Packham
  • Black velvet dress with applique €180 Jenny Packham.
  • Debenhams black dress by John Rocha €69

Once again many of the leading ladies who attended the ceremony wore all black to support the movement, which began last year in the wake of harassment allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein. Indeed they all looked so elegant and powerful in black and more on an equal footing with their formal black tie male peers. Many of the men wore tie pins in support of the movement.

The BBD (brave black dress) takes the typical clothes-horse circus out of the equation and reduces the usual media’s beauty contest that women are usually subjected to. So in order to endorse the #Metoo campaign – I thought it would be a good idea to scan the rails of a typical high street shop like Debenhams to see what is hanging on the black is back evening section. I was pleasantly surprised with the results.

  • Black draped dress €99
  • Debenhams black dress €127
  • Two-tone dress from Debenhams €160




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