DUBAI: British actress Kate Beckinsale was spotted in New York last week wearing not one but two outfits by Lebanese designer Georges Chakra — just months after she wore another show-stopping ensemble by the couturier.
This time, the 46-year-old actress dressed to impress while hitting the press circuit to promote her latest film, “Farming.”
Beckinsale wowed the audience on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” where she wore a cream jumpsuit with a sculpted bodice complete with sequin detailing from Georges Chakra’s Spring/Summer 2019 couture collection.
Back in April, Beckinsale was on the show to promote her Amazon Prime series, “The Widow,” and the actress showed her affinity for Chakra by flaunting a flirty cocktail dress by the Lebanese designer. The one-shouldered, form-fitting black dress featured white ruffles on the neckline and shoulder and was styled with simple black Louboutin pumps and loose, wavy hair.
Fast forward to October and the actress was at it again — after her latest appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s talk show, she hit the red carpet at a special screening of “Farming” hosted by Momentum Pictures and the Cinema Society wearing another ensemble by Chakra.
The strapless, white number hailed from Chakra’s Autumn/Winter 2020 couture collection and featured extravagant feather and sequin detailing and daring sheer panels just above the knee.
“Farming,” directed by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, takes its name from a term used to describe the practice of Nigerian immigrants fostering their children to white families in Britain so they could work, study and save money. It refers to the idea that the children were “farmed” out.
The aim of the practice, mainly prevalent from the 1960s to 1980s, was for the immigrants to eventually return to Nigeria.
“Perhaps this can provide a healing in some sense but ultimately a re-evaluation of our child-rearing processes,” Akinnuoye-Agbaje told Reuters at the film’s Nigerian premiere last week in the country’s commercial capital, Lagos, after first being screened in London last month.
“I’m hoping that it will create a dialogue and a collective therapy for those that are still suffering, and a healing because many of the Nigerian farmers don’t actually go back for the children that were fostered,” he said.
The film — which cost $3.89 million to make and stars Beckinsale as the foster mother — was greeted with cheers and applause in a packed cinema hall in the upmarket Lagos district of Lekki.