Kate Winslet in black Jenny Packham at the ‘Titanic 3D’ premiere: lovely or matronly?

Last night was the London premiere of Titanic 3D. Leonardo DiCaprio did not come out. But Kate Winslet was there! As was James Cameron (the director) and Billy Zane, that world-class freakshow. Let’s just talk about Kate, shall we? Kate wore Jenny Packham, the designer of choice these days for everyone from the Duchess of Cambridge to Angelina Jolie to… Miley Cyrus. I don’t really have strong feelings about this black silk crepe Packham gown either way. It’s not bowling me over, but I think it’s an okay choice for this premiere. It’s sort of matronly and conservative… which fits, I suppose, with where Winslet is right now. Honestly, I could do without the sparkly (Swarovski crystal) cap sleeves. But the hair, makeup and jewelry all work for me.

In the meantime, Winslet has been talking about the fire on Necker Island, which is Richard Branson’s private island. Winslet was staying there with Branson (and Ned RockNRoll, who became Winslet’s boyfriend) when a fire broke out last year.

Kate Winslet told “Live with Kelly Ripa” that she felt anything but calm when lightning struck the flagpole of Branson’s lavish home and the whole thing went up in flames.

“I really did think to myself, ‘Someone is going to say cut in a minute. Oh my God, no one is saying cut,’” shared Winslet. “I thought, ‘The wind machine is really good, but that rain is going to look so fake because there’s way too much of it. And this fire — it looks so real.’”

Winslet told Ripa that, although the media did cover the fire, the seriousness of the blaze was not widely understood.

“It is the one occasion where I would say the press didn’t actually really know the full extent of it. It was genuinely terrifying,” said Winslet. “If one of Richard’s nephews, Jack, hadn’t woken up and heard this loud bang — which was the windows exploding — he raised the alarm. Or if the wind was blowing in the other direction and our rooms had filled with smoke … who knows. Really, we woke up with about four minutes to get out. We were very, very lucky.”

While much has been made of Winslet carrying Branson’s mother out of the home on her back, the actress says that those reports are greatly exaggerated. Winslet says she merely “helped her to get out faster.”

Winslet shared that only one person was injured in the fire — Branson himself — and not because of flames or smoke.

“Nobody was hurt, except Richard, who woke up and saw the house across from his, with us and all his family in there, and got up and ran, naked, right into a cactus,” said Winslet. “He got this huge cactus needle stuck in his thigh.”

While on Necker Island, Winslet met new boyfriend Ned RockNRoll, Branson’s eccentric nephew. While RockNRoll left a London hotel holding Winslet’s hand before today’s premiere, Winslet walked the red carpet solo, posing for photos with “Titanic” director James Cameron. Leonardo DiCaprio was also conspicuously absent.

[From Page Six]

So Ned came to the premiere but he didn’t walk the carpet with her? What’s up with that? I still have very deep concerns about Ned RockNRoll, who I genuinely think is more useless than Duchess Kate. Ned seems like a total lay-about, coasting through life on his uncle’s name and his estranged wife’s fortune, and now his new girlfriend’s money and connections. He’s a golddigger. I don’t care if their love was born in a fiery island catastrophe. He’s still a golddigger.

… But at least he’s not Billy Zane?

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Luise says:

    Very elegant and beautiful. She looks so much better now than she did in the movie.

  2. Megalicious says:

    The sleeves ruin it. However, her hair and makeup look great.

  3. Samigirl says:

    I think that, without the sleeves, she would have hit it out of the park. The dress is very, VERY beautiful, fits her perfectly, but I hate the sleeves.

  4. Figleaf says:

    What’s wrong with Billy Zane? Could someone please fill me in?

  5. lucy2 says:

    Love the hair, makeup, earrings, but the sleeves ruin the dress for me.

  6. MrsBarneyStinson says:

    I really dislike sparkly dresses and this one with those sleeves was just too much for me.

  7. I.want.shoes says:

    Hate the dress. But at least she didn’t wear another colour version of that horrible optical illusion Stella McCartney dress.

  8. Eve says:

    Ned seems like a total lay-about, coasting through life on his uncle’s name and his estranged wife’s fortune, and now his new girlfriend’s money and connections. He’s a golddigger. I don’t care if their love was born in a fiery island catastrophe. He’s still a golddigger.

    I thought he was the one who had more money? That she was with him because of his $ex appeal — not that she needs anyone else’s money but you know how attractive some men are/become because of their money.

    I don’t get Winslet…if she wanted to date someone with a cool last name, why not Sam Rockwell? He’s talented, a sexy beast and his last name is really Rockwell! We can even make sexual puns with it!

  9. Saskia says:

    That dress is fugly as heck. The sleeves are terrible, and WHAT IN THE WORLD is it doing to her poor boobs? In the profile shot, you can see how those weird pleat-fold things are committing a crime against her chest. It doesn’t even drape nicely against her hips. It looks all bunchy. Everything about that dress is awful.

  10. paola says:

    I used to love Kate Winslet..but now she bores me to death and i really can’t stand her anymore.

  11. Ainsley says:

    It’s a little “older” than she needs, but I would rather someone dress that way than the Madonna way. A little more covered up and classy is fine with me. I love the Old Hollywood hair and makeup. Really pretty.

  12. Jade says:

    I’m surprised that she’s been promoting this. I thought she and Leo had very bad experience filming the movie with Cameron. I guess she’s over it.

  13. Adrien says:

    She’s hiding some unflattering body parts while emphasizing her ‘assets’. Dress design served its purpose, a bit boring, but ok. I agree, she’s only 37 (?). The gown’s too conservative, could’ve been more adventurous.

  14. kristipistol says:

    I cosign the earlier comments….What is the “freak show” of Billy Zane?

  15. Insertrandomname says:

    Well I love the dress, sleeves and all. And I like Billy Zane.

    Was so disappointed that Leo wasn’t there though… Titanic has done alot for his career and I dont think he’d be half as famous or rich without it. Not like those things are very important but still, disappointing.

  16. Samantha says:

    Maybe if it were minus the sleeves,the dress would perhaps have been a bit more easy on the eyes.On the flipside,Kate’s hair and makeup gets a 10/10 from me!

  17. EmmaStoneWannabe says:

    I think she looks beautiful, sexy and confident. That being said, agree the sleeves are annoying. Maybe she was feeling self-conscious about her arms? Who knows.

  18. ohiogirl says:

    I love her whole look including the dress. I think without the sparkly sleeves it would be just another black dress. When you think of how many times and how frequently she has to get dolled up for these events, I am sure she looks for special details like this so as not to get bored.

  19. heatheradair says:

    It matches the….”tone” of what she wore in the movie, so I think in that case, it’s sort of like an homage gown, it invokes the period of the film, it’s classy, it fits well, it’s age and situation appropriate — I like it, altogether.

    Just like I like Billy Zane. Especially bald.

  20. Shelly says:

    Her hair and makeup look fabulous. But that dress looks cheap.

  21. Alaina says:

    Matronly with a capital M.

  22. Cathy says:

    I like the dress, but not the sparkly sleeves. I think she looks better with the red hair that she had in Titanic. Billy Zane looks good, but I haven’t seen him around for awhile. What’s he been up to?

  23. mememe says:

    Not my favorite look on her but it doesn’t matter. She’s an amazing talent.

  24. Ron says:

    I think the dress fits the tome of the film as another poster mentioned. However, those sleeves would make any dress skew older. But my Mom, would not wear a dress cut to her breast bone. Hair and makeup look great!

  25. Mara says:

    She is so good looking like a real woman not skinny like other celebrities obsess with being very thin with no shape at all.

  26. jc126 says:

    Gosh, I thought Titanic was so blah. Not wonderful at all, and yet it stars two awesome actors, Kate W. and Leo DiCaprio. I guess they were the only thing that made it watchable, for me; I think the two of them are hugely talented in everything else.

  27. Ferdis says:

    She is ok. Why Leo is absent?

  28. lisa says:

    Is she still the spokes person for St. Johns. I don’t pay a lot of attention to her, but has she ever worn any of their designs on the RC or to an event. I thought that was the point of being the face of a design. To wear things that are of that brand.

    just curious is all.

  29. Ranga says:

    I would go out with Billy Zane..

  30. Snowpea says:

    I think Kate is a crashing bore and completely intolerable. As we say in Australia, she’s totally up herself!

  31. sup says:

    her face changed so much since that titanic 1st screening nobody can tell me that she is all natural. and now her brows def. look botoxed. she still talks and looks like kind of an airhead but she was beloved for supposedly being natural. thing is, when she made sort of a comeback with that nokia commercial around 2005, i didn’t even recognize her. lookswise she became a completely different person.

  32. Amy says:

    Wait. I must’ve missed something. What’s wrong with Billy Zane? I’ve loved him since Demon Knight, and I’m not sure he’s capable of losing my affections. Please advise…

  33. Ravensdaughter says:

    It’s not 1912, but it is retro, and that fits given the event.

  34. Lol says:

    I actually think Kate looks best in the classic/makeup clothing. She looks like a moviestar plus she’s one of few actresses now that can actually act. When she dresses to young she ends up looking old.