The Duchess of Cambridge was a vision in white this evening, as she attended the BAFTAs with her husband, Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge.
Kate chose a one-shouldered gown from Alexander McQueen. The pleated chiffon fabric gives a Grecian look to the dress, which features a sweeping a-line skirt with a thin waistband, and flowers to the shoulder, embellished with feathers and crystals. Beneath this there are applique leaves. A simply stunning dress.
It appears to be based on this dress currently on sale (£7480), featuring the same Grecian pleating, waistband and flowing skirt. It has of course had the embroidery and shoulder drape removed. You can purchase this dress here.
It reminds us of the pink gown we caught a look at last year for Prince Charles’ 70th birthday celebrations. It features the same flower-detailed left shoulder, and a few other angles also show us pleated fabric.
We think the Duchess of Cambridge may have been wearing a bespoke gown inspired by 2 Ralph and Russo designs to Prince Charles' 70th Birthday Celebrations.
What do you think?#duchessofcambridge #Charlesat70 #ralphandrusso pic.twitter.com/i6e4bEsEai
— Replicate Royalty (@replicateroyals) November 15, 2018
The Duchess paired the dress with a pair of silver pointed heels, which we initially thought were her Oscar de la Renta ‘Cabrina’ heels seen in February 2018. However, a few well-time snaps of Kate walking up steps show them to be a pair of Jimmy Choo ‘Romy 100’ heels. These staple heels are glittery and gorgeous, the ‘Silver and Dusk Blue Fireball Glitter Dégradé Fabric’, which go from silver at the toe to a darker grey at the heel.
Catherine chose a white clutch from to go with the dress. Oblong in shape, the hardcase clutch is made of white satin, and features silver hardware. The top is embellished with a large clear stone, surrounded by smaller ones. This is quite similar to the design of other McQueen bags she owns; the Duchess usually swaps the original top decoration for a simple stone.
A look at Kate’s black clutch from the BAFTAs in 2017.
In a special touch, the Duchess wore a pair of Diana’s earrings. The pearl and diamond earrings were first seen in Japan on The Princess of Wales in 1990. The earrings feature a diamond ‘C’ shape of two uniform rows of diamonds; this is woven with a double row of diamonds, organised in a leaf-likes structure, which comes off the bottom of the C, and then attaches to the pearl pendant.
Catherine’s pearls are distinctly smaller and more pear-shaped than the ones worn by Diana, leading us to believe they are interchangeable, so one day we might see other stones on these gorgeous sparkles.
Update: they look to be the pearl drop from these other earrings Diana wore
It looks like Catherine used these pearls from another pair of Diana's earrings (seen here in Japan) to suspend from the large earrings seen at the BAFTAs. Thanks to @ZoeThinks for sharing pic.twitter.com/iOYgazBFG1
— Victoria Howard (@TheRoyalExpert) March 12, 2019
Lastly, Kate wore a bracelet on loan from The Queen. The bracelet, which has not often been worn by Her Majesty (last in 2010) features linked quatrefoil motifs of diamonds.
A look at The Queen wearing the piece in 2010:
Overall a stunning look for The Duchess of Cambridge tonight, and we loved the addition of a new pair of earrings that held family provenance, plus some glitzy shoes. What did you think? We were hoping to see one of the gowns worn to State Banquets that we have yet to see fully, but we weren’t too disappointed with this outfit!
Copy Catherine’s evening glamour here:
With thanks to @solidmoonlight for the shoe ID and @japenese_ginger for the dress prediction yesterday!