Princess Beatrice attends National Portrait Gallery in Alaïa

Princess Beatrice attended the National Portrait Gallery with her new boyfriend Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on Tuesday evening (12th). This was the first time we have seen them together at an official event in the UK. Princess Beatrice chose a rich burgundy velvet dress from Alaïa.

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Beatrice wore an Alaïa ‘Velvet Shirt-Dress’, retailing for £6,248. The velvet dress has a pointed collar, three-quarter sleeves with two button cuff and centre button placket to the waist. The three-tiered skirt gathers at the waist at the front and rear. The layers of skirt have a voluminous shape with each tier flaring out more than the last until it reaches a midi length. You can purchase the dress here. Try this dress to get the look for less, purchase here.

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Alaïa Velvet Shirt-Dress

From the side, the dress has quite a Victorian silhouette with a bustle in the rear of the skirt. The bustle doesn’t seem to stand out as much in real life as it does in the product photos. Perhaps something underneath the skirt like a petticoat to maintain the flare would be good.

Alaïa Velvet Shirt-Dress

When viewed close-up you can notice the detail of the circular tessellated pattern with interwoven diamonds. Each circle and diamond are made up of a series of smaller dots.

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Alaïa Velvet Shirt-Dress

Doing one of her favourite styling tricks that we have seen on many an occasion, Princess Beatrice added a wide cinch waistbelt to her dress. The Princess wore the Alaïa ‘Studded Leather Belt’ in burgundy colour-way, retailing for £1,080. The scalloped edge belt is embellished with studs in a circular spray pattern. It is a little unusual to see studs on an Alaïa belt, as they are most well known for their laser cut patterns.  You can purchase the belt here.

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Alaïa Studded Leather Belt

Beatrice wore her Jimmy Choo ‘Daphne 120 Navy Velvet Ankle-Wrap Heels’. These navy blue velvet block heel pumps have a rounded toe, platform and ankle strap with buckle. Quite an interesting combination to clash burgundy and navy velvet together. These heels are a past season and no longer available. Princess Beatrice has worn them on numerous occasions in the past.

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Jimmy Choo Daphne 120 Navy Velvet Ankle-Wrap Heels

Beatrice carried a black croc effect roll clutch which looks to be embellished with small pearls.

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UPDATE: we think this is a bag from Ethan K. The designer posted this to his Instagram story on 22 March, and the pearl detail is the same, although the image below looks a touch smaller than Beatrice’s bag. It is not currently on their website, suggesting it is a piece due to be released later in the year. Try this as a match for the clutch.

Ethan K crocodile leather clutch with pearl detail

Usually, the brand’s bag feature insects or animal motifs in their hardware and clasps, and both Beatrice and Eugenie own a number of bags from the label.

Ethan K bags retail from anywhere between £2500 and £12000, and are available at Harrods here.

Our friend @PolkaPopp notes that Beatrice used this bag in June 2018, at Beating the Retreat. See a photo here.

Beatrice wore a new Cartier bracelet. Beatrice wore the ‘Jutse un Clou’, style retailing for £3,239. The 18kt yellow gold bracelet is a thin gold sharp nail wrapped around into a cuff. Five small dents feature near the head of the nail. Quite a contemporary piece from such a classical jewellery designer. You can purchase the bracelet here.

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Cartier Juste un Clou Bracelet

Beatrice also accessorised with a silver and gold basket weave concave cuff. The middle part of the cuff is in a small basket weave of silver, with thin contrasting edges  of gold at the top and the bottom. We are still unaware of the designer at the moment but will let you know if we find out any fashion details.

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A very interesting look from Beatrice, though we think a few little tweaks to her outfit would make this more refined and elegant. Perhaps a matching pair of Gianvito Rossi burgundy velvet pumps and a gold glitter Wilbur and Gussie clutch could have elevated it for evening wear.

On a side note, Eduardo wore a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes for the evening.

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You can get Beatrice’s look here:


With thanks to at @polkapopp for dress and belt ID

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