Return of favourite teal Packham gown for Duchess of Cambridge at Tusk Trust awards

Tonight, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the annual Tusk Trust awards at Banqueting House in London, to recognise those who have made contributions to the area of conservation. Kate brought back and old favourite of royal fashion watchers: her teal lace Jenny Packham gown.

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The Duchess of Cambridge brought one of her old gowns out of the wardrobe for the evening: her teal lace back Jenny Packham gown. We first saw this dress in May 2012, at the “Our Greatest Team Rises” gala ahead of the Olympics.

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Other views from 2012: 

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The dress features a fitted bodice with ruching detail, a v-neck and lace detailing, plus lace and satin panels to the sides. There is also a matching belt with jewelled embellishment at the centre and bow at the back join, and a full pleated maxi skirt. The real wow factor of this dress is the lace back, featuring Swarovski crystals, buttons down the centre, with the lace folding elegantly into the flutter sleeves and a frilled neck to the rear. The gown is a chiffon overlay on top of a satin base. The piece was based on a bridal gown by Packham from 2012 (the Aspen dress), simply made in teal instead, with a slight adjustment to the depth of the ‘v’. The original piece cost £2875.

Jenny Packham ‘Aspen’ bridal gown

This has been a favourite with royal fashion watchers ever since it debuted and we have been expecting to see it again for a very long time – remember how often Catherine has re-worn her black lace Temperley evening gown? It was a shame, however, that Kate wore her hair down, as it hides some of the beautiful details.

And a look back at the debut of the piece:

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Kate chose the same accessories for tonight: her Jimmy Choo gold ‘Vamp’ platform sandals, plus a matching teal satin clutch from a Jenny Packham x Lauren Mercier collaboration.

The heels have been out of stock for a long time, but feature a platform gold sequin straps and a towering 5-inch heel. The sold for £475 and the colour was ‘champagne’. You can try this updated version of the heel here or this for a cheaper replikate here.

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Jimmy Choo Vamp sandals

The Duchess’ clutch is in a matching lace fabric. An updated version of this bag was released a couple of years ago and sold out due to its popularity as a great replikate.

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The earrings are an older pair too, an oft-worn pair of chandelier style earrings. They were first worn back in 2012, too, and have been seen a number of times at State Banquets before The Queen started to loan earrings to Kate. They are the first pair of earrings loaned by The Queen to Kate. Try these for a great match to steal her style.

As it is November, Catherine wore a poppy. This was the ‘Women of The First World War Brooch’ from the Royal British Legion, costing £29.99 – get one here. It features the standard shaped poppy (two petals) in enamel, with a stem and two leaves embedded with clear crystals. Each poppy comes with a story of a woman who lost her life in the conflict, serving in the auxiliary units. The piece is finished in gold.This year marks 100 years since the end of World War One. Profits from the RBL go to support those in the Armed Forces and their families.

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WWI womens poppy from the RBL

We were so glad to see a re-wear of this dress on the Duchess; what did you think of her look?

Get Kate’s look below:

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