Jun 092011

Tonight’s appearance by Kate and William at the annual ARK (Absolute Return for Kids) dinner was important for a variety of reasons: it was the couple’s first formal engagement since their wedding, and William was also delivering the keynote address. With the pressure on, Kate did not disappoint, selecting a gown by another British designer, Jenny Packham.



The dress is from the designer’s Spring 2011 RTW (ready to wear) Collection, it shimmered in the early evening light as the couple arrived.  Ms. Packham is known for her elegant bridal and formal gowns, she is a Central St Martins graduate, as well as a favorite of celebrities, recently Angelina Jolie, Sandra Bullock and Taylor Swift have been spotted in the designer’s dresses.

There was a significant amount of buzz about the same Jenny Packham dress being featured in an April episode of Gossip Girl. As it runs out, it was a similar dress, but not an identical piece.

Via Red Carpet Fashion & Jenny Packham

Above is the original graphic from the good folks at Red Carpet Fashion Awards, we added the photo on the right showing the dress worn on the show, you can see that primary differences are the length and embellishment.

Here is how the dress is described on the Jenny Packham Facebook page:

“The Duchess selected the pearlescent rose sequin gown with Swarovski crystal from the SS11 catwalk collection”

If interested in purchasing the gown, it can actually be found on sale, although it requires a bit more pin money than one might have on hand. My Theresa is currently offering it at $3515, marked down from $5015, here is that site’s description:

“Layered mesh inserts at neckline, shoulders and sleeves. Hidden side zipper with hook-and-bar top closure. Fully lined with mesh spaghetti-strap dress lining.”

Nunn Syndication, Polaris Images/Jenny Packham

Nunn Syndication, Polaris Images/Jenny Packham

Kate again opted for LK Bennett footwear.


She wore the Agata Sandals in rose suede, with a side bow and zipper up the back (oh my!), and 4″ heel.

LK Bennett

The sandals run £175.00 or approximately $285, that’s if you can get anywhere near a store or the LK Bennett website, the company’s website is a bit off-kilter as of this writing, I’m sure it will be fine shortly. (Update: The site is fine.)

The bag is Prada’s Pink Satin Logo Box Clutch, currently available at Bluefly for $556 USD.

Via Bluefly

The earrings are aptly named, the Effervescent Bubble Stiletto earrings by a Kate favorite, Links of London.

Links of London/

The earrings dangle freely, featuring tiny lavender iolites stones at the top. They are available on the US website at $475, or £275 on the UK site.

The gown was an outstanding choice, an elegant, sophisticated look that turned things up a notch.  The Duchess looked radiant, and very, very happy. And once again, she wore the dress, it did not wear her.

Many thanks to all those sharing tips, tidbits and links on the WKW Facebook page, via Twitter, comments here on the blog and email. Special recognition for very generous assistance goes to Ayvee, Melissa, Klara, Caroline, Chiara, Pippa-Middleton Blog, @RegalEyes and @LiltingLimes on Twitter, their insight was of great help in ‘the hunt,’ as we sometimes call the search for accurate information.  (And if I somehow missed you, let me know, we don’t want to leave anyone out.)

  26 Responses to “Kate Shines in Jenny Packham, a Prada Purse, Links of London & LK Bennett”

  1. We’re a group of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our community.
    Your website offered us with valuable information to work on.
    You have done a formidable job and our whole community will be grateful
    to you.

  2. [...] Kate has worn this Links of London pair of earrings to the ARK charity event and during her Canadian tour this month. Both the Camilla and the Sloane feature the same dropped [...]

  3. thanks for this blog..a daily dose
    of Kate’s fashion!! i just love her..elegant simplicity.
    this is the way proper girls should
    dress..and carry themselves.keep it up
    Your Highness! i am proud of your sense of
    style.appropriate, classy & comfortable.
    good job to the contributors! happy fashion

  4. Just discovered this blog two days ago. I am loving it. Curious if there is ever much discussion about her jewelry? I have seen earrings mentioned before, but not much. I have been noticing that she does continue to wear the blue sapphire and the close-up in this post answered my query of, is she wearing it and the wedding band and what does the wedding band look like? Though, it appears to me almost in this photo that her wedding band is yellow gold and the sapphire is in fact, white–is that correct?

  5. You were so smart to do this— I could never maintain 2 blogs, but I am glad you can. I can’t seem to get enough of Kate. And I wish I had her clothes budget (not to mention her waist!

  6. Dress at a wedding this afternoon


    wow lots of good clothes for Catherine

  7. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2002354/Before-ball–little-shopping-Duchess-Cambridge.html

    pic of Kate in jeans/flats/sweater looks lovely, would love to know where sweater and shoes from?

  8. Gorgeous! that dress looks stunning and I want those heels soo sooo bad!!

    -Cris xoxo


  9. is this (prada?) clutch the same one of peter and autumn’s wedding?

    • Yes, it looks like the same bag from that wedding in 2008! What a great bit of information, thank you!

      • So, while the devil wears Prada, the duchess fills its bags! It’s the third one – maybe, after the white shoulder and the brown mini leather ones.

  10. That seems to be Kate’s style genius – her ability to wear striking clothes without them doing the reverse. This is just gorgeously played, again.

    Also, I have what is surely a dumb question, but – do we know if Kate is sent / lent clothes by designers, a la US celebrities & socialites? I’m certain said designers are all clamoring to do just that, but I’m curious whether One wouldn’t do such a thing as a Duchessy-y sort.

  11. She looked absolutely stunning and I love the LK Bennet shoes.

  12. Love the dress!

    And loving that it was worn by my two style icons – Princess Catherine and Blair Waldorf!

  13. A triumph! As you said, she wore the gown, not the other way ’round, and it suited her perfectly. Well done, Catherine!

  14. Wow. She just looks beautiful. I wonder if this dress will sell out as quickly as the others, despite its higher price tag?

  15. I think the dress Kate wore tonight and the dress from Gossip Girl are two different dresses. If you check the SS11 RTW Catwalk Album on Jenny Packham’s page, you can spot the two separate dresses. Kate’s is photo 21 and the Gossip Girl dress is photo 27. The waistlines are slightly different.

    • You know Caroline, I think you are probably right. I saw this referenced on several other sites, one said it was ‘a version’ of the dress. Hmmmmm. If I find out more I shall update the post accordingly. Thank you!

    • You are right. They are two different dresses, but very close in design.

  16. Oh my! She looks absolutely beautiful!! This is definitely her most radiant look yet (Besides the wedding) Will go down as a classic. Does she have her nails french manicured I wonder? She’s certainly trying new things with her make-up. Eyebrows look more defined and filled in. Love your site by the way.. Thanks!

  17. I think you’re right on your final comment, she definitely wore the dress, it did not wear her. Cheers for crediting my facebook page and sorry I commented on yours with all my different handles, I lose track what I’m logged in as!

    The hunt is so fun, lots of trips coming up soon – more “hunts”!!!

  18. You’re amazing! Love this entire look!

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