Kate and William made an unexpected appearance at the wedding of two close friends yesterday, sending us into quite the tizzy.
The Daily Mail does have a few photos, below we share one.
You see Kate in her rich red lace dress, accessorized with black bag and shoes, and a red hat. Images are limited, more will be released in this week’s issue of Hello! Below, part of the coverage in today’s Express.
And the cover of the paper.
The dress was very much a mystery yesterday, it remains so almost 36 hours after the event. Initial reactions, including my own, were guessing Erdem, Kate did wear two of his lace frocks while in Canada. But within an hour it became clear that wasn’t the case, unless the dress was created from a lace pattern not before seen from this designer.
Several of us on Facebook started thinking it might be another piece from Collette Dinnigan, most recently Kate wore the designer’s work to the Zara Phillips wedding. Below we share a four-shot comparing a red Collette Dinnigan with Kate’s dress and two Erdem pieces. You will see the hemlines and lace designs are different from the Erdem, his flowers are open, while the design for both the Dinnigan and Kate dress have flowers that are filled all the way in with lace.
At this point we have inquiries in to several designers and their public relations people, we’ll let you know as soon as we learn anything.
UPDATED: We have confirmation the dress is indeed a Collette Dinnigan, Kate wore the Red French Floral Lace Dress.
From the Daily Mail story:
Kate, 29, dazzled in a stunning mid-length raspberry coloured lace dress by Canadian designer Erdem and 4in L. K. Bennett shoes.
The only problem with this portion of the story is that the shoes are Prada, not LK Bennett (the distinctive gold Prada logo could clearly be seen on the soles), and as detailed above
we don’t believe the dress is by Erdem, unless it is a bespoke piece for Kate, the dress is by Collette Dinnigan. Below, three lace dresses, the red is from Collette Dinnigan and the two on the right are by Erdem, the distinction in lace designs is evident.
The shoes are described as “classic patent leather on a slim, cigarette heel,” they have a 4.5″ heel, and are still available in some sizes online for $720. (Note: in some images the shoes may look to be wine, or rich mulberry, but they are black, someone at the event shared that information with us.)
The bag carried by Kate is believed to be the Eaton clutch from Aspinal, she has carried it on multiple occasions previously; Pippa has also been seen with this bag. Kate’s version is the matte black, below we show the clutch in mock-croc patent, this version is $409.
Finally, many of us initially thought the hat Kate wore was the same seen for Canada Day during the North American tour.
A reminder, Thursday Kate & William open the Children’s Cancer Center at Royal Marsden Hospital.