Dec 272011

We’re back with another of our year-end polls, but first we want to share two quick updates on items recently worn/carried by Kate. The first is about the shoes worn by the Duchess to Christmas services this weekend.

Mascaro, who made the heels at Kate’s request, tells me they are being re-issued mid-January. The platform pumps will sell for £169, or about $265 USD.  Additionally, Mascaro’s sister brand Pretty Ballerinas is re-issuing the black velvet clutch carried by the Duchess to last week’s Sun Military Awards.

Pretty Ballerinas Black Velvet Clutch

The bag will be sold at UK Pretty Ballerinas stores starting in mid-January, it is expected to retail for about £185 (roughly $240 USD at today’s exchange rates). Two pieces of good news from Mascaro and Pretty Ballerinas.

We now move to our poll, this one seeks your opinion on the evening gowns Kate has worn in the last year.  To help jog your memory, our mini refresher course starts with the Jenny Packham Pearlescent Rose Sequin Gown worn for the June ARK Gala.

The Grecian style Alexander McQueen gown seen in July at the Hollywood BAFTA dinner.

Jen Lowery / Splash News

Jen Lowery / Splash News

The red Beulah London dress worn for the Child Bereavement Society fundraiser at St. James Palace in mid-October.

Theo Wood/Splash News

Theo Wood/Splash News

The aqua Amanda Wakeley gown seen at Kate’s first solo appearance, also in October.

Paul Burns/Splash News

Paul Burns/Splash News

The silvery asymmetric Jenny Packham evening dress seen at November’s National Memorial Arboretum appeal.

Lefteris Pitarakis/

Lefteris Pitarakis/

And a late entrant, last week’s black velvet Alexander McQueen, worn last week to the Sun Military Awards.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry attend the 'Millies' in London, UK

Don’t forget to vote on your favorite Kate Coat, click here to do that (or to see which style is leading the votes).

  27 Responses to “Kate’s Evening Gowns: Vote for your Favorite”

  1. Pretty Ballerinas velvet clutch available from our online store now :-)

  2. Would you please write on Kate’s outfit from a picture taken on Dec.24 in US Magazine, p20, the January 16 edition? She is wearing a beautiful looks like sheepskin coat and I would love to know more about it.

  3. The black gown was my favorite, it needed something else though to tie it all together, a tiara? The dress was plain and an emphasis on jewels needed to happen or something needed to be added to the dress. It wasn’t a Wow look when it should have been. I think she is trying not to overshadow William with stunning clothes which is smart like Diana did with Charles . Great arms! Glad she showed them off.

    • This was not a tiara occasion. I think it might be a good idea for us to have a little tutorial on when tiaras are appropriate and when they are not.

      I thought the diamond and ruby necklace with matching bracelet, plus the diamond earrings, provided all the “sparkle” necessary. A dress like this is pretty much a stand-alone affair. Too much jewelry would overwhelm it, when it doesn’t need anything but itself to wow. Sometimes design and fit alone are all that is really necessary to make an impact.

      Taste, after all, is about judging when to say when. Some people would say it’s all about restraint.

      • It’s a matter of opinion..but it is a lovely gown and voted it as my favorite and am a big fan of the designer..I would eventually love to see her be bold and put her hair up with a tiara, if she wanted to she could do it when the occasion is right. She looks great with it pulled back..

  4. I have to say I love the lavender BAFTA dress not just for the style but for the statement it made. Kate proved in Hollywood you can be stunning and sexy in a modest dress. No plunging neckline, gaping back or thigh high slit necessary for our Kate.

  5. I might be the only one that liked the red dress! LOL I do not like the Jenny Packham dresses–to me all I could focus on with them was how they show off her boyish body and make her shoulders look super wide. WIth her small waist, it reminds me of the V shape that men try for. Same with the BAFTA McQueen. Whereas the Amanda Wakely and red dress give her curves and a more feminine look. The black dress for me was just too plain, but a strapless does look nice on her. She needs to stay away from boatneck or straight neck dresses with cap sleeves IMO. Love her still.

  6. 1. Black McQueen (I just can’t imagine her looking more beautiful)
    2. Aqua Amanda Wakely (OMG she looked like heaven!)
    3. Pink Packham (she looked like a ballerina)

    I loved all three. I voted for the McQueen because it is completely timeless elegance, and very silver screen beauty … despite her looking like a regal princess in each one, and each one being gorgeous on its own, I’ve never been so blown away by Kate as in that black dress (AND the black velvet coat with plum accents from a while back). :)

  7. I’m choosing the pink Packham, because I think the design and fabric were particularly creative, whereas my second choice, the black McQueen, was knockout beautiful but not that original in conception. The Duchess wore them both extremely well, but that pink dress was going to be harder to carry off. The black screen-siren dress could have made a lot of women look fabulous.

    The other dresses just didn’t excite me. I liked the Wakeley and the BAFTA dress, but I thought the first was worn in the wrong season, while the color of the second just didn’t “pop”: too pale, too subdued, not the best with her complexion. Too bad, because otherwise the design was admirable.

  8. Notice the Heir to the Throne is wearing the exact same Tux in every picture? Not even a switch to a single breasted version… He even wore it to his wedding after party…

    Also, he seems to only own blue suits and red ties and one overcoat…

    • He would look better in a single breasted tux…

      • Double-breasted seems to be the standard for the royal men, but my view is that it’s been “out” for eons, and they simply haven’t caught up. Not that they need to — they should wear what they like — but those double-breasted suits they wear look quite dated by now. Charles has always preferred them, but I think he’s harking back to the 80′s, when he was still a young man.

        Charles IS interested in clothes; he always was, but now, in his 60′s, he’s comfortable sticking to what he likes. William doesn’t appear to care about clothes; he wears what’s easiest to obtain, what feels comfortable, and his dinner jacket was probably made by his father’s tailor. The same probably goes for his blue suits. He may own only a couple at this stage.

    • I’ve always been so focused on Kate in these photos that I never noticed Will’s tux… but you are absolutely right! It is the same in every photo. Oh well, he still looks great. Hopefully he will branch out a little more in the future! And yes– a single breasted coat would be much better, I think!

  9. tough choice: I love the black-velvet and lavender McQueens AND the blush pink Packham equally.

    I voted for the lavender stunner because, for one, I think Kate surprised everyone with its deceptive simplicity– white but not; no busy detailing but Fortuny-reminiscent pleats; no adornment but a cincture like stars. And for another- I can’t imagine anyone else pulling off such a dress. Her figure outshone movie stars- I was gobsmacked by that appearance- regal, graceful and youthful.

    I’ve never seen her prettier that in the pink Jenny Packham. And I just loved the black velvet McQueen.

    Come to think of it, whenever Kate and McQueen come together, it’s a masterpiece!

  10. The black velvet McQueen blew me away. Just beautiful and so elegant, as ever.

  11. The red looked like something that she should wear for the family Christmas night formal dinner. It is my least favorite. I’m going to have to think a bit about the others…so many to choose from.

  12. Similar to the coat, I’ve found I liked her more recent looks more then the earlier ones. Anyone else feeling the same? Is she growing on us (even more then originally!) or is she just getting even more astute with her choices? The early gowns looked greater on her but the Packham I didn’t care for much and the Beulah I actually disliked. The BAFTA was beautiful but to me, but still sort of “plain”. The McQueen was the first dress this year I was really stunned by, other then the wedding dress of course which I am assuming is left out because its a) not an evening gown and b) in a league of its own

    • I agree completely!
      The wedding dress is in a class of it’s own and the black evening dress actually made me say ‘wow!’ :)
      I think both are elegant. Kate can do a lot for a dress; I felt these dresses did a lot for her too.

    • To me, the lavender one at BAFTA was the first one that awed me. It made her looks like a grecian goddess. At the same time it didn’t lack of any glamorous factors given that she was attending an event in Hollywood in a spring day.

      The black velvet dress is amazing and flatters her body shape like heaven.

      I agree all other earlier gowns were …fresh but that that is pretty much where it ends.

  13. Actually, all that duchess need is her gorgeous smile and every dress look perfect on her!

  14. I just love all her evening gowns so it was a tough choice! Each is perfect for the occasion. However, my least favourite was the red Beulah. I felt this dress was a little old looking. It might have come off differently with an updo and some statement earrings… going for a 70′s type vibe. However, that’s not the duchess’s style and it was a ‘professional’ choice given that she was hosting some very high profile business women.

    • I completely agree. I’m not sure what that fabric is, but it just appears cheap to me (even though I am sure that it was anything but!).

  15. Another tie between the 2 AMC gowns: BAFTA and the last black one…oh my…which one should I vote for?

  16. Top 3:
    1. Black velvet
    2. Silver Packham
    3. Red Beulah

    I just love her taste in dresses!

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