Nov 072015
 

Kate was in another Dolce and Gabbana lace dress for this evening’s Festival of Remembrance at Royal Albert Hall.

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Chris Jackson – WPA Pool/Getty Images/PA Wire

The annual performance is put on by the Royal British Legion, it is part of the organization’s annual Poppy Appeal. This is the first time William and Kate have attended the event.

The Army in london (@ArmyinLondon)

The Army in London (@ArmyinLondon)

This photo shared by Royal Albert Hall shows royal family members as well as other guests at what I believe would be a 1980s-era Festival of Remembrance.

Royal Albert Hall

Royal Albert Hall

And the box this evening.

Sergeant Rupert Frere RLC/©2015 Crown Copyright

Sergeant Rupert Frere RLC/©2015 Crown Copyright

HM is patron of the Legion, and has only missed two Festival performances since its inception.

The Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion

She had William seated on her left in the royal box and the Duke of Edinburgh on her right; Kate was on William’s left, next to Prince Andrew. (Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are touring in New Zealand.)

The Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion

The evening’s performances are primarily of a solemn nature, honoring the armed forces and all victims of war and conflict.

The Army in London (@ArmyinLondon)

The Army in London (@ArmyinLondon)

Performances include choral works and prayers. Below, tenor Andrea Bocelli singing “Now we are Free” from the Gladiator soundtrack.

The Royal British Legion (@PoppyLegion)

The Royal British Legion (@PoppyLegion)

There are also military displays from the armed forces. Members of the Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas backstage waiting to perform.

Burkha Brigade Association Facebook

Burkha Brigade Association Facebook

The Band in action, along with the Pipes and Drums from the Brigade of Gurkas.

The Royal British Legion Twitter (@PoppyLegion)

The Royal British Legion Twitter (@PoppyLegion)

The Chelsea Pensioners entering the Hall to a standing ovation.

The Royal British Legion (@PoppyLegion)

The Royal British Legion (@PoppyLegion)

Pensioners are residents at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, a retirement and nursing home for former British Army servicemen.

Rod Stewart performed, singing “Way Back Home.”

The Royal British Legion Twitter (@PoppyLegion)

The Royal British Legion Twitter (@PoppyLegion)

There were also videos shown, this one featured a gentleman named Bob Hucklesby who spoke of his time as a Japanese POW 70 years ago.

The Royal British Legion (@PoppyLegion)

The Royal British Legion (@PoppyLegion)

The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines performing as a fog started to fill the Hall.

The British Legion (@PoppyLegion)

The British Legion (@PoppyLegion)

Pixie Lott singing with the Central Band of the RAF and the Queen’s Color Squadron of the RAF.

The Royal British Legion Twitter

The Royal British Legion Twitter

Another angle.

Royal Air Force Facebook

Royal Air Force Facebook

Jazz vocalist Gregory Porter singing Amazing Grace, you can just make out the drums in the center draped with the British flag.

The Royal British Legion (@PoppyLegion)

The Royal British Legion (@PoppyLegion)

One of the most poignant and dramatic parts of the evening is near the end of the performance, when a two-minute silence is observed and thousands upon thousands of poppy petals fall from the roof of Royal Albert Hall.

The Royal British Legion Twitter (@PoppyLegion)

The Royal British Legion Twitter (@PoppyLegion)

Another look.

The Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion

At the end of the service the national anthem is sung and three cheers are given for HM.

The Royal British Legion Facebook

The Royal British Legion Facebook

Another view of the Duke and Duchess.

As mentioned, the Duchess elected to wear another frock from Dolce and Gabbana for this evening’s performance.

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©Splash News

She wore the brand’s Lace Midi Dress.

PA Wire/Net-a-Porter

PA Wire/Net-a-Porter

The dress is a viscose/rayon/cotton/nylon blend. My friend Micki Maynard pointed out the dress is crafted of ‘bobbin lace,’ designed to lay flat and stand up to things that might snag or pull, like jewelry. It is priced at $3175 at Net-a-Porter.

Net-a-Porter

Net-a-Porter

Tonight’s style is quite similar to the aubergine D&G lace dress worn for an engagement during the China State Visit. It is knee length with long sleeves, a fitted bodice and nipped in waist, it also has a detachable silk slip lining. The fabric for this evening’s dress differs from the eggplant colored frock, and the neckline is also different; tonight’s has a scalloped neckline, while the other dress covered a portion of the neck.

Kate D&G Dolce Lace Dtresses Black and Aubergine Side by Side PA Wire Polaris

In the post about the D&G dress worn for the China State Visit I mentioned it wouldn’t be surprising to see Kate in other D&G lace designs. It is something of a signature item for the label and once Kate finds a design she likes she has shown a willingness to purchase it in multiple colors.

Kate accessorized with the diamond earrings that are thought to be a wedding gift from Prince Charles,

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Chris Jackson/WPA Pool/Getty Images/PA Wire

She also wore her Buckley poppy brooch again, this is an item still offered by the Legion.

The Poppy Shop

The Poppy Shop

Kate carried her ‘Maud’ clutch by Anya Hindmarch.

©Chris Jackson/WPA Pool/Getty/PA Wire

©Chris Jackson/WPA Pool/Getty/PA Wire

And wore her black ‘Aimee’ heels from Jimmy Choo. (Photo on right is from file, for illustration purposes only.)

Jimmy Choo/SplashNews

Jimmy Choo/SplashNews

DVD’s of the program will be available for purchase in the Legion’s Poppy Shop sometime in early January.

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We will see you tomorrow for Remembrance Sunday.

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  58 Responses to “The Duchess Wears D&G for Festival of Remembrance”

  1. I love Kate in a black lace dress, but this one…not so much. I just feel like this one swallows her beautiful figure, just like the purple one does! Do love the poppy, and the pantyhose (which, I’ve started wearing btw, and love! My legs look so much nicer!), are great, as are the shoes. I wish she would have worn these shoes with that floral Erdem from Women in Hedge Funds.

    Can I also say – I love William in his glasses! And whoever said Tom Ford would be great for William & Harry – you are totally right!!

  2. The dress is beautiful and elegant. Not breaking new ground, of course, but this isn’t the occasion to draw attention with a new style, so I think, as always, Kate’s choices were quite appropriate.

    I would also like to say how grateful I am that a recognized beauty like Kate wears nylons (pantyhose/tights)! I know they are widely regarded as “grandma” and “frumpy,” but for those of us with pale skin that bruises easily, spider veins, lumpy knees, etc., the “natural” look does NOT work. If you can find a matte finish that’s somewhat close to your natural skin tone, your legs will look so much better in pantyhose. Even very young women can have unattractive knees, and pantyhose smoothes it all out. Michelle Obama wears hose once in a while and I appreciate that too!

    As for Kate wearing the “same old thing” (lace sheath, pumps), I think that’s a good thing. For one, royalty isn’t supposed to appear overly concerned with fashion (= frivolous, spendthrift). Also, as another follower of this website once commented, the occasional lack of flair that Kate shows in her outfits suggests that maybe she doesn’t care all THAT much about clothes–she has other things on her mind, and wants to be appropriate and tactful more than she wants to be a fashion icon. If so, that’s a good thing.

  3. This look would be so fun if it had a knee-length full skirt, ala vintage Dior.

  4. I really like Kate, she comes across as a lovely person. I usually like her style too, but I’m afraid D&G design these dresses for ladies like Scarlett Johansson or Mocica Bellucci – on Kate they both look frumpy, especially the black one paired with what looks like white stockings…

  5. Even though she’s worn this look a bunch of times, I love this dress on her! It looks great. Her makeup looks softer, thank goodness. Very pretty. And I know I’ve said it before but I love when William wears glasses, it’s just so cute!

  6. This look is definitely jaded. It’s frustrating seeing her youth and beauty swamped in lace and hemlines. I fear this conservative look is here to stay. Kate wears ‘fit for purpose’ not so much fashionable clothing these days It’s something that’s evident since returning to work this year. Red for the Chinese. Space invaders dress for the kids. Blue for the sailors. Also when admin posts original garment with the shoes and accessories chosen by the designer to maximise said articles this is frustrating too. Her pale hose and black Aimee shoes age her along with all that big patterned lace. Kate is not a politician and she rarely speaks out or is quoted at these events. She is a beautiful visual representation and I would love her to maximise on this all she dares. I loved Samantha Cameron’s shoes. And that’s the extent of my retrieval of this evening

  7. I just want to know how her hair is so shiny. Does anyone know what products that are used?

  8. Lovely! Now THIS is the time for sheer lace. Evening, no gown required…just as we discussed when she chose the aubergine sheer lace for day. This is the appropriate venue and occasion and she looks great. No one can say it was a misstep. Maybe they are tired of lace, but can’t deny this is a good look. Her hair looks great as well. The bangs have grown out enough to frame her face instead of looking fringe-y and I like it straight behind her shoulders.
    Overall – gorgeous!

  9. I have to agree with the majority of posters here: I’m a bit tired of the black lace. She’s so attractive and can wear almost anything, so I think it would be nice to see her expand her repertoire slightly.
    I’d have liked to see a solid fabric in a great cut, maybe velvet or a black-on-black embroidered fabric.
    The shape of this dress is very good on her, but it’s getting boring.

  10. I liked the neckline of this dress much better than the plum lace dress. I would have liked to see a sides pulled back hairstyle. It was a very appropriate look for the occasion.

  11. I think Kate’s hair looks really pretty here. She should keep this hairstyle for a while.

  12. I think that the Duchess looks appropriate for the occasion and the dress is very pretty,however I feel like she should have gone for an updo-her hair should have been pulled back.Its covering a portion of her face.I suppose its also because I have never liked bangs.

  13. Ok, I found one thing Kate and I share in common: we buy in bulk when we can’t decide which color to keep. LOL

  14. Kate looks lovely as usual, however , some attention needs to be given to her prince . He needs some help with his wardrobe . Always in the same blue suit and the same tie . A dark grey suit would have been appropriate and it would have complimented Kate’s black dress.

  15. I should think that just about everything that could be said about Kate in lace must have been said by now. It’s very characteristic for her to stick with a style choice and she has certainly found a rich seam of designs to feed her lace habit at D&G.

    Her two picks from this label seem to differ from her earlier skin-tight sheath styles by having a larger, richer lace pattern and a looser fit through body and skirt. The earlier styles are perhaps more city-chic, while this latest offering is clearly a serviceable outfit for a solemn occasion. I like the pretty under-slip and scalloped neckline as quiet nods to femininity.

    I like Kate’s pick of diamond earrings, I haven’t always been fond of this pair as they’ve struck me as clunky up to now, but here they have the right touch of gravitas while giving a nod to royal bling. I’m quite delighted to see that fringe is growing out fast.

  16. I wonder if Kates hair was purposely worn down her back to clearly show that she was wearing her poppy brooch. There has been a bit of commentating in the UK press about thoose celebrities who choose not to wear them due to dresses being ripped or snagged by them.

  17. Beautifully appropriate!
    Kate looks lovely without drawing too much attention.
    I like the plum lace dress even better but black is the right choice here.
    I also thought Sophie’s dress was interesting.

  18. Kate is as striking as always, but this feels like “second verse, same as the first” after the plum DG a few days ago. I wish she would at least space the lace column dresses out a bit for us. Or reveal a new bit of the royal jewels to wow us :)

  19. Agree she looks great, the dress looks great on her and very appropriate for the event, and it looks like she had stockings on, we don’t see that all that often! I am very surprised she wore it so soon after the very similar eggplant-colored frock. I would have spaced them out a bit more since they are so similar. I agree with Michelle above, it would have been fantastic to see the Jenny Packham again.

  20. The duchess looked just lovely for the event. Her hair since the new styling seems very youthful and her ensemble for this evening was demure. I love that she doesn’t seem to feel the need to bring too much attention to herself.

  21. Lovely post – thank you. Remembrance Day is a poignant, beautiful occasion. The Duchess’ dress was suitable and elegant. Since everyone has to wear black there is not much she can do style-wise with this singular choice. I’m sure nearly everyone has a lace dress of this style in their cupboard but I do like it. Kate should have styled her hair differently though – half updo perhaps.

  22. Classic and elegant as always. Perfect for the occasion.

  23. The evening would have been a time of remembrance and unity and quite splendid, I would imagine. Kate looks appropriate, but really, how many black lace dresses does one need? She could have worn any one of the many she already owns. Obviously she is not as tired as we are with the predictable “same old same old.”

    • Agreed. I was going to yawn when I saw the black lace dress. So far it has been black lace dresses from Temperley, DVF and now D&G. All seem to be all alike. Need to venture off.

  24. I love lace and am happy for the Duchess to wear a new black lace dress, but I’m afraid I don’t quite like this particular one. I find the 3 flowers at the neckline very distracting. The lace on the plum D&G was much prettier in my view. I also thought her hair was too straight and flat. I much prefer the Countess of Wessex’s outfit.

  25. I love Kate’s Buckley Poppy pin. I bought it last year, and it’s still my only matching item of hers. :) It’s beautiful in person, as well!

    • I just received mine! It’s my only matching item, too! HOWEVER, mine wants to “flop” over for lack of a better word. Do you have that problem? I wonder how Kate’s stays perfectly in place in all the photos?

  26. I thought this was quite lovely – perfectly suitable for the occasion, and I preferred this neckline to the plum, and it seemed better tailored all around.

  27. When I saw the photos I thought DG – but this time in black . . . . nothing wrong with it but why have an almost copy of other one ?

  28. Hello, I do love this blog and I agree that the dress was very appropriate for the evening

    One correction — you get it closer the second time but there is no such thing as the Brigade of Burkhas :) It is the Brigade of Gurkhas, a Nepalese regiment famous for their loyalty and ferocity in combat.

    Thank you for the pictures!

  29. I actually like the lace dresses and I think this one looks really pretty. I love that she pushed her hair back behind her shoulders. I always find it heavy when it hangs in front as she often wears it. I’m sure it was to make sure that her poppy was visible, but in hope it’s not a one-time occurrence.

  30. I love lace as much as the next gal but in moderation. This is too much and it ages her. It is not a good look on her. I know she loves lace but she needs to stop with high necked dresses, they do not look good on her.

    Someone mentioned her hair being kept behind her shoulders. This is most likely intentional. Kate has a history of fidgeting and touching her hair when she is nervous due to her preference to wearing it down most of the time–there is ample photo evidence of this. In the past her hair has also covered important brooches worn to significant events like the poppy pin. There was probably a memo–you can wear your hair down IF you make the brooch visible. So at least in that respect she is respecting the event and not hiding significant objects behind her hair which she has used as a crutch in the past.

  31. For starters, that does NOT look (nor fit) like a dress that cost almost 3K. I’ve always loved lace, so I can’t knock that, but I feel Kate wears it a bit too much and in a way that doesn’t seem very “special.” I have no idea if that makes sense. But you could have bought a dress from DVF that looks almost exactly like this one for like a third (if not less) of the cost of this one and you’d never be able to tell the difference.

    I think I’m one of the few people who love her long hair and do NOT want her to cut it (I’ve seen so many say she’d look good with a bob, I disagree) but it really is sad she fired her original hairstylist. Her hair for her engagement announcement was as perfect as it comes and her hair now looks horrible compared to that. She has a hairstylist at her disposal, I just wish she’d switch it up a bit instead of ALWAYS wearing it the same-way. It gets so boring to look at all that hair just hanging off of her.

  32. Oh Kate, another miss. Two dresses each of $3000 which are just too similar. Simple black velvet sheath would have been perfect. Nothing but the red broach. Seems to wasteful to have so many dresses that all look the same. And if she’s doing this when she is relatively young, we will all be watching someone else’s style as time goes on. Princess Mary seems to have more style these days.

  33. Long time lurker, first time poster. I am also disappointed with Kate’s appearance at this event. The dress ages her, is not tailored properly, but most importantly, it is completely uninspired! I suspect her hair was kept behind her shoulders to reduce her temptation to always touch it. Here’s another idea, why not wear it in an upstyle? Instead its giving her a bobble head appearance and her face is completely drowning in it.

  34. I wonder why Kate pushed her hair behind her shoulders? Maybe to better show off the neckline? I like the neckline of this one much better. And the sleeves seem to fit better.

  35. When Kate is appearing with the family she usually tries to blend in and not make a statement. This is not the sort of event you want to call attention to yourself or your clothes. While the black D&G was new, it was very Kate and relatively non-descript. I was half expecting her to wear a repeat of the black Jenny Packham with the fern leaf on the shoulder – a bit of a nod to Prince Charles in NZ. But this was appropriate.

    • That would have been a fabulous dress to see again for this event. One of my favorite black dresses she owns, and the red poppy would have been set off prominently (like the fern brooch was) instead of disappearing into the busyness of the lace.

  36. Charming and entirely appropriate for the occasion, but it’s really the black version, aside from some minor design differences, of the plum D&G dress worn for the Chinese state visit.

    While a bit boring (I am, as everyone knows, not an aficionado of the Duchess’s much-loved all-lace look), this dress couldn’t have been more suitable, while the plum version struck me as “not quite suitable” for daytime wear.

    But really, what you can say about Remembrance Weekend clothing? All black and mostly not well seen, anyway! I’m not certain that we should even be bothering to comment, unless someone wears something stunningly bizarre.

    Though that might be fun.

  37. I suspect the Palace set down a relative strict dress code for this event, since it’s an occasion in which HM takes center stage. Kate looks absolutely appropriate. The black lace dress is her cocktail/evening equivalent of her blazer/Breton/skinny jeans day uniform. I know some people think it’s boring, but I’d rather have her look sedate than fashion forward in these settings.

    • Brenda, the event is to honour the Fallen and veterans of the two World Wars, and has now added ‘all conflicts since.’ They take centre stage, it is their event; and the Queen attends as the monarch of the UK, and Head of the Commonwealth; along with the Royal party. The females follow in making sure they do not outshine HM, but as everyone is wearing black, it’s not very likely.

      As for Catherine’s dress, it was a case of too much lace too soon, unfortunately. The same pattern in black velvet would have looked much better, I think.

      Someone mentioned Catherine wearing stockings. I thought she always wore them when she is in public, the Queen would frown heavily if she didn’t. Even the ‘Royal Rebel,’ Zara would put them on for a public appearance.

  38. I don’t think this dress is as pretty as the plum. This one has a heavy, unflattering look. The neckline is cutting her neck off in a strange place while her torso and arms look thick, and we all know they are not. She has other very similar dresses in her closet that are much more attractive than this one.

  39. I know people will moan on about black lace dresses she owns but.. this one is superb on her. She looks amazing. Great fit, elegant style, great length. 100%

    She wore a black lace (short) dress in NYC but she was 3-4 months pregnant so (1) it wont fit now (2) it was too short (3) not a good look generally so if its gone – I’m happy

    The DVF long black lace dress is not suitable for this event and, again, she wore it when pregnant. Loved it but unless altered, we wont see it again.

    She has worn a black “cut out” dress (with “strings” across the front) which glowed white in the flash lights and I think the majority hated it – so why would any of us want to see it again?

    And then there was another black “cut out” which was short, that she wore to a Sports Gala. I don’t think the majority liked that one either.

    So instead of moaning about too many black lace dresses, be glad she’s ditched the ugly and bought a great one.

    • cannot agree more

    • There are other evening looks beside black lace, and as one commenter above noted, the return of the black Jenny Packham from the NZ tour would have been appropriate and lovely for this event. But I also agree that this particular black lace dress wins in the knee-length category of the Duchess’s wardrobe. So if she will wear this “look”, she found one that works well.

  40. There are so many beautiful black dress out there. Why does Kate always stick with the same boring black lace? I was not a fan of the purple dress and I don’t like this one either. It does nothing for her figure. I also think the style ages her. If she was going to wear a black lace dress, than why not choose one she has worn before? I am so disappointed by her look tonight. The hair also does not ad to this look. Sorry to be so negative. I just expected more with a new $3000 dress.

    • Maybe the Duchess likes lace and likes black lace.. She looks appropriate for the occasion. It’s nice to state your opinion but I really don’t understand why you seem so upset over this dress. Very odd.

      • I don’t think Erin seems overly upset – just stating her opinion. We are all here because we like to follow the Duchess’ fashion, and occasionally we will dislike something she is wearing.

        I agree with Erin, it’s a disappointing outfit for something so expensive. Her hair is also getting worse every time we see her. So matronly and heavy. Not a good look at all.

        • Thank you Amy :). I wasnt upset at all. This is a fashion blog so naturally we are here to talk about Kates fashion.
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  41. I love this dress- it looks so beautiful on her. I would love to see her enjoy shoes more- how about a pair of sling backs?? or a peep toe ? Some variety would be nice.

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