Kate hit a home run with tonight’s look for a gala fundraiser in Mumbai.
The dinner was the hottest ticket in town, attended by a who’s who of Bollywood stars, athletes and other celebrities. More on the event from The Daily Mail:
This evening’s event is being thrown by The British High Commission in partnership with the British Asian Trust – Prince Charles’ charity – and the Taj Mahal Palace hotel, where the Duke and Duchess are staying in Mumbai after arriving in India this morning for a seven-day trip.
Below you see Kate with two superstars, actress and former Miss World Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (l) and Shah Rukh Khan (c). To his left is actress Madhuri Dixit, also a superstar.
The Mirror has more on the origins of tonight’s party:
The fundraising event has been organised by the British Asian Trust whose members include Syco executive Sonny Takhar who works with Simon Cowell and One Direction.
Sonny said: “It would be remiss of them to go to India and not experience Bollywood culture because it’s such an important part of the cultural fabric of the country.
The Duchess chose a piece from probably her go-to party frock designer, Jenny Packham, but it had a local element.
The material was hand-beaded in India, a significant undertaking wherever it was accomplished. The bodice of the gown was covered in beads and sequins.
While a matching cape was also embellished with the shining, shimmering beads, but with a very light hand, creating a soft, almost ethereal effect.
Once again that rich, regal blue was an outstanding color for Kate.
Kate and William with some of the stars attending tonight’s function.
After dinner William delivered remarks.
From The Mirror’s coverage:
…he revealed that Kate told him when they were married that India was at the top of the list of places she wanted to visit.
“When Catherine and I were married, India was the first place on Catherine’s list that she told me that she wanted to visit,” he told attendees.
“Two children and five years later, we have finally made it – and we are both honoured to be here.”
A closer look at Kate’s hair.
The Duchess accessorized with a custom bag made to go with the gown.
And she wore a new pair of evening sandals, you can just see a bit of them below.
Here are two different styles by Prada: on the left, a higher-heeled Blue Version (€620, about $700, at Prada online); on the right, almost the same shoe, but in black with a slightly lower heel ($750 at Neiman Marcus). I really can’t tell which Kate might be wearing from the one photo I have. Tomorrow I will effort another look at things.
There was another local element incorporated into tonight’s ensemble. The Duchess’s earrings are by Amrapali, an Indian company.
They are something of a departure for Kate, with a heavier appearance than many of the earrings she is most often seen wearing. We thought that perhaps a match was found for the style; but while close, it wasn’t a perfect match. Below you see a pair of Amrapali earrings recently sold on flash sale site Gilt.com.
That pair was described as “lapis and diamond double oval drop earrings”. Input from those more experienced with this sort of thing noted that Kate’s pair (you see just one earring in the image above, on the left) has a small stone in between the upper and lower portion of the earrings. The shape of Kate’s is a little different as well.
And a look at the gown without the cape covering it.
Do you have a favorite of today’s three looks?
Here is tomorrow’s agenda from our Royal Tour 2016 section of the site.
MONDAY APRIL 11: MUMBAI / NEW DELHI
- GREAT campaign event at a bar/restaurant/internet cafe called The Social where the couple will meet young entrepreneurs
- Flight to New Delhi
- India Gate: Kate & William lay a wreath at this site, a war memorial.
- Gandhi Smriti Museum: The Museum houses Old Birla House, where Mahatma Gandhi lived the last several months of his life and where he was assassinated in 1948.
- Queen’s Birthday Party: This event at the British High Commissioner’s residence will be “Attended by hundreds of VIPs from the world of government and politics.” William delivers remarks allowing him to “personally pay tribute to his grandmother.”
: Please forgive any typos, errors or other issues; it’s been a longish day and I will handle any such challenges in the morning.
- A Mirror story titled ‘Kate Middleton showcases the best of British and Indian fashion’ may be read here
- The Daily Mail’s photo-heavy story is here,
- People magazine’s story is here, PopSugar’s photos are here,
- The Hindustan Time’s photo gallery is here,
- Click here to read The Mirror’s piece with a look at some of the biggest stars at tonight’s gala