Mar 282017

Kate chose a deep green gown by Temperley London for tonight’s gala at the National Portrait Gallery.

©Stephen Lock / i-Images

©Stephen Lock / i-Images

The Duchess is the Gallery’s royal patron.

National Portrait Gallery Twitter

National Portrait Gallery Twitter

She looked radiant in the ‘kind of new’ (we’ll explain in a minute) gown.

©James Whatling

©James Whatling

The Press Association’s Catherine Wylie shared this video of the Duchess arriving.

The occasion was the gallery’s annual gala. Below you see Kate smiling as the Gallery’s Director, Dr. Nicholas Cullinan, jokes that “It’s interesting to be talking to so many people, and know none of them are looking at me” as shared in this photo by Hannah Furness, Arts Correspondent for The Telegraph.  

Hannah Furness, The Daily Telegraph @Hannah_Furness

Hannah Furness, The Daily Telegraph @Hannah_Furness

More from The Evening Standard’s story 

She viewed two exhibitions – Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends, and Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun: Behind The Mask, Another Mask. 

The 2017 gala is fundraising for Coming Home, a project that will make it possible for portraits of people to return to places that are special to them for a loan period of over three years.

©Neil Hall / Reuters / Splash

©Neil Hall / Reuters / Splash

More from The Daily Mail:

Moving upstairs, the Duchess was shown ten masks by artists including Philip Treacy, Maggie Hambling and Dame Vivienne Westwood, due to be sold for fundraising efforts. A series of 100 new postcards, by famous artists who have anonymised their work, were also up for sale for £250.

Kate is speaking with Dr. Cullinan and a woman whose identity I have not been able to discover.  Our thanks to Stephanie for her comment; she says the woman is Dr. Emilie Gordenker, one of two directors of the Mauritshuis in The Hague. The Duchess met Dr. Gordenker when visiting the Mauritshuis in October of last year.  (See another newsbyte below regarding Dr. Gordenker and what she wore at the Mauritshuis earlier today.)

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Kensington Palace @KensingtonRoyal

And from Richard Palmer’s story in The Express:

The funds raised will directly support the National Portrait Gallery’s work in delivering inspirational exhibitions and displays, offering unique learning opportunities and undertaking world class research.

Notable names at tonight’s function included model Alexa Chung (seen 3rd from right below), Princess Diana’s brother, Earl Spencer, and model/tv presenter Donna Air, said to be dating Kate’s brother James Middleton.

Catherine Wylie, Press Association Twitter @WylieCatherine

Catherine Wylie, Press Association Twitter @WylieCatherine

Also attending the gala, one of Kate’s favorite designers, Erdem Moralioglu. I believe he is the gentleman second from the left wearing glasses.

Catherine Wylie, Press Association Twitter @WylieCatherine

Catherine Wylie, Press Association Twitter @WylieCatherine

After mingling and viewing exhibits guests enjoyed a formal dinner.

National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery

During the night’s festivities Kate happened to meet parents of students who will be attending school with Prince George this fall.  From The Daily Mail’s coverage of the gala:

She was introduced to Richard Found, who runs an architecture and design practice, and his wife Jane Suitor, an art consultant and collector, who revealed that their child was also at Thomas’s School in Battersea, where her son will be starting in September.

They told the Duchess it was a ‘great school’ and she said she hoped to see them at the school gates.

‘We were chatting about Thomas’, the school George will be going to,’ said Mr Found afterwards.

For more on the choice of school, see our second portion of the post.

Now for a look at what Kate wore to the gala.

Both Photos © Reimschuessel/Splash

Both Photos © Reimschuessel/Splash

The Duchess was in a lace gown by Temperley London. The reason I referenced the dress as “kind of new” is because we had a glimpse of it last year when IKON Pictures posted this photo of Kate and William on their way to Windsor Castle for a private dinner celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday.

IKON Pictures Twitter (@IKONPictures)

IKON Pictures Twitter (@IKONPictures)

After seeing that photo last April, Tiffany C. did some detective work and noted on the WKW Facebook page that the lace pattern matched that of Kate’s Temperley lace ‘Amoret’ gown. The Amoret was first worn to the War Horse premiere, and again for a Saint Andrews University fundraiser.

Weir Photos/Splash News

Weir Photos/Splash News

Lace detail from the two frocks.

Kate Amoret Temperley Lace Pattern side by side Green NPG Gala Pattern March 28 2017


You can see how the dress moves in another video from Catherine Wylie.

The dress features a fitted bodice and full skirt, sheer sleeves and front upper bodice, and a deeply scooped out back. The sleeves and collar are both trimmed in eyelash lace.

Kate Back Green Lace Temperley London Gown NPG Portrait Gallery Gala March 28 2017 Splash


This shows where the additional panel of fabric is added to create the full skirt.


The bespoke piece is a mix of designs elements from Temperley’s Cleo dress and Ariel dresses, offering an opportunity for us to do Fun with Fashion Math.

As shown

As shown

Both the Cleo and the Ariel were offered in different colors and lengths.

Temperley London Cleo Lace Blue Navy Silver March 28 2017

I knew the design looked familiar in the royal blue version but couldn’t sort out why. It turns out we featured the Cleo in its shorter length in a March 2014 post looking at possible designs ahead of the New Zealand/Australia tour.

What Kate Wore March 2014

What Kate Wore March 2014

As many noted, tonight’s dress does have similarities to the Amoret gown.

©Weit Photo Splash / Stephen Lock, i-Images

©Weir Photo Splash / Stephen Lock, i-Images

UPDATE MAR 29 Michelle of Perth’s Fashion put her incredible detective skills to work and shared a fab find on Twitter, the ‘Florence’ gown from Temperley’s 2013 Bridal Collection. It is almost identical to Kate’s dress. The distinctions between the two that I can discern are the princess seams on the wedding gown, which Kate’s dress does not have, and the different lace pattern.

©Temperley London/ /Temperley London/Splash

©Temperley London/i-Images/Temperley London/Splash

One thing that I had not noticed until Michelle pointed it out: the eyelash trim on the is lace is used on the scalloped border of the fabric insert on the skirt. Hopefully you can see it in this enlargement.

©James Whatling

©James Whatling

Thoughts on tonight’s look from The Telegraph’s Caroline Leaper, fashion news & features editor.

Attending the 2017 Portrait Gala, Kate met with a room full of artists and fashion insiders – It girl Alexa Chung was among those in attendance, in a voluminous off-shoulder dress. But by choosing a subtle, classically stylish gown, Kate held her own in the crowd.

Kate carried her ‘Charlie’ clutch by Wilbur and Gussie, still offered for purchase online (£195). The gold glitter clutch measures 21cm x 12cm (roughly 8″ x  5″), comes with a detachable wrist strap and is made in Spain.

©Splash / Wilbur & Gussie / Splash

©Splash / Wilbur & Gussie / Splash

Kate wore a pair of shoes by Jimmy Choo we haven’t seen for quite awhile, the Dart Sandal. I didn’t realize until tonight that the straps are two colors/finishes, one with a glitter finish and the other with a satin finish.

©Zak Hussein, Splash News / Jimmy Choo

©Zak Hussein, Splash News / Jimmy Choo

A side note, I think the last time we saw the Jimmy Choo sandals paired with the Charlie Clutch was at the Malaysia state dinner in 2012, accessorizing a custom gown by Alexander McQueen

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©Splash News/PA Wire

Back to this evening’s accessories, Kate had on a new pair of earrings by Kiki McDonough. 

©Zak Hussein / Splash News

©Zak Hussein / Splash News

The earrings are a one-off design; on the left, you see a pair with similar stones, another find by Michelle of Perths Fashion.  They are quite similar to a Special Edition style that was removed from the website last night, the Candy Pink Tourmaline Green Amethyst Drop Earrings, they were discovered by Hilary.  I have emailed Kiki McDonough’s PR firm asking them to let us know if Kate was wearing the Candy Pink style.  

UPDATE MAR 30: The good folks at Kiki McDonough’s PR firm got back to me right away; they say Kate’s earrings are similar to the Special Edition earrings that were shown on the site. They are pink tourmaline and green amethyst (technically prasiolite); I have updated the photo to reflect the new information. 

© Splash News/Kiki McDonough/James Whatling

© Splash News/Kiki McDonough/James Whatling

This is not the first time Kate has worn the earrings. Anna of My Small Obsessions notes in her post that they were worn to the private Royal Foundation reception last November. I did not publish any of the photos that were shared on Instagram, but you can see a few here.  

As was immediately evident, Kate elected to wear her hair down for this evening’s engagement. 

Both photos ©James Whatling

Both photos ©James Whatling

In this photo of Kate leaving the event, you can see Sophie Agnew just behind Kate, in a deep blue gown. She is filling in for Kate’s personal private secretary, Rebecca Deacon, who was married this weekend.

©Zak Hussein / Splash News

©Zak Hussein / Splash News

We’ll leave this portion of the post with a great shot of the Duchess at tonight’s gala.

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace


We have several other quick updates to share that we hope you find interesting. In case you did not see the news, Kate and William announced where Prince George will be attending school this fall, and it was a surprise. The announcement was made Friday afternoon on social media.

Kensington Palace Twitter

Kensington Palace Twitter

It was thought George would be attending Wetherby School, but his parents have chosen Thomas’s Battersea. From The Daily Telegraph’s coverage:

The decision means that, unlike his father and grandfather, Prince George will join a class alongside four-year-old girls rather than the all-boys environment traditionally favoured by Royal and upper class families.

The Duke of Cambridge and his brother Prince Harry both attended Wetherby pre-prep before moving to Ludgrove and then Eton.



Below you see the Prince on his first day attending the Montessori school located near the family’s country home.

©HRH The Duchess of Cambridge

©HRH The Duchess of Cambridge

There are four St. Thomas’s schools, including one in Kensington. The Battersea location is roughly 15-20 minutes from Kensington Palace. From the Thomas’s Battersea website:

Thomas’s Battersea is a busy, thriving, purposeful school, educating 540 boys and girls between the ages of four and 13.

Whilst we are proud of our record of senior school entrance and scholarship successes, we place a greater emphasis on a set of core values, which include kindness, courtesy, confidence, humility and learning to be givers, not takers. We hope that our pupils will leave this school with a strong sense of social responsibility, set on a path to become net contributors to society and to flourish as conscientious and caring citizens of the world.

Channel 24 News notes that other notable names have attended the school: “The royal toddler joins a host of famous faces who attended the school, including Cara Delevingne and her sisters Poppy and Chloe as well as Florence and the Machine’s Florence Welch.”

It’s possible the Duchess and Duke chose Thomas’s in part because it is co-ed; Charlotte will be able to go to the same school as her big brother.


Our next tidbit is about Emilie Gordenker of the Mauritshuis MuseumOne of two Museum directors, Ms. Gordenker, gave Kate a tour of the facility when the Duchess visited the Netherlands in October. Many readers liked the Roksanda Ilincic dress she wore for the event. 

Courtesy Photo via The Mauritshuis

Courtesy Photo via The Mauritshuis

Today’s sartorial selection will also be appreciated by readers: Ms. Gordenker wore Alexander McQueen when she hosted Queen Máxima of the Netherlands and Argentine First Lady Juliana Awada at the Museum. 


Courtesy Photo via The Mauritshuis

More specifically, Ms. Gordenker was in the brand’s Obsession Print dress.

The / /

The  Mauritshuis / Polaris / Farfetch


We have two quick bytes to share from our Retail Roundup page.

Net-a-Porter / Splash

Net-a-Porter / Splash

© Zak Hussein, Splash News / Robin Nunn, Nunn Syndication, Polaris / Zak Hussein, Splash

© Zak Hussein, Splash News / Nunn Syndication, Polaris / Zak Hussein, Splash

And finally, the latest additions to Kate’s Calendar.

  • Tuesday, April 4: The Duchess attends the opening night of 42nd Street at London’s Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. The opening night event is a benefit for The Nook Appeal, a fundraising effort for a new EACH children’s hospice. Kate is the royal patron of EACH, and she helped launch the fundraising effort in 2014. The revival production of 42nd Street stars Grammy Award winner Sheena Easton; Kate will meet attendees before the play and take part in a group photo with the cast after the show concludes. The EACH news release is here.
EACH Nook Appeal

EACH Nook Appeal

  • Friday, May 11: Kate undertakes a one-day visit to Luxembourg to attend commemorations of the 1867 signing of the Treaty of London, which confirmed Luxembourg’s independence and neutrality. The visit is being made at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. More from Richard Palmer’s Express story:

“Details about the visit have not been released but it is likely Kate will meet members of Luxembourg’s monarchy, probably including the head of state Grand Duke Henri.

The Grand Duke and his wife Grand Duchess Maria Teresa were guests at William and Kate’s wedding in 2011.”

We’ll leave you with this 42nd Street video from the BBC.


  142 Responses to “A New Lace Gown for the Duchess at Portrait Gallery Gala”

  1. Beautiful color and cut, and perfectly styled with the gold and silver accessories. However, most stunning is the hair. I love the side part and the makeup – is that another showing of a subtle cat eye?! With this color, I think a red or wine color lip would bring it up a notch, but then again that might be too festive. I don’t envy her for her quandaries…

  2. For what it’s worth, it’s Dr. Gordenker. She’s very elegant!

  3. I like the dress a lot but not in green – that’s not a color for her. And then again, it is a safe choice and she likes being safe. So no surprises there.
    I think most of her shoes are dreadful and I am appalled at that. There are so many feminine, elegant options out there but she chooses clunky designs.
    The earrings and the clutch do not go at all with her dress.
    Having said that, she always looks lovely and happy to be there.

  4. I was so pleased to see a formal dress that is at heart a “repeat”, even if it is our first view of it at a public event. I imagine red-carpet-style events must be quite the balancing act for Kate because she has to combine the glamour of “special occasion” with some appearance of thrift. She is a buy-a-dress personage; not a borrow-a-dress culture star. How hard is that line to walk? As evidenced from these comments, very difficult indeed.

    So, I’m glad to see the Duchess in her tried-but-true style but with new elements to critique. For my part, I don’t love the earrings. That’s a personal style issue; I wouldn’t wear them. But I do like the clutch and shoes together, and they seem to work with the dress. (At least they aren’t a shade of green or black!)

    But as I consider the “Fun with Fashion Math” equation our dear admin put together, and then the later find of the Florence wedding dress, I do have this quibble. The neckline of either the Florence or the Ariel would have been more flattering. This harsh horizontal neckline is just not something I ever prefer on Kate. So with 3 necklines to pick from, I’m disappointed that she chose the one from the Cleo. It just seems so restrictive and constricted visually.

  5. I think she looks OK but because of the high neck and no skin showing and all that hair – she looks sort of constricted, slmost like she is being strangled. I have been looking at all the wonderful photos of Euro royals and state visits this werk and their hair is so much better styled when they wear evening dress. First thought on Kate really was a frond of seaweed with something growing out the top.

  6. I love this deep hunter lace dress!! Her hair is also fabulous and so are the earrings! Really loved everything she wore for this event! Green is definitely her color!

  7. I love this dress, lace is my favourite & obviously Catherine’s too. There’s no big secret about social norms regarding lace-wearing here, we just love lace – I can think of at least 2 TV presenters who are often in lace too. I love the gold sandals & handbag & her hair looks fantastic. I don’t usually like dark green but it is a refreshing colour change from black. (I originally thought the dress was a black one in the car photo, that it was the camera-flash bringing the base colour out lol) The only thing about the dress I’d change is the length, why have a lovely dress trailing along the floor, especially outside, & having to lift it every time she moves/turns. I’ll pass on the earrings, I like the style, colours & contrasts, just not the fact the stone loses colour looking transparent in the middle. For another outing in the dress, I think dark green satin pumps would be nice.
    I’d like to tell Fliss & anybody else who thinks it’s Spring in London, this is only because of the month of the year – it’s actually bitter cold in the UK, not literally, but it’s rained heavily for several days with high winds in places, it isn’t spring-like at all here.
    Catherine looked wonderful & to anybody who didn’t like it, at least it was a whole lot better than the bedspread Alexa Jung had (unflatteringly) draped around herself.

    • Gosh. I’m in N1 and it’s been lovely today and yesterday and actually pretty warm for the last week or so. Today its 19 degrees and the trees in the parks and roads are full of blossom. Its definitely spring in this part of London. I’m very sorry you’re not getting the good weather too!

      • That’s the British weather for you – I wasn’t that far away & did travel on those days – still no tree blossom in south Wales , or at least not in some places or on the way to Heathrow, still thick jackets everywhere. Never mind, the world knows our weather gives us something to talk about on the train!

  8. Good look on her. I think the accessories are fine. Appropriate, but not dazzling. Honestly, I would much rather see her with an understated, modest look (so long as it is pulled together) than trying to make a statement thus drawing attention to herself rather than the event she is supporting.

  9. Please Kate, buy better bras!!!!!!

    • I very much doubt that the Duchess is wearing a bra. In my, albeit, very limited experience, when you have a bespoke or haute couture garment, support is built in.

      • I always wondered about that. Also what is the difference between bespoke or haute couture?

        • Susan D, I looked this one up.
          Bespoke means, “made to order.” So the person buying it can be assured of the sizing and any details he/she wishes to have included. I assume if it is made to order, then any designer or dressmaker could use the term.

          Haute Couture, is a term protected by law in France. For a design house to use the designation there are three conditions that must apply:
          *The design is made to order for private clients, with one or more fitting.
          *There must be a workshop in Paris employing at least 15 full time people.
          *Each season (twice yearly January and July) the design house must present a collection to the Paris press, comprising of at least 50 outfits for daytime and evening wear.

          Obviously the term Haute Couture is used outside of Paris…in the same way bubbly white wine is called Champagne, even though technically, to be Champagne, it has to be from the Champagne region of France.

        • As I said, I am not an expert. My understanding is that bespoke and couture clothing is not clothing purchased off the rack ready-to-wear.

          Bespoke is a custom made piece, designed and made especially for a particular customer. Couture is the same but really high end from well known fashion houses and I think all hand made garments.

          Many of the Duchess’ clothes are described as bespoke, and I have not been following this blog very long but I don’t recall ever seeing something described as couture. My guess would be that some thing like her wedding dress would be properly described as couture. But …. I am not positive about that.

          I know there are a lot of people out there with more knowledge than I on the subject. I hope to hear from some!

        • Susan D – as far as I understand, bespoke refers to something made to order. And haute couture generally means something very expensive made by an upscale fashion house.

          It may be that the designer only makes one of a kind statement dress or clothing. And if you buy it, and if it gets tailored for you, some might consider that bespoke but I wouldn’t. However, if you order a dress that anyone else could buy, but have the design or fabric changed uniquely for you – say a different neckline or fabric or change an a-line bottom to a sheath – and that change is not generally available to others, then I would consider the dress to be “bespoke” as it was custom made for you.

          Just my definition. Maybe others want to weigh in?

  10. Wow, a very interesting discussion is taking place in the comments about Kate’s fashion choices, and how she “sometimes” wears interesting things, should wear more Royal jewels, should buy less lace, should have better accessories, etc.
    It seems that many people’s criticisms about what we would like to see Kate wear don’t necessarily take into account who she is and why she makes the fashion choices she does. She’s not a born Royal and she’s not Princess Diana, who was a born aristocrat. She has a distinct role as a consort of the future King, and she must behave (and dress) accordingly. I think that not only does she have no intention of making a splash with fashion, she very consciously chooses pieces that won’t draw attention to her.
    I’ve been a follower of Kate for years, and I have a strong interest in her fashion choices, not because I may see things that I admire or wish to emulate, not because I perceive her to be a trendsetter (although she is), and not because I’m waiting for her to break the mold with some new outfit. But because I think that Kate makes very thoughtful and meticulous sartorial choices, and always dresses appropriate for the occasion.
    What I see reflected in her clothing choices is someone who is very aware of the position that she holds, understands that she is in a spotlight yet doesn’t wish to be the centre of attention, and also recognizes the power of fashion yet is not consumed by it. She has favourite silhouettes, favourite fabrics (lace), and favourite designers (AMcQ) that we often see repeated and I think that is to keep things simple. I think her choices are very smart, efficient, diplomatic, and not fussy, and I think that very much reflects her attitude toward her role within the Royal family. She is proving to be a steadfast partner to William and establishing her identity and role within the Royal family, and I think what she chooses to wear reflects that to a tee. She never upstages the Queen, or any other member of the Royal family, or even her event hosts for that matter. She always looks elegant, and I think she does take some risks when appropriate but never takes it too far. It’s very clear that she’s more focused on her role, and her duties during public events than what outfit she turns up in, although she is keenly aware of the impact of her clothing choices.

    • Bravo to Preppy Hippy. I agree with her views on the DOC’s role, position and clothing choices.

    • Very well said, preppyhippy. I agree that Kate focusses more on the charitable causes than the clothing she wears. This is most certainly a correct priority to have. Given her access to designers, stylists, gems and finances, I am one who wishes Kate would take more risk with her fashion choices. However, she does all the good things that you state. Nobody can deny how appropriate she is, how caring she is and how well she is growing into the role as a future Queen.

    • Beautifully stated, preppyhippy! I get bored at times by the consistency, but even when bored, I find it fascinating to watch how much thought she puts into it including that very consistency. It’s a shame we’ll probably never get an inside scoop on her philosophy of fashion and her role. (sigh)

    • Well said Preppyhippy. I believe you have summed up the Duchess of Cambridge’s fashion choices/sense extremely well. As someone in her sixties I applaud the splendid job she is doing and her ability to engage with people and dress appropriately for her role – quite an achievement in such a young woman. And of course to my mind she invariable looks lovely in all her fashion selections.

    • So well put Preppyhippy! I had been thinking about writing a similar post. I find it troubling that even in this day and age, people put such impossibly high expectations on Kate as to what she should be wearing or not wearing. And even to go so far as to say that she has no style! We are told that as women we should embrace our body types, find our own styles, and our own way in the world. That is what Kate is doing and bravo to her.

  11. I think the duchess looks fabulous! (But perhaps that’s because I wore a hunter green lace cocktail dress with gold accessories to a wedding this November :-) ) Although the earrings aren’t necessarily what I would have chosen, in my opinion I don’t think jewels would have looked appropriate. I think they would have looked too formal for the occasion. Her hair looks beautiful down, but an updo would have really shown off the back of that dress.

  12. Green with gold and red accessories? Umm… Its Christmas???!!!

    I’m not a fan of this look and its Spring in London so I do think time for something jollier. I do also wonder why Kate doesn’t make more use of the jewels in the royal vault rather than buying another pair of expensive-for-what-they-are-earrings. She may not be a lover of fashion (I think she is actually) but she does seem to like shopping.

  13. The dress is a gorgeous color and great color on Kate. The fit is wonderful. I am not a big fan of the gold clutch and shoes but would not have gone with green shoes. I like the earrings they are fun but probably would have gone with diamonds. I would not have worn emeralds with this dress. Her hair and make up looked really good. Overall a beautiful gown.

  14. I love this color, the hair, the makeup, even the accessories. But I really wish it wasn’t lace. Well-constructed satin, off the shoulders with a wrap bodice and some tucking or pinning or whatever it’s called, a reasonable slit in the skirt, with the same length and a minor train would’ve been GORGEOUS. And with an updo? It would’ve knocked our socks off. She looks fantastic, but I still can dream about days without lace, or at least without lace with so big of a pattern.

    • The problem with satin – the EVILS of satin – wrinkles like CRAZY! And those wrinkles look even worse under flash photography!

  15. With access to the Royal Jewels, why would one wear those Kiki things?

  16. Kate looks really pretty and the gown fits her elegantly – I’m personally not a fan of so much lace and dark green is not really a color I love, but I recognize that she looks good. But the shoes and clutch, while pretty, seem like such a random choice with the gown. And even the earrings – seems like she wasn’t working with a vision here as often seems to be the case with her accessories. Oh look, earrings, let’s put them on.

    I think this dress would have been even more elegant with black pumps with maybe a bit of bling on them, and then some diamonds in her ears.

  17. After years of reading this blog, I have to say, these are the meanest comments I have ever read. Kate is “boring”; she plays it “safe”; she looks “middle class”; comments about her hair, her dress, her figure, every little thing. Why do women do this to each other?

    If Kate isn’t all consumed by fashion, maybe that leave her more time to pay attention to her husband and children.

    I say she looks stunning, beautiful, radiant, and lovely. I love how she looks in this gown and her hair is to die for. Well done, Duchess!

    • I agree we shouldn’t say bad things about her figure, but we are all here to give some form of criticism. Susan so kindly and expertly brings us the news and we hash it out in the comments! It’s a fashion blog, not an “All Hail the DoC” blog. We are supposed to comment on her dress, hair, accessories…the little things are what can make or break an outfit. I don’t think comments should be rude, not at all. I always think, “Okay, someone from her team (or even herself!) could be reading this…would I want this to get back to her?” I know that Sophie, Countess of Wessex, reads fashion blogs that follow her and will take some ideas from them. But at the end of the day, the point is to discuss fashion.

    • Because it’s a fashion blog? It has nothing to do with her as a person. There are certainly widespread issues of women tearing each other down but that is in relation to the life choices that women make, like whether to work or not work or how to raise children. No one makes personal attacks on her on this blog. They are all related to her fashion choices. And frankly, I am not interested in reading a slew of comments where everyone just says over and over again how great and wonderful her choices are. Fashion is subjective and I think it is far more interesting to read comments that run the gamut.

    • This is a fashion blog—literally called “What Kate WORE”—this is not a fan site where we simply swoon over someone just because we admire them. I believe you are confusing critiques of fashion with personal criticism. To say that a dress is boring does not meant that we believe Kate herself to be boring—there is a huge difference. I rarely or never see any personal criticism of the duchess herself on this blog.

      In fact, I would wager a guess that many posters (including myself) first came to this blog because we do admire her and think she is a lovely and intelligent young woman who is doing a fantastic job living in the international spotlight that she would not have chosen had she not fallen in love with a prince.

      • I wholly concur. I like that comments are about clothes not Kate as a person. I would find a site commenting on Kate as a person very disturbing and wouldn’t read it but I love commenting on her clothes. Like most of us, she sometimes gets it wrong, sometimes gets it right and sometimes gets it fabulously right. Its about the clothes and accessories darlings!

    • I too am appalled at the personal mean comments. Kate is tall, gorgeous and a mom of 2 small kids. She has many, many Royal engagements….each with a different out fit and different “script” for whatever Royal engagement she is attending for that day/eve. Her hair is the best I have ever seen…the color is gorgeous on her and she has decided to wear glitter with lace….she can wear it and it looks great!

    • I didn’t say “don’t criticize her style”. I have myself. What I said was “these are the meanest comments yet” and I stand by that.

      As for women only criticize other women’s life choices and not their appearance, that is completely false.

      NOTE: Quick admin edit

  18. I love the color of this dress and the way it looks on Kate from the front. Her hair is phenomenal and I love the gold shoes and clutch. I don’t love the earrings but I think overall this is a really lovely look. Kate loves lace and looks great in it! Personally, I never get tired of these looks.

  19. Any lace garment I’ve ever worn, including my wedding gown has felt scratchy. I wonder if the lace in these expensive designer gowns is softer?

    I am getting tired of this style of sheer lace sleeves on every dress, just different colours really.

  20. Thank you, Susan, for adding another fabulous fashion term to my dismal sartorial vocabulary – eyelash lace! Love it! While I am definitely a fashion novice surrounded by much more sophisticated participants on this site, I love learning through the great comments posted.

    Question – many people comment on why she doesn’t take advantage of “the vault” when selecting her jewelry. I’d be interested in hearing thoughts as to what sort of access do you think she really has? Is it unlimited? Limited by The Queen? Why do you think she doesn’t wear more “big” pieces? Not her style?

    I don’t think it has much to do with her age. Diana was a lover of the gems and seemed to wear them as much as possible.

    • My gut instinct is that she doesn’t like “big” pieces, but that’s only my opinion. I don’t think it is the Queen curtailing things in any way. I would love to get an opinion from someone in the know, that is a good idea for a post, Lynn! :)

      • This explanation makes sense to me–she either doesn’t like/feel comfortable with them or doesn’t want to be deemed too flashy. Given the emotional magnitude of some of the pieces the Queen has loaned her, it seems unlikely there’s any restriction in place. AFAIK, HM never loaned her wedding bracelet, which Kate now wears regularly, to Diana or to Sarah.

        I’ve sometimes wondered if things have generally loosened up, bc it puzzles me how many of the Queen Mother’s jewels Camilla wears (including C’s engagement ring!) because I feel like the QM must have been disapproving of that relationship at times so it feels weird to me. Awfully glad Camilla takes advantage of her access, since she’s not remotely shy about it and carries off ginormous pieces with aplomb.

        All speculation…I’d also love a post on this topic with more informed speculation. FTR, I love-love-love this gown, but loathe-loathe-loathe the earrings! Kiki’s color combos often mystify me.

      • Regarding “big pieces,” she had some big earrings in her early days. The UFO black chandelier earrings we saw in India (and on a trip to BP, perhaps a Christmas lunch, it was one of those pap shots while driving in) date back to her early days with William. She also had some big silver mesh chandelier earrings she wore. (I’m thinking of that pink halter gown she wore with the earrings, maybe 2008-2009.) Also, remember those GINORMOUS earrings she just wore to BAFTA. So, I think she’s like any woman… we have our standard go-to stud earrings or simple drops but occasionally we want bling. Big and flashy diamonds would have been over the top for this dress and this event. While I don’t love these earrings, they are a playful balanced choice.

        But, please, yes, a post on how the jewels are borrowed would be so amazing.

    • I wondered if there’s a fashion element to it. The royal jewels are indeed very beautiful but some of them could be considered to be a little gaudy. The only pieces I’ve seen Kate borrow are quite dainty, albeit beautiful.

      • I wouldn’t be so sure, she wore the Nizam of Hyderabad diamond and platinum necklace once, and that is a serious hunk of diamonds.

    • Most of the queen’s jewels are her personal property. Catherine needs to ask permission to wear these pieces. And the queen doesn’t tend to loan her jewels.
      Some items are regarded as heirlooms and worn only by queens.
      British princesses usually wear their own jewelry with occasional loans from the queen.

      • I appreciate this comment. I have been wondering about people’s assertions that Kate has access to “all those fabulous jewels in the royal vault”. Over all the years that I have watched the various generations of the royal family it has never appeared to me that anyone has open access, that it is the Queen who decides if she will loan something to a member of the family. And as William is 2nd in line to the throne, there is less call too, for Kate to wear those jewels. Meanwhile, she is building her own little collection of some precious and some semi-precious jewelry.

  21. “You are like the Royal Family, whatever you wear you look exactly the same”
    Nancy Mitford Love in a Cold Climate

    And so Kate does, she had the formula down pat, but it’s
    a formula that for me works.

    This was a simple gown elevated by the color, my personal fav. on Kate, the gold accessories and those yummmy earrings!!!!

  22. I don’t believe these earring are a one off design. I believe them to be, just as the Kate’s Closet website does, that these are the per “The Candy Pink Tourmaline and Green Amethyst Drop Earrings feature stunning pear drop green amethysts and pretty round pink tourmalines surrounded by delicate diamonds set in 18ct yellow gold. The earrings originally retailed for £8,900 but have now been reduced to £5,340.”

    • Spot on – those are the ones. Fascinating how lighting results in such a range of color from the same stones. Beautiful pair of earrings.

  23. I thought Kate looked stunningly beautiful. This forest green is a gorgeous color on her, and her hair looked phenomenal! I have major hair envy! The gold accessories I also thought were pretty and not as matchy matchy as she is sometimes wont to be. When I first saw this dress after thinking she looked stunning, I immediately thought – yes this is a very Kate dress. The silhouette, the all over lace, the sleeves and high neckline all screamed Kate. Personally the lace doesn’t bother me, in fact I quite like lace and had it on my wedding gown. However, as others have said, I would like to see her try something else, and step out of her comfort zone a bit. My only other quibble would be that I had wished she would have put her hair up, or at least off her back so as to show that gorgeous back detailing. I am thinking even if she had a style that was still down, but swept over all over to one side over a shoulder would have done the job nicely of highlighting the cutout.

  24. I hate to say this, but I think this gown ends my interest in the Kate and her fashions. Although Susan calls this site “following the style of the Duchess of Cambridge” she really has no style. She chooses clothes she wants to wear or thinks are appropriate, and puts them on.

    She has access to the best minds in fashion, the finest jewelry in the world, a figure that the fashion world covets, and yet, we end up with someone who looks exactly like an upper middle class English homemaker, with a few rare exceptions. And, that’s just not all that enthralling.

    Thank you, Susan, for all your hard work. And I know the Duchess’ fans will continue to visit, and heap her with praise.

    • Not sure if you will even see this, Brenda. Sorry that you are leaving and have given up on Kate’s fashion. I stay because some of the time Kate certainly does get it right. Also, there is always hope that her style will evolve beyond the safe zone. On the chance that will happen, you might not be here to even see it.

    • Brenda,
      I have thought the same thing many times. After 6 years of this — it all kind of sounds …and looks….the same. I’ve lost interest myself. But I still take a peek back here every once in awhile. Susan does a great job but Kare’s look and most of the comments here — are pretty much always the same. Maybe I’ll check back when the duchess turns 40.

    • I am sorry to hear that because I like dissenting opinions (and hey, I am not overly complimentary…I did say she has 90s pageant hair, hehe). I guess I am still holding out hope because she wears something interesting every so often (although rarely) and because after more than a decade of panda eyeliner, she has finally changed up her makeup to look better. And she has started expanding her footwear beyond those boring suede pumps. It gives me hope that the hair and fashion will follow, albeit likely an equally slow pace.

      • I think it’s a very accurate observation. I think the Duchess is really trying not to replicate the excesses and ‘over done’ lifestyle that so many associate the Royals with. I think she is consciously choosing to be safe, wise, and conservative in her choices. I am certain there would be a LOT more criticism if we saw her in overly expensive and extravagant clothing. I believe she wants her legacy to be one of being a relate-able, mother, fresh, and modern Royal. If she wore over the top outfits, this would not be the case. Regardless of what she wears, she is always genuine and dignified. I think that is what’s important for Kate.

        • Well, that’s the thing for me…she DOES spend quite a bit of money on her clothes and they are so boring. This dress was probably several thousand dollars. She probably has like, $25,000 invested in lace dresses alone (not counting her wedding dress). If she is going to drop the money, she may as well buy things that are more age-appropriate, rather than something that Camilla would wear (not a diss on Camilla…she is a woman of a certain age and dresses appropriately). It is possible to find fashionable clothing in the same price range she already spends, that is also dignified. See, for example, Crown Princess Mary…she is only a few years older than Kate and she usually looks great. Stylish and appropriate.

      • Excellent points, all.

  25. Hair is great. Makeup looks great – so long (and good riddance) to the heavily black-rimmed eyes! Dress is great – and fits great – yaaaaay! No, she does not look matronly in it – I don’t know too many “matrons” who can wear a fitted dress with a scoop back! Earrings look great – I disagree re the emeralds comments – then she would be accused of being too matchy matchy or too much green! The earrings she chose look great. I would not have chosen that clutch and those sandals though.

  26. Reading the comments, it’s so interesting to see all the conflicting opinions!

    I thought the gown was nice, loved the back and pretty much everything about it, but I thought it was unflattering across Kate’s bust. It made her look like she had either a bad bra or droopy, saggy breasts, neither of which can I imagine is true.

    I didn’t care much for the sandals. Or rather, they’re great footwear, but I didn’t think they matched the spirit of the gown.

    Otherwise. everything else was fine. Nice look.

    • I agree about the front of the dress. I think it is made worse by the hair all down. It seems to me, in general, when the gown is high cut in the front and either high or low in the back, it looks best with the hair up. Strapless or low cut in the front, the hair down works.

    • Totally agree about the front of the dress. I was mystified by the comments praising the fit, because to me the lining appears to be pulling across the top of the bust. The DoC has a fabulous figure for clothes, but her clothes sometimes look too closely cut to me, like she wouldn’t be able to expand her rib cage enough to take a deep breath. The clothes would still look great and she’d still look reed-slim with an extra half-inch of fabric.

    • I have to agree with almost everything you said. I actually don’t have a problem with the high neckline of the lace – as someone who personally looks terrible in any low-cut shirt, I appreciate a look that is elegant and put-together and focuses on the cut on the back instead. But the lining under the lace does look a little off. I like the colour too. In a way this reminds me of a combination of the black DVF lace dress worn in New York with the colour of the Jenny Packham petrol dress seen on a few occasions.

      I’m so happy to finally see Kate with some accessories that actually pop against the outfit! You’re right though that sandals somehow don’t match the lace of the dress.

      And I am so jealous of Kate’s voluminous hair here – that and her huge smile made the outfit!

  27. Kate did look particularly beautiful last night. But wrong type of shoes – should’ve been closed toe for such a formal dress and she is bad at picking accessories. always.

  28. I actually quite like this dress and outfit and the duchess clearly has an affinity towards lace.

    Susan, you always are such a wealth of knowledge and have done some incredible one-off posts on certain pieces or trends the duchess particularly enjoys. I’m wondering if you could offer any in-depth information regarding her affinity for lace, a variety of looks that she’s employed that use lace, the historic relevancy of lace in the UK, and perhaps social norms and customs that may help color our understanding of her inclination to use it in a lot of her ensembles.

    I’d also simply love your perspective on if you just think she loves the stuff and can’t get enough of it!

  29. I absolutely love this dress, the color is gorgeous on her. I like that its a variation on a previous dress and yet(to me at least) it has a completely different look.The cut is very flattering and the shade of green is to die for. Not sure whats with all the lace hate, I think she looks lovely. Also, you want to see lace obsessed, check our Queen Letizia of Spain. That woman seems to have a lace dress in every cut and color and still always looks so chic. Hair, makeup, accessories all perfect tens. Maybe its just the regular middle class person speaking, but I find it hard to be bored with her style choices considering she is wearing custom clothing by designers I could never even dream of wearing. All in all, I loved this look and then she made a perfect ten.

    • Jordan, I went and looked at Letizia’s outfits over the past few years. You are right she too wears lace. You say that she seems to have a lace dress in every cut and style. That is what makes Letizia in lace, far much more interesting, than Kate in lace. Letizia has dresses with only a lace top. She has ones with only lace sleeves. She has a beautiful dusky rose, lace coat. Some lace has small and busy patterns, others have patterns with large open spaces. The thing is, Letizia mixes it up.

      On the other hand, Kate has knee length and floor length lace dresses. The colours change but basically the style and the distribution of the lace’s pattern remains the same. That is where the boring factor comes in and why many of us think about Kate, “Not lace again.”

  30. Kate succeeds yet again in being a consistent beacon of regal calm while the rest of the world carries on its noisy trade elsewhere. She’s kept to her safety zone, worn a classic style and managed to look stunning. This Temperley has in common with the Paris Packham gown that both have a simple chemise style on the lining bodice which is so pretty, especially when fashioned by tailors of craft.

    The colour is wonderful on her and I love the pattern of the lace. It seems so unusual, more like an oriental print than an intricate lace, something that was never brought out for me in the black version. It’s possible to have a high crew neck at the front and retain the sensual hint that lace on bare skin brings, and then add a more daring touch with the surprise low scoop at the back.

    This dress seems an improvement on the War Horse version mainly because a dark lining works so much better than a pale one under flash lighting. With those bulbs popping away I felt we got too much of the scaffolding and not enough of the dress. The line of seaming just below the hip is more subtle and attractive this time and there is still a lovely sweep to the full flare of the skirt.

    I’m blown away by the scalloped lower edge of the hip section so brilliantly highlighted in our post here. Sewing a straight seam in lace would be tough enough but a patterned edge like that simply takes my breath away.

    I’m not convinced by gold accessories though I can see where she’s coming from. I suppose the red stone in her otherwise lovely earrings was meant to somehow tie in with the gold, but I find it a little out of context. I love those sandals (where in heck did you find that brilliant close-up?!) but I find the texture of the clutch a bit busy against all the detail of the lace. Her hair is just amazing once more and the overall look for me is a win.

    • I am also impressed by the scalloped seam.

      I would have preferred either a lower neckline, perhaps a ballet neckline just below the collarbone, or that she had worn her hair up. The combination of the high neckline and all that hair meeting in the middle of her chest looks crowded and uncomfortable to me.

    • ElizaMo – This comment is a perfect example of why after reading Susan’s informative posts my first stop is always your comment. You do such a lovely job of articulating your thoughts and I appreciate the nuance of your reflections. Thanks to you and Susan both for your thoughtful analysis.

      • Why thank you, Gale, most kind of you to say so. I’ve now seen this week’s Hello magazine which I get in the hope of further insight into Kate’s outfits and can now withdraw my objection to the little red stone on the earrings. In the print photos it comes across as a neat little pop of colour.

        I’ve been following the Hello pics ever since the wedding. I thought I’d seen a zillion pics of the dress and would surely not see anything new. Lo and behold, I saw clearly for the first time the exquisite embroidery and embellishment on the body of the skirt. Somehow the detail had been lost on screen pics of the full-length gown.

        I now find that on the occasions when I don’t think I like Kate’s choice the clever choice of Hello pics can help bring me round!

  31. In some photos, the top gemstone on the earrings looks deep pink, and in others it looks red-orange. Does anyone know if Kiki has confirmed these earrings are pink tourmaline or fire opal?

  32. LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!!! The hair is perfect, the dress is just addictive to look at, and those earrings………. one of her best looks yet!!!

  33. I like this dress, but I LOVE the black one better. The extra lace panel is distracting to me for some reason.

  34. I am going to be the odd woman out and say that I don’t really care for these earrings. The green of this dress just screams for emeralds and she has that gorgeous pair she wore in NYC when pregnant with Charlotte. They would have been very appropriate for this event. If she would have put her hair up, she could have shown off the back of the dress and the earrings. I believe I read somewhere that the earrings are “green amethysts” which annoys me as there is no such thing. I realize these earrings retailed for a hefty price but these are not precious stones. I just don’t understand paying $8000+ for what is essentially high end costume jewelry when she has beautiful jewelry in her own collection and the ability to borrow from the royal collection.

    Her hair is truly gorgeous here, but I just think an updo would be better suited to this dress.

    The dress is lovely—especially the back and I like the color but the lace looks a bit shiny which makes it (the lace) look cheap. The fit is fantastic but the sleeves are just about half an inch too long IMO. I also don’t think these were the right shoes to go with this gown. I want that clutch for myself—gorgeous and so versatile.

    Her makeup looks fantastic and she clearly was enjoying herself. Overall, this was a hit, but a few tweaks would have made it a home run.

    • That’s a good point about the earrings. Emeralds are a great fit for such a formal event, and those showstopping emerald and diamond earrings we saw in NYC would have looked amazing with an updo.

      • Another thing I have been curious about are the generally tiny earrings that Catherine wears; the Kikis etc. Prior to marriage she wore larger and more interesting earrings. Unless only worn in her private life, they seem to have faded away.

    • I’m impressed that the back scoop is low enough to be visible even when Kate wears her hair loose. Maybe we’ll get to see an updo and some lovely emeralds on another outing — keeping my fingers crossed!

    • I completely agree about the earrings!

    • Maybe she simply does not like emeralds.

    • Green Amethyst is a semi precious gemstone. Most gemstones come in several colors. Costume jewelry is not real- these are real. She has access to very fine and rare jewels, these don’ t fall into that category. I believe the top stone is tourmaline not fire opals. I like them because I think jewelry can be fun, colorful and bold !

      • Green Amethyst is not amethyst—–”green amethyst” is actually prasiolite which is a completely different gem/chemical composition from the quartz used to create actual amethyst (the violet/purple gem). The term “green amethyst is simply a made up term used to drive up the price of the prasiolite due to the fact that actual amethyst is the most valuable gem in the quartz family.

        • It’s funny you would mention this. In updating the post today with info from Kiki McDonough’s PR firm I did one of my semi-annual (or so) references noting that technically the stone is prasiolite. I used to mention it more frequently, but it has become ubiquitous with Kiki and so many other jewelers, I go with the flow; especially as it isn’t a word most consumers are familiar with. :)

        • Thank you for that information. It is very interesting and fun to learn things like that on this blog.

  35. So do we know whether Kate attended Rebecca’s wedding? Or would that be not done?

    • She did not go, or at least she was not photographed attending. Rebecca was staff, not family.

      • I’m not sure I understand the “Rebecca was staff, not family” remark – do we know that it was a family-only wedding?

        • I think what Brenda meant was that the relationship between Catherine & Rebecca was that of Boss & Employee, that they did not socialise together as friends, that it was a business relationship only, with a big social gap between them. Like lots here can afford designer clothes so many will have domestic help, but don’t go to each others weddings.

  36. I’m waiting for her to wear this dress again with her hair up and wearing her beautiful emerald and diamond earrings and bracelet. (If I keep hoping she brings those gorgeous emeralds out again long enough, maybe she will!)

  37. Kate looks absolutely fabulous! Her lace forest green dress is gorgeous, and it fits her perfectly. Her hair looks simply amazing, so glossy and healthy-looking. The earrings are exquisite and pick up the color of her dress. Her make up is picture perfect too. She looks dazzling, elegant and comfortable in her own skin. She looks happy and seems to be thoroughly enjoying her visit to the National Portrait Gallery. I could not care less how many lace dresses Kate has. By now, people should know that Kate wears what she likes and considers appropriate for each event. This dress is pure Kate. What I enjoy is to see her shine as brightly as she did tonight.

  38. I do love the forest green. It is quite beautiful. In a way, I wish the lace was an dress overlay so she could choose to do just the green sleeveless dress alone or put the long sleeve lace on top. I think the satin strapless (what was underneath) alone would have been beautiful with a dramatic necklace, some sort of stud earrings and a bracelet. The lace – while beautiful – sometimes can seem a little overwhelming for her outfit if that makes sense. She has a glittery bag, shiny (and glittery!) shoes, the earrings that add even more glam and texture and then there’s the dueling textures of the dress…it’s rather overwhelming.

    I love her deep side part. She normally never does a deep side part with her hair. It really frames her face beautifully.

  39. Lovely pictures! I would be so thrilled if she got a hair cut- a long sleek bob would look so chic on her… and don’t know why, but lace apart from wedding dresses tends to look somewhat cheap and tacky to me, even though obviously these dresses aren’t…

    • yes the lace is overdone and looks cheap. emeralds would have been a better choice for her jewellery with this dress and hair up

      • Given that people think the dress looks “cheap”, I find it curious that many would have preferred emeralds here – wouldn’t that make the dress look even more cheap/tacky?

        Personally, I think the dress is lovely, and I’m fine with the earrings – in looking back at those fantastic emerald earrings, they seem to bright green for this forest-green dress. The green drop of the McDonough earrings works great with the dress.

        • Plus, I think the emeralds would have been overkill for this engagement. They are humongous and nobody was wearing gigantic statement jewels.

  40. I meant to add to my comment that I particularly enjoyed this post. I loved reading about the exchange between the Duchess and the parents of George’s future classmates.

    A similar thing happened to me once, I had an accident and had to have stitches. A few days later, I was helping out at at a reception for new students at my son’s primary school and I meet up with the doctor who had stitched me up! His son was going to be a new transfer student in my son’s class.

    Also enjoyed seeing a photo of Erdem . . . mostly love his designs.

  41. BEAUTIFUL!!! OK, it is another lace dress but . . . . such a wonderful fit and a spectacular color. I know that most of you think that blue is Kate’s color, but I think it is green!! I loved this dress on the Duchess. Lace/texture/narrow belts/modest neck lines are going to be her signature style!!!! Fine! As long as the fit and styling is as beautiful as it is here, there should be no complaints.

    Love the shoes, earrings and clutch. Well done Kate!

  42. The dress with its all (and I do mean all) over lace, high neck, long sleeves and long skirt is boring. Too much lace! The colour is not very lively and doesn’t light her complexion up at all. The best thing about it is the back, which isn’t shown to best advantage because the hair is worn down. Yes, she has gorgeous hair but should have done something more interesting with it to show off the only good detail of the dress. Compare to the earlier black lace dress, this truly seems drab. This dress might have worked with a straight knee length skirt – then the leg and those lovely strappy sandals would have been highlighted and added some life to the rather sombre colour. And if the hair had been in an updo,then the back would have been featured and those gorgeous earrings would have popped, instead of being lost in the mane of hair. A much more sophisticated modern look.

    • Agree with your assessment in regard to hair, etc. And a shorter dress would have been more in keeping with the other guests. Once again she seems to be more formally attired than the other women attending.

      • Which is actually strange because it seems to have been a black-tie event, so the women should have been wearing gowns or cocktail-length dresses. Kate was correctly dressed and the women in mini-dresses were not.

  43. Very predictable. There are so many other great and edgier English designers. Let’s see something younger and sleeker and a bit different. Would love to see her in Victoria Beckham!

    • While I think she looks lovely here, and I like her Temperley choices, I’m with you on Victoria Beckham – it seems only a matter of time before she wears one of those dresses, and I’m surprised she’s yet to do so. One day…

  44. Well, Kate certainly does love her lace. It started with her wedding gown, where lace is most appropriate. She has now, however, worn lace so often, that it borders on boring. I do like the lines of this dress and the way the skirt flows. But I am not a fan of the colour. To me it seems so drab for the start of the spring season. It would fit in quite well for a Christmas event.

    While the earrings are interesting and quite spectacular, I couldn’t help but think, that the emeralds we have seen her wear in the past, would elevate this dress a few levels. Kate’s hair looks lovely, but given the interesting back detail, an updo would have shown it off better.

    • I am yearning for those gorgeous emeralds she wore in NYC—I really think it would have elevated this whole look—especially with an updo to show off both the earrings and the back of the dress.

  45. The dress is beautiful and fits her well. However, I really don’t think green is a good color for her. Also she should have worn her hair up so that we could enjoy the back of the dress a bit more.

  46. Kate looks sensational as usual. Love seeing her clothes and also the events that she is supporting.

  47. The dress is nice enough, but how many laces dresses can one person have.
    We have seen this look so many times it is old school now.
    What about something completely different and eye-catching. This is very boring.
    The earrings are a miss.
    I do like the Duchess hair better groomed this time.

  48. I think she looks lovely. Her earrings are beautiful. And I wish I had events to go to that would warrant such glamorous jewels. It is ANOTHER lace dress but this one is pretty and the colour really suits her. It’d be nice to see something more adventurous but I don’t think that’s really Kate. My only quibble is that I’d prefer her hair up. By itself it looks beautiful but with the high lace neckline it looks a bit fussy and the stunning earrings are hiding away.

  49. Meh. For once, her accessories are on point (looove the earrings), which are usually the misses for me. Here it is the dress. I actually like lace dresses and own a few myself, but the way to keep it from looking old lady is to avoid a frumpy cut. The v-neck of the black lace Temperly dress looks more chic, for example, and this dress suffers even more when shown next to it. I like this green color on her, but am not very into these high collars that she gravitates toward. Even with the lower back, it still looks matronly.

    Her hair is a big miss for me, too. I know everyone here loves her blowouts and that she has shiny, bouncy, healthy hair, but geez. It is so big here, it is basically 90s pageant hair. Not to mention that with a fussy neckline like this, it is better worn up (although to be fair, that would make her look like a schoolmarm).

    But the earrings! To end on a positive note.

  50. The color looks divine on her. The fit is perfect. The sleeves look particularly lovely. I do agree that an art event would be a time to be a little edgier and more fashion forward, but that’s not really her style. The skirt gives a bit of a sense of heavy Victorian skirt to me somehow, because of both the cut and the heavy lace, but it does move beautifully. Love the low back.

    Her hair is glossy and gorgeous tonight, although I do agree an updo would be wonderful with the exposed back of the dress. The purse and earrings are super fun. I agree that the shoes do seem too summery, almost cheasy looking with that dress (which seems impossible given that they are Jimmy Choo! But they are just too light and airy for the dress.)

    She looks radiant and happy, though. I loved Nicolas Cullinan’s comment!

    • I realized that the black lace Temperley skirt looked so much lighter because of the light beige fabric under the lace. This dress could have “popped” more if the under fabric had been a much lighter green. That would have been more interesting and helped her not look so swallowed up in lace.

  51. I think the dress is so elegant and I love the color I am glad she didn’t wear black. For once though it is the accessories that are top notch! I love and follow this blog and many of us have lamented slightly about her choice of accessories as of late and I was thrilled to see some on trend not too matchy matchy accessories!I love the metalics and I like many here think those earrings are just to die for!!! Well done! I think she looks stunning and once again giving us all hair envy :)

  52. Catherine is lovely, but the dress is blah, and really doesn’t feel very seasonal. Dark green in late March?? The earrings are pretty, but nothing really unique — personally I am “over” the gemstone surrounded by small diamonds. So many jewelers have done this style. I do wish Catherine would pull out some more of the Queen’s jewelry. Doesn’t she know how much we all like seeing it??

    Love the McQueen dress worn by Ms. Gordenker at the Mauritshuis. That is a great dress in any color, and the style is so flattering. One of my favorite McQueens ever.

    Thank you for the great photos.

  53. It’s a lovely look on her and she’s clearly confident in it. I’m okay with the lace repeats. Think how often we in the US pull out our favorite little black dresses for events. We know it works. She’ll move past it. But, if she doesn’t, so what. When’s the last time we saw the Queen in a different style of shoe or a handbag that wasn’t a short handled bag? Or Camilla without her pearl choker necklaces? Rarely. Kate has literally decades to mix it up. For a young royal, who is clearly trying not to misstep, it’s okay to have some safe fallbacks.

    But, I’m not loving those shoes. Too strappy for the busy lace pattern. But loving the hair. I so, so want to know what product she uses to hold a bounce with the weight of all that hair. I’d pay serious money for it. Hint, hint to any vendors they may lurk on this sight ;)

  54. I am over these long, lace dresses. Boring, uninteresting, not particularly flattering.
    I do like her hair, and I especially like her makeup. I don’t know who’s doing her makeup lately, but it’s miles better than usual.

  55. The earrings are to die for. I especially love the three stone version showed in comparison to the one-offs that Kate wore.
    She should have worn the three-stone version :)

  56. Honestly, this is a miss for me. The earrings are divine and her hair is one of the best it’s ever looked! But the dress, while it is beautiful– compared to how many lace dresses Kate has worn, this one is the bottom of the pile. I mean, if you think about the McQueens, Dolce’s, and the black Temperly you referenced in the post– this green one looks bad and kind of cheap. They are all so similar in the lace design and fit– the green one looks bad. And considering you have all of the dresses in the world as options, I would never pick this one. I would have recommended wearing a previous worn lace dress over this new green one. Or wear a new dress that isn’t inferior to her past wears.

    That aside– her hair… ON POINT! One of the best styles I’ve seen on her! And the earrings are so cute– I want a pair!!!

  57. I agree with a comment I saw on your Facebook page…the design of this lace reminds me instantly of my grandmother’s fancy tablecloth. I just can’t get past it. The deep green color looks beautiful on her, but I have to say, I am OVER the lace. I’m hoping with the spring weather that’s quickly approaching she will start to move toward lighter, more peppy designs!

    I think her hair and accessories were great, and she looks radiant; what a smile our girl has!

    Thanks, as always, for the post Susan!

    ps…Anyone else super jazzed about seeing Kate at school drop offs, a la Diana? Can’t wait!

  58. Kate looks lovely and happy.

    The dress seems wrong for the event. At an art museum you can get away with taking chances. The lace is elegant but boring. I’d expect to see it at the Christmas reception vs an event in late March.

    The shoes are great but other than being gold don’t go with the dress at all.

    My favorite part of the look is the fun clutch.

  59. Well, this is lovely…and typical. She wears what she likes, and clearly, she likes lace. I wonder, however, if she will look back a decade or two from now and wonder why she wore so much lace. I mean, we all do that. I shudder at the things I wore in the 80s. Nevertheless, she looks very princessy and appropriate.
    I always have to comment on the jewelry and will do it again. She also knows what she likes in terms of jewelry-Kiki. Do you think she has bought all those Kiki McDonough earrings (tours, etc.), or do you think they are on loan? I don’t know, but I say again, if I had access to the Queen’s vault, you couldn’t keep me out of there!

    • I recall reading somewhere that the Duchess does not accept “loaners” for clothes. I expect the same would apply to jewelry. After she wore that Zara faux diamond necklace, we saw a noticeable uptick in the Kiki earrings. I have secretly wondered whether a message from Clarence House or Buckingham Palace was discretely passed along that royalty should be wearing real diamonds. Yes, she has a number of costume pieces but, after six years of marriage with birthdays, Christmas, Mother’s Day, and birthing gifts, I suspect she’s amassed a number of nice pieces as gifts from Prince William. I believe it’s been widely reported that her Cartier watch was a birthing gift. Plus, she’s likely picked up a number of pieces as part of her official foreign visits, which Prince Charles pays for via his income from the Duchy of Cornwall. Yet, I hear you… if would be so amazing to see more of the Queen’s personal collection on Kate.

      • I agree with you that quite a few of her jewelry pieces could very well be gifts from William, her parents, sister, etc. I’m not convinced she’s just online ordering everything herself ;). If this is the case, then wearing those pieces sends a shout-out to the giver as well as the designer, which makes me smile.

  60. Love her earrings- so pretty and dramatic. The lace concept gets old- such a pretty dress that fits her beautifully but no thrill to see her in lace again.

  61. I know some will say this is “doily” like but I love a good lace dress and this is gorgeous. Overall she looks beautiful. I love that it is a different color for her (dark green), at least for an event like this.

    Two issues:
    1) THE BELT. No.

    2) her hair. It looks gorgeous but I would have liked it up, especially considering the cut of the back of the dress.

    • your point #2: agreed! While Kate’s hair looks amazing here, it should be back. Nothing fancy. Even half-up would be appropriate. I don’t understand wearing hair down to a formal event- it hides the dress, and to me, wearing the hair down is more informal.

  62. Well, its a good dress but it isn’t great. The color is beautiful and the fit is divine. Several design elements are nice such as the narrow belt and the scooped out back. The lace is photographing with an undesirable sheen that does make me think of a lace tablecloth or curtains, unfortunately. It echos the Amoret but is nowhere near its caliber. This dress does move in a lovely way in video, however.

    This time around, the real news is the acessories. Gorgeous purse and shoes that evoke an old Hollywood feel while the new earrings are delightful.

    Ms. Gordenker is one stylish lady! Love the Obsession dress in black.

    • I think the Obsession works much better in black though I can understand Kate picking the version that can be passed off as a light summer print despite the McQueen skulls!

      • Yes, the black watching tennis in the summer would not have been great but the black shows off the print much better and feels a bit more sophisticated.

  63. Stunning! This is one of my favorite looks on the Duchess!

  64. Kate look great in this green! She is radiant when she wears those jewel tones (purples, reds, blues, dark greens) such a complementary colour with her complexion.

    I don’t understand the shoe choice. They seem too summer-y for the dress and occasion. Not too sure what other shoes she ‘should’ have worn. Any thoughts?

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