We saw more sartorial diplomacy tonight as Kate and William attended a party at the British Ambassador’s residence in Berlin.
The event was a celebration of the Queen’s 91st birthday hosted by Britain’s Ambassador to Germany, Sir Sebastian Wood.
A broad cross-section of German society was expected to attend the party.
Prince William delivered remarks to those attending the function, stressing the friendship between Germany and the UK.
Our look at what Kate wore begins with the Alexander McQueen dress worn by the Duchess this evening.
I mentioned fashion diplomacy because red is one of Germany’s national colors; it is also a color that is flattering on the Duchess. Additionally, the McQueen dress is somewhat reminiscent of a classic Bavarian dirndl, perhaps another nod to the host country.
From the spring ’17 collection, the Alexander McQueen Off The Shoulder Maxi dress is a blend of silk and cotton with a crinkly texture. The off-the-shoulder maxi-dress has shirring at the neckline, cuffs and waist, as well as a ruffle at the hem. There are also ties at the upper arm.
This is one of those instances where it helps to have a good look at the fabric. My guess is that this feels wonderful when it’s on, very soft and lightweight.
A thank you to Sophia/Regal Replikate on Twitter for her speedy dress identification. The frock looks like it worked well for tonight’s outdoor party; it looks more casual than Monday night’s soiree in Warsaw.
Kate wore a new (as far as we know) label this evening; her earrings are by Simone Rocha. The Beaded Drop Earrings are made of tapering crystal beads with a post back; they have a 4″ drop ($209). A ‘thank you’ to HeavenLM on Twitter for the ID on these.
We saw another pair of wavy strap sandals tonight that have yet to be IDed. I will start looking for those as soon as I hit “publish.” With thanks to everyone for their comments and messages, the shoe is widely considered to be the Prada Wavy Strap sandal in a color called Quartz; we show the shoe at Neiman Marcus, but it is out of stock.
This is a very preliminary version of the post. I will be updating throughout the afternoon but wanted to get this much online.
Our post on the Cambridge’s color coordinated arrival in Berlin and ensuing events is here.