Kate showcased UK designers for today’s Olympic events.
The Duchess chose a frock by Scottish-born designer Christopher Kane for the late afternoon reception at Buckingham Palace welcoming Heads of State from all over the world.
The most distinctive feature of the fitted coatdress is the multiple gores front and back, four panels per side. The silk satin piece also has a covered placket down the front, long sleeves, slanted pockets, self-belt, and peak lapels.
Elle magazine has confirmed the dress is a bespoke piece. Our pals at Grazia remind us that Mr. Kane has previously stated he feels Kate should wear more designer clothing and less high street style. More from the Women’s Wear Daily interview with the designer:
Kate Middleton is, of course, on Kane’s list, and while he wouldn’t comment on whether he has been approached by her camp, he is full of praise for her look with one caveat. “It’s a shame she doesn’t wear more designers,” he said. I don’t really like the High Street getting so much of the credit. I understand that there would be an array because you need to relate to so many people in the market, but she is a princess. If I were a princess, I’d be like, “Oh yeah, bring it on.”
That WWD story is from November of last year.”
Kate is said to be in nude pumps, we’re speculating they are her go-to pair of LK Bennett Sledge court shoes. She carried a grey suede clutch, we believe it is by Alexander McQueen. The Duchess also sported the same earrings first noticed at the Jubilee Concert back in June. (Our post on that is here.)
My Small Obsessions reports the earrings are by a Kate favorite, Kiki McDonough emailed a response saying they bespoke, crafted of blue topaz and diamonds, and unable for purchase. Diana’s Jewel’s also heard from Kiki McDonough, she was advised the earrings are past season.
Below we see Kate with the President of Mongolia Elbegdorj Tsakhia (left) and Erdene Elbegdorj at the function.
The Telegraph had this to say about what Kate wore:
Fittingly, Kate flew the flag for British couture, opting for an ice-blue eau de nil satin fitted coat dress by home-grown designer Christopher Kane.
It was not the first fashion face-off between the two women. That came more than a year ago, when they met at the Palace during a state visit by the Obamas to London.
Doing her bit for the special relationship again today, the Duchess offered Mrs Obama a warm greeting, giving her a big smile as she shook her hand.
At the reception the Queen spoke of earlier Olympic Games when addressing her guests:
This will be the third London Olympiad; my great-grandfather opened the 1908 Games at White City; my father opened the 1948 Games at Wembley Stadium, and later this evening I will take pleasure in declaring open the 2012 London Olympic Games at Stratford in the east of London.
Her Majesty wore a light blue silk ensemble by Karl Ludwig Rehse and Michelle Obama was in J. Mendel. Following the gathering at the Palace everyone boarded buses for the trip over to the Olympic Stadium.
It was an exciting day all around, London was clearly the place to be for many celebrities. Below, the cast of Downton Abbey as they headed into the stadium tonight, the picture was tweeted by Hugh Bonneville who plays Lord Grantham in the hit series.
Below we see inside the Stadium before the start of tonight’s Ceremony, the overarching theme was “Isles of Wonder are brought to life,” the part of the program seen in the image below is titled it is a “Green and Pleasant Land”.
Below, a look at the ceremonies underway via Team USA’s twitter page.
It looks like another dramatic ceremony in this image, another from Team USA’s Twitter feed.
We leave you with the look at David Beckham piloting a boat carrying the Olympic Torch to the Stadium.