Tonight Kate opted for another emerald green dress, selecting Mulberry for tonight’s press reception at Buckingham Palace.
The gathering was hosted by the Queen, she welcomed journalists to the Palace who are expected to cover her Diamond Jubilee next year. Other senior royals attending the party included Prince Philip, Prince William, Prince Charles & the Duchess of Cornwall. More from Richard Palmer’s story in the Express:
The royals chatted with journalists, broadcasters and bloggers about the final preparations for five months of nationwide events beginning in February to mark the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.
Here are better images of Kate’s frock.
The dress showcases Mulberry’s ‘exclusive Peace and Love’ jacquard (meaning the motif is woven into the fabric, not printed or appliqued onto the material) pattern. The “Full Pleated Shirt Dress” is 100% silk and the color is called ‘cabbage’. The dress features a Peter Pan collar, pleats just about everywhere, and long sleeves gathered at the cuff, it is $2200.
The dress remains available on the US site, but only in Size 2 as of this writing. As an aside, Mulberry has oodles of things in the ‘Peace and Love’ or ‘Love and Peace’ motif, much like the company’s Polly Push Lock collection. Items available include jewelry, apparel and accessories.
It’s arguably her chicest dress to date (Sarah Burton wedding gowns not included). Full-length photo or not, it’s the details that mark this dress as the dress that gave Kate fashion kudos.”
Her Majesty looked lovely in shimmering green and aqua tones. Below, you see her with Prince Philip. I believe the monarch is greeting royal photographer Arthur Edwards.
Our thanks to Richard Palmer (that same Express columnist whose story we quoted up above) for alerting us early on in the evening that Kate was in a green Mulberry dress, which made identification relatively simple. We also want to thank WKW FB friend Sara for reminding us to look at Elle’s runway photos from the spring.
The other fun part of the evening involved the Palace’s creation of a “Tweet Suite,” an area specifically set up so journalists might tweet from the reception.
From what we read online, many of those in attendance were enjoying themselves so much they really didn’t want to leave the party.
As noted in today’s earlier post, I love seeing the Monarchy embrace social media as a way of getting its message out.
UPDATE: The Duchess also wore her charm bracelet.
Tonight’s other function was the British Fashion Awards; Kate was not named Britain’s most stylish, Alexa Chung was given that honor for the second year in a row. However, Sarah Burton was named Designer of the Year, and Tabitha Simmons received the Emerging Talent Award for accessories.
One final note, we thought some might enjoy this Slate story about Fashion icons, the always-wonderful Simon Doonan includes Royal Fashion Icons in the article.
Royal Style Icons. These gals deserve their own group. Though they tend to be restrained and sometimes even downright turgid in their personal style, they are often hugely influential. In the ’80s the ordinary woman on the street switched allegiances to Princess Diana. Now Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, is the go-to royal. Their discreet and excessively scrutinized fashion choices must reflect a sense of appropriateness while simultaneously communicating self-denial.”
To read the entire piece, click here.