Kate chose a silk evening gown by Jenny Packham for tonight’s the 100 Women in Hedge Funds dinner at Kensington Palace. The event benefits Action on Addiction, one of Kate’s patronages.
This evening’s event was held in the State Apartments at Kensington Palace. Kate awarded Dame Amelia Fawcett, DBE with the 2013 European Industry Leadership Award. From the event news release:
Each year, the organisation identifies a woman whose professional talent, business ethic, and passion for investing help define and advance the hedge fund industry’s standards of excellence.
Dame Amelia was born in Boston and has dual citizenship. Among her many philanthropic activities she is also Chairman of Trustees of the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation. Below, the Duchess with 100WHF Association and London Board members, via the group’s Facebook page.
More on the event from The Mirror’s live blog.
The dinner was also held at St James’s Palace where a total of £675,000 was raised.
In this photo you can better see the details on Kate’s dress.
Kate chose an ink blue tulle gown from Jenny Packham for the event.
The Ink Blue Silk Dress is from the designer’s fall 2013 collection.
It is available at Stylebop for $5655 and described as having:
- wrapped front with V-neckline
- gathered short sleeves
- hidden back zip
- black velvet sash
This provides a better look at the velvet belt.
An interesting side note, in the Pantone Fall Color Report, where designers speak of color influences on their fall collections, Jenny Packham referenced “ink blue” as the signature color, saying “it encapsulates the deep and evocative mood of the collection.”
The was one of my favorite looks from this fall’s collection. It exudes an understated elegance, and it looked lovely on Kate from the few photos I have seen. For those in either London or New York in the next several weeks, there is an opportunity to acquire some of your own Jenny Packham if so inclined. The London sale is October 31 and the New York sale November 14. (The dress shown below will be available at both sales.)
Many will recall Kate wearing the red Beulah London Sari dress for this same event in 2011.
The Duchess wore the diamond bracelet and earrings we have seen previously.
She did have on a new ring I’m not familiar with.
CHRISTENING PHOTOS NOTE: At this point, none of the agencies we pay for licensing have any of the four christening photos available. If/when they are made available, I will post them. In the meantime, The Express has all four of them in this story, the BBC’s story is here. They have also been posted at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge website.
- Learn more about 100 Women in Hedge Funds at its website, follow them on Facebook here or on Twitter here
- Visit the Action on Addiction website here, its Facebook page here or its Twitter feed here
- The Daily Mail’s story about tonight’s appearance is here
Thursday 2nd of January 2014
It was an honor to have her in 100 Women in Hedge Funds. Thanks Kate for attending the gala, hope to see you in a future function.
Monday 4th of November 2013
I guess I'm in the minority-loved her look. The last picture is by far my favorite-I think its especially flattering:) I agree, an updo would've been lovely, but I think she looks equally lovely with her hair down in cascading waves.
Friday 1st of November 2013
Hi, Love all the comments, agree she could have put the hair up, worn a better bit of jewelry...I guess she may have had a bad day for getting herself together that night.... Also, I am obsessed with this beautiful dress, Kate has great taste and proved it once again...I wish I had 3000+ pounds to spend on it!
Tuesday 29th of October 2013
The ink blue gown is just lovely!
Tuesday 29th of October 2013
I like Kate's understated look for this occasion. Especially in the ensemble photo she appears neither too obvious nor diminished. I agree with previous comments that this dress is going to make more appearances, dress and hair worn differently. As well I think the lighting in some of the photos was harsh, not the most flattering.