Kate surprised many a fashion follower this evening when she stepped onto the lawn of the British High Commissioner’s residence wearing a crop top and skirt.
The occasion was a 90th birthday party for HM, and the Duchess opted for separates by Temperley London for the occasion.
Hundreds of guests were in attendance at the High Commissioner’s residence in New Delhi to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.
More on the event from The Daily Mail:
Canapes included Murg Malai Tikka, Aloo Sabutdana Ki Tikki and – for the British tastes – apple Stilton Welsh Rarebits, mini beer battered fish and chips and thin crust cheese and tomato pizza.
Much of the small talk between the couple and some of the 2,000 guests – drawn from the worlds of politics, business and the armed forces and academia – was about how she and her husband were enjoying their whirlwind trip to India.
William delivered a brief message from the Queen and Prince Philip, followed by his own remarks. More from ITV’s coverage of tonight’s festivities:
Let’s talk about Kate’s look for tonight’s party. She chose separates by Temperley London from the spring/summer 2016 collection.
The pieces are crafted from different materials: the skirt is 100% silk lined in stretch silk georgette, while the top is all nylon lined in that same stretch silk. My theory on why there are two different materials: because the top and bottom have different amounts of embroidery to support, and also because the density of that embellishment differs significantly between the two garments. The top has to accommodate more embroidery in a smaller space than the skirt. If not structurally supported by a fabric that can withstand the stress on the material, the piece could easily fall apart after minimal wear.
If thinking the evening’s attire had nothing to do with India, one discovers in the product description there *is* a tie to the Tour:
The Delphia Crop Top carries the season’s theme of global curiosities with opulent embroidery motifs of Indian Chintz and lattice.
In addition to the embroidery, the top features sheer sleeves and shoulders. Below, a better look at the skirt described as having “light-catching crystals and black crochet trim.”
A closer look at the embroidery detail.
The pieces are also offered at Net-a-Porter, although I think the sizes for the top are very limited. The skirt inventory seems to be equally low. The Delphia is available as a short dress (a mid-thigh length) and also in soft blue pieces.
This was quite a departure for the Duchess. While she does wear suits, be they a dress/jacket or a skirt/jacket combination, Kate primarily wears dresses. This is particularly true of her formalwear. It really was a surprise when I realized she was wearing two separate pieces of clothing; my initial reaction was that this was a ‘faux two-piece” dress. It was good to see the Duchess take a risk, especially on such a high-profile trip. When stepping onto the lawn at the British High Commissioner’s residence, I thought she almost looked anxious, as if not quite sure about this step out of her comfort zone.
A champagne toast was offered in the Queen’s name.
Kate’s clutch looks like another Prada style. It is a hard-sided bag with rounded corners and an ornate clasp with a faux jewel at the top of the clasp.
Many thanks to WKW friend Vera on Facebook & Lina on Twitter; it turns out they were ahead of the curve in identifying the bag. The bag is available online at the Prada store, and it is £940 (about $1300).
Kate’s shoes are not yet identified; my thought is they could be this style, the Gianvito Rossi Crisscross Ankle-Wrap Suede Sandal.
Kate’s earrings remain one of our longest-running UFOs (Unidentified Fashion Objects), going all the way back to at least 2007. Both Pippa and Kate have worn them; Anna of My Small Obsessions has more on them in this blog post.
NOTE: This morning’s post on Kate’s Emilia Wickstead dress is here. I did not have time to cover the events at Gandhi Smriti/Old Birla House, and they will be part of a future post.