The Duchess sparkled this evening at a Government House reception wrapping up Day 3 of the Canada tour.
Tonight’s function was the most formal event on the tour itinerary.
More from Richard Palmer’s story for The Express:
Kate was the epitome of glamour at a reception for political and civic leaders from across British Columbia at Government House in Victoria.
She and William mingled with 200 guests in the ballroom of the grand house, the monarch’s official residence in the province of British Columbia.
Kate continues to boost her eveningwear glamor factor, choosing an off-the-shoulder dress by Preen in deep red, a non-verbal message of recognition and respect for her hosts. We show the dress at Net-a-Porter, where it is available in very limited sizing ($1715).
The ‘Finella’ showcases an asymmetric neckline and off-the-shoulder style, combined with box pleating that creates a full skirt. It’s very much another fit and flare silhouette for the Duchess. Arguably the most striking design element is the diagonal draping on the fitted bodice. Below left we try to show that a little better, on the right you can see the pleating at the waist, as well as the exposed zipper.
The dress is midi length, hitting Kate mid-shin. The Finella is from the the pre-a/w 2016 collection and made in a stretch crepe that is a blend of acetate/polyamide/elastane. Matches Fashion also stocks the line but the dress is now sold out. The Finella is also still available at Brown Thomas.
Red isn’t the only color for the design, it is offered in black as well. We show it at Avenue 32 where it seems to be available in almost all sizes ($1715). Black is also still in stock at Net-a-Porter ($1715).
Preen is a British label founded in 1996 by Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi. The company has grown from a single shop on Portabello Road to a brand offering its collections in 25 countries. A bit more background via Vogue’s review of the spring 2017 collection
These two are flourishing with confidence, in the knowledge that their clothes are selling—and that the more super-magical they make them, the more women respond. Standing backstage, celebrating this, their twentieth year in business, Thornton and Bregazzi announced that they’re finally getting married, next July. Knowing them, it’ll probably be in their birthplace, the Isle of Man.
Kate was in another pair of her Gianvito Rossi suede pumps.
Monday night the Duchess carried a new clutch. It looks like it is the Jenny Packham Casa clutch. Below left, the Casa in ‘Ink Pony Hair’ as shown at LaPrendo, where it is no longer available.
Kate carried the Casa clutch last October to the SPECTRE premiere, you see the bag below left. When first talking about this being Kate’s bag (but in a different material) it made sense, until putting together pictures of both clutches. Then the proportions looked all wrong.
Fortunately people were kind enough to send messages and email reminding yours truly the Casa clutch actually came in two sizes.
And another lovely reader shared photos of their Casa bags side-by-side.
It makes perfect sense; Kate appears to have the Jenny Packham Casa in red pony hair.
This view helps underscore the point.
Many thanks to Kate’s Closet for sharing info about the blue version of the bag.
The Duchess accessorized with her Soru Baroque Double-Sided Pearl Earrings.
We first saw the earrings at Wimbledon in July. They feature iridescent baroque pearls and Swarovski crystals in an 18ct yellow gold vermeil over sterling silver setting, and retail for £130 (about $170).
We saw the return of the Queen’s platinum and diamond maple leaf brooch, it shimmered atop the red dress fabric.
Here’s a look at Tuesday’s schedule, we’ll see you then!