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Kate in New Alexander McQueen Frock for Palace Reception UPDATED

The Duchess wore a new dress by Alexander McQueen for this evening’s Team GB reception at Buckingham Palace.©ROTA / i-Images

The party at the Palace was hosted by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh. The event honored medalists in this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games. More from The Mirror:

Usually seen in their sports clothes, the athletes were dressed in their finest as they packed into the State Rooms for drinks and canapés.

They began to arrive from 5.30pm and were joined by the royals at 6pm in the opulent 18th Century room.

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Kate enjoying time with the women’s hockey team.©Yui Mok/WPA Rota/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

From The Daily Mail’s story:

Team GB collected 27 golds among their medal total of 67 – two more than from London 2012 – for their best-ever haul from an overseas Olympics.

The Paralympics GB squad, meanwhile, returned from South America with 147 medals, including 64 golds.

Below, Prince Harry chatting with Ellie Simmonds, OBE, gold medalist in swimming in the last 3 Paralympics. (That is who Kate is seen speaking with in the first photo in the post.)©Eddie Mullholland/NMA Rota/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

In the course of the evening, Kate shared that Princess Charlotte is learning how to ride.

Emily Andrews, The Sun @ByEmilyAndrews

Emily Andrews, The Sun @ByEmilyAndrews

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Earlier in the day, there was a parade and celebration in London. Yesterday a similar event was held in the city of Manchester.

Kate’s dress is ivory silk with a red and gray poppy motif, from the Alexander McQueen pre-spring (aka ‘resort’) 2017 collection. It carries a 1970s vibe and features a fitted v-neck bodice, defined waistband above a flared skirt, and full sleeves.

The frock also has gathers at the center waist (below left), and the sleeves are gathered slightly at the shoulder and the wrist. There are two small decorative buttons at the cuff.Both ©Pool/i-Images

UPDATE: There has been a little discussion about the front of Kate’s dress if there was a panel across the bodice where the v-neck dips. I finally managed to find licensable photos; here is a closer look.©Nunn Syndication/Polaris

UPDATE: A few comments point out that the poppy design also echoes the iconic McQueen skull motif, something I completely missed. If looking at the two red clusters at the top of the design as the sunken eyes, and the bottom as the mouth, I can see the reference.Alexander McQueen

The dress is longer than what I would call tea length, hitting a few inches above Kate’s ankles. (Though the definition of tea length has changed over the years, I think of it generally hitting mid-shin, maybe 3-5″ below the knee.)

Both: Emily Andrews, The Sun @ByEmilyAndrews

Both: Emily Andrews, The Sun @ByEmilyAndrews

This particular poppy motif is used in several designs for the pre-spring/summer 2017 collection. The skirt of Kate’s dress is similar to that seen in this Silk Open Back Midi Dress from the pre-spring collection, as shown at Saks.Sak's Fifth Avenue

Other pieces in the collection include a Mandarin Collar Blouse in ivory silk ($1145 ) and a Ruffle Dress in black ($3075), both shown at the McQueen website.Alexander McQueen

A closer look at the print itself. This photo is from the blouse shown above; you can see how well matched the pattern is on the front placket, something that wasn’t accomplished on the side seams of the Duchess’s dress.Alexander McQueen

Kate accessorized with the Bow-Embellished Suede Shoulder Bag by Miu Miu we first saw during the Canadian tour. i-Images/Miu Miu

And her red suede ‘Gianvito’ heels by Gianvito Rossi, we show them at Net-a-Porter. The shoe is also available in all sizes at Luisa Via Roma and in limited sizes at FarFetch.©i-Images/Net-a-Porter

Kate also wore her Soru Baroque Pearl Double-Sided Earrings (£130).©Polaris/Soru/Polaris

UPDATE: One more observation arising from a comment on the post: as pointed out in comments, the ivory dress background with the red poppy pattern played well against the Team GB uniforms. Here is a better view of the uniforms.ParalympicsGB Facebook (Click photo to visit FB page.)

The red, in particular, popped against the Palace carpeting.Yui Mok/WPA Pool/ Nunn Syndication/Polaris

This is one of those events that I think all of the royals enjoy. Kate, William, and Harry seem particularly enthusiastic and very much at ease speaking with the athletes, something that is evident from Kate’s facial expressions.Both Photos: ©Nunn Syndication/Polaris

A final note: there have been mentions about the ‘resort’ ready-to-wear collections, also called pre-spring collections, and their lack of resemblance to resort collections of yore. (My phrase.) It is a good topic for discussion, and we will cover it in our next post.


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Friday 28th of October 2016

I saw this dress again in a group shot. Duchess in the centre and to coin a phrase tongue in cheek this dress is dang ugly.


Friday 28th of October 2016

I wish the Duchess would consider emulating Queen Letizia of Spain who dresses beautifully yet modestly and whose thin build is very similar to the Duchess'. They even favor similar shoe styles. Letizia's hair is always nicely done without being fussy/distracting. When the occasion has warranted, she has even worn some lovely pantsuits - and not the dreadful painted-on skinny jeans. If a queen can do so, surely a future queen may as well.


Friday 28th of October 2016

Wonderfully put Jeanine. Letizia is a favourite of mine. She's very clever with fashion that you can't stop looking. Whilst Kate is very obviously overly keen for the Queen's approval...her clothes are overall well tailored and beautiful... there's always a note of caution that causes the beautiful Duchess to miss the mark.


Tuesday 25th of October 2016

Another botched redo of a McQueen design and this one is the worst. Like others, I am at a loss as to why Kate's stylists take an edgy McQueen style and completely remake it, losing any sense of McQueen design. I can't imagine the impeccable tailoring that is McQueen's legacy for his house being party to this. A passion for McQueen and then butchering it? Whats the point? Lee would be turning over in his grave to see this dress with his name on it. Sorry, but this shows no respect by either the current designers of the McQueen house or Kate's stylists.


Tuesday 25th of October 2016

I think she just needs to put this dress in the back of her closet, and pretend like it never happened. This dress never happened.


Friday 21st of October 2016

I don't care for this dress. I do not like this print whatsoever. Eeek.


Friday 21st of October 2016

The dress looks like a bathrobe. But the Queen looks fantastic!

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