The Duchess went with one of her “go-to” designers for this evening’s reception, wearing a frock by Alexander McQueen.
The event was at the British Embassy in Paris, hosted by Ambassador Lord Llewellyn (seen below left) and Lady Llewellyn.
The couple arriving at the party.
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The event celebrates the official launch of a program called “Les Voisins,” translated loosely to ‘the neighbors.”
Les Voisins celebrates British/French ties. Prince William spoke about the program during the reception.
“And forgive me if I now continue in the language of Shakespeare, so as to reduce the risk of mangling the language of Molière. It is a pleasure for Catherine and me to be here this evening, in this beautiful, elegant, and global city.
Before I came here, Her Majesty The Queen reminded me of how much she has enjoyed her many visits to France. It is a feeling that Catherine and I entirely share, and look forward to this and many more visits in the years to come.
Kate meeting guests at the party.
As mentioned above, Kate’s tea-length dress is by Alexander McQueen.
(That is Rebecca Deacon with her back to the camera, Kate’s personal secretary.)
The sleeveless dress was crafted from a textured material that looks like it *might* be lace, accented with either eyelash lace, or a basic fringed trim at the neckline, armholes, and hem.
It also had a deep vee neck; the Duchess accented her waistline with a belt.
The most dramatic part of the ensemble was the jewelry. Kate wore her Balenciaga faux pearl earrings, and she also had on something we rarely see, a cocktail ring. The earring shown on the far left is from Trooping the Colour, when we first saw the earrings.
The ring remains unidentified, as does the necklace. From Bethan Holt’s column for The Telegraph:
The Duchess’s pearl jewellery- a gobstopper ring, bauble necklace and Balenciaga earrings- was also a nod to classic Gallic style and added interest to an otherwise pared-back look- a key consideration when impact is required for those pictures which will be beamed around the world
The look was dazzling in a manner which the Duchess rarely toys with, imbuing an air of sophistication without being an obvious statement showstopper. The message behind the Duchess’s dress tonight? A respectfully diplomatic study in Parisian chic.
And from Edward Barsamian’s piece for Vogue:
For her grand Parisian debut this evening, the Duchess of Cambridge switched things up with a fashion-forward frock from Alexander McQueen.
Her latest look from the house was equal parts refined and directional, just the right fit for an evening at the British Embassy in Paris.
The Cartier watch Kate wore looked heavy when viewed with the ensemble as a whole; I presume she left it on because Cartier is a French brand.
The Duchess was in another pair of shoes by Gianvito Rossi, the label’s Suede d’Orsay Pump, also called the “54” Mary Jane Pump. It features a narrow block heel that is 4″ in height, a pointed toe, and ankle strap.
It is available at Net-a-Porter in limited sizes ($795); at Spring in mixed sizes ($775); at Barneys ($775); and also at Lane Crawford (£530, about $655 at today’s exchange rates). Thank you to Emi for her speedy shoe ID. A quick aside for those interested in a repliKate: below we show the ASOS ‘Penalty’ style, $49. Many thanks to Elizabeth on the WKW Facebook page for such a fab tip!