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One-Hit Wonder Wrapup Post

One-Hit Wonder Wrapup Post

I am back with our final look at One-Hit Wonders worn by the Princess of Wales. We begin with a Jenny Packham design worn in October 2014 for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards. The event was at the Natural History Museum.

In some photos, the gown almost looks demure.

In other images, like this one of the Duchess presenting Michael Nichols with the Wildlife Photographer of the Year award, you get just a peek at the slit on the left side.

A Jenny Packham Instagram post described the dress as pale jade in color. It had a surplice neckline, elbow-length sleeves, gathers at the front waist, and a concealed back zipper.

Elements of the dress can be seen in this Jenny Packham design from the designer’s 2014 Cruise Collection. This style was described online as having a wrap front with a slim silhouette and a “gathered-into waist.”

The Duchess accessorized with a customized clutch by Alexander McQueen and her Agata Sandals by LK Bennett

Her necklace and earrings were from the Riva Collection of jewelry by Monica Vinader. The Diamond Cluster Drop Earrings and Diamond Cluster Bib are done in rose gold vermeil atop sterling silver, with pavé set diamonds.

When I solicited input on looks that deserved another appearance, our next dress also received multiple mentions. The Duchess of Cambridge chose the Moraiah Dress by Temperley London when she attended Wimbledon with the Duke of Cambridge in June 2011. 

The dress featured three layers of floaty pleats and a row of half-circles on the straps. At the time, Temperley London described the white cocktail dress as a perennial, classic waist-nipped shape with a sexy, structured bodice, hand-embroidered straps and a tiered skirt.

The Moraiah reminded me of a tennis dress. It was available in white and black.

This gives you a better view of the shoulder detailing with the overlapping petals suspended between straps.

The Duchess carried a chocolate brown jacket that has not been identified. She wore the charm bracelet, believed to be a gift from the then-Duchess of Cornwall, shown here as worn in Santa Barbara during the North American tour. One side of the charm features Kate’s cipher, the script “C,” and the ducal crown, while the other side has the Duchess of Cornwall’s cipher. She had on her Sledge pumps by LK Bennett and carried her Stuart Weitzman Muse Clutch.

Another design many of you would like to see again is the Roland Mouret cold-shoulder dress worn for a June 2016 Kensington Palace gala.

The function celebrated the organization’s 40th anniversary.

The ‘Nansen’ gown was from Roland Mouret’s Resort 2016 collection.

The design was made in a stretch crepe material and featured a deep vee neckline, flared skirt, and shoulder cutouts. The form-fitting dress also had the complex fabric inserts and darts Mr. Mouret is known for. In this montage, you can see the exposed zipper on the back.

Much of the chatter about the Duchess’s ensemble that evening revolved around the glittering Cartier earrings she wore, in rose, yellow, and white 18K gold covered in diamonds.

The earrings appear to be part of a Cartier set Kate owns, as they match the Cartier Trinity necklace first worn for a 2012 National Portrait Gallery exhibit featuring Olympic and Paralympic portraits and seen again during the New York City visit in 2014.

The gold sequin Jenny Packham design worn for the 2021 premiere of No Time to Die was cited as a style many of you would like to see again.

The gown’s metallic sequins and crystals sat atop a base layer of glittering tulle. The dress showcased strong, structured shoulders, a deep vee-neckline, and an attached cape.

The Duchess’s gown was similar to this style, part of a special Jenny Packham X 007 collection of eight gowns created to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of James Bond. 

The Duchess’s hair was styled in an elaborate updo.

She wore the citrine cocktail ring we’ve seen over the years, a pair of O’Nitaa earrings first noted at a 2019 reception in Pakistan, and the Fenix Pump in gold by Aquazzura.

Another dress receiving multiple mentions: the Marchesa Notte design worn for the opening night of 42nd Street at London’s Drury Theatre.

The dress featured a motif described as “lattice and rosette,” with cap sleeves, an illusion neckline, hidden back zipper, and flexible boning. The hem was described as being “reinforced to hold its voluminous shape.”

The Duchess accessorized with her Bayswater Cutch by Mulberry and Gianvito Rossi 105 pumps in Bordeaux suede.

She also wore a pair of Kate Spade earrings, the Pretty Poms Tassel Statement Earrings. 

Evening gowns were the most frequently mentioned category when you shared your suggestions for One-Hit Wonder looks. Three of the more popular designs were worn during the 2023 Caribbean tour. These include the green Jenny Packham worn to a formal dinner in Jamaica, the pink Vampire’s Wife design seen at a reception in Belize, and the icy blue Phillipa Lepley worn for a Bahamas reception.  

Other styles suggested by several readers include the tartan Burberry dress worn in Boston and the blush Alexander McQueen dress worn for Pippa Middleton’s wedding in May 2017

The houndstooth Emilia Wickstead worn in Boston was cited several times, as was the golden Jenny Packham design seen in Heidelberg, Germany, in July 2017.  

And our two final looks feature floral designs some of you would like to see again: on the left, the Catherine Walker Fleurs Sauvages, or “Wildflowers” print worn to Wimbledon in July 2017, and the Erdem Evita dress seen at a January 2017 Heads Together engagement

In summation, here are the dresses mentioned most frequently. A reminder: this is a completely non-scientific grouping of designs; the posts were all based on suggestions I received from you via comments on posts, comments on Facebook, and suggestions received via email and messages.

The next group of dresses. 

The final four ensembles. 

The three outfits you proposed featuring distinctive coats.

The first group of evening gowns. 

And the rest of the evening gowns.


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Thursday 6th of June 2024

Loved these posts, thank you!


Wednesday 5th of June 2024

Lots of beautiful dresses and gorgeous evening gowns here! Also some that it's not hard to see why they were one-hit wonders. I do feel, though, that evening gowns worn in 2022-23 aren't old enough to be classified as one-hit wonders. How many occasions has Catherine had to rewear a gown she wore last year or two years ago? We still might see some of them reappear in the not-too distant future.

I am a bit surprised that Catherine never rewore the 2016 Roland Mouret. I'd have thought it an eminently rewearable dress. I wouldn't be at all surprised to hear that it's been reworn privately. In fact, I'd be surprised to hear that it hasn't been.


Tuesday 4th of June 2024

Every dress, gown & outfit looks beautiful!

My love for the ensemble worn to Pippa's wedding remains. This dress had a lovely retro feel that made me think of the 1930s or 40s. It is delightfully feminine, including the soft, pretty color that is in the: "is it pink/is it not pink" family. I find this color intriguing whenever Catherine has worn it.

Some aspects of the dress could have been improved on, but the overall look is one of soft beauty. It is exactly the kind of dress that I love to see at a romantic & lavish wedding.

Moving on to the pale jade Jenny Packham "high/low" gown, (on my screen, it looks more pale blue), this gown was wonderful on Catherine! The surprise of the short skirt under a long skirt was dynamic for me, giving the gown a sporty/glam air. This design also showed off Catherine's legs to stunning effect.

The Moriah dress by Temperley London, with three lovely tiers of soft frills, was a confection of a dress & the Perfect dress to wear at Wimbledon, being casual yet pretty.

The Roland Mouret "cold-shoulder" gown was flawless. While it is not my favorite gown that Catherine has ever worn, it is undeniably sleek & elegant. The color, a deep, bright blue, always looks Fabulous on the Princess. She can wear a gown like this, with some edginess to it, & never look like she's trying too hard.

Special praise is given by me for the Erdem "Evita" dress. If it's Erdem that Catherine is in, I'm always happy! Erdem loves a beautiful print, especially with unusual, wonderful colors. For me, the lime color of the print looks like peridot, and the burgundy touches remind me of garnets. Especially lovely is the way Catherine's bag & heels are also in garnet.

The Marchesa Notte cocktail dress is beyond lovely, with impressive beauty & a luscious, vivid, cherry red color. I've never seen a better example of a party frock than this: the color, the style & every aspect of this dress provide bold impact & gorgeous sophistication, yet in the most perfectly ladylike way. It's a dress that is WOW & refined at the same time, & Catherine's silky, tasseled earrings were just the right touch

Finally, the gown of all gowns: the gold sequined Jenny Packham masterpiece, worn for the No Time to Die premiere. Catherine looked like a movie star! The material of the gown gives the effect of being made from spangled, liquid gold. This was a gown with definite Goddess vibes & Catherine looked stunning, gorgeous & regal. In addition to Goddess quality, this gown also evokes, to some degree, the dazzling golden Oscar statues of Hollywood - but they are not nearly as beautiful as Catherine was, in her glorious golden gown. There just isn't enough superlatives to do justice to Catherine's look on that star filled night!

My best and warmest wishes to Catherine as she continues in her recovery of her health. ♥️

Thanks to the Admin for this wonderful wrap up post. ♥️


Saturday 8th of June 2024

@Zell Loved your thoughts here and agree complete about the Marchesa and the gold premiere gown. Her hair that night also looked spectacular. I hope she emulates that style again.

Marchesa is one of my favorite designers and I would love to see her in more of their designs.


Thursday 6th of June 2024

@Bonnie A,

Thank you!!! I very much appreciate your response! 😊

Bonnie A

Wednesday 5th of June 2024

@Zell, I really enjoyed your takes on these pieces! Particularly the sporty glam air to the pale blue (on my screen too) Packham, and the perfect pairing of the Moriah with Wimbledon. Calling the Marchesa Notte a party frock liberated it for me and allowed me to see it in its best light. What a gorgeous colour, and so interesting when you consider how it is made and holds its shape.


Wednesday 5th of June 2024


Thank you for your reply! 😊


Wednesday 5th of June 2024

@Zell, I couldn't agree more with your description of the Marchesa. It's one of my favourites.


Tuesday 4th of June 2024

The blue Jenny Packham is one of my all-time favorite looks from Kate, and I desperately want her to wear that jewelry again.


Monday 3rd of June 2024

Would love to see again the black velvet gown that she wore in December 2011:


Tuesday 4th of June 2024

@LCJ, Me toooo! I love that necklace and earrings set too.

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