William and Kate attended the Mandela film premiere this evening at the Odeon. Kate recycled the Roland Mouret (French designer!) she wore to the Thirty Club dinner in May of last year. I wasn't in love with it that time. I thought her hair needed to be swept up give the neckline and shoulder detail. It was missing something. She hit it out of the park tonight.
Not only is her hair up, it is a "new-do." She debuted this (most certainly professionally styled) modern pony with pieces framing her face. There is a nice almost retro lift to her hair at the back as well, and I notice she wore a black velvet ribbon that perfectly coordinated with William's velvet shoes and her own. This isn't a fashion blog about William, but those velvet shoes sure caused an uproar in the fashion community: a negative uproar. I love her hair tonight, wow. This is unusual and very sexy.
Kate added bling with an inexpensive--but oh sooo sparkly--crystal collar from Zara. The new hair style, combined with this statement piece literally transformed this dress. The dress had plenty of potential, it just finally realized tonight. It is a stunning dress, and if I may say this, Kate fills it out a little better this evening. I think that helps as well. Notice the ribbon in her hair in the picture below:
This dress has that slit that gives it its zing, but makes for a tricky car exit:
Video of the couple walking the red carpet:
It was announced, while William and Kate were in the movie, that Nelson Mandela had passed away in South Africa. That's some amazing timing for you. All and all, a very successful night for the Cambridges. Kate looked absolutely radiant, William was dapper as usual; they were royalty at its best.