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Kate Wears Beulah Cocktail Dress to Private Reception at Martin Sorrell's Manhattan Apartment

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Thanks to that forty minute flight delay, William and Kate did not have as much extra time in their schedule as had been expected, but you would not have known that from the Duchess's quick and flawless transition from coated-arrival outside The Carlyle to stepping out of her SUV at the Manhattan apartment of Sir Martin Sorrell. (P.S. Is this woman even pregnant?!)


As we discussed when we went over the itinerary several weeks ago, this evening's private reception and dinner for The Royal Foundation was bound to be somewhere exclusive, and you can't be much more exclusive and cozy than a swanky flat in one of America's flashiest cities. Kate had to have been looking forward to this evening.  To my knowledge, this was not an event that demanded an "entrance fee" i.e donation, but this type of non-fundraiser can be the most successful fundraiser of all. Everyone knows that a generous donation would not be amiss and on such occasions, you will often find your attendees rise to the challenge, so to speak. 



I feel like this cocktail dress was a long time in coming. Almost as if Kate has been practicing for several years to debut this stunner. She started with the laser-cut Temperley in 2013:


And then went edgier just a few months ago in the Super-Woman Temperley:


Tonight, she has refined the genre with this delicate and on-trend cocktail dress. In style, it is very much like her mother's choice for the Royal Variety Show last month.


In structure, it has common elements with both the Temperley she wore for Action on Addiction (above) and the Diane von Fürstenberg she wore to the Royal Variety Performance: stretch.  All three of these dresses seem to have a certain elasticity that would provide comfort as well as a very flattering fit for her (barely) pregnant silhouette. 



The dress was IDed as some of us slumbered peacefully, and has not been identified, which means we all get to sacrifice a little more of our sight and time in pursuit of deeper sartorial wisdom and knowledge.  is by Beulah London, the "Amara." I have to say this is one of those cases where Kate really transformed the dress. I would not jump at this dress on the rack, but on Kate it has new pizazz.



Kate carried her her black Mulberry clutch:



She wore Stuart Weitzman Power Pumps, and in a slight detour from her usual modus operandi, she wore very busy (new?) earrings, again, unidentified. I know what you are thinking, someone(s) is slacking on the job...


Several fashion fans on Twitter have remarked that Kate's earrings seem to echo the celtic brooch that Kate wore in Scotland with her Jonathan Saunders coat. That brooch is purportedly a gift from William. Another theory is that these earrings might be from quite some time ago...


Kate was sneaky tonight with all these hard to ID pieces. The dress reminds me of the blue Temperley Kate wore in SouthEast Asia, but Temperley has been scoured to no avail...



I will say that the last time we had such trouble IDing a dress it turned out to be American Michael Kors. Since Kate is in New York, perhaps we should cast the net quite wide.  On that note, I will say goodnight. Full day tomorrow as William heads to DC, Kate has a packed morning, and of course, the NBA game tomorrow night!


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