When you think of Princess Diana's evening gowns they are many and diverse, and style-era aside, always glamorous. Many of her most famous dresses and evening appearances were at film premieres. For whatever reason, perhaps the blend of Hollywood royalty with real royalty, film openings always up the glam factor an bring out the bling. So, for her appearance at the world premiere of the James Bond film Spectre, I knew Kate would be out to wow.
I watched her arrival live and I was confused for a minute when she got out of the car...was she wearing a shawl? What was going on here? It quickly became evident that the gown featured a revealing, halter top base with a filmy chiffon overlay that featured a cross-over bodice and a slashed back:
The dress is a bespoke piece by Jenny Packham, and bears her signature marks. I don't want to speak for everyone, but...I think everyone believes the inspiration for this dress sprang from this runway piece:
If the dress seems familiar, it is a little. Kate's Beulah London "Sabitri" dress is almost the exact same color, features a similar demure chiffon overlay, and similar buttons :
Since these are two different designers, it seems that the common element is Kate, although the presentation on this dress is different, it is obviously related to the hugely popular teal dress from "Our Greatest Team Rises" gala, which also features an virtually "open" back, buttons, and detailing at the base of the spine:
In some respects, I felt like this dress melded Princess Kate with Kate Middleton. If you remove the chiffon overlay and change the base to pink, you are kind of left with the pink Issa from back in the day:
A brief break from the fashion for a few important photos. First, I know there has been some worry that Mr. Security hasn't been sighted in some time. What would a Bond premiere be without our own favorite 007? Let not your hearts be troubled, he was on the job tonight. You can also see Rebecca Deacon on the right in the background:
I also have to note how much I love Rachel Weisz. Stunningly beautiful with a quiet and down-to-earth presence. Daniel Craig is a lucky guy. The photo almost deserves a caption contest...maybe the Fug Girls can put their talents to it. :)
Back to Kate! She recycled her Jimmy Choo "Vamp" pumps, but she debuted a new clutch, the "Casa" from Jenny Packham.
...and who could miss her earrings?
Anna instantly recognized these as the Robinson Pelham earrings that Carole wore for Kate's wedding reception. These stunners feature blue topazes and diamonds in a white gold and they retail at an eye-watering £14,300.
They were, after all, purchased for the wedding of the decade. You likely recall that Robinson Pelham created jewelry for all the Middletons on that beautiful April 29th, including the future Princess of the United Kingdom herself.
So...what did I think. I had to think a little about it (Well, you've had plenty of time, I can hear you retort) and I really like this dress. Once I got my bearings on it, and saw a few high-definition photos, I really, really liked it. The single word that sums up Kate's appearance tonight is: exotic.
I thought the dress looked Middle Eastern in some respects. The folds across the bodice, the gathers along the base of he neck, the fluttering sleeves and translucent chiffon... The buttons and beading. Even Kate's hair had a new twist, the bangs change up her usual (gorgeous) chignon, but tonight it was a fuller and bolder updo. The vibe reminded me just a little of Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco.
This dress feels gorgeous. Can't you tell by looking at it how glamorous this would feel be on? She is both swathed in fabric, yet still showing skin. It is was reserved, yet sultry at the same time.
There are a few elements I might tweak. I love Jenny Packham, but she has shown some dresses that have suffered just slightly from too little tailoring. If I could change one thing about this dress, I would take a little extra fabric out of the front of the bodice. But, overall, this is a huge win in my book. I think that this has skyrocketed to one of my favorite evening gowns in Kate's closet.
As you may have heard, Kate took Prince George to the Natural History Museum on the 22nd of October. The Princess and her little Prince could not have looked more adorable. Kate was dressed in her Zara crops and a sweater top, and George looked as well-dressed as you would expect the child of Kate Middleton--let alone a royal--to look. He is drop-dead adorable.
The Duchess has been to the museum on more than one occasion in an official capacity, but this little moment between mother and son outranks any of those formal appearances. Super cute!