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Party at the Palace: Kate in Erdem for UK-India

Monday, February 27, 2017

This evening, William and Kate joined the Queen, senior members of the British Royal Family, and many Indians "from various fields of work including performing arts, fashion, food, literature and sport." The fête was launching the UK-India Year of Culture 2017,  a celebratory year focused around the 70th anniversary of India's independence.



For those lucky enough to be invited to the bash, they received this very formal invitation from the Palace:

via Ali Pretty
Preprations for the evening were underway throughout the day and Rebecca English, as well as the Palace, shared tantalizing pictures and videos in the run-up to show time. Rebecca shared this snap of the enviable canapés prepared in the kitchens below-stairs at BP:

via Rebecca English, DailyMail Reporter 

According to the BP Twitter there were 5,00 canapés ranging from "Raj Puri and Soya Gujjia to Salmon Blinis and Crème Brûlée." It was a night sure to impress as musicians and dancers greeted arriving guests:





Here the Duchess of Cambridge stands with Rebecca Deacon as she chats to chef Vikas Khanna, one of the presenters on Master Chef: India:


Can you imagine these two at a house-party in Norfolk, or hosting a cocktail party at Anmer or KP? They look like such a hoot. William is quite a sharp guy and absolutely hysterical. I was chatting with someone who attended the Taste of Norfolk fundraiser and her stories about his comments and jokes were a scream.


The Palace put on a top-notch party, including a display that featured a shawl that Gandi knit (wove?)  himself for the then Princess Elizabeth. William looked eager to learn a little bit of family history:


It is always fun to see the Cambridges play the supporting role to the Queen. It seems to transform them from the serious senior royals to "the kids" learning from the pro, which is cute.


Princess Eugenie, one of my favorite royals, was also on hand tonight in a chic black and white cocktail dress:

via Rebecca English Twitter 

Kate chose a metallic Erdem cocktail dress which held its won in the glamour of Buckingham Palace. It is sold out, but came in several shades when it was first released. It features sheer sleeves with metallic threading in a floral design, pink silk lining, and a pleated skirt. Really, it is a super-charged lace dress, with the metallic really gives it an extra kick. 



Miss Twinkle-Toes, aka HRH the Duchess of Cambridge, debuted new shoes from Oscar de La Renta. These scalloped pumps add quite a bit of bling to her already glittering dress, but I am a huge fan, despite the competing shimmer. They look relatively muted in most pictures, but I am sure they packed a punch in person, as they do in several photos with good flash. The fact that she is wearing Oscar de la Renta is another little boost to the flame of hope that Kate will wear another Oscar de la Renta feature ensemble in the near future.


It has been noted that Kate diplomatically blended her Canadian/British dress with earrings from India--a nice nod to the theme of the evening. This earbobs, as Scarlett O'Hara would term them, are by Indian designer Anita Dongre.



You are already familiar with Anita Dongre from the Cambridges' trip to India in 2016. Kate's Gulrukh Tunic Dress was one of her designs.


Tonight's Erdem reminded me of a number of Kate's dresses. It seemed to borrow the metallic of the Collette Dinnigan, the lace and silhouette of the Ascot D&G, and the pinky/glitter of the ARK gala dress:



The verdict tonight was a big win. Kate was magnificently beautiful. This dress is a mixture of so many of her favorite features, from the pleated skirt to the metallic lace, and midi length. At the same time, it was a new mix of old favorites, which gave it a fresh twist.  I love how it seems to be the lace Collette Dinnigan (one of my ALL TIME faves) + the D&G minus that ruffle. The more I look at it the more I love it. Very feminine and delicate, but appropriate for the venue and the company.


Adding new and bold shoes and a polished half & half hair style pulled her together beautiful. (Never underestimate the power of the coiffure to make or break you) This is absolutely a dress I would pass up on the rack, but Kate just made it shine--no pun intended. Super gorgeous, Kate!


We have another event tomorrow as Kate visits the Ronald McDonald House. Sweet dreams to you all!

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  1. Are those new shoes?

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  2. Woow, primera vista, se ve impresionante... un poco mas audaz, y los zapatos parece que tambien tienen algo de brillo por ahi...

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  3. looks like a short version of isabelle hupert's oscar gown

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    1. Yes, and Ms. Hupert is 63 with a daughter Kate's age. Isabelle might want to camouflage the drooping upper arms and wrinkly knees that inevitably arrive with age, but even I, 65 and grandmother of 4 ,would turn this dress down, cut, as it is, like a demure 19th century night gown straight straight out of Jane Austen.

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    2. So true, but Armani in her case. Love her fashion choices and style!

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    3. I just wrote that this dress is a short version of Isabelle´s dress in another article! :)

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  4. I need to take another look at the gown I suggested from the Oscars- the second one. This looks a lot like it. This gown seems very " I'm in the background not upstaging the Queen in a bright color or show of skin." No red here. Ha! Seriously, though, she may have felt wearing a saree sort of outfit might steal attention from the honored guests. I noticed the one woman in traditional attire. Kate did wear earrings from an Indian designer.

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    1. Beautiful and perfect for the occasion. (Same thoughts here, Anon 1.) 😊

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    2. Royalfan- out of all those dresses at the Oscars I ended up choosing one all most identical to the one she chose for tonight. I thought it looked like something she would wear. I actually liked some of the others but I didn't think they suited her or her taste. Please forgive..couldn't help being excited.

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  5. Why does she insist on repeating this matronly hairstyle? It's such a distraction! I think the dress and the shoes are lovely but my eyes keep going back to her hair. I think this would have looked much better with a sleek blowout.

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    1. I would have preferred an updo, but I do think this style is preferable to her hair being down and covering her shoulders, etc.

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    2. I agree - I am very happy that we can get a clear view of the earrings

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    3. I've seen that same hairstyle described as both little girl and juvenile and as matronly. Which is it?

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    4. I don't find this style matronly but I do think the two-sided "pinback" Kare sometimes wears is quite juvenile. So I'm not sure the hairstyle some find juvenile is this one as this one **appears** to have both sides pulled all the way to the back. I don't think this style is terribly flattering though. (But not matronly!)

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    5. I completely agree about the pin back style looking juvenile but I have no issue (and quite like) the half back style she wears here

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  6. Her dress and shoes are gorgeous, but an updo would have been much better.

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    1. I agree an updo would have really showcased the new earrings!

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    2. I agree. Love the earrings too, from what I can see!

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    3. That would only have given more ammunition to calling her out for bring more "matronly".

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  7. Beautiful! And she actually looks like she's standing up straight. 😉

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    1. I noticed the posture change also, Gretchen! Hooray!

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    2. The dress is beautiful but the length is odd to me. I know that midi dresses are the "thing" right now, but I think I'd like the dress better if it were shorter or just a bit longer.

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    3. I thought so too, Gretchen! I wonder if the better posture has something to do with how she is clasping her hands together--higher on her torso than usual.

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    4. Posture- I think part of the posture situation is which photos are published on various sites. Also, when she has an event with children and when there are a number of people at a gathering she is extending her hand to greet it will sometimes appear as though she is hunched-and she may well be for the fraction of a second the photo captures. I also think what she is wearing affects the way she stands. The times she has worn plunging necklines her shoulders stay back and even. No clutch bag? Third event in a row.

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    5. She doesn't really need a clutch for this type of event especially with canapés and drinks being served. She would need a free hand. Plus Rebecca Deacon isn't going to be too far away and as the first photo shows she has a bag with her.

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    6. I've noticed she tends to slouch if her shoulders aren't covered. Like the off-the-shoulder black(?) gown she wore recently. I love the shoes. I didn't realize they were sparkly until I saw these other pictures. So much better than nude pumps. These bring the dress up a notch IMO.

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  8. Love it! Would have loved a bolder lip with such a soft dress color, but she never goes in for much other than neutrals in lipsticks.

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  9. She looks stunning head to toe. Love the hair tonight. Some beautiful pictures coming through.

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  10. I am not sure about an undo but I agree the hair was not working for my tastes today. Not sure on the dress either but nothing wrong, just not doing much for me. Will need to see close ups of the shoes and earrings. It seems a very respectable and safe choice for the evening.

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  11. She looks gorgeous! I really want more detail on the earrings and especially on those shoes!

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  12. Jennifer from the SouthFebruary 27, 2017 at 3:04 PM

    Love the dress and love this version of her half up-half down style.

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  13. The only words I can think of for this are "epic win!" I love this ensemble.

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  14. Beautiful dress! It's color and intricate work are exquisite. Shoes are lovely too. I wish her hair had been styled in a different way. It doesn't do the splendor of the dress justice.

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    1. At first it's beautiful.. Then I think back to the Oscar gowns and am like wow she could have outshined them all of a had with one of those dresses.. I don't understand.. Wouldn't Princess Diana worn a tiara to this event and alike? Just wondering why she doesn't as much as all of her predicessors???? The Queen even..

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    2. I don't think this occasion called for tiaras, as much as I'd love to see Kate with one on her head. 👑 I believe tiaras are reserved for the more formal banquets at BP, and not a reception like this.

      Interested in other opinions though... ☺

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    1. Yep. And she looks 92. That hair - ugh. No body, no height, just blah. The whole look is sad.

      I can appreciate the fabric of the dress, but the style is horrible. Making the dress a lot shorter might have helped.

      Fail.

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    2. Agreed! This repeated look is very dull, boring and ageing. The fashion world is her oyster and her choice of clothing over the last couple of years is very disappointing. I used to look forward to seeing what Kate would be wearing, now not at all. I want to be inspired again please, Kate!

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    3. Thank you my thoughts to a 't'. The past couple of years have been absolutely weird. So different from the past - what in the world haooened? She used to be impeccable - style, fit, fabric - niw she is almost always in something ill-fitting, awkwardly styled and downright ugly. Imo it all started with Erdem and that huge, heavy ruffled floral gown. The beginning of the end.

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  16. Finally she's wearing something that ticks all the right boxes!! Gorgeous esemble, plus, age appropriate without being too old.

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    1. R u kidding? Age appropriate not! She looks washed out, she's a duchess she should look a million dollars for such events gosh!!

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  17. That dress--ethereal! She looks lovely.The room provides the perfect setting.

    Unrelated to fashion: I wonder if William was asked if he has watched a Bollywood movie yet :)

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  18. Well...it galls me to admit it, but I really like this Erdem dress, not a flower in sight! There are better pics out there, and Kate looks even lovelier.

    One small quibble: why oh why does Kate persist in wearing her hair in a half-up, half-down style? Sometimes it looks very childish, and at other times downright unflattering, given that it tends to elongate her face. She would look so much better with a quality cut--just a couple of inches, with long side wings to soften her face when she wears it fully down with a great blowout. Alternatively, she could wear a professional up-do, much as she had at the BAFTA's. This half-and-half hairdo looks like the hairdresser wasn't given enough time to do anything else--another reason to be glad that the Cambridges will soon be moving back to London and KP, IMO. The logistics involved in shuttling back and forth between London and Anmer Hall with two kids' welfare uppermost (to leave them in Norfolk, or bring them to London, that is the question ), to have to get in line for use of one of the two helicopters the Queen has leased, and to have to hope that Kate's hairdresser is both available and will have enuf time--an absolute nightmare! And, oh yeah, throw William's work schedule into the mix. Not the way I'd want to live my life.

    Sooo...hats off to Erdem--and thank god Kate didn't decide to "go native" by wearing a dress of Indian design, as she did with iffy results, prior to W&K's tour of India, and instead apparently let a pair of modest earrings by an Indian designer acknowledge the event.

    P.S. My beef with McQueen still stands, altho the skulls seem to have been laid to rest.

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    1. Agree JC. The dress is gorgeous yet simple..no flowers or ruffles. And I agree "native" would have been a mistake whether an actual sari or a designer-does-India dress.

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    2. Re: native ... I did not care for the long blue gown worn at KP prior to their tour. Unnecessary, IMO.

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    3. After mulling it over, I wonder if those who think this dress, which others like, looks matronly, could be persuaded to accept it as a classic? Yes, this style has been around for some time, but I rather think it will be around for some time to come; it's the sort of dress Kate could wear successfully in another decade--it has style, and lacks the trendiness which would lead it to an early grave, IMO.

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    4. JC, I believe that Kate's "goal" is to NOT make it about her clothes. I've said this before so excuse the broken record. :-) Was it Anon 1 who pointed out that, like the Queen and Queen Mother, Kate has a few favorites and she sticks with them? Not a bad idea given her position AND recent history in the BRF.

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    5. I came at it from a different angle, but-yes, I think I said that. If it works, it works. Why mess with success. I think Jane said it might be a matter of convenience, too. And, by the way, Royalfan, doesn't James Whatling capture her spirit as well as her physical beauty?

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    6. Absolutely, Anon 1. Love the photo.

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    7. I think Kate generally makes an effort to never outshine the Queen, particularly in the Queen's presence, royalfan. On this occasion, Kate tried to do so re the bland colour of the dress...not sure it worked, tho. A fair bit of glitter going on there, and IMO, the dress really worked for Kate; it wouldn't have worked on a short, rather dumpy figure such as the Queen's.

      There seems to be a great deal of competition/jealousy in the BRF, which drives some of its dress protocol; just silly. How can a 90-year-old reasonably expect to look better than a pretty 35-year old?

      I get your drift re Kate's recent history in the Family; however, she's beginning to turn it around; no fashion faux pas of that nature in the last few years.

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    8. JC, me thinks the jealousy factor in the BRF is huge, but more so with C&C than the Queen. Given her age, I think she expects the younger generation to shine. Charles, on the other hand..........

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    9. royalfan, you won't get any argument from me; I agree...to a point. When Diana was still a member of the BRF, any press I've read suggests that Diana was accused of "oneupmanship" repeatedly, especially when she "stole the show"from the Queen; I assume that the Queen unleashed her dogs/courtiers to brief/leak it to the press, off-the-record, of course.

      However, the Queen may have since accepted that at her age, that would indeed be silly. Nevertheless, given the number of times Beatrice, Eugenie, and Kate turn out in black, grey, navy, white and off-whites, I rather think that some Queenly dress codes are still in place.

      But yes, Kate has two mistresses to serve: the Queen, and Camilla, just as William has two masters: the Queen, and his father. It's a very difficult and very fine line which William and Kate walk.

      P.S. Have you noticed that, of late, both William and Kate seem happier? The cynic in me wonders if it's an act; the optimist in me wonders if something just between the two has substantially changed.

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    10. JC, Charles had friends (some closer than others!) to do the leaking as well. I am aware that Diana used the press to her advantage, but I believe she reached a point in her marriage and royal life when she realized she would never win and finally decided, "what the hey". It is human nature, is it not? You can try to please people to a point...

      Regarding W&K ... yes, they do look very happy; I agree. My take ... they have settled into their roles and are enjoying their son and daughter. I am not saying this sarcastically, but there had to be a degree of pressure that the average couple could never understand.

      But since you mentioned it, why would it be an act? Inquiring minds want to know!! ;-)

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    11. Why, royalfan? Well, I suppose because other members of the BRF have done just that--put on a believable act --in the past. Diana was simply the first to confirm it, c/o Andrew Morton; but there've been many rumours about others, including the Queen and her husband. Some were later confirmed by divorce e.g. Anne and her first husband, some not. Yet.

      Hence, just because I see a smile on a royal face doesn't mean much. Still...of late, I've noted more than that in William's case; he seems more relaxed, more inclined to hang around with Kate, when given a choice; e.g in two recent engagements featuring W, K, & H, his focus was fixed on Kate, not Harry, quite a change from some engagements in the past.

      I do agree, however, with your observation that the first few years of married life ( even if a couple has previously lived together, IMO) require some adjustment, and when you factor in the change with comes with parenthood, AND that Kate has had to adapt to a whole new way of life (again, I think altho Kate had time to observe it, until she married into it, at least some of it was hidden from her view.)

      The learning curve, for Kate--William less so--was very steep, others have failed to navigate it, but, perhaps, Kate has succeeded. Only time will tell. That is why I solicited your opinion re William and Kate's recent happiness; was I correct, or had I entered the early stages of dementia? And I picked on you because you're a longer-time royal-watcher than I. :))

      PS Thanks for taking the time to reply.

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    12. JC, without a doubt others have put on an act but, IMO, W&K's body language, eye contact, and spontaneity has always been the real deal.

      And your comment about Kate's learning curve and her apparent ability to navigate it made me think of this ... William has always been very protective of her and it must be a great relief to him knowing that she has done so well given the unique pressure on her. Diana had a difficult time of it (for obvious reasons) and, as different as the two marriages (C&D and W&K) are, surely, William was concerned about the impact of royal life on his wife. As you said, it was one thing for them to live together and for Kate to *observe* as William "did his thing" vs. living it as a married royal couple.

      IMHO, William could not have made a better choice.

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  19. She looks amazeballs

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  20. Kate looks very elegant tonight. Her shoes are beautiful too. The dress is remarkably similar to the Armani Privé that Isabelle Huppert wore to the Oscars last evening.

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  21. Dress is gorgeous - love! Just wish she had styled her hair differently and worn different shoes (the look of the dress is night/party and the shoes are day/office). Overall, still a win though.

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    1. I think maybe you haven't see high resolution pics of her shoes. Or you work in a very trendy office!

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    2. Actually the shoes are Oscar de la Renta Platinum Lamé Pumps. Very glittering and formal.

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    3. I would never wear those shoes during the day to an office! They are stupendous!

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    4. Sorry, I must have not been wearing my glasses when I first looked at the pics. In the initial pictures, to me it looked like she was wearing nude pumps again. These Oscar de la Renta shoes are very much night/party shoes upon looking at the hi-res pics! I love the shoes, but still not with the dress. It's a little too matchy-matchy for me. Still, this whole look is an overall win in my book.

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  22. I like this, and it's appropriate, but I don't love it (a little matronly, and Kate's height often begets a smidge too high waists sometimes). I do love those shoes! I think something more fun could have been done with the hair (so many updo options for such long hair!); the sparkly earrings would've stood well with the dress sans hair curtain. Good look overall!

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  23. OMG. Kate looks like a modern day Mrs. Havisham. Not a good look.

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  24. Complete perfection! She looks absolutely stunning and those shoes .... fabulous!

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  25. Kate looks very nice - beautiful dress, shoes and lovely earrings. Her hair is just off for me though. It looks matronly and is simply too long. That half up/half down style is a miss with this look. Chop it off, Kate. Look back at her hair in the photos of the Taj Mahal last year - love that length, much more youthful and flattering on Kate.

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  26. I like this style, there's just way too much fabric in the skirt. It's not flattering. And a less shimmery fabric would have worked better.

    As to the hair, agree with everyone else. I would've liked to see a braided chignon or something different.

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  27. Dress is matronly, hair unflattering, shoes far to glitzy and formal relative to what everyone else, including HRM, is wearing. William could invest in a couple of DARK blue or black suits cut a little more expertly with a few interesting ties thrown in.

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    1. Shoes too glitzy for Diamond Ripples?...;+) If you check photos elsewhere, this dress and shoes are very much in tune with the traditional dress- shimmery and flowing and some sparkling -of the gowns worn by some of the other women.

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    2. Totally agree. Dress silhouette predictably "marmish" and bizarre pairing of matching silver shoes makes my teeth hurt.

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  28. This is a cocktail reception and I think this is a lovely dress for the occasion. The added sparkle and modest cut of the dress is ticking all the right boxes for me. She looks very much like HM just in a different color. I think Erdem is one of my new favorites for her. I like her hair too....

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    1. "She looks very much like HM in a different color." Exactly, Lori....a different, less attention-grabbing color. No one doubts who the royal star is. Eugenie in black and white. Wasn't that Princes Edward and Michael in the photo with Princess Eugenie?

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    2. I thought Eugenie's dress was ho hum until a saw a full length picture- love the surprise of the asymmetrical hem. The men are in regular suits. This was more of an after work/business reception. I thought Kate looked beautiful as always but ever mindful that this is HM's show.

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  29. Love the dress, love the shoes, love the earring and LOVE the hair. Maybe it's because I wear my hair like this practically every day but this is one of my favorite hair looks from her... ever. It looks gorgeous on her face. Of course some think it's childish, some think it's matronly (oh Kate, I'm so sorry, you will never win) but I think it looks wonderful on her.

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  30. Love love love this! So pretty and the glittery shoes are perfect. One would think that there would be too much glitter with both shoes and dress but it somehow works and is really refreshing. I think she looks very elegant and there's a demureness to Kate in this look that I think suits her well. So much nicer than those short, mishaped skirts!

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  31. Hello all....

    Well this is a win for me. LOVE the shoes...not only do I love that she has a pair of NEW shoes ....I actually really do like these shoes. Best part of the whole night for me!

    Personally I am not a fan of pleated skirts. . I think they can be very unflattering on the wrong body type. But I was reading a fashion magazine on Saturday as I was waiting for an appointment and amongst the "in styles" for spring they listed pleated skirts amd ruffled skirts (aka little house on the prairie...their words, not mine!). So our Duchess is right on trend. While I too think this dress would have been more elegant with an updo, I think that would have just taken it to a place wear she would have been dressier then the other attendees including HRH. Hair down kept the whole look appropriate for the event.

    I think this is a dress that if you saw it in person you would appreciate how gorgeous it is. While not my personal taste...it is a beautiful look!

    Now....I am off too see if I can find those shoes somewhere!!:)

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  32. I really like the shimmer and the fact that the new eye makeup has continued. The only styling I would have done for myself is maybe give the hair a little more volumn to the top. Little bump or lift. She also looked relaxed and engaged with the guests.

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  33. Love your comments about the dress being a mix of many styles!
    I am very surprised that she wore so many shiny elements and yet they do not look overwhelming!
    Do you think the earrings might have been different, like studs or it might have been too much?

    Excellent job as usual!

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  34. Like the dress, very pretty fabric, if a little bit frumpy silhouette - another high-ish neckline WITH the long, full sleeve AND a below the knee look - she obsesses on these predictable, strangely covered up looks! And please - THE SHOES - UGH. Dorothy wants them back. Why pair silver sparkle shoes with a silver sparkle dress?! A combo for either a very little girl, or Elton John. Beatrice looked amazing!!!!!!

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    1. Where was Beatrice?

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    2. Bea and her gorgeous, chic, modern, wow dress is photo #9 from the top I believe. :)

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  35. Guys, I don't know why, but I just cannot get on board with this outfit :( I really don't like the shape -- too loose on top and a funny midi-length, ie, not long enough to be truly midi but not short enough to leave the midi world -- and the shoes just don't do it for me. So I think I'm putting this in the same bag as the black and floral Temperley and the poppy McQueen -- outfits worn for semi-formal events at BP that somehow, just didn't work :(

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    1. I agree, the black floral Temperley and poppy McQueen were both dreadful and I hope we never see them again! But this dress, I love! I hope we see it again with different shoes/jewels/hairstyle.

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  36. She looked beautiful--dress (including length); shoes; hair spot on. This was a Buckingham Palace reception not the Oscars and she dressed accordingly.

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    1. Exactly. Too much plastic and skin at the Oscars; worlds apart. 😊

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    2. I agree, Jean. It's too sad that we look to Hollywood for style choices because I saw maybe two dresses from the Oscars that I liked. See through and half naked are not styles, they're just show off. Kate was perfectly appropriate for a reception hosted by HM at BP. And the sparkles complimented the event as we know there are many sparkles in Indian clothing.

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    3. Agree with you about the Oscar dresses! They are all trying way too hard to outdo each other, and most of them looked clownish. I only saw two I liked also, Emma Stone and Viola Davis.

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  37. Like the fabric, the pleats, the shoes. Dislike the style of sleeve. That's what kicks it to an old lady. Totally agree with Anon 2:38 and the comment about Isabel Hupert and her Oscar dress. I'm in my 60's and I wouldn't wear this dress. If the sleeves were form fitting or a different length or even sleeveless, then it would be applause.

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    1. The sleeves are similar to a blouse and they balance the overall look. Given the length and flowy pleats, I think it works. Especially at a BP reception in the presence of the Queen. 👑

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  38. The Duchess looked lovely. A very elegant look for a very elegant occasion. She got it right. I did not like Eugenie's dress at all. Very austere on top with an explosion at the bottom. Didn't think it appropriate for the occasion and didn't like it much.

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    1. Agree, Eugenie needed a string or two of pearls around her neck.

      Belle

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    2. I will be opposite and say I loved Eugenies dress, which is an unusual ocurrence!

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    3. I liked her dress! It reminded me of something that Diana would have worn.

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  39. And she's wearing liner on the top, but only mascara on the bottom. I think she's got it!

    I love the dress on her, and I really like the shoes, but I feel they are competing for focal point. Maybe next time she will wear nude hose and pumps with this dress.

    Those shoes with a satiny silver or blue gown would look lovely.

    Belle

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  40. Perfection! Sophisticated, feminine, elegant and totally gorgeous!

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  41. Jennifer from the SouthFebruary 28, 2017 at 2:23 PM

    I giggled a little at the picture of Rebecca Deacon standing behind Kate... Reminds me of The Devil Wears Prada and I can't help but wonder whether Rebecca has a notebook full of all the guests' faces that she memorizes and whispers into Kate's ear in the event Kate has a moment of brain fog. :)

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  42. I slept on it but didn't change my mind, sorry. It may be a pretty dress but it does nothign for her. Makes her look very drab, I don't think the silver suits her, it worked on Mette-Merit because she has the bright platinum look going on. Maybe with better makeup or hair Kate could have pulled it off, I think a golder metallic would have been better colour for her. I agree with Jane that I liked the dramatic swish on Eugenie's dress.

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  43. Pretty, but I think Kate needs more colour.

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  44. I really wanted to like this look on Kate but it’s just bland. My first thought was “nightgown” when I saw the dress. The long wide sleeves killed it, although I do like the fabric and color of the dress. It has a potential. The midi length can be tricky. It has been in fashion, but it looks flattering only on select few women on select few occasions, which is why most of the time ladies opt for other lengths.
    I agree with some commenters who said the dresses at the Oscars can look ridiculous. This goes to show that being after the latest fashion (like the above dress) does not always turn out in your favor. Wearing pieces that flatter and fit YOU is what makes or breaks the look.
    I wonder why Kate never wears lip color. I have seen Pippa wearing some fun colors but never Kate. I wonder how she’d look with a bolder lip.
    P.S. Love Eugenie’s dress! It looks like DKNY style, which I adore.

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  45. I love this look on Catherine! The last couple of times at BP, she has worn red, which tends to get a bit lost against all of the red in the palace. This look was stunning from tip to toe, and a wonderfully thought out balance of UK/India fashion.

    PS - I adore Eugenie's dress!

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    1. Love Eugenie's dress too! Wish there were more full length photos of her.

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