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William and Kate at the Royal Variety 2019

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Last Monday night, the Crown deployed its star couple to claw back some positive headlines after Prince Andrew's astounding BBC interview.  The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge represented the Queen at the Royal Variety Performance.  This is the third time the couple has undertaken this special duty for Her Majesty, who is the patron.  The two made their first appearance in 2014 and again in 2017--both times Kate was pregnant!  This year Kate is not pregnant (sadly), but still stole the show in a striking bespoke Alexander McQueen.

This gown really took my breath away when I saw the video of her emerging from her car.  It is perfectly fitted to highlight her incredible figure, and the lace overlay was eye-catching to say the least. 

It was that particular lace pattern over the nude lining, though, that was ultimately the only drawback for me. The pattern was a little too "scarce."  I don't like lace where the actual floral or design is sparse leaving most of the material as large swaths of netting. I think the pattern and the prominence of the lining gave the dress a decidedly sexual vibe, and ultimately looked a little cheap to me.  I am all for some good va va voom from Kate, but the vibe on this one wasn't the right kind of oh la la.  The structure, the peaked sleeves, the velvet trim, the neckline--everything else was magnificent. This would have been my dream dress with a closer lace pattern, or even full velvet! The structure of the dress was so stunning it saved the look, and so although this is not my favorite, I still liked it. But, it wasn't a home run for me. 

Kate was wearing her bold Erdem earrings, and carried her Jimmy Choo "Celeste" clutch in velvet and wore her Romy 100 heels from Choo as well.