The Duchess of Cambridge visited the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum in London today to officially open the brand new Exhibition Road entrance.
A project several years in the making, the new Exhibition Road Quarter offers a courtyard and purpose-built gallery for temporary exhibitions. It was also designed to celebrate the beauty of the V&A’s existing building.
Kate channeled a retro vibe for the occasion, debuting a Gucci tweed dress (US$2,980) - her first frock from the Italian luxury brand.
The mod mini dress is trimmed with Gucci's signature red and navy grosgrain ribbon webbing - first introduced in the '50s.
Made from cotton-blend tweed, it features faux pearl embellishments that are topped with the label's iconic interlocking 'GG' logo.
The dress is currently available at Net-a-Porter and Harvey Nichols. It is also available in black and red:
On her feet, we saw the return of the L.K. Bennett 'Art' navy leather pumps - a long forgotten pair of block heels which Kate first wore on a visit to Darwen in April 2011 just before the royal wedding.
The Duchess carried a new red suede bag which is a custom version of Emmy London's 'Natasha' clutch - a style she already owns in a few different colourways.
Below we show a stock photo of the bag in lipstick red with gold trim (which Kate's bag does not have).
She complemented the pearl accents on the dress with her beloved Annoushka Pearl and Kiki Diamond Hoop Earrings.
Kate finished the look with a chic half up-do.
The Mirror has published an extract from on upcoming documentary by BBC, where the Duchess of Cambridge discusses her love of tennis ahead of Wimbledon next week.
Kate, who became patron of the All England Tennis Club last year, said: “I have watched Wimbledon, that was very much part of my growing up.
“I was really taken by Agassi and Sampras, Ivanisevic and Steffi Graf. Those are my first memories. Roger [Federer] is my mother’s heartthrob. I don’t think she will mind me saying that! I think he probably knows that too.”
For the interview, Kate wore her red Armani Collezioni skirt suit which she debuted in April for a visit to the Global Academy.
She accessorized the suit with her Mirabelle Lolita Gold Plated Loop Earrings.
The "Our Wimbledon" documentary will screen on BBC1 on Sunday at 5.20pm.
The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge joined Queen Elizabeth and other members of the royal family for the opening day of Royal Ascot.
Ascot Racecourse is steeped in heritage and history and was founded by Queen Anne in 1711. Over the past 300 years, Ascot has established itself as a national institution; with Royal Ascot becoming the centrepiece of the British social calendar and the ultimate stage for the best racehorses in the world.
The annual meeting spans over five days and each day begins with a Royal Procession - the arrival of The Queen and the Royal party in horse-drawn landaus.
The iconic race meeting is a social event and long been a spectacle of fashion and style.
Kate again channeled a "My Fair Lady" vibe in a white lace dress, reminiscent of the Dolce & Gabbana piece she wore last year:
Today's frock comes courtesy of Alexander McQueen - a custom piece based on this Resort 2017 garment by the designer (US$3,685). Kate had the skirt lengthened to below the knee.
Crafted from ivory Italian floral lace with a feminine fit-and-flare silhouette, this Alexander McQueen dress is fashioned with ¾ length sleeves, subtle peplum detailing and eyelash-fringe scalloping. A grosgrain ribbon waistband nips in the waist. It is currently available at Nordstrom, Farfetch and Harrods.
On her feet she wore her trusty Gianvito Rossi Gianvito 105 Praline Suede Pumps.
The Duchess carried a new clutch bag. The lovely community at What Kate Wore identified it as the Loeffler Randall 'Tab' lizard-effect leather clutch in blush (US$275).
The clutch has sold out in blush but the 'Tab' model is available in a range of colours and fabrics. Loeffler Randall also offers a Junior Lock Clutch rendered in the blush lizard-effect leather.
Today we saw the return of the Bahrain Pearl Drop Earrings on loan from the Queen's royal collection.
Kate topped off the look with a bespoke ivory sinamay hat featuring floral pearl accents. The milliner is currently unknown.
Here is a close up of her glamorous up-do held together with a hairnet.
Queen Elizabeth II officially celebrated her 91st birthday today with the Trooping the Colour parade. Although Her Majesty was born on 21 April, it has long been the tradition to publicly celebrate the Monarch's birthday on a day in the summer.
The Duchess of Cambridge attended her seventh consecutive Trooping the Colour event.
For the procession down the Mall, Kate rode in a carriage with Prince Harry and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.
Meanwhile, Prince William was on horseback alongside his father and Princess Anne, in their roles as Colonels.
Following the parade, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were reunited on the balcony at Buckingham Palace for the traditional RAF fly-past where they were joined by their adorable children.
Kate looked radiant today in a watermelon pink Alexander McQueen dress featuring a paper-bag waist detail.
Here's a look at the back of the dress.
The dress resembles this off-the-rack piece by Alexander McQueen (thanks to @PerthsFashion), made of silk, cotton and wool. Kate's frock was modified with a pleated neckline, long sleeves, and I suspect Kate had the skirt lengthened too.
The vibrant colour is a deviation from the subdued pastel tones she has worn in the past for this annual event.
Today, Kate coordinated the look with a matching pink hat from her go-to milliner Jane Taylor. The headpiece is fashioned with a sinamay base and folded material in three different shades of pink.
The hat is a customised version of the Jane Taylor 'Seriatopora' style described as a "small cocktail piece with tonal coin swirls." It has a retail price of £552.
Kate wore a pair of Her Majesty's diamond orbital teardrop earrings. This is the third occasion Kate has loaned the dazzling jewels - the first was in November 2016 for the Place2Be Awards, and then three weeks later for the Diplomatic Reception.
She also carried her cream Etui woven clutch bag.
It's always a treat to see the extended royal family enjoying the celebrations for the Monarch's birthday.
The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of 1851 Trust visited the Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre in London today to attend the charity's final Land Rover BAR Roadshow.
The 1851 Trust has partnered with Land Rover and the Bermuda Tourism Authority to deliver five regional events for local school children to attend for a day, taking part in a variety of educational and fun activities designed to offer a behind-the-scenes look at the technology used by and the challenges faced by Land Rover BAR in their quest to be the first British team to win the America’s Cup.
As expected, the Duchess opted for a nautical style. She looked the part in a pair of cropped sailor pants by J.Crew.
The J.Crew sailor pant in two-way stretch wool feature decorative gold buttons at the waist and hip pockets. The trousers retailed for US$138 but have regrettably sold out.
The brand does however offer a range of other Sailor-inspired pieces:
Many of us have been hoping to see Kate professionalize her outfits for low-key events and it was refreshing to see her make a sartorial departure from her usual skinny jeans today. Let's hope the trend continues!
Kate contrasted the navy trousers with her white Zara waffle-knit blazer, and on her feet she wore the tweed J.Crew 'Avery' heels. Both pieces are from the outfit she debuted on the final day of the Canadian royal tour last Fall.
Under the white blazer Kate wore a tonal jersey top with a round neckline. It is currently unidentified.
During the event she put on a 'Band of Britain' - a limited edition supporter’s wristband, made from recycled ocean plastics developed with the BAR team’s Exclusive Sustainability Partner 11th Hour Racing and BIONIC® Yarn. Profits from the sales of the Band of Britain will go to the 1851 Trust.
She finished the look with her Mirabelle Lolita Gold Plated Loop Earrings and Cartier Ballon Bleu Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch.
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