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.
Wed, Feb 21:
Kate and William will visit Sunderland, in northeast England. They will officially open the Fire House, a new music and arts hub, where they will see music and dance performances from groups using the new facility. The Duke and Duchess will also visit the Northern Spire bridge over the River Wear, slated to open in the spring.
Tue, Feb 27:
Kate will visit St. Thomas’ Hospital to launch the Nursing Now campaign, created to raise the profile of nursing worldwide. She will visit a specialist ward, take part in a roundtable discussion and deliver a speech to mark the launch of the Nursing Now campaign. Later, Kate will visit the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to learn more about the ways to reduce newborn and maternal mortality rates around the world.
Wed, Feb 28:
In her role as Patron of the National Portrait Gallery, Kate will view the exhibition ‘Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography.‘
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