The Duchess of Cambridge braved the London snow last night and stepped out for an engagement at the National Portrait Gallery.
Kate was at the gallery to preview of the Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography exhibit in her role as patron.
Despite the freezing temperatures, Kate didn't cover up with a coat. She instead revealed a new black patterned dress by Orla Kiely. The piece is the designer's Leith X Orla Kiely 'Margaret' Smock Bib Floral Print Dress (£490). It is from the L’Orla Resort 2018 capsule collection, done in collaboration with stylist Leith Clark.
Cut to a flattering figure-skimming fit and constructed from mid-weight viscose fabric, the dress features an eye-catching floral print throughout. It has Victorian-era elements such as a high neckline with a soft velvet band, and a smock front panel with ruched detailing and a soft velvet trim. The velvet trim continues around the ruffled long sleeves. A duster hemline finishes the design. It was an apt choice for tonight's exhibition focused on Victorian art.
Kate picked up on the blush coloured accents on the dress and opted to accessorize with her Gianvito Rossi Gianvito 105 Praline Suede Pumps and recently acquired Jimmy Choo 'Celeste' Suede Clutch.
Kate finished the outfit with her dazzling Kiki McDonough pink tourmaline and green amethyst drops. Coincidentally, Kate first wore the £8,900 earrings at the Portrait Gala in March last year which was also held at the National Portrait Gallery.
There's no slowing down for the Duchess next week. She has two engagements, one on Tuesday where she will visit the Pegasus Primary School in Oxford, and on Wednesday Kate will officially open the Place2Be's new London headquarters.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were joined by Prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan Markle today at the inaugural Royal Foundation Forum in London. It marked the first time the four had appeared at an official engagement together.
The Royal Foundation was set up by Prince William and Prince Harry as the main vehicle to pursue their charitable interests. The Duchess of Cambridge became a Patron in 2011, and Meghan will soon become the fourth Patron. The foursome took part in a panel discussion to talk about how The Foundation was founded and their ambitions for its future.
Kate opted for a familiar look today, repeating the royal blue Seraphine 'Valerie' maternity dress we first saw her wear for an event at Roe Green Junior School in January.
The Duchess teamed it with her trusty Stuart Weitzman 'Muse' Clutch and Jimmy Choo 'Georgia' Pumps. She also wore her Cartier Ballon Bleu Bracelet Watch.
The only new addition to her ensemble was a pair of earrings. Unfortunately we do have any clear photos of the jewels but they appear to have a retro vibe.
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We will see Kate again tonight when she visits the National Portrait Gallery to view the exhibition ‘Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography‘ in role as Patron.
The Duchess of Cambridge added two new patronages to her portfolio today. Kensington Palace announced that Kate would become patron of The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), and the Nursing Now campaign ahead of her visit to both organizations today.
Kate stepped out for the engagements in an all-blue ensemble. She debuted a mod-inspired contrast trim coat and a tonal blue maternity dress. According to The Mirror, both pieces are bespoke from Jenny Packham.
Here's a look at the coat from the side and back.
Kate complemented the outfit with her G. Collins Tanzanite Pendant Necklace & Earrings.
We will see the Duchess again tomorrow when she joins Prince William, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the first annual Royal Foundation Forum.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Sunderland in northeast England today to get a flavour for the city's arts scene and engineering heritage.
Kate stepped out in a new forest green coat by Dolce & Gabbana. The coat appears to be a bespoke piece from the Italian fashion house. Some of the design features are similar to the plum Dolce and Gabbana coat Kate wore during the recent tour of Norway.
The coat appears to be constructed in two pieces; the first part is the main body of the coat consisting of the back, sleeves, and side panels to the front. The second piece is a front panel with large shiny buttons on each side which gives the illusion of a double-breasted design. The coat is fashioned with besom side pockets, and top stitch detailing on the front panel.
Underneath the coat Kate wore a new patterned dress her go-to maternity brand, Seraphine.
It is the ‘Phaedra Woven Maternity Dress‘ from the British label’s Luxe Collection. The £159 frock is made in soft woven fabric with a flattering A-line shape and a curved empire waist.
Kate accessorized with the following familiar pieces:
Her jewellery consisted of the:
During the visit, Kate changed into her Stuart Weitzman HalfNHalf Black Suede Boots for a stroll across the new £117million Northern Spire Bridge which is due to open later this year. The flat boots were an appropriate choice for the visit to the construction zone.
You can read more about today's events in Sunderland here. We will see the Duchess again next Tuesday when she visits St. Thomas’ Hospital to launch the Nursing Now campaign.
It's London Fashion Week and The Duchess of Cambridge and The Countess of Wessex teamed up for the first time this evening to host a reception on behalf of The Queen at Buckingham Palace to showcase a new creative initiative - the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange.
The project pairs fashion design talent with artisan producers from across the Commonwealth’s 53 countries. It celebrates creativity, sustainable production and manufacturing, trade links and ethical supply chains across the fashion industry, from business and design to textile and fabric design and manufacturing, to craft and artisan skills. Kate and Sophie looked at several of the designs created as part of the exchange.
They also meet artisans from around the Commonwealth and heard stories about the design partnerships.
Kate also mingled with fashion heavy-weights Anna Wintour and Stella McCartney.
The Duchess showed off her fashion credentials tonight in a black and white floral guipure lace dress. She wore a custom version of the Erdem 'Suzi' Dress (SOLD OUT).
Kate's dress was modified to a midi length. The €2,520 off-the-shelf piece hits just above the knee as shown on the model below. The fit and flare 'Suzi' Dress is designed with scallop edging around the ¾ length sleeves, neck and hem and soft gently frilled detailing at the waist. The guipure lace overlays a nude crepe de chine lining and a deep V-neck finishes the flirty design.
Here is a closer look at the lace detail.
On her feet the Duchess wore her black suede Prada Wave Cutout Pumps.
She carried her black satin Alexander McQueen Heart-Clasp Frame Clutch Bag.
Kate completed the look with her Anita Dongre Kundan Pearl Drop Earrings.
Sophie looked equally glamorous in a black Burberry Contrast Topstitch Detail Crepe V-neck Dress (£850).
We will see Kate again on Wednesday when she joins Prince William on a visit to Sunderland.
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