Sunday, 12 February 2017

The Duchess Dazzles in Off-the-Shoulder McQueen Gown & Jewels for BAFTAs

It's the night we've all been waiting for - the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their debut at one of the most glamorous nights of the awards season, the British Academy of Film and Television Awards.


The Duchess cut an impeccably stylish figure as she arrived to a sea of camera flashes as the Cambridges walked the red carpet at the Royal Albert Hall.


Prince William has been President of the Academy since 2010, and both he and the Duchess have supported BAFTA’s charitable activities by attending events across the charity’s learning programme, including Young Game Designers and BAFTA Kids events, as well as others related to building cross-cultural collaborations with the creative industries in China. As it is the awards' 70th year - it seems very fitting for the couple to be there.


Ahead of the event, Kensington Palace noted: "While BAFTA is well known for celebrating excellence and championing creativity through its awards, it is a charity committed to identifying talented individuals, and making sure they receive the encouragement, professional support and advice that will enable them to succeed, regardless of their background or other circumstances. In addition to its Awards ceremonies, BAFTA has a year-round learning and new talent programme, including a campaign to support young people from all backgrounds entering the film, television and games industries, which the Duke of Cambridge helped relaunch in 2013, and a scholarships programme, which features the 'Prince William Scholarships in Film, Television and Games'.


The glittering BAFTA Awards is a star-studded celebration of achievements in film, commending the finest performances and movies of the year. One of the biggest nights on the entertainment calendar, the stars came out to see who would take home the coveted awards. Winning a BAFTA (as with the Golden Globes) is often seen as a precursor to the Academy Awards. Leading films include musical La La Land with eleven nominations, whilst Arrival and Nocturnal Animals, both starring Amy Adams, have nine each.


The couple were greeted by BAFTA CEO Amanda Barry.


William and Kate met BAFTA representatives before watching the ceremony.


William and Kate take their seats inside.


The couple sat in the audience near the nominees and Amanda Berry. Their private secretaries Rebecca Deacon and Miguel Head sat behind them.


Nominees in attendance included Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Amy Adams, Andrew Garfield, Casey Affleck, Damien Chazelle, David Hare, Dev Patel, Emily Blunt, Emma Stone, Hayley Squires, Hugh Grant, J.K. Rowling, Ken Loach, Meryl Streep, Michelle Williams, Naomie Harris, Nicole Kidman, Pedro Almodóvar, Ron Howard, Ryan Gosling, Tom Ford, Tom Holland, Viggo Mortensen and Viola Davis.


Presenters and other attendees at the ceremony were Andrea Riseborough, Bryce Dallas Howard, Carmen Ejogo, Daisy Ridley, Eddie Redmayne, Ella Purnell, Ewen Bremner, Felicity Jones, George MacKay, Holliday Grainger, Isabelle Huppert, Jamie Dornan, Julia Stiles, Lin Manuel Miranda, Luke Evans, Sir Mark Rylance, Noomi Rapace, Penelope Cruz, Sophie Turner, Stanley Tucci and Thandie Newton.


Daily Mail royal reporter Rebecca English shared this video of William and Kate entering the auditorium.


The ceremony was hosted by Stephen Fry who started the show with a humorous opening..


..William and Kate laughed when Stephen Fry welcomed the couple "especially the Duchess who will be such a support to her husband who after watching an episode of 'Who Do You Think You Are' is still recovering from the devastating news that he is related to actor Danny Dyer' :)


Prince William presented the Fellowship, which is presented annually at the awards, and is the highest accolade bestowed by the Academy to an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television or games. This year American actor, filmmaker and comedian Mel Brooks was the recipient.


More on the BAFTAs' royal connections:

'Prince William's appointment as president follows a long tradition of royal involvement with the academy. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was the first President of the Society of Film and Television Arts (SFTA) in 1959 to 1965, followed by Earl Mountbatten of Burma and the Princess Royal, who was its President from 1972 to 2001. It was the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh's generous donation of their share of profits from the film Royal Family that enabled the academy to move to its headquarters at 195 Piccadilly. The Duke of Cambridge succeeded Lord (Richard) Attenborough to become the academy's fifth president in its history.'

Indeed, just last night the stars gathered at Kensington Palace for the pre-awards nominees party (how elegant is Amy Adams' Chanel dress?).


The BAFTA award trophy is a mask designed by American sculptor, Mitzi Cunliffe. When the Guild merged with the British Film Academy to become the Society of Film and Television Arts, later the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the first 'BAFTA award' was presented to Sir Charles Chaplin on his Academy Fellowship that year.


The big winner of the night was La La Land. You can view the full list of winners here.


Now, time to chat about Kate's look for the night! Since KP announced the Duke and Duchess would be attending we had very much hoped to see a new gown and sparkling jewels - and our wish was granted. Kate looked stunning in a gorgeous off-the-shoulder Alexander McQueen black gown with floral print and tiered skirt. The gown had a very couture feel to it; fresh, modern yet understated. I suspect Kate and Sarah Burton collaborated closely on this one incorporating the original design with HRH's newly favoured off-the-shoulder cut. The original Long Tier Violet Jacquard Gown retailed for $7000 and can be viewed here.


A closer look at the floral print.


More on McQueen's Resort 2016 Collection from Vogue:

'If Alexander McQueen's fall collection had an elegantly dying autumn in mind for Sarah Burton, she was thinking of Resort as "romance, beauty, positivity, flowers blooming." Sweet pea, hollyhocks, violets, butterflies flying around a garden in springtime…all of that was stitched onto extraordinary tulle evening dresses, sheaths of fragility.'

Kate sparkled in a dazzling pair of large statement pink (diamond?) earrings.


The amazing Anna quickly noticed Kate has had the pair for a number of years, first wearing them to the 100 Women in Hedge Funds Gala in 2011. As for their provenance, Rebecca English spoke to the Palace and was told they are not on loan from the Queen; they didn't reveal any further information. Perhaps a wedding gift? Kate certainly saved these for a special occasion for their first proper public debut!


It appears Kate also wore the Queen's wedding gift bracelet, which Prince Philip gave to the Queen. It is encrusted with diamonds from a tiara which belonged to Philip's mother. Kate was first loaned the piece for the Chinese state banquet in 2015.


With thanks to Patricia and Packham Gown on Twitter, it looks like Kate may have worn her Prada Wavy-Cut Suede Nero Pumps. The chic shoes feature a pointed toe, wavy cutouts and a smooth outsole.

Prada

Food Fash Fit suggests Kate carried the $2,075 Alexander McQueen Heart-Clasp Satin Box Clutch. It's described: "Alexander McQueen's black satin clutch is a sure-fire way to polish an event look. It's crafted to a box shape that's set around a gold-tone metal frame and features a two-tone, heart-shaped metal clasp that glimmers with sparkling red crystals and faux-pearls."


A look at Kate's updo.


A wonderful look for the Duchess; I love the gown, and with the jewels, updo, shoes and clutch it was perfectly accessorised. Another observation from tonight: Kate looked incredibly happy and was beaming in almost every photo - and her smile of course is her best accessory! What do you think of tonight's look? I imagine the gown could prove a divisive one as it's a departure for the Duchess in some ways.


We'll see you on Tuesday when Kate will visit an RAF base in Cambridgeshire to meet with local air cadets.

262 comments:

  1. Thank you Charlotte for posting the live FB feed. Such fun to watch all the arrivals live from the US.

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    1. Yes. Thank you so much

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    2. What's the Facebook link? Would love to follow!

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  2. This is extremely exciting. Tea in hand!

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  3. KP just tweeted "The Duke and Duchess will arrive shortly" :)

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    1. Whoohoo, the anticipation is killing me! LOL! Such lovely fashion and beauty tonight from everyone.

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  4. My husband thinks I am insane for watching this the last hour or so on my laptop. But I'm not as insane as the people standing in the cold!

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  5. OMG!! She looks amazing!

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  6. OMG she looks STUNNING!!! Just beautiful!! And a mix of looks for me! The new layered dress, off the shoulder, and waisted dress! All together a gorgeous look for her! And her hair! Beautiful!!! :))

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  7. Tuned in just in time to see Will and Kate! Can't wait for your update!!

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  8. Those earrings are epic! :)

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  9. Wow, those earrings are some serious bling! That dress is really pretty and she looks amazing. Love the updo. She must have been freezing getting out of the car. The pictures are really interesting at how happy they look and excited to be there. Watching the live feed, it was such a quick walk inside that I didn't get the same sense there is from the pictures.

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  10. Those earrings!!!

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  11. I don't wanna complain so I say only this: huge lovely blings!!!!!!💚

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  12. Shantel (@FashionandFaith)12 February 2017 at 18:53

    Yaaaas!!
    Shantel
    Minnesota, USA

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  13. Rebecca from Sweden you guess the designer and the color right. A bespoke piece from McQueen ;-)

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    1. Hah, I guess I did! I didn't even think about that :P

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  14. So so beautiful! Look how radiant and happy she looks!

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  15. How very prompt of you! Kudos..
    She looks lovely.. I'm not sure how she managed an off shoulder gown in this freezing London weather, but it does look really pretty on her.. We hardly ever see her experiment with such styles.. I think it's a lovely addition to her fabulous evening gowns closet! Looking forward to more interesting pictures, and an update on her jewellery pieces.. The clutch is definitely Prada :)

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  16. I have a longer comment in the works for the "proper post" but my first reaction when she walked out was WOWZA!

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    1. Mine Too! She looks incredible!!!

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  17. I cannot believe that even for the sake of fashion people including Kate have to go out in that freezing cold with no wraps or jackets on. She must have been freezing which rather over rides her lovely dress for me!!!

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    1. Meh, she just walked the stairs, not the full carpet. And the celebrites walking the carpets, most of them pulled on a coat between "camera areas" :P

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  18. She looks stunning. Modern, fresh, haute couture. And those earrings!

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  19. The dress didn't hit me like I was hoping it would but can't wait to get a closer look at those earrings!!

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    1. I agree. My first thought was "what was she thinking?" This is a train wreck fashion-speaking, but Catherine herself looks lovely. I just don't know what is happening with her sartorial choices of late. I don't like always not liking her choices, so perhaps I myself know nothing of fashion but at the same time, I watch what other celebrities are wearing and I generally like it. Yes, I'm aware that she is more than celebrity, she is Royalty. The skirt on this gown is...what the hell is that? I can't think of any other celebrity/royal who needs more help with a stylist than Catherine. I love her, I truly do, but oh my word does she need help with styling. This is a disaster. She has lost her way. She looks beautiful as always.

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    2. Look up Stephanie of Luxembourg if you think Kate needs a stylist more than any other royal.

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    3. Stephanie of Luxemburg for sure needs a stylist more urgent than Catherine. <3 Imke

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    4. Anonymous in Colorado12 February 2017 at 21:40

      I admit I was a wee bit underwhelmed at first glance but at subsequent glances, she looks fabulous. While the print is too "sweet" to me, I think the fit is impeccable & her hair/makeup & jewels are spot on!!

      Also, after looking at the other gowns/ensembles in attendance, nothing really wowed me (except for Emily Blunt & Viola Davis). So I went back & studied Kate with fresh approving eyes!

      I truly think that this is how the Duchess' taste has evolved fashion-wise & that she's proud of it. Those of us long-time, loyal fans reminisce of those "golden Kate years"....but I think she's gotten more couture, daring, quirky with her sartorial choices which, while I don't always love, might be her actually FINDING her fashion way.

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    5. Nicole from France12 February 2017 at 22:19

      Ms. Becky I quite agree with you, as lovely as is the gown to day, we have seen much more better in the past ; but it is the first time I like her updo, it looks amazingly light aand a bit fluffy, it graces her head very much, especially with these ear rings , whaou !

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    6. Mr. Becky, I'm very glad for your comment as I entirely agree. I don't know if it's her new stylist or what, but I am almost always thinking "what was she thinking?" anymore. She herself is so lovely as to overshadow anything she wears, but this awful dress is just ghastly and such a disappointment to see her in it. If only she would go back to her previous elegance and stop trying to make a fashion statement. Leave that to the professional models. She has no need of that.

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    7. The second tiered dress that again looks messy--as in too busy. It reminded me of the problematic Erdem dress she wore in 2015 for the 100 Women in Hedge Funds event at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

      She always looks pretty and her eyeliner had a dramatic look to it (it was after all BAFTA), and I like her hair. But that dress just doesn't work for me at all. The tiered look is from the 70's and one, in my opinion, just has never worked at all for anyone. As I stated when we saw photos of the Erdem dress, this tiered look *might* work if the dress was not patterned, but to have pattern on top of three tiers just makes it too busy (although this one was a bit more subtle than the Erdem dress). So while I dislike this style entirely and likely always will, Kate could wear a potato sack and always look pretty. =)

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    8. My sentiments exactly. Im afraid that Kate missed the mark with this dress, I mean florals on an evening gown? I thought she or her stylist would have learned a lesson from the last time she wore that Erdem gown with the florals in 2015. I really wish that she wore a better dress, I crossed my fingers hoping to see that beautiful black velvet strapless gown she wore to the Sun Military awards in 2011, even that would have been a better choice. Sigh

      Love the earrings though, such an appropriate outing for them :)

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  20. The top half reminds me of 'bad' Sandy in Grease! Very daring!

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  21. Pretty! She looks lovely and happy. The dress is well suited for her. The fabric is lovely - very rich, nice texture and shine. Lilly of the Valley? Anyone know the significance?

    The earrings appear to match the bracelet and worn back in 2011? Wedding present!

    Can't wait for more info. Thanks Charlotte for being so fast!

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  22. Wow! Kate looks beautiful,those earrings are stunning.

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  23. Absolutely gorgeous!

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  24. IMO her gown looks better in arrival videos than it does in photographs. It has nice movement. Is her bracelet the same as she wore to the Chinese state dinner?

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    1. I agree! I like in the photos but love it in the videos. The skirt has some real weight to it and it moves beautifully. This is a knockout!!

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    2. I totally agree!

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    3. I agree. I like the look better when I see it in action. :)

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    4. Stunning, Gorgeous, Beautiful, Kate was perfect tonight from head to toe. And, together they looked happy and a truly lovely couple.

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  25. Fandabbydozzee!!!!!

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    1. I share your excitement!

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  26. Kate is wearing fake lashes. First time I see it on her. Can't wait to see the rest of the pics.

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    1. Are you sure? I see a nice cateye eyeliner though :)

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    2. She's changed her makeup. No more lining or tightening of the lower lash line - the upper is sporting a winged liner - subtle, but not ingenue demure either. The lashes really set the look off beautifully - and IMHO are a smart choice for for formal evening wear. I must say my first impression this outing was "Oh Boy Howdy Yowza! That thar is a full grown WOMAN!" These two have really, really stepped it up these past few months

      (agog over the earrings!)

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    3. I first looked for photos on my mobile - and zoomed in - definitely fake lashes (not that I ever thought she needed) but good for her!

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    4. Sheer elegance. I love everything about this look, gown, loose up do, and as always the best accessory, her smile. But I can't abide the false lashes.

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    5. I disagree on the makeup, I don't think the eyeliner is subtle. I don't like cat eyes unless you're under 25, it sort of makes the fine line s more noticeable. I have noticed she isn't lining her lower lid, just mascara or sometimes it looks like a light eyeshadow. I feel like she wants to make up for it by doing huge thick liner on top. That's why she wore fake lashes, her own would dissapear with a line that thick. I do love lashes though. I don't like the dress either. While I love the off the shoulder and the ribbon detail around the waist, the ribbioning all the way down looks odd, and the teirs of fabric look off, reminds me of the teirs in the dan&eg lace dress which I wasn't fond of either. I love love the earrings thought! I don't think they're pink diamonds, too big of a window(see through) spot on the stone. While it's all in all a nice look, I would change a few things lol Also Elle 20:59, she's wore fake lashes before, except usually lash extensions(individual lashes applied to her own individual lash) I used to do these so I can spot them right away,(she did wear individuals on her wedding day too) also you can tell in certain photos that some have naturally fallen off. Especially when she's looking down. One picture comes to mind is when she is signing that book with the white dress with gold hibiscus flowers, you can see about 3 have fallen out and she's got a gap in between. These are strip lashes though, much easier to take care of! Plus they come off at night :)

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  27. I Can just say stunning! I cannot understand which are the flowers.

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    1. I think they are lily of the valley, Paola. I really do like the fabric.

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  28. Wow shocked at how people like it. I think it's just as disastrous as that Erdem dress she wore

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    1. Although I liked the idea of the Erdem gown, it didn't fit her properly. This one does. Just my opinion, of course ;)

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    2. I second this. Imke

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    3. Marion from Germany12 February 2017 at 20:33

      Dear Khadijah,
      you are not alone. I feel exactly the same about this dress and do not know where to start: terrible pattern, awful structure, ugly cut, ... just everything.
      What I do like is Kate's beauty, her makeup and the striking earrings.

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    4. Khadijah, I liked the Erdem dress as well - the colors were so pretty, and the dress looked so comfortable - it seemed right for the event to me. This is a Kate dress, the tiers, gathers, tied sash at the waist. Perhaps what some are enjoying is the off the shoulder look - IMHO it frames her very well. And the fabric is luscious.

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    5. Not quite as disastrous, I don't think. It does look much better when moving.

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    6. I love this dress and hated the Erdem. Although I don't hate it as much when I see it now as I did at first. The Erdem looked like it swamped her and that the dress was wearing her. Tonight she is wearing the heck out of that dress!

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    7. This McQueen gown definitely has a lot going on, which is not everyone's cup of tea. But with her slim frame Kate can pull off prints and tiered skirts better than most. On the plus side, her hair, makeup, and jewelry are lovely.

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    8. I also didn't like the Erdem dress as a first impression but came to appreciate it and wound up liking it after looking at pictures longer and appreciating that Kate did something different from her normal style. I like thIs dress as a first impression for a lot of the same reasons. It's different, not so different now looking back at the dress but a step out of her normal dresses.

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    9. From the neck up she looks gorgeous. From the neck down not so much. I love her hair, her makeup, her earrings. The dress could work for a summer outside party. It fun but imho not up to the glamour of this kind of red carpet. Very disappointed.

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    10. I loved the Erdem gown! It was magnificent.

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  29. Just stunning! She wears that dress so well and I love the changes she made to the runway edition. It's much more sophisticated done the Kate way IMO.

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    1. I agree. Very nice alteration!

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  30. Kate looks beautiful, stunning earrings, lovely up do, pretty dress. Would love to see William hold her hand as they walked in to these events - so much royal protocol has relaxed through the years - hopefully Harry will be more comfortable and confident with Meghan. What a glamorous evening!!

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  31. BAZINGA! LOVE this look! love the earrings! I think it is the same bracelet that she wore at the Chinese dinner. =)

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    1. My guess --- the bracelet matches the earrings. Seems like it has the same texture as the earrings.

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  32. Gorgeous! Beautiful Kate! What stunning earrings! I love her dress so much. Thank you Charlotte for this lovely post!

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  33. Wow!!! Those gorgeous earrings!!

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  34. I usually criticise Kate's dress sense and her 'improvements' to dresses, but this time she nailed it. The original version of this dress is quite ugly. Very pretty print, but ugly dress and Kate's improvements have improved the dress. FYI....the original dress is McQueen Resort 2016 look 22. Aquitaine.

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    1. I do agree this is better than the original. And it also looks nice when moving. But I guess I have a thing about tiers and ruffles. Not really a fan. And I really don't like the earrings. She's got those great emerald ones; with that lily of the valley print they'd have looked lovely.

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  35. Her bracelet looks to be the Queen's wedding gift bracelet. The stone and her earrings looks to be like Morganite.

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    1. Pink diamond they are according to the Palace and not on loan.

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    2. Agreed that or a pink amethyst.

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    3. I really doubt they are pink diamonds. My first guess was Morganite as well, but could be pink topaz or a sleuth of other stones :)

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  36. Dress is not that nice .compared to amelia warner .

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  37. Julia from Leominster12 February 2017 at 20:56

    Jumble of feelings here:

    First glimpse - love it.

    Second glimpse - love hair, earrings, dress from waist up - but a print! - and tiers!! - like on a bed coverlet - why tiers! Don't like the tiers.

    Third glimpse. Diana had tiers on her black lace dress and you loved that, Julia. Are those earrings real or big fakes? If real, what stones? Love the off-the-shoulder, great look on Kate, she has wonderful shoulders, glad no necklace, but...

    Fourth look - not sure about the print? Why a print? I like lilies of the valley but on an evening print? Is there a significance for Kate? Know they were in Princess Grace's wedding bouquet - don't remember them in Kate's. The material does look interesting, but somehow prints aren't sophisticated to me. My thoughts are in a jumble as they sometimes are with McQueen - overall style, colour, yes, prints, tiered skirt, not so sure, hair yes, lovely, sort of messy updo, earrings maybe...we'll see.

    So at this point, I think I'll let the impression settle and wait for the longer post.

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    1. Anonymous in Colorado12 February 2017 at 21:42

      If I recall correctly, Kate's wedding bouquet was mostly comprised of lily of the valley & ivy. Yes?

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    2. I'm with Charlotte that I think she looks dazzling, but also agree if i break it down to prints and tears it wouldnt seem to go together. Agree with whoever said it looks best in video.
      And for the What's in a Name debate, anyone see the piece in the Sunday Express? Health journalist at guild event interviewed William who referred to his wife as Kate. "I and Kate believe early intervention is key" was the line.

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    3. Julia this is one of my favorite comments EVER! 😂

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    4. Julia, I totally agree with your 'Second glimpse' comments! I too love the hair, the jewellery, her radiant smile and the dress from the waist up - just gorgeous! However, I agree with Khadijah above - the bottom half of the dress looks just like the red and blue tiered Erdem dress, which was one of my least favourite of Kate's evening dresses by a mile.

      I was so looking forward to tonight's appearance, but at the moment I'm sadly disappointed. I thought both of the McQueen gowns Charlotte posted on the blog a few days ago were much nicer and way more sleek and sophisticated than this one. Shame.

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    5. I echo your initial thoughts, Julia. At first glance, I loved it! I love that she is showing off her shoulders & she looks radiant with her updo & earrings. But the rest...I don't like the print & tiers, the texture of the fabric is lovely, but the print takes it into home decor territory :( It fits better than the ruffled Erdem, though. I'm not really impressed with Kate's recent collabs with Sarah Burton/McQueen, the prints disppoint me, as was the case with that poppy 'nightgown' dress & the Wimbledon 'obsession' print dress. I'm happy Kate is taking risks, but I don't think these prints/styles are doing anything for her.

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    6. I just looked it up, and Kate's wedding bouquet was lilly of the valley and myrtle flowers, also with hornbeam and field maple tree greens. The flowers on her dress don't really look to be lily of the valley, but they maybe could be myrtle, though they don't look exactly like that, either... Wish my horticultural knowledge were a lot better!

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    7. Julia from Leominster13 February 2017 at 07:14

      Appreciate all comments - now looking at those flowers, I'm not convinced about lilies of the valley either, although it would be nice - Christen, I think there was also Sweet William in the bouquet.

      I do think the flowers look to be embroidered on in some way which would be much nicer than a print, but it does look like a print at a distance. The material is much more interesting close up.

      It would be splendid if the earrings prove to be pink diamonds - lovely that they seem to be something quite stunning and not Kiki or mum's. I think Kate may be being rather coy with us - that she may have other pieces with this and the emeralds which will come out eventually. It's quite fun - for now, the earrings make enough of a statement and with her lovely neck and shoulders, she really doesn't need more.

      So I still love the gown waist up, and like the banded waist - which again complements Kate's figure nicely and reminds me of the gown she wore in Hollywood.

      But I just can't get on with the ruffle - it reminds me of a bed valence, it reminds me of the seventies dresses we wore and eighties wedding gowns. Yes, it's better than the Erdam, most things are, that dress's style was almost impossible for anyone to wear successfully. The flow is nice here, especially when Kate's sitting. I wish the Erdam could be remade into something else for the material was interesting but the seams were so awkward on the bodice, I doubt it.

      Yes, this is better than on the model - who looks painfully thin with all that fabric on her - although I liked the white floral slip dress someone here once chose better than this pattern. But I just feel the ruffle is going to date the dress terribly - as seventies dresses have dated - it's just not a look I can love completely. Her smile is radiant though and that's what counts.

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    8. Julie - the ruffle is one thing that I am not in love with. As is the print. I am just glad it was better tailored to Kate than the Erdem. I felt like it overtook her. I am still waiting on a re-wear of the teal Packham, perhaps with the earrings she wore in New York.

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  38. My first reaction when she walked out was WOWZA!

    (Most of this post is written straight after the red carpet and first pictures so I might be a smiiiiiidge overexcited!)

    Usually my posts are about the events with a smidge of fashion at the end. So prepare. This is a LONG comment only about fashion!

    She looks great!
    The off the shoulder look really works on her. A slight flamenco silouette on the skirt!

    The dress is not one I would have picked out from a stock picture, or even think look that great when over-studying it. But it works so well on her and the first feeling of it when she walked the red carpet makes it work so well!

    The hair, the earrings. It really gave a great first impression!

    I like the look. It's modern with the "winter florals" (flowers on black) and off shoulder looks that both are very modern. But her general silouette and look felt classic and elegant, with a twist. Great!

    I like that the hair was looser and more "flirty" than her standard updo. Perfect for the occation, and still super elegant!

    I'm a big fan of biiiig earrings. It's always my go to thing when trying to add some pizzazz to my looks.
    And hers are sooooooo pretty!! I kind of recognized the earrings when I saw them (Yes, I've looked way too much at her UFO jewelry). I wonder if they are real or fake. Either way, stunning! Great to finally get a good look at them! They are even prettier than I thought! I love when she pulls out old stuff :) Especially these things that we haven't gotten a good look at before! I love the pink tint in them. Amazing to get such a good look at them!

    Big bracelet as well! She really brought her A game today, as we hoped! And the QUEENS WEDDING(Gift) BRACELET again. I never tire of that huge loan!!

    I'm so glad she really "brought it" today!! I would still have loved seeing her if she didn't, she always look stunning! But this is sooo much better and I love it!!

    Now I'm gonna sit down and watch the show!

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    1. Here you go, getting me to talk about clothes, and I don't like this. I liked your ideas better.

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    2. Nothing wrong with talking about clothes bluhare :)

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    3. I kept telling myself to not have my hopes too high and that I would take a new gown or some great jewelry. When I saw her I was blown away. She brought it. And what she brought was good. Real good.

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    4. I have to agree, bluhare, Rebecca's suggestions were better. Kate does look like a flamenco dancer in this silhouette, Rebecca. Her shoulders are one of her best assets.

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    5. Nothing at all wrong with talking about clothes, Becks. I hardly ever do, as I think as long as she's representing her title well it doesn't matter it I don't personally like it. But here I am, because really tonight's all about the clothes and bling, right?

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    6. I 100% agree with your thoughts Rebecca, I always look forward to your comments. You ALWAYS find the most respectful words when you talk about an event, and on this occasion, it really was about "fashion". I've loved following you just as much over the years. I'm happy to decide its time to join the community and give my thoughts as well. I love how positive and welcoming you are, and love your love of our wonderful Royal family. You are a real sweetheart. I wish everyone was as respectful, kind and generous when they made their comments. You truly are a gorgeous person. xx

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  39. Kate looks positively stunning! Although the flowers on the lower half of the dress look like ice cream cones. Or maybe I'm just hungry? Loved this whole look head to toe!

    Sorry I'm not trying to be anonymous. I seriously don't know how to do this thing! Can't wait for more pics! Thank you Charlotte! You are a wonder!
    -WishIWasABrit

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    1. Ice cream cones?? You must be hungry! LOL yeah, the print does resemble ice cream cones from a distance...or maybe I'm just hungry too :P

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    2. After I realized Paola was right and they aren't lily of the valley, I thought cones too. Green cones. Mint?

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    3. Mmm...mint! This pattern is playing tricks on me, when I look at it on my laptop instead of my phone, I swear the flowers have an almost 3D effect...either that or I am getting double vision!

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  40. At first I thought it was an Erdem dress! She looks stunning with a capital S!!!

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    3. I thought it was Erdem for sure and was shocked it was McQueen! I love it, she looks better than anyone there, absolutely stunning!

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  41. It wasn't their debut to the BAFTA'S, Catherine and William have attended before.

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    1. They have done BAFTA events- most famously is the event in Los Angeles in 2011. However, it is the first time for them as a couple to attend this specific award show. William has attended this event multiple times solo.

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  42. Lily of the valley? No they aren't.

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  43. It appears the flowers are embroidered on the gown. The ones at the top may be impatiens (patient Lucy), and I think the lower clusters are daisies or chrysanthemums. The off the shoulder top is so much prettier than the original swim suit look. I am not crazy about tiers or flowered fabrics, but this is a graceful gown, and the Duchess looks beautiful and radiant.

    Are the earrings diamonds with a center pink stone, or are they costume jewelry? If that is really the Queen's wedding bracelet, I wonder whether it has been given to Kate. She has previously worn it only for official Palace occasions. This is a more private affair, though William is the Bafta president. Skipping a generation with that bracelet is quite a statement.

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    1. I had not read the name of the dress, which includes violets, and those upper flowers certainly can be violets. Someone suggested pinks for the lower ones, and that could be, given the closeup.

      I hope the stones in the earrings will eventually be identified. I think the large pink center stones would sparkle more if they were diamonds, and they would be extremely costly.

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  44. Holy kamoly! She's stunning!!!

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  45. Soo Beautiful!

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  46. Hortensia of the Boudoir is always interesting to quote. She writes: C’est une robe qui fait plus princesse que star. Je veux dire par là qu’elle a un petit côté sexy ( les épaules ) suranné ( les volants et l’imprimé ) plus que glamour. Au final, j’aime beaucoup cette tenue, qui n’a pas le brio de la robe rouge à fleurs ( Erdem ? ) , mais qui met bien sa silhouette en valeur et lui donne beaucoup de grâce. This is the google's translation: It is a dress that makes more princess than star. I mean that it has a little sexy side (shoulders), an outdated one (the ruffles and the print) more than glamorous. In the end, I really like this outfit, which does not have the brilliance of the red floral dress (Erdem?), But which puts her silhouette in value and gives her a lot of grace.

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    1. Thank you, Paola! Hortensia does have a very on point way of describing things--that the look is more "princess-y" than "star" is just exactly right, I think. She looks gorgeous, but not like she is trying to be glamorous, which is how a lot of the actresses look. She just looks more naturally beautiful and graceful, not "done up."

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  47. I am not a big fan of prints so that threw me a little at first. I mean she looks GORGEOUS regardless, but I wasn't quite sure. The more pictures I see the less the print bothers me. Generally the more I look at her dresses the more things I find to pick apart but not with this. The hair is great and what we have been waiting for in so many ways. It is looser, younger and a bit more sensual. Her makeup is on point and those earrings are amazing! Love them so much.

    The changes she made to the dress made it so much better. I love the off the shoulder but the best part is the fit. It fits her like it was made for her. I realize that it was but sometimes that doesn't mean it fits well. I wish I could run my fingers up and down the fabric because it looks opulent and plush. I agree with Charlotte in that her smile may be her best accessory tonight, save William. She just looks so happy and she is beaming. Love it.

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    1. I would have really liked it with more of a straight silhouette. And I'd have LOVED it had it had 1950's cocktail gown styling. But I totally agree that she improved it from the original.

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    2. I think a slimmer skirt with a sweep train would have been fabulous. I think even just removing the satin bands and having it be one piece of fabric for the skirt would have made it nice, too. I still think she looked amazing and am so glad she changed the top.

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  48. Earrings are fab and to die for, but perhaps they are pink amethysts, pink sapphires, pink topaz,morganite, kunzite or tourmaline. Not entirely sold on the whole pink diamond thing. Because if they are, they would be unbelievably expensive for that size and color even for a duchess.

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    1. THat is my exact thought. If they are real (which I think because of how well set they are and because they are combined with the queens bracelet), I doubt they are pink diamonds.

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    2. Interesting though--I definitely don't think they are diamonds---too translucent in pictures and too large. Would love to know where they came from. Did we ever get to see a list of wedding presents? (lol--were the Saudi's invited to the wedding? They always give amazing baubles)

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    3. Because I am lame and don't know how to insert pics in the dialogue, here is a link to my morganite and pink amethyst rings. After really evaluating them. Pink Amethyst picks up different tones and light surrounding it, more so than the morganite.
      http://pin.it/-dcB2dZ

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  49. I think she looked gorgeous, really radiant. And obviously it was a smart move going with a British label.

    The springtime print makes the dress more suited to spring/summer to me than damp cold February. And I wonder what everyone thinks of the bare neck? I think if the dress was *just* off the shoulder, big earrings alone would work, but her decolletage looks a teeny bit bare? Maybe another strip of that ribbon banding trimming the neckline and shoulders would have helped finish it off and bring it up an inch or two. I know I'm probably not explaining that right! Just think it should have been a little higher for a bare neck.

    But she looked really smashing, just gorgeous. William wasn't bad either ;)

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    1. Black background with flowers is actually called "Winter florals" nowdays and this year it is very modern :) And I've never liked excluing stuff by season much. But I can see how it can be jarring for some :)

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    2. I couldn't agree more Claudia, had their been another strip of that ribbon banding along the neckline and shoulders it would have looked so much nicer. It's a little too low and her decolletage a teeny bit bare (in my opinion) - I thought this the moment I saw the dress, so I'm glad to know it's not just me!

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    3. I agree Claudia. There needed to be more fabric on top. The proportion is off. Looks kinda weird.

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    4. Kate looked beautiful and radiant, without a doubt. What a handsome couple. Truly. And I loved her updo and earring combo (yay!), as well as the accessories.

      To be honest, the gown isn't my favorite, but it did serve an important purpose; Kate is a royal Duchess and the Victorian feel of it set her apart from the rest of the crowd. There is no need for her to appear to be competing with today's movie stars who want to show up wearing the latest trend (tasteful or not).

      I do wonder whether the gown wouldn't look better with diagonal straps..? In some photos, they look fine while in others the straps appear to sit lower than one might find comfortable wearing. Just my two cents on this.

      One thing I do feel strongly about (and perhaps Claudia will agree with me) is that the overall look was screaming for a choker necklace. Granted, these earring wouldn't work, but you get the idea... :-)

      http://queensjewelvault.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-four-row-japanese-pearl-choker.html

      https://img1.etsystatic.com/179/0/14515736/il_340x270.1178633837_lmhm.jpg

      The earrings she wore at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York would have been perfect in this case.

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  50. I think Kate looks great. I like her best from the profile. Just in some of the pictures she looks a tiny bit older than usually - I suppose it could be because of the updo (which must have taken at least 2 hours to make, I think!) To me, the flowers on the upper part look like white violets; as for the lower part, I don't think they are lillies-of-the-valley but I don't know what they are :). I admit I would probably have loved other dresses (esp.plainer ones) better but she looks really beautiful! Thank you for the post, Charlotte.

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    1. Julia from Leominster13 February 2017 at 07:24

      Being February, white violets would be nice - violets are February's flowers. Impatiens possible too or some flower invented by man, not nature.

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    2. Thanks, Julia, for your info on the flowers (Sweet William in the wedding bouquet!). Violets or impatiens on the gown look very possible. It is driving me a bit crazy now that the flower is not more easily identifiable. It would not have to look realistic, necessarily--could be somewhat stylized but identifiable. But the idea--quite possible--that they are a flower "invented by man" as you quite rightly suggest, is a disappointment to me and somewhat of a let-down for the quality one expects from Burton/the McQueen house.

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  51. I hate this dress. Kate's posture is not helping to carry it off. I'm not even liking her hair or makeup. The bracelet, I love.

    I'll own this. The problem must be me and my lack of appreciation for high fashion.

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  52. WOW!!! Those earrings are AMAZING! I don't care for her hair but everything else is flawless.

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  53. Beautiful hairdo, so chic, and the makeup is very different, so natural yet sophisticated! I would have preferred a darker lipstick, to make it look less day-wear and more evening, but yet, it looks great on her. Her skin also looks somewhat different, smoother. As for the dress I don't like big prints on evening dresses... but she carries it off well.

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  54. Nicole from France12 February 2017 at 22:13

    what a sparkling smile, and a splendid updo ! I quite like the dress, quite flattering on Catherine! I am not sure it is the best choice for such an event, although ..... those little embroidered flowers have a country look which , to my eyes, does not really match with the biiig and splendid ear rings, which in turn do not fit with the bracelet .... anyway, she could definitely pretend beeing at least as beautifull as the stars around her !

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  55. Absolutely gorgeous! Tip to toe fabulous.

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  56. Wow! I can't see anyone not loving her entire look. This is my favorite gown of all time. So elegant and unique, just stunning! I love the fuller updo and the bling. The wait was worth it, excuse me while I take another look. Thanks for the post.

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  57. Robbie from Hampton VA. USA12 February 2017 at 22:19

    Perfection! So curious to know if earrings are 'real' or well-done costume jewelry. They don't appear to be Kiki McDonough's. She and William look so happy and comfortable together.

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    1. If the stones are not real, they are not the cheep kind of fake. They are very well done either way!

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  58. Love it all. Best look in ages.

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  59. Sarah Maryland USA12 February 2017 at 22:34

    I'm sorry I am not a fan of the dress maybe if it flowed straight down and didn't have those ribbons breaking it into sections
    The hair and earrings were perfection and would have looked perfect with that black velvet Alexander McQueen
    Plus I'm not much of a fan of anything floral

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  60. I was certainly not expecting this!! A stunner and a winner all the way!XOXO

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  61. I love the dress and the earrings and the bracelet, AMAZING. It's a serious wow in my book. However.. I hate the hair. Am I the only one? It's not that it's messy (b/c I don't think it's the typical messy) or up (I really like that it's up) but it is SO loose. Just looking at it makes me uncomfortable b/c it looks like it will fall down and then the bit at the back looks just strange. Especially on her right side (the left of pictures) it just is sticking out so oddly. I'm kind of bummed b/c I love everything else about this look but this hair is just really really really lacking and distracting me. I just want to pull a brush through it to make it tighter.

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    1. No, I hate the hair too. Everything else is gorgeous but not the hair.

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    2. I agree Shelly. Kate needs a new hairdresser. (I felt like typing that in all caps, but toned it down, lol.) The back looks messy but not in the right way. It is simply a mess. The front and back of the hairstyle don't go together. Still school marmy. It looks like it was done by a hurried 10 year old, as have many of her other updos. She so, so very much needs a new hairstylist, in my opinion. No offense to anyone. Kate looks beautiful as always though, in spite of the lack of a good hairdresser and stylist because her beauty always shines through. I can imagine how even better she would look with a good hairstylist and stylist. No comment on the dress or the earrings. I think I am going to go eat a pint of ice cream with oatmeal/chocolate chip cookie crumbles, what I do when feeling frustrated and disappointed. :)

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    4. That loose lock of hair got tucked in before Kate walked to her seat. Probably Rebecca Deacon noticed. I like this hair style very much.

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    5. surfer girl, I laughed when I read your comment about drowning your sorrows in ice cream :)

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  62. I think her hair, makeup, accessories (earrings!!!) are gorgeous. Not sold on the dress but that can just be personal opinion. The one thing not selling it for me, though...it looks like she's outrageously uncomfortable. My very first thought was "drop your shoulders and relax!!!!!" (New poster, long time reader - hello everybody!)

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    2. It was cooooold though. So the shoulders might be because that and not the dress :P (And Hello! :D )

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    3. Mary in Nebraska, USA13 February 2017 at 01:07

      Welcome, Katherine! I also think Kate looks stunning, but a tiny bit uncomfortable around the shoulders. It kind of looks like her straps fell down rather than true dropped shoulders. Claudia is right, it needs more fabric to make it perfect. The $7,000 price tag must reflect the embroidery and sumptuous fabric. I bet it's gorgeous up close.

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      Hello Kathryn - welcome and hope you continue posting.

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  63. A graceful, sophisticated, but also very natural look. Absolutely beautiful. And her earrings, make-up, and up-do are just stunning.

    I guess a print fabric + a tiered skirt is maybe a tiny bit busy for my sensibility, however the tiers do move so beautifully, and the print is a lovely nod to the upcoming spring. The color and shape of the flowers seem very early spring, so just perfect. Also the texture of the fabric and the black-and white colors go soooooo fantastically well with William's tuxedo. I think in that sense her choice is amazing because she does not overshadow William, who is the acting patron here, but compliments him. Don't know if that went into her thinking or if it is just my reading into it, but either way, just SUPERB!

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  64. Overall, Kate looked lovely. I loved everything bar the dress which is not quite me. Reminds me too much of the 70's look, especially with the ribbon denoting the seams of the tiers in the dress. Would love to learn more about her earings - stunning!!!

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  65. Love love love the entire ensemble. Kate you rock. Thanks Charlotte.

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  66. Overall a win!! The jewelry-so fantastic. I am a huge fan of earrings and they are my go-to when dressing up an outfit. The bracelet too! Her hair and makeup are great. The dress, I just don't love the ruffles. If it was straight(mermaid style) or more A-line, I think I would love it. But, it's not a huge complaint, just a personal preference.

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  67. Whether you love this dress or hate it, after seeing the close-ups one really has to admire the level of workmanship that went into creating it. Those flowers look to be embroidered onto the black fabric.

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  68. I love the whole look. There's a lot going on in that dress; however, it moves beautifully and Catherine pulls it off. The hair, make-up and jewels are wonderfully understated for that wallop they deliver. I prefer the bare shoulders without additional jewels because her shoulders are so stunning.

    Catherine, I hope you can find out more about the floral patterns in the skirt. Would the flowers on the lower tiers perhaps be lawn daisies or pinks? They're definitely not lily of the valley.

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  69. I love the dress...so pretty, I love flowers on a dark background. The top is so simple, balance by the full tiers on the bottom. And so appropriate for the occasion..not too glitzy as if she were one of the movie stars, but regal, fitting her position. I love the makeup, and I think an updo is appropriate here, to show off her shoulders.

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  70. She looks wonderful and I say that despite not really liking the dress. It is simply not a style I like that much. Also, I'd love to know more about those earrings, which are stunning.

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  71. The jewels, the updo, the makeup and her smile were stunning. The dress, in my opinion, not so much. But it is nice to see the Dutchess testing the waters with respect to various styles of fashion. Whether what she wears is approved of or not by the general public, there is no doubt that she always looks lovely and truly represents the Royal Family in the best possible way. And, Prince William also looked very handsome this evening.

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  72. I love the earrings! I thought they were a debut and was surprised to learn Kate had already worn them in 2011. I couldn't see them in any of the pictures from the Women in Hedge Funds event. My first reaction was to cringe: how could she hide these gorgeous earrings back in 2011? I am so relieved they got a proper debut tonight and could really shine. I hope we get to see more of them over the years to come.

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  73. Best. Hair. Ever. The Duchess looked beautiful. Personally I am not a fan of the tiered skirt. I believe this is the second one (a blue one from last year??). They remind me of maxi-dresses from the 1970's (here in the US) and look dated. However - it's an unusual silhouette and had she worn a straight gown she may have looked like all the other women. So lovely and the earrings were gorgeous!

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  74. oh I love the gown she looks great hmm I love the bling's love she change her style makeup

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  75. I like this look, I don't love it. I do like that someone did give her some advice that she took as far as makeup, the winged eyeliner is a new thing for her and entirely appropriate for evening and she lightened up on the thick, dark eyeshadow and that thick brow.
    Not a fan of the updo and as several have already mentioned, it looks oddly messy, not messy on purpose but messy like someone didn't do it correctly. There's a bit sticking out on one side that looks like it came undone.
    I like the original version of this gown and even with Kate's flat chest, I wish she would have stuck with the original version. The off-the-shoulder version looks like the straps should be over the shoulder but that they fell down.
    But this ensemble is appropriate for this event and edgy enough for something like the BAFTAs.
    Really looks like they enjoyed themselves. Sometimes Kate and William can look like Barbie and Ken, mannequin-like and staged and posed. Tonight is not one of those nights. Good for them.

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  76. My favourite look from Catherine EVER! I adored everything! Her hair, her new makeup ... love the lightened lower lashes, and the swept up eyeliner and fake lashes (is that the first time she's done that!), those earrings ... just breathtaking. The cold shoulder look combined with the very latest winter floral fashion trend, the Queen's bracelet, the new clutch, and her dazzling Prince looking so elegant by her side. She looked totally smashing! Different, regal, glamourous, fun and flirty ... and best of all, she looked radiantly happy. So, so wonderful to see.

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  77. I see that everyone keeps calling it a print, but it is not technically a print but an embroidered fabric. In high resolution photographs the embroidery can be seen clearly. For me, that ups the glamour ante, especially since the fabric seems to be a kind of tulle lined with a different textured fabric, which may account for the beautiful flow of the skirt as she walks. A very beautifully constructed gown, which is a McQueen feature. In some photos you can clearly see the pink tones to the embroidery, which match the earrings in a lovely way. It is a beautiful couture gown and perfect for separating herself as "royalty" from the glitzier "stars." I thought she was well counseled by Burton et al about a look that was glamorous and on-trend but whose most important message was that of establishing a separation between her role as princess and the more blingy style of actresses.

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  78. I love the look overall. Kate was glowing tonight. I think the heart shaped clasp on the Alexander McQueen handbag is a neat nod to Valentine's Day.

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  79. It's fun, it's elegant, I'd say it's absolutely perfect!

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  80. After reading the full description of the original gown I wondered if there is a sheer violet hued overlay on the skirt?

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  81. OH EM GEE! Does she look fabulous!!! Those earrings are amazing! I wouldn't mind having a pair myself ;)
    Now about her hair- mark my words: she got a hair cut. There is no way all her thick lucious locks are fitting into an updo that small. Take it from a professional.
    A win win look in my books!

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  82. i suppose if one picks her look apart there will always be suggestions for improvement or reasons to disparage, but the bottom line, I think, is that she looks gorgeous, stunning, so tastefully classy and glamorous ...oh to be so elegant...just love her and her style...

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  83. I think I may have figured out why I don't love the print. The print is two different sizes on the bodice then the skirt. I think, perhaps, if the dress was all done in the smaller print from the bodice I would like it more. Maybe not. I am a pretty plain person. My husband always questions why I need so many black pieces of clothing. I think a deep violet, royal blue or emerald green would have been stunning. Or even the purple of the ODLR skirt suit from the other day. While I am nitpicking I would make the bodice sweetheart or raise it just a touch. It doesn't look bad as is, I just think it would look more natural up a tiny bit higher.

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  84. Thanks for your usual fantastic job, Charlotte! The Cambridges were a stunning couple (albeit our Duchess looking a little chilled), and I loved Catherine's dazzling smile. Had to laugh at the Elle online. They described everything Catherine was wearing in great detail and then noted, "Prince William also wore clothes, looked nice." :o)

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  85. Alejandra Ramirez13 February 2017 at 04:05

    I really, really, really love the dress!
    The only thing I would modify are the satin bands, they do not look good in my opinion
    Another interesting thought, is that so many people looooooove this dress, while they didn't like the Erdem flowery one (myself included, I liked the Erdem but with a straight skirt).
    I think this is one of the moments when you realize how much difference the color and the type of fabric does for the look of the dress

    In any case, she looked perfect! One of her best ones yet!
    Excellent job!

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  86. Hiya! Rebecca, that's a good point - I'm sure it was rather chilly. London in February is no picnic! And maybe it's the dancer in me that just got the feeling she was pulling her shoulders up instead of relaxing.

    Regardless, I'm glad we saw something new tonight, and I'm sure all the nominees were glad Will and Kate were there! That must've made the evening that much more special.

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  87. What a gorgeous woman. She is immaculate (and the military discipline with which she eats and exercises...I could never do that! Too much good food..can't imagine how amazing Royal Banquets must be :) ).

    Anyhow...Perfect, glamorous, spot-on for a woman smack in her mid 30s. Very sexy yet equally mature. Neither an inappropriately juvenile ensemble for an early 20 something year old nor a boring matronly dowdy appearance.

    The lower part of the dress reminds me of the Erdem gown for the "100 Hedge" Women gala a few years back. I loved that dress was and was dismayed that it had generated so much criticism around that dress...I'm glad HRH has a mind of her own and paid no heed to the naysayers.

    HUGE success!!!

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  88. Looks like McQueen sent over their leftovers!
    Seriously: pretty fabric/look -- but wrong event, imho.

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  89. I must admit, I like the gown, but for me, it immediately called for a spring or summer occasion, not an event in mid-february.... I didn´t like the off-the-shoulder "band" either. It seemed too small and somehow "out of place", maybe if they had repeated the ruffles of the skirt on it, so it would have better matched the dress? So for me, not the "WOW"-dress her black velvet gown was, it was ok, but better in spring or summer....

    The earrings truly are some stunning pieces, dear me!! I would love to know where she got them from (or shall I say whom?)....

    I loved her hair, and of course her smile.... She looked very glamorous, that´s for sure....

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  90. Wow, her best accessory (after William, of course) is that absolutely radiant smile.

    Love the whole ensemble but .... Those earrings, oh la la! Would love to know the story behind them - a present? from whom?

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  91. I just only liked head of Kate especially earrings are perfect. But the dress is under of Kate's quality. She should have worn a Jenny Peckham.

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  92. I like this dress a lot! It's young and fun and I think it mixes very well with the fashion of the other female attendees. The combination with Kates earrings is okay for me but what I really don't like is her updo. For me this hairdo is far too heavy and kills the lightness of the whole ensemble. It is wonderful that she finally has changed her eye-makeup und has quit to use this dark liner under her eyes. Kates vibes make me laugh, she seems to enjoy this night.

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  93. This updo just screams for a tiara nestled just so in it. I think Queen Mary's Fringe would look amazing. The soft, floaty updo with the juxtaposition of the structured spikes of the fringe.

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  94. I absolutely have no idea what all the fuss is about!!!

    The Duchess looks amazing!!!

    It's obvious that not everyone has the same taste BUT that doesn't mean that we have to rip apart and dissect every little detail!!! Everyone seems to have something to say about what is or is not acceptable - whether she should have done this or that - let's just all agree that she is one hell of a beautiful woman and no matter what she wears she looks fabulous!!!

    Filakia from Greece xxx

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  95. Hello!

    KP just announced details for a two-day mini tour to Paris in March :)

    "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will undertake an official two-day visit to Paris on 17th and 18th March. Their Royal Highness' visit is at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Full details of the visit will be announced in due course, but the itinerary will include a reception for young French leaders from a variety of fields, a formal dinner at the residence of Her Majesty's Ambassador and attendance at the Wales v France Six Nations test at the Stade de France."

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    3. It should be really interesting with a nice variety of engagements :)

      The Mail Online reports they will undertake about eight over the two days. Looking forward to seeing the full itinerary. It will also be a poignant visit as it will mark the first time William has visited Paris since his mother died.

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    4. Formal dinner, eh? Yay!

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    5. Very poignant indeed. It's difficult to believe that twenty years have passed. And I hope the media doesn't make a circus out of the visit for this reason.

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  96. Hello all and hello to you dear Charlotte,
    I have been a huge fan of this blog for many years but have never commented before. Firstly because I am Brazilian and my english still very poor but improving.
    I just wanted to say thank you to you Charlotte for such a great job that you do in here. I check your blog daily sometimes more than once a day. I really enjoy reading all your posts and all the coments.
    I have been a fan the Royal Family since I was a little girl- even had a crash for Prince William- and specially the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Harry so it was so nice when I found your blog.
    Fashion wise I absolutely love the DoC style. I can't afford to buy what she wears most of the time-of course- but I try to buy outfits that reminds hers when I can. I admire her not just for her style but for the amazing woman, wife and mother that she is.
    Any ways, about the Bafta dress when I first saw the photos I have to be honest I didn't like the dress very much. I think the whole look worked really well- she is absolutely stunning no matter what she wears- but I thought she had so many more stunning choices in MHO.
    But she looked stunning- the updo, earrings absolutely beautiful. I just think the dress it is not my cup of tea.

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