Thursday, October 27, 2011

Kate's First Solo Engagement!

Last night, The Duchess of Cambridge carried out her first official solo engagement, stepping in for her father-in-law at a private charity event.

Kate undertook the role at Clarence House after the Prince of Wales was called away on a trip to Riyadh to offer condolences to the Saudi Royal Family following the death of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.

The event was a dinner for In Kind Direct, an organization which takes surplus goods from manufacturers and retailers and distributes them to charities.

Kate wore a vintage floor-length pale blue evening gown with a delicately beaded halter neck that extended round her bust. The dress was designed by one of her favourite couturiers, Amanda Wakeley, and was from her Fall 2006 collection

The Duchess had her glossy chestnut hair pulled up into a glamorous half up, half down do. Underneath Kate’s stylish half-up, half-down hairstyle a prominent three-inch scar could be seen on the side of her left temple.

A spokesman for the Duchess at St James’s Palace confirmed last night that it was the result of surgery as a young child. ‘The scar related to a childhood operation.’

To complete her look, she added diamond drop-earrings and a matching diamond bracelet that we've seen her wear on previous occasions. The origins of this jewelry are still  unknown.

Update 10/28/2011

In one of the pictures above, there is just a peek of a silver shoe under Kate's dress. I was able to get an HQ picture and it looks like Kate is wearing her Jimmy Choo 'Vamp' sandals in champagne glitter $750. She wore these to the Bafta Dinner in LA earlier this year.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Kate - the Lady in Red

Last night William & Kate were guests of honor at a fundraising gala evening at St James's Palace.The event was hosted by the 100 Women in Hedge Funds and raised £675,000 for the Child Bereavement Charity -- a cause close to William's heart. This marks a first royal patronage for the Duchess.

Kate dazzled in a red floor-length red dress with billowing sleeves by Beulah London. The low-cut, pillar-box, maxi-length evening gown emphasized Kate's beautiful figure.

The gorgeous silk jersey dress is the 'Sarai Dress' (£565) from the Beulah London Autumn/Winter 2011 Collection. It is also available in navy blue.

The Duchess accessorized with a gold clutch, her sapphire and diamond engagement ring and a pair of diamond earrings that we have not seen before. Her shiny hair hung loose around her shoulders.

Update 10/19/2011

After finding a HQ picture, I think I have ID'd Kate's clutch. It is the 'Edith' Gold Glitter Clutch (£160.00) by Wilbur & Gussie. As of this writing, it's currently sold out.

Information from the Wilbur & Gussie Website:

"It's an envelope style clutch with an inside pocket and optional wrist strap. It comes in 100% silk or metallic weave. It holds more than just credit cards and cash. It lets you throw in your blackberry, keys and lippy and is becoming the firm favourite season after season.

•Size: 26.5 x 15.5 cm
•Made in Spain
•Edith was named after Brett's border terrier."

On a side note, this was the same clutch that Pippa paired with her dress to the 2011 Boodles Boxing Ball.