Welcome back for a rundown of this evening's black-tie gala. The gala (a word I have recently discovered may be used very loosely) was a premiere of David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive in 3D. Let me just say, the Natural History Museum is absolutely stunning! It was built in the 1870's and is just breathtaking. Frankly, if we had all been there live it would have stolen the show. Presumably, many of you have been there, but in case you haven't, this is the trailer for the film William and Kate watched. It will give you a flavor for the movie in addition to the stunning photography of the building's architecture.
I had not heard the dress-code and was guessing that Kate would wear something short, since she seems to do that if she can. But, I was very pleased when she arrived in her stunning black lace Temperley. She has worn this twice before, which is entirely understandable given how absolutely beautiful it is. It was also a good choice to go with a long dress, because she was in the front row, and I imagine it was a more relaxed experience not having to keep the cameras in mind constantly. Obviously, we all love a new dress, but Kate is going to recycle sometimes and since that is the case, I am thrilled when it is a dress that I really thought was fabulous. This is obviously a winner for her, and it certainly was for the public. It was such a successful stunner that is was chosen as the dress for one of the Madame Tussaud wax figures. Tussaud. Creepy, you say? No comment from me...
Kate is certainly settling into this new hairstyle. Flat on the crown, straight and sleek, with just a hint of movement from the layering that is framing her face. I loved the bouncy curls of yesteryear, but I like this new, cool vibe as well. It is certainly easier to replicate.
|War Horse Premiere (L), St. Andrew's 600th Anniversary Fundraiser at Middle Temple (C), Natural History Alive 3D (R)|
She carried no clutch, but accessorized with her usual diamond bracelet and the simple new necklace she has been recently sporting. The Natural History Museum provided their own fashion pieces. Since the movie is in 3D, everyone was given a pair of dark 3D glasses to help bring the animals to life.
As usual, William and Kate couldn't have looked better together:
Like all things in fashion, sunglasses go through style stages. One year it is all about small and sleek, the next massive oversized Jackie O. Kate used to favor Coach's smaller, square-lensed ones, but in recent years, like us all, she has evolved with the prevalent fashion winds and moved to the oversized. For a brief second, these 3D glasses made me think I was looking at a circa 2006 Kate.
|Polo in 2006|
Frankly, it almost seems that the 3D glasses are working to stay en vogue themselves. These are actually an acceptable lens shape for 2013, if you don't want to go all Audrey Hepburn on everyone.
This is not Kate's first crack at an event at the Natural History Museum, she was there in November of last year in her green Mulberry and gave one of her rare addresses. That was also a new hairstyle:
It is a good thing Kate loves children, because you just can't get away from them if you are royal These charming little ones got to have a chat with the Duchess, who per usual, gave them plenty of attention and interest. These two cuties are the 3 1/2 year old children of the production company's CEO. I will say that little Francis needs to be careful, he is ripe for an internet meme with that face.
Again, great recycle. It wasn't new and exciting, but it was classically lovely and a complete success. This dress just can't go wrong. It is the perfect blend of sexy and staid. Can those things go together... She looked glamorous, just the way a princess should.
|Kate Charms David Attenborough|
I am just dying to wander through that museum now. It looks like something Harry Potter could have easily been filmed in. I don't know about the movie, but Kate sure thought it was good: