vaqstyle 2017-03-18, 07:50
The Duchess of Cambridge dazzles in Jenny Packham in Paris
As if the LBD-and-pearls look she debuted earlier in the evening hadn't been enough to convince the French- with their notoriously elevated standards- of her sartorial prowess, the Duchess of Cambridge made sure to underscore the point as she debuted her third outfit of a busy day of engagements which began in Hounslow this morning.
For a glittering black tie gala to celebrate the best of British and French relations and attended by Amelie star Audrey Tatou and Dame Kristen Scott-Thomas, Kate opted for a tried-and-tested equation courtesy of Jenny Packham, one of her go-to designers. The silver, delicately embellished design bears all the hallmarks of Packham's signature dazzling eveningwear.
Although the gown paid less obvious homage to her hosts than the McQueen LBD and pearls which she had worn just an hour or so earlier, the refined column silhouette was one of the sleekest Packham dresses Kate has been seen in. She paired the look with the glimmering Oscar de la Renta heels she first wore to a UK/ India reception at Buckingham Palace last month.
Whether at home or abroad, the Duchess has carved out a strategy of representing the British fashion industry in a way which stays true to her natural polished, ladylike personal style.
Jenny Packham established her business in 1988 and while she's a quiet presence on the British fashion scene, her work has proven substance. Society clientele and Hollywood stars alike often turn to the designer for beautifully cut, timeless and feminine pieces.
During last year's tour of India and Bhutan, Kate wore a cobalt blue, sari-like dress by Packham for a dinner in Mumbai. One of her favourite looks from the designer is a glamorous blush pink and silver sequinned design which she first wore to a fundraising dinner shortly after her 2011 wedding and brought out again for a summer evening gala in aid of the EACH (the East Anglia Children's Hospices) charity of which she is patron.
Packham is also known for her bridal gowns and is surely on the shortlist of names to create Pippa Middleton's dress for her upcoming May wedding to James Matthews.
Earlier today, the Duchess chose a Catherine Walker dress-coat to present shamrock to the Irish guards before flying to the French capital.