Be careful sitting down in that dress Kate! Duchess wows in a floor-length cream gown… with a daring thigh-high split
08:32 GMT, 9 May 2012
The Duchess of Cambridge arrived at a 'secret' engagement in London last night in a show-stopping cream dress.
Although her private dinner was meant to be under the radar Kate was anything but, in a stunning floor-skimming gown slit to the thigh.
The dress, believed to be a design by Roland Mouret, had a demure high neckline, was teamed with crystal-studded Jimmy Choo Vamp sandals that revealed crimson-painted toenails.
Kate teamed her gown with a pair of sparkly heels and a cream, sparkly clutch and her trademark locks hung elegantly around her shoulders
White out: The showstopping gown is believed to be a 2009 creation by designer Roland Mouret
The Duchess carried a diamante clutch bag that matched her shoes and sported a pair of chandelier-style diamond earrings.
Kate was accompanying her husband, Prince William, to one of the most elite dining clubs in the country.
The royal couple were at Claridge’s
hotel in Mayfair for a meeting of the Thirty Club, whose members are
some of the most powerful men and women in advertising and the media.
Founded in 1905 for the ‘betterment of
advertising’, its monthly dinners are a chance for the movers and
shakers of the industry to meet, discuss issues of the day and sometimes
even seal deals.
Back in the spotlight: The royal couple looked relaxed and happy as they stepped on to the red carpet
Supportive: Kate was accompanying husband Prince William, who was a guest speaker at last night's event
The man with the keys to entry is
Bartle Bogle Hegarty's Nigel Bogle but it also attracts big media
players including Michael Grade, Lord Puttnam and Stephen Carter. Rupert
Murdoch is believed to have attended one dinner, although clearly in
light of recent events was not present yesterday.
PALE… AND VERY INTERESTING: WHY KATE'S DRESS IS ANOTHER HIT
The Duchess of Cambridge's floor-sweeping gown is believed to be a 2009 design from RM by Roland Mouret.
Named the Lombard dress, it was first worn in its original teal colour
by model Amber Valetta in 2009. It was then seen on France's former
First Lady Carla Bruni at a State Dinner in 2010.
The slim-fitting arms of the off-white version appear to have been altered for the Duchess, though.
The classic design is at once
grand and understated, in keeping with what has become a signature style.
This isn’t the first time she has worn
Roland Mouret, however. Kate famously kicked off her tour of North America last year in a navy dress by the same London-based designer.
Their meetings feature a guest speaker
– in this case Prince William – who was following in the footsteps of
many other senior royals who have made address including his late
mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, his grand-father Prince Philip and
aunt Princess Anne.
The Duchess was accompanying him, palace sources said, for support.
A St James’s Palace spokesman said
William had decided to attend in honour of the Queen’s jubilee and his
own 30th birthday next month.
‘The Duke has been invited for around
nine years now and thought that it was right to accept the invitation
this year because of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
'It also seemed rather
apt as it his 30th birthday next month,’ they said.
‘Other senior members of the Royal Family also suggested that it was an interesting event to attend.’
They declined to say what issues his
speech would be tackling, however, as it was ‘a private occasion’ and
the engagement was not publicised in advance.
The Thirty Club was named
after its 30 founder members – ten senior figures from the advertising
industry, those who advertise and the media. Today it still has 30 full
members on roughly the same line, but has expanded its number of include
some associate members.
Dazzling: The Duchess teamed her simple gown with a beaded clutch, platform heels and diamond earrings
Designer accessories: Jimmy Choo was the label behind both the sparkly beaded bag and the silver crackled leather shoes, which retail for 484
Dazzling: At Kate's ears, she wore pair of vintage-style 'Eva' earrings from Beaut, a small, London-based concession sold via Jenny Packham
Some refer to Thirty Club members as ‘peacocks’ and their dinners as a ‘great flurry of feathers’.
Apparently a great deal of meaning is
written into the table plans and the further you sit away from ‘the top
table’, the less influential you are considered – although clearly the
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had little to worry about there.
Kate's decision to wear the show-stopping heels comes just a week after shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood criticised her for playing it too safe when it comes to footwear.
Heading home: Kate kept her usual make-up style of kohl eyeliner and pale pink lips
She normally wears plain nude, black or navy court shoes with a lower heel, so the choice of silver strappy sandals were quite a surprise.
He said last week: 'She just wears too much high street stuff. I know she’s trying to be democratic, but I don’t know how many pairs of LK Bennett you can wear.
'She does occasionally come out and is wearing McQueen or something like that. It’s like, “Do that more! You’re meant to be a princess-y type of person, so act like one.”
Her unusual choice of heels also meant Kate had to forgo her signature shiny nude tights.
Star guests: Gary and Danielle Lineker (left) and businesswoman Karren Brady were also in attendance
HIGH STREET KATE AND HER HIGH END ACCESSORIES
She was criticised by shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood last week for her fondness for a demure LK Bennett heel.
can't she be more 'princessy', he railed. And last night, with her
spectacular silver Jimmy Choo heels (she won't be wearing Nicholas
Kirkwood any time soon, we're guessing) Kate proved she could dress to
impress as well as any Royal.
But Kirkwood should note
that this was not the first time Kate has worn designer shoes – in fact,
it was the second outing for these very sandals. The Duchess wore the
sparkly Jimmy Choos for her red carpet appearance in Los Angeles last
year, when she paired them with her lilac Alexander McQueen gown.
Hot heels: The Jimmy Choo shoes worn by the Duchess of Cambridge last night were the metallic snake-effect 'Vamp', retailing at 484 – but it wasn't the first time Kate has worn the sandals
Designer Duchess: Kate first wore the same metallic Jimmy Choos on the red carpet in Los Angeles last year
Dramatic additions: At the LA event, Catherine accessorised her lilac Alexander
McQueen gown with a 275 silver and gold glitter
clutch by Jimmy Choo, and the same five-and-a-half inch heels she wore last night
Elsewhere, at her ears Kate wore a
pair of crystal and silver earrings by London-based label Beaut. Kate
previously wore the earrings with a silk Jenny Packham gown for a
fundraising event at St James' Palace last November.
Dazzling: At Kate's ears, she wore pair of
vintage-style 'Eva' earrings from Beaut, a small, London-based
concession sold via Jenny Packham's boutique. The earrings are 9ct silver and crystal paste