Kate Middleton looked lovely in a black and white floral-print dress for The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange Reception!
She co-hosted the event held during London Fashion Week at Buckingham Palace in London, where Kate was joined by Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Livia Firth, Vogue Editor Edward Enninful, Anna Wintour, and Stella McCartney.
Designers from all 52 countries of the Commonwealths teamed up to create one-of-a-kind sustainable outfits, which were put on display at the event. The Duchess opted for another dress by Canadian-Turkish designer Erdem, while The Countess of Wessex went with British label Burberry. Kate’s black and white guipure lace dress is a customised version of the label’s ‘Suzi’ dress, with added fabric around the bottom to take it from above-the-knee to midi length.
Kate also wore her black Prada wavy cutout pumps as well as her earrings by Indian designer Anita Dongre. Sophie, The Countess of Wessex is Patron of the London College of Fashion, and has often been called one of the most fashionable members of the royal family. Like Kate, she also favours feminine tailoring and wears some of the same designers, such as Erdem, Emilia Wickstead, Alexander McQueen and LK Bennett.
Kate‘s dress at the 2018 BAFTAs the day before caused a lot of controversy, as she chose to wear a green dress instead of a black one, which would have shown support of the Time’s Up movement. Katie Nicholl, who is a royal etiquette expert, explained the choice to TMZ, saying the dress was likely “pre-ordered months ago and custom-made with her pregnancy in mind.” Therefore, Duchess Kate probably chose her dress before the protest was even planned.
The Royal family is also not encouraged to take a political stand on topics.