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Kate attends the Recovery Street Film Festival and A Street Cat Named Bob premiere

On Thursday, November 2nd, 2016, The Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton) attended a special screening of the Recovery Street Film Festival before heading to the red carpet premiere of A Street Cat Named Bob at the Curzon Mayfair Cinema Theatre in London.

Kate Middleton attends the Street Cat Called Bob film premiere

The Recovery Street Film Festival features films made by former addicts and their loved ones  A little bit about the film festival:

“We want to demonstrate through the medium of film the diverse issues that are faced by people overcoming addiction and how those around them can be affected.”

“The aim is to empower people affected by addiction by giving them a voice, providing a platform for them to tell their own stories of the ‘ups and downs’ and how they reached recovery.”

Kate Middleton meeting people from the Recovery Film Festival


“The films provide real hope that people can and do recover from addiction” – Kensington Palace

Here is one of the short films, Hope Inside:

During the film festival, Kate saw competition winning films from the past three years  She also met with creators of the festival, winning filmmakers and representatives from Action on Addiction and other charities involved with the project.  (As you may recall, Kate took on the Action on Addiction charity as one of her Patronages in 2012).

Kate Middleton meeting people from the Recovery Film Festival


After, Kate attended the World Premiere of A Street Cat Named Bob at the nearby Curzon Mayfair cinema  The premiere benefited Action on Addiction too.

Kate watching the Street Cat Named Bob movie
The film is based on the much-loved, international best-selling book by the same name.   It’s a true story about an unlikely friendship between a young homeless busker, James Bowen, and the stray ginger cat who changed his life.

A street cat named bob
Luke Treadaway stars as James Bowen. while Bob the cat plays himself.

Kate met with the real-life James and Bob, as well as the film’s actors and representatives from Sony Pictures Releasing UK and Action on Addiction, before watching the film.  Here’s a photo of Kate petting Bob:

Kate Middleton stroking Street Cat Bob


Kate’s outfit:

Kate debuted a new designer for the evening’s events. She wore a white floor length dress by Self Portrait.

Kate Middleton wearing the white Self Portrait dress

It’s the Pleated Crochet Maxi Dress from the designer’s Resort 2016 collection  The bodice features a high neckline with floral lace detailing, a crocheted design and tan mesh lining.  The dress features full-length sheer sleeves.  The skirt is made from crepe with shutter pleats and a high side slit.

Self Portrait white pleated crochet maxi dress as worn by Kate Middleton

The dress was available at Shopbop for $640 USD / £526.59  Moda Operandi had the dress in their sale, reduced from £318 to £175.  It had sold out at both retailers prior to Kate wearing it.

If you like Kate’s dress would like something similar for an upcoming event, check out the designer’s current collection.  This black dress (available from Net-A-Porter) is virtually the same.  The only difference is the crochet pattern:

Self Portrait Lace Maxi Dress

Some of these cocktail-length dresses could work for a party (click any image below to shop) –

Prefer midi-length?  Try these:

There are several maxi dresses that are available too, perfect for a swanky gala (or film premiere!)

For those getting married, Self Portrait does a bridal collection too.  Channel Kate on your big day with this very similar dress:

Self Portrait Wedding Dress

Self Portrait is a relatively new designer label,  but it is growing in popularity thanks to its celebrity fans (now including Kate!) ASOS, Net-A-Porter, Shopbop, Selfridges and Neiman Marcus are just a few retailers stocking the designer.

Quite frankly, I’d love to see Kate wear more Self Portrait designs, wouldn’t you?

There’s a great profile on the designer in Vogue magazine from 2013, which you can read here.

Kate brought back a few familiar accessories during the evening  Her clutch bag is the Mulberry Bayswater in Conker Suede.

Kate Middleton carrying the Mulberry Bayswater bag in conker suede at the film premiere

As you may recall, she owns the bag in three different colours.

Kate Middleton's Mulberry Bayswater Wallet Clutch Bags in Black, Maroon and Cream suede

She also wore her coordinating Gianvito Rossi pumps in burgundy suede.

Kate Middleton's shoes at the film premiere

If you’d like to buy the same pair, they’re still available for purchase for $675 / £450 at My Theresa.

Gianvito Rossi in Burgundy/Purple

This is another item Kate owns multiples of, she has these shoes in four different colours at the time of writing!

Kate Middleton in Gianvito Rossi 105 pumps

Kate chose her Oscar de la Renta earrings for the occasion.

Kate Middleton wearing Oscar de la Renta earrings at the film premiere

The earrings can be purchased from Oscar de la Renta’s website for $190 USD.

Kate Middleton's Oscar de la Renta earrings

Kate first debuted the gold-plated faux pearl earrings last month, during a visit to Manchester  The earrings can be purchased from the Oscar de la Renta website for $190.

Kate Middleton met with young people at the National Football Museum in Manchester

The designer describes the earrings as follows:

Gilded details nod to natural oysters and Art Deco discs in these show-stopping button earrings, accented with lustrous Swarovski crystal pearls in statement, sea-inspired design. Handcrafted in America from weightless gold-plated pewter, this simple silhouette incorporates just the right amount of elegance into any look.

Kate's outfit for A Street Cat Named Bob Premiere

Kate Middleton's Self Portrait Pleated/Crochet Maxi Dress in White

Self Portrait Pleated Crochet Maxi Dress

White maxi-dress with crochet bodice

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Kate Middleton's Oscar de la Renta earrings

Oscar de la Renta earrings

Gold-plated faux pearl earrings

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Kate Middleton's Mulberry Bayswater Wallet Clutch Bags in Black, Maroon and Cream suede

Mulberry Bayswater Clutch

Conker / Black / Buttercream suede

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  1. Blueberries says:

    Why were people all cranky about her and this dress on the DM? I thought it was lovely and she looked happy and confident. I thought the slit was perfect.

    Yes, I like Self Portrait on her much more than Chloe, which is a bit too ’70s bohemian housewife. But Self Portrait isn’t *quite* it either. Just imho, but Kate’s personality seems to call for something more… glamorous, traditional in the sense of artistic traditions, not stuffy social traditions. She needs something that calls back to ancient ways. She has such a great artistic flair. She should have something to celebrate that.

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