On the 17th March 2017, William and Kate attended a glittering black tie gala dinner in Paris.
The couple visited the city for two days at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The gala was their third engagement since arriving in the city. (See all of our Paris coverage here).
The Royal Couple joined Britain’s ambassador to France, Edward Llewellyn, and his wife, Lady Anne Llewellyn, at the black tie dinner.
The gala dinner took place at the British Ambassador’s Residence in Paris, also known as the Hôtel de Charost.
A number of famous celebrities with ties to French and Great Britain attended the gala, including French actors Audrey Tautou and Jean Reno, British actor Dame Kristin Scott Thomas (who now lives in Paris) and French former footballer Robert Pires.
Prince William gave an address during the evening. He delivered a message to the British Embassy from the Queen.
Kate chose a showstopping dress by British designer Jenny Packham.
It’s made from ice blue fabric, features sheer bodice, sheer sleeves and a floor-length skirt. The dress is embellished with crystals, sequins and floral motifs. Here’s a closer look:
The dress realised for £3,135 at Jimmy’s. It was described as follows:
“This dazzling Jenny Packham gown with a hint of a beautiful shade of blue stops the show with sheer, flower sequin accent all-over.”
Sadly, the dress is no longer available to purchase online.
However, if you’d like to copy Kate’s style, Hobbs London have a good “repliKate”. I’m thinking it’d be ideal for the upcoming wedding season, or perfect for summer balls:
The dress isn’t blue, it’s a champagne colour. It’s sleeveless too, unlike Kate’s dress. However, the floor length gown does have similar sequin detailing and floral embellishments on the front. Click here for more details. (Thanks to Sophia for sharing).
Back to Kate now. She accessorised the Jenny Packham dress with her Oscar de la Rent Lamé Cabrina pumps. They’re made from a glittering platinum-coloured material.
The shoes are made in Italy, with a 100mm heel, a pointed toe, scalloped sides and a raised back. The shoes can be purchased from Oscar de La Renta’s website for $690 USD / £592 GBP.
Kate first debuted the pointed pumps at the UK-India Year of Culture 2017 event back in February.
Kate wore the Queen’s diamond chandelier earrings to the gala dinner.
Kate chose Queen Mary’s diamond bar choker bracelet for the engagement. You may remember she first debuted this piece at a State Banquet for the Chinese President back in 2015. You can read more about the bracelet and see better photos here.
Finally, Kate is carrying a coordinating box clutch bag, also designed by Jenny Packham. It’s named the ‘Casa’ clutch. Sadly, it is no longer available for purchase.
Kate owns the Casa clutch in two different colours. She first debuted the silver version back in 2015, for the James Bond ‘Spectre’ premiere.
Click here for all our Paris coverage.