This evening Kate and William attended the Royal Variety Performance at the Palladium Theatre in London.
This is the first time William and Kate attended the performance representing Her Majesty The Queen. The Royal Variety Performance benefits the Entertainment Artistes Benevolent Fund (EBAF), of which The Queen is Patron.
The Queen at the Royal Variety Performance in 2007 © EABF.org.uk
At this year’s Royal Variety show, William and Kate watched a number of entertaining acts, including Dame Shirley Bassey, Ed Sheeran, Demi Lovato and Bette Midler. Before the show started, the royal duo met with Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber whose company owns and manages the Palladium theatre. The couple also met with ITV Board Members, the President and Chairman of the EABF and X-Factor pop band One Direction. Here’s Kate shaking hands with Harry Styles:
Here’s a video of the Duchess meeting the five members of One Direction, note the lady in the meet and great line-up wearing the exact same dress as Kate! Props to @livelovelaughvr for noticing:
Tonight Kate looked wonderful in a new dress by Diane Von Furstenberg.
Specifically, she wore the Zarita Lace Dress. The Zarita is a floor length lace gown with a fitted bodice and waist, which opens into a sweeping fluted hem. Kate wore the black colour, as pictured below:
Matches Fashion used to sell the navy blue version of the gown for £780 (approx $1,126).
From Matches Fashion:
“[The dress is] delicately crafted from sheer navy lace, has a sultry V-back and is fitted with a slim band around the waist that flatters the silhouette. This formal essential is brimming with timeless appeal, but pair it with a metallic clutch for the most modern finish now.”
Matches Fashion currently sell the dress in red too – it’s a showstopper!
Diane Von Furstenberg has designed number of shorter lace dresses in the ‘Zarita’ collection too, which might be more ‘wearable’ for the vast population! (I’m think perfect for the festive party season). Here we show the mini dress version in a number of colours:
And here we show the knee-length Zarita lace dress:
Kate added a touch of bling to the dress with her Kiki McDonough Lola Hoops, which are made with blue topaz.
Kate carried her black beaded clutch bag, you remember this from last month’s Action of Addiction Autumn Gala Evening.
The back features a black fan design made from sequins and beads. The bag is a vintage piece by “Magid“. Anna from My Small Obsessions has researched the bag and believes it could date from the 1950s.
Finally, Kate wore her Jimmy Choo Cosmic pumps in black suede.
Shop Jimmy Choo Cosmic:
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