In November 2015, Kate Middleton attended the Fostering Excellence Awards at the British Medical Association House in London. She wore the Saloni Martine dress in cobalt blue.
Before the awards, Kate had not worn clothing from Saloni before (at least not to a public engagement). It was a new designer for the Duchess.
About the Saloni Martine dress:
The cobalt blue dress is from Saloni’s pre-autumn/winter 2015 collection. It features three quarter length cropped sleeves, a nipped-in waist, inverted pleats from the waist, a full skirt and a deep v-shaped back.
Here’s how Saloni described the knee-length dress:
A simple yet stunning cut, the Martine dress in Aquamarine is an instant classic that will flatter most shapes and skintones. Wear to work and be the talk of the office or as an occasion dress for sophisticated glamour.
The dress is crafted from a textured, crinkly fabric called ‘matelassé’. It is specially designed to feel quilted or padded to touch.
Where to buy the Saloni Martine dress:
The dress is now sold out at all retailers in the original cobalt blue colour. However, the company have recently released the dress in a second colour, a gorgeous rich Magenta:
Currently, the only place it can be purchased is Net-A-Porter for $650 USD / £550 GBP.
Here’s how Net-A-Porter describe the piece:
Saloni’s ‘Martine’ dress is a label signature. Reworked in a rich magenta hue for Fall ’16, this matelassé piece is designed to flatter – it has a fitted waist and a full, box-pleated skirt. Showcase the chic V-back with an updo.
Saloni is a London-based brand, founded by India-born Saloni Lodha.
Matches Fashion describe the brand as follows:
The luxury label produces feminine, exotic-infused designs. Saloni’s cleverly draped dresses, intricate print detailing and vibrant colours are an elegant take on bohemian chic.