On the 17th July 2017, William and Kate attended a birthday party in honour of the Queen at the Orangery in Łazienki Park, Warsaw. The party took place during the couple’s official visit to Poland and Germany.
Jonathan Knott, the British Ambassador to Poland, hosted the evening soiree.
Over 600 guests attended.
The Duke and Duchess were introduced to guests from the worlds of business, art, fashion & NGOs.
During the evening, Prince William delivered a speech.
William opened the speech with a greeting in Polish, welcoming guests to the Queen’s Birthday Party. In his speech, William said that there is “much to celebrate” about the warmth of the UK-Poland relationship today.
Kate wore a white cocktail dress by Polish designer Gosia Baczyńska.
The white sleeveless dress features a v-neckline, black thistle detailing at the waist and jagged pleats on the skirt.
Baczyńska is one of Poland’s best-known designers. She regularly designs for Poland’s wealthiest women and she has ties to London, having studied in the city during the 1990s.
Baczynska confirmed the dress was a bespoke creation for Kate, and that she’d worked on the dress for four weeks after speaking with Kate’s stylist and PA, Natasha Archer:
“The collection is inspired by myths and legends from Polish culture and folklore … The dress’s folds in particular are made to remind of thistles. The dress was personalized especially for the Duchess after they were interested in this sample from our lookbook.”
Pictured below, two skirts from Baczyńska’s current collection. Both share similarities with Kate’s dress:
The designer told the Telegraph that she didn’t know ahead of time if Kate would even wear the dress, but she was “extremely happy and excited” when she realised she had chosen it for the evening’s festivities. Baczynska got to see for herself, as she attended the Garden Party. She met Kate and spoke with her briefly. Pictured below, Baczynska at the Garden Party (via her Instagram account).
Kate paired the dress with her Gianvito Rossi d’Orsay sandals in black suede.
The shoes feature a block heel, a pointed toe and an ankle strap with a buckle. If you’d like to copy Kate’s style, you’ll be pleased to know that they’re still available in limited sizes at Net-A-Porter.com.
Kate’s paired the white dress with her Balenciaga pearl earrings:
The Italian-made earrings are crafted from simulated pearls and glass. Interestingly, they have a clip-on back. Sadly, the company no longer sell this style. There’s a similar pair available from Matches Fashion if you’re looking to copy Kate’s look.
Kate’s wearing a coordinating pearl necklace too. This could be by Balenciaga too, though it differs to the earrings (they don’t have the glass diamonds surrounding the pearls). We’re yet to find further information about the piece, it remains a mystery for now.
Kate carried her black Prada clutch bag.
The small black clutch is made from satin and features gold-plated hardware. It’s from a past season and the company no longer stock the piece.