Taylor Swift in white & silver Reem Acra at Kensington Palace: pretty & princessy?


Here are some photos from last night’s Winter Whites Gala held at Kensington Palace. The dinner, I believe, was held in Prince William and Duchess Kate’s newly refurbished “apartment” – which is just a mansion within a palace. The big controversy, which we discussed a few weeks ago, was that the invitations went out and everybody was making a big deal about William and Kate cohosting their first gala at KP and la de da, and then the charity had to apologize because, you see, Kate was not going to be in attendance. I believe Kate was originally going to do it but she decided not to for whatever reason, like she wanted to visit her mom or something. Maybe some more “secret” charity visits.

So William was flying solo at the Winter Whites Gala. But Taylor Swift was there! And so was the Black Widow Crawley (Michelle Dockery). Who will William choose? The haughty brunette or the scheming blonde? Hmmm… Swifty “won” William though – she got to sing “Living On a Prayer” with William & Jon Bon Jovi:

Taylor’s dress is Reem Acra, by the way. It’s pretty on her, and the neckline is different than her usual look. You can really see the bolt-ons, but at least they’re not, like, ridiculous on her frame. Tay-Tay didn’t just attend, she performed for the audience too. She told media outlets:

“It’s positively magical here,” Swift told reporters of the Winter Whites Gala. “There are fairy lights and there is fake snow falling from the sky and everything is just gorgeous. I am just very lucky to be here.”

As for performing for royalty, the pop star added, “I am so excited. I don’t think I have ever played in a palace before. So it will be really wonderful. This evening is so special … it is for a charity that as well as being very important to Prince William is also very important to me.”

Swift added that William, who had left wife Kate at home with little Prince George, “was really funny. So cool.”

[From People]

Tay-Tay is such a princess. She’s so jazzed to be in a palace, surrounded by fairy lights and performing for a prince. Now if we could just throw her at Prince Harry. That would be interesting, wouldn’t it? Physically, Taylor is Harry’s type, easily. But personality-wise? I suspect Harry doesn’t go for “twee” women.

As for the gala, it benefited Centrepoint, the homeless charity that William has worked with since 2005. I believe Centrepoint was one of his first charity patronages. I believe that this is one the causes William truly cares about, probably because it reminds him so strongly of what his mother cared about. It’s a shame Kate wasn’t there to raise money as well. Maybe she had a hair appointment.

PS… Benedict Cumberbatch was there too, but I’m saving him for a separate Thanksgiving Eve post.




Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Lark says:

    She looks lovely, but really thin. She’s always been very thin but healthy looking, but now she’s starting to look a tad unhealthy imo. I hope it’s just weight loss from touring. While I think people at times can be too harsh on Kate Middleton at times, why on earth wasn’t she co-hosting this event with William? It seems ridiculous that she just “sat” this one out, especially such a big event. If she was sick and a last minute cancellation, I would get it but not going from the get go seems absurd. Both she and William just seem so lazy compared to the rest of the monarchy, and I don’t have a very high opinion of them in the first place.

    • Seapharris7 says:

      Hasn’t she done a fair amount of touring & charity events? I think her only real job was to provide an heir, which she did. Plus, said heir is still a newborn, maybe she just wanted to spend some quality time with him in her Pjs.

      • My2Pence says:

        @ Seapharris7 “Hasn’t she done a fair amount of touring & charity events?”
        If they were doing their fair share vs. the majority of the working royals who are past retirement age and in declining health, people wouldn’t criticize so much.

        Pulling out of this weeks ago, after the leaks about how involved she was in the planning and doing so much work around it (yeah, sure, we believe that)? It doesn’t speak to last-minute tiredness from a potential pregnancy to me.

        She was “at home” according to William; apparently the two nannies aren’t enough to enable her to work one night a month. Where exactly is home if it isn’t this giant new mansion contained in Kensington Palace where the party was held? Was she home with mummy in Berkshire again? So tired of these taxpayer-funded twits.

      • bluhare says:

        Wow, mytwopence, that table speaks volumes, doesn’t it? The Gloucesters and Kents both did many more engagements than William and Kate. That really does surprise me.

      • Sachi says:

        Seapharris7: The event was very close to their renovated apartments. She couldn’t spend 3-4 hours away from her baby just down the Palace? It’s not like George would have been all alone.

        Sitting out on this event, a worthwhile cause and a very important charity in the UK, is very stupid especially when it’s been hyped up in the media as an event that she was very involved in organizing. You sit out a Phys Ed class, not a gala where your face can bring a lot of attention to the charity.

        My2Pence: That table should destroy any other sycophantic myth and delusion that William and Kate are very hardworking and have done a lot of touring and charity work. No, they were not and they still aren’t. For all the stick he gets, Andrew’s schedule is right up there with Charles and Anne’s.

      • My2Pence says:

        @bluhare @Sachi. Thank you. And those are the 2012 numbers. That means 1) 8-9 months post-wedding (plenty of time to learn the basic ropes after lying-in-wait for a decade) and 2) mostly before the pregnancy was announced (December 2012?).

        So IMO no valid excuses whatsoever for the horrible engagement numbers in 2012. Her low numbers were the reason why the press found out that airport arrivals and departures are counted as separate engagements, so their numbers look even worse when you factor that in. Not showing up for this event – a 5 minute walk from where she “lives” – is yet another sign of how pathetic she is in this role.

      • bluhare says:

        Holy cow, twopence! Airport arrivals and departures are counted as engagements? Are you serious? Of course you are; it’s just hard to believe.

        So if she’d have gone last night, that would have been three engagements, right? Walking over, being there, and leaving. No, they wouldn’t do that.

      • My2Pence says:

        @bluhare. If I remember correctly, it was LAK who first shared that info here. Because Bill and Kate Middleton did so few engagements, the press was able to figure out that they were counting airport arrivals and departures as separate engagements. So because of the Lazy Duo, the court circular was outed as counting arrivals/departures for all BRF members.

      • Sachi says:

        Yes, bluhare, My2Pence is right. The Windsors’ events are counted not per day but per activity. So if Kate meets outside with some charity organizers, that is one event. If she sits down to lunch with the same people 30 minutes later, that’s a different event.

        It’s even more pathetic, isn’t it? William and Kate’s tally for 2012 was less than 150. If you count in all the meet and greets and the dinners, it’s less than 50 days of work in the entire year. They’ve gone to holidays for longer than that and Kate has been caught shopping more times than she’s worked.

        Some of these royals are just ridiculous. The Danish royal family even more so, because they actually count birthday celebrations, ie. waving from the balcony to the peasants below, as official events. They get to celebrate themselves, flatter their egos, spend the peoples’ money and still claim it’s “work” for them. The poor creatures, eh? They have to work on their birthdays?! So sad.

      • bluhare says:

        I can’t believe I missed this before. Seriously, I am shocked and amazed that leaving/arriving/change of scenery count as separate engagements.

    • Esti says:

      I still like the pregnancy theory, and I think it would explain why she pulled out — if she went and didn’t drink, everyone would know immediately.

    • HH says:

      The most ridiculous part about her sitting this one out is that it was held the Cambridge’s newly renovated apartment in KP… Maybe she thought it was in one of their other homes??? Multiple properties can get confusing.

    • Bread and Circuses says:

      That’s what I was just thinking about Taylor; she was always pretty and slender, but in these photos she’s looking bony and unhealthy.

      Is it just a case of less flattering lighting? Most red carpet events want the stars to look amazing. This is one event where that wouldn’t be the focus.

    • Bridget says:

      Did I hear correctly that she was at least a part of a private reception for the big donors? But did not host the whole event.

  2. Buckwild says:

    Taylor looks beautiful. That dress is gorgeous. She def has implants but at least she didn’t hike them up or flash perfectly rounded side boob, so it’s all good.

  3. Evyn says:

    I’m not feelin’ that dress. It’s too much on the bottom and not enough on top, or vice versa. Either way, the combo doesn’t work. Besides, it makes her bolt-ons look extremely obvious.

  4. boredbrit says:

    I love her, she looks gorgeous. Man, when she started singing the chorus, I was like NO MORE!! And that’s coming from someone who likes her songs. Livia Firth also looked stunning.

    And c’mon. She’s so obviously Harry’s type. Harry would have been less awkward with her methinks.

  5. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I used to like Taylor Swift. I thought she was cheesy, but cute and harmless. My opinion of her changed when she stalked, dated and dumped that Kennedy boy in 11th grade who was still recovering from his mother’s suicide. Connor? Then she said that spoiled brat stuff about there being a special place in hell for women who made fun of her or something like that. But I have to say, she has reined it in, as far as I know, and this is the first time in a while I have thought she was cute again. Not sure what my point is. Don’t blow it, Swifty?

  6. Allie says:

    Taylor is so awkward, that video is cringe. I actually like her dress though.

  7. Lindy79 says:

    I know she’s a naturally thin girl but my god it seems to be very emphasised lately especially in her décolletage , or maybe its just me.

    I also didn’t realise she had “bolt-ons”, it is obvious in the dress though

  8. feebee says:

    Taylor… he’s not doing the stadium version.

  9. Kiddo says:

    I didn’t watch the video, not a fan of her singing, but the dress is pretty. It’s sexy without veering into inappropriate, for the occasion. She’s a performer, not a royal, so she needn’t be as buttoned up.

  10. Kate says:

    Genuine question. Why do so many celebrities end up with such terrible, obvious, hard looking implants? I know 5 women with implants of varying sizes, and they all look great. Two of the women went from a completely, totally flat chest to a large C-cup, but they still look nowhere near as obvious as Taylors implants above. Perky and large, but still a very natural shape.

    Then I see people like Taylor and Victoria Beckham, who’s implants basically look like someone just shoved halved grapefruits into their chest. And all the celebs with weirdly spaced implants, wonky implants…how does that happen? If my friends and acquaintances can buy nice looking implants on average incomes, how do millionaires like Taylor Swift end up with with such tacky looking bolt-ons?

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Same with other plastic surgeries such as face lifts. You’d think they could get the best work done.

    • Tessa says:

      Your friends probably have some fat on their bodies to soften things up. Taylor and Victoria are rails with no fat on their bodies. The bolt ons have nowhere to hide.

      • Kate says:

        Two are actually very thin, and as I said had totally flat chests, so almost no breast tissue to soften the look of the implants. You wouldn’t know they had implants if you hadn’t known them before. I mean maybe you’d wonder if you saw them bouncing around in a bikini, but they certainly don’t jump out at you like Taylor’s or Victoria’s.

        I thought if there wasn’t a lot of breast tissue the implant went under the muscle, and that softened the look? I guess that’s what throws me off, a lot of celebs implants look like they’re sitting literally 1mm under the skin, you can see the outline, and I’ve never seen that on anyone in real life. To me it’s not a good look, so I just can’t understand why the people with money and options so often end up with it.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        There are SO many factors that affect the outcome of plastic surgery, which is why even the best surgeons can’t guarantee perfect results.

        With breast implants, it depends on where the patient’s breasts sit on her chest ie low or high, how far apart they are, how much skin/fat there is to work with, and the technique used to place the implants, not to mention the size and material used for the implant itself.

        People seem to think that plastic surgery is an exact science, but I honestly think it’s more of an art. You can only change someone’s physical appearance so much, you still have to take into consideration that every body is different-different shapes, proportions, not to mention that every body reacts differently to the various cosmetic surgeries/treatments that are done on them.

        SOURCE: I’ve had friends that have gotten shit done and got a bit of an education from them as they did their research.

      • Samtha says:

        There is thin and then there is 0% body fat, though. Even thin, fit women in real life aren’t usually as thin as celebrity women, at least IMO. I’ve seen Victoria Beckham in person and her waist is about the size of my head. I can’t imagine any way to make implants work on her without being super obvious, not unless she gained at least ten or fifteen pounds.

    • Lindy79 says:

      My favourite is when they try to convince us while wearing no visible bra under a thin strapped camisole, that it’s just a clever bra.
      *VB I’m looking in your direction*

      It’s on the same bullshit scale as saying having kids to run around after keeps them thin, or the baby weight just fell off and they eat normally and never work out, therefore putting such unreal pressure on the average woman who wonders “why don’t I look like that then…?”

      Sorry for the tangent :)

    • Eleonor says:

      Probably because the majority of celebrities are under-weight and the implants don’t settle well.

  11. Eleonor says:

    Prince Harry was lucky enough to not attend, he would have a brand-new-stalker now!
    The dress is pure Swifty style, she looks good.

  12. CaribbeanLaura says:

    I’m not a Swift fan, but I do LOVE the dress. I realise that I am a fan of very feminine dresses. Not that I wear them in real life.

  13. Thiajoka says:

    It’s a gorgeous dress and I really do want to like it on her, but I think she’s just too thin to carry it. I like it, though–it’s less dreamily princessy than most dresses she wears. I think she’s on the right track, just find something with a bit of a different neckline.

  14. Talie says:

    Her implants look really obvious here.

  15. nicole says:

    Love royal stuff; TS looks great… but please don’t delay with the Cumberbatch post!!! ;)

  16. Suze says:

    Sounding like an old lady but here goes: it’s too low cut for both the event and the season.

    • wolfpup says:

      She was beautiful in my opinion, but inappropriate. I think that William was kind of embarrassed.

    • bluhare says:

      I guess I don’t think it was inappropriate, but the first thing I thought of (and having to attend winter galas in the past) is those women must be freezing. I always made sure whatever I had on was long sleeved, or I had some sort of jackety thing over the top. I hated freezing my ass off while all the men in shirts and jackets were just fine.

      • wolfpup says:

        Diana showed cleavage, but Taylor’s breasts are showing. Everyone has been talking about their particular shape and size, and whatever. She’s even showing side-boob. I wonder if the Prince thought about that… (just kidding!). Is there a girl-code that should be operational? I wonder how Kate could have matched Taylor’s sexy dress from fairy tale wonderland.
        There was something most refreshing when Kate wore her Steve McQueen gown, while meeting California celebrities. The actresses were all posing for the camera in their skin-exposing outfits, and the Duchess walked in with reams of fabric flowing. Everyone seemed a little embarrassed, (or something), because she was so different, and confident in herself at that moment. I don’t think just because you are a celebrity that immodesty is always acceptable, especially when there are children and old ladies, or a very conservative and respected Royal. Did you notice how the Prince was very careful when he looked toward Taylor? Funny, funny men. Maybe Taylor doesn’t understand that yet… Don’t most celebrities present themselves before the Queen in proper attire? Or is being seductive in public under the guise of celebrity acceptable?

  17. Jayna says:

    I love the gown on her. Stunning.

  18. Jackson says:

    Over all it’s a pretty look but I don’t like the line of the bodice. I understand what the designer was going for, but it looks a little too wide open to me. I agree with those that think it’s a bit too much (or too little) for the event. I’m no prude when it comes to fashion, but this just looks like a little too much skin.

  19. vava says:

    I like her dress.

    In the video she was over-acting, William was a dud, and Bon Jovi should retire. It was completely cringe-worthy.

  20. Anna says:

    Honestly, I still don’t see implants

  21. flutters says:

    Lovely dress that was appropriate for the occasion by Taylor. Her styling has definitely improved this year. I also love her hair.

  22. Maggie says:

    Taylor Swift looked very pretty but William….wow! I think he’s a very handsome guy and a good sport.

    • meaghan says:

      That’s a joke, right?? No, seriously, this dude is very ordinary and nothing to write home about. He may have been a reasonably cute baby & child, but I think it’s the royal pedigree that has you all starry eyed. No one would look twice at him if his name didn’t start with “Prince” – including Kate.

  23. Reece says:

    Lady Mary! That’s all I care about here, honestly.

    It’s a nice dress for Taylor. Not my taste.

  24. Sachi says:

    I love Taylor’s dress. Hair and makeup were wonderful and combined with the dress, she looks like a superstar.

    Michelle Dockery is very pretty and I like the cut of the dress, but it still looks so boring.

  25. Janeite says:

    I’m not a fan but I do think she looks really pretty here. She’s quite thin but I don’t think it detracts from her looks. I also don’t see anything to make me believe that she has implants. My only quibble with the dress, as a few others have pointed out, is that the top and the bottom don’t go together well. I like them both separately but they don’t quite work together as a dress.