Duchess Kate wore a black lace McQueen to the Royal Variety performance

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at the Royal Variety Performance

I still remember the moment when I realized the Duchess of Cambridge was a big fan of lace. It was very early in her marriage, in the first year, really, and she wore an okay dress with an intricate lace panel in the back. It dawned on me that Kate would spend years wearing fussy lace dresses and so far, I’ve been proven right. To be fair, her love of lace doilies isn’t as annoying as her button obsession, but for some reason, Kate really does want a closet full of white lace doilies and black lace doilies. Last night, it was a moment for a black lace doily.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were the “royal guests” of the annual Royal Variety Performance. Every year, someone has to show up – sometimes it’s the Queen, sometimes Prince Charles, last year it was the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. They trade off years and the same royal rarely goes two years in a row. Kate wore this Alexander McQueen gown which reminded me – somewhat – of the black lace Alice Temperley she’s worn to a few black-tie events. The lace on this McQueen is a bigger “pattern” though, which keeps it from looking too fussy. That being said, the sleeves on this are not great? The shoulder puff, the way the sleeves are unlined… I don’t know. It feels off. Would it have looked better if the sleeves had been lined too? I can’t decide.

William looked boring as usual. There was some conversation about how maybe William shoved Prince Andrew under the bus somehow, but you know what? I’ll blame William for a lot of things, but not that. I think Andrew really is that stupid, and it had nothing to do with any of the other “courts” doing him dirty. That being said, I bet Kensington Palace and Clarence House find ways to distance themselves from Andrew and begin to grab some power.

PS… William touched Kate’s back briefly, which means the British tabloids will not mention Rose Hanbury the rest of the year.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at the Royal Variety Performance

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at the Royal Variety Performance

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at the Royal Variety Performance

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at the Royal Variety Performance

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  1. Digital Unicorn says:

    I like the dress but feel that it would have looked fabulous if she’d tied her hair back and wore some proper blinged out earrings. The ones she’s wearing are boring.

    • Bella DuPont says:

      @ Digital Unicorn

      Weirdly, I quite like the earrings, it’s the dress I’m ambivalent about.

      In any case, she looks (to my untrained eye) as if she’s had some facial work done. Even more than she did a couple of weeks ago. I mean, look at the third picture of her, where she’s entering/exiting the car…….she’s had work done.

      • Iris’s Granddaughter says:

        @Bella – William also appears to have work done on his face. He looks freshened up. I wonder if this is part of their preparation to appear on television for their upcoming individual projects on BBC??

      • I see it as well, Bella. It also looks like Will’s hair is getting thicker.

    • Eleonor says:

      The gown is beautiful. The hair in a chignon would have been amazing!

      • Kristina says:

        I love the dress! But I’ll admit I’m biased, because I have one that looks a lot like it, except sleeveless 🙂

    • BeanieBean says:

      I thought the earring choice odd–why wear those when she could borrow some really good stuff from the queen? These earrings seem like cheap imitations of the truly good stuff.

      • Tourmaline says:

        I don’t like those earrings either, they are Erdem and too busy. Some great diamond earrings would have looked smashing.

    • Original Jenns says:

      I like the dress too, except for the pattern that makes the big X across her crotch. Someone mentioned it and now I can’t unsee. But I think this could have been a pretty sexy dress if she had styled it differently. More vavavoom hair, more color in the lip. She unsexied it, which I think she does on purpose to be more conservative. Which is too bad because this could have been both.

    • lisa says:

      I can’t see anything but her eyebrows. They are so jacked. I wish she would get w/Anastasia or a real professional and get them to look modern. It reminds me of her old-fashioned eyeliners back in the day, which she finally fixed, thank god.

    • Abena Asantewaa says:

      How much is the dress?

  2. vexa says:

    for what i’m sure was a very expensive dress, that sure looks cheap….. i hate unlined dresses but seeing all that nude fabric overlayed with the lace is nearly worse??

    • Olenna says:

      MTE. I think the velvet trim really cheapens the look.

    • (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

      The nude fabric doesn’t match her skin tone, which throws the dress, and the unlined sleeves, off. She also needed her hair up, and killer bling earrings to offset the empty neckline. Take away the (too high for the “waist”, but too low for empire) band, and it would be a sexy dress, especially with the back dip,

    • Flying fish says:

      It does look cheap.
      The lace, the velvet trim and the nude under lay, is not working.

      • Ignoto says:

        Agree, this dress looks cheap and very basic. It looks like a vintage Dress Barn ensemble from their 1985 holiday collection or a Jessica McClintock dress. I don’t understand why she spends thousands for duplicate dresses when she could spend hundreds by hiring a seamstress to make her clothes. Nothing she wears is modern and fashionable so there is no need to spend so much money on cheap looking clothes.

    • notasugarhere says:

      This may be the worst of her 5-6 black-lace-over-nude illusion dresses. She has lots of bad ones, but this might take the cake. Not sure why, could be too many 80s details? Bad lace design and placement. Too much nude not enough black. Waist band too high. Trim too wide. Sweetheart neckline coupled with low back – trying too hard for sexy. Poofy shoulders/sleeves like the bad nude-lace-over-black cosplay she wore for the Somme event.

    • Lucylee says:

      Looks like a creation from Fredrick’s of Hollywood.

    • Amy Too says:

      I think the lining is far too light. That’s part of what makes it look cheap to me. If you’re going to have something made for you, get a lining that matches your skin tone. Otherwise it looks very off the rack, or like it was made for someone else. The lining color makes her look washed out and dull. Which is weird because when I just scrolled back up, her face and chest actually look kind of tan/slightly sunburned. So why is my lasting impression that she looked washed out?

      In the picture of her getting out of the car, where you can’t see the whole bottom of the dress and the sleeves blend in more to the background, I think it looks better. The top (with no sleeves) might have been an interesting bodice if it could be paired with a different skirt to make a different dress. It would also be good to get rid of that super noticeable seam that points right down into her crotch when she’s walking.

  3. Becklu says:

    I love the dress, I wish she had worn her hair like she did on the balcony during Remembrance Day with a great earring. But she looks lovely and seems like the had fun.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      Agree with you. I think Cathy looks better here than than usually does at these types of events.

    • Bella Bella says:

      Stand up straight, Kate!!! My goodness, if she stood up straight this dress would have looked so much better.

  4. Chrissy says:

    Ugh to the dress but I loved the snark of your PS, Kaiser.

  5. Enn says:

    Surprisingly, I loved it – I’m not usually a fan of sheer over nude. I think the velvet accents added structure and the dip in the back is flirty. I do wish she’d pulled her hair back or worn a great necklace.

    Lined sleeves would have felt “Olympic ice skating costume” for me.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      The old girl could use a big-hawking necklace with the neckline of the dress. It is not has if she had to go out and hire a necklace for the night. I am sure QEII or any major jeweler in London would give her a loaner.

      • BeanieBean says:

        Yeah, something termed an ‘important necklace’ with that neckline & hair up would help take it out of the lingerie for evening wear look.

  6. Originaltessa says:

    I too wish that her hair was back.

    • xo says:

      I still wish she had worn her long hair back on her wedding day. That neckline was made for an UPDO.

  7. Sofia says:

    I like the dress but something just feels a bit… off with it? I don’t know what though

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Am willing to bet she’s had it altered from the original design, am thinking she’s added the belt as she often does to her dresses. Without the belt it would have looked quite sexy but she makes it dowdy.

      • The Long-suffering Sequin says:

        This is part of her obsession with not appearing to have short legs, even though she totally does and it’s her torso that’s long.

      • Bella DuPont says:

        The Long Suffering Sequin?

        That’s the best name I’ve seen around these parts, ever. 😁😁👍

      • The Long-suffering Sequin says:

        Haha Bella I’m glad you like it 🙂

        Although C Quinn is probably going to be not-long suffering now she’s escaped Waity Towers.

      • BeanieBean says:

        I’ve read it’s bespoke McQueen, so it’s exactly what she wants.

    • Becks1 says:

      Ha, I didn’t see this comment before posting mine. That’s exactly what I thought when I saw it last night. Something just feels off with the look .

  8. meme says:

    I love the dress and think she looks great. Man, I have major hair envy. Hers is gorgeous.

  9. 10KTurtle says:

    All these lace-over-nude-lining dresses echo back to that sheer skirt she originally used to catch William’s attention in the student fashion show. She always looks so pretty with an updo- why does she keep insisting on the sausage curls? An updo would have showcased the great earrings and the flattering neckline of the dress.
    Something about the way William pats her back looks “off,” as if he’s posing for a picture with a stranger and doesn’t want to be accused of anything improper later.

  10. Chonky Cat says:

    I’d love if it didn’t have the sleeves at all. Come on Kate, get those scandalous arms out.

  11. Cidy says:

    The only weird thing about the dress is the sleeves. It throws me off. She also should have done an updo to show off the dress more.

    It’s a good suit on him, good fit, none of the royal men dress particularly interesting, I wish they did more prints, explored more.

    But also? Looking at the photo of Will touching her back all I could think was that he needs some hand lotion!!! His hands look dry AF.

  12. Monette says:

    To me Kate is a total mistery. How can someone so tall, skinny, with beautiful hair, symetric face and so conventionally beautiful be so Meh?!?
    She has it all. Is it the personality, the bad posture, the smiling like a crazy person? What is it?

    • The Long-suffering Sequin says:

      I think it’s the lack of personality. It’s like looking at an American Girl toy – sure it looks adorable and prettily dressed, but it won’t say anything to you or make you laugh or give you any indication it cares about anything.

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        This is why I don’t like her wearing McQueen – McQueen was all about passion, personality etc… If Lee were still alive there is NO WAY in all seven hells Katie Keen would be allowed to wear anything from the label. Sarah Burton has ruined the vision Lee had for the label – there were other better people who could have taken over (the Italian guy who’s name escapes me – his own label stuff is good).

        Lee, like Tom Ford, was famously picky about which celebs wore his designs – this is the guy that BANNED Victoria Beckham from his stores and made it known that she was never to be allowed to buy his clothes.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        DU, Who banned Posh? Was in Tome Ford, Lee McQueen or both?

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        @Bay – It was McQueen. Lee was quite the b!tchy queen.

      • ArtHistorian says:

        Lee McQueen was an artist, Sarah Burton is not. His show were much more than the presentation of clothes, they were unique pieces of theater.

        I recently saw this great documentary about him and his work – and I honestly think that it would be difficult for anyone to continue the brand according to his vision because he worked in ways that ways that were unpredictable and surprising (sometimes even to himself). Sadly, the way he worked (and overworked himself) wasn’t healthy and I think it ultimately played a part in his mental decline. From some comments he made in the documentary I also suspect that he didn’t even want his brand to continue without him.

        Bottom line, Lee was a unique artist and I don’t think anyone can replicate this. If it was someone who was equally as unique and artistic as Lee was, then it would be their vision not his. There’s also the issue of whether a brand should remain hidebound to the tradition of the brand – or whether it should evolve while paying homage to the tradition.

        However, I do agree that Lee would never have let Kate wear his clothes. She’s the epitome of bland and Lee was the opposite (as were his muses). Plus, I think he really despised the BRF (and the general idea of royalty). I don’t think he would have let anyone from the BRF wear his clothes, to be honest.

      • kerwood says:

        @Digital Unicorn, you are so right about the REAL Alexander McQueen. When I saw Kate’s wedding dress and heard it was McQueen, I knew that somewhere in fashion heaven, Lee was RAGING. This dress would have him in fits. It’s not just the lack of personality of the dress; it’s the lack of personality of the person wearing it.

        On the other hand, I think Lee would have LOVED dressing the Duchess of Sussex, if only to throw two fingers up to the British establishment.

      • M.A.F. says:

        Going off of Digital Unicorn, this is why labels should just die out when the original designer dies. I love McQueen’s stuff from the 90s but the stuff now is nowhere near his original vision. Burton could have created her own label.

      • Vava says:

        ArtHistorian, I’ve seen that documentary on Lee McQueen too, and the same takeaway as you do. Had he lived, there is no way he’d design for Kate. Talk about polar opposites!! I’m sure he was rolling in his grave at her wearing a wedding dress with his label on it. And all the peplums since!

      • ArtHistorian says:

        Vava, that documentary is so good. You really get a feel for how the shows were more than just presenting clothes but rather theatrical set-pieces.

        However, it also made me sad because he was in such a bad place at the end of his life. He was overworked (he put out 14 collections a year), took coke, got paranoid and pushed people away and apparently he also had episodes where he heard voices. It is so clear in hindsight that he needed help.

        He was an amazing artist.

      • Vava says:

        ArtHistorian, the documentary made me sad too. He was a genius and his shows truly were spectacular. I’m glad they put it all together in that film. The artistry. The troubled soul. Seems as if his mother’s death sent him over the cliff, but he was probably not planning on living a long life.

    • Mego says:

      In addition she is so is very contrived. Strict diet and I suspect purging and smoking as well. Professional hairstylist (hair pre royal hair was very ordinary), lots of fillers, botox and heaven knows what else to maintain her face. Just like every garden variety celebrity except she’s a princess and we expect more. Don’t and you won’t be disappointed.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Kate’s face is asymmetrical, that was pointed out years ago. One half looks like Pippa, the other like Carole. When she gets too much botox it is more pronounced, because her left eyebrow is already higher than her right.

  13. Eenie Googles says:

    Dress is nice.
    Hair looks like a wig from 2007 and I hate it so much.

    • SIPNBUBBLY says:

      She has too many bundles of hair in her head. Kate needs to lighten up on the weave. It’s really becoming noticeable.

      • Nic919 says:

        You can also see in the back that some of the hair pieces don’t match the new colour she’s now dyed her hair.

  14. Onlyashes85 says:

    I like this dress. The back is great. There’s less lace then she normally wears which is maybe why I like it. I’m not nuts about her hair. I wish, if she was going to do bombshell type waves, that she’d made her part deeper so that it looked different from how she normally styles it.

    • BearcatLawyer says:

      The lace pattern across her chest is not good at all though. Talk about headlights!

      • Nic919 says:

        There is also an X going on in the groin area that isn’t great either. That’s the problem with these dresses with the fake nude overlay. The lace patterns need to be considered as to where exactly they sit on the wearer or else they look weird.

      • notasugarhere says:

        The placement of lace and beading patterns on so many gowns look like trolling from the designer. Even Letizia has fallen prey to this a few times.

  15. Oh No says:

    They look dry.

    • Cidy says:

      😂😂😂 I also said in my post that Will’s hands look dry.

      • Oh No says:

        That’s what caught my eye. They should have stopped off at Boots.

        The second the weather turns my skin does not play, clearly I share this struggle with Willis

      • Joanna says:

        @oh no, I love Boots. Idk where you live but where I’m at in the US, Boots is hard to find.

  16. Belli says:

    I’m meh on the dress. She has better black lace gowns and the pattern on this one sits so that it points to an area I probably wouldn’t want it pointing to.

    I’ll also add to the chorus of those wishing her hair was up. When she has a fancy updo they look great, but she doesn’t wear them enough!

  17. Age says:

    Not loving the dress. Maybe if the whole dress was lined in a darker nude it would have looked better. Also, the velvet trim is visually annoying.

  18. Gabby says:

    I like the dress, but also wish she had worn her hair up, great earrings would have really set off the look.

  19. Becks1 says:

    I like the dress, generally, although I did laugh bc it is another lace doily dress for her, but there is something about this overall look that I don’t like. Her hair? The jewelry? Just the general styling? I feel like the look falls flat but cant figure out why.

  20. The Long-suffering Sequin says:

    I’ve realised what this reminds me of, with the curtains of hair and the long black dress. It’s like a Halloween sexy La Llorona.

  21. Beach Dreams says:

    This is one of her nicer gowns as of late, but the lining also makes it look cheap. Not sure if it’s the color or the lack of lining in the sleeves but it throws the look off a bit. The hair is totally wrong for this dress too, it would’ve been better if her team styled it into a chignon.

  22. BayTampaBay says:

    “William touched Kate’s back briefly, which means the British tabloids will not mention Rose Hanbury the rest of the year.”

    Is it ok if we of the Celebitchy commentariat talk about “Rose Who?” for the rest of the year?

    Big Fat LOL!!!!!!!!!!! BFLOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. Lizzie says:

    i like the dress. the neck and waitlines are very flattering. she usually looks like an inverted triangle when she’s in formal wear and this really gives her nice proportions. i do wish the sleeves were lined. she needs to figure out how to curl her hair…i mean..come on

    also – will’s hair is so tragic. not that he’s balding – bald men can get it. but – he’s keeping that frizz on top and the sides shellacked down and it is just so elderly. he’s so unattractive.

  24. manda says:

    I feel like the lace pattern highlights her breasts in a weird way and there is like a heart or something off-center, making it look like her nipple is in a weird spot on the outer sides of her breasts. I can’t unsee this now. I hope this isn’t considered offensive!

  25. HK9 says:

    I came for the comments because I knew they would be fire and I was right. Thanks Celebitches, you made my morning. 🙂

  26. Guest says:

    Yikes that dress signifies just how skinny she is.

  27. Valiantly Varnished says:

    It would have looked better with a black lining instead of nude. Nude lining under black lace always look cheap to me.

    • Nic919 says:

      I feel like this is a dress JLo or some other starlet would wear and that’s not usually the look she goes for.

  28. Catherine says:

    they look great, I love her loyalty McQueen. The tailoring is impeccable, the velvet is gorgeous, adds depth. Hair down keeps it youthful, fun. No one does lace like McQueen. Her figure is to die for, and the video clips were cute, fun. Wins all the way around.

    • Becklu says:

      Really you like the hair down? I mean she looks pretty but she has the most amazing up dos and I think it would have shown off the dress especially the neckline which is very flattering. She looks beautiful but I think a ruby or emerald amazing earring with her hair up would just have killed it. (That being said I don’t know the level of formal this event is)

    • Ashby says:

      I find her sausage curls so immature and her hair also looks too fake, fake thick.

      Less hair pieces would be so much better.

      Kate would look great with a half up-do and some lovely ponytails for some casual events and not the same hair down look with sausage curls.

      I think she might be one of the worst dressed people I have ever seen, she seems to have no sense of style at all, her clothes often look old and outdated, most of the time her shoes look nearly tragic.

      Kate can’t seems to get even a few pairs of semi decent pants and skirts, how hard is it to buy a few pairs of black, light grey, medium grey, charcol and navy pants and skirts with some cashmere and silk tops?

      This cheap looking curtain dress is outright hideous.

      Most of my coworkers are much better dressed than the future QUEEN of England.

  29. Celebitchy says:

    People making disgustingly negative comments about Kate will get banned.

  30. Realitycheck says:

    Why doesn’t the queen let the younger royals wear more jewels? What is the point of having so much jewelry if the younger women can’t wear it ever? It would be appropriate for such an event and unfortunately never gets added to any of Kate or Meghan’s outfits.

  31. Betsy says:

    Having finally watched the Windsors, I think the venue is hysterical.

    I actually really like lace. I appreciate that it’s a fine art, but it has to be really well done not to remind one of Queen Mary of Teck.

  32. Gigi La Moore says:

    I find the look dated. I had that same dress in 2006. Not the same length but the same black lace under nude look that was popular for a minute.

    • noway says:

      It’s either back again or still popular. I was looking at formal dresses for my daughter and this style was there a lot. I think on Kate it doesn’t look bad, but on some it looks almost like their skin tone but off and it looks weird. My daughter’s friend who is African American tried one on and it looked the best on her.

    • Devon says:

      It really looks like a cheap prom dress from the 1990s.

  33. one of the Marys says:

    I don’t like the way the underlayer moves independently of the lace. It’s very clingy and revealing in a strange way for such a formal event.

  34. Misty says:

    I saw the pics via People last night and I thought a) I saw this dress (or a similar one) on her before and b) for some reason it does not work to me, I don’t like it on her.

  35. Louisa says:

    Didn’t she wear a lacey black gown many years ago? For her it’s just different designers but same boring fashion.

    She really doesn’t photograph well when she’s not smiling. The combination of botox/sagging jowls is not a good look.

    • ArtHistorian says:

      She did. She could just have repeated it, it is quite a long time since she wore it. She has so many bespoke items that look so similar that it is hard to distinguish between them, and yet she rarely repeats. I wonder why – is it because her wardrobe is so enormous that she’s lost track of what she has and just orders new stuff in the styles that she likes, having forgotten that she already have a couple of pieces that look almost exactly the same? She must spend astronomical sums on bespoke clothes that she rarely wears more than once or twice and I find it rather wasteful.

      • notasugarhere says:

        She has done this for years with day dresses and coat dresses too. She has two blue tweed skirt suits, from the same designer, that are almost identical. Extremely similar looks in the same shades, as if she never looks in her closet to realize she already has an outfit just like that.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        @nota, I think she has two cream skirt suits from Alexander McQueen that are almost identical too in that one suit has buttons on the sleeves and one suit does not have buttons on the sleeves.

      • notasugarhere says:

        She also has a blue tweed coat dress, nearly the same as the two suits.

        This led me down the rabbit hole of her dozens of similar cream suits, cream dresses, and cream coatdresses. In reference to point 14 above – Found a Catherine Walker with a bad, bad taupe lace/embroidery design with a heart over the crotch. Worn in Belgium in 2017.

  36. Jessica says:

    Blah. I feel like I’ve seen this dress on her a million times. I wish that when she bought new gowns she invested in unique pieces.

  37. NessaBee says:

    I would re-line the dress in black, remove the sleeves, style her hair up in a sleek, modern knot, pop of color on the lip or cheek, switch to a metallic clutch, and add some diamond and emerald giant-drop earrings and a diamond cuff bracelet. I long for a red lip and manicure but what can you do?

    • Green Desert says:

      There you go, whole different look! I would keep the sleeves though. You make a great hair point…Kate’s updos are also SO dated, but a modern topknot would look so good on her.

  38. Kim says:

    I think my mom curled my hair like that when I was young.

    Is she looking for the fountain of youth? Cause that’s not it. It looks sad, cheap and in poor taste.

  39. kerwood says:

    How can someone spend so much money and look so blah?

  40. Lucy says:

    I’m not a fan of her Alexander McQueen/Sarah Burton dresses in general. There’s always something off about them. I don’t like black lace over nude/beige fabric – it looks cheap or slightly tacky, I don’t know. This dress goes to my list of least favourite McQueen dresses she’s worn, and she seems to hunch over a bit which makes her look odd. I can’t put my finger on it but it looks off.

  41. Green Desert says:

    I like elements, like the velvet touches, and I love sleeves on a formal dress. The shape is great on her but everything she wears is so dated, matronly, or just un-stylish. Don’t come for me stans but I think this dress is a combination of all three! And the hair is so dated. *Ducks* 🙂

    She’s so pretty…I want her to get a good stylist. Think of what someone who knows fashion and style could do for her!

  42. M.A.F. says:

    I don’t love it but I don’t hate it either. Maybe if the sleeves were caped instead?

  43. Linda says:

    I love the dress, I just wish she had her hair in an updo like the style she had on recently.

  44. Becks says:

    The dress is ok. I do like that she has her clothing tailored, it really makes such a difference.

  45. TheOriginalMia says:

    A bespoke McQueen similar to her bespoke Temperley. Will anyone blast her for buying another dress similar to something she has in her closet? Nope. Let’s just highlight her bouncy curls and William’s touch to her back.

  46. DM2 says:

    Such gorgeous hair…such an outdated style. Chignons look so gorgeous on her, yet she’s so attached to the old Chrissy-doll style.
    And in that second-to-last photo, it looks like her head is photoshopped onto her body. It makes my neck hurt to see that posture.

  47. Ravine says:

    I initially misread this headline as “Duchess Kate wore black face…” and was like “What is going on with this family??”

  48. Miriam says:

    I so agree with @Digital Unicorn & @M.A.F about McQueen not dressing Kate had he was alive! I mean look at how drastically different his brand has become!! It used to be urban+unique and now its synonymous with middleton’s BLAND coat dresses!

  49. mazzie says:

    Awful. I miss Alexander McQueen.

  50. S says:

    I love the dress! It’s gorgeous. I don’t like the woman wearing it, but she’s wearing it well.

  51. MsIam says:

    I actually like this gown, but I am a fan of the black lace overlay with a nude slip or lining. It looks more sophisticated than some of the other ruffled/lace costumes Kate has worn before.

  52. Powermoonchrystal says:

    I am not usually against Kate’s fashion choices, even if they are boring, but this looks like a mother of the bride dress you can buy at the discount bin of department stores. Certainly not the look of expensive couture. To be fair, I blame the designers on these fails as well. You would think these brands would show more originality and quality when dressing the duchesses.

  53. Mrs. Smith says:

    Maybe the velvet makes the dress read flat (therefore boring) in photos. If the black velvet trim was sparkly and Kate wore her hair up/away to show off the earrings, it would help punch up this kind of bland look.

  54. Catting says:

    Feel like a non-nude colored lining would’ve been a lot prettier.

  55. Texas says:

    I think that dress is fabulous. It is really beautiful and classic.

  56. Sunshine says:

    How much does it cost?

    • notasugarhere says:

      Bespoke day dresses from McQueen cost 6,000-8,000. An evening gown like this would be much more.

  57. Mina says:

    I like the dress (something I would wear). Not loving the hair down, but overall I think she looks pretty. Not like: Wao pretty, but pretty.

    Regardless, I cannot stop looking at her back, she looks soooo skinny, that if you zoom enough the picture you can see her bones. She always has been this skinny, but a little weight on her won’t hurt.

    Also, the picture where she has her eyes wide open is not flattering at all, but I am sure it is because Kate is just not as photogenic as Meghan. I mean, she is a beautiful woman, but for some reason, Meghan has that “wao” factor that no matter the photo angle she looks gorgeous. My sister is like that, I am like Kate.

    • Joanna says:

      Yes, I wish I was photogenic like Meghan! My face is not symmetrical at all and I take the worst pictures. And so I’m self conscious about it which makes it even worse. My husband has managed to get a few good pictures cause I’m comfortable with him. I’m so jealous of people that take good pictures

  58. The Voice says:

    For someone so beautiful she really just brings it down a notch. Like she’s trying not to be too modern. The lace pattern over her boobs don’t seem well placed. Like targets. Her hair doesn’t look modern or sleek – she looks fabulous when her hair is up. Makeup is so severe and it ages her. Sigh.

  59. Senator Fan says:

    I agree with a lot of comments. The dress for me would look better with a deep red or black lining, cute updo and some pop of color with diamonds or sapphire necklace & earrings..

  60. Tiffany says:

    I don’t think that dress was suppose to have sleeves, that is why it looks off.

  61. JanetFerber says:

    This dress is the first thing I’ve ever liked on her!

  62. Joanna says:

    I think both Kate and Meghan are pretty women. But with Kate, her style always looks so old fashioned to me. From the makeup to the curls. Otoh, Meghan has a more modern style but sometimes it’s almost too severe in its clean lines. They’re at opposite ends style wise. Do most UK women style themselves like Kate? I ask that because I live in the US and idk anyone her age who does those type of curls. No one really curls the ends of their hair anymore, here in the US anyway.

  63. A says:

    I’m not a fan. I honestly don’t understand why she’s got those shoulders on a dress like this. She looks like a bad knock off of Morticia Addams cosplay for suburban football yummy mummys who missed the entire point of the show.

  64. Inamaureen says:

    That velvet band around her waist –ugh—cheapens the look. Leave it to Kate to look twee (sausage curls) and matronly (too much lace) at the same time. Stylist badly needed!

  65. WTH happened to her knuckles?

  66. Leah says:

    Honestly, she’s the only person I’ve ever seen make McQueen designs look boring.

  67. Miriam says:

    @JOANNA kate has a stylist!!Her longtime assistant/stylist went for maternity leave so she recruited some magazine editor to dress her! The new one got her to copy Meghan ‘s modern professional style of wearing pants and ditching the vintage clothes. Her choices have been so drastically different that people like myself found it odd at times to see her wear modern styles when she’s worn vintage dresses and coat dresses for so long!