Putting the spotlight on one of Catherine’s favorite designers, Jenny Packham.
It was just over a month after their wedding when the newly titled Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived at the ARK 10th anniversary gala.Walking up the steps next to her husband, Catherine was a vision in Packham, a British designer who – up until that point – enjoy moderate success with her ready-to-wear and bridal collections.
Fans recognized the piece immediately, since it was first worn by Leighton Meester on the sixth season of Gossip Girl. Catherine paired the F/W 2011 gown with pale pink bow heels from LK Bennett, and displayed a blowout that would make angels weep.Next stop: Calgary Airport, July 7th, 2011. Buttercup yellow baby doll dress that suffered a bit of an upskirt, but THOSE LEGS.
An appearance at the Santa Barbara Racquet and Polo Club on July 9th, 2011 called for a painted dress with LK Bennett sandals.
Reception in aid of the National Memorial Arboretum Appeal at St James’s Palace on November 10, 2011 in London, England.
Angelina Jolie wore a red version to the Tree of Life premiere in May of that year.
This might be my favorite Packham number on Catherine – The official launch party for Team GB and Paralympics GB ahead of the London 2012 Games at Royal Albert Hall on May 11, 2012 in London.
Singapore Botanical Gardens Visit on day 1 of their Diamond Jubilee tour on September 11, 2012. Truthfully, not my favorite outfit ever. It almost looked dowdy/beige cardigan-y.
A visit to Hospis Malaysia on September 13, 2012 in in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
A darling bespoke outfit (with Prince George in her tummy and a Jane Taylor fascinator atop her head) in celebration to mark the 60th anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on June 4, 2013.
Bringing home Prince George on July 23rd, 2013 in a bespoke polka dot dress.
The Tusk Conservation Awards at The Royal Society on September 12, 2013 in London. I remember following What Kate Wore closely to find out who made the gown and if it was an off-the-rack number. Since this was Catherine’s first gala outing post-birth, fans were very excited about the sparkly creation, which we discovered with custom-made.
This ink blue beauty was first worn to a 100 Women in Hedge Funds dinner in aid of Action on Addiction on October 24th, 2013, just one day after Prince George was christened at St. James’s Palace.
In true Catherine fashion, the gown made another appearance, this time at The Portrait Gala 2014: Collecting To Inspire at National Portrait Gallery on February 11, 2014 in London. Catherine borrowed the stunning “Nizam of Hyberadad” necklace from the Queen, who received it as a gift in 1947.
One more time! Hand-in-hand with her prince, a pregnant Catherine left St. Andrews 600th Anniversary Dinner at Metropolitan Museum of Art on December 9, 2014 in New York City. Those earrings, amiright? Kensington Palace wouldn’t comment on them, which probably means they were a “private gift.”
Catherine won rave reviews for this bespoke dress, since it featured the New Zealand fern, the country’s nation emblem. She and Prince William unveiled a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by New Zealand artist Nick Cuthell (not pictured) at a state reception at Government House in Wellington on April 10, 2014.
After her second bout of severe morning sickness, Catherine returned to her royal duties. On October 24th, 2014, she attended the Wildlife Photographer of The Year 2014 Awards Ceremony in London, once again wearing those darling bow heels from LK Bennett.
Bringing home Princess Charlotte on May 2nd, 2015.
A Bespoke gown for the Chinese state banquet at Buckingham Palace on October 20th, 2015. Designer Elizabeth Emanuel told People Magazine that Catherine aptly chose red for the occasion. “Red is very important as a statement in itself as it matches the color of the Chinese flag and it means good fortune,” Emanuel explained.
Catherine will next wear something formal to the October 26th red carpet premiere of Spectre.
Which one of these Jenny Packham looks is your favorite?
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