Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge recently went solo for the first time as a royal. Stepping in for Prince Charles, who was unexpectedly called away, Catherine hosted a private charity dinner at Clarence House.
The Duchess is stunning sporting an older design by Amanda Wakeley. The floor-length Empire waist gown accentuates Catherine’s long and lean stature. Just a bit of sparkle on the shoulder straps keeps the look elegant yet quiet. I like the flared hemline, which is feminine and also gives body to the gown.
The only hitch to my mind is the hair. It is too long and has no style. A simple updo with a few wisps around the face would give Catherine the sophisticated look she needs now that she’s a duchess.
A royal favorite, Amanda Wakeley launched her label in 1990 and soon became known to many a Hollywood celebrity as well as the late Princess Diana. In 2010, Wakeley won an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for her services to the fashion industry. Her signature look is understated chic, which explains why Catherine is one of her clients.