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Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge In Jenny Packham – The National Memorial Arboretum Appeal Dinner

The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge hosted a charity dinner at St James’s Palace in London tonight, in aid of the National Memorial Arboretum Appeal.

Catherine wore a Jenny Packham gown.

Her Grecian-style silver chiffon satin gown with a draped shoulder was accented at the waist with a matching ribbon.

A bright red poppy, silver jewels, and matching silver peep-toes accessorized her look as she dazzled her guest with sweeping hairstyle and a nude lip colour.

Credit: Getty

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51 Responses to Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge In Jenny Packham – The National Memorial Arboretum Appeal Dinner

  1. Ella November 11, 2011 at 03:10 #

    You didn’t tell us what YOU think, FC 😉

    • Fashion Critic November 11, 2011 at 03:12 #

      It’s nice enough, but I think you already I just can’t really get excited about her.

  2. Ella November 11, 2011 at 03:18 #

    What would it take for you to get excited about her? Or has she had her opportunity and blown it?

    • Fashion Critic November 11, 2011 at 03:23 #

      A real interest in fashion would be a start.

      If it’s not navy, it this grey stone colour, with a flash of red now and again.

      I like fashion big and bold and the only day she did that was on her wedding day.

      Just not my cup to tea.

      • molly November 11, 2011 at 04:55 #

        I totally agree with you on that, FC.
        People are always defending her boring clothes with comments like, “Well, shes just not interested in fashion”, but lets not forget that she claimed to have worked in fashion, so now Kate really has no excuse.

        • Fashion Critic November 11, 2011 at 07:13 #

          Great point

        • Mary Gatto November 11, 2011 at 16:07 #

          I have a question for you, FC (and everyone else from UK, really).
          I’m from Brazil and don’t fully undestand the issues with royalty. I find her style a tad too boring for my taste. Always too safe. But, on the other hand, maybe she’s just adjusting her style to be demured, ‘cos she’s a royal now and has to be more discret, somehow. I have no idea of how she used to dress, before she became engaged to Prince William…
          It’s not that I dislike her entirely, but I wish she could turn up the volume, you know? Except on the makeup, ‘cos my goodnes! It’s always to much, to tacky! Easy on the blush, woman!

          • Fashion Critic November 11, 2011 at 17:05 #

            Yes, turning up the volume would be very welcome, but like you said she may just be easing herself into her new role first

      • Lisa Villeneuve November 11, 2011 at 06:58 #

        I agree with you FC. x

  3. TeaAtTwo November 11, 2011 at 03:20 #

    Gosh, someone make Elie saab a UK citizen and give Catherine his number.

    • Rebecca Z November 11, 2011 at 03:59 #

      Love this! Pretty enough, but boring.

    • Vidhya November 11, 2011 at 04:14 #

      ROFL at this comment.. awesome idea!!!!

    • molly November 11, 2011 at 04:56 #

      Nah…its a good idea, but she wouldnt do his clothes justice.

  4. Raquel November 11, 2011 at 03:51 #

    But FC, she cannot be that edgy and fashion-forward. She is in the Firm now and it’s not her job to be big and and bold. I agree though, that there is room for some much needed improvement.

    This said, I like the dress, and I like that she wore a poppy too.

    • Fashion Critic November 11, 2011 at 07:20 #

      It not about being fashion forward nor edgy.

      Beatrice isn’t fashion forward, she just wears more than 3 colours and variety of styles. None of them military

      • Rosalie November 11, 2011 at 08:37 #

        Refer to her late mother in law for fashion forward done royally. I cant believe some people were comparing her to Princess Di.
        She has very big shoes to fill and so far she’s failed on a MASSIVE scale

        • Fashion Critic November 11, 2011 at 11:46 #

          Agree with everything you said

        • Gigi November 11, 2011 at 16:59 #

          But boy oh boy, has she mastered the “art of the ring”… she knows how to hold her hands and even walk so it will always be prominently displayed!

      • Raquel November 11, 2011 at 14:18 #

        Point taken. :)

  5. Emmeline November 11, 2011 at 03:54 #

    This is doing terrible things to her shoulders, she looks like a linebacker. And because it can’t be said enough, her makeup/tanning makes her look a good 10-15 years older than she actually is.

    • maria November 11, 2011 at 16:07 #

      i agree about the shoulders.

    • Elaine2 November 12, 2011 at 01:23 #

      totally agree on all points. This dress is not doing her any favors.

  6. Anna November 11, 2011 at 04:03 #

    I wish she had worn her hair up. A grecian-style updo would have complimented this look perfectly.

    • D November 11, 2011 at 09:59 #


  7. Ade November 11, 2011 at 04:23 #

    I see that the eye pencil is still her bestie. She must really think that makeup goes with everything.

    • Fashion Critic November 11, 2011 at 13:58 #

      thanks so much x

  8. molly November 11, 2011 at 04:52 #

    This is a stunning gown, and its definitely the best I have seen from her, but did she run out of time to finish her hair? This is stunning, but her hair looks ridiculous. Its time for her to change it up. The honeymoon phase is starting to fade in terms of her style and a lot of people are becoming bored with her taste. I would love to be blown away just once.

    • Elaine2 November 12, 2011 at 01:25 #

      LOL………she’s probably trying to hide those extensions that St. James Palace PR clowns refuted last week. :-)

  9. Lee November 11, 2011 at 07:05 #

    She looks emaciated!

    • Iris November 11, 2011 at 07:12 #


  10. Rosie November 11, 2011 at 07:07 #

    those hands on the stomach have me on a tentative baby-bump watch

  11. Jess2 November 11, 2011 at 08:44 #

    Jenny Packham makes some beautiful gowns as we have seen recently but while this is lovely it is just a bit boring. The previous Jenny Packham gown worn by the Duchess was so beautiful in comparison.

  12. cheryl November 11, 2011 at 09:23 #

    gawd her makeup makes her face looks ashy.

  13. D November 11, 2011 at 09:58 #

    i love this look :) but i never liked her make up :(:(:(:((( who does her make up for her?

    • Mary Gatto November 11, 2011 at 19:35 #

      D, I believe she does it herself. I can’t remember where I read it, but around her wedding date, everyone was talking about it, and that she’d do her own makeup for the wedding too…

  14. Camellia November 11, 2011 at 10:01 #

    Don’t like the dress. It looks like the dress is a few sizes too big; all the fabric swamps Catherine’s slight frame. I like her hair pulled back, shame it’s only on one side.

  15. A November 11, 2011 at 12:17 #

    The dress looks amazing but it does not suit her it looks like its not her size, although she has a small waist, but no hips, it makes her look like a grey pencil….

  16. Lee Ann November 11, 2011 at 12:17 #

    She looks like a truch driver in drag

  17. Alina November 11, 2011 at 13:23 #

    BORING !

  18. Raquel November 11, 2011 at 13:25 #

    I love this. It´s a good change for her. Even it could be a BDOTW contender, but this week has been so fantastic!

  19. Jackie November 11, 2011 at 13:31 #

    Really wish she would start wearing Stelle McCartney .. why hasn’t she?

  20. Maz November 11, 2011 at 13:47 #

    Apart from her wedding day the only time she has looked truly stunning is the blush jenny packham from her first post wedding outing…since then its all been pretty safe but thats her style. Staying positive, I look foward to being wowed by her again…I suppose there’s something interesting about waiting for that moment…versus someone who always looking amazing!

  21. asha November 11, 2011 at 13:52 #

    isnt this the same dress Anjelina Jolie wore but in red earlier this year to the Tree of Life premiere?

  22. Tamia November 11, 2011 at 16:12 #

    FC, I noticed that you are one of the only media outlets who call her Catherine,Duchess of Cambridge where as whereas everyone else (#cough# daily mail) still calls her Kate Middleton…it shows her classy you are FC.

    • Fashion Critic November 11, 2011 at 17:04 #

      Thank you.

      I’m surprised so many people still refer to her as Kate Middleton.

      • Rosalie November 12, 2011 at 01:54 #

        courtney love is classy compared to the daily mail

  23. dee November 11, 2011 at 16:39 #

    She has never impressed fashion-wise and that even includes wedding gown. She looks nice but nothing that wows me.

  24. moja31 November 11, 2011 at 17:45 #

    she’s swimming in it, and it’s begging her to pull her hair back. another snoozer for me.

  25. pandora box November 12, 2011 at 06:24 #

    She’s getting way too thin now. A few extra pounds will definitely make her look more beautiful.

  26. thebeautyphilosopher November 13, 2011 at 11:13 #

    This is a winning look – for me the sultry summer-esque makeup elevates the entire look. She looks natural, sexy and confident.

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