Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge In Jenny Packham – State Reception

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge In Jenny Packham - State Reception

Following the Blenheim War Memorial, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attended a state reception held at Government House on Thursday evening (April 9) in Wellington, New Zealand where the Duke unveiled a portrait of the Queen.

Catherine opted for a custom LBD from her other favourite British designer: Jenny Packham.

The fitted dress with a swing skirt was accented with a glittering fern on her shoulder to represent New Zealand’s national emblem for a charming touch.

Black pumps and a black clutch completed her look, while she opted to wear her hair down this evening following a rare ponytail earlier in the day.

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  • Dhppy

    It’s okay. I like the shoulder detail… but these longer hem lengths are going to make me cry!

  • Pedro

    I really miss her fashion moments!

    She look pretty and boring.

  • Tina

    This look is officially boring. One of the most boring ones I’ve seen her ever wear.

  • amy

    I like the neckline of the dress but the length makes it look dowdy. and the black pumps aren’t helping. she can do way better (like the Prabal dress)

  • Alina

    Hair up and silver shoes.

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  • Alex

    I like the dress. Not one of my favorites from her but she is at a state reception so its appropriate. I’m pretty sure I read that the Queen requested her dresses be longer in length and that she had a say in her wardrobe. I think a lot of people forget who she is representing sometimes. If it were shorter then people would complain it was to short. She dresses to the occasion as a member of the royal family.

  • CreoleLady

    Having shoes that are comfortable and supportive is a fashion “do” when ceremonies mean lots of standing around. Much as her shoes bore me, I have to give her a pass as she could do worse. At least they are heels. On a positive note, I like the silver at the shoulder and of course her hair is her crowning glory.

    • Camille

      I agree CreoleLady. I just wish she would have chosen a comfortable pair of silver pumps, as they would have livened up so many of her outfits so far. A quality, comfortable pair of silver pumps would have been amazing with this dress and with the red coat dress and the baby blue McQueen coatdress. Of course a coordinating clutch would have been needed, but I’m super bored with the plain black pumps.

      • dee

        I agree. You can find comfortable yet stylish looking shoes. Silver would have been a better choice.

  • Chaufforest

    Boring. Can you be any more boring. I dont even look at pics from her naymore. Even the late princess Diana had more umph..

  • dee

    She looks dowdy.

  • Dolly

    Almost not worth posting about really. Same old. What I don’t get is that she has her own personal hair dresser with her at all times, yet all we ever really see is the same hair style with the rare up do. I would ask for my money back

  • d

    🙂 kiwis will love this

  • Neli

    Pretty but boring.

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  • jeremyrain

    I think being the Duchess’s stylist is the most difficult styling job out there. Obviously with the internet, Catherine is under a lot of scrutiny about how expensive/affordable her clothes are. Her style is to look approachable, demure- not glamorous like a movie star. Plus, she maybe trying to avoid the pitfall of her deceased mother-in-law where Diana’s celebrity status annoy the Royals thus lead to the tragic personal life.

    • Rebecca Z

      I agree–impossible job. Neither the countess nor the stylist can win.

      That said, there’s something off about this dress–the neckline and embellishment overemphasize her shoulders and then her slim hips just add to the effect. I would have preferred for the embellishment to be more central or a different shape for the skirt of the dress that offers some counterbalance.

      • Grace Patricia

        I think it’s difficult, not impossible to dress in a more interesting way and yet being appropriate, also trying to avoid unnecessary luxury. Her Zara necklace is an example of an “on a budget sytling” that is interesting to look at.

  • kane

    I can get on board with the dress (even despite the length), but matching it with a black clutch and black pumps is a crime.

  • Christine

    She looks ok

  • dedel

    I like the dress but that’s too long. And I would have loved a hairdo with this look.

  • Fiona-Brasil

    Perfection!Lovely dress…

  • mumu

    I think she looks really nice

    • Mandy

      Me too. And speaking as a Kiwi I love her nod to our silver fern.

  • elena

    What a boring look!!! Can she change sometimes? at least the hair style?

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