UPDATE: When Grazia's Paula Reed met Roland Mouret this morning, the French designer had just arrived in London after spending a lavish Monday night at the Met Ball in New York. As well as being beyond thrilled that Kate Middleton had chosen to wear one of his creations last night, the designer was utterly surprised! Yep, Monsieur Mouret didn't have a clue that the DoC would be stepping out in his elegant frock at a swanky event in London last night – in fact, he had no idea that she even owned the dress, suggesting that the thrifty Duchess bought the AW09 number herself.
Roland has spent the last few days wrapped up in Met Ball madness, ensuring that gorgeous model Doutzen Kroes was kitted out in a red-carpet-worthy frock for the event — and we imagine that the frenzy is only set to get frenz-ier. So how did he feel to see Princess Catherine championing his design? 'I am absolutely delighted that The Duchess of Cambridge chose to wear my Lombard gown to the Thirty Club annual dinner,' he exclusively told us. 'The Duchess has an elegance and timeless beauty that is a breath of fresh air, it is an honour to be part of her journey.' And we image that 'Kate Effect' will keep him pretty chuffed too…
Kate Middleton loves her Jimmy Choo Vamps
08/05/2012: After a day of Met Ball marvels, we thought we were all gowned out for one day then Kate Middleton hit the red carpet and, well, WOW. There’s no way we could let this beauty slip through our fashion net.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived at Claridge's Hotel this evening for a black tie dinner where a be-suited Prince William gave a speech to the prestigious Thirty Club. Kate looked ruddy wonderful decked out in a floor-length creamy white gown by Roland Mouret with long sleeves and a thigh-high slit to showcase one very slender leg.
And you MUST have a scroll through the gallery above to see her twinkling Princess-worthy platform sandals! Oh yes, fash fans, the nude court shoes are gone and in their place are the same pair of Jimmy Choo Vamp heels (costing £450) that Kate wore to the BAFTA Brits To Watch shindig last summer. Hmm, did Nicholas Kirkwood’s words hit home we wonder? Teamed with a matching metallic clutch and glistening drop earrings, the result is far blingier than we’ve seen from 30-year-old Kate in quite some time. But rather than going J-Lo flashy, K-Middy wisely kept the rest of her look minimal and sophisticated in a Gwyneth-Paltrow-at-the-Oscars stylee with those enviably glossy brunette locks flowing free.
Amber Valetta and Carla Bruni in RM by Roland Mouret
Kate fans were quick to identify this sleek sheath dress as Monsieur Mouret’s Lombarde creation (named after actress Carole Lombard) from the designer's Autumn Winter 2009 collection. Statuesque stars including Amber Valetta and Carla Bruni have previously worn the frock – the now ex-French First Lady chose the chic creation in a jade green tone for a state dinner at the Elysee Palace in March 2010.
And this isn’t the first time our Middleton has chosen to wear a touch of the Mouret either. She wore the London-based designer’s navy Manon dress for the royal trip to Canada in June last year.
So is Kate's gown worthy of a princess? That's for you to decide. In the meantime, don't forget to have a gander at Grazia's Kate Middleton Look Book.