The Cambridges are going out in style on their last night in Australia, as rather than spending the evening packing, they attended the most formal event on their three-week schedule. A black tie invitation usually means yards of Jenny Packham chiffon for the Duchess of Cambridge, but she opted for a white cocktail dress by Texas-born designer Lela Rose. No Alexander McQueen? No Jenny Packham? No nude courts?
Kate is a creature of habit, usually sticking to a small list of tried and tested designers, however this is the first time she has worn a Lela Rose creation. It's surprising that she chose an American label for her last stop in Austalia, as this literal dresser has been sticking to Australian and British labels for the past three weeks.
The fitted ivory knee-length dress features cicle lace detailing on the sleeves and peplum waist. Copy Kates before you go on a furious google search, this was available at Nordstrom for £869, but has already sold out. As for the accessories, Kate opted for a black box clutch and black court shoes. While her bouncy curls were pulled back in a formal style, pinned into a low chingon.
So who is Lela Rose? The designer grew up in Dallas, Texas, and studied fashion at Parsons School of Design in New York. She launched her own collection in 1998, which is 'built on a design philosophy of creating hand-finished clothes that exude a casual luxury and refinement.' The dresses are super girly and whimsical, with floral prints, lace details and full skirts. We imagine her google search will soar thanks to K Middy, but this isn't her first moment in the spotlight. Her designs were worn by Jenna and Barbara Bush at their father's presidential inauguration.
Wills and Kate were the guests of honour at the reception, attended by 100 guests, held at Government House in Yarralumla. They had a busy schedule on their final day in Canberra, Australia, as they planted a tree (they are pros at this by now) at the National Arboretum and then William addressed Parliament House. For her daytime duties, Kate wore a custom green coat dress by Catherine Walker.