Last night Kensington Palace was transformed into a magical grotto for the night, for the Winter Whites Gala. The Duchess of Cambridge might have been a no-show, but her hubby Prince William made up for the Kate Middleton shaped hole by taking to the stage with Taylor Swift. Yep, that happened. Livia Firth attended the ball with Colin Firth, and has given us the low down on her night at the palace.
Livia wore an exquisite white 50s-inspired princess gown by Henrietta Ludgate, with a full skirt, fitted bodice and square neckline. The gown was made to the Green Carpet Challenge specs as the designer used up-cycle duchess silk sourced from a local shop in London. Livia reveals 'I chose Henrietta Ludgate as she is always the designer I turn to for "Royal" engagements. I wore her gown for the Obama State dinner with the Queen in London and another one for the opening of the Wool Exhibition with Prince Charles.' She added: 'What I love about Henrietta is the fact that her style is very classic but always with a twist, always with a modern touch. If you want to look like a modern version of Grace Kelly this is where you basically go!'
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As for the accessories Livia wore epic Grace Kelly-esque jewels, with a stonking diamond necklace by Chopard, which is also from the Green Carpet collection as it is made from fairmined gold and responsibly sourced diamonds. She topped off the outfit with a pair of vintage sparkly Jimmy Choos, with a spindly silver stiletto, and a white Roger Vivier GCC clutch made from 100% Italian satin, covered with 1950s French vintage sequins.
Luckily for us Livia had a fully charged phone tucked in her clutch bag, as she snapped lots of pictures of the table settings and the stonking centrepieces. She posted a snap of the most beautiful dessert we've ever seen - this isn't just a chocolate cake, it's a Kensington Palace chocolate cake. Livia said about her evening: 'The event was stunning - the look inspired by Doctor Zivago was so beautiful and magical and the performances truly wonderful. My favourite bit was the street dance performance by the Centre Point kids. They were awesome!'
See more from inside the Winter Whites Gala in aid of the Centrepoint charity in the gallery below...