On September 12, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will make their first official engagement since the birth of their son, Prince George of Cambridge. The royal couple will be attending the Tusk Trust Conservation Awards, a project that is very close to Prince William’s heart.
Kate’s first official engagement since George’s arrival is extra exciting since it is a formal event. We can look forward to a spectacular ballgown and a glitzy event to bring attention to such a fantastic cause. With Kate’s slender frame returning to its pre-baby shape, we are looking forward to a drop-dead gorgeous look to put the other Yummy Mummy’s to shame. Here, we share our favorite gown predictions for the Tusk Trust Conservation Awards:
On Kate’s last event for the Tusk Trust, she wore a gorgeous Matthew Williamson frock with a beaded neckline. The stones in the neckline were beautifully reminiscent of the African culture, an obvious nod to the cause. We love (seriously, love. If someone wants to deliver this to WWKD HQ in a size UK8, we would be really happy) this gorgeous gown from Matthew Williamson’s A/W 2013 collection. The “Reflective Forrest Chiffon Embellished Halter Gown” would be an excellent choice for Kate. The geometric pattern is reminiscent of her Prabal Gurung dress from the Southeast Asia tour, while the extraordinary embellishments on the neckline pay homage to the African culture. The cut of the dress would flatter Kate’s slender figure and show off her perfectly toned shoulders.
Kate loves Temperley London, even wearing the gorgeous Amoret gown twice (first to the War Horse premiere, and then again to a dinner at St. Andrew’s University). For this event we would choose the Temperley Goldina dress in a striking shade of emerald, which would truly pop against Kate’s tanned skin. The bold color is fitting for such a bold cause, reminding us of the African rain forests and plush, leafy terrain. The gold embellishments on the bodice evoke the ethnic bead work associated with African craftsmen. The sheath cut is a favorite of Kate’s in cocktail dresses and would suit her just as well in a full-length gown, while the pleats at the waist would flatter a “mummy tummy.”
The Duchess of Cambridge is a faithful fan of Sarah Burton’s work for Alexander McQueen, most recently wearing a pink McQueen coat to the Trooping the Colour in June and most memorably her McQueen wedding gown. Alexander McQueen’s latest line is bold, structural and beautiful, with emphasis on the cut and lines of the dress. This red gown from McQueen’s A/W 2013 collection is a perfect example of art and fashion colliding. The cut of the dress is clean and simply, while the bodice is structural and detailed. The pleating looks like the opening of an exotic flower, while the orange-red shade nearly matches the beautiful African sunsets. The Tusk Trust logo uses bold red and black, which would make this ensemble appropriate for this event.
One of Kate’s favorite and most trusted designers, Jenny Packham is the most-likely choice for this event. Packham designed the adorable blue polka-dot dress that Kate debuted along with Prince George, along with numerous cocktail and formal dresses in the past. Packham’s styles and cuts flatter Kate’s frame and her simple and sweet designs fit with Kate’s personal style. This dress from the A/W 2013 collection would be a perfect choice. The flattering pleating at the midsection would hide any last traces of Prince George’s former home, while the clean lines and straight skirt would still show Kate’s slim frame. The Duchess favors covered shoulders, which makes the cap sleeves of this gown even more fitting, and the intricate leaf embellishments on the sleeves would be a perfect nod to the African bush that Kate and William love so much.
We will have to wait with baited breath to see what Kate chooses. Until then, what do you think?