The Royal Variety Performance has seen Kate Middleton rub shoulders with One Direction wearing black Diane von Furstenberg lace, meet the cast of Mary Poppins in embroidered Alexander McQueen, and elevate the level of glitz and glamour at the charity fundraiser in emerald Jenny Packham sequins. It is not an easy gig to dress for. But tonight, Kate ticked all the boxes once again in a caped Safiyaa gown befitting a sub-zero night in the spotlight.
Toeing the line between red-carpet wear and royal regalia, Kate’s evening look epitomized her appeal as a modern-day Princess. Since assuming her new title in 2022, she has cut back on any albeit subtle frou-frou and zeroed in on tailoring. This precisely-cut teal dress by a London label is an evolved version of a Kate signature, but spells out a quiet kind of confidence. It is aeons away from the woman who wore a Cinderella-blue Jenny Packham gown with a crystal overlay to the 2017 Royal Variety Show, for example.