Kate Middleton has stood in for the Queen to present a prestigious award at an event celebrating British fashion design. The Duchess of Cambridge looked sleeker than ever in the British-designed belted green dress as she joined fashion’s best.
The Duchess of Cambridge attended the event on May 4 at the Design Museum in Kensington, organized by the British Fashion Council. As Kate shone in the elegant green dress, she presented the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design to up-and-coming designer Saul Nash, where she was also treated to an ‘immersive’ show from her dancing models. reports the Mirror.
As she took center stage to present the award, Kate dazzled fashionistas in Canadian-born London-based designer Edeline Lee’s shimmering green £785 dress, paired with gold hoop earrings and rhinestones. poker straight hair. Among the guests, Kate towered over many models as she met Vogue’s powerful European editorial director, Edward Enninful, as well as rising stars in the fashion industry.
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Now in its fifth year, the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design recognized the cultural and commercial role that the British design and fashion industry played throughout Her Majesty’s reign. The inaugural award was announced and presented to Richard Quinn in February 2018 when the Queen made her first visit to London Fashion Week.
The Duchess visited the Design Museum, a stone’s throw from Kensington Palace, meeting each of the British Fashion Council’s 23 NEWGEN finalists. Among them was Chet Lo, 25, whose knitted spiked jacket caught Kate’s eye – and she couldn’t resist reaching out to touch it.
He then said, “I told him that I was born in Hong Kong and I was inspired by the durian fruit there. I like to be inspired by my heritage.
“She was so incredibly sweet and generous with her time with all the designers.
“She’s an incredibly graceful woman. I actually worked for the brand she wears, so as soon as she walked in I thought ‘I recognize that!’ “
The Duchess also spoke to Steven Stokey-Daley, 25, who owns a booming menswear brand, SS Daley, inspired by the history of Britain’s aristocracy.
He said: “My designs are inspired by British heritage, the aristocracy of the past, so kind to their world. I’m a working class boy from Liverpool so I’m not from the same background, but it makes me fascinates.
“She was just lovely and really wanted to talk to me about sustainability and those aspects of the design process.”
Conner Ives, 26, from New York, told the Duchess how he had dreamed of studying fashion in London since he was 12. He has since graduated from the prestigious Central Saint Martin’s and has just organized his first fashion show.
“I told him London was such a hub of creativity that there was no one else I wanted to be.
“Since I’ve been here I’ve been so nurtured and encouraged, it’s an experience I wouldn’t have had anywhere else in the world.
“I’ll never forget the day she got married – it was the same day as my parents. She had to grow and develop in such light and she always stayed true to herself.”
Kate asked the first design award winner, Richard Quinn, “How has your business evolved since then?”
“Oh great, just amazing,” he told her.
“Has price made a difference to your brand? ” she answered.
“Oh yes, absolutely,” he added.
Vogue’s Edward Enninfulm recently collaborated with the Duchess of Sussex when she edited the fashion bible in 2019. Speaking about his conversation with Kate: “We were talking about how fashion is really democratic, it feels very foreign, but in fact, she gives so many different people from so many different backgrounds a chance.
“The craftsmanship… and being really proud of what’s going on in Britain. She was saying Britain is so important and leading the way in the world.
“Saul Nash is a shining example of that. He’s so young and inclusive, really caring about nurturing other young talent. He has such a diverse studio.
“He really is a shining example of what we want this country to be. We’ve been through the lockdown, which has been tough, but I think we’ve come out of a friendlier industry.
“No matter what’s going on in the world, London is the place for creativity. If you’re a young designer, you need to be in London. It’s where you’re nurtured.”
He said of the Duchess and her evolving sense of style: “I feel like she was able to grow up with so much grace. Her style inspires a lot of people, they identify with her, but without losing what’s important to her.”
Asked about reports that the Duchess of Cornwall was set to become Vogue’s latest royal cover, he laughed mischievously and said: “That’s what they say, but I can’t say much My phone is ringing but I can’t say anything You know I can’t comment!
“It’s just wonderful to be able to come back and celebrate British creativity.”
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