The Duchess Attends a Black Tie Autumn Gala for Action on Addition


At her third official engagement in three days, the Duchess of Cambridge, who is patron of the charity Action on Addiction, stepped onto the bright pink carpet to attend the charity’s Autumn Gala Evening dinner and reception at L’Anima Restaurant in  London’s financial district.


Kate has been patron of Action on Addiction since January 2012 after deciding that addiction in all its forms was one of the biggest evils facing society.

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Daily Mail/AP

During a pre-dinner reception the Duchess met charity supporters and heard a speech by Action on Addiction Chairman John Lloyd, followed by a performance by comedian and impressionist Rory Bremner.

Daily Mail/PA

On her previous two engagements, she left before the meal but she stayed for dinner at the award-winning restaurant.

Daily Mail/Max Mumby

Kate arrived at the black tie event in a knee-length black dress with sheer, crochet detail panels by favorite designer, Temperley London (pre-fall collection).

Temperley London/WKW
Splash News/Temperley London/WKW

The eye-catching £595 Temperley’s ‘Emblem Flare’ frock featured a chevron-style pattern with flesh-colored fabric underneath, a slightly pleated skirt with a scooped back and long sleeves. The dress sold out online in mere hours.

Additional Details:
‘This long-sleeved dress is inspired by stained glass ironwork and woven from a lightweight cotton-blend yarn.
Delicate panels expose the nude slip, adding an edge to this feminine piece.
The design is finished with a slashed neckline and a scoop back.
Simply slips on.
Fabric composition: 58% cotton, 42% rayon, 29% elastane; lining: 100% rayon’
Jimmy Choo

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Completing her outfit, the Duchess wore her black suede Jimmy Choo Cosmic Platform Pumps ($695), a black belt with a bow and a sparkly sequin purse (not yet ID’ed).
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Keeping her jewelry to a minimum, Kate wore her still UFO, diamond deco-style drop earrings.
Metro/AP/Tim Ireland
Photo collage found on FB page of ‘Lulu, Catherine, William & all things Royal’
Photo from FB page of ‘Lulu, Catherine, William & all things Royal’
Photo from FB page of ‘Lulu, Catherine, William & all things Royal’
Update 10/30/2014
Photo collage from ‘Lulu, Catherine, William & all things Royal’ on FB
There is a fair amount of discussion about the black bow belt that Kate wore for this engagement. It seems the be the original belt that was sold with the Temperley London ‘Amoret’ gown that the Duchess wore at the War Horse movie premiere.
Photo collage from WKW on FB
At the premiere, Kate substituted a bespoke velvet belt for the original and wore the original belt at this engagement.


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