Kate made her third wardrobe modification of the day for tonight’s innovative industries reception. She utilized the chance to wear one more sartorial choice recognizing her host country. The Duchess wore a gown by Markus Lupfer, a German-born, London-based designer.

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The event was at the historic Clärchens Ballhaus.

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The Ballhaus is the last staying old-time ballroom/dance hall in Germany. The complying with is from a 2013 Der Spiegel story:

Clärchens Ballhaus has seen unlawful dueling, Nazi dancing bans, wartime damage as well as communist black-marketeering. Fans celebrating its 100th anniversary this week state it retains a timeless charm that makes it an enduring icon of Berlin nightlife.

The Ballhaus now serves food in its beer garden and is utilized for concerts, parties, dance lessons as well as numerous other activities.

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More about tonight’s reception from The everyday Mail:

Tonight’s event in the German funding offers a possibility for Kate as well as William to satisfy faces from the world of art, culture, style, fashion as well as innovation before they back to the UK tomorrow afternoon

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One of those well-known faces: Game Of Thrones star Thomas Wlaschiha.

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The scene inside the Ballhaus.

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Kate as well as William on their method to the ballroom.

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Kate wore a gown from the Markus Lupfer pre-fall collection.

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The designer calls it the Teal Bird Pleated Arabella Dress; the sleeveless style features a wild sparrow print. It hit just below the shin, so it is beyond midi length, possibly best referred to as “almost maxi length.” The bodice isn’t what I would call blouson style, however it was leaning in that direction.

The material is much more fascinating than readily seen, right here is a look at the bodice for Kate’s dress, as well as a blouse in one more colorway. Additionally, if you look at the waist on Kate’s dress, you can see (barely) what I believe are raw edges of the material.

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This evening the Markus Lupfer Facebook page says:

“Fit for a princess: Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge wows in our Wild Sparrow gown at a reception tonight in Berlin.

This style has already sold out, however find much more of the Wild Sparrow story from our Pre-Fall ’17 Collection online now

I believe the business may have known Kate might wear the gown this evening; it is featured on the label’s house page.

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Many thanks to HeavenQRF on Twitter for one more fab ID, she truly is a whiz!

Thoughts about the gown election from Bethan Holt’s Telegraph column:

What to wear for an evening in the midst of some of Berlin’s most eccentric as well as innovative inhabitants, at a venue renowned as a hipster playground?

It’s not a dressing conundrum which numerous royals face, however tonight the Duchess of Cambridge stepped up to the challenge. In the end, she swerved the possibility to wear something from one of Berlin’s neighborhood of avant-garde young fashion designers, opting instead for a chic yet richly decorative gown by Markus Lupfer, a German-born, London-based designer who is best known for his quirkily colourful knitwear.


More about the designer from the company’s web site:

Lupfer is renowned for his humorously subversive knitwear as well as inspired method to jersey daywear as well as tailoring. His innovative as well as commonly surreal utilize of print, embroidery as well as graphic embellishment, continues to make him a devoted star following.

Madonna, Beyonce, Rhianna, Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, Cara Delevigne, Olivia Palermo, Anna Kendrick as well as Nina Dobrev are listed as fans of the designer. Pippa Middleton likewise wears the label.

Kate’s most fascinating accessory tonight: the 3-strand pearl bracelet worn on her left wrist.

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I received a number of messages as well as emails about it as well as its similarity to a bracelet worn by Diana, Princess of Wales. On this topic, I defer to royal jewelry professional Order of Splendor whose thoughts can be seen in this tweet about the bracelet.

Diana wore the bracelet in 1989 with the iconic Catherine Walker strapless gown as well as bolero jacket that she called her “Elvis dress.” (More about the gown here.)

There was somebelieved that this is a bracelet Kate wore to the Order of Garter in 2008.


Here is a better look at the bracelet.


Order of Splendor notes the spacer bar on the 2008 bracelet is different from that on Diana’s bracelet. So it appears that Kate wore a vintage piece of Princess Diana’s for this evening’s reception in Berlin.

The Duchess brought back her Soru Baroque Pearl earrings (£130).

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We saw a new clutch that is not yet identified. Kate’s handbag appears to be a style by Anne Grand-Clément.


The bags are handmade in India; we discover much more about the process from the designer:

Each one of my pouches reflects the amazing labour of one embroiderer whose singular skill has been passed down for generations. Using a conventional Beauvais stitch, the embroiderer is seated bending over the loom as if in meditation. Up to 30 hours is needed to complete one pouch.

It looks like Kate’s belt (seen in pictures above) may be by Jenny Packham, with thanks to Michelle of Perth’s fashion when once again for her detective work on this item. Her tweet (below) shows a number of examples of the style.

Kate wore the Prada Scalloped Suede Sandals seen last night, a suede style in a color called ‘quartz’ or ‘quarzo.’ This color is sold out, however they are still offered in black in extremely restricted sizes at Net-a-Porter. NOTE: The preliminary picture showed the wrong style Prada sandal; *thank you* to those who let me understand so I might appropriate the picture.

Tonight’s other hot fashion topic: the shoes worn by the gentleman acting as host to William as well as Kate.

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On the Facebook page, Beth F suggests they are by Merluti; I believe she may be right!

If you missed our earlier publish about the Heidelberg as well as River Neckar engagements, click here to get caught up on those outfits.

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We have a sidebar addition of specific rate of interest in light of our discussion about Princess Diana as well as one of her jewelry pieces. Jewelry designer Kenneth Jay Lane died today; we have much more from Vogue:

Lane designed his namesake jewelry line for much more than 50 years as well as was a firm believer that glamour ought to be an attainable, daily luxury.

He never ventured into fine jewelry, however that didn’t stop socialites as well as celebrities from choosing his pieces over the genuine thing—Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, and Princess Diana were often photographed in Lane’s designs.

Kate has worn Kenneth Jay Lane

Kate has likewise worn Kenneth Jay Lane, the Silvertone Crystal Earrings. 

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We’ll see you tomorrow for the final day of the tour.

Friday, July 21:

The final day of the trip begins in Hamburg, Germany’s second-largest city, with a see to the city’s Maritime Museum. The Duke as well as Duchess celebrate the UK-German Year of Science; an effort focused on the world’s oceans.

The couple’s next engagement is at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, one of the largest show halls in the world.  Kate as well as William will hear a special performance for children by the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra.

The final official stop of the trip is the Airbus Hamburg Campus, where the Duke as well as Duchess will satisfy German as well as English apprentices as well as see the final assembly of an A320 aircraft.

The trip concludes here, as the group departs directly from Airbus as well as returns to London.



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