Kate Middleton in an Alexander McQueen Black Velvet Gown

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Kate Middleton, formally Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge was one in honoring the men and women serving in the British armed forces at The Sun Military Awards which took place last Monday night.

Flanked by husband William, the Duke of Cambridge on her right, and Prince Harry on her left, the Duchess was a vision in velvet as she arrived at the Imperial War Museum in London, England. Check out this video of them arriving to the event:



Kate Middleton is just absolutely stunning in her Alexander McQueen gown. It may be in a simple strapless silhouette and a plain black color, but I’m sure she was turning heads and catching eyes the whole night. The dress just fits perfectly on her, and the skirt gracefully moves like liquid with her every step. It also helps that Kate takes advantage of some of the benefits that comes with being a Duchess, such as having access to some really sparkly (and really expensive) jewels, and being able to use them to accessorize her already beautiful velvet gown.

Velvet was already big trend in the fall/winter of last year, but it didn’t quite catch on as much as designers hoped it would. Do you think Kate Middleton in this Alexander McQueen gown would be the one to set things off for velvet? Now that’ll be a test for Kate Middleton’s trendsetting influence!

Velvet is and has always been a beautiful fabric, but it looks its best when used on long, flowy and draped silhouettes. Velvet’s shininess really brings out every drape, fold and pleat of a dress. It also falls dramatically against the body without being clingy or restricting.

Just check out how velvet enhances the draped folds on this Rick Owens dress. It’s in an avant garde style but it still has that regal feel to it because of the velvet:

Rick Owens velvet long drape dress, $1,173.00 (Sold Out)

This dress from Vionnet also shows the drama that velvet can bring. Paneled with crepe fabric and combined with white button cuffs, this velvet dress has a modern princess-y feel to it:

Vionnet crepe and velvet long dress, $5,190.00 (was $6,490.00)

Finally, this Badgley Mischka gown keeps things simple and lets the velvet do all the work. This is the kind of dress that you have to see worn by someone so you can really appreciate how that flowy velvet skirt moves:

Badgley Mischka black velvet gown, $599.99 (was $1,195.00)

Now, will Kate Middleton start another velvet trend? Given her record for being able to sell out things as soon as she seen is seen wearing them, the answer would most probably be “very likely”.

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