Contrary to the brand’s reputation of clothing that is heavily embellished, over-the-top and covered in logos, Kate Middleton is giving Gucci a chance. The Duchess of Cambridge is known for having a very polished wardrobe, ripe with conservative hemlines, nary a glimpse of cleavage and rarely something that could be considered trendy. Luckily, she was able to find the perfect Gucci frock that fit all of the aforementioned criteria, for a visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
The dress, which retails for a cool $2,980, is already sold out on Net-A-Porter, but features a black and white tweed, accented by red and navy grosgrain ribbon trim. The dress’ pearl buttons are embellished with the brand’s signature interlocking G’s, so naturally the Duchess matched them with a pair of pearl drop earrings by Kiki McDonough. She finished off the whole look with a pair of her go-to L.K. Bennett heels in black and a red clutch that perfectly matched the red ribbon of her dress. Quite frankly, this might be the most polished Gucci look of 2017.
Considering Middleton does have a degree in art history from the University of St Andrews, a professional visit to the museum must have been a delight for the royal. She was on hand to open the V&A Exhibition Road Quarter, an event that was even commemorated with a plaque, date and all. Middleton’s royal visit also marked the beginning of REVEAL, the festival that celebrates the V&A’s history, modernity and embrace of technology—it’s a free event that is open to the public. Middleton also partook in other royal duties, such as accepting flowers from adorable little girls (a.k.a. aspiring princesses) and meeting with executives from the museum.
Though she’s an unlikely poster girl for Gucci, we have to say, Middleton does wear the brand well.