The Duchess was in attendance in her role as patron of 100 Women in Hedge Funds' Philanthropic Initiatives. Prince William became patron of 100 Women in Hedge Funds’ Philanthropic Initiatives in 2009 and, in 2012, Kate and Harry joined William to become patrons for an additional three years.
100 Women in Hedge Funds is committed to focusing its UK philanthropic endeavours on three specially chosen charities, one for each year of the partnership. The charities, Action on Addiction in 2013, WellChild in 2014, and The Art Room in 2015, are part of the Charities Forum of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. All charities are ones close to the royals' hearts.
100 Women in Hedge Funds is a leading non-profit organisation for professionals in the alternative investments industry. 100WHF's board of directors selects a charitable organization for its philanthropic initiative on a rotating basis from women's and family health, mentoring and education programmes.
As many of you know, The Art Room was one of Kate's first chosen patronages back in 2012. The national charity offers art therapy to children experiencing emotional and behavioural difficulties, in order to increase their self-esteem, self-confidence and independence. If you wish to donate or find out more please click here.
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Kate attended a reception and chatted with a selection of guests.
The Duchess presented the 100WHF 2015 European Industry Leadership Award before dinner.
Kate posed for a photo with the board of 100WHF.
It is the third time the Duchess has attended the event and it's always interesting to see her sartorial selections for the night. In 2011, Kate wore the Beulah London 'Sarai' dress.
In 2013, Kate wore her off-the-shoulder silk tulle Jenny Packham gown.
Tonight the Duchess selected the Erdem Alouette Tiered Floral Silk Gown.
The $4,560 claret, cobalt-blue and cream floral print gown is inspired by 1960's Japanese graphics. It is described as: "Flawlessly cut from lustrous silk-gazar, this elegant piece is fitted at the bodice and flares below the waist into a voluminous peplum skirt." The gown is available at Saks Fifth Avenue and in limited sizes at Net-A-Porter.
A closer look at the pattern known as 'ohana tulip'.
The print is seen in several current season pieces from the Canadian designer. Below, the Loreen Dress and the Floral-Print Silk-Gazara Skirt.
It is quite the departure from Kate's usual style and something of a risk for her. I suspect it will be a "love it or hate it" in terms of opinions. I recall seeing the dress the last time we wrote about Erdem and scrolling past it thinking "Kate will never wear it", so it's certainly a surprise. Whilst it's not necessarily the most beautiful gown we've seen Kate wear (I love the top, the print, just not a huge fan of the skirt) it is nice to see her experimenting with fashion and trying new things.
We saw Kate wearing stunning bracelets on loan from the Queen at the state banquet and once again tonight the Duchess dazzled in the late Queen Mother's sapphire and diamond fringe earrings (with thanks to the wonderful Order of Splendor).
A closer look at the earrings.
Kate's art-deco bracelet complemented the earrings.
Kate wore her black suede Jimmy Choo Cosmic Pumps with the gown.
And carried her black Anya Hindmarch Maud clutch.
As always, the event looked like a wonderful night, and most importantly, these gala dinners are guaranteed to raise much needed funds for The Art Room. In previous years, roughly £600,000 was raised - an amount that will make an immeasurable difference to their work and ensure they can continue to provide their services. You can view a video at ITN Source.
The last couple of weeks have been so much fun. From the state visit to William and Kate's trip to Dundee, and yesterday and today's appearance, we've seen Kate carry out a variety of engagements. It was something similar to the schedule they will have on a permanent basis when they are first-in-line. A huge thank you to everyone for reading and commenting and a welcome to our new readers too! :)