Kate couples up with the Countess of Wessex to host glam fashion set at Buckingham Palace

The event celebrated an exciting fashion initiative that pairs design talent with artisan producers.

Kate couples up with the Countess of Wessex to host glam fashion set at Buckingham Palace

Just a day after hitting the red carpet at the BAFTAs, Kate Middleton attended another fashionable event at  Buckingham Palace during London Fashion Week. 

Alongside Sophie, Countess of Wessex, the stylish royal co-hosted the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange reception at the palace on Monday evening.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (R) and Sophie, Countess of Wessex attend The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange Reception at Buckingham Palace on February 19, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Eddie Mulholland - Pool/Getty Images)

The event, which was held in the midst of London Fashion Week, celebrated an exciting fashion initiative that pairs design talent with artisan producers from across the Commonwealth’s 53 countries.

The participating designers all created looks as part of the project and their designs debuted at the palace on Monday. 

What was even more surprising about the event was that it was clearly unprecedented, as it was held for the first time, that too at the most royal locations of all, the Buckingham Palace. 

Throughout the evening, Kate and Sophie mingled with their guests, making a point to speak to each designer who created a piece for the exhibit. 

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge with 'NKWO' from Nigeria attend The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange Reception at Buckingham Palace on February 19, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Eddie Mulholland - Pool/Getty Images)

As it was a fashion event, Kate and Sophie both chose stylish yet chic looks for the occasion. Kate opted for a black-and-white lace floral print dress by Erdem which she paired with black heels, while Sophie wore a black dress with red detailing from Burberry. 

Kate tenderly rested her hands on her bump as she chatted to a star-studded guest list that included designer Stella McCartney, supermodel Naomi Campbell, and America Vogue editor Dame Anna Wintour. 

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Livia Firth and Vogue Editor Edward Enninful attend The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange Reception at Buckingham Palace on February 19, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Eddie Mulholland - Pool/Getty Images)

Among those Kate spoke to was UK-based Nigerian designer Nkwo Onwuka, who said the royal had been fascinated to learn about the heading process and how long it had taken her.

“I explained to her that everything had been hand sewn. The only time a machine was used was for the lining. She couldn’t believe it," People reports.

“The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange has been such a wonderful experience. I really hope it will help to put us on the map – not as African fashion, but simply as fashion.”

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council Caroline Rush and Anna Wintour attend The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange Reception at Buckingham Palace on February 19, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - Pool/Getty Images)

 

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Stella McCartney attend The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange Reception at Buckingham Palace on February 19, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - Pool/Getty Images)

 

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Tukua Turia from The Cook Islands attend The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange Reception at Buckingham Palace on February 19, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Eddie Mulholland - Pool/Getty Images)

 

 

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