When we think back to Kate Middleton’s most memorable looks, our minds go to pretty pastels, floral lace, and smart tailoring. While these are all characteristics found in Alessandro Michele’s Gucci, we wouldn’t necessarily expect the Duchess of Cambridge, often photographed in classic styles from Alexander McQueen and Emilia Wickstead, to wear his eccentric designs. But that’s exactly what she did earlier today, to open the new exhibition spaces at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum: Middleton opted for a gray wool silk Gucci dress featuring the brand’s signature Web trim.
Though a single garment, it featured a red-and-black panel across the torso that gave it a two-piece look. The style isn’t available in the exact shade worn by the duchess, but it’s currently in stock in red on Gucci’s website for a cool $2,700. Middleton, of course, accessorized it with her signature clutch and favorite L.K. Bennett pumps.
Here’s a closer look at the detailing.
Any polished tweed ensemble conjures up images of Jackie O’s signature style—and that’s true for the duchess’s Gucci dress. Former First Lady Jackie Kennedy’s fashion sense was often characterized as being ahead of its time, after all, and these suits were one of her staples. Many were quick to make the comparisonbetween Middleton and Jackie O—and we must admit, the resemblance is uncanny.