The Duchess of Cambridge and the Countess of Wessex are hosting a reception at Buckingham Palace on behalf of the Queen to mark the launch of the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange project earlier this month. The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange is a project that pairs fashion design talent with artisan producers from across the Commonwealth’s 52 countries. This year, the biannual Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 (CHOGM) is held in London and the Royal Family is planning on attending lots of events in connection to the CHOGM taking place from 16-20 April. As the Duchess of Cambridge expected to give birth to her third child in April, she will sadly miss out on the event.
The Royal ladies were joined by very high-profile guests, including Dame Anna Wintour designer Stella McCartney and supermodel Naomi Campbell. From the British Royal Family, princess Beatrice of York also attended the reception. The reception brought together people from across the fashion industry, including designers, manufacturers, textile producers, and craftspeople.
Inside the Palace, contemporary pieces designed by the best fashion designers from the Commonwealth in this project are displayed, before moving to several venues in London to be showcased to the public. The Duchess and the Countess toured the exhibition after meeting guests.
The Duchess of Cambridge is wearing a customized dress by Erdem and black pumps by Prada (the same ones she wore last night at the BAFTA Awards Ceremony). She’s also wearing familiar earrings by Anita Dongre, an Indian designer.