Duchess Kate dazzles in white Lela Rose cocktail dress

The Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, is one of the world's most stylish women, and she lived up to all expectations with her appearance at the Governor-General's reception on Thursday evening.


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Kate looked elegant in a white cocktail dress by Lela Rose. The white circle lace trim dress, which retails at £869, features a graphic effect to the sleeves and peplum waist over a beautifully fitted sheath dress. The Duchess competed her outfit with a black clutch bag and matching heels, and wore her hair up in a chic updo.

It's thought to be the first time that Kate was worn a creation by Dallas-born Lela who first garnered attention when she designed the outfits worn by Jenna and Barbara Bush at their father’s presidential inauguration.

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Her other well-known clients include Jessica Simpson, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and Selma Blair - although her new royal endorsement is likely to have a huge effect on her profile.

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William and Kate were the guests of honour at the special black tie reception hosted by Australia's Governor-General Peter Cosgrove at her official residence, commonly known as Yarralumla.

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It is not the first time that the residence has hosted British royalty; the Queen and other foreign heads of state stay at Government House when on official visits to Canberra.


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