Kate Middleton just caused a 550% spike in demand for gold dresses

Kate Middleton
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Last night saw the world premiere of the new James Bond movie, No Time To Die, at the Royal Albert Hall in London, and it was very much a family affair for the royals.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Will and Kate, were joined by the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, Charles and Camilla, as they walked the red carpet and chatted to the film's stars, including Daniel Craig and Naomi Harris.

With it being the first red carpet they walked since the beginning of the pandemic, they pulled out all the stops.

Catherine looked radiant in a gold sequin gown by one of her favourite designers, Jenny Packham. The dress featured a cape and clusters of sequins around the shoulders and waist, and even has a regal name, since it's called the Elizabeth.

It was such a hit that according to PrettyLittleThing, it caused a 300% spike in searches for gold dresses and a 550% increase for gold sequin dresses, as customers were so keen to emulate her look.

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The Duchess accessorised with gold statement earrings. If you'd like to copy her look too, here are some great options, including the actual dress Kate wore, should money be no object.


JENNY PACKHAM Elizabeth cape-effect embellished tulle gown, <a href="https://click.linksynergy.com/deeplink?id=xU%2AITpjPkO4&mid=24448&u1=hawk-custom-tracking&murl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.net-a-porter.com%2Fen-gb%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Fjenny-packham%2Fclothing%2Fgowns%2Felizabeth-cape-effect-embellished-tulle-gown%2F11452292646104566" data-link-merchant="click.linksynergy.com"">£3,640 at Net-A-Porter
Jenny Packham's ethereal 'Elizabeth' gown couldn't be more perfect for special occasions - it's intricately embellished with crystals, sequins and beads that'll twinkle in the light. It's cut from layers of frothy tulle and has a stunning cape-effect silhouette that falls to a floor-sweeping hem.


Sequin Angel Sleeve Maxi Dress, <a href="https://go.redirectingat.com/?id=92X363&xcust=hawk-custom-tracking&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.coastfashion.com%2Fsequin-angel-sleeve-maxi-dress%2FACC99609-2.html%3Fcolor%3D128&sref" data-link-merchant="SkimLinks - coastfashion.com"">£81 at Coast
Show off your angelic side in our shimmering, party-ready maxi dress. Sparkling with gilded sequins, it features swishing angel-style sleeves, a sultry back cut-out and cascading tulle skirt.


ASOS EDITION disc and teardrop sequin wrap midi dress in gold, <a href="https://www.awin1.com/awclick.php?awinmid=5678&awinaffid=81902&clickref=hawk-custom-tracking&p=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.asos.com%2Fasos-edition%2Fasos-edition-disc-and-teardrop-sequin-wrap-midi-dress-in-gold%2Fprd%2F20287782" data-link-merchant="awin1.com"">£150 at ASOS
This dramatic gold sequin dress is perfect for special occasions.


Monsoon Ariana Embellished Maxi Dress, Gold, <a href="https://john-lewis-and-partners.pxf.io/c/221109/871855/12148?subId1=hawk-custom-tracking&sharedId=marieclaire-gb&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.johnlewis.com%2Fmonsoon-ariana-embellished-maxi-dress-gold%2Fp5538444" data-link-merchant="john-lewis-and-partners.pxf.io"">£98 at John Lewis
Flaring out at the hem for added movement, this maxi dress from Monsoon boasts embellished detailing.
Adding a contemporary touch with its square neckline and long sleeves, it is ready to make an entrance at your next formal event.

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Meanwhile Camilla gave off some serious Princess Elza vibes in a frosty blue gown by Bruce Oldfield, a favourite amongst the royal family, which featured a gradient motif of sequins.

Both Charles and William went for classic black tuxedos with bowties.

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at MoneySavingExpert.com, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.