Kate Middleton Stuns in Midnight Blue Jenny Packham Gown at St. Andrew’s Gala at The Met | Vanity Fair

The Duchess of Cambridge saved the most glamorous for last on her three-day tour of New York City. On Tuesday evening, at approximately 7:10 p.m., William and Kate arrived at the Met to attend a gala celebrating the 600th anniversary of St. Andrew’s, the couple’s alma mater. A crowd of over 200 fans had been waiting patiently—behind barriers on the east side of 5th Avenue, across the steps from the Met—for hours before the Duke and Duchess arrived. The rain, which had plagued the city for the entire day, stopped in the late afternoon, as if in honor of the glitziness of this event, which also drew Anna Wintour, Olivier Sarkozy and Mary-Kate Olsen, and Seth Meyers.

Kate looked resplendent in a midnight blue Jenny Packham gown, which she has worn twice before, at the 100 Women in Hedge Funds dinner in October 2013, and at the National Portrait Gallery function in February of this year. This time around, she paired it with staggering emerald-and-diamond earrings, which were a private gift, and an up-do (to the pleasure of two young Kate fans in front of us, who had told us they were crossing their fingers the Duchess would wear her hair up for the event).

When Kate and William arrived, the crowd—as they have at many of the events over the past few days—erupted, phones raised above their heads. As Kate and William walked up the steps, there were numerous shouts (from photographers and fans) of “Kate, turn around!” and “Kate, we love you!” After getting about half-way up the stairs, she did, in fact, turn around, waving to the fans across the street for about three seconds, just enough to placate them (“Did you get it? Did you get it???!” we heard from a number of people around us after she turned back around post-wave).

The Kate-heads we talked to in the crowd echoed a refrain we’ve heard many times before: her relatability is intrinsic to her appeal. “I think [her popularity is related to] the idea that she could be any one of us,” young professional Shaina Katz said, “Also, I think, there’s quite a throwback to the Princess Diana days in terms of her personability and in how she and Will really engage with the public.” “The fact that she’s a commoner and that anyone could have been her, and now she’s a princess—it’s just amazing,” Christine Shepherd gushed, before telling us she bought a blue prom dress senior year because Kate had just worn blue in her engagement photos.

Kate’s education also was cited as key to her appeal. “I get the impression she’s more than just a pretty face, in terms of her background in academia,” Katz said. “There’s that element that you can have a bit more of an in-depth conversation with her than with other celebrities.” Or, as college student Sonya Koh—who told us she had been “loving Kate” since the royal wedding—put it: “Out of all the celebrities out there right now, she is the one that epitomizes class.”

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Customer Service Post for Darius Cordell Couture Designs Inc – Evening Gowns & Mother of Bride Dresses

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Hi David, I love it! The gown is simply wonderful. It was an exact fit and the workmanship was exquisite. I  absolutely consider you my designer of choice and will not hesitate to order from you in the future. If anyone needs a reference, you are free to direct them to me.

 

Donna Triplett
Milwaukee , WI


As for the tuxedo style gown we got in a 14, it was beautiful, we loved it, ……she wore it for “Luck be A Lady”, with a black fedora, and it looked fabulous….the work is beautiful

 

Clare Henkel
withThe Indianapolis Symphony
Indianapolis, IN


The sketch is what I had understood the fabrics would be. The construction of the dress is exactly how I had pictured it–and it is beautiful.

 

Thanks for the help,
Sincerely,
Cammy
Euless, TX


The dress worked out perfectly. It was a size to big, but my tailor did a great job sizing it for me.


Laura DuBose
Rollinsville,CO


It is magnificent!! And a perfect fit! I’m totally in love with it! Even my Brazilian fancy shoes are a perfect match for my beautiful dress!  I just had to send you the pictures that my husband took of me, yesterday.

 

Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Giselle – Calgary Alberta – Canada


I found the info on your Q&A page easy to understand and sufficient; thank you for that as well.

Regards,
Friederike Bohlken

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Customer Comments | Darius Cordell Dresses | Couture Fashion Designs

Since 1996 the company Darius Cordell has sold hundreds of evening dresses (via mail order with our on line catalog) to many new & repeat clients.  Below are just a few of the lovely comments we have received from wonderful clients of Darius Cordell who actually read our Q & A page as instructed and were ultimately able to understand and order through our very easy mail order process.

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Dear Hunter,

I just received my dress in the mail yesterday — I LOVE IT!  It’s just everything I thought I would want and more.  The cut is so ridiculously close; I only have a few minor alterations to have done.  Thank you so much for your help with this.  I am certainly happy I went with your company!

I do plan to get the word out about this among my group of opera friends.  I hope you get responses!

Thank you and all of the team at Darius Cordell Couture for bringing such a fabulous dress to life,

J.Barton – Bloomington , NJ


David:
Although I got concerned about receiving my dress for the wear date I did get it the day before (almost too close for comfort). However, I must say the dress is absoulutely gorgeous.  My mother was a professional designer and seamstress for years so believe me when I say the dress and workmanship was without flaw. My daughter designed the dress for me and she was thrilled when we opened the package and her original sketch was taped to the outside.  You made her vision a lovely reality. I tried on the dress and all my husband could say was “WOW”  and after 28 years of marriage that is a great compliment.  But the best compliment came from my daughter.  She said “Mom, when I get married that is the dress I want you to wear.” It just can’t get any better than that.Thanks so very much,D. Bell – Blyththeville, Ar


It is magnificent!! And a perfect fit! I’m totally in love with it! Even my Brazilian fancy shoes are a perfect match for my beautiful dress!  I just had to send you the pictures that my husband took of me, yesterday.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Giselle – Calgary Alberta – Canada


Absolutely beautiful; great service!

J. Machnacki – Canton, MI


Thank you for your superb customer service.
M. Sharp – Dallas, Tx


Dear Hunter. Just returned from my trip to find the beautiful gown in my closet.  I’ll be taking it next week for alterations. Thank you.   My husband and daughter think it is beautiful. Thank you  for repairing the star and replacing some of the stones. My first couture dress.   WOW!! J. Bradley – Washington Dc


Thank you so very much for being so responsive to my situation!!  The dress arrived in perfect condition — a little wrinkled.  It actually fits very well —- a little hem, nip and tuck here and there and it will be perfect!!  I am so very grateful to my daughter for finding your website —–the quality and  design of the dress is wonderful!! Again, thank you for rescuing me —-I am so looking for to wearing the gown at the ball!!D. Green – Morgantown, WV


Received the turquoise gown today and it is fabulous!.   Thank you for the terrific service!    I will be ordering another gown in the near future.Thank you again,
S. Nelthorpe – Riverside, CA


I thank you for your excellent customer service, from what I have recently experienced it seems to be a rare commodity within the bridal shop industry (condescending attitudes, “I’m doing you a favor” demeanors). K. Fitzpatrick – South Walpole , MA


Thanks for your help and your thoughtful emails.

E. Mobius – Bethel , Connecticut


Hi Hunter The dress was a huge success and as soon as I get the photos from my friend, I will forward a few to you. Of course, thanks again for all of your help.  You’re fabulous! J. Lefebvre – New York , New York


I really like my dress (C494, floor model, purple) Thank you for sending it to me so quickly.

Pauline B. – Los Angeles, Ca


I love this gown.  I received dozens of compliments at each event. In the near future, I’ll be in contact with you regarding two custom ballgowns. Hope all is well with you.

Respectfully yours,
S. Siracusano – SAUGERTIES, NY


THANK YOU HUNTER. I APPRECIATE THE EFFORTS. AND YES I WILL BE ORDERING FROM DARIUS IN THE FUTURE.  THANK DARIUS FOR ME.  I WORK IN A SERVICE INDUSTRY TOO, SO SOMETIMES GIVING A INCH FOR A MILE CAN PUT A SERIOUS DENT ON OUR BUSINESS VANEER BUT IM ONE THAT ALWAYS REMEMBERS THOSE THAT GIVE GRACIOUSLY SO DARIUS CORDELL IS IN MY “GOLD” BOOK. CHEERS HUNTER,
SUSAN – KAMLOOPS , BRITISH COLUMBIA , CANADA


I purchased 2126 in white and just received my dress in the mail. I just wanted to let you know how beautiful my dress is-I just love it- my husband and I are renewing our vows in Las Vegas for our 25th Wedding Anniversay at the Venetian Hotel and the dress is just perfect-thank you so very muchS. Spradlin – Littleton, CO


I just wanted to say how absolutely fantastic your website is. I’ve been on hundreds of wedding dress websites and none of them come nearly close to being as user-friendly as yours. The pictures are wonderful, your Q&A section was direct and to the point and comprehensive. Excellent job!Cheers,
C. Braidwood – Ottawa, Ontario Canada


I WANTED TO LET YOU AND YOUR STAFF KNOW THAT I GOT MY GOWN. IT IS TOTALLY BEAUTIFUL AND SO ELEGANT WITH  ITS TRAIN!!!!  THE WORKMANSHIP IS SUPERB AND   THE BEADING ON MY STOLE MAKES THE OUTFIT GO OVER THE TOP AND TRULY  A CLASSIC.  THANK YOU AGAIN FOR MAKING THIS GOWN FOR ME TO WEAR AT THIS MOST IMPORTANT BLACK TIE AFFAIR.  MY BEST WISHESMargaret Scisney-Matlock, Ph.D., RN – Ann Arbor, Michigan


Hi David,I received the dress today and it is lovely–everything I wanted.  I look forward to ordering from you again.  I appreciate all your help.Sincerely,
P. Jefcoat – Little Mountain, SC


HelloI wanted to touch base with you and let you know that I recieved the dress.It was absolutely beautiful. And I rcieved many complimentsThere were over 700 in attendance and your dress is on the front page of the paper.It really is beautiful. Thank you and sorry about all the stress.Mayor Dianne Watts – Surrey Canada


thank you for your follow up. I have found some dresses locally although not as wonderful as the dress we have corresponded about. Again, thank you for responding to my inquiries.Best wishes,
C. Belford – Savannah, Georgia


I received the dress.  It’s beautiful and the color you picked for this dress is amazing.  I just love everything about it.  Thank you so much.

M. Abady – Alexandria, VA


Thank you very much for all of your wonderful e-mails.  I’m all set with what I will be wearing. Your fashions are fabulous.  I actually (this may sound cheap) have a friend that purchased one of your designs.  Her son and future daughter-in-law called off the wedding.  The dress fit me and I bought it from my friend.  I have two other children that are marriage age and I will certainly will go to your website again.Thank-you,
Sue Sousa – Castro Valley, CA


I have ordered a Darius Cordell for the past two years and I have loved each one of them. Thanks.
Daphne R Robinson – Alexandria, LA


I have recieved the wedding dress. Things have been a little crazy for me because of the move and everything, but I wanted to say thank you to whoever made my wedding dress. !   it is very beautiful and looks great on me.  thank you againSncerely,
L. Leach – boonton, nj


Good morning JD and the Gang, I just wanted to thank all of you. I received my dress yesterday, and it is almost perfect. It has a couple of quirks that have to be fixed, but I really like it. We’ll see how much the judges love it this weekend!

Thanks again,
Desiree A. Bodin – Cut Off, LA


Thanks so much David!!I swear that I will never buy another occasion dress from anyone else!!I love the selection…….and the quality is the best!!!  Thanks.I will be faxing my form to you shortly.Thanks again for everything!T. Gurda – new hampton, ny


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