Duchess Kate recycles Oscar de la Renta on visit to Royal Opera House

By Jessica Pollack

It was a colourful outing, indeed! Duchess Kate looked chic as ever for a visit to the costume department at the Royal Opera House on Wednesday (Jan. 15) – proving that her love for fashion extends well beyond her own wardrobe and into her patronages. Wearing a designer that her sister-in-law Duchess Meghan donned last week, the mother of three dazzled in a recycled purple Oscar de la Renta dress for her very artsy engagement.

The royal traded yesterday's casual ensemble at King Henry's Garden Walk for the pretty purple dress with peplum detailing, a number she previously wore in February 2017 for a visit to the UK Guild of Health Writers conference. The duchess debuted a new pair of patent Rupert Sanderson pumps with gold buckles, which she wore with thick black tights, and toted her Aspinal of London Midi Mayfair bag, which retails for just under $1000. Kate wore her hair in structured waves and a smoky eye with nude lipstick.

Kate dazzled in magenta Oscar de la Renta with black accessories. Photo: © Getty Images

Her little girl Princess Charlotte is likely disappointed she couldn't join her mom for the fun-filled outing, but Kate will have plenty to share with the four-year-old after learning about the Royal Ballet dancers' costumes. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree – both Charlotte and her older brother, Prince George, have started taking ballet lessons, People reported.

Kate first became patron of the Royal Opera House in 2017, but has been a longtime fan of the space and the arts, a passion she's since passed down to her daughter, Princess Charlotte, who she took to see The Nutcracker in 2017!

Kate stunned for her first outing of 2019. Photo: © Getty Images

The Duchess of Cambridge made her first official appearance of the new year on Tuesday (Jan. 15), when she dressed cool and casual in a Dubarry Bracken tweed jacket, maroon turtleneck sweater and olive skinny jeans for a visit to King Henry's Walk Garden. There, she chatted with some adorable kids, rolled dough for homemade pizzas and put together beautiful birdhouses.

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