02/28/2014 12:55 pm ET | Updated Apr 30, 2014

Kate Middleton At The Oscars: What The Duchess Should Wear

Priya Rao


When Prince William attended the BAFTAs a few weeks ago, it was a major moment. British royalty had collided with Hollywood, and our heads nearly exploded. It reminded us of when Princess Diana cut a rug with John Travolta at the White House in 1985, and we longed for Kate Middleton to have an equally dashing moment.

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So what better opportunity than this Sunday's Oscars? Couldn't you just imagine Kate being entranced by Matthew McConaughey's Southern twang or talking models with Leonardo DiCaprio? Certainly, the princess would have plenty to talk about with Cate Blanchett, but what would she wear?

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While she could certainly turn to her rotation of designers such as Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, Temperley London, or Jenny Packham, but some American tastemakers had different thoughts. "Kate needs to wear something British and gorgeous," says Barneys' Simon Doonan. "I am seeing her having an Erdem moment." Thus, Doonan selected a strapless, sheer floral number from the designer. "It's a little more fashion-y than the kind of frock Kate might wear at home, but I think she could take a risk or two on the Oscar red carpet."

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Stylist Kemal Harris chose a more conservative pink gown from Ralph Lauren, saying, "Look number 33 from Ralph Lauren fall 2014 would be beautiful on Kate!" But it was her colleague Karla Welch's selection from Saint Laurent that really threw us for a loop-an Angelina Jolie loop. "Kate should wear a tuxedo by Saint Laurent," says Welch. "I love this look. Of course, the blouse would be lined and the royal jewels added!" Now, that's the kind of Oscar moment we would die for.

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