Best & worst dressed: Royal dinner

22:59, May 15 2014
Best & worst: Royal dinner
THE GOOD: Glad to see Cara Delevingne (or, according to Ms Witherspoon Caaara Delevinggday) opted out of wearing an animal onesie for the charity event at Windsor Castle. A touch-too-much black eyeliner aside, the model looks elegant and gorgeous but still very her thanks to the messy top knot and cheeky smile.
Best & worst: Royal dinner
THE BEST: Cate Blanchett is basically royalty in our eyes and she looks like icy perfection in this Ralph Lauren one-shouldered gown (wouldn't it be an absolute killer if one of the raspberries in your Eton Mess dropped on that sucker though? I can guarantee you if I ever got my hands on a dress like this I'd drop something on it within five minutes. It's a superpower of mine. In fact, I've got skanky dry toothpaste all down my jumper today. Tried to wash it off, but that stuff's solidly stubborn). PS: Cate's hair colour right now may just be one of the best blonde dye jobs I've ever seen ... warm but not a hint of orange, textured but not at all stripey.
Best & worst: Royal dinner
THE CLASSIC & SECOND BEST: When I first saw this Ralph Lauren outfit on Emma Watson I instantly thought, 'ooh, this is something Carolina Herrera would definitely wear' ... and what with Ms Herrera being 75, that could very easily be a bad thing, but not here (plus, Herrera's Venezuelan ... and a Venezuelan 75 is like the rest of the world's 55). The deep berry lip and nails keep it young, the skirt is beautifully tailored, that hair is amazing and Ms. Watson wears classic pieces wonderfully well. Love it.
Best & worst: Royal dinner
THE GOOD: Helena Bonham Carter is amazing - according to the Telegraph, she said this at the party: "The Duke and I met before, along with the Duchess, before they were married, when I was staying on Mustique. I got very drunk at one point and I was determined to ask him to be a godfather to my daughter. He quite wisely said no." How could he turn her down?! This Ralph Lauren dress isn't my favourite look in the world, but it's very her (just toned-down-ready-to-mingle-with-royals-her) thanks to all those ruffles.
Best & worst: Royal dinner
THE GOOD: F1 wag Jessica Michibata's mini handbag strikes fear into my heart - I can just see a Chihuahua popping out from it - but her red Ralph Lauren dress is perfectly lovely, and was a nice pop of colour at the event (you may notice that all of the guests are dressed in Ralph. Indeed. That's because Ralph Lauren are funding a Breast Cancer Centre at the Royal Marsden Hospital that the whole event is in aid of. Jolly good!).
Best & worst: Royal dinner
THE OKAY: I wonder if Kate Moss took Cara D aside and gave the young-en a right word about stepping on her patch? I certainly hope so. I'd also like to imagine there was a lot of fingers-right-up-in-her-face. Moss can rock a black dress like no other but I'm not enamoured with the one-armed-ness of this. It's taking me back to the pubescent-hormone-fuelled six months in which I dressed like a goth and wore black mesh arms with EVERYTHING.
Best & worst: Royal dinner
THE GREAT: Lily James (aka Lady Rose MacClare in Downton) brought the bling to the event (and thank god someone did). I think this Ralph Lauren dazzle-dazzle-fading-to-feathers-feathers dress might be my favourite use of feathers in a red carpet gown yet. (K-Middy should have worn this while playing cricket in NZ. Very event-approp. Very silver fern).
Best & worst: Royal dinner
THE MEH: Hmm ... I fear Margot Robbie is moving into Valentino tango-tan territory (so much so that when I look at these pictures I imagine her talking in her Jersey Wolf of Wall St accent. Gym, tan, laundry. Gym, tan laundry). I think this dress might be one of those resplendent in real life jobs, but in pictures my eyes are drawn straight to the wrinkles in the satin and the too-long hem.
Best & worst: Royal dinner
THE MEH: Sophie looks perfectly lovely, however I'm coming over a bit bored. I'd have loved some colour on her. Those earrings are beautiful though - 'psst ... Harry. If you notice one of those rubies are missing mid-dinner, PUT DOWN YOUR WINE. DO NOT take another sip.'
Best & worst: Royal dinner
THE FUN: I don't think a T-shirt neckline and a long sleeved gown ever mixes well, but Zhang Ziyi brings joy to an otherwise somewhat drab slate grey outfit via feathers. And a lot of them.
Best & worst: Royal dinner
THE BEST DRESSED MAN: I'm upset from a puntastic angle that he didn't wear a cummerbund, but there's no denying it, Benedict Cumberbatch wears a suit very well. Like Harvey Specter in Suits well (I wonder if he too spends half his life doing up and undoing his button). Also, men of NZ, please note how his shoes don't curl up at the end ... this is a very good thing.
Best & worst: Royal dinner
ROYAL HANG: And here she is chatting to Big Prince Willy Styles. (I'm loving how much, from this angle, Ralph Lauren's wife looks like a really zany cater waiter).
Best & worst: Royal dinner
JUST THE BOYS ... Hanging out. Probably talking about shoes.

Prince William put on a party at Windsor Castle and the celebs brought their fashion game in a big way.

The gala dinner was in honour of The Royal Marsden hospital, and Prince William was there, of course, as was Cara D, Cate Blanchett, Benedict C and Emma Watson. One notable no-show was Duchess Kate, but to be fair, she probably needs a break from heels, designer dresses and smiling at strangers after her tour Down Under. 

- Who was your best dressed? 

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