Kate Middleton Wore a Blue Dress by Indian Designer Saloni to Give an Award

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge recently announced that they are planning to visit India this spring.
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge recently announced that they are planning to visit India this spring.
Duchess Catherine of Cambridge and Kevin Williams, chief executive of The Fostering Network, at the BMA House. Photo: John Philliips/Getty Images

Duchess Catherine of Cambridge and Kevin Williams, chief executive of The Fostering Network, at the BMA House. Photo: John Philliips/Getty Images

On Tuesday evening, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge (aka Kate Middleton) arrived at the 2015 Fostering Excellence Awards to celebrate the achievements of those in the fostering community, including social workers, foster carers and those who have been in care. 

For the occasion, the Duchess wore a crinkled cobalt blue dress by Indian designer Saloni — currently available at MatchesFashion.com for $798. The choice probably wasn't coincidental: Last week, Kensington Palace announced that the Duke and Duchess would be visiting India for the first time in spring of 2016.

But back to the dress. According to MatchesFashion, the "Martine" dress was inspired by the 1960s cinematic musical "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg," starring Catherine Deneuve. But with its full skirt, nipped waist and cropped sleeves, it could easily have been inspired by Middleton herself. Predictably, the Duchess toned things down with black shoes, black belt and a clutch to match — you know, in case the dress was too electrifyingly blue.