Words fail me. The magnificence of this look is breath-taking. Balmain has become red-carpet de-rigeur, as boringly faithful as a Hervé Leger or Roland Mouret dress. But Kate has managed to strike gold with this truly unique looking piece. A little Bowie, a little Mighty Boosch, it is sculptural sci-fi and ladylike elegance rolled into one. Perfect accessorising – ruby red nails, an almighty cocktail ring and scraped back bleached blonde hair. Liking the matchy-matchy make up too.