At the London premiere of “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” Kate Middleton opted for a simple ponytail, and given her storied head of healthy, shiny hair, the look is working for her. The black velvet ribbon is, of course, key in elevating the updo from casual to chic, and we think there’s a good chance the idea sprung from Jenny Packham’s Fall 2013 runway show in New York, for which Jeanie Syfu of Tresemme created a pared-down look to complement the collection’s intricately beautiful evening wear. (The Duchess of Cambridge is, after all, a noted fan of the British designer.)
What’s not to love about an elegant look that’s easy to pull off? Below, Kate’s rendition of the look, followed by the hair backstage at Packham’s show, and then on the runway.