Tonight, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex accepted the President’s Award from the NAACP, for their record of special achievement and public service. In a short acceptance speech, the Duchess solidified the couple’s commitment to racial justice and voter rights—“It’s inspiring to think about the legacy surrounding the Image Awards, which began shortly after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965 were passed into law,” she said. “Today, we can continue that legacy by re-establishing federal voting protections in our country.” Together with the Duke, they expressed their solidarity with the people of Ukraine, while the Duchess also reflected on the powerful memory of George Floyd.
And she did it all while wearing a blue-ombre dress with a flowing cape, that was bold, bombastic, and quintessentially Christopher John Rogers.
Christopher John Rogers, the New York based Black designer, is a bonafide darling of the fashion world due to his kaleidoscopic designs and impeccable tailoring. In 2021, he received the American Womenswear Designer of the Year award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America, just two years after winning the grand prize from the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. His legion of celebrity fans includes Michelle Obama, Adele, Gabrielle Union, and Lady Gaga. Now the Duchess is joining their ranks, and casting a well-deserved spotlight on Rogers’s designs.
Rogers received an email from the Duchess about a month ago, asking if he’d like to work together. Soon after, they hopped on a call to virtually meet. “I was immediately struck by her warmth and just her overall demeanor—her sense of ease and confidence within herself,” says Rogers. “We quickly touched on this idea of a reveal. She hadn’t really stepped out like this in a while.” (The NAACP Awards is her first public appearance of 2022. Previously, she attended the Salute To Freedom Gala in November 2021.)