Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Thursday, September 13, 2012
--it's way too Camilla for my taste. I would have preferred she wear a large hat to keep the sun at bay. But the dress is lovely, sober and appropriate. Kate is definitely championing the 3/4 sleeve look on this trip, probably again because of the heat. She can't be too bare, but long sleeves would have been stifling. I doubt the 3/4 length sleeve is a fashion choice she'll continue with, but we'll see.
Now just as an aside, let's look at this picture:
She couldn't possibly be....pregnant, could she???? (images courtesy Sipa; Bauer Griffin; Getty Images, Hussein Samir/sipa)
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
The black satin stilettos are okay, the clutch is all right, neither is daring at all, and really add nothing to the look. Kate did break out her pretty diamond bracelet, and word is she wore diamond earrings as well, although I couldn't find a picture where we could see them (all that hair!!).
I do wish we'd seen a slightly more formal look for this event, but maybe later -- the tour is young yet. What do you think? (Images courtesy Getty and James Whatling/Splash News)
It's a pretty dress, a little too pale and washed out for Kate's strong coloring, and maybe a touch wide in the shoulders, making for a slightly boxy effect uptop. But I don't mind it, and I do like the pearl drop earrings. The shoes bore the heck out of me. I think she could have chosen something a little more daring than these LK Bennetts, which seem a bit on the heavy side. (Photos Courtesy Getty)
Friday, August 10, 2012
So can we move on to something I find a little more interesting? Here's my question -- do Kate's eyebrows ever move? Seriously, whether she's deliriously happy or in the depths of despair, the upper part of her face is completely immobile.
Is it Botox, or has she just trained herself not to move her forehead and eyebrows under any circumstances. What do you think?
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Her outfit of choice was a Stella McCartney electric blue dress, black Prada heels, and a necklace by Cartier, called a Trinity necklace. It's 18K gold with pave diamonds on circles, and I guess she chose it because it evokes the Olympic rings. According to website "What Kate Wore", the necklace retails for $78,000! wow! To me, it looks like those 60s linked-circle belts (desperately seeking a photo so you youngun's will know what I'm talking about).
In fact, here's a picture of Chelsea Clinton -- same day, same dress - and Chelsea Clinton is a very slim, very fit young woman. Yet the dress clings in a slightly unflattering way to her form.Facebook by Barbara Kinney Photography)
So, yea, it's Stella McCartney, but it could just as easily be Victoria Beckham, don't you think? I mean, I kind of feel like I could have run this dress up on my home sewing machine. I don't hate it, it's nice and simple, but it's nothing special. I've always thought Stella McCartney was overrated, improving through the years but certainly got a helping hand from her famous name (same with Victoria Beckham). So I'm underwhelmed by this whole look, although I'm liking the lighter touch with the makeup! Be sure to tell me what you think! (images courtesy Daily Mail)
Friday, July 6, 2012
I expect that, in 30 years' time, when William is King of England, this is one of the silly rituals he'll get rid of. Don't believe me? Have a look at his face in this picture:
Trust me, this fellow is just biding his time, gritting his teeth, and making plans.
But that's not why we're here! We're here to take a look at the Duchess's outfit, a blah colored coatdress/babydoll/maternity dress in a color variously called "buttermilk", "yellow gold", "primrose" and plain old "pale yellow". Accessories include the ugly grey hat she's worn many times before, and dark heavy pumps of the sturdy variety. All in all, the look is old, boring, mismatched and colorless.
IF Kate is pregnant, that changes things. If this is an early maternity dress, then I forgive her. She's definitely put on a few pounds recently -- not many, but maybe 5 or 10. Then again, she could have put on some weight in preparation for starting to try to get pregnant. So, the babydoll high-waisted style is acceptable if she's in her first trimester. If she's not, then I wish she'd stop showing up in this style. It's really not flattering.
I photoshopped the hat and dress, just to change the colors a little.
Making the dress a little golder and a little bolder, and making the hat match, does make a difference. But not a big one. It's still kind of a shapeless mess. Let's just hope there's a reason for that. (images courtesy Getty Images)
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
But to the fashion! This Alexander McQueen dress has seen the light of day on one other occasion -- in Canada a year ago, Catherine wore the cable knit dress to visit the home of Anne of Green Gables. I liked it then, and I like it now. It has a vintage feel, evoking a sense of nostalgia that is appropriate to both occasions.
Am I wrong?
(images courtesy REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth)
Diana and William at Wimbledon:
Monday, June 18, 2012
Now you can't tell me these three ladies didn't plan their outfits very carefully. I'm going to point specifically to the shoes, and I think this is one grand jolly scheme for them all to wear almost identical shoes. Sophie looks particularly pleased to be in on the joke.
I do have to say that I like Kate's outfit very much. The coat, which we've seen before, is really cute, and I like the way it flares out with whatever she's got on underneath. It's not the tidiest hemline I've ever seen, but it works. And, standing next to Camilla who is sporting that gargantuan pink sapphire and pearl necklace, and a gargantuan pink hat, Kate's relative minimalism looks outstanding. I think that if I saw Kate standing alone in this outfit, I might decry the monochrome look, but as a part of this group, it works to perfection.
What do you think? (image courtesy The Daily Mail)
Monday, June 11, 2012
Let's see....the hat was previously worn to the Epsom Derby, the Jenny Packham dress was last seen in LA a year ago, the Hobbs clutch was carried in Canada, and the coat was worn at the Order of the Garter service. The cubic zirconia and reconstituted freshwater pearls earrings are the same inexpensive ones worn several times in the past, most recently justthe other day to the Diamond Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving. And, in a rare display of sartorial spunk, Kate thumbed her nose at the press (particularly Liz Jones and the Daily Mail) by trotting out the old LK Bennett nude heels she has worn so many times in the past. Now we know that Catherine owns at least a couple pairs of stylish and appropriate grey heels, which leads me to believe this was an intentional neener-neener on her part.
Personally I find it funny, and it redeems the whole outfit for me! Cuz I'm not a huge fan of this outfit, I find the coat a bit boring and too old for her, the insets look a little like curtain fabric, and the color is blah blah blah. I disliked the dress the first time she wore it (in LA), no offense but it looks, well...like something you'd buy at JC Penneys when you only had ten minutes to shop.
At least she did something awesomely different with her hair! By braiding the two hunks that usually hang down in front, she's kept her hair off her face while still leaving it long down her back. Bravo!
Be sure to leave a comment and tell us what you think!
Photos By CTC, David Hartley/Rex Features/APand Splash News/James Whatling
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
By the way, here's how Her Majesty accessorized a slimfit lace dress back in 1954 in Australia! Some svelte form, eh?? (photo courtesy Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Sunday, June 3, 2012
It can't be easy to figure out what's going to be attractive, functional, and interesting to wear for these intensely observed occasions. It's a good thing Kate has plenty of time to learn. What do you think of her outfit? (images from gettyimages)
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Truth be told, I have no real problem with Kate wearing the same dress at two events in a row. It's a cute dress, and she changed it up ever so slightly, with a hat and different jewelry (pearl earrings!) and her trusty beige shoes. She even....gasp...pushed her hair back! But oh guess what? Every time she pushes her hair back, she's left her outfit unadorned. Even took off the little inoffensive gold brooch she had worn last week with this dress.
I am not a fan of this hat, either.
What I would have really liked is a big pink bow or even a small fascinator, holding her hair back, and then a cool piece of jewelry, preferably a necklace, prominently displayed. Doesn't this neckline cry for some bling? What do you think?
(images courtesy The Daily Mail)
Monday, May 21, 2012
My issue isn't with the dress this time. It's quite pretty. The problem is that the pink is very very pale and delicate, and it makes Kate's overly made-up face appear almost clownish. The makeup is just too too strong, too heavily applied. While it appears that Kate is a master at putting on the liner, blush, eyebrow pencil, lipstick, foundation, eye shadow, mascara and whatever else, she just overdoes it with everything. Particularly the super heavy eyebrows and the eye shadow, which make her look old and harsh, and the blush, which just looks fakey.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
The locale was Berkshire, the event a charity polo match. The dress, a teal print shirtwaist with a mandarin-style collar, long sleeves, and self belt. The shoes, very high Stuart Weitzman's camel sledges, looked to add at least four inches to her height. Daily Mail, of her chasing after her husband.
In addition, it must be said that Kate's legs rival Janko Tipsarevic's (google "Tipsarevic thighs" if you don't know what I'm talking about!) in their muscularity, and while I'm all for physical fitness, maybe she could eat a sandwich or two so there wasn't quite so much ropiness when she runs. (And now I'm going to get a little catty -- who runs like that? Straight up and down?)
What do you think? (image courtesy Daily Mail)
Friday, May 11, 2012
(photos courtesy The Daily Mail)
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012
(original image courtesy Daily Mail)
Or better yet.......drumroll.....how about some COLOR???? For some reason I got the idea Kate would look awesome in bright orange. With her dark hair and green eyes, orange, done right, could look fab on her. So I took the grey Amanda Wakely dress into Photoshop and put some color on it. Which one do you prefer?
Or how about a statement necklace to jazz up this boring look? I'm thinking something like this Tom Binns Dumont Swarovski Crystal, with a skinny silver belt.
And we still need to work on that posture. (Image courtesy of imageupper.com)