Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Topless Photos of Kate

Did you come here looking for topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge? Shame on you. This blog is going dormant for awhile, because I am so disgusted by the press and its willingness to publish those pictures -- taken from A MILE AWAY, while the Duchess was staying at a PRIVATE RESIDENCE and was in the company of her OWN HUSBAND. How could anyone get any surreptitious thrill out of looking at those pictures? Shame on you.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

SINGAPORE: A Series of Dresses

Kate has attended a series of events in Singapore, in a series of pretty dresses. Apparently the heat in Singapore is brutal, so dressing to stay cool while still being properly covered is probably of paramount importance. For that reason, I think these dresses are perfect. They're cool, comfortable, attractive, and appropriate. Nothing really stands out, except those horrid wedge shoes she chose to wear with a very pretty Alexander McQueen white broiderie Anglaise dress (or two piece?).
The middle look is actually my favorite, it's by Raoul, and is actually two pieces: a pleated skirt and a simple top.
I have to hand it to Kate, I would never in a million years have looked twice at that outfit on the rack. I like how the sleeves have been hiked up, too. William and Kate's last stop in Singapore was to the Commonwealth war graves cemetery, where Catherine's pale blue Jenny Packham dress was appropriate and cool. I'm not insane over the parasol -

--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

Singapore: Sept 11 Evening Event

ON the first day of their Far East tour, William and Catherine met with the President of the Republic of Singapore. Catherine wore Prabal Gurung, an American designer who was born in the city. I like this dress so much more from the back! The front has a higher neckline, and I find the pattern a little disconcerting. There's almost a bra illusion to it in the front. Given the Rorschach -ian nature of the pattern, it's a little strange. If the dress had been reversed, it would have been lovely. The purple, black and white combination is an awesome one, and while I don't normally like 3/4 length sleeves (old ladyish), it works on this dress.


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)

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Day One of Far East Trip

On day one of their trip to the Far East, representing the Queen during her Golden Jubilee year, Prince William and Catherine arrived in Singapore. Their first stop was at the National Botanical Gardens, where they were presented with a species of orchid named after them. They were shown the "Vanda William Catherine" hybrid orchid, whose white petals with purple spots matched Kate's pale pink kimono-style Jenny Packham dress.


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

Catherine at the Olympics

Ok a number of you have asked why I haven't done a blog post or two on Kate's Olympic "style". Hmmm. Maybe it's because she doesn't have any? All I've seen so far are "official" t-shirts, a plain blazer, a GB track suit, wedge shoes and the skinniest skinny jeans I've ever seen in my life. Personally I think these bright blue skinny jeans are a little vulgar. The only reason she doesn't have camel toe is that she probably has on three pairs of Spanx beneath them. And don't call me jealous; I may not weigh 85 pounds, but even if I did I wouldn't wear these jeans in public.

So let's review....white tshirt, skinny jeans, wedge shoes, navy blazer, GB gear. Some might say that Kate is trying not to draw attention to herself by wearing the same boring outfit all the time, but if she really was trying not to draw attention, why is she wearing such tight jeans every day? No girl wears jeans like that without wanting to be admired. I'm sorry to say that, but it's true.

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

The Duchess of Cambridge July 19, 2012

Today Kate visited the National Portrait Gallery, of which she is patron, to view a new Olympics inspired exhibition entitled Road to 2012: Aiming High.

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).

The dress is super form-fitted, made of stretch jersey that only about 3 people in the world can actually wear.




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.

(image from 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

Meh. That's all I have to say about the outfit Mrs. Wales wore on Thursday in Edinburgh. Her husband, the Earl of Strathearn (as William is known when in Scotland), was being made a Knight of the Thistle.

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.

HOWEVER!

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

Wimbledon July 4 2012

Everyone knows the Duchess of Cambridge is a tennis lover, and it's great to see young royalty backing the sport by showing up at Wimbledon. I remember the Diana years when Princess Diana would be regularly in the royal box, often with William as her companion.
Makes one wonder how William feels, repeating this event with Catherine at his side. One hopes he would be happy to be carrying on a tradition his mother was so fond of.

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.

More importantly, in this dress one can see that Catherine has (yay!) put on a few badly needed pounds. She looks better in this dress now than she did a year ago. Still....there's a tiny little piece of me that is whispering "she's trying too hard...she's trying too hard...." because there's somehow just a hint of the costume about this look on this occasion. It's almost too appropriate.

Am I wrong?

(images courtesy REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth)

Diana and William at Wimbledon:

Monday, June 18, 2012

I know, I'm desperately behind in my posts! There have been at least three or four Kate sightings since the last time I was able to write. But still, I'm going to start with the Order of the Garter event from June 18, 2012. Kate wore the off-white Alexander McQueen coat she previously wore for the Trooping of the Colour last year. She added a white Jane Corbett hat, and her beige LK Bennett shoes.
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

Nothing to See Here...Kate Recycles Everything

Kate Middleton attended a wedding with her husband Prince William, on June 10, 2012. The couple — along with everyone's favorite royal, Prince Harry — attended the marriage of Emily McCorquodale (one of Princess Diana’s nieces) to James Hutt, in Lincolnshire, England. Catherine went to her closets to create this mashup of previously worn items.
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

Hallelujah!

June 5, 2012 was the culminating day of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The Royal Family took part in a service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul's, then an awesome procession through the streets of London. After lunch at the Palace, there was a photo op and fly-by on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. For the day, the Duchess of Cambridge chose a pale beige lace covered dress with a ribbon belt by Alexander McQueen, who is fast turning into her go-to fashion house. Very demure, very covered up, with a modest neckline, long sleeves, and a hemline that is lower than I've ever seen her in before. Her hat was a neat little multilayered construction by Jane Taylor, with netting and little crystals nestled in the petal-like additions. Is it a touch fussy? Yes. Do I like it anyway? Emphatically yes. The earrings are beautiful, too! I hope they're real diamonds. All in all, I like this look a lot. It might not work for very many events, but for today it was just about perfect. And even more importantly, Kate has eased up just a tiny bit on the eye makeup, AND she's had her hair pushed behind her most of the weekend. Hallelujah! So what did YOU think? (images courtesy of the Daily Mail)











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

Diamond Jubilee!

The Duchess of Cambridge was one of many Royal Family members who sailed up the Thames River in London today, on the barge known as "The Spirit of Chartwell". The occasion, of course, was the Diamond Jubilee, celebrating 60 years on the throne for the beloved current Queen, Elizabeth II. Interestingly, the brilliant red of Catherine's dress (by Alexander McQueen) asssured that she would NOT stand out,
as the barge was heavily decorated in red, purple and gold. In fact, it was the Queen herself, in a white coat studded with crystals, who was the standout and star. As it should be. (Too bad Camilla had to go and wear palest tan with a BIGGER hat than the Queen was wearing.)
Kate's outfit is darn good, in my opinion. The dress itself is cute, demure and appropriate. (The brooch, by the way, features two dolphins, and was a wedding gift from the RN Submarine Service - Prince William is Commodore in Chief of that unit.) The hat was okay and the clutch was great. I didn't care for the shoes..those old beige shoes she wears all the time. I think Kate is still learning what's practical, because this outfit, cute as it was, was not practical for the day. First of all, the rain poured down, and the temperature was fairly cool. This dress couldn't have really kept her very warm. In addition, the Royal party was required to remain standing as long as the Queen was standing --- and the Queen never sat. I don't care how accustomed to heels you are, those LK Bennetts had to be hurting her feet after three hours. We know Kate owns a nice pair of low-heeled red shoes
which would have been marginally more comfortable, not to mention safer, as she maneuvered up and down the narrow staircases of the barge.
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

Kate Attends a Garden Party in Yesterday's Dress

On May 29, 2012, the Duchess of Cambridge appeared at a garden party given by the Queen of England. Doesn't that sound fab? This is the kind of thing I would have my paper dolls do back in the day, when I had no idea what a garden party actually was, and no idea what my paper dolls were doing beyond wearing the little paper dresses I designed for them.
I know for a fact I wouldn't, in a million years, have my paper dolls attend two consecutive events wearing the same dress!
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.
The little clot of lace clinging to her skull just looks strange, and the hat itself is not a match, either colorwise or fabricwise, for the dress.
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

Kate Middleton Pretty in Pink?

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee festivities have kicked off! One of the first huge events was a meeting of all the reigning Kings and Queens of the world. What an amazing sight to see the Queen of Belgium chatting with the Sultan of Brunei at Windsor Castle. Among the guests were Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge. Kate wore a pale pink dress, with a fitted bodice and pleated skirt. There's a little bit of detailing on the top, and a small gold brooch is pinned to her right shoulder (behind her ever-present hair). The dress is by Emilia Wickstead. The shoes seem to be bronze-ish satin, and the earrings are dangly and possibly diamond (see picture below).

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.

What do you think? Leave a comment! (top photo: courtesy Daily Mail

lower photo: courtesy JustJared.com

Sunday, May 13, 2012

From the Sublime to the....

Yea....um.....NO. No, no, a thousand times no.
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.
No offense to the designer (Hampshire-based Libelula designer Sophie Cranston). In another setting, and properly styled, this dress might have looked okay, even awesome. But at a sporting event, even one where Kate was presenting the trophy, this dress is just wrong on so many levels. It doesn't fit, it doesn't flatter, it doesn't seem right for the occasion or the wearer. I don't know what to say. I can't even take this into Photoshop and turn it into something more suitable and cute. It's as if, after last night's triumph in teal, Kate decided to thumb it to all of us and say "I can look bad in teal, too." The more I look at this the more I dislike her in it. It's aging, it's dull, it's uninspired, it just looks old and tired on her. It's Little House on the Prairie meets Amish housewife, especially in the shots at the 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

Catherine May 11 at London's Royal Albert Hall

William and Kate attended the "Our Greatest Team Rises" concert and fundraiser, a black tie gala evening to mark the countdown to the London 2012 Games, and to support the athletes. Kate wore a Jenny Packham gown in beautiful teal, and she had her hair UP! It's kinda cool that she chose to wear the same Jimmy Choo's she wore last night. I think they're a little more suited to this gown.
I ALMOST love this look. It's fresh and feminine, and the teal color is simply gorgeous. I love the delicate lace sleeves (and the sheer lace back), I love the jeweled belt, and I would have loved it even more if those side bits on the bodice were also draped in the teal silk. It's a tiny bit too busy on top, with the sleeves, the belt, the draping, the peekaboo lace, the dangly earrings, and those side parts. So I photoshopped it to show you what I mean, and I think it makes a big difference.
The back of the dress, by the way, is gorgeous! The teal lace and the tiny buttons are perfection. And the updo is fun and appropriate, too.
What do you think?

(photos courtesy The Daily Mail)

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Kate Middleton – White Dress At Claridges Hotel In London May 8, 2012

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a Roland Mouret cream gown at the Thirty Club Dinner, held at Claridges in London on May 9, 2012.
It's a pretty dress, well cut and form fitting. What I object to are the accessories. The earrings, according to a number of websites, are "paste", or faux. Not even real diamonds? She owns real diamond earrings, we've seen them. And the shoes? More Hollywood than high society. I'd have much preferred a simple pair of silver heels with a closed toe, to match the elegance of the gown, but my Photoshop skills aren't as good as my imagination. What I did do was to remove the earrings, exchange them for simple round diamond studs, and add a diamond hair clip. I think that as long as Catherine is determined to wear her hair down at formal events, she might as well use it as a fashion accessory, by adding jewely clips and barrettes. They can really dress up a simple gown, and have the added benefit of keeping her hair out of her face.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Photoshopped

Oooh didn't I tell you? A little bling around the neck, along with those big sparkly earrings, and Kate Middleton looks awesome! I photoshopped this great Tom Binns necklace around her neck, and it looks great!

(original image courtesy Daily Mail)

Kate Middleton April 26 Evening Event

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, attended the new galleries of the Imperial War Museum in London on April 26, 2012. Now, I'm not exactly sure why Kate changed out of the pretty blue suit she wore earlier today, because this little number is BORING, PLAIN and DULL. At least she put her hair half-up, but here's the joke: there's nothing to see!!! How about a little scarf or a brooch, your Duchessness?
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?
(Yellow looked awful, btw.)

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)