Monday, March 19, 2012

Kate Visits the The Treehouse Hospice in Ipswich

The Duchess made her first speech today, at The Treehouse, a childrens' hospice in Ipswich. She wore a royal blue dress with black belt, shoes and clutch. The press has made a big deal of the fact that this same dress was worn by Kate's mother, to Ascot, a couple of years ago. I don't know why this should be a surprise, those of us who follow Kate have speculated for some time that her mother is highly influential in Kate's choice of apparel.

That said, I have to say I really like this look. The color is bright and cheerful, the dress is well cut, with just enough detail to make it interesting, and Kate wore a cute bracelet with orange and purple stones, that looked adorable. The outfit was bold enough that Kate was easy to spot in a crowd, and she seems to be inching cautiously toward the idea of accessories. Well done, I say.

Now, let's get to work on her posture. I'm not sure if it's the fact that she wears sky high heels, but her head pitches forward and gives her a hangdog look, or like she's constantly ducking her head to avoid a low ceiling.

(images courtesy The Daily Mail)

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Duchess of Cambridge on St Patrick's Day 2012

Catherine attended a traditional St. Patrick's Day parade in Aldershot, and presented clovers, or shamrocks, to the Irish Guards. She wore a coatdress in an extremely muted shade of green-grey, and wore a very cute shamrock pin that we've seen many times before, most recently last June when she wore it to review the Irish Guards with Prince William. A lovely brooch, and the bunch of clover was pretty too.
I'm pretty resigned to the fact that Kate will never be an adventurous dresser. She looks, in fact, as though her mother, or grandmother maybe, was styling her. This color is so muted that it has no oomph, pop or interest. A black belt adds nothing. The hat, in chocolate brown, is too low and too flat. A hat should enhance the face, bring interest to the eyes, and complement the outfit. This hat does none of the above.
I think I'm learning that my standards for Kate's apparel needs to be revised from "youthful, elegant and bright" to "serviceable, prosaic, and a little bit self conscious". Within those standards, the outfit is successful.
But just imagine if she'd gone with jewel colors and a hat that stood out a little!

(image courtesy Daily Mail)

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Duchess of Cambridge Today

Today, Kate visited the Olympic Park, where the Summer Olympics will be held. She wore skinny jeans -- which, on her gives new definition to the word skinny -- in cherry red, with a dark blazer and white top. She accessorized (she did??) with a patriotic themed scarf. Initially Kate arrived in a pair of heels that looked godawful with the jeans. But when she changed into a sweatshirt and trainers, she looked better. I don't like the length of the jeans, but what do I know. People say the color, fit and length are "hip" right now. Not sure Catherine should be aiming for "hip" but it's not my call.

Later in the day, Catherine made a trip to a children's center, with Charles and Camilla. She wore grey, again. It's an interesting dress, with a slightly strange black embroidered (?) motif at the neckline, a little tie belt, and pleated skirt. I kind of hate the black design, it looks like cheapo pom poms or something. Black shoes, black clutch, no accessories, hair in face.

What do you all think?

(images courtesy getty images)

Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Queen and the Duchess in Leicester March 8, 2012

Let's talk about what I do like about this outfit.

Now let's talk about why I don't like it.

I dunno, could she have not known this was going to happen? Any woman who's ever worn a tight skirt knows that she's risking a lot of -- and maybe too much -- exposure. The old kid's rhyme pops into my head: "I see London, I see France..."

The outfit itself is okay. Unadorned, dull color, clunky masculine belt, with black accessories. Is there an echo in here?

What do you all think of it?

(images courtesy The Daily Mail)

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Duchess of Cambridge at Fortnum and Mason

Duchess Kate joined her mother in law and her grandmama in law (also known as Camilla and The Queen) for a visit to the posh foodie store Fortnum and Mason in London today.
I guess the memo went out to (1) wear blue, and (2) don't upstage the Queen. Kate chose this Missoni blue tweed coat, and, according to some, she wore the same blue Zara dress that she wore on the day after her wedding. There was no adornment, not even a bag, except for daffodils that have some kind of significance but I don't know what it is.

Now. Let's not confuse "she wears it well" with "a beautiful coat". This is not a beautiful coat. It's a nice color, a very nice color. But it looks kinda scratchy, and I despise that furry looking "trim" running up the center. Once again, Kate has managed to dress at least 10 years older than her true age.

In better news, I kinda like that she chose not to carry a bag. That's kind of cool, for some reason.

What do you think?

<--- The dress she might be wearing beneath the coat.

(image courtesy The Daily Mail)