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, 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


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)