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.


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: