Apr 262013
 

For today’s engagement at Warner Brothers Studios Leavesden Kate wore a Topshop dress.

Adam Binnie/Waterford Observer Twitter

Adam Binnie/Waterford Observer Twitter

Prince William and Prince Harry were also part of the day’s events, this image comes via the BBC’s Sophie Sulehria.

Sophie Sulehrai, BBC

Sophie Sulehrai, BBC

Kate’s polka dot dress seemed in keeping with the majority of the day’s more lighthearted activities.

James Whatling / Splash News

James Whatling / Splash News

Once inside the studios the three were welcomed onto a Harry Potter set, all eight films were made here.

Warner Bros Studio Tour

Trying out props from some of those movies was clearly a high point.

Via Rebbecca @Beck_WatfordObs /Gordon Rayner

Via Rebecca Perring-Waterford Observer/Gordon Rayner-The Daily Telegraph

Warner Brothers has made a £100 million+ investment into Leavesden Studios, an immense facility housing a permanent production facility as well as the Studio Tour.

Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden

Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden

Today was the official inauguration of the studios.

Sophie Sulehria/BBC Twitter

Sophie Sulehria/BBC Twitter

Prince William was acting in his role as the President of BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts), below a portion of his remarks:

“The journey to today began most obviously with the now legendary story of an aspiring author – J K Rowling – translating her phenomenal imagination onto paper in the form of the Harry Potter series.

New BAFTA scholarships were announced today, the Prince William scholarships will assist those doing graduate-level work in film studies.
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Below, the young royals on the Diagon Alley set from the Harry Potter Films.
Chris Jackson/WPA Rota/ PA Wire

Chris Jackson/WPA Rota/ PA Wire

There was plenty of the back and forth ribbing between William and Harry, here is one of William’s salvos as shared by Max Foster from CNN:

Max Foster, CNN

Max Foster, CNN

There were 500 guests on the Making of Harry Potter Tour from the charities for which William, Kate and Harry serve as Patron.

Warner Brothers You Tube Video

Warner Brothers You Tube Video

The sets and costumes were obviously high points for everyone on the Tour, royals and guests alike.

Warner Brothers Studio Tours

Warner Brothers Studio Tours

All eight of the wildly successful films Harry Potter films were shot at Leavesden. Kate looked short in contrast to Rebeus Hagrid.

Warner Bros Studio Tour

Warner Bros Studio Tour

Here we see William and Harry giving Mr. Weasley’s flying Ford Anglia a try.

Warner Bros Studio Tour

Warner Bros Studio Tour

William can be seen trying out the Batmobile, Kate had a look at Batman’s costume.

Rebecca Perring/Waterford observer Twitter Feed

Rebecca Perring/Waterford observer Twitter Feed

William also seemed to like Batman’s means of getting around.

Valentine Low/The Times Twitter

Valentine Low/The Times Twitter

Naturally there were baby comments, Richard Palmer from the Express shared this one:

Richard Palmer, The Express

Richard Palmer, The Express

Harry Potter author JK Rowling joined the royals, it was the first time she had seen the studios. She was also in polka dots, and a pair of what could be the LK Bennett Sledge pumps Kate is so fond of. (Or is the platform too high for these to be the Sledge?) a pair of what savvy commenters have pointed out are the Jimmy Choo Cosmic, something yours truly should have recognized.

Warner Brothers Studio Tour

Warner Brothers Studio Tour

The Tour looks like something almost anyone would enjoy, other films produced at Leavesden include Sherlock Holmes, Inception and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. As the trio was departing Kate posed for photos with a few youngsters.

Sophie Sulehria/The BBC

Sophie Sulehria/The BBC

There was also more serious business on the day’s agenda, Harry, Kate & William chaired a meeting of their Charities Forum in the Great Hall set used for the Potter movies.

The Duchess was in a polka dot dress from Topshop.

James Whatling / Splash News

James Whatling / Splash News

Many think she wore the Polka Dot Skater dress in a tall size.

Topshop at Nordstrom

Topshop at Nordstrom

While others think it was a piece from Topshop’s maternity line, the brand’s Florence dress.

Topshop Maternity 'Florence' Dress

Topshop Maternity ‘Florence’ Dress

To be honest, I cannot tell which dress it is. The ongoing debate over which frock Kate is wearing is indicative of how similar they are. An observant WKW Facebook friend noted that the dots on Kate’s dress are spaced at regular intervals, the dots on the white version of Florence dress are not symmetrical, they overlap at points.

Topshop

Topshop

However… that is on the US site. The Florence dress on the UK site is shown with dots that are symmetrical, so I think it could be either at this point.

What To Expect

What To Expect

Many will recognize Kate’s black jacket.

mmmm

Many of us first noted Kate wearing the jacket as a ‘going away’ piece atop her blue Zara dress the day after the couple’s wedding, almost two years ago.

PA Wire

PA Wire

She has worn it on several occasions, including a Gary Barlow concert in December of 2011.

Splash News

Splash News

Kate accessorized with her black Episode angel pumps, the UFO black suede clutch and Annoushka pearl drop earrings.

Splash News

Splash News

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We have significant news we want to share, no doubt it will please many of you who saw our Tweets and/or Facebook mentions about what we mysteriously referred to as #BCF.

Drum roll……

EACH

Baby Cambridge Fundraiser

It stands for the Baby Cambridge Fundraiser, a joint effort from a coalition of royal bloggers raising money for EACH, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, one of Kate’s patronages. We’ll have more about this on Monday including a fabulous giveaway.  We hope readers who are on Facebook will join the Baby Cambridge Fundraiser page…..

Baby Cambridge Fundraiser Facebook Page

Baby Cambridge Fundraiser Facebook Page

And if you are on Twitter we hope you follow BCF on that site as well.

BCF (@Royal Fundraiser) Twitter Page

BCF (@Royal Fundraiser) Twitter Page

But more importantly, we hope you will consider making even a small donation, be it £1, $2, every little bit helps a very worthy cause.

Kate’s next engagement is Monday, she will spend part of her 2nd wedding anniversary visiting the Naomi House Children’s Hospice.

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  37 Responses to “Kate in Topshop & Ralph Lauren for Studio Tour, A Batmobile Baby Seat?”

  1. Since a simple yet classy looking outfit. The Duchess looked lovely and it was quite appropriate for the event.

    I would say the Duchess is wearing the maternity version of this dress. While it does “droop” in the back as one commentor mentioned so does the image of the maternity dress WKW posted. Also, the waistline is too high to be the regular women’s version.

  2. I love the polka dots on Kate!! :) I love every single dress Kate wears, but I really like her Alexander McQueen Sailor Dress!!!

  3. I am pretty sure this is the maternity version of the dress, the regular version would be too short in the front considering her advanced pregnancy. As for the fact that we can’t find it on the UK topshop website, it was probably available in store but was sold out at the point where we looked it up online or maybe Kate gets privileged shopping access to certain items that are not so easily found in the UK or she get’s out of her way to buy it from the US website to make sure that no one else in the UK can have the same model as her.

    BTW, I wanted to share with you that I just received my first pair of LK Bennett. I chose the Sabira in taupe. They have a 2 1/2 inch heel without a platform. I am already 5’8”, I work in commercial real estate, I also raise corporate sponsors for philanthropic events so it seemed more appropriate and sensitive for me to wear a shorter version of Kate’s. As a patron, her function is a little more glamorous then mine is as a commercial broker. I would appreciate it if you tell me what you think of my choice of summer court shoes.

  4. I think that black and white are always classic, and the Duchess works this outfit to perfection. The pairing of the jacket makes an otherwise casual dress just right for the occassion. I think the outfit was perfect for the event, and the trio seemed to have a great time.

  5. If you look carefully at pix taken from the side, the back hemline droops. So I would guess non-maternity.

  6. I think the Duchess of cambridge looks amazing in everything she wears. A truly beautiful woman! As the old saying goes, ‘she would look good wearing a bin liner’. She certainly has that x factor for sure

  7. What lovely photos, it looked like they had a wonderful time and I think Kate’s dress looked awesome also. I really love her style, for a Princess I think it is spot on! Can’t wait to see the baby!

  8. I noticed the Topshop dress in regular sizing is all gone. For those of you who would like to “repli-Kate” this look, I found similar dresses.

    Nordstrom sells a Polka Dot Fit and Flare Dress, Lauren Ralph Lauren for $149 as well as a Polka Dot Fit and Flare Dress by Adrianna Papell for $138.

    http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/lauren-ralph-lauren-polka-dot-fit-flare-dress/3476249?origin=category&BaseUrl=Dresses

    http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/adrianna-papell-polka-dot-fit-flare-dress/3425486?origin=category&BaseUrl=Dresses

    JCPenney sells the Pleated Polka Dot Dress by American Living for $60.

    http://www.jcpenney.com/dotcom/women/shop-clothing/dresses/little-white-dresses/american-living-pleated-polka-dot-dress/prod.jump?ppId=pp5002380170&catId=cat100210008&deptId=dept20000013&N=1405&pageSize=96&topDim=Color&topDimvalue=whites&dimCombo=Color%7C&dimComboVal=whites%7C&currentDim=Color&currentDimVal=whites

    Kohl’s sells a Polka Dot Empire Dress by Chaps for $59.50, currently reduced from $85.

    http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1175812/chaps-polka-dot-empire-dress.jsp

    Macy’s sells a Cap Sleeve Belted Polka Dot Print Dress by Anne Klein in the color tan for $129.

    http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/anne-klein-dress-cap-sleeve-belted-polka-dot-print?ID=818567&PseudoCat=se-xx-xx-xx.esn_results

    Happy Shopping!

  9. This is a very sweet and appropriate look for the Duchess. I’m not a fan of polka dots, but she pulls them off well. The length also looks flattering.

  10. I absolutely LOVE this dress. It is simple and unassuming. Perfect for a fun event like this. She looks her age and looks very happy and is stunning in a subtle way. BRAVO dear Duchess!

  11. Dare I say it – spot on? Sorry. But I thought this a very pretty outfit to look at and mercifully once again adopting a dress size large enough to accommodate The Bump and a canny pick from TopShop, nicely set off by the Lauren jacket, a nice mix of designer and High St. Also enough length in the skirt to aim at respectability.

    Well, almost. This is the second time this year – the first being the Whistles dress when attending her portrait unveiling – that the Duchess has resorted to inelegant clutching at her skirt when the wind blows. She needs to learn to make herself secure from the uplift threat, and that involves straight skirts, or coats over floaty skirts when in the great outdoors, for however brief a period.

    It also involves the kind of underwear which doesn’t send a fresh batch of soft porn pictures twice round the web before breakfast. I despair of her ever learning common sense and feel a sickening lurch of trepidation prior to every outing. These days it’s not so much “what will she get right?” as, “what’s going to be wrong this time?”

    PS A charming article this weekend in the UK Financial Times Arts & Life section (which first put me on to WKW) on maternity outfits based on non-maternity wear, including both Kate and a very chic Carla Bruni.

  12. I am so sure it’s the maternity dress because of the length of the skirt. When it was first reported that it was the skater dress, I didn’t believe it but now I know there’s a maternity version it makes sense.
    If you look at the length of the fabric from the waistline, you’ll see that that amount of fabric on the skater dress wouldn’t fall almost to Kate’s knees as the dress she is wearing does. But if you look at the purple and black versions of the maternity dress (the middle crazy dot one isn’t a maternity dress for the same reasons as above) then it has a longer skirt.
    Also, if you wear a floaty non-maternity dress then there is no extra fabric added for the bump – by that I mean that the skirt at the front would be shorter than at the back because it has more to cover. In Kate’s case this isn’t true.
    I’m with Tami on thinking that this (http://reviews.topshop.com/6025/44D12DCRM/topshop-uk-maternity-polka-dot-flippy-dress-reviews/reviews.htm) is the right dress.

  13. I don’t understand why people complain about her dress being to short. It is not to short.

  14. I like this dress and this look — finally something I can like. Except, as usual, it’s too short, and it looks like she’s not wearing a slip again. This lovely dress proves she wastes a lot of money on designer dresses when something simpler and cheaper actually looks better.

  15. I love this look! I’m a sucker for anything polka-dotted.

  16. This is a nice enough outfit, quite appropriate for the venue and occasion, but nothing special in my view. I am just not excited by little full-skirted, short-sleeved dresses like this or by polka dots. However, I have always loved that jacket, so I’m happy to see it again. Looks like the trio had a lot of fun, and I must say that while I don’t like polka dots on JK Rowling any better than I like them on the Duchess or myself, Rowling looks terrific.

    My guess was that this was the non-maternity version of the dress because of the fully spaced dots, but I suppose we can’t be absolutely sure. If it’s not, then it’s another example of the way the Duchess is managing to wear non-maternity clothing at this early point in her third trimester, managing not to have bought a large maternity wardrobe. She’s even reaching into her closets for older items that work with her pregnancy with some adjustment. I think this is both admirable and eminently practical, not least because tailoring will make it possible for many of these items (such as the Erdem dress we saw the other day) to be worn again after the baby is born. I see this as a potential inspiration for other women who may be daunted by the notion of having to buy a lot of maternity clothes. Of course it helps that she’s been carrying small.

    By the way, I wondered earlier today whether we might see her in that butter-yellow Jenny Packham dress she wore in Canada. I wasn’t crazy about that dress, but it might well work as maternity wear. On second thought, since she had a mishap with a bit of a stiff breeze while wearing that dress, perhaps she doesn’t want to remind the media of it.

    • I’m impressed you liked the Rowling outift. I thought it went several ruffles too far, with so many untidy layers hanging limp and droopy. And the platforms looked dated, something I think you may have taken Kate to task for in the past.

      Thanks for your consummate summary of an inspirational maternity wardrobe!

      • Actually, I said I DIDN’T like the polka dots on Rowling. And I wasn’t referring to her outfit (or shoes) anyway, just to her. She looks slim, pretty, and youthful — quite good. In fact, I don’t care for the shoes.

  17. Thanks for such a great post! I love this blog.

    Kate’s dress is definitely the maternity style from Topshop. I have the same one (purchased in-store, not the web). The dots on the maternity style I have are regular, and the waistline is high, like Kate’s. The picture above doesn’t seem to show the correct version of the white-with-black dots version – the dots are irregular and the waistline is in the wrong place. The real version has an empire waist and is cut like the black one in the picture.

    There is a better picture of the dress on this site: http://www.whattoexpect.com/tools/photolist/12-maternity-must-haves-for-spring.aspx

  18. Love the look. Cute and youthful while still polished. I actually want that polka dot dress for myself!

  19. Even though the white version of the Florence has overlapping dots, the other two colors don’t, so it could just be the picture. I still think it’s the Florence, but either dress is super cute, and, as always, she looks fabulous. I don’t at all think the dress is too short, nor do I think anything else she’s worn has been too short. She’s not had any mishaps, and she has absolutely beautiful legs. She should absolutely show them off, especially if she doesn’t want all attention on her bump all the time.

    They all looked like they were having a blast, though! That certainly seems like a fun day.

  20. I snapped up the Florence dress at Nordstrom, I tried to get size 4 but it sold out while I was checking out I guess! So I got a size 6 (US)… hoping TopShop runs small! Also hoping I didn’t inadvertently buy a maternity dress, is there a different version of the dress that’s in the maternity section?

  21. I like this dress much better than Emilia’s. It actually fits her better, and therefore it looks more put-together. An excellent choice!

  22. This is so much better than the last couple of outfits. It is a fun dress for a fun event. I wonder if it is the maternity dress…the back is longer than the front. Over all, very well done today.

  23. I think this is the Topshop Maternity Flippy Dress. http://reviews.topshop.com/6025/44D12DCRM/topshop-uk-maternity-polka-dot-flippy-dress-reviews/reviews.htm I don’t believe it was available in the US, which might be why others didn’t find it right away.

    • The Daily Mail is now claiming that she bought the dress from the regular line, not the maternity range. I have no idea.

  24. I absolutely *loved* this look. She looks great (hemline is a perfect length), and HRH managed to combine a professional/fun outfit with obvious joy. Brava!

  25. Anna from My small obsessions shows a picture of the maternity dress with the dots placed at regular intervals. It seems to me that’s the one Kate wore. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Zdr4MubYjuw/UTTe-nDtQ4I/AAAAAAAAApU/65rDeXlF8Fk/s1600/tOPSHOP.jpg

    Thanks for all your fantastic posts! Really enjoy reading them.

  26. She is stunning and glowing. I love topshop’s maternity line!!

  27. Much better than her recent blue dress, the color I liked and the fabric I did not. These shoes are appropriate for this polka dot dress (those gray suede for the blue were a total mismatch), and thispolka dot dress apparently did not wrinkle, thank goodness.

    I will bet others will comment about how short this dress is, but it should be noted that the Duchess has never combined short length with short neckline. And she has shapely enough legs to pull any short look off.

  28. I think that the JK Rowling’s shoes are by Jimmy Choo.

  29. They all look like they are having a genuine good time! Kate’s bump sure is growing. It looks soooo sweet draped in polka dots! She looks really pretty & glowing. Will’s pants are too short!

  30. Kate looks wonderful. I think the dress is maternity because the regular dress has a waistline that could be altered but why do that if a maternity style that looks exactly like it is available? I mean, it’s like $55, why have something that cheap altered? Whichever, I love the dress.

    Looks like they all had fun today. William, Kate and Harry make up a nice little family. I have a feeling Little Baby Cambridge will be adored by silly Uncle Harry.

    I’ve neither read nor seen any of the Harry Potters and I haven’t seen Batman since the 80′s so this tour would not interest me but I’m sure it will be a big hit. Thanks for all the photos.

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