Nov 282013

NOTE: Please accept my apology to those who may have seen a “non-post post” earlier. Yours truly tried to multitask and failed miserably: it was sweet potatoes vs. the blog, the potatoes clearly won yesterday’s round.

The Duchess chose another piece by Temperley London for tonight’s annual SportsBall, wearing the label’s Templeton dress.

Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

The SportsBall recognizes and benefits SportsAid; the Duchess is the organization’s Patron. SportsAid “helps talented young disabled and non-disabled athletes to achieve their ambitions. Since 1976, the charity has distributed more than £50 million to aspiring young athletes throughout the UK…”.

James Whatling / Splash News

James Whatling / Splash News

Kate speaking with Tanni Grey-Thompson,an 11-time Paralympic Gold Medalist in wheelchair racing, now trustee of SportsAid. (It is actually Baroness Grey-Thompson, DBE.)

The dress showcased a highly detailed laser cut design.

Jeff Moore/Splash News

Jeff Moore/Splash News

Our images of the frock are via Lyst.

Temperley 'Templeton' via

Temperley ‘Templeton’ via

The dress originally sold at $1385, but had been discounted to $554. More from Lyst:

Inspired by Renaissance stained glass, it is made of a taffeta style fabric and has a plain body with a detailed neck yoke, sleeve and skirt finished with a feminine scallop. Demure and slightly Audrey Hepburn in feel, it has a nipped in waist, slightly exaggerated shoulder and full skirt.

Here we have a better look at the fabric’s intricate pattern, we show it on Kate’s frock on the left, as well as an online retailer.

Splash News/Temperley

Splash News/Temperley

The piece is from Alice Temperley’s 2012 autumn/winter collection. Several Templeton pieces were offered, we show the separates as seen on the runway.

The collection also included a full-length dress in this fabric.

Kate accessorized with her Jimmy Choo Cosmic pumps in black suede. They are available at Jimmy Choo for $775, as well as at Net-a-Porter for $695.


The Duchess carried her red Alexander McQueen clutch.

Splash news/Alexander McQueen

Splash news/Alexander McQueen

She wore that dazzling diamond set we have seen previously.

Splash News

Splash News

Arguably Kate’s most notable accessory was her hair. While we try to stay firmly focused on style and fashion topics in this space, not mentioning the return of Kate’s shiny hair in a new, shorter cut, would be an oversight on my part.

The evening’s most-anticipated moment came when Kate presented the highly respected One-to-Watch award to Amber Hill, a 16-year-old sharpshooter who already competes at the senior level and is ranked 5th in the world.  British Shooting shared this image of Amber with her award in that distinctive Tiffany box; Tiffany was a major sponsor of the function.

SportsAid Facebook

SportsAid Facebook

More on Amber and her Award from Richard Palmer’s story in The Express:

This year at the world championships she smashed a junior world record with a score that equalled the senior world record.

After the presentation the teenager said the Duchess liked her reply to the BBC broadcaster: “She said she loved my comments.”

She added: “It’s just so nice she recognises young and upcoming sportswomen and gives us the backing and the recognition. Its definitely good that she’s patron – a great role model.”

More on Kate’s participation at this year’s SportsBall from SportsAid’s online story:

At her first SportsBall since becoming SportsAid’s patron earlier this year, last night Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge helped to highlight the amazing commitment, sacrifices and achievements of young British athletes who one day hope to compete at the Olympic or Paralympic Games.

The elegant affair was at Supernova in London’s Embankment Gardens, an elegant setting as seen in this twitter photo from the MadHen Band.

MadHen Facebook Page

MadHen Facebook Page

The group is enormously popular in the UK; they played at last year’s gala, and returned for this year’s party.


We wanted to include a few photos from Tuesday night’s Winter Whites Gala, benefiting Centrepoint. The gala was at Kensington Palace (is there a posher place for a party?!), with a reception, dinner and 5-star entertainment from Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift, James Blunt and other acts. Below, the Duke chatting with some of Centrepoint’s young people.

Harriet Armstrong/Centrepoint Facebook

Harriet Armstrong/Centrepoint Facebook

Jon Bon Jovi and his son talk with Prince William.

Harriet Armstrong/Centrepoint Facebook

Harriet Armstrong/Centrepoint Facebook

William presented Mr. Bon Jovi with the Centrepoint Great Britain Youth Inspiration Award for his humanitarian work. The singer founded Soul Foundation in 2006, that organization works to help break the cycle of poverty through “rebuilding pride in one’s self and one’s community, one soul at a time”.

Harriet Armstrong/Centrepoint Facebook

Harriet Armstrong/Centrepoint Facebook

William and Taylor Swift enjoying the entertainment.

Harriet Armstrong/Centrepoint Facebook

Harriet Armstrong/Centrepoint Facebook

For many the evening’s highlight came during an impromptu singalong during Jon Bon Jovi’s performance of the classic “Livin’ On A Prayer”. Taylor Swift joined the entertainer who was playing solo with his guitar, and then Prince William jumped on the stage as well.

Harriet Armstrong/Centrepoint Facebook

Harriet Armstrong/Centrepoint Facebook

The event was a booming success in several ways. Centrepoint has announced the event raised £1 million. If you would like to look at all of Harriet Armstrong’s wonderful photos from the gala, there are two albums on the Centrepoint Facebook page. Click here or here.

The name is familiar to WKW readers. It may also sound familiar to those who remember Princess Diana’s volunteer work, she was the organization’s Patron for some time; Prince William has served as the group’s Patron since 2005.  Below left you see Diana at Centrepoint, on the right William is shown with executive director Seyi obakin, the two took part in one of the group’s Sleep Out for Centrepoint event in 2009, when hundreds slept on London’s streets to help raise awareness of the homeless problem.



In December of last year Kate and William visited Centrepoint’s Camberwell Foyer facility.

PA Wire

PA Wire


Tomorrow we’ll be back to share some of the Kate-related bargains for those partaking of the weekend’s shopping frenzy and/or Cyber Monday (known as Pink & Green Monday at our real job); there are some discounts that may be appealing for those inclined to peruse the offerings. There is one to tell you about today, because of its time-related element. It is for Kate’s M Missoni coat, marked down to just $399 at flash sale site

One thing to keep in mind: this particular sale ends Thursday night, so if interested in the coat you may want to act sooner, rather than later. Gilt is one of many ‘members only’ flash sale sites. If you are not a member and need an invitation (I think you may be able to sign up with out one), just click here. (Full disclosure, if you become a member, and if you buy something, I receive an account credit.)

Kate has worn the coat more than once, on the left she is shown at Fortnum & Mason in March of last year, and on last June’s trip to Nottingham with the Queen and Prince William.

Splash News

Splash News

Update to Kate’s Calendar:


  42 Responses to “Kate Wears Temperley London for Glittering SportsBall UPDATED”

  1. Hello
    I think in general the Duchess should wear evening shoes with her more gala events. Jeweled, beded or satin pumps would look nice. She seems to wear the same shoes for both day and evening wear.

  2. I like the dress, but not for this occasion. Its a “ball”, not a garden party or low key cocktail party. She could have pulled out one of her already worn long gowns, like the off-white with the slit or that pretty dark green. Even the McQueen black lace that she has worn 2 or 3 times already would have been nice.

  3. The dress is cute and her hair looks nice and fresh again, but it just seems a bit plain compared to the way other people dressed for the occasion.

  4. Feel free to critique, of course! However, the critiques-in-a-vacuum will always be misguided, IMO, since they assume that the Duchess is trying to convey “look at me”, when she and Prince William have adamantly insisted on the shared goal of “look at them” (those they are supporting) – and her style choices expertly back that up. In addition, there is an expectation in the majority of the remarks that the effects of new motherhood, pregnancy, morning sickness, etc., should have no bearing on her appearance, or at least not a negative effect. I find it telling that one of the defenses of the negative commentary is that Kate doesn’t actually read the blog – somehow making it more acceptable to judge a person literally from head to toe; surely you can agree that comments have regularly gone beyond merely commenting on What Kate Wore…perhaps a sister blog could be started, “What Kate Shoud Look Like”? Kate certainly has an uphill battle in being seen as more than a mannequin, but I like her chances.

    • Forgive me if I’m terribly dense, but precisely what is a “critique-in-a-vacuum”? And I am not using the likelihood that the Duchess doesn’t read this blog as a “defense”. I am rather pointing out that she has far better things to do than pay attention to us.

      So, no, I don’t agree with you, not at all. In fact, I think you’ve misunderstood the point of this blog. It’s actually far less about the Duchess herself than about how observers may emulate — or not — her style. What is she wearing that we like; where might we buy it: how could it be tweaked in a way that suits us?

      There are other sites that presume to discuss what she (and her husband) think, what their personal problems and concerns are, but this is not one of them, nor should it be. I find that sites on which people do make presumptions and assumptions about what’s going on in the Cambridges’ or other royals’ minds are a little disturbing. We are not their friends, we don’t know them, and we really are not in a position to say that they have “adamantly insisted” on anything.

      I also think that people here have been considerably less critical of a woman dealing with pregnancy and new motherhood than on other sites. Perhaps you are confusing WKW with those.

      I reiterate: this is a fashion blog, a blog for the discussion of clothing. If that is not want you want to read and discuss, then perhaps this is not the site for you. It does appear that as far as you concerned, this site should not actually exist. If, on the other hand, you think it SHOULD exist, perhaps you would be so kind as to inform the rest of us what you think we should be discussing.

      I apologize if I am sounding slightly snarky, but you do seem to be suggesting that the Admin lost her way in the woods by allowing the terrible commenters on fashion to have anything to do with her blog, but I can’t quite figure out what you think the blog was about in the first place.

      • Lili, thank you for your erudite and well-reasoned response (…which might also be described as a defense of WKW commenters). I’ve both followed and participated in the comments section of this blog for years, and I’m surprised by the recent barrage of suggestions that if one critiques an outfit, then that individual is somehow “judging” the Duchess or being negative. Surely people can draw a distinction between “judging” an outfit aesthetically and judging a person? Personally, I really enjoy clothing, especially discussions of clothing. I’ve benefited tremendously from reading this blog: not only has it provided me with hours of reading enjoyment, but I’ve learned so much from the diverse (and often divergent) opinions of others. I’ve discovered fun facts about clothing, both cultural differences from the blog’s global following and historical information (particularly about plaid! Who would have thought plaid had such a history?). My own fashion sense has grown and developed as a result, and I’m much more willing to experiment and step out of my comfort zone in terms of what I wear now.

        I would never “judge” a person for something so inconsequential as the clothes they are wearing. Actually, I try very hard not to judge people at all. People have radically different relationships with clothing: some are only concerned that their garments are comfortable, whereas others delight in creating an aesthetically pleasing “look” through paying careful attention to fabric, cut, color, etc. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the former of these views about clothing, but if one belongs to the later, conversations like those that occur on those blog are very interesting and informative. If I suggest that a dress the Duchess is wearing doesn’t work with the accessories, I am simply voicing my own opinion about the outfit; I am most assuredly not insulting the Duchess, whom I like and admire very much as a public figure. Further, I am very interested in other commenters’ takes on the outfit, and I most enjoy when they differ from my own. Otherwise, what would be the point?

        I’m also uncertain what claim AV is trying to make about fashion “for the fashion” vs “fashion in context.” Most of us comment on the outfit in relationship with the venue or event where it was worn, which is why the event-related information the administrator is so kind to provide is of utmost importance.

    • JR, I totally agree with you. There’s a a difference between evaluating fashion ‘for the fashion’ or fashion ‘in context’. The former is what one can do e.g. during fashion shows; the latter is more appropriate to comment on fashion worn by specific people on specific occasions.

    • I agree with Lilli. Let’s face it, we all project everything we want to see on to Kate. You claim it should be all about “those they help”… well, this isn’t a “What Kate Does” blog. It is about appearance. That’s the point. This isn’t a blog about her good works, her charities or anything other than “What Kate Wore”. The best piece about our relationship to the “visuals” Kate presents was written by British author Andrew Sullivan about the time the portrait was hung in the National Portrait Gallery. I suggest readers of this blog read it. It is insightful and spot on.

  5. Wonderful post & ditto dress. I’m glad that many of those who’ve commented find the dress too ‘modest’ for this occasion, so that perhaps, finally, more attention will go to the causes the Duchess supports. And if, as is suggested below, the future of the monarchy depends on her clothing style, it looks very sad indeed :).

  6. That red McQueen bag is all wrong for the look. So wrong.

  7. I like the cut of the dress on her. I think she is not one to show a lot of skin, which is why she looks polished. If you look at her next to some of the other ladies, who are wearing short, tight dresses, Kate looks more respectable. Also, I think the platform heels take away from the matronly effect if the dress. With that said, I’m not a fan of the laser cut, maybe a nice lace would have been more my taste.

    I am also glad to see she has refreshed her hair :)

  8. Gold accessories, sheer black hose and a more striking belt would make this somewhat frumpy dress more flattering and up-to-date. In general, she is playing it way too safe. Her dresses are all starting to look alike — much like the how the Queen’s outfits look alike. But when the Queen was a young woman she dressed more glamorous. There are quite a few short dresses on the Temperley site that would have been more flattering and glamorous.

    Glad that Kate had her colour refreshed and a few inches cut off but she needs to pull her hair off her face and neck more often. The weight of her hair sometimes drags down the whole outfit.

  9. I have to agree with the majority of posters, not my favorite look. Between the high neckline, fuller skirt and hair down, this really reads far more daytime than evening, despite the somewhat exposing lace in the back. I think with black tights and slightly lower heels it would be a lovely dress for a daytime holiday engagement in the next month, but lacks the glam factor an evening event should bring. It didn’t have to be a full length gown, just something a bit sleeker.

    Her hair is looking lovely, though! The color and shine are beautiful and the slightly shorter length is becoming. But I wish for an evening event she had gone with something a bit more polished. Her half up look from the place 2 be forum was a nice switch! Leaving it all down feels a bit heavy and daytime, especially with the dress.

    Love that bracelet and clutch, though. Some of my favorite Kate accessories!

  10. Ahh, sadly I have to agree with others about this dress. I think it was appropriate for the event. The problem is it reminds me of everything else she wears. I used to get so excited by what the Duchess would wear, however, lately her clothing is getting a bit boring. Everything is starting to look like something she has worn before. I don’t believe she is doing this on purpose since Kate loves fashion. I just wish she would do small changes, which could even just be with her accessories. I think the outfit tonight could have had a little pizzazz if she had just added a colorful belt. If Kate had worn a red belt to match the red clutch I think it would have tied everything together nicely. Or better yet a gold clutch with a gold belt. The black belt with the bow just blends into the dress. Oh well, thats just my thoughts.

    I loved her hair and makeup though. Her face was beautiful as always!!!

  11. Perfectly ladylike and appropriate for the occasion. I’m not a fan of the shoes, because platforms are past their expiration date, but I know many wearers feel they are comfortable.

    I realize some folks think this was a “meh” choice, and perhaps even a little dowdy. However, this dress will look classic years from now when we go through pages of Kate looks. One of the problems with Diana’s fashions was that she was too “of the moment.” Her 80s dresses look just that. It wasn’t until the 90s, when she began to tone done, that her style really came into being.

    It’s the same with Kate. I’d take this over her printed mini dresses any day.

  12. I’m grateful for the catalogue illustrations as they help make more sense of the dress as I feel the pictures of it on Kate are pretty much ruined by flash photography. Temperley tends towards over-detailed for my own taste, but this dress does at least have relatively clean lines, and the patterned overlay is pretty.

    At least there’s some change of style from the long dress worn to the War Horse premiere, with the plain block of the camisole-style bodice this time, though I’m less happy about the intrusive solid zipper bar at the back.

    Black does seem a pretty dour choice for the occasion, and for once I find myself wishing the skirt was just a fraction shorter given the heaviness of colour and the combined weight of overlay and shell. For me this is a serviceable outfit, not an exciting one. For my money, the runway pieces illustrated are just plain dire.

    I’m delighted to see the Duchess’s hair looking so well, and thankfully trimmed at last, though I don’t fully understand how someone with the resources Kate has at her disposal could have let things slide for so long.

    And I’m not so happy with the accessories. Yes, the outfit needs its routine ‘pop’ of colour, but somehow the clutch is too obvious, almost gauche, and too detailed with pleated red fabric. I think with the fussiness of the overlay Kate needed something with more sheen, the model is shown pairing the dress with patent leather footwear and cool silver chain.

    So I don’t rate wearing suede shoes, and I think the bracelet – and why must she always wear the same one? – almost disappears. I think this is a woman who doesn’t use a dresser and really needs to if she is to achieve the polish expected of the royal performance.

    • ElizaMo, I echo your sentiments about the red clutch. I liked the clutch with the red McQueen outfit she wore for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee river pageant (especially how it looked against the scarf she was holding in the same hand), but I’m not fond of it as paired with this dress. In general, I am not a fan of “pops of color” that are too jarring against the other color(s) in the outfit in question. I prefer for the accessories to be in a more complimentary color. With a gold or shimmery nude clutch, one could avoid the “gaucheness” you mentioned.

      I’m with you on the bracelet as well. I think it matches the earrings you and I are on record as disliking in comments to a previous post? I prefer this bracelet to the earrings, but it doesn’t work particularly well with this frock.

  13. Susan thank you so much for posting the info in the M Missoni coat!!!
    I’ve loved this coat even since she wore for the first time and couldn’t find my size both times it was available in the stores in London. Given the price and the fact that my alteration tailors in New Bond street
    are amazing I decided to buy it 2 sizes bigger in 44 Italian.

    I was on doctors appointments all day ad saw your post late last night so I don’t know wether smaller sizes were available when you gave the info? I’m just curious to know how the Guilt site works?
    Do they only do flash sales for previous seasons items?

    About the dress, I was expecting to see her in a spectacular dress as she has often done so in the past,
    but clearly this dress doesn’t fall in this category: I’ve always found that laser cut fabrics on a full skirt makes the garment more stiff and even though she suits and favours fitted bodies and floating skirts, other dress with similar silvers suited her much better. It seems that she wanted to make a low key appearance.

    A note about the shoes: last spring I went to Jimmy Choo on New Bond street and tried both the cosmic and her glittery sandals and they both look even better in the flesh. I ended up buying her cosmic platforms
    for now as I couldn’t afford them both simultaneously and I just want to say they they are the most elegant shoe of that type I’ve tried in a long time. The platform tapers inside which makes the shoe appear not chunky as many do when they feature a platform. Together with the thin high heel it makes the legs look slim and elegant. Compared to similar top brands it’s the best platform court.

    Finally, her and hair looked amazing.

  14. Ok, here’s the deal. You just saw Taylor Swift singing with your husband looking amazing with her hair up and in a stellar dress. So wouldn’t you up your game a bit? If I had a hairdresser on call and could have my hair done it would be up in gorgeous dos like Taylor’s. Even with the boring dress, she could have been more glamourous. I hope she realizes if she gets boring and matronly and lose interest, the whole British Monarchy will suffer.

    • Perhaps Kate:
      1)has a new baby that is the focus of her time rather than her hair
      2) is secure enough in her relationship to not feel the need to emulate Taylor Swift just because William met her
      3) doesn’t make her decisions just to please the crowd here at “What Kate Did Wrong”.

      • Amen – sadly, the WKDW label seems more apt with every outing :(. She said from the get-go that she had no intention of being merely a mannequin in her role, she’s lived up to that promise, but is regularly slated for it, even here on a somewhat “Kate friendly” blog. When are we going to learn that she’s not kidding around, and is determined to be an informed patron for the charities with whom she works?

        • I’m not entirely sure what the point of this blog would be, beyond providing label information, if people did not feel free to critique various outfits. I don’t think it’s necessary for everyone to praise every outfit simply in order to avoid saying anything negative about the Duchess.

          People have different tastes in clothes, and it’s quite interesting to see that. Moreover, I don’t think the Duchess is reading this blog and having her feelings hurt. Public figures undergo public scrutiny, often for what they are wearing. It comes with the job, even when the job is about considerably more than what they wear.

        • I am a regular reader of, and occasional poster on this blog, where I enjoy the discussions of the fashion choices and style of the Duchess of Cambridge. There is very rarely discussion – or slating – of the Duchess as ‘mannequin in her role’ and the merits or otherwise of her marriage, her work ethic and patronages.

          I am interested (as are most of us) in her choices of clothing and the way she puts her look together. I find the comments made on this blog informative and illuminating and on the whole, respectful. It is always interesting to read the different points of view on a particular outfit, and suggestions for different accessories etc., for those of us interested in the vagaries of fashion.

          If you would like to start a discussion on the seriousness of the Duchess’s causes and working life, I suggest that this is not the forum where you will get much of a response.

      • 1. She spent enough time to get it colored and blown out which takes as long if not longer than twisting it up. New mothers often want their hair out of grabbing range of young babies… They pull it.

        2. The comparison to Taylor Swift was about dressing like a Princess. And let’s not forget, her rival for William’s attention, who blew him off, was there too. No one should be so secure in their relationships, especially in fact in a family with so much wealth and so much divorce.

        3. Her main job after popping out the heir, is to keep the world entralled with the Monarchy which is otherwise just an obsolete relic. It is a brand and we should not forget it.

  15. Her clothing choices have become matronly. She must be taking advice from Camilla. Kate, please, you are attractive and exhibit good taste most of the time. Wear what looks good on you and not what is stylish. I particularly hate the flared skirt look worn on Remembrance Sunday.

  16. Hmmm. Loved her hair looking professionally done once more, shining and cut beautifully. Wish she would put it up more though, it looks often as if she’s hiding behind it.

    that dress? No, and no, and no for this occasion. Where’s the glamour? A touch of svelte or (gasp) a little more skin would have made it far more evening-y. It looks like a nice day dress to me.

    I think Kate played it safe here and ended up with a dull, rather inappropriate dress. The length is great though, she needs to wear knee length more.

  17. Wonder why Kate wasn’t at the Kensington Palace event. Thought she was supposed to be there.

  18. The new hair color looks great. Dress length is appropriate (hooray!) but oh dear it is really ugly and inappropriate for this event. I just really don’t like Temperley’s aesthetic with one exception. Although I thought it inappropriate for Remembrance Day, I did like the Temperley coat Kate wore for that.

  19. First of all, Happy Thanksgiving to everybody! It is truly my favorite American holiday. I have a tendency to always focus on things that may go wrong, so it is nice to have a holiday that sort of forces you to count your blessings.

    In terms of today’s outfit, I definitely love the hair and makeup, the shoes, and the clutch. The dress- not so much. And not because we’ve seen the lace and the fitted bodice/full skirt cut many times before, but simply because this particular reincarnation of it didn’t do much to show off Kate’s body. I am of the opinion that Kate doesn’t have to appear in something totally original every time. Nor did she have to wear a floor length gown. But she could definitely wear a knee length cocktail dress that would look stunning, and this one didn’t.

    On the plus side, her hair looked amazing, did she finally see light and go back to Ward??? I guess we’ll never know. Also, Susan, do you know if she wore earrings with this outfit?

    Thanks for the post, and once again, Happy Thanksgiving to all.

  20. I really liked this whole outfit and loved how beautiful her hair looked tonight. I think this darker shade compliments her skin tone so much better than the lighter shade she had. I especially liked the pop of color that the clutch added. I love these shoes! I would love to wear heels like this, they look so elegant and lengthen the leg so well.

    I’m really impressed at how much looser and more fun Prince William has become since his wedding. I think marriage and fatherhood really agree with him. Kate and George (even Lupo) have really enabled him to let down his guard a bit and be more open.

  21. Thank you for doing a post even on a major holiday! I adore this dress and thinks she looks fabulous overall, particularly her hair, as others have already noted. I love the pop of red. I joined Gilt and added the coat to my cart…I am still on the fence about whether or not to actually buy it (blue is not the greatest color on me, but – this is such a great deal!!) but if I do pull the trigger I’m glad to hear that you will get a credit! Happy Thanksgiving to you and the consort and thanks again for a great post!

  22. I wasn’t sure about this frock at first glance, but upon closer inspection, I find it quite fetching. I love the fitted bodice and the length of the sleeves. Laser cut patterns aren’t my favorite trend, but this one is very well done. I don’t know enough about the event in particular to make a judgment on whether or not the Duchess was under-dressed, but I will say she could have presented a more formal appearance if she had chosen to wear her hair up. I think the piece looks much more dressed-up in the promotional picture, where the model has her hair in a low pony. But, in addition to staying true to her signature style, I suspect the Duchess wanted to show off her new trim and color, which looks marvelous I must say, thouh I never thought her hair looked bad.

  23. I’m taking a break from Thanksgiving preparations to comment. (My husband and I were both raised in families that insisted on evening, rather than midday, holiday meals). Talking about clothes is a lot more fun than peeling potatoes and grating Gruyere.

    I’m on record as not being a Temperley fan, and this dress doesn’t alter my opinion. I’m looking for the Duchess to debut some new “wow” clothes, with truly interesting, sophisticated silhouettes, but another black lace over nude underdress design doesn’t flip my switch, and the silhouette is simply — boring. It somehow suggests “1950′s housewife”.

    She’s worn some terrific clothes in the past, dresses and other items I genuinely admired and even coveted, but lately, I just haven’t been able to get terribly excited over her recent choices, with rare exceptions.

    And while I understand that she chose the McQueen clutch to introduce a note of color, somehow, it doesn’t work. I think a gold clutch would have been a far better choice.

    However: She’s clearly had much work done on her hair, including a trim, color, keratin treatment, glossing treatment — the whole shebang — and it looks great. I’m relieved to see a few inches taken off of her hair, since no matter how terrific your hair, at a certain length, it invariably starts to look unchic and even unkempt. The Duchess’s hair had reached that point, though I think we were all sympathetic to her apparent wish to avoid time-consuming and chemical treatments for a while.

    But I must say: except for the dress and the unfortunate choice of clutch, she looks beautiful and glowing. I also think that she probably did not select a long dress because her appearance at this event was only brief.

    As for that Missoni coat, I love it and covet it, but nothing I like at Gilt is EVER available in my size.


    • I should add: at this event, women do not invariably wear long dresses, and the “black tie” dress code does not require it.

      Note that Amber Hill, the recipient of the award the Duchess presented, wore a VERY short dress.

    • Agree about the gold clutch… her Wilbur and Gussie would have looked great. (I’m hoping for that exact bag for Christmas haha)

  24. I love Kate’s haircut and her dye job. Her gorgeous hair is back. She looks radiant.

  25. The dress looks lovely on the duchess – the style, length etc are perfect on her. Only one question: Does she not feel cold? She is outside and all people there are in coats? Re her being underdressed – not every evening function requires a gown as it depends on how elaborate the function is.

  26. If you look at last years sports ball photo gallery there isn’t a long gown to be seen. Now I know the Duchess could easily get away with wearing one, but she seems too down to earth to steal the lime light (even though she does and can’t help it!) I’d say it was a strategic choice, not a miss step. Love her hair and the soft waves again, instead of those long twirly curls.

  27. Well, for everyone who wanted her to cut her hair, looks like she did. I’m loving the darker color too… her cut and color are what I show my stylist every time! Beautiful!

    As for this dress, it’s only meh for me. I love her shoes but not the clutch. For some reason, this clutch always looks a little cheap to me (and I know it’s not!). I agree with the above posters that a long dress would have been lovely… my favorite one by far was the black velvet McQueen. Wish she had worn that with maybe hair up?

  28. Kate looks lovely, although I feel like she’s a little underdressed for the occasion…I expected a long gown. Still, the dress is beautiful, and she will undoubtedly get a lot of use out of it. I love the scalloped hem!

  29. Wasn’t Kate rather dressed down for the event? Shouldn’t she have worn a long dress? That dress is really rather homespun and doesn’t seem suitable for a ball.

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