Apr 052017
 

The Duchess brought back her Missoni coat for today’s Service of Hope at Westminster Abbey.

©Stephen Lock/i-Images

©Stephen Lock/i-Images

The service follows the terror attack in Westminster two weeks ago when five people were killed (including the terrorist) and scores injured. Some of the flowers left at the Abbey since the attack.

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

From The Evening Standard’s story:

Prior to the service, the Dean of Westminster the Very Rev John Hall told the BBC the attack was “senseless” and said the service will be one of hope to bring communities together.

Prince William laid a wreath at the Abbey’s Innocent Victims Memorial service.

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

The card read “In memory of the innocent lives; lost to us all on the 22nd March 2017″.

Westminster Abbey/Kensington Palace

Westminster Abbey/Kensington Palace

More about the Memorial from Westminster Abbey:

The Memorial is to remember civilians, men, women and children, who have suffered death, torture and oppression throughout the world. The central inscription reads ALL
INNOCENT
VICTIMS OF
Remember
OPPRESSION
VIOLENCE
WAR

‘In the outer circle is a quote from Lamentations chapter 1, verse 12: Is it nothing to you all you who pass by’

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

Below, Melissa Cochran arriving for the service. She is from Utah; her husband Kurt was killed in the attack. The couple was in London celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. Ms. Hall is recovering from multiple physical injuries, including a shattered leg.

Eddie Mullholland/NMA Rota/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

Eddie Mulholland/NMA Rota/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

Kate being greeted by officials; I believe she is speaking with Metropolitan Police Acting Chief Craig Mackey.

©Eddie Mullholland/NMA Rota/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

©Eddie Mullholland/NMA Rota/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

Reverend John Hall giving the address.

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

From the Daily Mirror:

Witnesses and hundreds of brave emergency services members involved in the response effort are among 1,800 people attending the service, just yards from where the deadly attack unfolded.

William delivered the second reading, the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:29 – 37).

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

A Daily Telegraph story lists some of those in attendance: “the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, Metropolitan Police Acting Commissioner, Craig Mackey, London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn.

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

And from The Evening Standard:

Also at the service was more than 400 police officers, firefighters and medics and several faith leaders.

Two hundred diplomatic representatives from across the world also attended.

©Eddie Mullholland/NMA Rota/Nunn Syndication/Polaris)

©Eddie Mullholland/NMA Rota/Nunn Syndication/Polaris)

More from The Mirror’s coverage:

Between prayers and hymns the royals led a candlelight tribute to the victims as each of the 1,800 people in the congregation lit a candle and then recited the Lord’s Prayer.

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Prayers were read by representatives from different faiths (from L to R):  Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger DBE; Police Constable Jaskaran Garcha, Metropolitan Police; Mayor of London Sadiq Khan; Aliya Azam.

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Following the service, the trio met with some of those in attendance.

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

The Abbey is just minutes away from the site of the attack.

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

As you can see in the photos, it was a bright, sunlit day in London.

©Butterworth / Splash News

©Butterworth / Splash News

We make the shift now to what Kate wore for today’s service, a very tough turn when writing about a service like today’s. (But I also believe it is okay to talk about something that brightens one’s day.)

©James Whatling

©James Whatling

Kate was in the Missoni Long Snake Stitch Coat, a piece that is no longer available; below you see it as it was shown on the Nordstrom website.  The fabric is what makes the coat distinctive, a textured zig-zag, or snake stitch, in black, gray, and white. 

©Zak Hussein, Splash News/The Outnet

©Zak Hussein, Splash News/Nordstrom

The coat was first worn for Battle of the Somme 100th Anniversary ceremonies in June of last year. This is from that June 2016 post:

The fabric is a blend of 50% rayon, 32% rayon cupro and 18% polyester.  The coat has an A-line silhouette; it is single breasted with oversize patch pockets, and a back vent.

©Zak Hussein, Splash News/

©Zak Hussein, Splash News/Stephen Lock, i-Images

You can just glimpse the black dress (or possibly a skirt, but I would bet on a dress) beneath the coat. If I can find a better photo of it, I will add it to the post.

The Duchess carried a new handbag. It appears to be a style that is from the Beulah London – Aspinal of London collaboration.

©James Whatling/Beulah London

©James Whatling/Beulah London

The two luxury labels collaborated on a line in 2015; we featured the designs in a July 2015 post. (Which I had to be reminded of, thank you to Lisa for her Facebook post identifying the bag.)

Aspinal-Beulah-Blue-Hearts-Handbags-Banner

Beulah London

25% of the profits from each handbag sold were donated to the UN’s Blue Heart Campaign Against Human TraffickingSome readers will recognize the distinctive Beulah Blue Hearts motif. More about the symbol from Beulah London:

This Campaign Aims To Make The Blue Heart Into An International Symbol Against Human Trafficking. By “Wearing” The Blue Heart Clutch, You Will Raise Awareness Of Human Trafficking And Join The Campaign To Fight This Crime: These Are Truly Bags With A Heart.” .

The handbags measure 4.5″ x 8.5″ x 1″, have one inside zippered pocket and an easily removable lightweight chain.

Beulah London

Beulah London

Only 50 handbags were made in each style. According to the Beulah website, they have two of the black style in stock. The Cobalt Blue version of the bag is available at Orchard Mile ($485) and also at Aspinal of London.

Beulah London

Beulah London

Beulah currently offers three scarves/shawls in its Blue Heart collection.

Beulah London

Beulah London

Kate wore the Sylvia Fletcher for Lock & Co. hat, a variation on the ‘Salsa’ style shown in hot pink.

/Lock & Co./

©Polaris/Lock & Co./James Whatling

We saw the Gianvito Rossi black suede heels at this afternoon’s service. The Signature Pumps are a point toe style with a 4″ heel. They are available in most sizes at Forward; in most sizes at My Theresa;

©My Theresa/Splash News

©My Theresa/Splash News

Many recognized the Sylvia Fletcher for Lock and Co. hat as soon as they saw it.

Kate’s earrings are a pair we’ve seen before, loaned to her by The Queen.

All @James Whatling

All @James Whatling

A closer look at her updo.

©James Whatling/James Whatling

©James Whatling/James Whatling

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  36 Responses to “The Duchess Brings Back Missoni Coat for Service of Hope”

  1. Very stylish. Complimenting the day.

  2. Kate looked lovely. Hat, shoes, clutch, pearl earrings, sheer dark hose– all perfect. I personally steer clear of anything resembling “snakeskin,” so this coat was not a favorite for me. However, I understand that she can’t wear plaids/brocades/solids all the time, and the colors were entirely appropriate for such a sad occasion. Sending thoughts and prayers for the victims and their families as well.

  3. Hate the hat.

  4. Thank you for the link to the Order of Service, which I found quite moving.

  5. I was wondering whether Kate might wear something dark and somber to this event, or perhaps something pastel or light (being a service of “hope”). In the end, she definitely got it right.

  6. Very classic and ladylike.
    I would have liked to see the coat belted, as shown on the model.

  7. Almost perfect. I love the coat although it is an inch too long, even for a sombre occasion like this one. I think the sheath coat design is much more sophisticated than the fit and flare Kate so loves. I have no idea why the diagonal pattern on the pockets was changed. Its a mistake – the designer matched the pattern across the top with the stripe diagonally slanting down in a parallel to the diagonal slant of the striped pattern along the seams on the back of the coat. The downward diagonal continues the pattern and creates a slimming effect.

    Two minor quibbles. Kate should have worn a brighter lipstick – not too bright! but something that brought a bit more colour into her face. Esp with the grey/black she looks very washed out. I think the “updo” is an engineering miracle, but I would prefer it to be worn a bit higher and off the neck – I think it would be more youthful. The bun sitting on the neck is not.

    To revisit the cap sleeve issue – if you have toned arms like Kate the cap sleeve is gorgeous – it displays the shoulders beautifully and hits at the narrowest part of the arm – setting off a toned arm. Much more interesting than an ordinary strap and certainly more grown up than the little short sleeve Kate had appended. For an example, Queen Letizia wore a very narrow cap sleeve at the Japanese state dinner the other night. As a lesson in how to look absolutely stunning (even with a ceremonial sash) and how to accessorize for a state dinner, take a look at that style blog.

  8. Really like this look, including the dark hose. How she walks on cobblestones in those heels is a wonder!

  9. Subtle, simple and elegant. The fascinator goes much better with that sad, somber coat than the pillbox she wore previously. This look definitively called for black pantyhose.

  10. From Beth E’s comment I see I’m not the only one to have noticed the rotation of the pockets on the coat from the picture on the Nordstrom site. I wonder though, about all the little details that Kate and/or her team has changed on her clothes.

    For the red Marchesa, you could make the argument that a cap sleeve is a friend to no one and/or Kate need a little more upper arm coverage for reasons of dignity, modesty, etc.

    For this coat, reasonable minds could differ as to which pocket angle is the most flattering to the wearer (and as slim as Kate is, anyone who has ever bought something online knows that what’s flattering on the model is not always flattering in real life) and maybe Kate was going for one she felt looked better on her?

    But I also wonder if she prefers to put her own stamp on things just as a way to stretch her creative muscles, for the sheer enjoyment of having a hand in the design of her clothes, or, perhaps more cynically, if she is marking her territory a bit with respect to having things that are still off the rack yet one of a kind. I could see there being a certain enjoyment of making something one’s own, even in the tiniest way.

    On a lighter note, add me to the list of people who like the dark hose for this! Rarely seen but appreciated.

  11. For this solemn event Kate is dressed with appropriateness and dignity. Her styling is perfect and every accessory adds to the total look. I like the darker hose. The shoes and the new clutch coordinate very well. The updo is impeccable and the earrings just right.

    Well done Kate!

  12. The coat is beautiful and looks lovely on kate. Love the black hose, The earrings are to die for and the clutch is cute and interesting. The black heals and fascinator are a bit boring but do not detract from a lovely ensemble.

    However, this low bun with a hairnet is a hair style I find very unbecoming. IMO it is the epitome of matronly, I can’t believe there is any doubt that the Duchess is wearing a hairnet at this event. I can see it clearly.

    Kate needs a haircut.

  13. Thank you for the post. I thought she looked very appropriate for the day. That updo is great and very flattering. The only change I’d make is with the hat…I much prefer this look with the pillbox from the first wear.

    I’m sure the families and loved ones of those affected appreciated the royal presence today.

  14. A very meaningful service.

    For the first wearing, I thought the Missoni to be a tad too long. I still feel that way although it’s a beautiful coat, most appropriate to the occasion. I liked the change to darker hose. And finally I see the designer showed the coat with a belt. Now we all know Catherine’s penchant for belting coats. So, I’m wondering if in a future rewear, we will see a belt.

  15. I literally gasped at the picture of the updo. Impeccable! One of my fav hair looks of all time.

  16. That updo is just fantastic – elegant and shapely. I wish she’d wear that more often. I liked the first hat better, but overall, I think the ensemble is good.

    • Agree – just gorgeous. Kate has such beautiful thick hair and I love the intricate way in which this has been styled.

  17. Impeccable.

  18. Kate looks perfectly appropriate – which is everything one strives for on an occasion such as this.

    All of my comments regarding the coat remain the same compared to its first appearance. It’s a solid piece, but I would have preferred it with the original style of the pattern being rotated 90 degrees on the pockets.

    I really want to love this hat paired with this coat. I think the material of the hat and the detailed texture enhance the coat, and vice versa. But the rounded detail of the ornament on the hat just doesn’t seem to fit with the coat, which is in all ways, a very sharp geometric look. The hat is 99% there for me, but not a perfect mate to the coat. I do prefer this to the hat in the original ensemble.

    I truly like the new handbag; the subtle statement in support of a human-interest campaign is masterful. With the rest of the ensemble being re-appearances, the handbag stands out in all the right ways.

  19. Immaculate. Kate has always had such a good eye for coats and hats and this pair are a lovely example of a fine balance of formal with a touch of flair. Some of these coat outfits are among Kate’s most polished, I’m thinking of the blue Beulah London worn to the St Paul’s Afghanistan service or the Packham outfit for deplaning in Canada.

    I thought the Missoni an inspired choice on its first outing, and it works well again here. The pretty weave of the pattern echoes the sensuous blend of colours that is trademark Missoni, but the monochrome makes it spot on for paying respects like this. The pert styling of the hat offsets any heaviness from a buttoned up coat.

    Today’s updo is one of the best I’ve seen on Kate, barely a hair out of place even in close-up. Some have said they can see a hair net but I’m struggling to spot it. I love those pearl earrings, the courts are beautiful and dark tights are spot on. I have fallen completely in love with the divine clutch and am having to hang on to my credit card for dear life or I fear the housekeeping budget may be blown.

  20. Gorgeous hairdo. She should wear it more often (for example, with the wine-colored dress she wore to 42nd Street).

  21. I agree with all those who commented that fashion is secondary today in light of the tragic circumstances behind the engagement.

    I think the dark grey was somber without being all black and so I think it was a good choice. However, I just cannot warm up to this coat. I think it is too long and when combined with the buttoned up neck, it is just too much. I also don’t love the print.

    However, I do love the styling this time—the hat, clutch, earrings, shoes and dark hose are all MUCH better with this wearing. In fact, I want that clutch for myself. The updo is gorgeous and again appropriate for the occasion.

    • I am with you regarding the coat. But it was the right choice yesterday as well as when she first wore it.

  22. Liked the look completely. Very appropriate even the hatinator. Some reviewers not so keen. Makes the outfit more youthful as opposed to the pillbox. Thoroughly approve of the black hosiery. A hit

    • I too find that her outfit is perfect for such a sad occasion. The clutch is delicious. I don’t know the history of fascinators but usually see them as fun type hats. However, MPW uses the word youthful as a reason for DOC wearing a fascinator. Any thoughts on this?

  23. Lovely, appropriate, classy. Dark hose just really finish this look out, as does the hair and modest jewelry.

  24. Kate looks very appropriate today, though I much prefer the styling of this coat from the first go-round. Is this a first time wear for the hat she wore today?

    Thanks Susan for covering the service so thoroughly. The world seems to be such an unfair place, and this blog is a little escape so I appreciate you covering both the fashion and the service, though the fashion is far from the point today.

  25. She looks very nice and appropriate. Hope she continues to wear the dark pantyhose.

    My thoughts and prayers to the victims, their family members, and their friends.

  26. I like her in the dark stockings for this occasion, instead of the nude one she favours. She looks very appropriate for the sad circumstance of today’s service.

  27. I think the first hat was more in keeping with this event. The fascinator looks strange. The earrings and the up-do are lovely.

    • I agree Julie – I’m afraid I don’t like this hat at all. The twiddly bits at the back are very reminiscent to me of the ‘ribbon’ shapes on the hat Princess Beatrice was ridiculed for wearing to William and Kate’s wedding – not as big admittedly, but similar in shape. In addition, and I’m not quite sure how to put this, the two loops look most unfortunately like a very rude gesture! I much preferred the coat with the original pillbox hat, which was a much more sophisticated look I thought. I’d also love to see it paired with a bigger hat similar to the navy one she wore to the Iraq memorial unveiling. I wonder whether it might work with the big, grey John Boyd one she wore to the Commonwealth Service a couple of years ago.

      That said, I loved this coat when she wore it in the Somme and it was good to see it again today – I thought it very appropriate for this service. I wasn’t sure quite what to expect when it was called ‘A Service of Hope’ – I thought black might be deemed not ‘hopeful’ enough – but I think Kate pitched it absolutely perfectly. Apart from the hat I thought she looked spot on.

  28. A very somber occasion. My heart and thoughts are with the victims. <3

  29. Thank you for so many great pictures of the service. The Duchess looks lovely and is very appropriate.

  30. Nice post. Such a useless tragedy!
    Kate looks lovely today. Very appropriate without being solid black. I much prefer this hat with the coat than the original one. The new bag is also nice.

  31. Thank you for this nice post. I know it must be hard to discuss fashion at an event like todays but you handled it nicely.

    I think she looks very appropriate and lovely here.

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