Dec 162012
 

Kate’s made an unexpected appearance tonight, taking part in the BBC’s annual Sports Personality of the Year awards.

BBC via The Daily Mail

It was the Duchess’s first official engagement since being released from the hospital on December 6th, word of her appearance at the event was only released this morning.

In this screen shot shared by Paul Harrison of Sky News you can see the Duchess with David Beckham, he also took part in this evening’s show.

BBC via Sky News Royal (Paul Harrison)

Kate presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Lord Sebastian Coe, a four-time Olympic medalist and Chair of the London 2012 games.

The BBC via The Daily Mail

It was a full house at tonight’s festivities.

BBC via the Daily Mail

Red carpet arrivals included two-time Olympic champion Mo Farah and his family, all doing the ‘Mobot.’

The BBC

Heptathlete Jessica Ennis also brought home a Gold Medal for Team GB, she was in a deep red gown.

The BBC

Paralympics swimmer Josef Craig was named Young Sports Personality of the Year, he was the youngest Paralympic gold medalist at the London Games.

12 athletes were in contention for Sports Personality of the Year, tennis ace Andy Murray, cyclist Bradley Wiggins and golfer Rory McIlroy were among those on the short list.

BBC Sports

Click here to see the entire group of twelve. When votes were tallied the winner was Bradley Wiggins.

The BBC via Huffington Post

The runner-up was Ms. Ennis.

BBC via the Daily Mail

More on tonight’s appearance from the Daily Mail:

Her decision to honour the engagement after being forced to cancel her last four public appearances is a sign that the 30-year-old is slowly recovering after spending several days in hospital with hyperemesis gravidarum earlier this month.

Kate’s role as an official ambassador of Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic teams made her the perfect choice to make the presentation, below we see her at the Paralympics.

L-London 2012, R-Channel 4/The Paralympic Broadcaster

She also attended multiple events with William and Harry.

London 2012 Website

Kate wasn’t well enough to attend the entire 2-1/2 to 3 hour show. William has returned to Anglesey and is continuing his shifts with the RAF.

Kate chose the Alexander McQueen Bell Sleeve Floor Length Gown, shown below in black. I believe Kate’s dress is the ‘bottle green’ colorway.

Alexander McQueen

The gown is described this way:

Black crepe wool floor length gown with bell-sleeves, deep v-neck, trompe l’oeil belt waistband and sweeping central thigh-high slit.

Kate’s dress originally sold for $4,325, it is now on sale at $1,739.00. Below, the short version of the dress, it better shows the details.

Alexander McQueen

Kate accessorized with her Jimmy Choo Cosmic Pumps.

Jimmy Choo 'Cosmic' Pump in Black Suede

The shoe runs £435, I believe it is becoming an exclusive for Net-a-Porter. Currently it is still available in a few sizes at Jildor, on sale at $347.50. 

For jewelry Kate wore her Kiki McDonough Blue Topaz earrings.

UK Press Association/Rebecca English, The Daily Mail

And brought back her Asprey Button Pendant.

Asprey

We’ll update with more photos when they are available.

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A few other items that may be of interest, beginning with the Queen’s Christmas Party tomorrow at Buckingham Palace: Kate was originally expected to attend, I imagine that will be contingent upon how she is feeling. Another expected engagement is Christmas Day, The Telegraph has more:

Spending Christmas with the Queen at Sandringham is one of the traditions of marrying into the Royal family, but the Duchess of Cambridge will miss the experience this year.

She is to spend Christmas Day with her family at their house in Berkshire as she copes with her difficult pregnancy. The Duke of Cambridge faces a dilemma over where he will spend the day.

Obviously speculation on this topic changes almost hourly, if not more often. It is doubtful any decisions will be made until much closer to Christmas Day. Those decision will be driven by how the Duchess is feeling, with proximity to a hospital also a likely influence on where she spends the day.

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Also, LK Bennett is taking email signups for its upcoming collection by Caroline Issa (no relation to the clothing label), the line launches February 19.

LK Bennett

More from the LK Bennett website:

This vibrant, chic capsule collection of shoes and bags, features statement sandals, ankle-strap stilettos, shoe boots, the kitten heel, and a loafer as well as catch-me-if-you can clutches.

Anyone interested in being updated via email about the collection can email customerservices@lkbennett.com with the subject line ‘L.K.Bennett London by Caroline Issa’.

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Although it’s not even Christmas yet, fashion brands are showing their Pre Fall 2013 styles, a season that has become increasingly important on the fashion calendar.  We share a brief look at Temperley London’s Pre Fall collection, beginning with several looks that could be ideal for someone beginning to show. The dress in the center would need careful tailoring, it could look lovely on Kate.

Courtesy Photos via Women's Wear Daily

Obviously these are pieces unavailable to the general public, but I am guessing Alice Temperley would be happy to make them work for Kate.

Three more styles, I thought the sweaters below left and far right might be perfect right about now. The longer, tunic style top in the middle could work for someone with Kate’s slender form.

Courtesy Photos

And a final few styles suited for after the baby is born.

Courtesy Photos via WWD.com

LINKAGE:

  • the BBC’s story on tonight’s award to Bradley Wiggins, it’s story on Lord Coe’s award is here 
  • the Daily Mail’s story on the evening is here
Aug 122011
 

Once again the lull in activity on Kate’s part allows time for a few tidbits and updates we hadn’t been able to get to previously.

We begin with comments made earlier this week by actress Anne Hathway. USA Today has the story:

“Can I tell you how grateful I am to Kate Middleton?” said Hathaway. “Because she is such an advocate for dressing like a lady.

The actress was speaking with the paper about her new film, One Day, and the topic moved to fashion.

Today she calls Kate’s ladylike wardrobe inspiring. “I’m just very grateful to Kate Middleton for making looking appropriate really fun again,” she says. “So right now my fashion choices are all about Kate Middleton.”

These sentiments contradict some of the more negative comments made of late about the Duchess, expressing an opinion shared here: that we are seeing a return to more appropriate, classic styles and Kate is very much part of that trend.

Next, a few of those tidbits we mentioned, the first is something that came out just after the North American tour, a ‘revelation’ that Kate’s favorite color is white. A People magazine story written shortly after the tour carried a series of quotes from the tour, including this:

“I don’t know if I have a favorite color. What’s yours?” Kate, to William

“Definitely blue” William

“I think mine is white” Kate, on a question that nearly stumped the newlywed

There’s no question the Duchess favors white.

Also new, Grazia has admitted photoshopping that controversial cover photo making Kate’s waist even tinier than it actually is.  From the Press Gazette: “Weekly magazine Grazia has admitted to digitally manipulating a front-page image of the Duchess of Cambridge which had the effect of making her look thinner than she is.” Here is one look at the reality and the altered image.

Via AOL UK

Jezebel shows that the Australian version of the magazine used an unedited image on its cover:

Via Jezebel

Following our post about Kate’s shopping trip last week several kind commenters and Facebook friends let us know the London Sole ‘Pirouette’ shoe in Brown Croc was back in stock online. We didn’t find it in stock as the ‘India‘ or ‘Henrietta‘ at the French Sole site (the UK arm of the company, and where Kate actually shops) but there are many similar colors in both styles available at French Sole. The Aquascutum Club Check scarf is also available, but only in the navy check pattern, still on sale at £50 (approximately $81 USD at today’s exchange rate).

Kate’s diamond Button Pendant by Asprey (more here) is being re-issued and will be in stock in September, a Twitter friend was given that information by Asprey, it will run approximately $4500 USD (£2800) according to the info from The Duchess Style.

Via Diana’s Jewels

Those hoping to buy a pair of the Links of London Bubble Stiletto earrings Kate wears frequently will need to go to a physical store to purchase them. Facebook friend Brittney spoke with the company about buying a pair and was told she needed to contact her local store and have her name put on a waiting list. That is backed up by what another FB friend, Elske, shared from Links of London:

“Unfortunately we are not expecting anymore stock online of these, however to find out if your nearest store has these stunning earrings, it would be best to contact them directly.”

We move on to our next item, Kate’s shopping expedition earlier this week.  The Duchess was seen at her local Wilkinson, a discount department store, on Monday.

Since our initial post about the sweater we have received conflicting information about its origins: below we share a Tweet we received.

Twitter

We know Kate was seen shopping there, our pals at Kate Middleton Style blog have a photo of her doing just that, and on Facebook Ashley shares that she was told by a Ralph Lauren store employee it *is* their sweater.

EDITOR’S NOTE 8.13.2011: The sentence above has been corrected to reflect the Ralph Lauren employee stated the purple cable sweater is theirs, I mistakenly wrote that they told Ashley it was not.

As we mentioned, Kate’s most recent look is very similar to that seen when she was doing the marketing a week ago Monday. (For our post on last Monday’s styles, click here.)

Why would she wear almost identical clothing and accessories? Many think it is an attempt to deter the paparazzi, a theory I ascribe to, it is a practice celebrities have used for years.

Some believe the new photos were taken the same day Kate and William were photographed going for a walk in Holyrood Park, and others have emailed or commented asking when we’ll write about that look. We haven’t posted those pictures and won’t. I think the couple had expectations of privacy when they took their walk. That isn’t the case when Kate does the marketing, she knows it is likely there will be photographers on hand, and she also has her police protection close by, I don’t think that was the case with the Holyrood stroll.