Jan 152014
 

We are back with our annual dress poll, as well as the results of our 2013 coat poll. But first, news that a jewelry set Kate has worn several times has been identified.

The set is seen on more formal occasions has been seen just once, in December 2011 when the Duchess attended the Sun Military Awards with William and Harry. (The black velvet frock is by Alexander McQueen.)

Polaris Images/Splash News/Splash News

Polaris Images/Splash News/Splash News

A closer look at the necklace.

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May 222013
 

Kate attended the annual Queen’s Garden Party at Buckingham Palace today.

PA Wire

PA Wire

The tradition of holding a springtime party at the Palace dates all the way back to 1860 when Queen Victoria hosted breakfasts. For today’s function the Queen was accompanied by Prince Philip, as well as Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. This is the second year Kate has taken part in the function.

The British Monarchy website has more information about the parties:

Tea and other refreshments are served from long buffet tables. The quantities served are enormous. At a typical garden party, around 27,000 cups of tea, 20,000 sandwiches and 20,000 slices of cake are consumed. Some 400 waiting staff are involved in the serving.

One of the primary purposes of the event is to thank those who have made noteworthy contributions to their communities, to public life or events like last year’s Olympics.

Also attending, the world’s longest married couple. More from the Mirror:

Karam Chand, 107, and and his wife Katari, 100, have been happily married for a staggering 87 years.

The couple have eight children and twenty eight grandchildren.

One of the most enjoyable parts of today’s function is reading tweets that guests wrote, and looking at pictures they posted. Richard Platts wondered about the propriety of posting on Twitter during the event.

Richard Platts Twitter Feed

Richard Platts Twitter Feed

Here is the photo Mr. Platts posted.

Richard Platts Twitter Feed

Richard Platts Twitter Feed

Jo Tomlin shared a photo showing some of the food served served today.

Jo Tomlin Twitter Feed (@JoTomlin)

Jo Tomlin Twitter Feed (@JoTomlin)

Ms. Tomlin also shared a photo of Kate chatting with guests.

Jo Tomlin Twitter Feed (@JoTomlin)

Jo Tomlin Twitter Feed (@JoTomlin)

TeamGB boxer Natasha Jones posted this tweet.

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Natasha Jones Twitter Feed

Kate chose another piece by Emilia Wickstead.

Kate Queen's Garden Party 2013 Yellow Wickstead PA Wire 500 x 800

PA Wire

She wore a modified version of the “Marella” coat by the New Zealand born designer.

Matches Fashion

Matches Fashion

The Marella is named after another Italian socialite and art collector Marella Agnelli, née Princess Donna Marella Caracciolo di Castagneto.

Vogue Australia/PA Wire

Vogue Australia/PA Wire

The silk coat features an abstract yellow and white pattern, three-quarter length sleeves, and a collarless neckline. When bought off the rack the garment features vertical darts; I believe Kate’s was altered. This close-up image shows a horizontal seam not present in the standard Marella.  This would allow the coat to be taken in when the Duchess returns to standard sizing.

PA Wire/Lyst

PA Wire/Lyst

The piece is from Ms. Wickstead’s spring/summer 2013 collection. It remains available at Matches Fashion, selling for $1826 USD.

The sunny yellow pattern is available in other pieces, including the Margerita skirt.

Emilia Wickstead Margerita Skirt at Matches Fashion.com

Emilia Wickstead Margerita Skirt at Matches Fashion.com

As well as the Bouvier Gown.

Kate accessorized with her Russell & Bromley Park Avenue Clutch in beige patent leather.

PA Wire

PA Wire

The clutch remains available at £185m, almost $300 at today’s exchange rate.  The Duchess also wore her Russell & Bromley Park Avenue heels.

Kate repeated the Jane Corbett hat first seen at Order of the Garter in 2012.

PA Wire

PA Wire

Many will recall that at last year’s party was May 29th, Kate was also in Emilia Wickstead for that event.

May 29, 2012 PA Wire

May 29, 2012 PA Wire

And she also accessorized with a hat by Jane Corbett for that event as well.

 

Apr 242013
 

Kate returned to a favorite designer this evening for a function at the National Portrait Gallery in London, opting for a dress by Emilia Wickstead.

WeirPhotos / Splash News

Weir Photos / Splash News

Tonight’s engagement was a reception celebrating the work done by The Art Room, an organization using art to help young people struggling with emotional and behavioral issues.  Below we see a collection of self-portraits created by Art Room students, their artwork was then turned into wall clocks.

The Art Room

The Art Room

There was a small group of students taking part in the evening’s event, Kate spent time chatting with them.  The charity is celebrating its 11th anniversary, tonight’s function served as the formal launch of the Art Room’s ‘Pledge for the Future’ fundraising drive.

When addressing those at the reception the Duchess shared her belief that art can be a positive change agent, more from the Mirror’s story:

“I am a firm believer in the power of art to make a difference and The Art Room is doing that on a daily basis.

“We all stand here tonight to celebrate this wonderful work.

“I hope that you will join me in congratulating The Art Room and their supporters on these extraordinary achievements.

“As patron of The Art Room, I feel immense pride to see the amazing work that they are doing but I also feel hugely excited to look to a future with more Art Rooms, where many more challenging and vulnerable children will be helped.”

Kate is Patron of both the Portrait Gallery and the Art Room, they are two of the first charities she chose to support.
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The Duchess was in a bespoke (also referred to as custom made, one-off, made to order, etc.) dress by Ms. Wickstead.
Neil Warner / Splash News

Neil Warner / Splash News

The piece is crafted of a heavy, textured crepe material. It is sleeveless, with a round neckline in front that dips down for a squared, scooped back. Our thanks to People Magazine’s Simon Perry for sharing this photo of Kate at tonight’s reception.
Simon Perry, People Magazine

Simon Perry, People Magazine

Below we see how the blue reflects photographers’ flashes, this is as Kate is leaving after the reception.

Weir Photos /Splash News

Weir Photos /Splash News

The color was very, very pretty on her.

The garment combines many of the designer’s signature elements, like a fitted bodice and fuller skirt. Perhaps it is most similar to this piece from the spring/summer 2013 collection.
Emilia Wickstead

Emilia Wickstead

Remove the sleeves from the green dress and switch the fabric to a much stiffer, heavier material, and you start to have the sense of Kate’s dress. It has a similar bodice (although Kate’s waistline is higher), a center seam on the skirt like Kate’s, and the runway dress also has a deeply scooped back, not visible in the photo we are sharing. Ultimately it isn’t really relevant, those hoping to purchase a dress like Kate’s will need to speak with their seamstress or tailor, we won’t see be seeing an off-the-rack version of Kate’s dress for sale anytime soon.
UPDATED:
People magazine has an online story with the following information:
Described as a pale blue silk blend, full skirted summer dress, the custom creation was based on a dress in the current spring/summer collection from the New Zealand-born and London-based designer.  “It was made specially for the duchess,” says a spokeswoman. “We’ve had a style in store that’s very, very similar. So it was very slightly bespoke for her.”
The original is named the CZ dress…. although now sold out, it originally sold for £990 (around $1,500), but the bespoke version costs an extra $300, so Kate would have spent around $1,800.
The spokeswoman meanwhile also tells PEOPLE that because of the so-called Kate Effect, the company says they have had a “few orders placed” for new bespoke versions since the charity event.
As mentioned, the Duchess is fond of this designer’s work. Below we see Kate wearing other pieces by Ms. Wickstead: from left to right, St. Patrick’s day 2012 (worn again in 2013), the pleated pink frock was worn twice last year (Sovereigns’ Luncheon and Palace Garden Party), the gold coatdress was worn for the Order of the Thistle in 2012.
Splash News

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Our early look at the autumn/winter 2013 Emilia Wickstead collection may be viewed here.

When seeing Kate some of us were were immediately reminded of Jackie Kennedy wearing a similar dress during her goodwill tour of India in 1962.  Here she is shown with with the Maharani of Jaipur, Gayatri Devi, in a LIFE magazine photo.
LIFE Magazine

LIFE Magazine/Old Indian Photo

The two dresses are only slightly similar, the most striking elements linking the two are the color, and the fact they both feature sleeveless tops with fuller skirts.

Kate accessorized with her Rupert Sanderson ‘Malone’ pumps.

Rupert Sanderson 'Malone'

Rupert Sanderson ‘Malone’

The ‘Malone’ Style is no longer available, the ‘Malory‘ is similar to the ‘Malone,’ although its toe is more pointed. Mr. Sanderson’s footwear is carried by Bloomingdale’s and Matches Fashion in the USA, as well as Selfridge’s and other department stores in the UK, he also has a wonderful handbag collection.

Kate also wore those still-unidentified drop earrings, her hair was curled and partially pulled back.

Splash News

Splash News

The color was beautiful on Kate, she looked simply radiant, happy and relaxed. In several photos the fit of the garment seemed off, with pulling under the arms, it is hard to know if it was just those photos or the dress itself. I imagine it is next to impossible to perfectly fit dresses at this stage of one’s pregnancy unless items are altered a day or two before they are to be worn.

We’ll see you Friday for the events at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, and the Making of Harry Potter attraction.

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