Aug 252016
 

Kate sported a new LK Bennett dress for an engagement this morning with Prince William. The couple visited the YoungMinds Parents Helpline, a project under the Heads Together umbrella.

©Nunn Syndication, Polaris/Splash News

©Nunn Syndication, Polaris/Splash News

The engagement was not announced ahead of time. Victoria Murphy has more about the event in her story for The Mirror:

Kate and William toured the YoungMinds helpline in south east London which helps parents and carers concerned about young people’s welfare.

Heads Together

Heads Together

From the Heads Together release on today’s engagement:

During their visit, Their Royal Highnesses met some of the people who volunteer with the helpline to find out more about their experience and what motivated them to get involved. They then got a taster of the training that people receive to become a volunteer including learning about helpline skills. 

As part of the training, the Duke and Duchess also listened in on some of the calls the helpline received during their visit and heard first-hand how volunteers handle enquiries before sitting in on a debrief session

Young MInds Twitter

YoungMinds Twitter

And from Richard Palmer’s piece in The Express:

The YoungMinds visit began with a meeting with the volunteers who man the helplines. One, Saida Tahir, told him it was a busy time for self-harm because many teenagers were affected by their exam results.

Recalling his own exam worries, William said: “It still gives me the heebie-jeebies. I still get sweaty thinking about it.”

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Kensington Palace Twitter (@KensingtonRoyal)

Kate told chief executive Sarah Brennan: “William and I found it absolutely fascinating, from hearing the case study and also taking the calls.”

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Young Minds Facebook (click photo to visit page)

The Duchess wore the Eugenia Skirted Dress from royal favorite LK Bennett for today’s event.

©Splash News/LK Bennett

©Splash News/LK Bennett

The dress features a fitted bodice with a full skirt reminiscent of a ‘skater style’ dress. The piece is designed to hit just above the knee, and also has very short sleeves (almost cap sleeve length) and multiple contoured seams.

LK Bennett/Splash News

LK Bennett/Splash News

The fabric is a blend of polyester/viscose/elastane and the dress is actually described as being machine washable. Hopefully you can see some of the construction details in these images, including the topstitched seams and darts at the neckline.

LK Bennett/Splash News

LK Bennett/Splash News

The dress was offered in Kate’s salsa red as well as dark navy; it is from a 2015 collection and no longer available. It was originally priced at £225 (roughly $300) but was ultimately reduced to £95 (about $125).

LK Bennett

LK Bennett

More on Kate’s look from Emma Spedding’s column in The Telegraph:

 The Duchess opted for a simple, but classic, look for the charity visit wearing a classic L.K Bennett dress with short sleeves and a subtly fluted skirt.

Postbox red is often considered a difficult colour to pull off, but the Duchess proves that it can look classic when the rest of the outfit is kept simple, as she tends to pair her red dresses with minimal shoes and accessories.

The design has also been worn by actress Gabrielle Union, seen on The View in March of last year.

Via Social Media Style

Via Social Media Style

This is one of LK Bennett’s marketing images for the dress.

LK Bennett

LK Bennett

When first seeing pictures of Kate in the dress many of us immediately thought of the LK Bennett Cayla that Kate wore to Wimbledon last year.  You can see how similar the colors are, as well as the neckline and bodice.

LK Bennett

LK Bennett

Our thanks to Great RepliKate on Twitter for the dress ID.

The Duchess accessorized with her Gianvito Rossi heels in the praline color. The style is part of the brand’s ‘signature collection,’ and has a point toe design with a 4″ heel. I did not see the style online at Gianvito Rossi, but it has been restocked at My Theresa and is also available in most sizes at Net-a-Porter; it is $675 at both sites.

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Net-a-Porter/Splash

Kate also carried what has become her ‘go to’ clutch, the Nina from LK Bennett, $325/£185. It is out of stock on the US site (you can sign up to be notified when it is back in stock) but available on the UK/International site.

Splash/LK Bennett/Splash

Splash/LK Bennett/Splash

The Duchess wore her Cartier Ballon Bleu watch ($5200) and Kiki McDonough Lauren Earrings (£2200, about $2900).

Splash/Cartier/Splash/Kiki McDonough

Splash/Cartier/Splash/Kiki McDonough

Kate wore her hair partially up today.

©Nunn Syndication, Polaris/Nunn Syndication, Polaris/Splash News

©Nunn Syndication, Polaris/Nunn Syndication, Polaris/Splash News

I imagine she chose this style knowing she would be wearing a headset.

©Arthur Edwards/NMA Rota/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

©Arthur Edwards/NMA Rota/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

This is a very good color for the Duchess. While the extra seaming on the dress skirt didn’t seem to lay quite right (a design/construction issue, not a function of fit) the color compensated quite a bit. Kate looked relaxed, engaged and confident.

©Arthur Edwards/WPA-Pool/Splash

©Arthur Edwards/WPA-Pool/Splash

We’ll close with this video of Kate and William speaking about the stress parents face and the benefits of a service like the YoungMinds Helpline.


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