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Kate in Séraphine Maternity for New York Arrival & Beulah London for Evening Dinner

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived to cheers from well-wishers as they entered their New York City hotel tonight.©Andrew Parsons / i-Images

It was a brisk evening as the motorcade pulled up to the hotel.  More from Gordon Rayner’s story in the Telegraph:

The royal couple were given a rapturous greeting by hundreds of hardy souls who braved freezing temperatures to wait for their arrival.

Some had been standing out in the cold since 9am to see the couple arrive, according to Robert Jobson, the Royal Editor on Twitter.

Geoff Pugh/Daily Telegraph/PA Wire

Geoff Pugh/Daily Telegraph/PA Wire

From a story in today’s New York Times:

Scores of people had gathered outside the hotel on Madison Avenue to catch a glimpse, some traveling from as far as Wisconsin or North Carolina.

A group sang “My Favorite Things,” swaying in the cold. Others, like Jayda Green, 13, from Idaho Falls, Idaho, held flowers.

“Our celebrities and politicians, they’re shooting stars. They come and go,” said Ms. Green’s mother, Colleen, who brought her daughter to New York for the occasion. “Royalty is forever.”

A WKWer on the scene said everyone was convivial, with people chatting about Kate, exchanging phone numbers, saving spots in the crowd for others when they ran to get coffee.

The Duchess was wearing a coat by Seraphine Maternity, a brand she wore several times in her previous pregnancy.Splash News

From Séraphine:

Featuring a boucle textured print and high scoop neckline, this piece was created exclusively for the Duchess by Séraphine.

Seraphine Maternity

Seraphine Maternity

More from the product description:

…the MARINA maternity coat is made in a luxurious wool tweed bouclé. Subtle silver threads add a touch of sparkle to the rich purple hue. The long-line silhouette is accented with a delicate frayed trim and finished with black velvet ribbon.

The coat is above the knee in length, with an empire waist, pockets and black trim at the front opening, the cuffs and the neckline. The ‘Marina’ coat ($495) is a bespoke piece, but it can be made to order.Andrew/

Kate carried her trusty Muse clutch from Stuart Weitzman via Russell & Bromley and wore her Cornelia James merino jersey wool gloves with the side bow.Nunn Syndication/Polaris Images

Underneath the coat Kate wore a black dress that appeared to be made of a light material, perhaps a crepe chiffon or similar weave.PA Wire/PA Wire

The Duchess was in a pair of black suede booties or shooties (I’m never sure what to call them)that we have seen her wear before, although they remain unidentified.PA Wire/Splash/Splash

Her jewelry included her standard rings and the deco-style diamond earrings we have seen previously, better seen in these headshots.PA Wire/Splash News/Polaris Images

One whimsical note: the crowd wasn’t limited to humans, this woman brought along a cardboard cutout of the couple she’s had since the wedding! (Our thanks to a generous WKW friend who shared the photo.)

WKW Friend

WKW Friend

Among those entities welcoming the couple to the USA, the Empire State Building., tweeting this photo and the message “We welcome Their Royal Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, by sparkling in red, white and blue.”

Kate then changed into a black lace dress for tonight’s private reception and dinner benefiting the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince HarryI shall update this post as soon as I have photos and info.

More on the event from Rebecca English’s story in The Daily Mail:

The ‘private’ event, which is expected to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for the couple’s charitable foundation, is being held at the cavernous Manhattan apartment of British media and marketing mogul Sir Martin Sorrell, whose personal fortune is estimated at £174 million.

James Whatling/Splash News

Beulah London has noted that Kate wore a dress from their spring 2015 Collection, the Amara style.

Beulah London

Beulah London

The  dress is described this way by Beulah:

The Beulah simple fit and flare dress is a classic staple dress from our Spring Summer collection. The flattering, feminine silhouette made from intricate detailed lace will make the perfect outfit for every occasion this season

One of the frock’s most distinctive elements is the lace motif used for the sleeves. In apparel the pattern often depicts floral designs; in this case the lace is more of a scrollwork pattern.

Beulah London/Splash News

Beulah London/Splash News

The dress is a cotton/nylon blend with a silk lining. It can be pre-ordered with delivery in 10-12 weeks, it is priced at £650, about $1050 at today’s exchange rates

Kate wore a new pair of heels for the function, the ‘Power’ pump in black suede by Stuart Weitzman, we show the shoe at Russell and Bromley (£325, about $500). The shoe has a pointed toe and 3.5″ heel. Splash News/Russell & Bromley

The shoe is available at Stuart Weitzman for $355.

The Duchess elected to go with a pair of statement earrings this evening.Jackson Lee/Splash News

A closer look.

Splash News

Splash News

We have not yet identified the earrings either.  It turns out the earrings are from an American designer, the iconic Kenneth Jay Lane.  With thanks to Arwenn who IDed the earrings, and shared the info with My Small Obsessions, Kate wore a pair of Silvertone Crystal Earrings.

The earrings are from the Kenneth Jay Lane ‘Wear to Kill’ collection, and no longer available.

Kate carried the black Mulberry clutch we have seen previously, we show it below when carried during this spring’s tour.Andrew parsons/i-Images/

We will be back within a few hours to cover Monday’s events.



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Friday 6th of February 2015

Coat is lovely, yes. Do you think we love it more because of the shoes/booties? I think they have a great deal to do with the success of the outfit....Catherine's silhouette and posture. Huge fan, but don't recall the Duchess wearing the shoes before. Enjoy your blog very much!

(I wish she head worn the booties to the NBA game!)

Sydney Redfearn

Saturday 20th of December 2014

Seraphine designed this dress for Kate, and our know selling it. That's why they are only selling it through Feb. It's not a part of the their collection, but since Kate wore it obviously everyone else is going to want it! Also, Seraphine has added photos it would be great to see them updated here, unless there is still copyright issue:)


Wednesday 10th of December 2014

Oh I want wo have the new earrings she wore with the Beluah Dress - anybody any idea about the earrings? ;-)


Tuesday 9th of December 2014

I think these are the boots.


Monday 8th of December 2014

I love the Seraphine coat. I think the length is completely appropriate--it's only a little bit above her knee! Regarding what length of skirt is appropriate/inappropriate, I would like to point readers to another fashion-related blog that is relevant on this point: Corporette. It's a blog for professional women in business casual (of the 'just short of a suit' variety) and formal business dress businesses (primarily law and finance). It's a lovely resource for the working woman. The blogger, Cat, did a reader poll about 'how short is too short' for the workplace, and the majority of readers (which I'd like to reiterate come almost exclusively from very conservative workplaces and take their professionalism and how they appear in male-dominated workplaces quite seriously) said that a hand above the knee is OK (and more agree on this point if wearing tights)--from my eye, Kate is within this range. Her dress may be a smidge short according to the poll, but she's wearing a coat and tights in public, so I think this is still a 'work appropriate' look for her special role. Here's a link; I think you'll find the graphic marking the different hemline poll options quite helpful:

She must have been freezing in the black lace dress without a coat. I live in Manhattan and would not have stepped out, even briefly, last night without a proper coat. It is quite cold today, I hope for her sake she dresses more warmly this evening.

Love the shooties with the coat, too. I think they are an elegant option for warmer feet when outfits call for dressier footwear. I also like the fit and flare for the baby bump at this stage in her pregnancy--it's nice to not be completely pigeon-holed into empire waists before strictly necessary.


Tuesday 9th of December 2014

When I was pregnant during the winter I was so hot, because of the extra weight from pregnancy. She probably wasn't a bit cold being 5 months along. However, under any other circumstances I would of had on a full coat, mittens, scarf, hat and ear muffs. HAHA :) Thanks for the poll reference and link. :)


Monday 8th of December 2014

Thank you for the poll reference and link. I agree with you that there's nothing wrong with the lenght. She's not the Queen yet nor elderly for crying out loud! She's doing what she should be: wearing British labels to support her native fashion designers by spotlighting them on the world stage.

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