We are back with a very brief post today. Our focus is what Kate wore to her December meeting with 1851 Trust patrons and trustees at the Goring Hotel. There has been a bit of a buzz about the pictures, seen by most of us for the first time yesterday; we are excited that we were able to license three of the photos from that evening.
Kate is a patron of the Trust. Some will remember that Sir Ben Ainslie is the other patron, although I don’t believe that is Sir Ben greeting Kate as she arrived; it’s possible the gentleman welcoming her is Robert Elliott, one of the charity’s trustees. One purpose of the December meeting was to introduce the Trust’s new CEO, Alasdair Akass, he had just recently been named to the CEO position.
The garment is from the McQueen a/w 2014 collection. Harvey Nichols describes the coat as having a “military-inspired design,” something that made perfect sense for Remembrance Sunday. Other design elements include a fit and flare silhouette, double-breasted closure, oversized notched lapels, a “softly flared and pleated pleated peplum hemline.”
Kate’s coat has just three buttons at the cuff. It isn’t a case of the Duchess just having a button fall off, as her sleeve has just 3 buttonholes.
So the piece isn’t straight off the rack as initially thought (at least that is what I believed), the Duchess did have some custom work done on her coat.
UPDATED JULY 31, 2015
The Duchess’s dress is a UFO no longer, she was wearing Seraphine’s ‘Sophia’ dress.
The dress is described this way:
Seraphine’s Sophia pleated dress is a smart style in rich midnight blue; worn and loved by The Duchess of Cambridge during her pregnancy, it is perfect for before, during and after pregnancy. The beautifully fitted Ponte Roma bodice meets the skirt with a stylish belted peplum which defines the empire waist. The elegantly pleated woven skirt then falls in a graceful a-line cut, bringing balance to the structured style.
Here’s a closer look at some of the details, especially the empire waist and the scoop neckline on the back of the frock.
The piece retails for $159. We send a big ‘thank you’ to Adriane for posting the ID on the WKW Facebook page.
NOTE: I am retaining some of the information from the original post here, it is meritorious of retention for a variety of reasons.
Clearly, the unknown element is the blue dress worn beneath the McQueen coat.
These two images are almost identical, but you can see a bit more of the frock.
It looks like a crepe de chine, perhaps silk or polyester, self-lined, with a round neckline. It also looks like the skirt portion of the dress is pleated. This is a dress I have started looking for, I wanted to get the post done as quickly as possible and will start to search this afternoon. UPDATE Feb 6, 8pm: We have another photo, this one showing the basic jewel neckline on the dress. (As well as Kate’s Mappin and Webb Fortune necklace.) There have been a number of good ideas about the dress shared via comments here on the blog, and also via the WKW Facebook page. One suggestion is the Mamalicious Pleated Dress, available in the ASOS maternity department. The biggest distinctions between the Mamalicious frock and Kate’s are the different necklines and the fact Kate’s pleats start much higher, presumably at the waistline. However, this was a great suggestion, the dress would make an outstanding copyKate.
UPDATED HANDBAG INFO: I was wrong in saying Kate carried her suede UFO (Unidentified Fashion Object) clutch, it is clearly the Mulberry bag.
Coincidentally, Kate’s next engagement involves the 1951 Trust, it is next Thursday.