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The Duchess In Ralph Lauren for First Solo Engagement Post-Baby

For her first solo engagement since Princess Charlotte was born 4 months ago, Kate wore Ralph Lauren.©

The Duchess was visiting the Anna Freud Centre, a charity specializing in children’s mental health. The Centre’s name may sound familiar; more from Rebecca English’s story in The Daily Mail:

Anna Freud was the sixth and last child of the legendary Sigmund Freud, and followed her father into the field of psychoanalysis.  In fact some consider her to be one of the founders of psychoanalytic child psychology.

In 1952 she founded The Hampstead Clinic, the first child psychoanalytic centre for observational research, teaching and learning. After her death in 1982 it was renamed the Anna Freud Centre.

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The Centre concentrates on mental health challenges children and young people face, using a holistic approach to the issue. The Centre has a Community Campus, where ” experts in mental health, neuroscience and education” work with children and families to find news ways of dealing with mental health care. The Centre is expanding that Campus, with plans to house all of its efforts there, including its training efforts, teaching more than 3,000 professionals a year. Below, Kate looking at a model of the planned expansion; back to The Daily Mail:

After a private briefing on how the charity is working to cut mental health problems in children and young people, she was shown plans for the new Campus and asked questions about it to Jonathan Robinson, Campus project lead and architect Mark Rowe, partner at Penoyre and Prasaad.

Looking at the architects’ model, Kate said: ‘It’s quite a unique approach.’ She asked: ‘Have you had any problems in terms of planning or have you been very well supported?’

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Below you see Kate at the school’s interactive learning centre; the school is in a temporary site until the new Centre can be completed. It will “be at the heart” of the new complex.Richard Palmer, The Express/Kensington Palace

As many readers already know, Kate has a deep interest in children’s mental health issues. According to the Palace the Duchess will continue her focus on the issue; more from The Telegraph.

The Duchess wants to play a part in the open discussion around the emotional and mental wellbeing of children.

She is particularly interested in supporting early intervention programmes that tackle complex social issues, especially those that provide support to vulnerable families or children to build their resilience to cope with life’s challenges from an early age.

The Duchess appeared relaxed, enjoying herself with the students and staff.BOTH IMAGES: Chris Jackson/Pool/Nunn Syndication/POLARIS

For today’s engagement, Kate wore a Ralph Lauren Black Label dress, the brand’s ‘Austin’ silk shirtdress.Duchess Kate Middleton Ralph Lauren Austin The frock is described as the “quintessential shirtdress, this houndstooth-patterned silk style flares at the skirt for a supremely flattering fit.” More design elements on the Austin:

  • dress and lining are 100% silk
  • a sleek patent leather belt
  • concealed front button placket with mother of pearl buttons
  • barrel cuffs on the long sleeves

The dress comes in two lengths. Kate wore the longer length, shown below left. This dress is available at multi-brand retailer Farfetch, where it is still available in sizes 6 & 8 (£1146). The shorter version is offered at Ralph Lauren’s US website, available in all sizes ($1595) and on the UK website (£1245) in limited sizing.Farfetch/Ralph Lauren

Kate accessorized with her Stuart Weitzman ‘Power’ pumps and Mulberry ‘Bayswater’ clutch.Splash News/Splash News

Here you have a better look at the heels and clutch; our photo shows a leather style, while Kate’s is suede.Stuart Weitzman/Mulberry

Unfortunately, the black suede pumps Kate wears are sold out everywhere but at Russell and Bromley in the UK. If fond of the style, it is still offered in black patent and adobe at Nordstrom and black patent at Amazon; the heels also come in ‘Fire Quasar’ (there’s a color name!) at Stuart Weitzman, where they are 50% off, $178; oops, this color sold out while writing the post!Nortdstrom/Stuart Weitzman

We saw Kate bring back her favored Annoushka pearl drop earrings.©James Whatling/Splash News

The Pearl drops are available at Annoushka; they were worn on Kate’s Kiki McDonough Yellow Gold/Diamond Hoops.Kiki McDonough/Annoushka

The Duchess as she leaves with a hug for Michael Samuels, who is Chair of the charity’s Board of Trustees.©Chris Jackson/WPA Rota/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

Below you see Mr. Samuel with his wife, Julia Samuel, arriving for Prince George’s christening; Ms. Samuel is one of George’s godparents. She was a close friend of the late Diana, Princess of Wales. On the far right is Hugh Grosvenor, another of the Prince’s godparents.

UPDATE: We have a number of comments about Kate’s ring(s) when she was leaving…here is a closeup photo when she is just steps away from the car. On previous occasions we have seen Kate’s engagement ring ‘swing around,’ and the stones aren’t visible as they are on the inside of her finger/hand. Perhaps this is what people are referencing.Kate Engagement Ring as Leaving Freud Centre

UPDATE #2: I forgot to mention that today was the s/s 2016 Ralph Lauren spring runway show at Fashion Week. From a very quick glance at pictures, it seems there is a lot to like, with plenty of light, floaty, feminine pieces, as well as the designer’s usual nautical and prep references, executed with elegance and élan. There are some paratrooper-style pants I wasn’t crazy about, and some dresses with cutouts that didn’t seem fabulous, but overall it looks like a stellar collection.  You can watch the entire show on Periscope here, you will need to sit through about 8-10 minutes of people arriving and being seated before the show begins. I thought it worth the wait, but others may prefer to see photos of the collection.  They are available in several places, including here at Vogue.

We leave this portion of the post with ITN’s video of today’s engagement.


Also today, word about a new engagement: in late October Kate, William and Harry will attend the premiere of the new James Bond film, SPECTRE.

This is 2015’s Royal Film Performance, a benefit for the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund. The movie stars Daniel Craig as James Bond, it is his fourth time in the role.

More from The Telegraph:

The countdown can finally begin: the team behind the upcoming James Bond film, Spectre, has announced today that the world premiere will take place on Monday October 26. The screening will be a royal gala, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry among the first to see the film. For the first time ever, the film will open at UK cinemas on the same night.

Joining the royals at the high-profile event will be the film’s leading actors Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, David Bautista, Monica Bellucci and Ralph Fiennes

Many will remember the Duke and Duchess attending 2013’s Royal Film Performance, featuring Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

PA Wire/Splash News

PA Wire/Splash News

The Duchess wore her Roland Mouret ‘Lombard’ gown, previously seen for a private dinner in May of 2012. (This dress is the ready-to-wear version of Kate’s gown.) In announcing the engagement Kensington Palace used a photo of William, Kate and Harry at the Sun Military Awards in December of 2011.

Kate Middleton Black Velvet Evening Gown

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The Duke and Duchess also attended the premiere of War Horse in 2012, when Kate wore the black lace ‘Amoret’ gown by Temperley London.Kate Middleton black lace gown Temperley London Duchess Amoret War Horse

We can expect to see a glittering red carpet at this event, and a party frock equal to the occasion.

NEXT ENGAGEMENT: Kate, William and Harry attend the Rugby World Cup opening ceremony tomorrow (Friday, September 18) at 6:45pm London time, that’s 1:45pm EDT / 10:45am PDT.  This is the ‘pre-show’ for the opening ceremony, it starts at 7pm. Following the festivities the trio are expected to watch England take on Fiji in the tournament’s first match; that game begins at 8pm locally, 3pm EDT/Noon PDT.

NOTE A gentle reminder about our focus here at WKW: while not always successful, we try to remain focused on what Kate wears. We stay away from posting/commenting on Kate’s weight (unless it specifically relates to how a garment fits, something is too big, too small, etc.), steer clear of speculation about her state of mind or marriage, and generally try to avoid *too* much discussion of hair and makeup. I have become a little loose on this front recently; knowing the general interest in Kate’s haircut, I included photos of the new look in last week’s post. This topic has actually been fine: it very much relates to the dialogue when worn in specific styles relative to an outfit. It’s not become the sole focus of posts and/or comments, so if everyone is fine with it having a somewhat bigger role than in years past, so am I. (Truth be told, I very much enjoyed learning a few things about pre- and post-natal hair issues the past few weeks!)

It’s a fine line we tread as a community and the lack of new engagements over the summer contributed to my being somewhat lax regarding comments. I want to mention it because we’re seeing more comments related to Kate’s weight, state of mind, makeup and other topics. Many of them are founded in genuine concern about the Duchess’s health and well-being; I respect those sentiments, but these issues are not a focus of the site. Some comments I am able to do a very quick edit on, while others cannot be published because they have little or nothing to do with what Kate is wearing. And as always, comments insulting Kate, fellow readers, or the community as a whole are immediately deleted.

I apologize if things have edged closer to areas we generally avoid.  Additionally, we are blessed with an abundance of new readers joining us and the change of seasons is always a good time to welcome them and share a bit of background on preferred practices. Do let me know if you have any questions or concerns, is the best way to get in touch. More than anything, thanks to everyone who contributes and makes the WKW environment a nice place to visit.


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Friday 18th of September 2015

I liked Kate's look - the dress is fresh and chic looking. The pattern is great - I found it interesting to see a houndstooth pattern used with such a light material as silk - I would normally think of it being used in weightier and heavier fabrics. She looks fashionable without being too fashion forward in my opinion. Not sure about Kate's new hair style yet. She always looks lovely but I feel the bangs are quite heavy looking around her face.


Friday 18th of September 2015

I usually love Kate's style but she's had a few misses and this is one of them. I do not like shirt dresses on anyone. I've tried them on before and they are rather shapeless and sacky with the end looking unfinished which is the "shirt part." Like the designer wasn't sure if they were making a dress and then switched their minds and made it a shirt.

I also doubt she weighs her hems. She's had several instances with the wind flying up like this one due to the high slit in the front which just makes the dress look awkward. I've always wanted her to try dress pants and blazers to break out of her flouncy dresses, it would be way more comfortable for her when she does events with kids.


Monday 21st of September 2015

I would love to see her in pants too! I think she'd look great in a wide leg pant, actually much like the way the blue Reiss coat is styled in the photos from the more recent posting.


Friday 18th of September 2015


Marla Maye

Friday 18th of September 2015

She looks like she is wearing a bangs toupee.


Saturday 19th of September 2015

"Bangs toupee" ... Too funny!!!!! :)


Friday 18th of September 2015

Ralph Lauren always shows understated elegance and I like this dress. Kate is always well put together and perfectly groomed. That said, I do find this look to be boring. If Kate had worn red shoes and a red clutch purse, then the outfit would rise to another level. She owns red shoes and clutch, as when she was in Canada, on Canada Day, she wore the country's colours of red and white, with a white dress, red shoes and purse and a hat with red maple leaves. I do so wish she would be more daring in her fashion.

The bangs/fringe just give her another thing to push off her face, which she is often doing. I love it when Kate wears here hair in an updo, or low chignon. Personally I feel her hair is too long for her position and her age. A shorter, more professional hair style would be my wish for her.


Monday 21st of September 2015

I'm a little curious about your comment about the length of her hair. I've never heard before that women of a certain status or age should have short hair. Is that something that's specific to your country or area? Admittedly, I'm not very fashion-forward, so maybe I've just completely missed this. :)

It honestly doesn't seem very long to me, it's only to the middle of her back. I really love the beautiful chignons she wears too - I can never make mine look so nice!


Saturday 19th of September 2015

You are so right about the red shoes! It would have made an enormous difference in her overall appearance.

KM Jewelry

Saturday 19th of September 2015

Oh, that's right! She's stuck to basic black and nude shoes since then. :/


Saturday 19th of September 2015

I had forgotten about the red Canada Day courts. I wonder why we've never seen those shoes before or since?

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