The Duchess wore a new suit by Oscar de la Renta for tonight’s engagement.
The theme of the writers’ conference was ‘The Anxiety Epidemic” and featured a number of guest speakers, including Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind, which is part of the Heads Together coalition.
From Gordon Rayner’s story in The Telegraph:
The Duke of Cambridge has stressed that “silence can kill” as he urged people struggling with their mental health to tell someone about it.
Addressing an audience of health writers, he said he had benefited from a working environment as a helicopter pilot in which all crew members were encouraged to admit to feeling overwhelmed or unable to cope.
Kate and William also listened to presentations by four experts on the anxiety epidemic theme.
Now to what Kate wore for tonight’s event. It is the first time we have seen the Duchess wearing Oscar de la Renta. (The Duchess has worn a pair of OdlR earrings several times.)
Both pieces are from the Fall 2015 collection, crafted of a stretch wool boucle. This is how they looked on the runway.
The three-quarter sleeve tailored jacket features a fitted bodice with a pleated, flared hem. There are dual front besom pockets, a pointed collar, and slits at the end of the sleeves. This piece also has multiple panels and seams below the yoke on the back and the pockets on the front. It was originally priced at $2190.
The full skirt is constructed of the same material; it showcases box pleats and a hidden back zipper. The skirt originally was priced at $1290.
The exact fabric blend is 65% wool/32% polyamide/3% elastane, and the color is officially called ‘ultraviolet.’ Both pieces were made in Italy. More on today’s look from The Telegraph’s digital fashion editor, Bethan Holt:
Although it’s ultimately a conservative look, the suit is further evidence that Kate is experimenting with the brands and silhouettes which she buys, whilst always making sure that her look ticks the all-important appropriate box.
Fall 2015 was an important collection for the brand, it was the first designed by Mr. de la Renta’s handpicked successor, Peter Copping. More from Vogue’s review:
On one side of the catwalk arrayed to the left and right of Oscar’s widow, Annette, were dames like Barbara Walters, Nancy Kissinger, Mica Ertegun, and Mercedes Bass—honest to goodness buy-a-dress socialites as opposed to the borrow-a-dress socialites fashion manufactures for the front row nowadays. On the other side were BFFs Taylor Swift and Oscar favorite Karlie Kloss wearing coordinated, colorful frocks and attracting the eyes of everyone in the room.
Kate’s suit is classic de la Renta. As I mentioned to a friend on Twitter, I wasn’t surprised she elected to wear pieces from the label. Once we saw her in the CH Carolina Herrera coat during the Canada tour I thought it would only be a matter of time before we saw her in this brand.
The two fabled design houses have overlapping clientele and share some similarities in their approach and aesthetic. More about Mr. de la Renta from this British Vogue obituary following the designer’s death in October of 2014.
“Of all the designers in the world, Oscar de la Renta was the most reliable at designing clothes that made you feel beautiful,” British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman said this morning. “He stuck to his conviction about how women should look – elegant, joyful, feminine – no matter how fashion changed, but his designs never felt old or hackneyed.
Mr. Copping’s time as creative director at Oscar de la Renta was short; he left last summer after a little more than two years at the company.
Kate carried her Bayswater Wallet Clutch by Mulberry.
The Duchess had on her Mappin & Webb Empress earrings.
And her Cartier Ballon Bleu wrist watch.
Kate wore her hair down this evening.
A very interesting side note about the look: Laura F suggests on the WKW Facebook page this may be the mystery outfit worn by the Duchess to this year’s Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace.
I think Laura and others are probably correct, the color looks very similar in the limited photos that are available.
In this morning’s post on William and Kate’s Place2Be engagement we mentioned that today is the Queen’s Sapphire Anniversary of her accession to the throne. Here is a Sky News piece on how that occasion was marked.
— Sky News Tonight (@SkyNewsTonight) February 6, 2017
We’ll see you in a few days.