We have several updates to share, and then our look at pieces by familiar Duchess designers that really stood out in 2016. First, the additions to Kate’s Calendar:
Tuesday, January 17th: William, Kate and Harry will “outline their 2017 ambitions for Heads Together.” I expect there will be an announcement at this event about the documentary the three young royals are taking part in. The doc is being produced to air on the BBC in the run-up to the London Marathon which is April 23. Heads Together is the Marathon charity partner this year and will field a team of runners helping to raise money and awareness of mental health issues. More about the documentary may be read in this Sun article and also in this People magazine story.
Tuesday, January 24th: The Duchess visits the EACH hospice in Quidenham where she will get an update on the Nook Appeal, the fundraising effort for a new children’s hospice in Norfolk that Kate helped launch in 2014. Kate will meet with staff and volunteers, and speak with family members benefiting from services offered at the Quidenham facility.
Last week we covered the many new designers the Duchess wore in 2016. Today we look at styles from designers and retailers Kate has worn previously that packed a punch in 2016. This group is composed of looks that made a distinct style statement for the Duchess, or perhaps prompted a “wow” upon the first glimpse. It is not a list of designs that I liked, rather, pieces that reflect a change in direction for Kate or a look that simply showed Kate’s self-confidence and ease in her role.
Our first ensemble in this category is the set of ‘Delphia’ separates by Temperley London worn to a party at the British High Commissioner’s House during the India tour. At 99.99% of the formal functions Kate attends we see her wearing dresses and evening gowns. As best I recall the Duchess hasn’t done separates for a formal occasion, and certainly not any with a cropped top. This was a step in a different direction for Kate, indicative of her willingness to take more risks with her wardrobe; it was a choice that worked very well. The lighter weight fabric was ideal for the climate, and the intricate embroidery was perfect for the occasion.