Kate brought back a suit by French label Paule Ka for today’s engagements in Wales.
Kate was in deep burgundy for today’s quick visit to London’s Middle Temple where she and William were meeting with law students.
The pair were not only meeting recipients of existing Scholarships memorializing HM, Princess Diana and the Queen Mother, today’s event also marked the launch of the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge Scholarships. Prince William was made an an honorary barrister at Middle Temple in 2009.
More from the Middle Temple website.
He was not only called to the Bar to be made an honorary barrister, but also called to the Bench, the Inn’s governing body.
The Prince is the sixth member of the Royal Family to be called to the Bench as a Royal Bencher and follows in the footsteps of the Queen Mother and his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, called in 1988.
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The event took place in the Prince’s Room which was renamed after Prince William was called to the bar.
Kate’s separates are by Paule Ka, a French ready to wear brand founded by designer Serge Cajfinger.
More on Mr. Cajfinger’s design aesthetic from this story in The National:
“My favourite fashion decade is definitely the Fifties, for the style and the elegance,” Cajfinger tells Alexandria Gouveia. “The cinema of that time inspires me and my style. I like Cary Grant and Fred Astaire. Mad Men is very close to the Paule Ka fashion. I love it.”
A look at the label’s website:
Below, three of the label’s Black Carpet pieces for this fall’s collection.
For a complete list of Paule Ka boutiques, click here.
Kate’s double breasted jacket is a shorter cut with a shawl collar, two patch pockets, a slanted breast pocket and modified peplum detailing at the waist.
We have not yet the skirt found online, With thanks to Anna, Carolyn and Andrea, a more detailed look at the skirt.
On the Paule Ka Facebook page the color is referred to as ” Burgundi”. Underneath the jacket Kate wore a black lace or crochet-style top.
Many thanks to WKW Facebook friend Lurdes for helping us find additional images of the jacket. We believe the pieces date to at least the fall 2011 collection, My Small Obsessions‘ Annie N. thinks this is the same ensemble worn to last year’s pre-Christmas luncheon at Buckingham Palace December 19. (There were no official photos of that function, only fleeting images, some may be seen here.)
Kate accessorized with her black Episode ‘Angel’ heels, although Kate’s are black suede. (Past season & out of stock, a similar pair by Episode may be found here.)
The Duchess did not carry a bag today, but it did look like she was sporting a new pair of earrings. It was solid look in a lovely fall color, the jacket was very flattering, but the skirt seemed a trifle shorter than might be optimal for someone in Kate’s position.
One quick update, it turns out that Kate will be doing all of Wednesday’s events solo, William will attending the funeral of Olga Powell, the longtime nanny he and Harry shared growing up. More from the BBC:
The Duchess of Cambridge will visit Gateshead, Newcastle and Stockton as planned on Wednesday.
She will meet community groups and charity staff during her stay in the region.
For more on these events, Chronicle Live has a detailed article with times and a map of events.
The Royal Party will be accompanied by many special guests from the football and sporting world for the official opening of Englandâ€™s new £100m training home.
The Duke of Cambridge, who is the Honourary President of The FA, will officially launch the new national facility after enjoying a tour of the site and meeting senior figures from The FA, local community figureheads and young grassroots players.