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Kate Wears McQueen and Jane Taylor For Trooping 2014

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Today was Trooping the Colour in sunny London Town and Kate along with many other members of the royal family was on hand for the annual parade and balcony appearance to celebrate the monarch's official birthday. I do love staples in the royal calendar and something about Trooping makes me feel that summer is truly here at last. 


Kate didn't recycle today, instead she debuted the palest of blue suits from McQueen. It has very interesting fabric, which at first glance was not exciting me. It almost looked like a crinkly fabric that I think can be a little aging, but on closer inspection I like it very much. There is a pattern to it, a chilly blue and a very delicate and subtle almost taupe which is echoed in the color of her hat and her clutch. My bet is that in person the color contrast is a little more apparent, too. 



In terms of structure it reminded me very much of her Amanda Wakeley suit from the Darwen Academy visit on her post-engagement tour. Kate looks very good with this neckline.


Kate also debuted a new hat this morning, a bespoke creation from another genius of the hat world, Jane Taylor. Honestly, I don't think Kate has a favorite hat-maker whose work I don't love, but... This was a stellar job. This hat is certainly related to another Jane Taylor piece, Kate's Easter morning chapeau. Many of the design elements are very similar. I loved that hat and I think it won the Middleton Medal for best hat in Readers' Choice. The structure and unusual shape were the perfect touch of pizzaz in Australia and she has repeated that success today for the Trooping. In fact, most of today's ensemble was very much in keeping with her smashing Easter morning success. Same pale, cool colors, slim, streamlined silhouette, and arresting hats. 


She accessorized with Annoushka peal drops and a new brooch I have not seen before, but that seamlessly fit the outfit.



Trooping is one of the guaranteed days every year that we get to see the Royal Family gather on the balcony and they were there in force to wave to the crowds and watch the impressive flyover. Harry kept happily busy by amusing his favorite sister-in-law. He had Kate grinning from ear to ear as he gave orders into his imaginary communication system.


I don't know if he was playing fake security man or if he was sending silly orders up to the fly-over pilots, but Kate was in stitches and Harry looked pretty pleased with his results:


Even the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh seemed to be amused by their grandsons goofing about. 


Of course, there was a notable absence. While Mr. George attended last year, I think he may have been better behaved when confined in utero, because Kate didn't risk bringing him today. I did not expect him and am not surprised he was a no-show. I think we have gotten a sense of William and Kate's parenting style and this is not the kind of event they would bring him to while he is still so young. 


Today was certainly a big win. Kate played a variation on a very successful sartorial theme. While this is far from a copy of Easter Sunday, it is absolutely drawing all the winning elements that struck us from that appearance to make a new ensemble that resonates with the same perfect pitch. Genius. Well done, Your Grace, it was pretty much perfection.



29 comments:

  1. I was really happy with her choice this time, no more coat dresses,great!!! Loved the hat and the brooch. I wonder if PG still doesnt sleep enough because she looks really tired?!! But looking older photos maybe these heavy eye bags are genetics?! A.

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    1. It was a great look in my mind. :) I think George is a hand-full, for sure, but she didn't look particularly tired to me. She does have natural little things under her eyes, I don't know that I would call them bags, but... I have to say I really like them, I think they are super cute. :) She could be tired as well, though...

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  2. It's quite an interesting suit but I'm not in love with it. I like the neckline which is exciting but I can't warm to the pattern. Looks like two skulls staring at me on her breast. The brooch isn't my taste either. But I'm absolutely enraptured by the hat. It's stunning! And perfect to the suit. Altogether a nice debut!
    Thank you, Jane! Love to get through these exciting summer events with you :-)

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    1. I am not a fan of the skulls, which are McQueens signature, but I think had they not been pointed out to me I would have not noticed them. Kate has yet to carry a McQueen clutch with the skull head on the clasp, which I am happy about. I think it is weird. i think this is pretty subtle she probably figured it didn't matter.
      I am really looking forward to all the upcoming events! Order of the Garter in just a few days!! :)

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    2. Didn't know that it is McQueen's signature. Thank you for clearing up! I'm not so proficient in designers. I thought I had interpreted the skulls by chance :-)
      I looked up the clutches - I don't like them at all. And they don't match to Kate in my opinion.

      We'll meet again in two days! Yahoo!

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    3. I clearly see the skulls on the chest area of her jacket. Seems a very strange choice for Kate and an especially strange choice considering this ceremony.

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  3. Hi Jane,

    Yeahhh another Mcqueen outfit!! I love all of her Mcqueen outfits. They are so stylish and beautifull. She looks absolutly perfect in it!
    I understand why she didn't take George with her. It's to loud for him! Maybe we will see him on fathersday???
    Alexa, Holland

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    1. Hey Alexa! McQueen always seems to dominate these events, eh? :) Yes, I think it would have been a tough event for Georgie. The cheering crowds the screeching airlines, probably too much sun for him, too. Hopefully next year!

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  4. I absolutely LOVED this ensemble. My only complaint is that I think the material is a bit too thick for this time of year - seems a suit better suited to winter - not spring/summer. Am I alone in that? However, the outfit itself is flawless and I agree with the comment above - as much as I love the coat dress on Kate, it was nice to see her take a break and go with a 2 piece outfit. However, the thickness of the material is definitely still reminiscent of her trusty coat dresses...

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  5. Hi jane I think kate looks stunning in these kind of jackets they are so flattering on her. She looks so happy, I love the pictures of her laughing. I bet she is really funny! :)

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  6. I love that color on her and he neckline is so flattering too.
    Kate has a twinkle in her eye and I am sure a great sense of fun. She is simply lovely.

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  7. I liked the complete look, especially the addition of the statement pearl jewellery. I think its nice to see Kate in different forms of fabric. If you notice in the first picture the girls had a blanket over their knees in the carriage, so it may have been a bit chilly, and this is a nice option to the dress coats we have seen her in for the last few years. However, I would love to see her changing her hat style a bit more. For me. the facinators are getting a little bit tired. I prefer the sunday Easter hat to this one, I think the slighlty darker colour suited Kate better than this light shade. But apart from this, a really good choice overall.

    KiwiNic

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  8. This oufit is horrid, in my opinion. Lackluster, boring, and dated.

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  9. Hi Jane! I have some questions. 1. Did Kate have plastic surgery. Her nose looks more refined now than when she was a teen. 2. Did Camilla have plastic surgery as well? She looks a lot better now. 3. Why does the Princess Royal never smile? 4. Are those hats made of bear skins? And if they are, how can William and Charles wear them when they speak about protecting animals for future generations? You are the royal guru, so I thought I would ask you.

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  10. I've got to admit I am slightly perplexed by your opinions on some of Kate's outfits lately, Jane. Earlier in her marriage to William you seemed much more willing to offer some very polite criticism on some of her choices. However, more recently virtually everything she wears (except for perhaps the grey Reiss coat from December, the Poppy Day appearance and the Stuart Weitzman cork wedges) is a fashion win. I am a huge fan of Kate's style, but she is not infallible and she does make the occasional fashion faux-pas (like all of us). While we are all fans of Kate's and admire her style I am surprised that your tone reflecting her fashion choices has seemed to change significantly over the past few months. Having said that, I do enjoy your blog and read it consistently I have just found myself wondering why there has been a shift in tone over the past few months from one that was slightly more fashion-analytical to one that is so unequivocally pro-Kate fashion-seemingly regardless of what it is that she is actually wearing.

    -Brooke, South Carolina

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    1. You are not the only one who are perplexed, in previous posts I also expressed my suprise. I got no answer but I realised it is Janes opinion, as we have all entitled to ours. I cant blame her as she does her job all the same and I also follow her anyway. But it is good to know that I was not alobe with this shift in tone thing. A.

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    2. Well, Brooke, you do know how to get a girl's attention. :) I appreciate your honest comment and I have given it some thought and will try to be equally frank. I don't think in the past three months my attitude has changed drastically. We haven't seen Kate much, and I am willing to admit that my excitement after we haven't see her as often might color my opinion of her clothes when we finally do. In any event, I always try to be honest. if I don't love it, I say so, but if I am indifferent, I will highlight the positive rather than the negative. For the most part, though, you have to know that I like what she wears. I think if I were not excited about her choices I would wonder why I wrote this blog. :)

      So, the balance is never 50/50. If something strikes me, I say so, e.g. the Maleficent hat on ANZAC Day, the Dreaded Moloh coat, etc. I can tell you that my fashion attitude has not changed over the past few months. Really the only place we have seen her this year was on tour and I can honestly say I thought it was a fantastic performance. She debuted and recycled like a pro. It was impressive to me.

      If you are referring to a broader sampling of my opinions, you are correct. My attitude has changed over the course of the past three years. I remember that the McQueen ruffle coat she wore was not a hit with me when she first wore it and now I would love it. I am still pretty young, so a lot can shift in three years, and I do not see the world now the way I did in 2011--that effects my fashion critiques and my sense of style. So, on that you are right, but I don't think it has been a recent or quick shift and I hope it has made my sartorial analysis more savvy and sophisticated, but perhaps it has just settled into a boring rut. :)

      You can be sure I will call it as I see it, but I am always wanting to see something great. I never approach an event hoping to be able to write a negative critique and I will only really blast something if I really hate it. That just doesn't happen that often with Kate.

      In conclusion, I would say that this has always been a fan blog, not just a dispassionate analysis of Kate's clothes. I love Kate and I wouldn't write this blog if I didn't really have a positive opinion of her. This blog is a significant drain on my time and on my creativity, and I think it can only be fueled, energized, and justified by a fairly involved interest. So, I will always speak my mind, but that opinion will probably be one of approval more than I disapproval. :)

      Anyway, I hope this answers your comment. Again, I appreciated that you weighed in. :)

      Anonymous 3:24, I am sorry if I missed a comment/question you made! Sometimes, I get a little overwhelmed with the blogging and with real life. I always want to make it back and respond to everyone's remarks, but sometimes life just kind of sweeps me along. I do appreciate hearing from everyone!

      JBarr

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  11. I wasn't too crazy about today´s outfit:
    - It also reminded me of the Amanda Wakeley suit ( I LOVED that navy suit and those pumps, which we have never seen again. I am crazy about chunky heels).
    - I too noticed the skulls and didn't like them (I first thought they were lions. Just read that they are the brand´s symbol. Yuck :p)
    - I don't like this suit much because I don't believe it flatters her figure. It emphasizes her wide back and her very narrow hips.
    - The fabric is so odd for this time of the year (heavy? warm? and matronly) . I was curious about today's weather given her outfit and the hats.
    - The color is nice. Although I keep thinking curtains or sofa with that fabric.
    - The fascinator was so predictable. I guess Kate find a style/cut that she likes and sticks to it in all colors and flavors (so many outfit are exactly like A or B but now in C presentation :p)

    She still looks pretty, but it wasn't a WOW.

    Prince Harry seems to be a blast :)

    JANE, do you have any idea how big the crowd was?

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    1. Hi Beatrix! It was actually fairly chilly in London for Trooping. I think they have been having quite mild weather.
      I am not sure how large the crowd was, but I think it was quite large. Trooping is very popular AND it comes in June when even more tourists than usual are in London. With Kate joining the royal family, I think that has only swelled numbers at these big public events.

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  12. Hi Jane, thanks for a great post!! I do so love the Trooping of the Colors, such a great opportunity to see the whole royal family together seeming to enjoy each others company.

    Thanks to Vicki for pointing out the skulls in the design of this dress. While I know that the skulls are a McQueen staple I'm surprised to see the Duchess wearing them especially to a royal family event. Maybe she didn't see them in the pattern, I know I didn't until Vicki pointed them out. So odd that they would have been there.

    All in all I liked this outfit, the fabric was very interesting and the color worked great for Kate. The hat is so reminiscent of the one she wore on Easter which I loved, so of course I like this one too. I did notice that she is applying her eye makeup with a lighter hand in the last couple of engagements, not so much heavy, dark eyeliner, which I am loving. To me, it reminds me of her look pre-engagement, fresh, natural and lovely.

    The one thing that is sticking out for me is how comfortable Kate seems to be in the presence of the Queen, Prince Phillip and the rest of the royal family, it's lovely to see.


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    1. Yes, she really has blended pretty seamlessly into the Royal family, which I believe is the payoff of her many years carefully watching herself. She was discreet and always politic and put-together. i think she is a perfect fit and I believe the Queen really respects Kate for the way in which she handled herself all those years.

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  13. I wasn't too anamoured by Kates outfit either. I wasn't bowled over by the pattern and the colour seemed a little too icy somehow. I do love the fact she wears Pearls though. They always add an elegant touch.

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  14. I hate to be entering a Kate critical comment, as I do love her so, but... I don't think this suit flatters her figure either. The hat is practically identical to the Easter Sunday one. I'm with Beatrix. She seems to stick with the same styles, a bit predictable. (Tho I concede we all probably are to some extent). I think the Countess of Wessex is much more fashion forward than Kate, but for some reason the media aren't as interested in her. And much as I love Kate I wish I could find some pictures of the other members of the royal family from the day.

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    1. Hi Dale,

      While I really liked the outfit Kate wore today, I agree that the Countess of Wessex is much more fashion forward and she dares to try a variety of styles and colors, some of which work and some don't. Sophie reminds me a bit of Queen Maxima and Queen Matilda in her fashion choices.. There is a blogsite dedicated to the Countess but they don't have really great pictures of what she is wearing so it's a little frustrating.


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    2. Hello Dale and Lauri! I think there is something to be said for sticking with what works, because no one is perfect and every woman needs to find the styles that flatter her good points and minimize her bad. I think Kate will always be mindful of that, and as you say, it is natural. I think she has made a lot of progress, though, in stepping out of her comfort zone and trying new things. Cwretainly I have seen that over the past few years, particularly when she collaborates with Sarah Burton. I expect we will always see some pushes, but ultimately is a conservative woman and I think she will never stray too far from her sense of what she likes. I am a fan of it, so that makes me happy. :)

      I know there is a Countess of Wessex blog out there, although I have never looked at it. You may want to Google around. There are other fans! :)

      xoxo, Jane

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  15. I like the fabric more from up close than further away. It looks too wrinkled from my taste.
    But I have a question on a whole other topic: I read somewhere that Kate is on a new diet? She supposedly is eating only raw food one day a week. Apparently the DM wrote an article on it but I can't find it.

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    1. Yes, the crinkled look was my first impression and I was not pleased, but I do think it is a beautiful fabric once you see it for what it is. I think some of the photos did not do it justice.
      The DM did write a piece on that, you can read it here. I take all of these pieces with a grain of salt. We know she is eating healthily, all we have to do is look at her, but it is hard to say exactly what she is really doing: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2658096/GIRL-ABOUT-TOWN-Now-raw-food-die-Size-6-Kate-Duchess-tries-trendy-regime-improve-super-slim-figure.html
      In general, I think incorporating raw food in your diet is pretty healthy, or at least unprocessed, so it has me wanting to eat cleaner this week. That's a good thing. :) I imagine Kate experiments with all manner of healthy eating plans, as we all do.

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  16. sure love your posts from yesterday and today is there no picture of the skirt and shoes from trooping would love to have seen those and the back of the jacket hopefully we will have a repeat sometime soon I bet is was the beige suede shoes from the airport on the 14 tour.. tyvm for another wonderful post

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  17. I usually love Kate's fashion choices, but this dress looks like it's made out of styrofoam.

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