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Kate Wears Katherine Hooker For Each Capital Appeal Launch

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Hello, hello! At last we are chatting about Kate's appearance today...I do apologize for the delay. I have been traveling "over the river and through the woods" and experienced some technical issues. But, to the point of the post: Kate was in Norfolk this morning at the Norfolk Showground, to launch East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) capital appeal campaign. The charity wants to build a £10 million hospice near Norwich and Kate was there to lend support to the cause. William and Kate have at last been able to move into Anmer Hall, and so Kate didn't have too far to travel:


To the delight of fans, Kate put her thinking cap on before the event and came up with an idea to help raise funds. She approached Emma Bridgewater to create a pattern line to benefit the appeal.  Emma Bridgewater creates fantastic pottery:
Emma Bridgewater began in 1985, after Emma tried and failed to find a birthday present for her mum. "I was looking for a really special cup and saucer, but everything was either too formal or too clunky. That was my eureka moment. I realised there was a gap in the market for pottery that was beautiful and practical – pottery for a relaxed, colourful, mismatched life."
Kate was visibly delighted to see the display when she arrived, and she took a moment to examine the collaborative brainchild.  I think anyone who loves tea and has ever hosted a tea-party with friends, will appreciate the MASSIVE tea-pot which the collection includes. Apparently, this teapot can hold 16 cups! It's a hostess's dream, but good luck finding a tea-cozy to fit it! You are going to be custom-knitting something... The items will be available for sale in the early New Year, and I suspect they will sell very quickly. 



Guests were seated at tables for the launch, and the tables were all designated by popular children’s names. Kate’s table was called, as you might guess, George. I suppose they had to be careful about seating her at a table with any other name. Like, Table Alexandra, or Table Elizabeth Diana, or Carole Victoria… George was a safe call.  (P.S. Rebecca was looking super chic today, too, in a fitted knit pullover, cute patterned skirt, and black stockings and heels.)



The Duchess penned a letter of support for the appeal, shared by Simon Perry:

Kate's Message for the EACH Capital Appeal via Simon Perry

To the fashion, my friends. I was very excited that Kate turned to Katharine Hooker for today’s event. I honestly wish Kate would wear more Katherine Hooker. She was a steady before Kate married, and of course Kate chose to rework one of her coats for the Anglesey lifeboat christening--her first big event after her engagement.


Katherine Hooker also can claim the credit for the triumphant Order of the Garter ensemble we all loved so very much:



Katherine Hooker confirmed that Kate's dress today was her "Ascot", but that it was a made from custom created fabric. I imagine Kate probably found a style she liked, and requested the rich red that suits her brunette locks so very well. It also is a less extravagant way of assuring that you won't be in the identical piece to another guest, without splashing out for an entirely custom-creation--a smart move. 


Kate accessorized with her Mappin & Webb pendant, Kiki McDonough drops, and Jimmy Choo heels. Today was a win. This particular ponytail is fantastic on Kate. She wore a very similar style with her white Mouret gown to the Mandela premiere, and it was a show-stopper then, too. She adds significant lift right behind the crown of her head which gives shape and a stylistic flare well beyond the average pony. I love it so much. 



Today's loose sheath dress style is something Kate seems to favor for formal events while pregnant. It reminds me very much of the Erdem she wore when pregnant with George. They both appear to be fitted from the front, but are often loose on the sides. I would love if the dress were just a little more tailored, a little more fitted in the back. I don't think it is perfect, but clearly something in the fit and style attracts her, since it isn't the first time she has sported this. 


All in all, though, though, I was really thrilled. I think the ponytail, the deep red against her coloring, her flawless make-up, and, of course, her baby glow, made her radiant. All day I watched striking shot after striking shot. A very successful event. 



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Perhaps almost as exciting as Kate's appearance this morning, was the new family photo of the Cambridges that surfaced. This picture was shared by HotMonarchy, and pictures William, Kate and George in a posed family portrait sent as a thank-you to people involved in their successful April tour. 


Kate is holding Baby George, who is wearing a charming sweater top, and blue pants that look to be the mini-version of his daddy's blue chinos...


...which means it is official: these are George's first pair of French Boy Pants. :) Rebecca English confirmed this shot was taken in March, before the Down Under tour, at the same time as the previously released portrait of the three with Lupo from the KP window. Kate is wearing the Rebecca Taylor suit she subsequently wore on the last day in New Zealand. I think it is very nice that suit got a third showing, since Taylor is an NZ native. 


Ok, that is it for today. Again, many apologies for the delay!  It doesn't seem that Kate will attend the SportsAid gala on thursday, which isn't terribly surprising, but...it would have been fun. At the moment, the next confirmed event is her New York trip. Given how close we are to that, I doubt anything will be announced between now and then. But, you'll be kept in the loop on any developments... 


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