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Kate Releases Video for Mental Health Week in Jaeger Dress

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Good evening, All. I hope everyone is having a lovely Sunday. Just breaking in here to let you know that a video message from The Duchess of Cambridge has been released. As we mentioned on the blog last week, Kate visited the Bethlam and Maudsley Hospital School to spend time with patients of the hospital who are educated at the school. It now turns out that Kate also recorded a plea on behalf of Place2Be and Mental Health Week while on her visit.




In terms of poise and delivery, this was excellent. I felt Kate's confidence was strong and her delivery natural...a real improvement from her debut during Chidlrens' Hospice Week. She seemed very in control of the message. I really enjoyed seeing the transformation. 



In terms of fashion, never say never. We thought it unlikely we would get to know what Kate wore, and yet, here we are with the info. The Duchess wore her Kiki McDonough amethyst earrings and chose Jaeger's "Silk Tile Print Shirt Dress" retailing at £250.

Jaeger
Kate's hair and make-up were flawless. That was the good news. The bad new is the Fashion Verdict: I hated it. In theory it looks fine on the website, but it did absolutely nothing for beautiful Kate.  It added weight she isn't actually carrying, and gave her a shapeless potato bag look. Honestly, since this is only a half shot, she should have worn a structured, jersey jacket, like a Ralph Lauren piece, and swept her hair up into a chic chignon.  She didn't. C'est la vie.

I won't needlessly prolong the post. You now have the pertinent details. Maybe this dress could work in a  full shot, but I highly doubt it. Auction it, send it to Goodwill...burn it. Let's just not see it again, eh? Thankfully, the message was the strongest element of the video--may that be the lasting impression.

See you in the new week!







72 comments:

  1. The dress, in this case, is immaterial.

    She has a lot of poise here and you can hear her passion about this important issue. She's definitely coming into her own in terms of her confidence level, and I expect we will see her take on more patronages in related areas.

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    1. I totally agree. Great to see.

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    2. I agree that she will be ramping up her charities later in 2015. At the same time, I think she likes to give very personal time and attention to her charities, so I imagine she will increase a little slower because of that. I think it is nice to see how connected she is to her "patronages" but it might be hard to sustain as the years go by and she takes on more charities.

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  2. She's such a better speaker now! I was fine when the dress choice, but her posture bothered me! She seemed rolled in/slumped. Maybe she's tired; perhaps "they" should stop making the duchess tape messages while pregnant! ;)

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    1. I think we've noticed before that she often has bad posture, even when standing. When standing she likes to stick her hips forward and lean back. I'm surprised it hasn't been addressed/improved in almost 4 years of marriage, so it must not be an issue for those who help groom/educate her.

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    2. I think that she usually has pretty solid posture, but I agree she seems to struggle with it more when pregnant. I wonder if that is just because of the change in her center of gravity?

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    3. I feel like I am nit-picking BUT i have noticed Kate does have a tendency to be round shouldered. I say this as one who must constantly remind myself to keep my shoulders back. She did need to sit up straight or straighter at least.
      Kate is a beautiful woman and William is lucky to have her.

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    4. She does have a relaxed posture in informal occasions, or when talking to people on walkabouts, but when dressed up or on red carpets - that's when we usually see her - she's got great posture! She has a solid back.
      you can see that when she leans forward - her back doesn't have any bad posture-related odd angles.

      Camilla

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  3. haha, your feelings "burn it" are how I feel about the Hobbs animal print dress. I think that color is pretty and subdued on brunettes. As for the style, it did have me wondering how much of her midsection was pregnancy vs. shapeless dress. Since we know she tends to be self-conscience of her midsection during pregnancy, I'm inclined to think it is just her being her.

    I like the amethyst earrings, and am glad they got some time in the limelight.

    As for the speech, agreed. She has greatly improved. When she was speaking of "William and I', I believe it based on her concerns surrounding bereavement and family breakdown - all things her husband had to cope with as a child. She wasn't just name-dropping him.

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    1. Those earrings are so pretty; love them, too! Hmm, this dress is the same cut as the animal print. She obviously feels comfortable in it. It frustrates me. :) Oh well...

      I think that William has mentioned his experiences in this field, too. I am sure you are right, he is on her mind as she works in these fields. It seems to good to be active in an area where you have a personal connection or inspiration.

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    2. I also think the Hobbs animal print and last week's sailboat dess were much more unattractive than this one. Funny. I liked it better on her than on the company's website. The fit is the issue here:-( Really great speech though. I think Jane is right . She has matured a lot since becoming a mom. Good lighting doesn't hurt either!

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  4. Hi Jane - I absolutely love your blog and am an avid reader on a regular basis. I thought this video was so strong and she has shown such improvement in terms of delivery and poise. I really love this dress! The coloring with her tan and her hair slightly lighter due to the sun and exposure of her Mustique getaway looks fantastic. For me, this is such a win. I love the print on the dress and it is in keeping with the tie-around or wrap style she generally favors. I think she has done much better this pregnancy with her fashion footing. The print is definitely a welcome change from a solid color or black. Looking forward to reading what other readers think about this one. Thank you for your dedication and consistency as always, with this blog!

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    1. Thank you! Well, we can certainly agree on the color, very pretty shade on Kate, and her hair, make-up, and tan were flawless. I also thought the lighting was far more flattering than the first video... I am frustrated by the style, but I am happy to know that some liked it, because you are certainly correct, she likes this style. :) Definitely, she has done better this second time. I hope she has a few more children, and if she does, she will have a few more swings.
      Thank you for your very gracious comment! xoxo, Jane

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  5. Wow! She gets trashed when she doesn't speak in public or give speeches but when she does she gets trashed for what she is wearing. From a Kate "fansite" no less. I though the speech was well written and well delivered by the Duchess. She looks professional and the dress is fine for the purpose. From your reaction you would think she was wearing an actual burlap sack

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    1. Jane didn't trash her. It's okay to not like something she wears. And she said she liked the speech and the purpose. It's okay to state an opinion and I think she did so in a humorous but respectful manner.

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    2. If I may gently correct you...Kate is never "trashed" here when does not appear fro long periods, nor is she "trashed" when she does make an appearance. In this instance, Kate was not trashed, her dress was trashed. A world of difference. I frown heavily upon all pieces that do not do justice to the Duchess. This piece was a particularly errant item.

      Your comments on her speech seem a little misleading, since inserted as they are, you seem to suggest that the post also cast aspersion on her message and her delivery--the real core of the video. Clearly, no part of this post criticizes either, rather praises her confidence and her message. Forgive me if I misunderstood your meaning, but that is the sense I took from the way you structured your paragraph.

      But, yes, as a fashion site, this was a miss. In my opinion, the dress was about as unflattering as a dress can be without crossing the line to an actual burlap sack. Again, though, like sin and the sinner, on this site, you have to be able to separate the analysis of the particular fashion item from the wearer. I hated the dress, I love the Duchess.

      Hope that clears things up!

      Jane

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    3. Your praise of the message is undermined by the paragraph of how bad the dress and is and what you though she should have worn. It reads like something a Royal Dish poster would have posted.

      My reference to Kate being trashed was moreso about other websites and on Twitter so it was a bit jarring to see it on here.

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    4. Well, I remind myself, as more than one wise man has remarked, you can't win 'em all. :) I am sorry the fashion analysis irked you, but to be honest with you, that is standard operating procedure Chez FBTB. Hopefully, we will all agree that Kate's next ensemble is fabulous! :)

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    5. Jane, excellent post, and because we turn to you for style analysis, yours is an excellent assessment of a style miss. The dress doesn't look good on her--too busy--her posture is weak and revealed by an unstructured garment. I agree that the print and style don't lend the gravitas the charity deserves. Well spoken and much better than the last video for hospice, but the formal setting of that video with a professional dress saved a less than stellar performance. I agree that Kate's wearing a jersey Ralph Lauren jacket with her hair up would be spot on here, especially since she sat in a classroom, a less formal setting. I imagine Kate is lending her support and is making this appeal for major charitable gifts. Large donors are more impressed by a mother who can look professional and polished in appearance when she needs to; a member of the BRF who speaks about a grave issue, knowing first-hand from William's experience. Unfortunately the serious message is undercut by informality, and this ill-fitting distracting day dress takes Kate's personal passion and power away. The dress is a miss. Katherine USA

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  6. I hate it too!! It looks like something a much older woman would wear - like it could be trendy for a young grandma with pearls for a lunch date?

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    1. It seems like the kind of dress that you would have to judge on a case-by-case. It looks kind of funky and fun online, it just wasn't working on Kate... I would be drawn to it because of the print, but I think it all depends on how it hangs. This dress looked too baggy on Kate to me.

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  7. Wow Jane. I am surprized. You must really hate this dress as you almost always can out a positve spin on anything the Duchess wears!

    First I just want to say I applaud Kate for bringing awareness to such an important topic. That can't be said enough.

    In terms of the dress I think it was fine. I like the color and even the print (which they always say never to wear a print in pictures/video. I agree that I think she looks "heavier" because she is 7 months pregnant more so then the dress. I would NEVER have let anyone make a video of me that will last for eternity when I was 7 months pregnant. Good on her.

    I think her make up was lovely and a nice change. I am not sure I have ever seen her wear blue eye shadow. It worked very well with the dress.

    So not a fail for me me.

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  8. Sorry one more thing....I agree with you Jane. A jacket would have been nice...in maybe a wool crepe...would have been a bit more "professional" looking.

    PS: Smythe has reissued the Duchess classic navy blue with cut out in the back and have also done it in a black version. Both are gorgeous.

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    1. Oooh, you are tempting me with the news on the Smythe coat. :)

      I liked the print, too. I just find these loose dresses to be so very unflattering. I couldn't find a positive comment. :( Kate has told people she feels uncomfortable large when pregnant, and so I think she tries to dress to minimize that. It is counterintuitive, but she would be better served in more structured pieces. It would give her a sleeker and more controlled silhouette, and a more polished one, which I think would make her more comfortable. That being said, there was a playful element to the pattern of the dress that fit very well with the school room background. Maybe, that is the best I can do on the dress. :)

      Thanks for reading and for your inout, Laura!! xoxo, Jane

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  9. Hi Jane
    I am speechless that the discussion has already become about the dress not the speech that Kate made.
    I do not think its about the dress - couldn't think that it was less about the dress but Kate has brought the attention to a topic that is simply not discussed in "polite company" and to boot made a great speech!
    Good on her.
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    1. Hi Simone:

      We run into this as community with fair regularity--the balance of either the message or the event with the fashion discussion. Whether it is the anniversary of DDay, Remembrance Day, a memorial service, etc, I try to give the appropriate acknowledgement to the event, as we have in this post, but the fact remains this is a blog centered around Kate's clothes, and as such it is proper and pertinent to discuss them.

      The message is shared in full, and frankly, I believe that Kate delivered her address with such force and conviction that no discussion of her fashion will dull the "moral of the story" for those individuals who needed to hear it.

      Hope you appreciate my position!

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    2. I appreciate your position Jane, not an easy one at all in terms of balance.
      At times though it is easy to become fed up with negativity as I have done on this occasion. Just want to be Pollyanna for the day - forgive me :-)
      Simone

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    3. No worries, Simone! We need more Pollyannas in the world. :)

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    4. Love a bit of Polyanna. I agree Simone.
      Marie, Honkkong

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  10. The dress is a non-issue for me. Kate did a great job and, as Jane pointed out, her confidence and delivery has improved.

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    1. The difference is remarkable. It hearkens back a little to an earlier discussion we had about how Kate changed after having George. I think we see that change very much on display here.

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    2. Yes. :) I thought the same about William after I watched his CNN interview (August 2013).

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  11. I thought she pulled it off smashingly. The blue was a good color for her and her hair and makeup lovely. She can wear lots of things I would consider too old and make it work.

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    1. I loved the colors on her, certainly. Someone mentioned how well her make-up is coordinated, too, which is true. The periwinkle blue reminds me a little of the Séraphine coat that was so lovely. I even liked the pattern on this, but the loose fit--it feels disheveled to me. I really dislike this dress on her. But, she looked beautiful. Hair and make-up were flawless.

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    2. "Loose fit" and "disheveled" is a good way to sometimes (sometimes) describe her pregnancy style of just large sizes. A dress that may already be a bit boxy in your normal size, is now huge in a larger size. She must not pay much attention to fashion feedback, because she'd hear how people think she is smashing in stylish maternity wear.

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    3. Absolutely anon 4:29!!

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  12. While it's not my favorite look, I'm not horribly offended. The pattern comes off to me as playful. Her message however, is striking. I'm very impressed with her speech and happy to see someone with so much status take a stance toward destigmstizing mental heath treatment.

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  13. I have to agree. Not a good look on Kate at all. Hopefully it is the last we see of the dress.
    Jane, thank you for the reply to my email, I am so sorry to hear you have been so sick. I hope you rest and come back soon with your full strength and lovely wit.

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  14. The Brits tend to gravitate towards a lot of prints which is one reason I sometimes hate Kate's choices. And print upon print, like this dress, shudder. Perfect hair and make-up, wonderful delivery.

    To those that think Kate is being attacked for what she wears.... I think women look at what Kate wears because she has basically unlimited options. Not only does she have practically unlimited funds to spend (Charles pays for the clothes used during her royal work, which he must account for publicly. Last time I remember hearing the amount she spent in one year just for clothes she wore to events, the tab was over $200,000.), she also has unlimited sources, meaning a personal assistant that helps her source clothes and accessories, designers willing to tailor and adjust anything for her, designers sending her all the lastest things (even if she does finally pay for them, just being rich doesn't get you this kind of access).... She is literally one of only a handful of women on the planet with the options and access to fashion choices that she has. This makes us curious.... What will she choose from, basically, all the options in the world?? Is it something we would pick too? I don't think it is an attack, it really is an honor and, quite frankly, just fun. After all, it is just fashion.

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    1. Chuckle ..... Ok let's put all Brits into the camp of wearing "prints" :-) I think that may be quite a big assumption being a Brit myself. Not a Laura Ashley fan :-)

      Perhaps in my moment of "reaction" I didnt explain myself particularly well.

      For me today was not about the dress and I think Kate made that point by wearing high street Jaeger that anyone could pick up - and has been, including another bloggers Mother :-)
      However, I do understand that Jane's blog is more about what Kate wears and she, in this instance, has quite a strong opinion :-)
      IMHO I I thought that Kate did brilliantly today and brought an incredibly powerful agenda item, that is typically shrunk away from, to the table.
      She spoke with empathy and understanding and she did a great job!
      I actually come to Jane's site for my weekly dose of positivity about Kate as I have become so heartily fed up of some blogs who have chosen a different path on their comments section.
      Jane you do a lovely job and I always enjoy your humour!
      This should become known as dressgate.....
      Simone

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    2. Very true. Kate does have unlimited options and I know I couldn't exercise the same level of self control if I had her resources. But I think her choices are very deliberate. By that I mean that she may wear McQueen for a state occasion, but if she does a solo engagement it tends to be low-key. (And I am not suggesting that her low-key pieces are within everyone's reach). I believe she doesn't want to be seen as a clotheshorse and she has good reason to avoid that particular label. :)

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    3. Good post. I really enjoyed it.

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    4. Simone,

      Lovely name, btw. I read the Daily Mail, well, daily and it is easy to see the Brits are very different in fashion than the US. They are mad for patterns and patterns on patterns. I see it in all walks of life, at different kinds of events. It is like the Brits feel Americans as a whole are loud... Well, we probably are, at least some of us, especially to the more reserved British ear.

      I remember when Liz Tilberis came over from Britian to be editor of Harper's Bazaar. She assumed because both countries speak English the transition would be easy. She couldn't believe the culture shock and even the language barrier. We are different cultures and have different fashion senses too.

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    5. Hello RoyalFan - I agree :-)
      I think on prints and DM it is simply just one lens into a country or culture and certainly fashion .... A bit like using Sex and the City as my lens on America .... Not a truly accurate reflection of what the average lady In Minneappolis is likely to wear and the same can be said for using the DM as a lens on what the average Brit wears ....
      But maybe I'm out of touch now I live in Australia and all the women of Britain have gone print mad :-)
      Just teasing you :-)
      Simone

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  15. I don't really care about the dress. She's doing a video message about a highly important subject, she could be wearing a sack as far as I'm concerned I only care about what she has to say. I'm so glad she's raising awareness to such a great cause, as someone who is now suffering from depression, I wish that I had received help while I was younger to nip it in the bud. I didn't and now I will have to suffer with the consequences in the long term. With this charity problems are recognised early on so that they can receive the support they need before its too late. I hope Kate continues to raise awareness of such a cause. As for the dress it is vile, but that doesn't matter, she's not a fashion icon, its about her work not what she looks like. Thank you for posting this.
    Rebecca :)

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  16. Jane, you have shocked me by expressing your outright dislike of Kate's dress! (Thank God...There have been many times when I felt like a lone wolf, and not just on this site.) In this case, I am neutral; this is not the worst the Duchess has worn, and I am far more taken by her beauty--7 months into her second pregnancy and she still looks great--and by her speech and its delivery.

    So I hope you will understand if I go off-topic, and into the crazy land of well...craziness.

    I have a son who went off the deep-end thanks to his use of cannabis at university; he had a psychotic breakdown.Not unusual, as I learned, after the fact, given that I have an aunt who is a schizophrenic, diagnosed in her teens--in other words, my son was one of the unlucky ones who used a party drug and who had a predisposition/susceptibility/genetic weakness. Seven years out, more or less, and he is married, has two sane kids, a job. He recovered--but rest assured, it took a few years, a hell of a lot of frantic research, a sympathetic doctor, a caring girlfriend (now his wife) and a good deal of money just for his dietary needs.

    Hats off to Kate for championing chiidrens mental health issues. Perhaps this will lead her, in the future, to take up the cause of late adolescents/early twenties, who frequently fall thru the cracks.

    JC

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  17. The dress is absolutely gorgeous and suits someone young and vibrant like Kate. I think on an older person, like someone's mother, it would not look so great. Kate can really pull these things off. It would also be a bit too expensive for the every day housewife, so I could see why somebody would buy it, then see that it looked frumpy on them and return it as maybe they could not afford it. Variety stores have good choices for regular folks.
    Anna, NZ

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    1. I think so too Anna. I think only a younger woman can make this dress work. On an older woman it would look frumpy and aging. I like the color on her a lot and the bohemian type print is pretty. Just doesn't fit her right because it isn't maternity. Faith

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  18. I did not even notice the dress; I was just so impressed by what she had to say and how she said it. She has certainly not chosen the easiest subject for her patronage, but it is one that certainly needs support.
    I first saw the video on Sky News this morning, where four professionals, were impressed and said so---didn't even mention the frock! Not criticizing those who did not like it---obviously some people believe that to be the most important thing and they are surely entitled to say so, on a fashion blog.
    Just think it is a pity that women always get judged first and foremost on what they wear.

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  19. I think Kate has done a fabulous job at presenting an important message that applies to all ages but especially to those still developing. There is no comparison to this and her first message.

    However, like you Jane, I think this dress should be placed into the duster bag and never seen again unless its to remove some dirt. It does her no advantages as it seems far to old and dowdy for someone of her age and the pattern is just plain awful.

    KiwiNic

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    1. Hopefully half of her hair could follow that dress into the bin as well -way too long and actually detracts from her message. Dress is a meh.

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    2. THE HAIR DECTRACTS FROM HER MESSAGE?? Oh come on.

      Camilla

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    3. Hmmm... I'm not sure how her hair detracts from the message unless that is what the *viewer* chooses to focus on.

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  20. Full disclosure: in general I am a fan of boxy "burlap" dresses :) and prints, on myself, on the Duchess. So, I think she looks great. I really have to look to see her bump; I definitely don't see the extra weight that you do. Maybe we all see what we want to? Love that there are such strong opinions. EB

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  21. I am so happy to see the Duchess grow into her role this way. She did a wonderful job and I'm so proud of her. As for the dress, it is impossible to know how it looks on her without seeing her standing up and what she's wearing with it for the full effect. So without "full disclosure" I have no comment. None needed -- her voice speaks for her this time -- and the message is loud, clear, and "royal". Love it!

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  22. Wonderful issue to be addressed. My hope is my country, USA, follows in designating mental health week for children. While creating facilities for children and families. She is stunning in the video in a very natural way. Kudos to the HRH.

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  23. Hi, Jane,

    Thank you for this post.

    Just a few comments:

    Kate's public speaking has improved a great deal as evidenced by the video. She appears much more relaxed than in the EACH video. Also, her makeup is much more subtle which is nice.

    I like the Jaeger dress. I like the print. I may be in the minority but what I see Kate trying to do is to build a wardrobe of "go-to" dresses that she can wear when involved in her career as a Royal spokeswoman without always having to produce a fashion moment. I would include the Hobbes dress in this also.

    I'm a long time professional in a largely masculine field. I can tell you that it is VERY difficult to find dresses that are suitable i.e. they can't be too short, must have sleeves, can't be too low cut, prints/patterns cannot be too attention-grabbing, colours cannot be too bright; in other words, they must be the polar opposite of most female fashions. It's sad but true that it's still this way if your professional credibility matters to you.

    I applaud Kate that she realizes (whether it's her realization or her handlers have told her) that she must be careful around these limitations. It's not as much fun for her or us but it allows her to help the groups she can with her incredible media influence. Maybe she will jazz it up as time goes on and there is more leeway to do so than there is now or was when I started out in my field. Nevertheless, it's still very hard to get people to listen to a young woman for the reasons that count.

    Place2Be is definitely one such reason and I believe Kate is very much on the right track.

    Have a great week everyone!

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    1. Fully agree! Shirt dresses are a great 'go-to' for me, professionally. They are professional but still show your waist and the collar is great for framing the face. The issue with this one is the fit, pure and simple. I think everyone would be ooohing and aaaahing over the blue print and her makeup if it was in a well-fitted top rather than this baggy shapeless thing. I actually don't hate it overall, but my goodness she is demonstrating the benefits of choosing maternity wear!

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  24. I think the duchess is lovely in anything she wears. I noticed lately she has been taking off her coats, or jacket. Could some of these choices possibly be due to being hot during pregnancy? Or needing to stay in some type of comfort with a busy schedule? Or maybe even just trying to put the focus on the charity or what she is saying rather than knocking it out of the park with fashion.( She has such great taste.) I know she gives great care to the choices she makes with clothing and accessories in relation to what she is dong for the day. She has beautiful taste and attention to detail. I'm inclined to think she is spot on with her choices. This dress included. I think it's intentional. She looks relaxed,poised, and well spoken.

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  25. I like the dress a lot. It pretty and looks really comfortable - that's what you go for while pregnant.

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    1. I loved the dress too...print, and color look great with her make-up. She looks very fresh and healthy.

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  26. Kate has been practicing her public speaking! She finally - after 4 years - sounds comfortable speaking. I am very proud of her!

    Also, the makeup is flawless. Whoever did her makeup for this video really needs to become her full time makeup artist as I don't really believe Kate did this herself (since she is so so so heavy handed, particularly with the eyeliner). This is an amazing look for her, and I think this is the very best her makeup has ever looked.

    The hair looked great, but I am firmly in the camp that believes she needs to chop 4" - 6" off. Below her shoulders, but not as long as it currently is.

    And, I am divided on the dress. I think the coloring of the dress is absolutely fantastic on Kate. It suits her so well, and really makes her pop. On the other hand, the cut isn't quite the best for this stage in her pregnancy. I get the comfort of shirt dresses, and it would have been fine for the unofficial visit, but combined with her slouching and not being a maternity dress, it looks like a potato sack on video. Another Seraphine dress tailored for this late in her pregnancy would have been a far better choice.

    Did anyone else notice how much thinner her face looks in the video than in pictures? If not for her tan, I would have thought that the video was shot months ago.

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  27. Hi Jane. I've been a follower of your blog for some time now and enjoy it very much. But I think your comment about Kate's dress is beneath you. If she likes her dress, and she must or she wouldn't have worn it, why should she burn it because you don't like it? A good rule of thumb we should all follow is to never say anything about someone out of their hearing that we wouldn't say to their face.

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    1. Hello, Suzanne:
      First of all, I am glad to hear you are a regular and that you like the blog...sometimes. ;) Second, thank you for expressing your dissent graciously. It is appreciated!
      I agree that one should never say something out of hearing that you wouldn't say to someone's face, but this blog has a robust global audience and so this was not written under the impression that my views were tucked away in private corner of the internet. I obviously love and often write about Kate or to her in the same manner I would discuss fashion with my sister or a good friend. Since you have been reading for some time, you may recall what I term The Dreaded Moloh Coat, which is a major fashion miss in my book, or even worse, perhaps, the ensemble she wore to Shooting Star Hospice. I think Kate is nearly flawless, and the kind of woman who would either nod and agree with the assessment with a laugh, or confidently insist she liked the outfit and keep the items in her wardrobe.
      So, I hope you understand that there is a gentle element of tongue in cheek, while at the same time frank assessment, all of which is presented in a convivial spirit. My mother and sisters, I hope, could concur. :)
      I hope this makes sense!
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      Jane

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    2. As a very longtime reader as well, I would like to say that I sometimes feel like I am listening in on a girls' lunch with Jane and Kate. I feel like the tone is funny, sometimes teasing, and always with love. Thanks for letting me be a virtual girlfriend!

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  28. I wanted to love the dress, but in the end I didn't love it. I agree with you, though, she looks beautiful, and the cause is very deserving of her support.

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  29. Wow.... Can't Jane express an opinion on Kate's clothes without being attacked? Ladies, stop being so sensitive over something that doesn't call for it... And people can disagree without making an issue over it... Some of these comments are laughable and sound like pre-schoolers...

    The world needs people who can be honest without tearing someone apart. The world needs women who can do this.

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    1. I meant preschoolers...

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  30. The message seemed too dry and official - she should've added a personal story or at least referred to her experience with bullying.

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  31. I know there is probably a post forthcoming of today's new visit, but MORE of this lovely blue color that Kate has finally discovered! Has she had her colors done? Because I absolutely adore her in this family of hues. She looks so healthy and vibrant - and it's NOT just the tan or the "pregnancy glow." I feel she often wears colors that wash her out and therefore detract from outfits that would otherwise be okay - for example the brown animal print shirt dress that Jane dislikes so much - as the dress itself would actually be okay (although not the most flattering during pregnancy) if it were in a color better suited for Kate's coloring. That brown washes her out and makes the outfit look worse than it perhaps was.

    But this BLUE -- similar to the gorgeous color of the scarf she wore when leaving the hospital after her first bout of morning sickness with George. She needs to work on incorporating this more into her wardrobe from here on out in different ways. LOVE LOVE LOVE it.

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