Tonight was the Roll Out The Red Ball fundraiser hosted by the British Heart Foundation in London, and it looks like Pippa has once again scored the "Belle of the Ball" category. The lovely brunette was all smiles as she walked hand-in-hand with her
now longtime (cough, cough) boyfriend Nico Jackson. Fresh from Mustique, where she was recently photographed looking pretty fantastic in a jade green bikini, Pippa chose a red, lace cocktail dress and coordinating accessories for the glamorous night out.
Is Nico the tallest man on earth? Sometimes I feel he is when I see these shots. I would love to have Nico stand shoulder to shoulder with Mr. Security and see who is taller. In any case, the couple joined James and his girlfriend Donna Air at the party. James, aka George V, was giving Pippa's beau a run for his money in the Dapper Stakes. Both these guys looked pretty great tonight--certainly Nico, and I think James, too, were wearing velvet jackets. Well done, boys.
Pippa's lace dress has not yet been IDed, although there is a pretty nice alternative at Ted Baker. @LiveLoveLaughvr has IDed Pippa's scarlet shoes as L.K. Bennett's "Fern Suede Point Toe" pumps, just in case any of you are rushing to do last minute Valentine's Day wardrobe shopping. They retail for £195.
Pippa is an ambassador for the British Heart Foundation, pictured below when she announced the "patronage" in June of 2014.
|British Heart Association|
The British Heart Foundation was one of two charities for which she raced across the United States (with James). She donated her bike to be auctioned to benefit the charity after the race.
|British Heart Foundation Facebook|
While Pippa got prepared to party the night away, The Court Circular has noted that Kate had a private engagement today. The Duchess spent over an hour and a half with students and staff at the Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital School on behalf of her charity Place2Be. The school is tailored to students between 4 and 19 who are patients at the hospital. According to Kensingtopn Palace:
This visit was arranged through Place2Be, of which HRH is Royal Patron, after learning about their work during the Place 2 Reflect conference last year to further develop her knowledge of the sector.
Kate attended a mental health forum hosted by Place2Be in late 2013, when, you may recall, she was so interested in the presentations, she extended her stay to hear more about cyber bullying, the terrible damage of sexting, and more.
I think the Palace is referring, however, to the private visit Kate and William made to a conference held at the Royal Society of Medicine in June of 2014. I did not report on that event, one of the few things I have missed in the past three years. Kate was wearing a busy, paisley dress from American label Tory Burch for that conference. You can see pictures of Kate wearing it here.
I thought it a fun look at the time. Busy, as I say, but the silhouette was very clean, which helped. I would have liked to have had a clear shot so as to really have a full idea of the look of the ensemble. This would have been nice with her navy Prada pumps. It is a dress better served by hair that is swept up and away from the face and neckline. Again, the pattern, the trim...there is a lot going on, so better not to compete. Back to today, there is no way of knowing if we will get photos. Sometimes we do, but often, particularly with this sort of event, we do not. Time will tell.