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Birthday Bash at The Goring: Kate Wears Erdem to Reopening

Monday, March 2, 2015

Kate didn't schedule any public engagements while William is visiting Japan and China, but today, she made an off-the-books stop at The Goring Hotel, to the surprise and pleasure of many. 

@_LucyBonner
Kate was at The Goring at it celebrated its reopening after the beautiful hotel closed for a month to undergo extensive refurbishments.  Excited fans, to whom we are very grateful, stood outside and snapped pictures of our favorite Princess as she left, and you can view high-quality snaps here at the Daily Mail. 

@SimmondsHarriet
Kate did not attend in any official capacity, but as a private individual. It is unusual for Kate to accept one of the doubtless countless invitations that she receives, apart from the weddings of close friends, and so this is a special mark of favor on her part. 

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Everyone is, of course, aware that Kate and her family chose The Goring as Ground Zero in the run-up to what was the wedding of the decade. The hotel was the center of excitement as Kate arrived the night before the wedding, flanked by her beaming mother and sister, and waved to the cheering crowds. 



The Middletons rented out the entire hotel for themselves and for their guests. It is believed that Kate stayed in what is now referred to as The Royal Suite, and which The Telegraph describes thus:
The hotel’s Royal Suite...runs the entire length of the top floor, with French windows in each room that open on to a balcony overlooking the hotel’s private garden...[the] walls are hung with silks, opulent yet cossetting, from The Gainsborough Silk Company and include two powder blue silks, a gentle champagne pink, a rich red stripe and a dusky green silk originally woven in 1910 for the First Class Dining Room of the Titanic. The Suite is filled with antiques – Georgian decanters, engraved glasses, wooden tea caddies, books, clocks, silver and prints...
When the family left for the final, and most exclusive, reception at Buckingham Palace, they graciously hosted a wedding reception at The Goring for any of their guests who had not made the cut for the private reception at the Palace:



Kate's family made their final Royal Wedding photo-op on the steps of the grand hotel, so it received quite a bit of press attention:



They seem to have an affinity for the hotel, as they were back just a few months later for the Basil's Bar party, when The Goring recreated the favorite Mustique watering hole, complete with a celebrity visit from Basil himself:



Perhaps, the Middletons are drawn to the hotel because of its strong personal history. The Goring was founded in 1910 by Otto Goring and remains a family run establishment. Or it could simply be the very warm memories they all must have for the that exciting time around the wedding and, for Kate, one of the biggest days of her life. Showing up for this opening was a thoughtful gesture, as it once again prominently places The Goring in the spotlight, and hopefully gives them a boost as they get into the swing of things again. I do wonder, though, if they have some further connection.... In any case, below is a video from Instagram of Kate leaving the party:
A video posted by Sophie Field (@sophiecfield281) on



Kate chose designer for the party, turning to a favorite label, Erdem. The Darla floral print dress in silk chiffon features an Empire waist, perfect for the pregnant Duchess. 


I was interested to see that the dress has this cut-out back. It is an element Erdem and Kate seem quite fond of. The silk chiffon "Meryl" Erdem that Kate wore while on tour in Singapore had a cut-out:



When she had a bespoke maternity dress made by Emilia Wickstead, Kate had a square back included:


Fashion verdict: I thought this Erdem particularly flattering on her, and can think of several dresses I wish she had traded out for this lovely piece when on a public engagement. She completed her ensemble with her mystery drop earrings, Muse clutch, and custom McQueen pumps--both in complementing navy. Everything was perfectly put together; she looked great! It is nice to see Kate getting out while William is away, too, even if she didn't plan any official appearances. 

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  1. Why have I never seen that super cute back cutout in the Emilia Wickstead dress?? Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. Oooh, you hadn't seen that? I am so happy that I posted it, then! It was a cute dress. Kate obviously likes dresses with unusual backs.

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  2. Jane, thanks for this post--as always, so quick and completely interesting, informative, and well-written.

    Totally agree that "[I] can think of several dresses I wish she had traded out for this lovely piece when on a public engagement."

    Thanks again for your splendid work! Katherine USA

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  3. Hi Jane Great post and was really happy to see Kate out while William is away. But I have a silly question, if this was a private invite then why was Rebecca with her? Kate was going for lunch nothing more. Sounds kinda silly to her there.
    And I think William is doing a great job for the Queen. I just wished Kate could have been with him.

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    1. Hi Pauline! Well, it was a private event for her, but it wasn't private the way the wedding of a childhood friend is private. I imagine, Kate worked the party much the way she would a public engagement, so it makes sense that Rebecca was there. Plus, she doesn't stop being the Duchess of Cambridge just because it is a private rather than public event. The PPOs are there and Rebecca is part of the team. It is a work day. :)

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    2. It is them blurring lines again, using a publicly-funded employee as a private assistant in private time. She was at a private event, she wasn't working the room as a rep of the Goring Hotel. Unless you're insinuating something about the Middleton's getting a deal on the Goring rates in exchange for this type of publicity.

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    3. No, it is not. Kate is the Duchess of Cambridge, and she does to cease to be the Duchess of Cambridge when not on a formal engagement. This was a private event, but it was not, I repeat, a family party. She met and mingled with dignitaries and stars, and the same function that Rebecca plays when with Kate at an Action on Addiction event, is the one she played for Kate at The Goring. Rebecca is a salaried employee, not hourly, and as such, she works odds hours and fills in on all manner of activities. There are perks to being salaried and there are drawbacks. You work when the boss needs you. The Goring party was an event at which Rebecca would be a valued addition, if not flat-out needed.

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  4. I don't even want to discuss the dress. Kate turns down so may worthy causes these days and then goes to the opening of the hotel! Sure, it has special memories, but it's not a very smart move on her part. It shows what she values most and that is not her duties. With her status she can do so much good where it's needed but instead she chooses to visit a hotel!

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    1. She is surely entitled to go to a private lunch occasionally..

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    2. I second Maggie's comment.

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    3. What worthy causes has she turned down in favour of making this private visit? Furthermore the invitation was extended to her privately from a place that received world wide attention at the time of their marriage. To turn down the invitation would IMO be rude and if the media got wind of it, they would run with head lines of her disrespect.

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  5. I did not like the pattern, though I love Erdem. It is not flattering, huge miss! She should wear more maternity dress, but I think she has enough of this pregnancy. She also looks a bit tired/annoyed combi. Thanks for the post!

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  6. Fairh from BostonMarch 3, 2015 at 7:42 AM

    I love to be ambushed by unexpected photos! Can she look any less thrilled to be photographed though? I really liked this dress from afar. Such a pretty print and refreshing color scheme. However, upon closer inspection, this dress does not fit her
    well. Its super snug everywhere and not in a slim streamlined way. Its pulling in all the wrong places such as under her bust and under her bump. I think it would have looked lovely on her in her sevond trimester. I really don't remember her wearing clothes that didnt fit well during her first pregnancy. I think the previous poster is right. She is done with this pregnancy and just doesn't care.

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    1. I love unexpected photos, too. :) She didn't look very pleased, no. I wonder if she thought she could get in and get out without being snapped. Remember, I think she really is trying to stay under the radar while William is gone, because she dominates the headlines if she makes an appearance, and they want to keep the spotlight on William's Japan/China trip.

      As to the dress, I am not sure it is pulling under the bump--it is creased, though. Clearly, she spent some time sitting inside, and the fabric holds the wrinkles well. It has a flare skirt, too, you can see the pleats starting just below the wrinkles, which gives it a fitted element around her bump. From the front, I thought it fit remarkably well, although the Empire waist was probably meant to hit a little lower... I thought her first pregnancy was a bit of a fashion wasteland, and while this time around had been better, it has certainly not been best... I agree, she looks done with being pregnant, and I have to say, I am too. Can't wait for Baby #2 to arrive!

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    2. Hi Jane! I always find it so interesting that we can all look at the same pictures yet have such different reactions. That's what makes this blog go around! I'm excited about baby number two as well. The baby looks low. We might not have to wait much longer.

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    3. Absolutely! The different perspectives are amazing! When you bring what you see to the table, it always gives me a new perspective. :) I am getting excited for TheGreatKateWait2. Looking forward, also, to see if she has some special last outfits to wear on these last few engagements!

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    4. Yes to the outfit anticipation! Where the two church services dictate hats, my expectations are high :-)

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  7. Don't like this look at all. It doesn't fit well because she has the shape of a seven months pregnant lady (although still very small) stuffed into regular clothing, making the proportions all wrong. I read in a DM article that someone was quoted as saying Carole also wore regular clothing throughout her pregnancies. Whether that is true or not, they must see it as a mark of beauty or something to be proud of..... Unfortunately, at this stage of the pregnancy, it just looks bad and makes the clothes ill-fitting.

    Also, points to Kate's obsession with being thin. IMO she would actually look thinner in well-cut maternity clothes, with thin legs and arms, all attention on the bump. I remember several adorable bespoke dresses with matching coats she had made (Jenny Packman?) during her first pregnancy that looked wonderful.

    She just looks uncomfortable (beyond the normal uncomfortableness of pregnancy) and a tad sloppy. A well-cut maternity outfit would make her look better and feel better.

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  8. It is my understanding that the owners of The Goring are personal friends of the Middleton family, and have been for some time.

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    1. I hadn't heard that, but I know they are connected to Mustique. Can I ask where you heard this?

      It had been reported that the Middletons were close friends with the owners of Jigsaw, the only firm Kate worked for outside of Party Pieces. But they did an interview and denied knowing the Middletons.

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  9. That yellow dress is my favorite picture of Carole, I don't think she has ever looked better.

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  10. She looks beautiful, I think. I can never get over how she wears such high heels even when she is far along with her pregnancy.

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    1. Doesn't she? :) Other than looking a bit tired once in a while (and don't we all, pregnant or not), she looks amazing.

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  11. Mhm.. not loving the dress. The silhouette is fine but the pattern/colours? It reminds me of those bold flower prints women way older than her tend to wear. Though always grateful for the rare surprise shots of Kate, I have to add: I do not see her face "glooming" as one says about pregnant women, nor does she look very rested. I don't know if it's the light, but in the high-res photos she looks very tired and older to me.
    I am looking forward to happy grinning faces when it's time to welcome the second baby, though!
    Only two months to go!!

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