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Kate Wears Blue, Bespoke Jenny Packham for Spectre Premiere

Monday, October 26, 2015

When you think of Princess Diana's evening gowns they are many and diverse, and style-era aside, always glamorous. Many of her most famous dresses and evening appearances were at film premieres. For whatever reason, perhaps the blend of Hollywood royalty with real royalty, film openings always up the glam factor an bring out the bling. So, for her appearance at the world premiere of the James Bond film Spectre, I knew Kate would be out to wow. 


I watched her arrival live and I was confused for a minute when she got out of the car...was she wearing a shawl? What was going on here? It quickly became evident that the gown featured a revealing, halter top base with a filmy chiffon overlay that featured a cross-over bodice and a slashed back:



The dress is a bespoke piece by Jenny Packham, and bears her signature marks. I don't want to speak for everyone, but...I think everyone believes the inspiration for this dress sprang from this runway piece:



If the dress seems familiar, it is a little. Kate's Beulah London "Sabitri" dress is almost the exact same color, features a similar demure chiffon overlay, and similar buttons :


Since these are two different designers, it seems that the common element is Kate, although the presentation on this dress is different, it is obviously related to the hugely popular teal dress from "Our Greatest Team Rises" gala, which also features an virtually "open" back, buttons, and detailing at the base of the spine:


In some respects, I felt like this dress melded Princess Kate with Kate Middleton. If you remove the chiffon overlay and change the base to pink, you are kind of left with the pink Issa from back in the day:



A brief break from the fashion for a few important photos. First, I know there has been some worry that Mr. Security hasn't been sighted in some time. What would a Bond premiere be without our own favorite 007? Let not your hearts be troubled, he was on the job tonight. You can also see Rebecca Deacon on the right in the background:


I also have to note how much I love Rachel Weisz. Stunningly beautiful with a quiet and down-to-earth presence. Daniel Craig is a lucky guy. The photo almost deserves a caption contest...maybe the Fug Girls can put their talents to it. :) 



Back to Kate! She recycled her Jimmy Choo "Vamp" pumps, but she debuted a new clutch, the "Casa" from Jenny Packham. 


...and who could miss her earrings? 



Anna instantly recognized these as the Robinson Pelham earrings that Carole wore for Kate's wedding reception. These stunners feature blue topazes and diamonds in a white gold and they retail at an eye-watering £14,300. 



They were, after all, purchased for the wedding of the decade. You likely recall that Robinson Pelham created jewelry for all the Middletons on that beautiful April 29th, including the future Princess of the United Kingdom herself.


So...what did I think. I had to think a little about it (Well, you've had plenty of time, I can hear you retort) and I really like this dress. Once I got my bearings on it, and saw a few high-definition photos, I really, really liked it. The single word that sums up Kate's appearance tonight is: exotic. 



I thought the dress looked Middle Eastern in some respects. The folds across the bodice, the gathers along the base of he neck, the fluttering sleeves and translucent chiffon... The buttons and beading. Even Kate's hair had a new twist, the bangs change up her usual (gorgeous) chignon, but tonight it was a fuller and bolder updo. The vibe reminded me just a little of Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco


This dress feels gorgeous. Can't you tell by looking at it how glamorous this would feel be on? She is both swathed in fabric, yet still showing skin. It is was reserved, yet sultry at the same time. 



There are a few elements I might tweak. I love Jenny Packham, but she has shown some dresses that  have suffered just slightly from too little tailoring. If I could change one thing about this dress, I would take a little extra fabric out of the front of the bodice. But, overall, this is a huge win in my book. I think that this has skyrocketed to one of my favorite evening gowns in Kate's closet. 

As you may have heard, Kate took Prince George to the Natural History Museum on the 22nd of October. The Princess and her little Prince could not have looked more adorable. Kate was dressed in her Zara crops and a sweater top, and George looked as well-dressed as you would expect the child of Kate Middleton--let alone a royal--to look. He is drop-dead adorable. 

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The Duchess has been to the museum on more than one occasion in an official capacity, but this little moment between mother and son outranks any of those formal appearances. Super cute! 


72 comments:

  1. The dress does not seem to fit properly in the bodice and sleeves, the rhinestones cheapen the dress, and the color washes her out. She has such a lovely figure, but this dress doesn't show to its advantage.

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    1. I agree, Anon at 11:04. I quite liked the dress from the back, but I have a hard time believing it was tailored for Kate when looking at it front-on--it looks a size too big for her,IMO. And I have never liked Kate in pastels, especially without a tan.

      When compared to the McQueen lavender evening gown Kate wore in California--true, Kate had a healthy tan--this is a fail. Wrong sizing, wrong colour-- emphasizes her slight frame to her disadvantage and makes Kate look positively anemic.

      I did like her accessories, however, and very much liked her hair. But the dress just doesn't do her justice, IMO. I liked what she wore this morning much more.

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    2. I totally agree with the previous two comments. This is my least favorite evening gown look of Kate's. The color and style do nothing for her. Also looks very summery. Love the earrings, hair style, evening clutch and shoes.

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  2. I loved loved loved the dress - I thought she looked beautiful, glamorous and sexy all in one go :-)
    Simone

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    1. I agree Simone and Jane, I agree with everything you said. Exquisite! ...... and thanks for the one of George:). I think its a great photo.

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    2. I agree, Simone, Jane, and Faith. ...Also, we can see pictures lots of places (except yours are the sharpest and kindest to Kate, Jane Barr) but only here the unique perspective-beyond straight reporting-drizzled with generous
      dollops of humour. Not sure if one can both drizzle and dollop.
      At any rate, well worth the wait.

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  3. This dress has the flavor of vintage Hollywood glamor. Love it.

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  4. I love this dress! I can see why Kate goes with Jenny Packham for these glittering events! After reading what you said about it I do agree about the inspiration for the dress and that just a tad less fabric gathered at the front would slim it down a bit but everything else is perfect. I also love that she has access to borrow great jewelry from The Queen but she borrowed these lovely earrings from her mother. This is another win for me.

    I do have to say that I thought Rachel Weisz's dress was horrible. The sheer corset look on top with little triangular tabs to cover up what didn't need to be seen was just odd. The underlay on the bottom looked like white pantyhose around her waist. It's very sad because the overlay fabric was really beautiful but the structure of the dress ruined it for me. She also seemed a bit clingy with her arms around his waist from behind. I think she could have been a little jealous of those Bond girls. Who could blame her with the gorgeous Monica Bellucci there in that stunning velvet dress!

    Naomie Harris also looked very beautiful (her bracelet is to die for) as did Dame Joan Collins. She is always so elegant. There were some definite fashion misses but our Duchess was perfect.

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    1. Rachel's dress to me was a throw-back and I have no problem with that. It was sexy, albeit a bit spring-y for late October. I especially can't hate on Rachel when her and Daniel were so cute! While he was talking with the Royals he'd keep at least one hand behind his back to hold her hand. Very sweet, especially for a relatively private couple.

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  5. I LOVE this look. It looks so regal, demure and yet sexy. I like your word Jane ....exotic. Wouldn't have thought of that myself but I agree. When I saw it from the back it literally took my breath away. The updo was a bit more relaxed with the bangs being whispy and whimsical. Perfect for the dress.

    I know many are not going to like it as the front does make her look rather flat chested. Which I agree...it does. But look at any runway model and the same would be said of them. This is high fashion. I also believe that sometimes you have to stand back and take in the overall look and effect. That is what I did with this and I think she looks gorgeous and ethereal.

    I have always been so-so on her Jenny Packham dresses but the ink blue dress, the red state dinner dress and this....I would say she is converting me. This is going down as one of my top five.

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  6. Suzanne in ColoradoOctober 26, 2015 at 11:35 PM

    The color is very pretty, but I think it makes her look overly thin. My first reaction was that she looked gaunt! I have seen people comment that she has looked so thin lately, but I hadn't thought so myself until tonight. A miss for me.

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  7. I had to think a bit about the dress--but I've decided I like it! She looks gorgeous. Love the earrings too. I wonder why William doesn't button his tux...isn't it customary to have one button fastened? It would look so much better.

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    1. I had the same thought about William buttoning his tux. The custom is to button when standing and unbutton when sitting. Maybe he just forgot when getting out of the car.

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  8. I like the dress- I just don't looove it. She likes these icy blues--almost as much as she likes the blue/black combo. She has several other gowns in this color. I kinda wish she would pick out something different. She still looks beautiful as always. Hopefully tomorrow will surpise us!

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  9. I wish she had chosen this dress for the state banquet. It would have looked perfect with the tiara!

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  10. I agree with the above poster that the color of the dress washes Kate out. I also agree with you Jane, that the gown could do with a bit more tailoring in the bodice. I love Jenny Packham's designs, but this isn't a favorite for me.

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  11. First: I love this blog, thank you for making me not feel so silly about being so obsessed with what this lovely royal wears. I love your spirit and am always impressed with your fantastic memory, Jane.
    I think that to show my appreciation I should stop just reading and start commenting as well. I suppose the only way you will know my appreciation for your tireless blogging is to participate along with you. So here I go, my lay opinion on the dress, hair, shoes and accessories.

    I loved many things about her look tonight. I thought the earrings were so charming, I just love the idea of her ringing up her mum to borrow them! Her hair was glorious and shinny. I really do like when she wears it up with evening gowns, she has such a beautiful line to her neck and shoulders that we so often miss as she wears her hair down (which I don't not love, she has enviable hair!) and it was a great look for her tonight, this fuller style of up do.
    I wasn't in love with the color of the dress at first but the photos here are much better. I also loved the fabric and how it reminded me of the dress she wore in Asia (that you also saw similarities too) but I was a bit lost in the draping in the bodice, I wasn't in love with how chunky the shoes looked (I think something more delicate to match the dress would have been my personal choice) and I didn't at all like the buttons on the sleeves.
    But, she still looked absolutely stunning. It was lovely to see her out with Prince Harry as well, I really enjoy when he shows up to events with them, William and Catherine seem to adore him and he always manages to make anything look fun!
    I will remember the dress for sure, but I don't know that it is my favorite.
    Thanks for the post Jane!
    Dallas

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    1. I agree with everything you said! :) The earrings, the dress, hair, shoes, Harry...lol. Thanks for jumping in, I too feel happy knowing I'm not the only one out there a little obsessed with Kate. It's not only that she's so gorgeous, for me it's because she's shown such maturity all along the way, so grounded, so balanced, strong and positive. Her style is a living work of art in a way, radiating her sense of fun, respect for the occasion, beauty and also thrift, in some cases. She's just one of those people you're so glad is in the world. :)

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    2. Thanks for your comment, Dallas! That's what the blog is for, indulging our girl-crush where we can be appreciated. :) My sister can only listen to so much about Kate's clothes before her eyes glaze over! Then, I have to come here.
      Thanks for reading!!
      Warmly,
      Jane

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  12. I forgot to add, in my previous post, how nice it was to see Kate and George at the Natural History Museum. Thanks for the pic, Jane. :))

    JC

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  13. I have to disagree with you, Jane, on this one. This dress could be lovely and graceful on a curvier figure. With Kate's trim, straight figure, the gown positively wears her and not the reverse. And, am I the only one thinking that some undergarments could have helped things a bit? This is a rare but notable miss in my book.

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  14. Gorgeous! And welcome back Mr Security, my night is complete now.

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  15. I loved the dress as well, but I think it might be one of those colors that reads a bit different in photographs than it does in person. I love an icy blue on Kate, but many of the photos read a little too dusky for my taste. Still not as good as the lilac Jenny P. from the BAFTA event in L.A., but a very lovely gown nevertheless.

    Also, does anyone else get sad that Georgie is grown up and done being the adorable little baby we all loved? :-(

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  16. I really love this dress and look, but if I could change one thing it would be the colour. Maybe a cream, a true grey or a blush colour? That would be my preference, but I know Kate is a fan of ice blue so I'll have to accept it!

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  17. That dress is so pretty, and it seems like it would be such fun to wear.I would be twirling all night. I can't believe how tall George has become-he looks like a little man!

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  18. What a beautiful dress!!!
    The duchess outdid herself tonight! She was absolutely Drop. Dead. Gorgeous.
    From head to toe, THIS is how well she can dress. Bravo! D.

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  19. Carmen, The NetherlandsOctober 27, 2015 at 2:25 AM

    I like it! The colour looks beautiful on her and I love the fabric and the way it's floating. I also like her hair this way.
    The picture of Kate and George together is adorable. George is getting cuter by the minute if you ask me. Such a charming little boy! He is going to break some hearts in the future...

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  20. I love the dress she looks daring and glam

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  21. I think she looked beautiful as always but the upper part of the dress is a mess, loved the back and everything else.

    The pic with George is super cute.

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  22. Kate looked stunning, a perfect example of why you don't need to flash lots of skin to look glamorous and sexy. And thanks for the flashback to the teal dress, Jane - can never see that too many times!

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  23. She looked way too skinny in that dress. She needs to gain some weight because that dress showed how unhealthy she looked
    Sarah usa

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  24. I thought this dress was gorgeous! Very understated and modest without being dowdy. I do agree, Jane, that a little less fabric in the front would have improved it and I would have widened the neckline slightly. Otherwise it's beautiful! This is also the best her fringe has looked!

    Can't wait to see which dress she chooses for tonight!

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  25. I liked so much about the look (color, fabric, belt, button detail, and accessories), but there was too much material (above the waist) for Kate's slender figure. I wish it would have been more of a V-neck style than this wrap.

    Regarding George...he is beyond adorable. And in this photo, I am reminded of Diana as she always guided and reassured her boys in public.

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    1. I thought the same thing when seeing the picture of Kate with George at the museum. Diana always bent down to their level to point something out or just give a word of encouragement. I imagine it's just another reason William fell in love with this beautiful lady.

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    2. I totally agree with you royalfan. I think Jane nailed it when she called it under tailored. If it was tweaked just a little bit -- maybe a tightening of the sleeves around the wrist like the Beulah dress -- it would have been perfect. There are so many features of this gown I like more than the red one from the State Banquet, but that one was a perfect fit from top to bottom.

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    3. Beautiful for sure, Robin. Inside and out.

      Michelle, I'm wondering if the model's gown (above), with the halter-type top but *without* any sleeves, would have been a better fit (literally) for Kate's figure...

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  26. At first glance, I was underwhelmed by the dress, but after seeing several photos at different angles, I actually really like it. It looked regal but fun.

    I also thought her hair was fabulous. I find myself preferring her hair styled in up dos, or partial up dos these days. The "Chelsea blow dry" look doesn't resonate with me as much as it used to.

    The only part of this look that I really don't care for are the shoes. For as ethereal as the dress is, a more delicate shoe seems more appropriate.

    Overall, I think this was a great look, and as you said, a refreshing combo of Kate Middleton and Duchess Catherine.

    -D

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  27. Jane - great blog. I love your comparison (melded) between Kate Middleton and the Duchess of Cambridge. I really liked the dress. It seemed old Hollywood glamour. Kate looked beautiful.

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  28. Hi, I read your blog from Paris, and I love it ! I can't say much more because my English is not that good, but it's always a pleasure to read you !
    Amélie
    (Anonymous by default...)

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    1. Amélie, I don't know if you will see this because it took me so long to come back and comment, but...your comment put a smile on my face. It is always a pleasure to hear from Paris. :) Blow a kiss to the Eiffel Tower for me.
      Warmly,
      Jane

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  29. I too, watched the event on U-Tube and thought Catherine looked superb.. In my opinion, the dress was elegant, with just the right amount of glamour and sexiness--just as much of the latter as allowable in a British princess.
    Hair lovely and earrings just right. The dress could not have been worn for the state banquet, but was just right for the Royal Command premier of a Bond film at the Albert Hall---it is dressing suitably for an engagement.
    Loved the picture of George at the natural History museum---wonder if she took him to see the dinosaur, before it is moved.
    I am getting the impression that when William has his days off, they move to Kensington Palace and both carry out engagements, whilst Catherine still makes time to give George a treat---then they head back to Norfolk, until the next days off.
    Incidentally, I don't think Catherine looks too thin---just like a Mum who runs after her adventurous 2 years old.

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  30. OMG I love this dress! It's my favorite color (ice blue), I like very much the fact that's different from all the others dresses Kate wore before, I like the bare back, is sexy (!) and the sheer long sleeves make it classy. The overall look is timeless beauty and most important: it's not boring! And I love the earrings, shoes and clutch as well.

    George looks sooooo cute in the picture in the museum! Thanks for posting. Amazing how he still is so blonde.

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  31. A great post Jane and I agree with you 100%. This dress needed to be savoured for a while, like a fine red wine. It also needed to be seen on video as the movement of it made the dress rock in my view. I don't think it photographs all that well. I've read several pieces by reporters who were there and they all said (every one - male or female) that she looked stunning. This was a bold new look for our Kate and I think she pulled it off beautifully. Very glamorous. It's the best word I can think of, although your word "exotic" is great too. Last night when I watched the video, I thought that William and Harry must have been breathless when she walked down a staircase at KP in this dress. It would have that effect on you. Love it.

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    1. I agree with you Jane, and also Jane Barr. I think it is a qualified win that probably looked better in person than in photographs. The photos make the fabric reflect some shine and really highlights how many layers there are in the dress and just how darn much of it is used. If the front could have some of that fabric removed and the droopy 'wings' removed this would be a huge win to me. As is the layers look a bit messy and her body looks lost in them - unflatteringly so. If these were the only photos of Kate we saw that day I think we'd be seeing those 'IS SHE TOO THIN?!' headlines again...

      Really appreciate her mixing things up! Brava for that!

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  32. Omg George is beyoooond cute! He's like Christopher Robin. Adorable! I looove seeing him grow, and Kate being his mum. I absolutely cannot wait to see how much Charlotte has changed. I wonder when we'll see her again?

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  33. Great post, Jane :) I think I have love/hate for this dress. Icy blue is never my favourite, but the design elements of the dress are fantastic! If it was in black or gunmetal I would be ALL over it. That pale blue just feels old to me, no matter how it's presented. Also, I don't think it's the most flattering look on her, she has broad shoulders that get accented by the sleeves and her (enviably) tiny waist and hips just kind of get lost.
    As for Rachel Weisz...always gorgeous and the way she's holding Daniel's hand behind his back...so sexy!

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  34. It's growing on me. Agree with the excess fabric in front, Jane. Perhaps it was not as loose when first purchased? A bit of last-minute tucking may have helped. It really is reminiscent of the Beulah dress.Good spotting.
    Re: Rachel's secret hand-cuddle-understandable, as Daniel is greeting one of the most famous beauties in the world. RW is bringing her A game-no worries.......mk


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  35. Any other ladies, gentlemen of a certain age who are reminded of Loretta Young and-from vintage films-Jean Harlow?
    Old Hollywood glamour......mk

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    1. From the days when Hollywood *was* glamorous? :) Yes. I can see it.

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    2. *Was* definitely being the operative word in that sentence.

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  36. I feel like this is so matronly with the robe styling in the front. The back is quite beautiful. With all of the beautiful designs available to her, she chooses a color which is not flattering and rather matronly in my opinion. Hair looks great, but I'm afraid this is a miss for me.

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  37. If only she'd stand up straight. :(

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  38. Jeanne - VancouverOctober 27, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Stunning! Catherine rocks this vintage French movie star look. Her recent clothing choices have been so interesting.

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  39. Sonja from BavariaOctober 27, 2015 at 5:25 PM

    I was watching the live stream. When I saw that dress in motion, I was absolutely amazed. Hollywood Glamour meets Royalty :) I think that in the video, the dress actually looks better than in photos. But I like it, Kate is experimenting a bit and that's good. Because of the sheer parts, it was modest and sexy at the same time. (I don't like it as much as the teal gown with the lace back, but that one is my favourite and imosdiblr to replace so that doesn't mean anything)

    Carole's earrings added anither highlight and wow-factor, they're eye-catching.

    But the best thing about this look was her hair! I love that hairstyle, the updo looks so great with her bangs.

    This appearance was pure glamour.

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  40. I haven't noticed this mentioned above, but is it possible the Duchess was evoking a ghost-like, ethereal presence with her choice of a grey, floaty garment? We all know she dresses in tune with the event..

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  41. Ok enough on the dress.

    Let's talk about George. That blonde hair? For a time we saw some red. Now more blonde. Oh my in those jeans he is becoming a big boy. . Sigh. How can it be? Lol

    What a beautiful child and how lovely that he is allowed time with his Mummy. Kates most important job is to raise children who are stable...loved.. happy..secure... whole... confident. To those who say she is lazy or not pulling her weight. I say... just look at this pic of a Mum with her toddler... this is her job!

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  42. Ok enough on the dress.

    Let's talk about George. That blonde hair? For a time we saw some red. Now more blonde. Oh my in those jeans he is becoming a big boy. . Sigh. How can it be? Lol

    What a beautiful child and how lovely that he is allowed time with his Mummy. Kates most important job is to raise children who are stable...loved.. happy..secure... whole... confident. To those who say she is lazy or not pulling her weight. I say... just look at this pic of a Mum with her toddler... this is her job!

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    1. She reminds me so much of Diana in this picture.

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  43. Hi, Jane! I have been "saving up" your posts from the past couple of weeks and tonight was the perfect night for an indulgence.

    Kate's fashion choices over the past few weeks have been absolutely wonderful. I have a real weakness for those rich royal blues and purple-y sapphire colors, so I loved the new Reiss coat and Christopher Kane suit. While I thoroughly love each and every look we've seen over the past few weeks (except for the Dreaded Moloh) something about the outfit worn while visiting the prison really struck a chord with me. As you pointed out I think she dressed sensitively and professionally for the occasion. The dress was a gorgeous color, a modern and flattering cut, and I adored the return of the Kiki "Grace" earrings. However, I think the best part was her hair. I heartily support Team Fringe and I think the way her hair was pinned back on the sides was so lovely.

    Something else I thoroughly enjoyed was the return of Kate's Sporting Faces. She is so adorable! I will never tire of seeing Kate, William, and Harry react during sporting events. (Your hilarious commentary totally adds to the enjoyment.)

    That sort of brings me to my next point. It has been such a treat to see the three of them out and about together. While I wish Harry all the happiness in the world, it's actually going to be kind of sad when their trio breaks up and a new member is introduced into the cast (please don't let it be Cressie). I for one am definitely not ready for that transition.

    Your post on Oct. 23 was so, so cool. It showcases one of the reasons why you are my favorite blogger. it was so incredible to look back at the same date over the past few years and go from bright-future-ahead-engaged-in-Scotland to mummy-of-two-sucessful-Duchess-in-Scotland. You so often reference Kate's past in your posts, and for those of us that have followed her since our teens, the flashbacks are just so heartwarming and downright awesome!

    I want to comment on your dedication to those suffering in China. Jane, you are an absolute treasure. I applaud you for sharing your convictions and beliefs in such a beautiful, earnest, and heartfelt way. You are such a gifted writer and I thank you for using your gift in the way that you did. It brought me to tears and has compelled me to keep those suffering firmly in my thoughts and prayers.

    To keep on with the rambling, I am not sure at what point I missed that you are in law school. How exciting! How far along are you in the process? I also saw that it was your birthday - I hope that it was your best one yet and I wish you happiness and health.....and great fashion and tasty champagne!!

    While I am not the most frequent commenter, I think you've seen enough of my comments to guess that I can't leave a comment without a question/appeal for a recommendation. The topic du jour - eyeliner. HELP. I have gone through so many brands and have disliked them all. More importantly, after 3 years of trying to wear eyeliner, I totally stink at applying it. This is after 3 years of practice plus countless You Tube videos and anything I can find on Pinterest. I simply have 0% ability to correctly apply eyeliner. I think it looks terrible when I have it on - it's uneven, I think it makes my eyes look smaller, it gets really weird at the outer edges of my eyes - but when I simply go without it I get so many questions about am I sick, do I feel unwell, do I have a headache, etc. What do you advice?

    At the risk of being banned from posting further hodge-podge comments I will sign off. Thank you so much for providing these lovely blogs! You do such a wonderful job and not only am I a Kate fan but I am a Jane fan!!!

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    1. Hi Natalie! My two cents about eyeliner: my favorite brand is Lancôme's Le Crayon Kohl, and they have it in a number of colors. It's smudgeable at first and then sets, easy to remove (I don't use makeup remover, just honey and oil), and it's believed that Kate uses it too.

      In terms of the trouble applying it - have you tried getting a lesson from a makeup artist? Alternatively, the people at your nearest department store makeup counter could give you the tips you need and help you see what the issue is, even if you have to ask a handful of people for help before you get it down.

      Barring that, I've noticed that people respond to changes in your appearance more than to your appearance by itself. Maybe what they're reacting to is just that it's different than what you usually wear. If eyeliner gives you that much trouble, you're always entitled to skip it and go with mascara alone; the people you're around will get used to what your eyes actually look like. I'm sure they're beautiful as-is. :-)

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    2. Thank you so much for the kind reply and recommendations, Tsipa!

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  44. I really like the skirt of this dress and the back of course, but the front is a bit messy. The color is not really good on her, I would love to see this gown in a darker color. The earrings, the clutch and the shoes are gorgeous. She really must wear such earrings more often. And the updo is awesome as well. The hairdresser really outdid himself! She should wear her hair up more often. It's so gorgeous!

    Hopefully they announce some more engagements in the weeks to come. We don't want to miss Kate so long!

    Jane, I wrote you an email on some missing things in Kate's Clothes. Hopefully you can do something on that to make the website more accurate and complete!

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  45. Jane where are you? Are you okay- missing you xxxxx

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    1. There have been two more Kate outfits (one new and one repeat - one hit and, IMO, one miss) since this post but let's remember that poor Jane is in law school and could be readying for an exam and the dreaded torts! I'm sure she'll give us her wonderful take on them soon.

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  46. Thanks Jane for another insightful post! Does anyone know what flats Kate is wearing with the Zara pants at the museum?

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  47. Someone posted this on another blog.

    All I can say is A-M-E-N !!!

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3292665/For-pity-s-sake-leave-s-going-grey-eyeliner-s-worrying-new-mum-s-way-growing-army-viciously-cruel-Kate-critics-web-AMANDA-PLATELL-message.html

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  48. Love your blog but please don't post photos from the paparazzi.

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  49. That blue Jenny Packham dress is to die for! One of my top looks for her. The thing I find about Kate, is that while she has some of the best fashion taste around, she sometimes doesn't dress to best flatter her body. YES, she has one of the most enviable bodies around, but she is tall, sporty and has a slight slouch, which can lead to the tricky situation of either looking like a Greek goddess, or just look like a sporty girl that's dressed up. The red dress from the state banquet emphasized her (beautiful) broad shoulders too much; for all it's flow and sparkles, those cap sleeves made her shoulders look a touch masculine. This blue dress drapes over her body in a seductive and stunning way. Seriously, she's fully covered up, but that slip underneath is so slinky that it could be innappropriate if not for that diaphanous top. No matter how thin or beautiful you are, you must always dress for your body- which sometimes means passing up beautiful items. I think she should have passed up on that bright red dress from the state banquet, but totally redeemed herself in this utterly beautiful, creation that makes her look like the Dew Drop Fairy has come to life.

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  50. I just noticed that the Jenny Packham's clutch Kate carried is exactly the same clutch Taylor Swift carried to meet Prince William in the Winter Whites Gala in Kensington Palace a couple years ago.

    Picture:
    http://www.gettyimages.pt/detail/fotografia-de-not%C3%ADcias/taylor-swift-attends-the-winter-whites-gala-in-fotografia-de-not%C3%ADcias/452131485

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  51. I think this is so pretty. And her hair, wow. I love it. The bangs finally look great to me in these pictures. She is the best. :)

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