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Kate Wears New Label Saloni For Fostering Excellence Awards

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

After visiting the French embassy to sign a book of condolence for the victims of the Paris Attacks, Kate changed gears for a night of joy and celebration with The Fostering Network. She debuted a new dress from a brand new designer!


Kate has been involved with The Fostering Network before, but the charity is not one of her official patronages. She attended one of their events in January wearing her brown Hobbs dress to meet with workers and families who welcome foster children. 

 
Tonight, Kate was on hand to present the 2015 Fostering Excellence Awards. A press release from the organization before the event noted:
The Duchess will meet children and young people, foster carers, social workers, and care leavers, and present the Fostering Achievement Award to three exceptional young people in celebration of their extraordinary achievements in the last 12 months. She will also be presented with quilts for Prince George and Princess Charlotte by fostered children.
George and Charlotte will soon have a storage room for their gifts that is larger than their mom's closet. ;)



This was an awards evening...for kids. What do you do with an awards evening where over half the attendees, including the award recipients are minors? Throw a tea-party! So, super cute. Who doesn't love a tea party? 

via KensingtonRoyal
Apparently, Kate thoughtfully made her way around to all the tables greeting and chatting with guests. All the photos have beaming kids and adults alike. I think it was a success. 

via @KensingtonRoyal

Kate debuted a dress by Saloni. The label is London based, but the designer Saloni Lodha was born in India:
Saloni grew up in a traditional Marwari family and her love affair with textiles began at a very young age. The women in her community only wore sarees and her grandfather owned a fabric shop. When she first moved to Hong Kong in 2001, which then was dominated exclusively by luxury brands, she saw a gap in the market for something more personal .
She decided to set up pop-up boutiques and sell one-off pieces of clothing made in collaboration with artisans back home. When she moved to London in 2004 she did a short course at St Martins, got some work experience and she started her own brand.
India is such an incredibly colorful and artistically rich country, and I think you can see all sorts of these influences in Kate's beautiful dress this evening. From the texture of the matelassé to the eye-popping blue, and the flattering box-pleats. And the diamond back Kate loves so much? This dress is a home-run.

Saloni
Kate cinched the dress with her black belt and paired it with new shoes from Gianvito Rossi and her Catherine Zoraida earrings that we caught just a  brief glimpse of at rugby. She carried her Mulberry "Bayswater" clutch.  If I had to take a wild guess, my thought is people are not going to love this belt. I really like that she added a belt, which adds a certain panache, but this belt seems a little clunky for the lightweight material of the dress. It likely just photographs poorly, but it does seem a little faded. If memory serves, this belt got pretty harsh reviews the last time we saw it



This longer hemline is a lot like the hem she chose for her evening reception in New Zealand. It is like it is her in-between length to signal she is changing her look, but not going floor length.



Of course, she also wore s similar silhouette just the other day to Shaun the Sheep & Co., which probably helped her as she moved about and leaned over to interact with kids.


Finally, doesn't this dress make you think of her bespoke Emilia Wickstead when pregnant with George? 


This shot from The Fostering Network's Facebook page gives a nice view of Kate's hair and the v-back. I am just crazy about the box-pleats! 



Verdict: I love, love tonight's dress! As you know, Kate has me addicted to longer hemlines these days, and the retro edge is super on-trend. I am always excited when ethnic and cultural elements are expressed in clothes, too. her hair was a nice twist and allowed us to see her lovely earrings and beautiful face. I also am a huge fan of Kate's signature blue/black combo. She was polished and radiant. Perfect night. Well, new belt, but otherwise perfect night! 



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47 comments:

  1. I really liked the belt (though I agree it does look a tad worn). It really gave it a retro vibe :) And this color is great of Kate!

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  2. Love the dress. Again the hair is no bueno. She needs to fire Amanda cook tucker and hire back James pryce!

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  3. I liked the dress but hated the belt. I hated that belt every single time she wore it. In my opinion that belt supposed to be worn with denim pants not with a formal dress. She could had worn the metallic belt she wore with the grey Amanda Wakeley's dress in 2012 instead. Order than that I think she look great, I love how she made her hair today.

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  4. Perhaps this designer is a subtle nod to the upcoming India trip? Either way I love it and I love that Kate is becoming a Gianvitto Rossi girl :)

    Jane, when are we getting your post on Kate's new looks?? :)

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  5. Love the dress but the belt might have worked if brand new but think it is still too clunky as Jane thought. The clunky more casual feel along with the age of the belt makes it not work for me on this soft and dressy of an outfit. Maybe a thin black patent or even thin new black suede or black velvet around her waist without a buckle would have worked better.

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  6. I love the addition of a belt, but I agree this was not the correct belt to choose. This would be a great opportunity for something sparkly or even black velvet. The worn out leather would suffice with jeans, but not prominently featured on such a lovely dress.

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  7. I love the definition of a black belt with this outfit, but just not THAT belt. Something in satin or a ribbon would look nicer, this belt looks too daytime for my taste. Love the dress and the black/blue combo.

    I like that the bangs are slightly longer but really want her to go back to the side part on the bangs. This middle part is not flattering on anyone without a perfectly symmetrical face, and there are like 2 people put there with symmetrical features, this is not to say she isn't stunningly beautiful because she definitely is.

    I *adore* the suit she wore to the embassy, it has been spot-on every appearance. I want.

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  8. Totally agree with you on the belt. It doesn't go with the dress. Otherwise it's a beautiful outfit, the color is really flattering on her.

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  9. I like the back of the dress much better than the front. She's really liking this color blue this fall. Isn't this the third new outfit this color? The belt is not the right look. I agree that her hairdresser is letting her down more often than not. The bangs just hang and cover her face in many pictures. I wish the ringlets would go away forever.

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  10. Pretty pretty! I too like the back view; she's so slim, fuller skirts kind of pouf on her in some photos.
    I do wish she'd introduce some green (always lovely in blue, yes) to compliment her eyes. Loved the hair.

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  11. This dress is very underwhelming. I was really looking forward to what she would wear for tonight, but was left disappointed.
    Such cookie cutter choice.

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    1. Ooh, I totally disagree! I love this dress. The detail is gorgeous and I like the slightly fuller/puffier skirt. Seems she wears the hemlines when she knows she's going to be bending down talking to children. I actually like the belt. Carey Mulligan wore it without but I like the effect it adds.

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  12. I like the dress too- it fits beautifully and it obviously is a color that suits Kate and one she loves. She has many dresses in this color- I was hoping for another color! Bring back some red! The royal blue dress is going to become the "iconic" Kate look if she doesn't stop wearing it. Starting to feel like a uniform a brewing here.... She's got fabulous coloring for jewel tones or a nice pumpkin orange.

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  13. The colour of this dress and the fabric are very, very nice, but the general style is a bit ho-hum, IMO. And the belt was far too casual to be worn with it; since the dress didn't come with a belt, why wear one at all?

    I do like these shoes very much but not her hair, not in ringlets, and not with those bangs hanging in her eyes. I know I was the one who informed this blog that Hello (Canada) reported that Kate had returned to Richard Wards salon, but I can't believe that any client of his would sport such a silly hairdo; this has Cooke-Tucker writ all over it!

    Personally, I preferred the way Kate looked earlier in the day, when signing the book of condolence--before she had seen her hairdresser. Of course, I have always been a fan of that polka dot suit. She looked chic then, but not tonight.

    JC

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    1. JC, I just came across this photo and I think the necklace would have worked quite well with this dress. No belt necessary. (I agree that it is too casual.) Matching earrings, hair up......look out! :))

      http://www.zimbio.com/photos/Kate+Middleton/Catherine+Duchess+Cambridge+Visits+National/ZjIOGGEb5f7

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    2. royalfan, just caught your reply, and I too think this necklace might have worked as a much better substitute for the belt. Kate has only worn this piece of jewellery twice before, once in NYC and firstly in the UK. Don't know if you recall, but it was not well-received by the Brits, who seemed to think that Kate was over-stepping herself by wearing such an expensive piece. Had to smirk at that reaction since both the Queen and Camilla routinely wear necklaces worth 10 times as much! Kate is, whether the DM readers like it or not, the third lady in the land, superseding Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Princess Anne, Sophie of Wessex, etc. and has every right to wear that necklace and more. I do hope that said negative reaction didn't put Kate off, but, who knows.

      On the general topic of jewellery, I do think that Kate is hemmed in by that honking big sapphire engagement ring. Seems to me that if she is ever given the opportunity to build her jewellery collection, she needs to focus on white settings--either gold or platinum. Yellow gold just clashes. Had she been given a smaller diamond engagement ring, even if set in white gold/platinum, she could far more easily carry off yellow gold; as it is, no. And how I wish that protocol had not dictated that Kate receive a yellow gold wedding ring! What a mismatch between engagement and wedding pieces.

      With any luck, when Kate becomes Queen, she will insist that whomever George marries will have freedom of choice in said rings; ditto Charlotte.

      Of course, the Queen, in general, has rotten taste in jewels; as we know, she dictated what William wore on his wedding day--chances are, she also dictated Kate's engagement ring (she paid for it, initially, and probably wanted to ensure that it stayed in the family coffers as opposed to going to Harrys wife), and, almost certainly, she insisted upon a yellow Welsh gold engagement ring, altho there was little tradition behind it--the Queen Mother was the first to do same.

      JC

      PS Given my lateness in replying, I don't expect a response.

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    3. JC, I do agree with you and think that Kate has every right to wear amazing jewelry. But I also believe she has her mother's taste in jewelry and, with the exception of the necklace and earrings Carole wore the night of W&K's wedding, her pieces tend to be quite small.

      Regarding the engagement ring, ohhh to be hemmed in by such a honker! :))) We've had this discussion before and I realize you are not a fan of it, but I am very happy to see it on her finger (for reasons that range from the purest to the not so...and I will leave it at that). ;)

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    4. royalfan, I actually like the ring, but as a dinner ring; as an engagement ring, no, for reasons that range...and I,too, will leave it at that. :))

      JC

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  14. I don't get all the hubbub about the belt. I think it looks great. I don't think it looks worn, but will admit that it isn't photographing well. But in the picture from the back, the belt looks perfect. Probably much better in person. Anyway, I love the whole look. Very professional, classic, and appropriate for a late afternoon gig. Nice to see she made a speech. I hear from a reporter that she sounded very confident while giving her speech. Good for her. I have anxiety attacks when I have to speak in front of a crowd and it's a big part of my job description. Has taken me years to learn not to pass out! And I'm no Duchess. Looking forward to tomorrow 's appearance.

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  15. Green would be lovely. This was Kate going back to "safe" looks. I very much liked the more daring outfits. I'm a tad disappointed.

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  16. I like the dress but not a fan of the belt, makes the look off. I am happy for her giving a short speech and also she chooses to wear longer hemlines around kids where she needs leaning constantly. I hope one day she suprises us with a pair of nice slacks too. Women can also wear trousers, dear Kate:))

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  17. I love this look! I also love the texture and color of this dress, and don't mind the belt so much. I wasn't a big fan of blue and black together before, but I may have to rethink that now. She looked lovely.

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  18. Kate looked so beautiful today!
    First of all, her hairstyle was gorgeous. The updo and those curls reminded me a bit of newly wed Kate in 2011 and 2012. Such a sophisticated, elegant, but also very lovely and youthful style.
    The dress is so pretty, I love those pleats and the retro flair. Also, this blue is such s beautiful colour on Kate and matches her engagement ring so well. I liked this belt, the dress would 've been a bit 'boring' without the belt, you know? But the whole look was just picture-perfect. Do you think we'll see more Saloni pieces on the tour to India next spring? I hope so!

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  19. My comment seems to have disappeared into the ether, so will try again.
    Catherine had a busy day---first attending the French Embassy to sign the Book of Condolence in a suit previously seen at a similar event.---like it and find it totally suitable for the engagement.
    Then the Fostering engagement; loved the dress---colour and style suit her. I even like the belt and her hair.
    She also made a speech.
    She then went on to a dinner at KP for the Defence and Rehabilitation Centre , replacing William, who went to the football.
    No photos as yet
    She has made another speech today at the Place2B conference--a thoughtful, caring address.
    I am eighty years old this week and have been watching the royal family since a small child and I think this one is the jewel--sadly i am hardly likely to see the Cambridges as King and Queen


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    1. Happy birthday Jean!! I wish you many more. I'm a November baby too :-)

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    2. Many congratulations Jean!!!! I know of another lady who is 80 this week as well. I have seen your posts before and had no idea of your age!

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    3. Happy birthday Jean! My grandmother who turned 86 last month is also a fan of Royals, but the older generation like Queen Silvia of Sweden etc ( but she doesn't know how to use a computer or the internet ;) ).
      Had no idea that you're 80!

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    4. Many happy returns of the day, Jean! And you never know what may be around the next bend; maybe you will live to see William become King.

      JC

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    5. Happy Birthday, Jean! I hope you have a lovely celebration!!

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  20. i thought the belt was perfect for this dress! I think without it i wouldn't have been as impressed. The previous outfit - it just didn't need the belt and that's why i think there were the harsh reviews.
    I love the box pleats too!

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  21. I think this is a pretty dress but that the belt is better suited for a pair of trousers. She certainly is going for a minimalist look which is a bit too pared down for my taste. I would have loved a bracelet . I have these earrings and, royalfan, I never got back to you about them but they are beautiful and my new go to favorite. I'm always wary about buying jewelry online but these did not disappoint . I am really happy with my purchase :-)

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    1. Faith, I thought of you when I saw them! And I'm glad you were pleased with your purchase. :)

      I totally agree with you on the belt. And here I go again (lol) but I would love to see her add some black patent pumps or sling-backs to her wardrobe. I see them with this dress, and a belt to match. And perhaps white gold or diamond earrings rather than yellow gold...? Just my two cents.

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    2. royalfan-I like the look of a white metal, especially silver, with blue also. And gold with red.-mk

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    3. I'm not a big fan of patent leather, royalfan, but I like Robin's idea of black velvet. Although I LOVE these earrings, I agree that diamond or white gold would
      be better with this dress. I think Robin suggested Kate's drop sapphires which would have been nice.

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    4. Yes, I agree that velvet is an excellent option.

      And as much as I love her diamond and sapphire earrings, she does wear them quite a bit. Hint, hint royal Santa's out there... the Duchess could use some more jewelry to wow us with. :)

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    5. Well, yes, the better option is always new jewels:)

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  22. Completely agree with you, Faith. A very minimalist look. Needs a bracelet, necklace, something! Looks stark. I'm not really interested in anything she wears anymore, nothing looks quite right!! Feel disappointed all the time. Am sure she could make better choices and make the most of her figure & clothes budget! I am tired of seeing her wear very similar dresses of the same style, too. It's a bit tedious.

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    1. Completely agree with you Anon, as well as Faith. Another day, yet another boring dress, boring shoes, and glaring lack of an accessory, Don't care which, but could we at least see just ONE accessory or a shoe with SOME,ANY variation from suede pumps??
      The only dress that captivated my attention lately wasthe flowered Erdem formal gown. I loved it, simply because it was different and quite a risk, and was NOT boring.

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  23. LOVE it! She's just perfect: the box pleats gave this dress a chic, vintage character and added a little sweet volume to the skirt. Love the v-back and the color on her, plus that McQueen belt is one of my faves. She wore it with a black turtleneck dress I remember, so cool, and with that unfortunate polka-dot top/skirt combo, one of her only misses in my opinion. She is just lovely!!! :)

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  24. Love the dress, hate the belt. (And ditto to the commenter who says she should wear more green! It's lovely on her.)

    I don't know, there's just something off about her hair and makeup lately. Maybe it's the thick eyeliner? It seems to draw more attention to her tired-mama lines. She looks much older than her years lately.

    I'm still hoping she'll go for the chop one of these days and get a sleek lob! I think the long hair is dragging her down too.

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  25. I was a foster child 20 years ago and still have the quilt I was provided on the day I went into care. How sweet of them to give her those lovely quilts.

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  26. I wondered how a child away from home would feel about being given a quilt instead of a teddy bear, for example.
    Now I know. Also practical, as well as comforting.
    Here, the older children are given suitcases. That doesn't sound welcoming, but after carrying around one's possessions
    in a paper sack, it is quite welcome. A self-confidence booster.-mk

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  27. I love this dress - color and design! I love the length and the back. I love what she did with her hair and I love that she wore a belt with the dress...but...I'm with you on this particular belt. Right width just the wrong belt. It looks suede and too heavy for the dress and too worn for an event. I agree with royalfan that a black patent leather belt would look better. Or is it still considered déclassé to wear patent in the evening? Maybe a pretty black velvet belt for the evening. I am also not a fan of wearing gold accessories with this color. Especially since this blue is so perfect for them, I would have loved to see her sapphire earrings with this outfit. Now that she has really settled into what she wants to focus on, Kate is becoming more and more confident with each outing she attends and it shows that she is truly what one expects of a senior royal. Well done, YRH!

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  28. Robin-I agree with you and royalfan on the gold with blue combination. I think this may be another example of Kate's
    putting feeling over fashion
    . She may not have initially chosen that belt. In fact, I highly doubt it.There may have been a
    problem with her original choice and she had to grab this at the last minute. I have wondered how she keeps her
    wardrobe sorted out with going back and forth between the two residences.And maybe the belt has a tracking device and
    Mr. Security made her wear it. Ha! I know there is an explanation for that belt.
    Is it my imagination-does it look as though the blue dress might have weights sewn into the hem? The photo where
    one side of the dress looks like it is weighted. I'm not sure how to explain it.-mk
    (Jane, if there is a chance my security remark might offend, of course you will drop my comment. I promise not to
    complain.)

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  29. Pretty dress. Pretty Duchess. :)
    That picture of her and Harry is one of my all time favorites. I love seeing them together. They look like they have so much fun.

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