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Windswept Princess Kate at Place2Be's "My Head Is Too Full" Conference

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Google just deleted my entire post, so...with law school finals looming, and homework accruing, I am starting over. So that is why this post is late. I have armed myself with a glass of Cabernet, which should anything else. Kate the Great arrived at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch building this morning for Place2Be's "My Mind is Too Full" Headteacher Conference, focusing on children's mental health. 



Anytime Kate's hair and windy London Town get together, I am happy. Windswept is the best. Doesn't she look gorgeous?



Most of you are probably already familiar with this dress. Kate recycled her Matthew Williamson "Lavender Peplum Sheath" which she first wore to the African Cats premiere in April of 2012. I can't remember if Kate had just returned from vacation or something, but she certainly had a gorgeous glow that night:


Today, the Duchess recycled the same shoes and clutch and switched out the earrings for her new diamond studded leaf earrings. I love these suede accessories from Emmy London. When Kate first debuted them, there was significant dispute about what color they were! We all finally agreed (or maybe Emmy confirmed) they are carbon, but I still think they look like deep, forest green in the right light. She paired these with her green ensemble for St. Patrick's Day in 2014 and in Dunedin on Palm Sunday. I am just saying...they sometimes look deep, deep green. 


As already mentioned, the Place2Be conference was focused on children's mental health, an area of advocacy in which Kate has really been very active. The press release from Place2Be stated:
The conference will include presentations from Headteachers working in some of the most disadvantaged parts of the UK, alongside leading experts in child psychology and those involved in M-PACT Plus, a joint programme between Place2Be and Action on Addiction (funded by The Royal Foundation and Comic Relief) to support families dealing with the hidden harm of drug or alcohol addiction.
Kate gave a short speech, and I think it is the element I am most excited to discuss. She sounded so, so great! I know there has been chat about Kate getting a coach, but I don't think this should come as any kind of shock or be considered something out of the ordinary. Anyone in Kate's position should have some coaching in public speaking. This was a relatively long address for the Duchess, and she was flawless in her presentation. She was calm and polished, relaxed and natural. You can watch the whole video here.



I will say that Kate's staff might want to do away with the bangs. I love bangs and sport them myself, but every now and again I have to admit that mine can get in the way, and sometimes, they get in the way for Kate, too. Tonight it would have been better to have had them pinned back.  They are at that awkward stage where you either have to cut them again, or accommodate them the last few weeks until they assimilate back into the herd, so to speak.  In all other respects, though, Kate is now my public speaking inspiration on top of everything else. Her lovely, kind, and gracious personality translated very well. 


The Duchess purportedly stayed for the entire program. Kate is very dedicated to educating herself on this and it is clear she will be a very knowledgable and effective advocate for children. 


Verdict: It's a win. I loved seeing this dress again. I remember when it first debuted it was outside of Kate's usual style and I wasn't entirely sure what to make of it. I don't think I was in love with the peplum and I was generally confused with the style shift. It really, really grew on me over the next few years (as my tastes changed) and I have been hoping for a recycle for a while now. It was lovely to see it! I have made one decision, though. I don't like the earrings. They are too small and too busy. and...too small. They feel indecisive to me. That aside, shoes, dress, gorgeous smile. Kate was just what we needed.


Cepe on Twitter alerted the Kate Community to the fact that Kate was out at a second event last night--a dinner for the Defense and Rehabilitation Centre.   After the brutal terrorist attacks in Paris, William attended the France v. England rugby game and paid tribute to the victims. Kate stood in for him at the dinner hosted in the Kensington Palace State Apartments.  

via @WembleyStadium

35 comments:

  1. I'm not a fan of peplum, but I love the beading around the sleeves and neckline!

    My critique is her bangs were in her face a lot during the speech, it seems. I've seen several photos of her speech, and because she looked down so much the bangs covered her face a lot. I'm sure she noticed it too, she was probably trying to resist the urge to pull her bangs back.

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  2. Kate does look nice and this engagement confirms she is an intelligent, compassionate, articulate woman. I agree that those earrings are too small (they look like a pair my 11 year old daughter has in her collection) and an odd pairing with this sophisticated dress. It's nice to hear Kate speak at length and deliver a message that is well-crafted and meaningful. She is slowly carving her own path as a serious, informed royal figure. On that basis, her sheep dog bangs have to go. In the corporate world, or the royal world, no woman can be taken seriously with hair in her eyes as she delivers a speech. Kate would be well served by a hair stylist who encourages her to adopt a more mature, professional hair style. Otherwise, a job well done by Kate today....based more on the topic at hand and her impactful message as opposed to her outfit. As it should be. She is not a Barbie doll after all.

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  3. These shoes have always looked green to me. Every time. It must be something about the way they photograph. I think it's time to for her to give up using them as grey shoes.

    Overall, she looked great! I definitely wish her bangs hadn't been a distractor during her wonderful speech, though.

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  4. This was a win for me too! I just wonder though....how to ask this sensitively....Was the wear a lot looser than in previous outings?

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    1. It did fit her differently, but I felt it was tighter in some places and loose in others. I have experienced this, where a dress that fit one way two years ago, now just doesn't fit the same way. It is weird, because I have not shifted weight, but I think our bodies do change depending on exercise, etc.

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    2. Especially after two pregnancies :-)

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    3. The upper part seemed more closely fit, especially the upper arms. Gorgeous dress and I like the peplum.-mk

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    4. My guess (and I hope that I'm not being inappropriate) is that Kate is still nursing Charlotte. In every outfit I've seen her in lately she looks fuller in the bust than previously, and that is something that comes with breastfeeding.

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  5. Yes either she has a bad stylist or she just gets fixated on those in-between length side fringes for some reason, which as all of us know just end up in your face all the time unless plastered back with tons of hair spray. I like her long hair and think she can get the volume around her face with longer layers around her face that can be tucked behind her ears yet still add softness with the layers merging into her longer hair. Her stylist has to know all this.

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  6. Her bangs make me sad. She has such a beautiful face, I don't know why she would want to cover it (even partially).

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  7. All around lovely, but knowing it was both windy and a speech planned, someone in her employ should have insisted her hair was pulled back and her bangs pinned. It makes such a worthwhile moment seem amateur. Or I am overly critical but the tossing of her head in attempt the shift the hair from her eyes was unfortunate.

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  8. You're right, Jane - luminous Kate was just what we needed. She looked lovely... And even pinned back hair can come apart (mind did today, and I have a grown out fringe:)) in such wind. Glowing. Thanks for solving the shoe mystery! They do look green:)

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  9. Goodness! Kate's shoes are high! I spotted something in the UK's 'Grazia' magazine, they believe that Pandora Develigne (a friend and personal shopper) assisted Kate in the choosing of the recent floral Erdem dress & the blue Jenny Packham. But, who know?

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  10. Jane, I'm with you, I don't like these earrings. I have some Kiki McDonough and I love her stuff but these just don't do it for me. I also don't think they really go with this dress but overall, I thought it was a great look.

    I've also been considering getting the Emmy Carbon shoes but these pictures are raising some doubts, not because I don't love them but because I want black shoes and the more I look at these, the father away from black they seem...

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  11. Do you know that it took me forever to see the peplum? I've always just seen photos where her hands are covering it up with her clutch! I love this dress minus the peplum...that kinda takes it down a peg, in my opinion. But those shoes! They are chameleons. I would have never guessed they were the same shoes from Saint Patrick's Day. I love them. Didn't so much love the hair during her speech - you'd think someone would have given her a minute to run to the ladies' after being in such high winds outside. And I agree with you on the earrings, Jane. Thanks for the post, especially with so much going on! Thank God for good wine...

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    1. I didn'trealize it was a peplum dress until this post either Katie, and its one of my all time favorite dresses! Crazy :-) I've been waiting to see this dress again, so very happy about this rewear, although the first wear remains my favorite. Like others, I don't care for these very delicate earrings with this dress. Some gold hoops maybe?

      I thought her speech was wonderful!!! I loved the personal notes which made it feel genuine and heartfelt.

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  12. I love this dress, I think is a perfect combination of appropriate and young. I don't like the earrings, they look a bit childish for me.

    I think the fringe is really not working, I watched the video of her speech and although she did it so well (huge improvement!) it's clear how much the fringe was bothering her, she was constantly trying to get it out of her eyes.

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  13. Just watched her speech - well done, duchess!

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  14. Lovely Kate - it's great to hear her speak so self assuredly and confidently - a far cry from her first foray into public speaking a few years ago - I think her genuine interest in the cause is apparent in her speech but I agree the fringe was irritating her and though flattering on her probably should go!

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  15. Sorry Jane---the match on Monday was football, England V France., not Rugby. William went as President of the Football Association.
    The photographers appear to have missed Catherine,s presence at the dinner.

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    1. I'll bet there are no photos from the dinner. Wasn't it held at KP? She would never have had to step outside. Sad for us not to see what she wore.

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  16. I agree with those who think the earrings are too small and child-like, nor is it the first time Kate has worn jewellery which appears to me to have been made for a wealthy child. (I am thinking of those very small and dainty drop sapphire earrings with its matching necklace.) However, I do like her outfit more this second time, perhaps because she seems to have grown into it, in terms of maturity.

    Like most, I applaud the vast improvement in Kate's public speaking, nor do I care if she received some coaching in order to achieve same--just happy, for her sake, that she managed it, and am even happier that she seems to have found a cause which truly interests her, childhood mental and emotional well-being. Involvement in such a worthy cause might make it easier to swallow dozens of ribbon-cutting events and other busywork the BRF practice.--To give the POW his due, he is, I think, correct in believing that the BRF needs to change the way its members work; they do need to beef up. Its all very well to visit the sick, gather flowers in walkabouts, etc., but the old formula, in general, no longer suffices in the 21st century.

    JC

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  17. Loveee the shoes. I kind of associate the dress with the african theme the first time she wore it, so it felt a little bit bizarre to me at first, but , hey, it's a nice dress, and Im always a fan of her recycling.
    Hahaha the hair is too funny!
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  18. I don't like the dress at all, which puts me in the minority, I fear. The combination of the greyish-silver of the dress, and the heavy gold ornamentation on the cuffs and collar seem to clash, in my opinion. On the other hand, she does look lovely in it, but she would look lovely in a burlap bag. I do love her windswept hair, if not her bangs.

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    1. I like her windswept hair too Allie .

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  19. Hmm...I did not like this dress the first go round and I'm afraid I still don't care for it. I agree with Allie that the ornamentation is just too heavy on the fabric and the colors don't compliment each other. I agree with you, Jane, that those shoes are a bit of a chameleon. The do look more green in most photos. I do hope she's growing out those bangs. As you know, I'm not a fan and they are looking more unruly by the day.

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  20. I think we have a new shoe color-hazel, like her eyes. For months, I thought Kate had blue eyes. Then she wore
    green or brown-"Oh, they're green!" Sometimes I think they look brown even.
    Katie-good point about the ladies room. An efficient assistant would have made sure she was detoured briefly for a quick
    comb and pin. Maybe a security issue. Also, Catherine seems usually to head straight for the children and did not want to take the
    time. I doubt there will be hair distractions her next speech.
    I thought her speech at the hospice in Australia was every bit
    as good. Just compare her mobile, expressive face to the masks some wear-while reading and rarely attempting
    connection with the audience.

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  21. im glad DOC has improved vastly on her public speaking. the way it was before was not up to par for someone of her stature. the fringe however is a huge no no, it just looks awkward her trying to make contact through the fringe!

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  22. The first wear of this dress is hands down my favorite hair/makeup from Kate - I remember it, even years later. I wish I ever looked that great! The dress is a 6 or 7 out of 10 I think! Arguable whether it's appropriate for the occasion, but I think it works. But I think this is a strange thing she has done a few times now: not hit the nail on the head in terms of exactly the most appropriate type of outfit for the event. This joins her strange pairing of separates in similar but not matching shades as a quirk in her fashion to me. But brava for being so brave and getting more involved by delivering the speech! I hope we hear her more and more in the coming years, so we'll have much more to talk about than her clothes.

    SP

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  23. i love her dress that she recycle windswept hair love the speech too

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  24. Oh, I know that problem of long hair getting crazy in the wind - I feel with you Kate! ;)

    It's so great that she made a speech, it was very well writte and I'm really proud of her. The content of the speech was also very good.

    She sad that she had a secure childhood at home and at school - But wasn't it reported once that Kate was bullied by some girls at Downe House and that she left this school and went to Marlborough College because of that? Or was this report not true?

    But one thing that bothered me a little bit (and Kate, too, obviously) was her fringe. It fell into her face and she had to try to remove it constantly. Maybe she could wear a ponytail for the next speech or bobbypin it back?

    I really like the colour of the dress - this shade between a light (dove) grey and lilac is just gorgeous. And with those embellished stones there is no need for a lot of jewelry. Onto the Emmy shoes: they also look like a deep forest green to me :)

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    1. I agree that the color of the dress is delicious. It's a little hard to categorize which makes it interesting.

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  25. I couldn't find a video of her hospice speech in Australia, I could only see a fragment of this, though I searched quite thoroughly at the time.

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  26. One point about her "gorgeous" glow in the prior shots of this dress. Her hair was darker, a lot darker. This color that she is sporting now, the base color is not dark and rich enough. When you compare her to earlier pictures, like the one in the dress when she first wore it, you see what s difference the hair color makes.

    I think Kate is being advised to lighten her hair so that wrinkles, etc., will look better as she ages. But lightening hair doesn't always hold true as the best solution and she would look better in a darker, richer color.

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