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Kate Debuts New Reiss and Recycled Emilia Wickstead for Action on Addiction

Thursday, December 10, 2015

We got a special treat today when Kate visited the Action on Addiction's Centre for Treatment Studies. Usually, Kate wears a coat, which she keeps on throughout her event, or she wears no coat and steps out of the car in whatever ensemble she has chosen for the engagement. On a few occasions, though, she arrives in a coat and removes it, essentially giving us a twofer. Today was one of those days! Kate stepped out of the car in Warminster, Wiltshire in a brand new houndstooth coat from Reiss:


I love how she gravitates toward coats that have these funnel/tall collars. They looks so sophisticated and unusual. This coat comes with a belt, which Kate left off. This is the second major houndstooth piece from Kate this winter. She wore a houndstooth Ralph Lauren in September to the Anna Freud Centre. 


Kate was in Wiltshire at Action on Addiction's training centre, but this isn't the first time she has trekked out of London to visit an Action on Addiction facility. In 2012, she made a private visit to Clouds House, the charity's treatment and 12-step program home in Wiltshire. 

Clouds Drink & Drug Rehabilitation Centre
Clouds House is a converted Grade II manor house with serene grounds and a ordered, gorgeous interior:


Today's training center is also in a converted 18th century Grade II listed manor house which the charity bought back from ruin in 2006. This photo makes me think of Longbourn in the 1995 Pride & Prejudice. 


As you can see, today's dress was a recycle! Kate paired her coat with her teal "Alice" dress from Emilia Wickstead. This morning when I saw her wearing it, I was sure she had worn this a second time after its initial debut in New Zealand on Palm Sunday, but I think it must have been the two times we have seen her wear the pink version. Kate loves this dress, and to my knowledge it is a big hit among fans, too! 


The dress was striking in 2014 paired with charcoal accessories, but was equally sharp today with  Kate's jet-black Bayswater clutch and Stuart Weiztman pumps. What was most daring, I thought, was pairing the dress with the houndstooth coat. The all over pattern is already very busy, and this color is attention grabbing to say the least. Obviously you don't see them actually together much. I can't quite put my finger on why this is sticking in my head, but it is. Here you see the dress poking out just a bit.



In any event, it is a striking color on Kate. Teal is so gorgeous with her dark hair and tan. I think not everyone is entirely on board with Kate's new cut. I am up and down depending on the pictures, but when it holds its styling and the bangs aren't whipping about, I like it very much. This picture really highlights the beautiful color of the coat, and the ideal styling of her new trim:



Kate toured the centre, met with faculty students, and then attended the graduation ceremony of some students who had completed their course. Action on Addiction partners with the University of Bath and by all accounts, the program is quite successful. Here is a video of the Duchess walking across from the centre to the graduation tent:




As she left, the Duchess put her coat back on. As she stepped into the nippy air, she pushed the collar up, but it didn't quite lie flatly.  


Verdict: This was a big, big hit. I feel that the two pieces are very distinct from one another, almost as if we had two wholly separate fashion events. Pairing the houndstooth coat to the bright, Emilia Wickstead dress certainly made this a more interesting appearance. I don't think I like them together. I don't know why. The colors do not necessarily clash, but I don't love them together. I love each one by itself though, so other than the mix of photos all in the same post, both with the coat and without the coat, Kate clothes were a hit! 


Windswept Windsor...my favorite:


Finally, enjoy this short video of the Duchess leaving. I enjoy watching the security officers coordinating and helping Rebecca Deacon into the car!




40 comments:

  1. Her hair looks gorgeous today. While I love the coat and the colour of the dress, I'm not a big fan of the dress overall. The fabric looks overly stiff for my liking and the pleated skirt reminds me of my old school uniform - eeek!

    I think the two items go well together , I like the contrasting colour. Maybe the contrast would be greater if the coat was one solid colour though.

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    1. I like the houndstooth and bold teal too! It works if you have the confidence for it, so I think she should experiment with fashion like this more often.

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  2. Great post Jane. Loved everything about her today. She is just so stunning. Now wait until Tuesday the 15 th. but after that is will be a dry spell until Christmas morning and the walk to church. Hope William does not have to work that morning.

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    1. We usually see them driving to/from the Queen's pre-Christmas lunch at BP :-)

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  3. Love love love the coat.
    I also love this dress, but not... For this occasion? With this coat? Something didn't click for me here. I think the dress is too formal or something. The dress looks fantastic on her, of course, but... Myeh...

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    1. I think she chose that dress specifically for its formality - because of the graduation ceremony which was on the programme. I like how she managed to look appropriate for every occasion that one day without changing clothes.

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  4. I love that the kids are chanting, 'Princess Kate! Princess Kate!'

    And, I love all the rest. Coat, dress, earrings, hair, smile... I love the wind tossed picture the best!

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  5. I agree with you the coat and dress are a double win. I want to like her hair, but I think it's too choppy. Maybe if she had some face framing instead of bangs, it would look better?

    I'd like to think if there is one person on earth who would never get a bad haircut it would be Kate!

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    1. My thoughts exactly on the hair and I also like both the coat and dress and I like them together.
      ali

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  6. I really like the dress/coat combo. The contrast with the pattern is great. It reminds me of something they would style on "what not to wear" back in the day.

    But I don't like the dress itself, it looks like a little girls outfit, or as mentioned above, a little girls uniform. Kinda creepy.

    But yay on the fun styling risk!

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  7. Love the last two photos!

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  8. The coat just doesn't go with the dress. She basically threw a workday trench over a Sunday best dress and it doesn't work. I'm not excited about anything she wore today. I think I would like the coat
    better with a belt to create more shape. It appeared
    boxy without. The dress seemed to work better
    previously. Today it felt too young and
    unsophisticated without the hat. Nice color on her
    though.

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  9. The coat didn't fit her properly at all and the coat and dress didn't go together at all..and the color of the dress is more appropriate for spring

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  10. I decided quite a while ago that I don't like Emilia Wickstead dresses - they appear unfinished, which lacks polish. Especially since they are custom, designer, and expensive. I still don't like the dress, BUT I love the teal! So the colour distracts me from disliking the dress. I liked it better with the real hat, but today the colour alone makes it a hit.

    With all the recent recycles, did she possibly max out her 2015 budget and now has to be creative? Or flaunt her amazing post baby #2 weight loss? I kid, I kid, but those are random fleeting thoughts I had :-)

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  11. I love the shape of the coat - even without a belt, although I suspect it would look even better with one - but I continue to object most strenuously to houndstooth print. I'm not even sure what it is I dislike so much, but there it is.

    I love the Emilia Wickstead in concept, but there are just a couple details that don't look quite right: the uneven waistband, and the visible spots where buttons or snaps are attached along the front bodice. It's ALMOST breathtaking but it falls short, unfortunately. Amazing color, though! And I'm a sucker for a pleated skirt. HRH looks great in it and it's such a nice pop of brightness for winter.

    I also thought the building looked like Longbourn! I actually looked it up because the front view I saw elsewhere was so similar, but I can assure you, dear reader, that they are two different Georgian houses. Sigh...

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  12. I love the coat and don't have a problem with the combination. Perhaps people expected to see red or black combined with it?

    I think the two top photos show the advantage of the shorter hairstyle. IMO, she does look younger and fresher. The length was overwhelming her.

    And I agree with another poster regarding the Emilia Wickstead dresses appearing unfinished; specifically when you see what looks like stitching that shouldn't be seen.

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    1. I finally decided what has been bothering me about the coat with this dress. First off, I think its busy between the pleats of the dress and the pattern of the coat. Secondly, the coat has a straight silhouette while the skirt is full. Had it been a teal pencil skirt I would have liked the combination more. That said, I think the black and white pattern doesn't offer the contrast to the teal that a solid colored coat would have. The pop factor is just kind of wishy washy.

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    2. royalfan, I too like the coat, but mostly because I like houndstooth. There are better examples of such coats--but, they cost more. Nor do I have a problem with pairing teal with houndstooth--lovely contrast even if a tad out-of-date. (Plum or aubergine or forest green--the last seems to be almost constantly IN, much like camel--might have worked better.)

      I absolutely agree re Emilia Wickstead--and, if I were Kate, I would ditch her. Neither the pink nor the teal/turquoise version of this dress managed to find Kate's natural waist, and for bespoke pieces, that is a serious no-no.

      Love Kate's shorter hairstyle--it lifts her whole face, but is still long enuf to be put up. I don't think Kate should go any shorter--and maybe, no longer. Maybe, just maybe, Kate has found her perfect length--and hopefully, one of Charles (he is responsible, after all, for the cost of her public appearances), William (the guy she married, and who apparently inherited a mini-fortune when his mother died),or her parents (a bit unfair to ask them, but, they recently bailed James out of some 80,000 Bps of debt--that would pay for a LOT of well-styled haircuts) will have the decency to ensure that Kate no longer goes without.

      Just ruminating, I guess because I am tired of the third lady in the land getting short shrift.

      JC

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    3. All valid points, Faith and JC. Although, JC, I wouldn't mind her hair being a wee bit shorter and layered. I'm happy, don't get me wrong, it was time, but some face-framing layers would take it up one more notch. IMO of course. :)

      Regarding daywear in general... I do wish she would wear more suits. It can be a very professional, sharp, yet feminine look and can also eliminate the coat issue depending on the engagement.

      Another important point... Jewelry! Kate does have a penchant for dresses, but the smaller, more personal jewelry she favors doesn't "balance" well with the overall look. Small earrings that don't show up with her long hair or small pendants that compete with a neckline, for example, do not enhance the overall look. And I am not suggesting that she is or should dress like a model, but some larger pieces, even costume, would add the extra punch. I guess power-dressing is where I am going with this...

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    4. Let's not forget the yellow Emilia Wickstead, which I think has only been worn to William's Order of the Thistle back in 2012. I think this is when I decided this designer was not for me...and shouldn't be for Kate. Not awful, but for bespoke pieces, not acceptable.

      http://fromberkshiretobuckingham.blogspot.ca/2012/07/countess-of-strathearn-at-order-of.html

      Check out the bust/waist where the dress does up: http://www.katesclothes.com/coat/bespoke-primrose-thistle-dress/

      To not be totally harsh, I will give EW credit for this green coat - it has served Kate well! http://www.katesclothes.com/coat/flared-green-aldershot-coat/

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  13. Love the dress/coat combo today. She looks lovely as always. I am loving her haircut. I wish I had her hair- she looks natural and fresh. Can't wait for Christmas pictures- I sure would like to see all 4 Cambridges in a photo! Or Prince Charles could issue his Christmas card with the grandchildren-- that would be so fun!

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  14. I LOVE this coat! Don't mind the color combination, but the two Emilia Wickstead dresses were never my favorites. I couldn't put my finger on it until royalfan said they looked unfinished. That's exactly it. It's more obvious on this one than on the pink but it looks like there should be buttons or a belt at the waist. Instead we see what appears to be the thread holding either the snaps or the hook and eye at the waist. It bothers me. The coat is a huge win though!

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  15. She reminds me of a younger Caroline Kennedy with the new hairdo!

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  16. Hahahahha.. I need to share this with you, sorry: When I watched the video, the noises from the crowd very much reminded me of chirping and grunting birds and pigs from Angry birds and the beginning of a level...:D

    Back to reality: Lovely dress, great pairing, Not a fan of the pattern, but that's maybe just me. The hair looks better now, it doesn't blow around her face as much when she has it down, which is much more practical for engagement abd speeches and for babies at home :)
    Alice

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  17. My mobile phone just deleted my comment :(

    So, here I go again: I like her shorter hair even more than yesterday, it's great (even though I somehow miss the iconic Kate curls)

    Houndstooth really suits her. The silhouette (straight, a bit too bicy/big IMO) of the coat reminds me of the Coats Downton Abbey's Lady mary wore during the last seasons set in the 20s - does anyone else see that?

    Teal definitely is the most beautiful and flattering colour on Kate, I love it! I really like the clothes she's been recycling recently!

    Will they spend Christmas at Anmer Hall like last year?

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    1. Sonja, I'm curious too! If I was a gambling person (which I'm not), I'd put my $ on the Middletons joining them at Anmer again. I can see how last year had a lot of balance - royal duties and royal family celebrations, quality Middleton family time, and everyone went to church together (minus George). With Pippa and James not married, it seems like they don't have in-law families to contend with.

      I could see how Carole might miss having her family at home, but the Middleton's apparently host a big New Years Eve party every year. Speaking of which, I've heard of W&K attending that before, but did they last year?

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  18. Love the coat and in my opinion is better without the belt. Love the seaming.
    Obviously on this engagement, she intended to take the coat off for muck of the time, so the dress should be judged separately. Love the colour and the pleats are nice,but the tailoring leaves something to be desired.
    As she leaves, can just see the the bright colour of the dress; great combination.
    A great week for the Princess
    Prince William looked very smart yesterday in his Colonel's uniform, handing out medals to members of the armed services who did such splendid work in Sierra Leone, during the Ebola outbreak. Well done to all of them. William was acting for HM.
    They have both had a busy week, so I expect he is now back to his other job and Catherine back to the children.

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  19. I like both. But I think, since the coat has a wintry high cost, it would look better with wintry darker tights (stockings/pantyhose). The dress colour seems sitting strong enough to carry darker tights.

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    1. Yes, I like the coat but I also think it would look best with black stockings and black boots or booties :)

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    2. Good points, ladies! It is December, after all.

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  20. I love the coat! It looks so good on her! However, in my opinion, the hair is too short and I just don't like the fringe. I loved those gorgeous curls she used to have. I hope she's going to have it long again. This can be just to keep her hair healthy, and it's also nice for India, not that hot.

    Jane, on Kate's Clothes, you linked to the wrong earrings from the Corps Diplomatique reception (not the UFO Chandelier earrings, it has to be the Chandelier Diamond Earrings). Futhermore, the state banquet entry it not completed yet (still missing the dress and one of bracelets).The second outing from the Orla Kiely dress last october is still missing too. Just some tips, I love the website, it's so complete! There only a few things missing...

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  21. I really do not understand why Kate never wears true "separates" for daytime engagements, only dresses or matching dress/jacket sets. Separates and real suits can look very classy (other European royal women wear them) And with her long waist true separates wouldn't make her look like she's a schoolgirl outgrowing her clothes (as others have said about the pleated dress for example)
    I do love her shorter hair. Women over 25 can have longer hair but hers was always in her face or she was pushing it back so I think this length is better. It also doesn't drag her face down as much.

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    1. Lizzie, I completely agree about wearing suits, and just commented about it above. :) I do like the look. Her red suit, for example, looks terrific on her.

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    2. Jumping in here, just to speak from personal experience. While I own and wear skirt suits and pant suits (or better yet, mismatched blazers with skirts or pants), personally I feel more comfortable in a dress. With a dress I'm not worrying about the skirt twisting as I walk. I'm not adjusting a skirt and a jacket. I don't have those same concerns with pants, but maybe Kate doesn't think pants work for the British monarchy (although she could easily be the one to make that change). When I quickly search other European royals the women have plenty of Google Images of them in fashionable pants suits...and there are only a few of Sophie like this. I can say that Sophie and Kate do wear pants for casual events, like jeans. I'm guess it's a British Monarchy style thing that the women haven't been brave enough to break the mold on...? However, from a skirt suit perspective, I completely understand why she doesn't have many of those.

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    3. I agree with you totally Skirts can be fussy....the skirt twists around..the blouse starts to untuck...the collar of the blouse gets tucked under the jacket collar on one side...but not the other. Given the amount of scrutiny that Kate is under when she is in the public eye....why would she give her critics more fuel for their fire. A dress always looks clean, well put together and is easy to wear.

      In tems of pantsuits I too...like a good well tailored pantsuits. But the blouse/jacket problem you have with a skirt suit you still have with a pantsuit. Also one of Kate's greatest asset (physically speaking...is her killer calfs. Why would you ever cover those up?? Also does anyone know how tall Kate is? Pantsuits don't work as well if you are more on the short side. Just a thought.

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    4. I think Kate is pretty tall so I don't think she'd look short in pants--she didn't look stubby in jeggings after all. I understand the point about shirts getting twisted when doing things like picking up children or hauling groceries but I think that is less likely to happen when doing "professional" work. I think she'd look great in a pencil skirt with a statement belt and silk blouse with upswept hair. At least that kind of outfit wouldn't look so short-waisted on her! And too, its hard to make dresses look different the second time around although she tries with different jewelry and belts.

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  22. She's already recycling the new Reiss!

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3357449/Kate-Middleton-does-minute-Christmas-shopping.html

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    1. At first I was surprised, but then I thought, smart move on her part. The pictures don't have as much impact/value if she's wearing the same coat.

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  23. Hate this dress and its pink counterpart, the waist is too high and totally throws off her proportions. Compared to something like that gorgeous white and navy dress she wore at the sailing thing with Ben ainslie, which was much more flattering. Hair looks better though, much fresher and lighter, less for the kids to grab!

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