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:
VIDEO: See what #Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, was wearing on her visit to @ActionAddiction in #warminster #HeartNews pic.twitter.com/ejgLg7lfdt— Heart Wiltshire News (@heartwiltsnews) December 10, 2015
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!