William and Kate continued to keep the focus on mental health today by dialing in on suicide prevention. Perhaps because of the delicate subject matter, media coverage was a little sparser than usual. The day was certainly a somber one, but there was also much joy. The focus on early prevention is certainly a hopeful one.
The royal couple's first stop of the day was private, and only revealed to have been at Maytree after the event took place. Maytree is a suicide prevention center that actual offers a four-day stay to those struggling. The charity shared a few snaps on Twitter from the Cambridges' visit. This group shot kind of has me chuckling, because Kate looks natural and glamorous, and William looks like he is too tall for the couch. It's a great picture, though, and hopefully will further this organization's mission.
William and Kate's more public event was with a gentleman named Jonny Benjamin who almost jumped off the Waterloo Bridge in January of 2008. He was talked down from committing suicide by a good samaritan whom Jonny tracked down in 2014. Since then, the young man has become an active campaigner for mental health awareness. Wills and Kate met Jonny and his human Guardian Angel, Neil Laybourn.
Kate recycled her Erdem "Allie" coat today. The coat got its first outing in April of 2014 when the Duchess wore it for her stops in Hamilton and in Cambridge, New Zealand. She wore it again to kick off the Tour de France in July of 2015.
On both occasions the coat got mixed reviews. Some of you loved the stark structuring and others found it too boxy. I really enjoy recycles, especially when Kate switches up the styling in a significant manner, but even when she doesn't, we often get new angles and a bit of a "fresh perspective." [Side note: William looked pretty darn spiffy today. They are such a handsome couple!]
I still love this coat. I like the straight-line silhouette, and I think the Kelly-green is certainly appropriate for this month of March. :) I liked this shot because it highlights that the fastenings on the side which nip the waist in just a bit and give a little shape to the coat.
Kate wasn't just recycling today, though. We could see just a hint of skirt peeking out from beneath the Allie coat, and to everyone's delight, Kate revealed a new dress!
This bird print piece is from Jonathan Saunders' diffusion line, which was sold at Debenhams. Kate has worn several ensembles from Jonathan Saunders, so it was with sincere disappointment that I read late last year that Saunders was closing his label. Interestingly, his business partner, Bharti Pastiche, has also invested in Roksanda, the label of another designer Kate has occasionally favored. Anyway, fun connections. These are the Saunders pieces Kate has worn:
This dress was £60 when Debenhams sold in 2012, so Kate has had it for a while. She seems to have a penchant for bird prints. Perhaps we should name this the "less famous bird print" since her Issa became iconic when she wore it the day before her wedding. Kate also seems to like ruffled hems...This dress is such an inserting contrast to the coat. Where the Erdem is simple and streamlined, this dress is busy-busy, featuring a button down front, a large print, and a ruffled hemline. Is anyone having flashbacks to the ruffled Erdem?
I wasn't sure if I liked it this morning when I caught a fleeting glimpse, but now I have had time to look at it in better resolution and more detail, I think it is a lovely dress that is flirty without going overboard and certainly flatters Kate's lovely frame. (Those are Kate's emerald and diamond drops peeking out.)
I think perhaps the star of the show today was Kate's hair. Am I the only one who thinks Kate is maintaining the layers? I think these tresses have been trimmed, which might not be great news for those of you objecting to bangs, but I thought today's coiffure was wonderful.
As always, it is fun to see William and Kate out together. The couple closed their day with a chat at Kensington Palace with local school children discussing mental health. Although Kate has been particularly championing the cause recently, William certainly has a bit of a background in emotional turmoil, and it is clear he is keen to be active in this area, too, Roya Nikkhah, the royal correspondent for The London Times, reported this month that William, Kate, and Harry will launch a "year-long campaign" focusing on mental health. Because of his focus on the military and vets, Harry will be addressing the "invisible wounds" that impact mental health. William will be working particularly on young men from teenagers to men his own age. Finally, Kate will continue to support children and encourage early prevention. The full article is here:
That about wraps up today's coverage. Kate and William are out again tomorrow and Monday, so we have a fantastic few days of royal watching ahead of us! I thought today was very successful and a fashion win to boot. The green "Allie" coat and the sharp, black accessories (black Muse clutch and Stuart Weitzman Power pumps) looked very smart and the sweet Saunders dress was a very interesting contrast, in addition to looking very pretty on Kate. It is a style she gravitates toward, although I am a little hard pressed to describe it. Funky is too strong. I am thinking of the green Suzannah, today's dress, the Titan Temperley, or the modified Esmerelda... I am out of time and have to move onto study good criminal homicide, so I can't put my finger on what unites these pieces, but they are a grouping and Kate is drawn to whatever that common factor is. Maybe one of you will find the right adjective? I'll see you all tomorrow for the XLP event!!
Jane...and these two: