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Dazzling Duchess Kate Attends Vogue 100 Party

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

In the last post discussing Kate's events earlier in the day, I mentioned the va va voom she brought in 2012 with the Peridot from Roksanda Ilincic. Tonight, the Duchess did it again for her appearance at the National Portrait Gallery to view the Vogue 100: a Century of Style exhibition. She was the guest of honor, of course, because she is HRH the Duchess of Cambridge, but she was doubly tonight's star because she is Vogue's covergirl. It is certainly the kind of event for which you would want to look good, and most women would debut a new ensemble. Instead, Kate recycled---and the fans went wild:


Kate first wore these pink McQueen separates while on tour in Adelaide. Kate was radiant that day and, her hair, ensemble, and accessories were on point, and, as usual when working a tour, the Cambridge chemistry was crackling:



I know this McQueen has made several of my lists of "ensembles that deserve a royal recycle" and that the wish has been shared by many. Part of me wondered if a recycle would fall short of the first wear and be disappointing, but Kate's restyling this evening put that fear to rest. She was stunning. At first blush, the light wool separates might not seem like the first choice for an evening gallery opening, but Kate knew just what to add to strike the right note. The Duchess got a fresh blow-out after the rigors of the morning, she darkened up her eyeliner and blush, and added a kick with her accessories. 


Usually reserved with jewelry, Kate added sparkle by wearing her Monica Vinader "Riva" diamond bib necklace and matching earrings. We have only seen her wear this set once before, in 2014 to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards while pregnant with Charlotte. 


The set blended very well with her blue Jenny Packham that night. I think these sparklers work especially well with pastels and feminine designs, because they were picture perfect tonight paired with this pink ensemble.  The peplum top has an element that helps boost the glam-factor and that is, of course, that plunging neckline we discussed when this first debuted.


Everyone has their favorite style elements and Kate has always had a penchant for the plunge. Certainly we saw deep necklines throughout her twenties, but even after she married William, she has featured lower necklines when she can. I share her gravitation toward v-necklines and I always get excited when she wears one now she is a princess.



The McQueen separates are as gorgeous as they were when she debuted them Down Under. This post is a little heavy on the videos because, as with everything McQueen makes for Kate, these pieces have beautiful motion.




Kate arrived and toured the entire exhibit. Photographer Josh Olin was also on hand and presented Kate with a bound collection of photos from the shoot. That book is sure to have all sorts of prints we will not be seeing.


Of course, the money shot was when she paused to take in her own photographs, displayed close to one of her father-in-law Prince Charles.



Kate reportedly felt the moment was surreal. Although she has been on the cover of numerous tabloids, magazines, and newspapers, and even had a portrait displayed at the NPG, there is something special about appearing in this centenary collection alongside a number of iconic figures:

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Verdict: this look is such a huge win for me. Kate's dark hair and eyes with the pastel pink, the slim tailoring and flattering peplum, and that daring signature plunge...it was a knock-out. Interestingly, Kate kept her nude accessories, which picked up hints of the pink and completed her ensemble with polish. I loved it! 


One more video that makes me chuckle. Kate walks in and pauses, as if to say, anyone coming along with me?

60 comments:

  1. Hmmm...the first photo isn't the most gracious exit from a car I've ever seen. It's a pain but we used to be taught "both feet and legs out together." That said, I love the outfit. Not sure about the jewelry.

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    1. lizzie 9:37- this is the problem with shooting continuous shots-parts of a complete action are captured mid-execution. The photo was likely one captured as she was bringing her second leg around before exiting the car.
      I'm sure Catherine knows very well how to gracefully exit a car.
      Also, have you ever seen the photos that show views of the photographers? There is always at least one going for the up-dress shot. There are many photos taken during her
      single days in London that illustrate this. Remember the infamous white
      dress photographer in India? Just perched like a vulture,waiting for the money shot.

      Unfortunately, these vehicle exit shots are often the first to come through at an engagement. Sometimes deadlines mean they get published , with the pressure to be
      first that media outlets experience in these instant gratification times.

      Venting, lizzie, just venting. Thanks for listening.

      ps it just occurred to me that in some places people are prosecuted for doing that
      in shopping centers. It seems royal photographers have carte blanche and can get
      away with whatever.

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    2. I'm not sure about both feet out together, Lizzie. From the exits I've seen documented, it's one leg out with knees together.

      This is what I am referring to, and it supports Anon 1's comment about continuous shots...

      http://www.gettyimages.com/photos/princess-diana-arrives-argentina-car?excludenudity=false&family=editorial&page=1&phrase=princess%20diana%20arrives%20argentina%20car&sort=newest

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    3. Exactly, anon 1. So many shots and sometimes the most unflattering is the goal because they know it will get people talking.

      Great find on the Diana pictures, royalfan!

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  2. Make that "graceful exit"... auto-correct gremlins again.

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  3. I love this outfit SO much more this time around for some reason. I think it was the perfect occasion to wear it, and she just looked stunning.

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    1. I agree Megan! It seemed to fit better this time and, I think, the jewelry pushed it up a notch.

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  4. I love this outfit... she just looks so perfect. Her hair and makeup were A+. She is just so gorgeous!

    Also, I'm trying to figure out what's in the container in the middle console of the car. It looks like a container of mini marshmallows which totally makes me laugh! Thinking of Kate snacking on marshmallows on the car ride over :) Anyone know what it might be?

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    1. I was trying to figure out what is in that container too!

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    2. It could be scotch mints? My British grandma always keeps mints close at hand in containers like that haha

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  5. This is one of my all-time favorite outfits and I was so excited to see it again! I think the jewelry was perfect for the occasion and I'm glad she didn't overdo the event with a gown. The NPG is lovely but not a very formal place. Perfect balance. I was wondering when I saw the first photo if the shoes were the same because they really did pick up the pink tones of the leather. And, of course, I'm happy to not see suede anywhere in sight now that it's fully springtime! Today was a royal triumph!

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    1. Mini marshmallows would be fun, but it looks like cotton balls to me.

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  6. I was never a fan of this ensemble.The proportions of it are off putting and the neckline is rather deep.I remember when she wore it in Austrailia in some of the photographs she was bending her back and her cleavage was showing.
    Also,the jewellery pieces here go against the delicate pink here.I think that her Kiki McDonough earrings or Mappin and Webb set would have better options.

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  7. Extra photo in this article and Lupo included!

    https://www.yahoo.com/style/the-duchess-of-cambridge-drove-herself-to-her-vogue-photoshoot-175213754.html

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    1. Lovely! Thank you, Robin.

      My two favorites ... Kate leaning on the fence and the one of her wearing a plaid shirt and looking directly at the camera. Beautiful!

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    2. Leaning on the fence is definitely my favorite as well, royalfan. Although, the way Lupo is looking up at her is the sweetest thing for this dog lover!

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  8. Love love love this - I have been waiting for a recycle of this outfit and was so excited to see it paired with that gorgeous Minca Vinader set. Well done Kate!

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  9. Alejandra RamírezMay 4, 2016 at 11:18 PM

    I love, love, love love this look sooo much!
    It's perfect! Gorgeous! Angelical! Superb!
    Love the high-quality and huge photos! Thanks Jane!

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  10. A great day for Kate I think. Wonderful engagements and lovely sartorial choices. The McQueen tonight looks a little different. Has she redone the hi-low hem to make it more even? What do you think Jane?

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  11. Kate looked great... as always

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  12. One of my favorite looks! Love this and I am happy to see her reaching for larger earrings. :)

    But most importantly, it looked like she enjoyed each engagement and her confidence is increasingly evident.

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  13. YESSSSSS!!!!!! I am so glad to see this again!!!! Is it greedy to already be dreaming of a triple recycle?

    Pastel pink is the perfect color for spring. I can't stop wearing it myself, so I love to see my decisions reinforced by the Duchess. This is one of my all-time favorite day ensembles from Catherine!!!

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  14. Please, remove the pictures of Pippa and Nico from the "Middletons section". They split a long time ago now: it's a bit unfair to keep on showing them.

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    1. The Middleton tab is not a current photo gallery. Each picture represents an archived post. You can click on the photos and you are taken to an old post. I am not quite sure what you mean by "unfair" to leave it up. She dated him and that post covers an event the two attended. I am sorry, but it won't be removed.

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    2. Jane 11:25- I'll jump right in here-the hem has been evened. I believe Susan at WKW says this
      was done for the Aus/NZ tour. I think it has been completely evened now. I also think
      the waistline has been increased and possibly the peplum shortened.
      Whatever was done, I think the results are an improvement on an already spectacular frock.

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  15. I absolutely loved everything about Kate's look the first time she wore this. I still totally love the dress but somehow, this just didn't seem to me the right thing to wear for this occasion. I'm inclined to think something like one of her lace Erdem dresses, the seafoam Temperely from India, or even the RI dress from earlier in the day would have worked better.

    I think all this could be because I just loved how this looked the first time with her a hair in a simple half pony and I'm not loving the look the second time around. If she wears this again (which I hope she does - the dress is gorgeous) I hope to see it with her hair swept back, and perhaps with a hat...

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    1. at a garden party, Georgia? There is a pink hat or two in her closet.

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    2. Yes! Or even with one of her white hats...

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    3. The one she wore with the pink Emilia Wickstead. Pink and lace. Maybe too much?
      It seems at HM's garden parties more is more.

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    4. I agree - this dress didn't hit the mark for the occasion in my opinion and I was actually surprised to read the review of her hitting the mark on this blog (though I appreciate different opinions). It seemed dowdy for the event. Also, Jane - a small thing, but I don't believe these are separate pieces - from what I've read, I think they're a dress?

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    5. The outline of the waist band of the skirt is obvious under the top in some pictures.

      Georgia-I doubt she would wear the seafoam Temperley after the rather unpleasant remarks made about her chest. It is such a beautiful dress
      The other women weren't really in evening attire..

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    6. 8:44- you may be right-it Is called a dress on some sites I checked.

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  16. Loved it! Win!

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  17. Rigors of the morning? I am sorry. Talking with children at a playground is not rigorous.

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    1. Au contraire. Sunshine, heat, dusty playground, normal production of oils and sweat all take a toll on a bouncy hair style. Kate would have needed a fresh blowout for the NPG, which she clearly got.

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    2. Well, Kate is not the average mom who visited a playground anonymously to enjoy time with her children. Think of the expectations that are associated with her engagements... In the majority of cases, this will the one and only time these people will meet her face to face. They look forward to it and will remember it for the rest of their lives. Kate wants, and needs, to acknowledge the people that have waited to meet her, and make them feel as though she appreciates their time and effort. Rigorous? I don't know. Pressure? Absolutely!

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    3. To be clear, the rigorous was only in reference to her hair. It was also lightly tongue-in-cheek, but the basis is true--she needed a new blow-out after two engagements during the day, one of which was in sunshine and wind.

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    4. I know my hair would suffer tremendously if I had to stand outside on a playground in the sun while wearing a dress, hose, and heals!

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    5. Georgia-I can't help but reply..the seafoam Temperley would have been beyond inappropriate for this occasion. The McQueen worked, particularly given the informality of the other ladies outfits and the venue. It certainly looked lovely on Kate, as always. While I admire the concept of recycling, I think three in one day is a bit much. The occasion, being the magazine covergirl and honoring a world famous FASHION magazine, seemed to call for something new.

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    6. I thought you were calling anon "Sunshine" there for a moment, Jane. Ha! I thought
      to myself-"Well there's a side to Jane we haven't seen before."

      Somehow, though, I think the person who can keep up with a blog, law school, and
      family is fully capable of making such remarks. Rosalind Russell in" His Girl
      Friday" (I think) comes to mind.

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    7. LOL, anon 1! Reading Jane's comment in that context really gave me a good chuckle! Thank goodness you use proper punctuation, Jane!

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    8. Hahaha! I would have had to have been in quite the sassy mood. :)
      P.S. I LOVE His Girl Friday.

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    9. Diamond Ripples, I do understand your point about wearing something new for an exhibit featuring Vogue. On the other hand, Kate was also going there to view her own photos and a recycle may translate into modesty on this occasion.

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    10. It's one of my favorites, too, Jane.I watch it about once a year. That's a lot
      of viewings. Of course now that I rely on closed caption, the dialogue is even
      harder to keep up with. My eyes won't move that fast. ha! Luckily,i about have it memorized.

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  18. Neckline is very low! Wonder if it had 'inbuilt support' to protect modesty. Three engagements in one day!

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  19. Thanks for the clarification that it was specifically about her hair. I understand what royal fan was saying about needing to make people feel special. I still would trade her events that last an hour or two for my job any day.

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  20. Did you guys notice what looks like a disposable plastic storage container (tupperware-like) in the car she's getting out from? It made me chuckle...in the end, even royalty needs to carry those ever-present and oh so practical containers. Wonder what's in it? Silvia

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    1. Victoria, OregonMay 6, 2016 at 11:59 PM

      Lol... I totally did! I think I have the same one. Then I wondered what could be in it? It's not like she could snack on anything except peppermints before talking to people face to face. :)

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    2. Jean from LancsMay 7, 2016 at 4:00 AM

      I wonder if you would like to have people questioning everything you wear---including your underwear, or even what you keep in your bag or your car.
      I know I wouldn't.

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  21. While Kate looks perfectly lovely in this ensemble, I can't help but think how the last two years have slightly aged her - her hair has not seemed as glossy since having Charlotte or as well just luscious. As a mother myself, pregnancy can effect your hair and your energy and I believe Kate is no different here.. she still looks pretty fab compared to most moms of two small children, but you can tell that it's taken it out of her too.

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    1. The HG can take its toll, too.
      Lighting, camera angles and settings can add shadows, sharpen facial countours.
      So can a skillful technician. The same hand that can erase lines, wrinkles, and jowls, can
      etch them in. All this is evident when multiple photos are taken by various photographers with different settings and lighting angles and published in news sources
      with varying attitudes toward the royal family in general and Catherine specifically.

      In some photos she appears haggard and worn while in others glowing and rested.
      The same day, same place- vastly different appearances. at times.

      You obviously have real concern, but to a very vocal minority, tired and prematurely aging translates into not up to the job.

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    2. She's approaching mid-30s and has had two children so the aging process is quite normal. Unless she's got some magical painting hidden up in her attic, she's just like the rest of us. This is the great disservice the air brushing/plastic surgery/Hollywood crowd have done for normal people.

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    3. Lol, Robin. If only we could use those as effectively as Dorian Gray...

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    4. He came to a rather gruesome end, however. I think I'll take my naturally occurring lines. :-)

      (Sorry if that was a spoiler for anyone but the book is over 100 years old!)

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  22. I am not being rude, we all age differently, but I put her aging up to genetics and sun damage. She and Pippa are aging the same way, and frankly they do look older than mid 30's. I am one of 5 girls, a 12 year span so I have some idea of how genetics and environment impact your skin. We all had kids in our late 20's early thirties to late thirties. Much of it is just not in your control. Our family was/is lucky to have looked young far longer than many of our friends but I do think she and Pippa look older than their ages. It is what it is and I agree all the air brushed photos in mags do not help.

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  23. Sonja from BavariaMay 8, 2016 at 11:59 PM

    I am so delighted that she repeated this outfit, it has always been a favourite of mine! She looked beautiful, but I still prefer the 1st wear with her hair back, the charm necklace and sledge pumps. Oh, I really miss the sledge! I know many didn't like them, but I think the sledge looked more youthful than those new pointy toe ones. ( And I own a pair similar to the sledge so apparently, they are more my personal taste ;) )

    But I really like the LK bennet clutch - I wonder if they'll release it (and how much will really fit into it - it looks so tiny)?

    After all, I'd say this was a huge success and Kate is the Recycling-Queen :)

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