Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Kate & William Attend First Garden Party Together

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Kate and William attended a Buckingham Palace garden party today where the Duchess recycled the cream McQueen she wore for Prince George's christening!


Some recycles are more exciting than others, but certainly topping the list of most coveted rewears would be those pieces at which we never actually got a full look. This stunning ensemble from Alexander McQueen certainly is on that list! Thanks to Prince George's beautiful baptismal gown, he obscured a good view of his mother's fashion in every photo we had from the christening.



Today, that fashion injustice was finally rectified and we got a really great look at this creamy peplum perfection.  Today also marked a special occasion, as Kate brought along her best accessory. Prince William, handsome in topcoat and tails, was at his wife's side. William has never attended one of the Queen's garden parties; today marked his very first appearance! 



This was the final garden party of the season and Rebecca English, who was reporting from the event, Tweeted this photo (below) of the Duchess flanked by Natasha Archer and Amanda Cook Tucker. These ladies help Kate with her hair and clothes, although Natasha's role in choosing Kate's clothes is still a hotly debated topic. It is nice to see that they got to get all dressed up and enjoy the event, too. 

@RE_DailyMail
Kate's hat is by Jane Taylor and was made specifically for the McQueen ensemble. Usually, I would prefer a new hat, but because the hat, jacket, and skirt are so perfectly paired, I thought this was a fun recycle of the complete ensemble. 



This was most certainly a win for me. I like soft shades at the garden parties and this cream hit the spot while also setting Kate apart from the crowd. 



Kate loves ruffles and peplum and given her slim frame, she can really pull them off. McQueen incorporates these elements often and I always love to see them on Kate. The only drawback of this ensemble is the ruffle along her waist. It short-waists her just a hair, and given this is a piece that was customized for Kate, that should have been taken into consideration. 


That aside, I still love this on Kate. The creamy white is gorgeous against Kate's skin and the fabric looks substantial and luxurious. Seeing this from a distance also highlights the beautiful folds of the skirt and the ruffles of the peplum. Kate again carried her Nina clutch and wore her Annoushka Baroque pearl drops. Her pumps are new and I am still working on an ID. 


If you missed the post on Kate and Prince George playing on the police motorbike, see that post here

77 comments:

  1. It looks like Kate has been dying to wear this outfit again and finally had the opportunity. No question that dress is amazing, but the hat is to die for.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Omg she is GORGEOUS! So radiant in cream and in white, she just glows with happiness and beauty. Dear, sweet Kate. Loved this hat and outfit, her make up and how she and Wills look together. Just a huge home run IMO!!!! (Plus the nude heels, so pretty!)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Isn't her favorite color white? It looks to be, as she seemed to enjoy this rewear. I agree with Jane, re: short waist, but I'm so glad to see this again. Loved it, and really love that hat!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Gorgeous. The shoes look pink to me.
    Some photos around of Catherine watching George being introduces to a police motorbike. Seemingly a passerby spotted them waving princess Ann off on a helicopter and then with the police.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I wasn't sure if I liked this outfit or not at the time of the baptism due to not seeing it in its entirety but now I'm sure I don't like it much at all. Between the peplum, cascading ruffle, extremely structured shoulders and full pleated skirt, its a real eighties throwback in a not so great way. It manages to be too busy and too frilly all at the same time. The hat is still gorgeous though and PW is looking quite dapper.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I am so sad! I do not like it much, either.

      For some reason, I had pictured a coat and I do NoT like the peplum at all. The folds of the skirt and the color are absolutely gorgeous though! Oh, and the hat and earrings, as well.

      (Former lurker de-lurking because I'm so disappointed. Thanks for the wonderful blog. I enjoy reading the comments, too.)

      Delete
    2. I don't like it either! So fussy and an overwhelming amount of fabric. She's letting the clothes wear her. LOVE the up-do, hat, and earrings plus those shoes are to die for. Her shoe game has improved about 1000% since those Rossi stilettos started showing up.

      Delete
  6. Lovely to see her wear this again.

    As for the ruffle that you think short-waists her, I would keep in mind that this was made for a postpartum woman with a young child. It's always nice when you're still getting back in shape (or trying to, your body is never quite the same!) to have elements like that around/near your waist to help hide no-longer-flat tummies and looser skin.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Jane, you got your wish of a re-wear with a different hairdo!

    ReplyDelete
  8. i love that she changed it up with an updo! so it wasn't completely the exact same :)

    ReplyDelete
  9. I love the flow of this fabric and the creamy color but, upon seeing it without the adorable George distraction, I think the peplum should have been about an inch longer. The folds and all of the elements are there but that short peplum is the first thing my eye went to. No matter who the shoe is by, I'm not excited for yet another pair of suede pumps.

    The biggest win for me today is the hair and the hat. Her hair was perfect and that is one of my favorite hats. The earrings were also a perfect choice. William was very dapper in his morning dress!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Good pt Robin--if the peblum had been longer, it would not have looked as short-waisted as it looks like it really is.

      Delete
    2. I see what you ladies are saying about the peplum, but it appears to be longer in the back. Or are my tired eyes deceiving me? Intentional, perhaps?

      Delete
    3. In the first picture the peblum looks longer in back. But the dress hem also looks longer in back. I don't think it's a hi-lo hem so I think for both the hem and peblum the difference front to back is due to how Kate is standing (and how she typically stands)

      Delete
    4. Agree that some of the odd fit is the way she is standing in these photos. Her body shape while still very thin might have changed a bit after two pregnancies so that clothes just fit a bit different. If the proportions are off in this expensive of an item then I always lay that at the feet of the designer. ali

      Delete
    5. Lizzie, I have been looking at the photos on Getty's site and I do believe both (peplum and hem) are *slightly* longer in the back.

      Normally, I am NOT a fan of ruffles, but I do like this outfit and I believe it's the monochromatic aspect of it.

      Delete
  10. I continue to be amazed that suede is a spring/summer shoe material! It must be though since Kate can find this color for pumps and can find suede sandals.


    I liked the dress more at the christening with George and his gown covering it up. Now that the short-waisted peblum and the full effect of the diagonal ruffle can be seen I don't like it as much as I did before. It's still pretty but I agree with Faith it is a little fussy. I understand Am's point that it may have been made short-waisted intentionally to hide a poochy post-pregnancy stomach. I'd agree except that other bespoke pieces made for Kate by the same designer have also been short-waisted and not made for her immediately after a pregnancy. 


    Another site is reporting the hat was available retail for slightly over $1000. It's nice but I wish I could make hats!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Right there with you on the suede shoes. Truly a Kate favorite so she is staying true to herself. There are so many cute shoes out there though!

      Delete
    2. Ladies, I have been shoe shopping and the Kate effect is alive and well. There is a good deal of suede out there! :))

      Delete
    3. Oh, no! For the most part I love the Kate effect but I don't want any suede shoes!

      Delete
    4. I love suede but not sure why she has so many at this point. I find suede is often more forgiving on your feet, so that could be part of her reason. For comfort she may need to "up" the quality of her leather shoes and pay for the very very fine leather which is as comfy as suede but pricier and tends to need a bit more regular care. ali

      Delete
    5. Wearing suede shoes in the Spring is pretty normal if you live in Britain, where winters tend to be very wet.

      Delete
    6. Ah, makes sense Jean. We don't see it that frequently after early spring here in the States.

      Delete
    7. Interesting Jean. Back in the day when I wore real leather and suede I used to try to avoid wearing suede in wet weather. Even with those sprays intended to protect it, unless it was treated by the manufacturer to be "waterproof" (and I only remember that on winter snow boots) it seemed to spot and generally become a mess in wet weather. Maybe what is available in the UK is different. Anyway I've always thought of suede as a fall/winter daytime material but obviously that has changed.

      Delete
    8. I think Jean meant suede isn't worn so much in Winter because it is wet; it is worn
      in Spring in Britain, when it is dryer. Faith understood this, I believe, as did I.

      Delete
    9. I expect Jean and Faith can speak for themselves anon 1.

      Delete
    10. Lizzie, I have always avoided suede shoes for the very same reason. I like good shoes and am not prone to gambling with an investment. ;)

      Delete
    11. @lizzie - do you ever like anything that Kate wear? Quick, tell Elle Magazine and Gucci they have it wrong, and stop showing suede shoes for spring!! ;-) I would say the "high waist" is deliberate so that the peblum falls at the perfect hip level. I love the outfit.

      Delete
  11. Ok, I am looking past Kate just this once and looking at William. What a "dapper" sight AND he actually looks happy to be there.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. He does! I also thought he looked shy about the top hat, as he carried it until he *had* to put it on. We've caught him and Kate giggling at the sight of him dressed up in robes etc so I think he feels awkward and he helps him through it.

      ~ A

      Delete
  12. Love the color, the skirt, the hat, the shoes, the updo and her major accessory >>>William omg he is in fine form today. But I too am not liking the way the péplum hits her at that level. It's not awful but it's a little off. She still looked gorgeous and seems to be in a happy mood.

    While this is a Kate blog I have to say that the dress Eugenie was wearing get was something out of Alice in Wonderland. I did not like it at all. Sometimes I wonder if the York girls dress in a sometime wacky manner to draw attention.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm with you on the York girls. They seem to have either no sense of style or they are in the upstaging business. They are always quirky, weird, or just plane yuck. That will not upstage class at any time. They also need to learn how to dress for their body type which Beatrice manages far more often than Eugenie. I do like the pop of color Eugenie had in her hat but those shoes and the pair she wore to Chelsea should be banned from public view. Somewhere between Kate's dull shoes and Eugenie's hideous ones there are some lovely shoes out there. Someone please help them!

      Delete
    2. I am openly not a fan of the York girls and was decisive on that with the stunt they pulled at W&K's wedding with those outfits - they are ABSOLUTELY in the business of upstaging.

      Today was probably stressful for them knowing Kate would be there....smart of her to subtlety upstage them with an iconic and symbolic dress. Hehe. Then doing what she does wonderfully in representing the BRF and she's golden.

      ~ A

      Delete
    3. "Stressful for them knowing....." ??????

      So according to this, you suppose Kate is also a mean girl type. Playing games, upstaging one another, who is more beautiful, thinner etc.

      I have never thought, I am going to read such comments especially here.

      Did she wonderfully represent the BRF on those Marily moments occassions as well? Just a question, adjusting to this theme.

      Delete
    4. Turns out those wedding hats just made them look foolish and Pippa got far more attention than they did! :-)

      Delete
    5. Not a fan of the two Yorkies, either, A, but when I saw a pic of the two standing next to--or near-- Kate at the playing of the National anthem, I was quite amused; of the three only one looked liked she was of The Blood Royal--guess who?

      I see that Kate brought her best accessory with her, this time--no,no, not the shoes, clutch or hat, but a certain guy she hangs out with and appears to like, altho, this time I thought he had some serious competition with her shoes. I am NOT suede affectionato, but I do realize that they can be very comfortable. Just think they're an odd choice for a place like the UK, where it rains a lot; in any case, I really liked these shoes.

      I have never particularly liked this McQueen outfit, but the first time Kate wore it, she had a perfect accessory in her arms, and I was so interested in him that Kate could've worn sackcloth and I would've given her a pass. This is an expensive piece, which I had not expected to see again; now that I have, still think the dress is pretty bland, nor do I like peplum with a full skirt, but better worn now than later--this style will date quickly (ruffles always do). It aint no classic, IMO.

      JC

      Delete
    6. Anon 12:45 - I think ~A meant that it might have been stressful for the York girls to have to stand next to Kate where comparisons could be made. I don't think Kate tried to upstage them I think it's a natural thing that occurs no matter what. I know I wouldn't want to stand next to beautiful, tall, willowy Kate with a hundred cameras pointed my direction!

      JC, do you think you would have liked this outfit better if she had worn a pop of color on her hat and her shoes? I think that would really have made it much more fun - although that peplum needs to be lengthened.

      Delete
    7. 12:45, not allowing someone the opportunity to make a fool of YOU is not being a mean girl. This was not the first time Kate recycled an outfit, but IF this was part of the thinking behind it, I do not see an ounce of mean factor in quietly wearing an "old" outfit.

      Delete
    8. Absolutley no mean girl there. I think you misunderstood 12.45.

      Delete
    9. Anon 12:45 ~ Robin & royalfan more correctly understood what I meant. I don't think Kate was being a mean girl, and it would be tough for a lot of us to stand next to Kate. As I said, I think the York girls dress in a way that attempts to steal the spotlight; Kate is wildly popular. It's my personal opinion that the York girls have some animosity and/or jealousy towards Kate and/or Kate's role, and Kate handles it with dignity by putting herself together, gracefully carrying herself, smiling, and doing her thing. Kate doesn't grow timid and cower, and that is very powerful. Not intimidation, not meanness. Either way, it's my opinion based on what I've read and seen :-)

      ~ A

      Delete
    10. I still don't understand why the York girls should feel any stress standing behind, in front of or next to Kate. Or why anybody should feel that? Just because here some people don't like them or think they have no fashion sense.

      In my view they sometimes go for less attractive pieces which can be seen as daring sometimes, but does that really make them bad people? Like jealous etc. I think Kate also made mistakes in the fashion department and will I am sure.

      I understand this is a fan site but why don't we all concentrate on Kate and not being mean towards the York girls, I recall people here don't appreciate bashing Kate, so why exactly acceptable to do this to the York girls? Double standards?

      Delete
    11. I think it was kind and helpful of royalfan, Robin, and Diane to come to "A's" support and help explain what was meant. It was also gracious of "A" to acknowledge their help, requested or not.

      Delete
    12. 7:57, I suppose we would need access to Beatrice and Eugenie's thought process to know the definitive answer to your question, but my personal opinion is aligned with A's opinion.

      I do not believe anyone here wishes to bash B&E. Fashion is a major topic here and, within the last week, we enjoyed coverage of the CFS and the GP at BP where Kate, Beatrice and Eugenie were present. The York ladies are known for their style, just as Kate is known for hers. Good, bad, or indifferent. Therefore, I do not believe it is a huge stretch to discuss and compare their choices or the possible circumstances involved.

      I recall the difficulties alluded to in Diana's case when she married into the BRF and became the most popular member of the Firm. They were blindsided by it and grew resentful of her popularity. We know how it contributed to her overall experience behind palace walls.

      Kate, like Diana, was an outsider marrying into the RF. Kate, like Diana, was a cover girl before she ever walked down the aisle and said "I will." Granted, Kate is being very careful to avoid stepping on other royal toes, but the idea that there isn't a degree of [fill in the blank if you dislike references to jealousy or competition] is unrealistic IMHO.

      B&E are of royal blood. They have had front row seats to their parents' numerous PR fiascos and they have seen their reputations take nosedives. They have also experienced Charles' desire to push their immediate family off to the side.

      In the meantime, Kate appears on the scene and becomes the sought after cover girl dating an heir to the throne. She marries him and will be Queen. There are no PR disasters associated with her other than those that were manufactured with less than moral intentions. She gave birth to two children and bounced back quicker than some of us do from a cold.

      I will refrain from going on as I hope I have made my point. Again, I do not believe it was anyone's intention to bash the York ladies, but I do think it is unrealistic to completely deny that any of this isn't a factor in the climate behind palace walls. And dare I suggest that if we were speaking about the "Smith Family", much of the same might apply........

      Delete
    13. Agreed, Royalfan. Well said :-) We will never definitively know, but we can make educated guesses based on what we've seen and heard, and what we see happen in other families, like a "Smith Family". B&E probably grew up thinking they had a good idea of what their adulthood would look like as blood princesses, and then things changed. As you said, we could go on but I will stop myself too.

      ~ A

      Delete
    14. Yes, royalfan. Also, B&E's outfits were being praised,in comparison to Catherine's.
      Some felt their oufits at the GP and Chelsea were unflattering and inappropriate and said so when B&E's fans insisted their outfits were superior to
      Kates'. ...their outfits, Sophie's, Anne's etc.
      I wonder if some of the flattery of the York girls' appearance might have an
      undertone of defending the underdog? As you and others have pointed out, they may
      be princesses of the blood, but they have had a tough row to hoe when it comes to their parents. Regardless, they sometimes come off like Cinderella's stepsisters
      to me.

      Delete
    15. Robin, am unsure--theres a lot of cream to overcome and I rather doubt that accessories could do the job; its not the colour of the outfit I object to, its the style.

      JC

      Delete
  13. I love seeing William in a topcoat and tails--he looks so handsome!

    ReplyDelete
  14. I like the new shoes. I think the hat's veil has been pushed back from how it was at George's christening?

    ReplyDelete
  15. Ok experts:) Does William have someone who helps him lay out his clothes etc.ali

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I don't think William has a valet yet so it's hard to say if he chooses for himself or gets a little help from Kate.

      Delete
    2. On WKW there are several suggestions as to what Kate's new shoes are. I think they look most like the Gianvito Rossi in ‘antique rose’ suede. It's a designer she's worn before and we know she loves that dang suede.

      Delete
    3. He has (had) an orderly - Fijian-born corporal on secondment from the Parachute Regiment. The reason for (had) in brackets is that I'm unsure if he is still with them, esp as they are based in Norfolk.

      He was seen in photographs around the time of George's birth - the pictures where her staff were seen arriving at Lindo.

      Delete
    4. Anon 3:22
      Thanks. When seeing William in his finery for the garden party I realized that he had to have help keeping shoes polished, handkerchiefs at the ready, hats, casual clothes layer out etc etc. In the past I know wealthy and Royals have had people who helped with their clots and assisted with other personal issues and also had "secretaries" to deal with appointments and getting them ready for meetings etc. We often hear of Rebecca D or Natasha A but never of Williams staff. I find it interesting and especially for William who grew up with a household of staff.

      Delete
  16. Very elegant! And William didn't look too bad either. ;) I'm so glad she recycled this outfit, and the pearl earrings are a better match than the topaz from George's christening.

    ReplyDelete
  17. I've always loved this outfit! Was excited for this repeat and surprise today. Interesting that they invited members of their medical team from George and Charlotte's births. Think this could hint at them being done having babies? I for one am hoping for a third!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. What medical team members are there, Meg?

      Delete
    2. Not entirely sure on names/roles but quite a few if not the whole team was noted (I think it was a DM article). Just curious, hoping it wasn't a final thank you "close the chapter" invitation ;) I think they'll have a third, with her coming from a family with three children especially. Fingers crossed for an announcement! Feel terrible for her likely to suffer HG again but can't say G and C weren't worth the pain!

      Delete
    3. My prediction is that they won't have a third child....just have a 'gut feeling'.

      Delete
    4. Unfortunately. I think the fact that the entire team was invited as a thank you for their service means that they are stopoing at the two.

      Delete
    5. Unfortunately. I think the fact that the entire team was invited as a thank you for their service means that they are stopping at the two.

      Delete
    6. I never read that the entire team was at this Garden Party only that some members of the team were. ali

      Delete
    7. I think it was one reason why William was there- as part of the recognition of the delivery team at appropriate venue. Members of Kate's team were also there being recognised; I doubt we are seeing the last of them or,hopefully, the obstetrical team.
      I wonder if Chris Jackson was there as an independent guest,as Ms. Archer's plus one (do garden party invitations include a plus one?),or as an on-duty photographer?

      Delete
  18. I think this is a fabulous ensemble but it's one I don't think Kate should have repeated -it's almost too special for a recycle, her first born's christening outfit (I know that sounds weird!) I particularly love the pleating from the back and the luxurious look for the dress in general - it's beautiful.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Susan, Diana recycled her dress from William's christening as well.

      And in 2005, Camilla wore her wedding outfit to the Trooping of the Color. It was her opportunity to wear it on the balcony of BP and she went for it. And she wore her wedding hat to the Trooping in 2011 (Kate's first).

      Personally, I do not see anything wrong with it. The significance of it is not lost... :)

      Delete
  19. Anyone else notice Kate's ramrod-straight posture lately? I noticed it after someone made a quip about how she usually stands. Look at that great photo of Catherine and William at the
    end of the Chelsea post, for example. And others.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I did, Anon 1, and thought it looked great.

      JC

      Delete
    2. Yes, yes. She looks wonderful. :)

      Delete
    3. I think her improved posture is a result of her confidence in her role. Good for her!

      Delete
  20. I am always harping about Kate's suede shoes. While looking through Nordstrom's Half-Yearly Sale I found some ideas for Kate.

    From Prada:

    http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/prada-donna-peep-toe-platform-pump-women/4238598?origin=category-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=BEIGE%20PATENT

    http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/prada-pointy-toe-pump-women/3259102?origin=category-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=BURGUNDY

    http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/prada-dorsay-pump-women/4410955?origin=category-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=SASSO

    From Jimmy Choo:
    http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/jimmy-choo-romy-lace-pump-women/4288434?origin=category-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=BURGUNDY%20LACE

    http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/jimmy-choo-romy-laser-cut-pump-women/4288305?origin=category-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=BLACK%20LEATHER

    http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/jimmy-choo-mariella-pump/3717167?origin=category-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=NUDE

    And that's just a few of the high end shoes. Too many cute shoes out there to only wear blah suede pumps and it's the Half-Yearly Sale!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Great choices, Robin! The Prada burgundy is divine. And if I am not mistaken, Maxima has the Prada Donna Peep Toe shoes.

      Delete
    2. You definitely picked some sexy shoes there, Robin! in the same theme, I've read this before, a whole article suggesting alternate shoes for different outfits the Duchess has worn. The author isn't a great fan, but she's bang on about the shoes.
      (I actually like the shoes Kate wears but it is kind of boring seeing the same ones over and over)

      Delete
    3. hmmm maybe i should have included the link haha
      http://www.thedressdown.com/kate-middleton-bad-shoe-problem/

      Delete
    4. Thanks for sharing the great article, anon 9:41! Aside from the snarky comments, I really agree with her on most of the shoes she chose that could spice up these outfits. I would skip anything with snakeskin, because snakes give me the creeps, and I don't like spikes sticking out of shoes but 90% of what she chose were beautiful. It seems clear that Kate really needs to add Louboutin to her shoe wardrobe. Some of the Nine West shoes were also great and they aren't budget busters!

      Delete
    5. royalfan, given the retro feel of the green Catherine Walker she wore to the Chelsea Flower Show, how cute would a pair of peep toe pumps have been with it?

      Delete
    6. Yes! Robin, I do agree about peep toe pumps; there is a retro feel to them that is right up her alley. :) It's also a nice transition from winter to summer.

      Delete
    7. 9:41, I liked many of the suggestions and agree that some of the shoes would look great on Kate. But I do not see her opting for the more edgy looks. A few are more Maxima's or, occasionally, Mary's style.

      Delete

The rules for commenting are simple: be polite. Please be respectful of the BRF/Middletons, even in criticism; please be respectful of your fellow readers, even in disagreement. Vulgarity will disqualify a comment.

Debate is welcome, direct and personal insults are not. Topics we tend to avoid here: "does Kate work enough?" and "Is Kate too skinny?" Everything is subject to approval.

I (Jane Barr) moderate all comments. If a comment is live, I approved it. If you find something offensive, or think my approval was an error, please email me at princesskateblog(at)gmail.com.

At times, an acceptable comment just goes missing. If you felt your comment should have been approved, but did not show up within five hours, again, pop an email to the above address.

Happy chatting!