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Duchess Kate Dons Kate Spade for World Mental Health Day

Monday, October 10, 2016

Good morning all. Today starts a busy week of engagements for the Duchess of Cambridge. Today she marked World Mental Health Day 2016 with William and Harry at the London Eye. The couple arrived at the County Hall where Kate revealed a new designer debut: Kate Spade!


The flowers that a royal lady receives are supposed to complement her ensemble, or at least not clash, and today's posies couldn't have been more perfect. 
Fans will be pleased to see that Kate had a speaking role today. The royal trio each took a turn giving their remarks, much the way they did when launching Heads Together. William always has a funny smirk on his face when Kate is speaking. He always look proud as a peacock and also amused. It's cute.  
They took a trip in a London Eye pod, which was a great photo op with beautiful London spread out below them.


I love when we get pictures of children looking at Kate with big, wide eyes--a real live princess. This little girl on the left wins cutest snap of the day:


Kate's dress is by Kate Spade New York and features a floral design "inspired by the flowers thrown on a stage at the end of a show." I agree with the general comments that the dress has some design flaws. It's very hard to pull this kind of a dress off well, I think, because if it pulls in the wrong way, it can look cheap. This dress isn't cheap, but it suffers from a drooping waistline. 


In every other respect, I liked it very much. I am excited for this bow-tie trend. Kate has sported it on a number of occasions and I have seen it a lot in fall collections. The pinky purple shade is gorgeous on Kate, especially with her dark hair. Speaking of her her hair today, it was like its own show. This picture hardly does it justice, but the volume was absolutely circa 2011. As much as a liked her shorter straighter cut, I like to see the hair back to its old volume, too. 


Kate wore her Morganite drops, carried her Nina clutch, and wore her Gianvito Rossi pumps.  I was most excited about the label debut, and although I would not have chosen this dress myself, I thought it looked really lovely on Kate, despite some of the design defects. It wasn't a home-run, but it was a solid base hit.

Kate's week at a glance:


84 comments:

  1. Dress is nice, But it badly needs a belt.

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    1. I agree. Very pretty dress but needs a belt to add definition. Rather shapeless as she is weating it.

      Thought her speech went well.

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  2. The shoes, this time in burgundy would have been perfect.

    Anon2

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    1. I didn't think about that, but now that you've mentioned it, pumps in burgundy/eggplant/berry... would have looked gorgeous!

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    2. My favourite colours ,also..😀

      Anon2

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    3. anon2 @ 7:52--I replied @9:07 AM under your comment.Somehow it keeps moving farther and farther away, but its down there.

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    4. I agree! Good idea.

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    5. Is that darker color in the dress a purple or burgundy? Either way, I 100% agree that darker shoes would have more appropriately tied in the season, and added some additional visual interest to the outfit.
      ~ A

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    6. Well, burgundy, plum, purple...my husband says only women are able to tell so many colours apart, ha!!
      I am fond of nude shoes with difficult colors as green...
      I saw your comment Anon2, many thanks!!

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  3. I don't always understand her choices, she wears a silk dress in October, in summer she wears a thick wool coat zipped up to her neck. Whatever.

    I think this dress is a huge miss. It just looks bad, especially the waist part so lame, hangs on her without making sense or doing her any good.
    With that boring beige/nude shoes.

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    1. This dress according to the designer is for the fall.

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    2. Burgundy shoes and a pink coat..Oktoberfest..

      Anon2

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    3. Depending on the weight, silk can be a great fabric for cooler weather clothing.

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    4. Anon 7:38.
      I suspect you don't live in the UK. Unfortunately we really don't have definable seasons.
      Wear a coat on cold days and a dress when, like today, it is sunny and quite mild.

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    5. I thought the same, re the positioning of the waist until I saw the dress on a model. It falls as Kate's does--neither here nor there. However, c/o the model, I learned that the tie Kate wore at her neck also doubles as a belt; unfortunately, without loops at the *waist*, the silk belt would never have held its place. Conclusion: pretty pattern, nice--if a tad summery, even tho it is labelled fall--material, sloppy, ill-thought-out design.

      Great cause tho! And by participating in this World Mental Health Day, Kate supported two of her patronages: Place2Be and the Anna Freud Centre. William and Harry have no direct connection, altho each has a charity dealing with mental health. (And, IMO, past time that William got his teeth into something/anything which turns his crank in the UK. Fed up with his devotion to Kenyan rhinos, nor do I think that any male HRH would be well-advised to promote wildlife conservation, given the pleasure they take in killing animals; hey, todays European wild boars, which William and Harry kill, are yesterdays lions, tigers, elephants, etc., previously decimated by George V!, the Queen Mother, Philip--probably the worst offender. Just sayin. )

      JC

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    6. JC-@1:46 PM-what about Heads Together. It includes all of them and William and Harry are very involved and outspoken in that. William is involved in many causes in the UK.
      He manages to fit them in between tours, air ambulance work, fatherhood, husbandhood (more work than you might think), Queen-assisting-ALL of which, other than overseas tours,are centered right there in the UK.

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    7. Please take into consideration the British weather, Anon 07:58. Summer in Europe has been very late this year, and autumn can be very mild. It is advertised as an autumn dress, and that it is. I love the colour on Kate, that warm pink certainly suits her very well, and the shoes are just gorgeous. I think the dress requires a belt, it has an unfinished look somehow. Anyway, the topic for the day is so right for William, Kate and Harry. Well done!

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    8. In the part of Europe I live we are wearing summer clothes yet...

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    9. Anon 1:46'
      You are rather harsh-besides this engagement, William was at the Women in Hedge Funds dinner
      last night and conducting an Investiture on behalf of HM this morning. He will be in Manchester on Friday and all fitted between the 80 hours per month he flies for EAAA-- the figures confirmed by his employers.

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    10. Thanks for the info, Jean. Also yesterday, a Heads Together reception before the London Eye event.Might explain her clothing choice.
      They must have stayed at KP since their return from the tour. Perhaps a quick trip to Norfolk. They have ony had that and ten days in August since February or March.
      Not long until Remembrance Day.

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  4. 1977 called. It wants its dress back.

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  5. I agree, anon2. With such a noticeable pattern, colored shoes would not detract, but highlight the deep rose in the dress.The eyes would flit back and forth, though. Rather distracting, but that is what happens with well-composed art, as well.

    I need to see a photo of this dress on a designer's model. I agree there are problems in the waist area. It looks to me as though it has been altered in the waist and rather badly. It may just be part of the design. Still very pretty.
    Kate's hair is magnificent. What a mane!

    What a great wake up surprise, Jane!

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    1. There appears to be a sash that can be worn with the dress. It ties into a bow. A rather droopy bow. I think a nice belt would take this dress up a few notches. It is pretty and the flowers are a deep plum so Fall is in the color.

      The style does seem to be turning back to the 70s.

      Her hair was fabulous!
      She also did well with her speech I thought. Less hair flipping and her voice was strong and even. She just gets better and her confidence grows daily! Cannot wait for her trip tomorrow. Solo and perhaps a chance to see Maxima! Wear a hat Kate LOL 🙄

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    2. Sadly I believe Maxima will be out of town. They will just have to find another time to get together - maybe at ascot? The hats in that event would be awesome

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    3. Maxima is in Argentina in her role as special advocate of United Nations' secretary.

      Anon2

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    4. Maxima is in Argentina in her role as special advocate of United Nations' secretary.

      Anon2

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    5. plum is a shade of purple and the color purple will be-deck the London Eye as well as several other facades in honor Amanda and others.
      If ever there was an example of ego-destroying abuse and bullying, it is found in the film "The Color Purple." I wonder if that was behind the choice of purple?

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    6. I think I read that Maxima will be away but Kate will meet wirh the king.

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    7. I'm not sure if that's where the purple theme for this event/outfit came from anon 1 but I agree it's a fantastic book and you make an interesting connection

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  6. These frilly, high-necked dresses really aren't good.

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  7. I quite like the pattern and the flow of the silk but agree with the other commenters who bemoan the lack of belt - I think it would have added a touch of polish and really tied the look together. It might have been a nice place to add a pop of color that's lacking in the accessories. Glad to see the morganite earrings again - they are a favorite of mine and it seems like we so rarely see the Kiki dips these days

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  8. anon 1 it looks the same on the models. Agree Caron this is not my style of dress either but it has been a very popular look for several years now.

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  9. I completely agree that a deep pair of burgundy shoes would have worked really well here. While I really like this print, the waist looks like it should have been adjusted , it seems to fall a bit high or perhaps be too loose on her. And when I saw the Kiki drops, I was desperately hoping they would be her green or yellow ones, but alas, she's colour blocking away!

    I hate to say it, but this was a miss for me because of the shape of the dress and the fact that the accessories seemed to bring down the colours of the outfit as opposed to raising them, which I think reds and burgundies would have done :(

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    1. Deep burgundy shoes would have nicely leant to "transition season" for a dress like this. Bridging summer with fall.

      ~ A

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  10. Yuck, I don't like this dress at all. From the waist up it looks like a dress from back in time, and not in a retro-is-cool way. Just looks so dated with the buttons, the pocket, the awful collar and that bowtie thing. That being said, I love hearing her speak, and her hair looks fabulous!

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  11. This belt:
    http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/salvatore-ferragamo-gancio-buckle-leather-belt/4114434?origin=category-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=MORA

    These shoes:
    http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/manolo-blahnik-dasti-bicolor-patchwork-pointy-toe-pump-women/4344816?origin=category-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=PURPLE%20SUEDE

    Would have taken down the "too much spring" feeling of this dress and made it perfect.

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    1. Those shoes are fantastic! I agree not only would those choices have dialed down the "spring" they would have also dialed up the "polished professional"

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    2. Pretty shoes for autumn...

      Anon2

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    3. ha ha excellent selections!
      Also she can ditch the neck tie (it give a very cheap look to the dress) and add a nice statement piece under the collar.
      She can get a tip from bea
      http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/adam/bd239cd95f027a8550961245cf892235/princess-beatrice-zara.jpg

      Not the exact peace. But some thing to make the dress better.

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    4. Gorgeous choices! I'd love to see Kate really step up her game with some more interesting accessories but I'm not holding my breath. I'm sure we've all read that she's supposedly not interested in fashion, and these are the details that make me inclined to believe it.

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    5. Robin from CA - excellent belt and shoe suggestions - you are missing your calling as a stylist!! Natasha Kate - take note!

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    6. Ooooooo Robin you hit it out of the park! Perfection !

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    7. Agree completely with Robin's suggestions! As it is, the dress looks rather shapeless and unattractive. Current fashion or not...ick! The dress Kate wore to the children's party in Canada would have also had that same shapeless look had she not added a belt. Classic its not and while people put down some of Diana's looks, they were "current" in the 80s too. Neither some of those looks nor this one are for the record books as "classic."

      I'm also not getting the whole "shoes can't compete with the dress" idea. By that reasoning all of us must wear nude heels (or no shoes) with everything forever! (And I also don't recall that sentiment with the McQueen in Canada.... supposedly the mismatched red shoes made everything "pop")

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    8. Early on, some of Diana's fashion could have been labeled frumpy. But as her confidence grew (and her marriage deteriorated), she embraced fashion with a passion; it was an outlet for her. Diana's clothes represented her personality and circumstances just as Kate's do today. IMO :)

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  12. Aaaaarggggggggh ! Completely outdated !

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    1. Not outdated...this is what we mean about fashion being cyclical. High-end designers are bringing these styles back.

      ~ A

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    2. I have a blouse with that pussy bola tie for working. Where I live it has come into fashion..

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  13. Aaaaaaaaargh ! Completely outdated !

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  14. mmmmmmm, something is wrong here. Not on my hit parade list. Sorry Kate..

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  15. I usually like her clothing but today she just screamed frumpy granny!!! So sad. I like the shows though. N

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  16. She adds all these bland and boring outfits when she can recycle some good ones.

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    1. I thought the same thing.

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  17. Burgundy shoes much like navy are hard to match colors. I think even if we vote for burgundy shoes the shade would be off. The dress is rather short waisted- it looks that way even on the models. I like the dress, and it's a nice serviceable one for today's engagement. But I don't love it. After last week in Canada, for me this is an ok choice but not a home run. It's a very feminine and flowy dress--maybe she just wanted to be a bit girlie next to her boys. The color choice may have been intentional as they're lighting up the London Eye in purple in honor to World Mental Health Day.

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  18. Hmmmm just not a huge fan of this dress... also doesn't really fit her well. It looks too summery. Btw a rather chilly day in London - surprised she looks so comfortable in what appears a summery material.

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  19. Love the weight and general silhouette of the dress, don't love the mumsy tie collar - too much all the way up to the neck looks on her, imo! With the hair it is heavy and dated - like a 70's shampoo ad or something, not great. Also, the waist is strange on this dress - a tad high, and slightly puffy with gathers. Not flattering. She's beautiful though - she can really pull anything off, and this dress is a beautiful light, floaty piece. LOVE the earrings, so pretty! The shoes and clutch are boring. I think I have mixed feelings about this look, lol!

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  20. Her hair is fabulous but the queen called and she wants her dress back.

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    1. Ha! Unfortunately this style is coming back for the wealthy, trendy, and young.
      ~ A

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  21. Let's give Harry, William and Kate three cheers for their important words about mental health! Times are changing and it's good to know that the royals are encouraging people to lose the 'stiff upper lip' attitude to personal challenges. Kate's hair looks amazing but I find her dress very ordinary. IHopefully it'll find the back of Kate's closet and stay there!

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  22. Such a pretty dress, I'm just surprised she's wearing this in October! It's been snowing here all weekend...so light pink floral is hard for me to wrap my head around ;-)

    ~ A

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    1. Is it already snowing in UK??

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    2. Anon 3:25 I'm in Canada so the snow here makes it hard to wrap my head around her being in a light, breezy, light pink dress without a coat.
      ~ A

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    3. Ok, I have been to the East Coast of Canada, in August though..
      I love the Country..

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  23. I love seeing new designers! Kate is the prime example in my life of the importance of accessories and the way that they can "make or break" an outfit. Hers always seem to be making or breaking for me and here they've gone and broken it. This could be an autumn dress but it doesn't read that way. Can we also please get rid of that clutch? Just don't carry one if it's going to be the same nude one over and over! I vote this as a narrow miss. Not a disaster but not a win either.

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  24. Wow. I'm surprised that you didn't talk about or link to any of the organizations which were the focus of the visit. You just talked about her clothes. You didn't even link to her full speech.

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    1. 12:12- It's right below the title:" Following the Fashion of the Duchess of Cambridge."
      Although Jane acknowledges events and kindly allows some of us to vent on sometimes
      thinly related subjects, her primary focus is fashion. There are other sources if you
      wish to learn more about the events and charities.

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    2. She is famous for what she wears but not what she does or how often.

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    3. She is famous for being the girl next door who married the Prince.
      Excellent engagement yesterday and she conducted herself very well today in the Netherlands. As she moves into full time royal work after William leaves his air ambulance work and they have completed their family, I think many will eat their words. She is an asset to the BRF and she does so with calm and little fuss.

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  25. This dress screams for a belt. I saw a picture of this dress being worn by a model and it had a tie belt and no neck tie like Catherine is wearing. So obviously she took the belt for this dress (just a tie belt of the same material as the dress) and used it as a tie around her neck. She should have then got a belt (preferably a wide belt) to wear with the dress in place of the tie belt. The waistline ruins this dress for me. That seam of the skirt and bodice meeting with no belt is awful!

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  26. I've tried to like this dress, tried to convinced myself that it is lovely with a pretty feminine fabric but no, can't be convinced, just don't like it at all. Even with suggestions that it could be worn with other accessories to improve on it, it's still a no for me. I read an article in a Hello magazine years ago where Catherine's uncle was interviewed. He said that as a young girl she was not really interested in fashion. And perhaps that's the crux of the matter why her outfits often are almost there but just lack that bit of styling to give them oomph or va va voom. I agree with the anon post earlier on, perhaps fashion really is just not as high a priority for Catherine as it is for her followers. She wants to be presentable and respectful both to the crown she represents and the people she is meeting. But she is not interested in making a really wow or bold fashion statement. Politely classic seems to be enough for her.

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    1. I disagree with that fashion is not her priority. She lovessss shopping, has tons of bespoke outfits, sometimes with that ruining the whole look!

      She is interested in people's opinion, and tried to make a good fashion statement, especially with that hideous flowery Erdem dress and her hair then.
      But it is not in her vain, being bold and wow, Natasha doesn't help her either. She has some fashion sense but that's all. If you want va va voom, should follow Maxima! She will never disappoint, though I understand for some, she is way too much.

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    2. 1:09 AM- Well said. I have been singing this tune for years here and on another blog.
      I think she has a very well-defined sense of self and so far has stayed true to it.
      I think it demonstrates character. If she were to allow a stylist to completely make
      her choices, she would be letting go of a part of her. It may not be important to other royals, but it is part of her.It doesn't take long in the public eye to become a watered-down version of oneself. I have consistently written about her jewellery choices often reflecting more personal import, rather than being
      "statement pieces." I've pointed out for years her use of clothing as a connection between herself and her hosts.
      I think connection must be a theme with Catherine/Kate and it is a value and goal that sets the new generation of European royals (even far-away Bhutan) apart from other
      generations that promoted separation and superiority.
      All this to say-it's nice to know there are others out there who share my view.

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    3. It was my anon comment you mentioned and I think you're right. She looks appropriate and fairly classic and that's about it. I feel like she looks at a picture of a dress, says "yep" and puts it on herself (with alterations etc). But then she stops there. No plans to really personalize and outfit or make it interesting with her accessories. Although we know she makes things less interesting sometimes like taking the pocket watch off the dress in Canada. It's her own personal aesthetic and I shouldn't fault her for it, I just wish for more. As a side note...today's appearance in the Netherlands is dreadful to me. I can't believe how wrinkled her skirt is and how dowdy the colour is on her

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  27. Nice fabric and overall silhouette in this dress, but the devil is in the details.
    Bow ties too long and skinny, basic generic collar is incongruent. I love the kunzite earrings but they are mainly a placeholder in this appearance, in that it would have caused comment had she not worn any earrings. The floppy hair obscures them. Larger kunzite, amethyst or garnet might have worked; but the existing torrent of hair draws the eye, and not in a good way. Hair flapping in her face was especially distracting during her speech. It reminded me of Veronica Lake, a 40s film star my mother talked about, famous for the "peek a boo doo." But kudos for that speech, which is really what matters. This is one formidable trio advocating for mental health issues.

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  28. Jane, I'm interested in your take on the nude accessories with this look

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  29. We are all in agreement, the engagement is for a very worthwhile cause. Having said that, the dress is awful for all the reasons stated before me. Agree with RobinCA 11:50 belt/shoes would have improved things enormously. Starting to feel that some of the money spent on these "designers" should go towards the purchase of a good three-way mirror. What happened to good tailoring? When you're spending this kind of money it should be part of the package.

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  30. Pretty dress, but agree it needs a belt. Pity that so many designers do not seem to finish clothes properly.
    Thought her hair was lovely and she spoke well. These engagements where she speaks, sandwiched between the two Princes, seem to have given her confidence.
    Been watching he on TV today on her visit to Netherlands. She looks very elegant.

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  31. Some general comments.Not a fan of that dress style, has been a popular style for several years now. A belt might look nice but it is made to have that loose unfitted slightly high waist look.Most of the time I see this style worn just as Kate is wearing hers, loose bohemian style. The collar and bow tie do not work with the general style in my opinion and I do not like the pattern. The poor construction is evident and is really needed despite the loose flow. A shoe and clutch with some color probably would have helped. Re her interest in clothes, I have never gotten the idea that she truly cares about clothes to the extent that without a top stylist doing it for her she will often miss or not really finish her looks. Again as we have discussed before, she really needs a top notch stylist that can work with her personal preferences but move her looks up a notch in finishing and sophistication. May still be safe and not my style but would look better overall on a daily basis.

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  32. I think it looks like a dress a grandma would wear. Kate's far too young and in such good shape to wear this dress.

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  33. Jennifer from the SouthOctober 11, 2016 at 10:45 AM

    Love the cut, structure, and background color of the dress. Not thrilled with the rose patterns. I agree that a belt would have helped tremendously, and I was shocked when I saw a head-to-toe shot and she did not have on burgundy shoes! Either the Tod's ones from Canada or her Prada ones from a wedding a few years ago (lace dress) would have been perfect.

    Otherwise, a great day with a good cause. Glad to see the Cambridges out and about so soon after Canada.

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  34. I'm surprised that there are so many negative comments about this dress. I think it's very pretty and feminine. I love the colors and the floral design. I know it's a fall outfit, but it does look more springlike to me--something one would wear out to Easter dinner or to a spring/early summer wedding. I do not care for the bow tie, although I guess they are coming back in style. I think it would have looked better tied around the waist instead, as I saw in a photo elsewhere. Nonetheless, Kate looked really pretty--although perhaps a bit overdressed for the occasion.

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  35. The pattern on Kate's dress reminded me of the purple pineapple evening dress that Diana wore.

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  36. I'm really not keen on this look in kate the dress seemed to swamp her ,her hair was back to its amazing best on this trip

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  37. Pretty print but the look would have popped if The Duchess had chosen accessories in the same colour palette as those colours in her dress.A successful engagement.

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