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Away Day in Manchester Wearing Erdem

Friday, October 14, 2016

Kate and William travelled to Manchester today for a number of engagements on what we term an "Away Day." The parade of coats we will get throughout the winter has begun, and Kate chose a new coat today from Canadian label Erdem. 


The two started their day with sport at the National Football Museum. William is quite a sport enthusiast, as is Kate, although the duchess tends more toward field hockey and tennis. Here William is holding the ball from the 1966 World Cup:


They made their way to the Manchester City Hall and paid their respects at the Cenotaph there:

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The couple headed to the University of Manchester next to visit the National Graphene Institute. The two briefly toured the ongoing work on the engineering campus and explored the work in graphene.  According to the Kensington Palace press release:
Graphene is the thinnest, strongest, most conductive material on the planet, and is also transparent, flexible, stretchable, and impermeable to water. Its potential applications are almost endless; from bendable smartphones to providing clean drinking water, from drug delivery to the next generation of aircraft. With more than 250 researchers across a wide range of disciplines in graphene and related 2D materials, the University is home to the £61m National Graphene Institute, where academics and commercial partners work side by side to develop the graphene applications of the future.
The dynamic between the two at these sorts of events seem to be William having a ball and Kate laughing and enjoying watching him having fun. They were on point in that respect today. William clambered into a graphene car while Kate looked on. William looks pretty pleased with the sporty contraption, [why did no one tell me about this typo? Seriously.] but I can almost see Kate saying with her eyes, "Not a chance, sweetheart. That looks more dangerous than your motorbike."


"It's getting out that'll be the problem." No kidding. I wish we had video of that part... 


The couple closed the day with a visit to Francis House, a home that provides "home care, sibling support, activity weekends for bereaved siblings, end of life care and bereavement support."


Kate kept her deep squat skills in top form.



Let's switch gears and chat about the fashion. Kate is wearing an Erdem coat from the label's 2016 Resort collection. The pattern makes it look like a tweed, but it is actually a smooth finish. Kate has had it modified in a few places, but the design remains largely the same:

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It reminded me, especially in small shots, of the coat Kate she wore in June in France. It is a similar silhouette and similar pattern that blends from a distance.


Although I really liked the shape of today's coat, (which flattered Kate very well, looking cozy and warm without overwhelming her petite frame) I am simply not in love with the pattern. Oddly, when  I thought it was a tweed I was on board, but on closer inspection it is a smooth finish and features an electric mix of colors and I don't love it. It reminds me just a bit of the space dress that was also...not my favorite pattern.


The good news is that in most of the pictures it looks like tweed. Kate started the day in a low, oft pony with a twist. I loved it. It was very youthful and feminine. Midway through the day, she loosened it and wore her hair down for the rest of the day. Either Kate suddenly changed her mind and didn't like the way the pony was working, or more likely, she intended the change of hair to give the day a little differentiation. She has changed just shoes or purses in the past, while keeping the rest of the ensemble the same, so I think that is what we saw today.


The earrings were fun. I didn't feel strongly about them. They were good for the coat and nice with her hair, although large pearl earrings are definitely a more mature look. These remind me a lot of the earrings that my mom wore when I was little, which was late 80s and early to mid 90s.  Make of that what you will. ;)

University of Manchester

Single runs can still win you the game, and that's how I feel about this ensemble. It wasn't a home run. But each element was a good base hit and all together, it won the game for me. I thought Kate looked really beautiful, I loved the v-neck on the coat and the tweedy appearance in most pictures. It has been noted and approved by yours truly, that the blue accessories were a welcome change from nude and beige. We are all these two on the left, eh?



You can see the complete outfit, including Kate's new Oscar de la Renta earrings on the outfit page on Kate's Clothes here. I see I did not add the lace that Kate is wearing under the coat. I suspect it is a cami of some kind, we first saw it at Middle Temple (see here) and that Paule Ka skirt was too short to allow this to be a dress, in my opinion. I think it is a blouse or a cami.



Meanwhile, a new portrait of the Queen has been unveiled. No word on whether anyone has been sacked yet over this.


Oh my, oh my. Happy Saturday, y'all. I'm off to have coffee with my sister who has flown in for the weekend. I hope you all have a great day!





110 comments:

  1. I was there at the Cenotaph ceremony---report on yesterday's entry

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    1. :-) :-) So nice! I'll pop back to read it now.

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    2. Jean, I read and enjoyed your comment and then my tablet died and I couldn't reply.
      It must have been so interesting to see them!

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    3. The Manchester Evening News has videos of the day---just key in Manchester Evening News.

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    4. Congratulations, Jean! We're in the middle of a move and I've not seen your other comment yet but I was so hoping you would get to see W&K!

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  2. My oh my, I love to see shoes other than nudes. The coat itself is a miss for me: boring and conservative - just personal taste, of course. Starchild

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  3. From neck up: Wow! So elegent!
    From neck down: Ewww! Give it to granny! Just no!

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  4. This time I like the coat, only, another shoes color, fucsia??
    I promise, I am not Imelda Marcos, resurrected...ha!!

    Anon2

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    1. Sorry, she is alive!!

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    2. really? I understand the government confiscated her shoe collection. It is just
      sitting somewhere in a warehouse.

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    3. Yes, something like that.
      Anon2

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  5. The overall look was so different (and so much better!!) when she let her hair down

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  6. I want to like this coat because it is Erdem and a print; different from her norm but I don't. From afar the tweed effect is lost and all I can think off is a skunk or ring tailed lemur. Not good:-(

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    1. Some have compared her coat and earrings to those Diana wore when she opened Francis
      House.

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    2. Some will always compare whatever she wears to what Diana wore

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    3. I can see that the earrings might be a loose interpretation of those worn by Diana but the coat, other than being a plaid, looks nothing like Diana's imo.

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    4. If the plaid coat and earrings are a mere coincidence, then I should have bought a lotto ticket earlier today. :)

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    5. Pick one up for me, royalfan. ha!

      The plaid is the point. If we go by statistics of how often Kate wears plaid (especially outside Scotland), combined with how often she wears large pearl earrings, factor in the odds that she'll wear those together...
      By the way-notice the pattern matching between sleeves and the body of the coat. It isn't that easy. JC should be ecstatic-it was you, wasn't it? About designer garments having matched patterns?

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    6. Does the faux tweed really count as plaid?

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  7. Wow only 8 comments so far and mist are negative. I did not know there were so many stylist on this great blog. Kate has looked stunning in all she has put on. Many complain about the nude heels, she wears a different color, more complaints.
    Then people do not line her dress for whatever reason. Can any one explain to me what this poor woman who is do beautiful has to go to please many of you.
    This comment is not meant to be nasty toward anyone. But I have been reading this great blog for a long tine. And I find that many here do nothing but complain about how Catherine dresses, how she wears her hair, the shoes she wears etc. etc.
    so I think I will refrain from reading this great blog for a while. This poor girl can't do anything to please many here.

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    1. You write this comment here and other blog too, simply aren't you bored with it?
      Frankly, people are. Why not concentrating on something else? Would do you good.
      No offence meant ofc!

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    2. Well said, all the negativity is depressing. Maybe continue with the great blog and not read the comments. I loved the coat btw

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    3. Is there is a difference between criticizing Kate herself and debating choices? I personally see one. I continue to admire and respect Kate herself even if I dont like a particular coat or think a different show would look better

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    4. Anon 12:34. How would you know what would do me good, you do not know me at all. And how would you know if others are bored with my comments. There are only two other comments and neither except yours are nasty.
      And p,ease do don't tell me tondo something else.
      I am surprised Jane posted your comment, it is negative toward me.

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    5. Agreed, Anon 8,38AM.

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    6. Anon 8:38. I agree with what you said and wrote a comment similar below as I was reading from bottom up today. It is one thing to not like a style or an outfit, but another to turn it in to a personal criticism of Kate or her fans.

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    7. Yes Eva B but some people interpret a fashion critique into an "attack" on Kate - that was my point.

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  8. I like the coat. I love that it looks like a tweed but it is NOT! I am enjoying seeing Kate take more and more chances. This shows her growing confidence. 5 yrs in and I really think she is hitting her stride. Erdem is so fashion forward and I like that she embraces change.

    Her hair was in a side ponytail and then it was down. What is up with that?

    William looked smashing!

    And very happy for NON NUDE SHOES TODAY ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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    1. I wondered the same thing Diane - maybe her hair tie broke?

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  9. 1990 called and it wants it's Topsy Tail ponytail styling tool back. bahaha I remember doing that hairstyle. Simple technique, high impact.
    ~ A

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  10. I really like this coat! She went from two extremes this past week. Started it with a light pink light and flowy dress. Then finished it with this heavier coat.

    I don't really like the earrings. However, they seem in line with similar styles she has worn, so they seem to be her style.

    ~ A

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  11. I like the style and fit of the coat quite a bit. It is high-waisted on Kate but on her it looks like it *could be* intended to be an empire style rather than just being short-waisted as is sometimes the case with Kate's clothes. I am glad too she wore shoes with color! I also like the larger clutch for daytime. I don't think though that the coat pattern/colors are especially flattering on Kate. The colors seem a little off for her coloring now that she seems to be dyeing her hair a reddish "golden" brown versus its previous "neutral" darker brown and the plaid/stripe pattern seems to overwhelm her slim frame. The earrings look similar in style to me to the costume clip-ons she wore to the Trooping so I don't see the need for this new high-end, but still costume pair. (In fact, I think the silvery Trooping pr would go with the mostly cool shades in this coat better than this gold pr.) I understand that there is alot of money available to her to dress well and buy jewelry and other accessories. Also it seems  she is expected to wear new things more often than 99% of the population! I don't understand though buying multiples of similar items, especially items that don't easily "wear out" like earrings and clutches. 

    Perhaps as many people have suggested (e.g., The Mirror) she intended to "channel Diana" with this look (and when she opened this hospice, Diana did carry a large clutch, wear plaid, and wear pearl and gold earrings of this same style, not pearl and silver earrings.) But if so, I personally find that particular symbolic "Kate thing" a little bit weird. I thought the dress Kate wore when leaving the hospital with George was a sweet remembrance but additional imitation, not so much. There were other ways to honor Diana's memory at the hospice today vs wearing a 2016 version of her 1991 outfit.

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    1. Personally, I like to see Kate (and William) honor Diana as it appears she did today. Goodness knows that we will not see other royals doing it.

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    2. I really don't get the copying Diana thing. Diana was in the public eye for 16/17 years. There are only so many colours/patterns/styles so it is inevitable that some outfits will be the same colour or a vaguely similar cut. You might as well compare Kate with the queen. The leaving hospital thing really annoys me. Diana wore a huge green sailor dress in typical 80s style. It wasn't lovely and maternity wear wasn't really expected to be in those days. Kate wore a beautiful silk dress. Both happened to have polka dots, Diana's were small, Kate's were large. Lots of maternity wear has polka dots - see the Top Shop dress Kate wore to a wedding and for the Harry Potter visit. Was she 'channelling' Diana then too? Kate is her own person. As will all families, it is nice go have some sentimental touches, the ring, George wearing William's suit etc.., but let's not make it into anything more sinister.

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    3. Honoring Diana in their public lives--for example, by visiting this hospice and by making statements--is perfectly fine. I applaud them for those things (especially after Will's widely-reported Canadian briefing book statement.) Kate wearing a plaid coat to this engagement because Diana did, carrying a larger envelope clutch to this engagement because she did, wearing round pearl earrings surrounded by a gold border because she did...that's what would seem weird to me and not so much an honor. Perhaps, as some have suggested, the similarities are all a complete coincidence. The outfits certainly aren't identical (but neither was the dotted dress Kate wore when George was born identical to Diana's hospital exit dress.) But out of the many, many coats we've seen Kate wear over the past 5+ yrs of public appearances, no more than a (very small) handful have been plaid. These earrings are new too at least as far as public appearances go. So it sure seems like an attempt to imitate Diana by creating a loose replica of her 1991 outfit. If we weren't conditioned to expect Kate's outfits to contain symbols and to carry underlying meanings perhaps I would not feel that way.

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    4. I find myself torn between thinking Kate is purposely trying to initiate Diana and believing it's just Diana fans wanting to see everything that way. If it's the first I think it's getting a bit strange - some echos are sweet (ring, maternity outfit, etc) but taken too far and it gets a bit creepy. If it's just Diana fans pushing the connection then I hope at some point Kate will be allowed to be her own person and not just a living monument to a very different woman.

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    5. I also think it's weird, but I don't want to bash Kate. I want to pick up on Anon's comment below, I think Kate THINKS this is what William wants. I doubt he does, but obviously he adores his mother and IMO Kate thinks this is paying tribute to her and making William happy.
      I agree it was an appropriate time to honor Diana but that was already being done. Diana's photo on the wall, William is her son, the anniversary was her opening the hospice, the tributes were already there. AND let's not forget Kate wears Diana's ring.
      The outfit IMO comes off too much like mimicry and seemed a tad creepy. If Kate had worn, for instance, a blue suit of her own AND Diana's ACTUAL earrings, that's a tribute - "Kate wore Diana's earrings to the hospice she first opened"
      But I think more appropriate would have been WILLIAM wearing a tie his mother gave him, or something like that, "William wore a tie his mother gave him or watch his mother gave him or whatever, to remember her at the hospice she first opened"
      Personally I don't think any of it's necessary,because the Diana nods were all over the place already.
      Kate wearing plaid, similar but not quite right earrings, etc does come off as trying to hard, but she may be under the impression this is what William wants. Who knows what the truth is but I would guess he does not even notice.

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    6. I've commented above on the copying Diana issue but I felt the need to say more. Have a look at old pictures of the Queen and Diana. Both wore so many outfits in public you can find matches if you want to. Here's a late 60s/early 70s picture of the Queen. http://www.fashion-era.com/images/SocialHistory/queenturqcoat.jpg Not great quality but do the hat and dress remind you of this? http://fromberkshiretobuckingham.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/solomon-islands-day-6-kate-and-william.html?m=1 The Queen has worn a similar evening gown to the one Kate wore on the same tour. When Kate and the Queen went to Leicester, the Queen wore a bright pink coat with black trimmings. Did Kate copy her when she wore the bright pink Mulberry coat with black buttons in NYC? Years before, Diana wore a bright pink suit and a bright pink coat. Did the Queen copy her? Please stop picking Kate apart in such a non-constructive way.

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    8. It's the media who are encouraging this notion that whatever she wears is an emulation of Diana. After all how many would have thought that the plaid or the earrings resembled something that Diana wore in 1991 if the media had not ran with a story. IMO it's absurd to suggest that Kate does it because she thinks William wants it. I would believe that there is more to their marriage than that and by all rumoured accounts she is the one that "wears the pants" in their private life at home.

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    9. I think the earrings may have been a nod to Diana but I think she chose the coat with the Centotaph in mind. It's not very similar to Diana's coat at all and, as anon mentions above, similarities between all the royal ladies clothing could be construed simply because of the number of public engagements that are carried out and the limited outfit options out there. If Kate did dress with Diana in mind, she needs to stop because it is creepy and weird as anon 9:55 points out. I agree that a far better tribute to Diana in instances like this would be for Kate to wear a piece of Diana's jewelry instead of trying to evoke what Diana wore year ago. That's just strange and unsettling.

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    10. I deleted a comment on this thread because of an unkind jibe at Carole Middleton. As a result, no replies to that particular comment will be posted.

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    11. It's not just the media Anon 11:31, there are several Diana fans who sometimes comment on this blog who would like to see connections between everything Kate wears and Diana

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    12. I certainly concede media sources sometimes attempt to create a story where there is none. But even if some outlets had not touted a possible resemblance between outfits/accessories, I think I would have noticed the similarities I perceived to be present. It makes sense pictures of Diana opening the hospice would have been published on its anniversary when W&K visited. (IMO it would have been an affront to Diana's work and memory had they not been published!) So this wasn't a matter of looking for a resemblance between a random outfit worn by Diana sometime during her life and an outfit worn by Kate at a particular 2016 event that was totally disconnected from Diana's event.

      I agree with the suggestion it might have been better to wear an actual piece of Diana's jewelry and even better if Will could have "carried the symbolism" somehow. And maybe he did privately (and not for Diana's public honor) for all we know. Men's clothes often aren't distinctive and Will's tend to be pretty standard much of the time. 

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    13. I have to agree with Faith and Anon 10:07, I really can't see the resemblance in the coat except for the lapels. If she really was trying to resemble Diana she would have had a coat made of a similar colour plaid. Yes maybe the earrings were there as a tribute to Diana, but I would think it more "weird" as some suggest to wear the original earrings even if they could be found.

      Whatever the reason for her choices today, some use it to again find something to fault as a way of being negative on Kate. Why does everything she does/wear need to be taken apart and critisised. This also extends to the covert way of criticising her fans. If you don't like the apparel, just say it. Style is a personal choice some like others do not. Some see and make an analogy to Diana, some do not. Everyone has an opinion and can state it, but you do not need to constantly try to find something to criticise.

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    14. This is a fashion blog so it doesn't surprise me that some comment (or "criticize") her *fashion* choices.

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    15. I may be wrong Eva B but I don't think ANYONE suggested Kate should have worn the SAME earrings Diana wore when she opened the hospice. I read Anon's 9:55 post to mean that Kate wearing a piece of Diana's jewelry (besides the ring she already wears, of course) would have been a fitting tribute. And since the origin of the jewelry would likely have been reported in the press, that would be a way to further publicly acknowledge Diana. (I think Faith posted some agreement with Anon's idea.) And I agreed in a later post that approach would have been  preferable to mimicking Diana's 1991 jewelry with new costume pearl earrings. 

      Perhaps mimicking was not Kate's intention. Perhaps it was all a big coincidence although it didn't strike me that way. But as I said in an earlier post, we all have been conditioned over the years to look for hidden symbolism in Kate's clothing and jewelry. While I've not posted anywhere but on this site, I do sometimes read posts on other Kate sites. Besides MANY posters seeing the earrings or in some cases her entire outfit as a tribute to Diana, some saw the pink in the coat as a nod to breast cancer awareness, others saw the coat pattern as representing the football net, and yet others saw the pattern as a nod to the Victoria Cross. A real Rorschach blot!

      I agree people have different perceptions and hold different opinions. IMO that makes for interesting reading. Plus, Jane has said repeatedly if a comment goes live, she has approved it. So one has to asume a live post has not crossed the line into unacceptable criticism. While your comment seems to suggest certain opinions I expressed were designed to "covertly criticize Kate's fans," I assure you that was not my intent. I am also a bit surprised that it *seems* you are suggesting that my opinions somehow disqualify me from being a Kate fan. Hmmm... maybe we think of the word "fan" in different ways. 


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    16. We all can choose to see a nod to Diana, or not, but I don't understand the need to categorize it creepy. Can anyone relate to losing a parent at a young age AND being raised in an atmosphere where the mere mention of her name is a touchy subject?...an atmosphere where your mother's inconvenient memory was swept under the rug to avoid conflicts with other goals? As far as I know, there isn't a book on how to honor someone's memory, especially under these circumstances. Therefore, if Kate does (or wears) something as a nod to her husband's dead mother, perhaps she could just be given credit for being a caring and empathetic young woman.

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    17. Diana wasn't Kates parent royalfan and she wasn't raised in that atmosphere (furthermore we don't actually know the details of what actually happened with William and Harry). I for one one give Kate "credit" for including nods to Diana (her ring, Charlottes name, etc) but I also find it somewhat strange if she is in fact attempting to dress like her husbands dead mother on a regular basis. It starts to blur the line between their own personalities and roles in Wills life while I believe there are other ways to better "honor"
      Diana to whatever extent Kate feels the need to have her royal life revolve around Diana's memory.

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    18. One almost gets the impression from reading some of the comments that William and
      Kate live in separate dwellings and communicate by smoke signal.
      Of course he sees her before she walks out the door. He could easily say, "I say Old Girl, no need for that." Of course they discuss any tributes one or both of them
      suggests. She need not guess what he is thinking. After ten plus years, she KNOWS.

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    19. Anon 3:33, I agree with your thoughts. Having lost a Mother at a young age, dealt with a stepmother and also lost my father 10 years late, I can tell you that nods to our Mother, even in the first few years,and certainly after many years have passed, do with memories, keeping some rituals the same or similar, wearing personal jewelry given to us. But no one buys something to wear as a nod to my Mother. If Kate is doing this, then I find it an odd behavior. She wears her ring, probably will wear some other jewelry, supports with William some of Diana's good works, lives right next door to where Diana lived, walks the same gardens, goes to the same Churches etc. etc. Not sure wearing a similar earring years later does anything. Not sure that William would care or remember that sort of thing, so who would Kate being doing this for? She already wears daily a big hunky unforgettable ring that "is Diana".

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    20. I admit creepy is a strong word but I will say as the talk about the earrings escalated on social media, I was creeped out. I think it is a wonderful thing to wear a deceased mother in law's jewelry and name a child after her but to start dressing as she dressed at a similar event is unsettling and a strange way to honor her.

      My father died suddenly when I was seventeen and we did not talk about it much because I think, my mother could barely cope. I gave my husband a pair of his cufflinks which he wears, at times, at family events and holidays. However, if I ever suggested that he dress in my father's style or if I went out of my way to find replicas of items my father wore, he would be seriously worried about me (and I would be worried about myself). It does cross some sort of unspoken
      boundry. I have great empathy for William. Losing a parent before adulthood is an excruciating experience that only those to whom it has happened can understand. I do not doubt that Kate is coming from a good place in trying to preserve Diana's memory but doing so this way is inappropriate imo. As anon 3:33 has brought up, Kate has and is already honoring Diana in other more wonderful ways.

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    21. I would go along with not dressing like my mother-in-law, but Kate lives in a world where images are as much a part of history as the written word. If not for William and Harry's backbone, the Firm would be more than happy to sweep Diana's memory under the royal rugs while not objecting to the corgis having an occasional "oops" moment on them. I believe that Kate does it more for her husband's sake because she is aware of his feelings on the subject. And this I do not find creepy or strange. If not for Diana, William wouldn't be the husband and father he is so I suspect that Kate has her own personal reasons for respecting her memory.

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    22. Maybe, I just do not think it is the case:). No need to add any layers to the images that are made by just visiting the same spots, supporting the same causes, wearing her ring, etc. etc. Agree it is media driven for interest, but if done to generate memories it really does almost nothing to honor Diana. I mean how does it do anything except generate a bunch of gossip about earrings while doing nothing to generate talk about a worhty cause, which I assume Diana as well as hers sons would much prefer happen in honor of her memory.

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    23. I think that's the crux of the matter, royalfan. Today's images are tomorrow's history, so they need to be careful what kind of images are being projected. William and Harry will never allow Diana
      to be swept under the rug . Just by showing up at the 25th anniversary of this hospice, William has kept his mother's memory current regardless of which pair of earrings his wife had on.

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    24. anon 5:22-critique the fashion, certainly, if you feel qualified. Or simply say whether or not you like an outfit. However, when words such as weird and creepy
      are used and Kate is described as "wearing the pants in the family-"and how would one know that,really? then we're not no longer just discussing fashion. And I will respond to such remarks, including those about Carole, although my response was not printed, while the original slur about Carole was.

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    25. I for one would think less of William if he actually pressured his wife to dress like his dead mother

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    26. What kind of qualification is one rehired to have in order to have an opinion on fashion anon 1? Shall we all include our credentials at the end of our comments?

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    27. Clothing choices can absolutely be creepy and weird, anon 1. No one has been slurring anybody. The reason behind why Kate wears what she wears has always been a point of discussion and an interesting one at that. I used those words because they exactly classified my strong negative reaction to that specific kind of nod to Diana. No more, no less.

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    28. For the peace of the community, I really have to insist that you all allow me to be the moderator. I have just browsed through this thread to see where we want off course and it seems to be when objection was made to the possibility that Kate chose to pay tribute to Diana with her clothes. This is a legitimate topic of conversation here and across the web right now. Opinions on it are welcome. The fact is that discussing Kate's clothes and even noting that you might not like what she wore, is permitted. Otherwise, there would never be much of a chat. I thought the entire tone was polite toward all until we got distracted. I approved this line of discussion, I continue to do so, and ask that everyone stay polite and not read in any negative interpretations about Kate. Maybe Kate is nodding to Diana with her clothes, I am not sure that she is, but the argument can be made. If she is, it is legitimate to feel that is the coolest tribute you could pay your mother-in-law while others may very well find it creepy and weird. Maybe you fall somewhere in the middle. The point is, the possibility can be proposed and the personal conclusions that follow expressed.
      Anon, the original slur against Carole was deleted when it was brought to my attention, and as I noted, your response was not permitted to go live in conjunction with my decision to delete that line of discussion.

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    29. The coat is growing on me. The portrait is not.

      Jane, thanks for the kindness of a reply.After giving the situation some thought, I
      also appreciate your diplomacy. My remarks would have drawn attention to and magnified the original statement. For some unknown reason, I feel protective of
      the Cambridge and Middleton families, which is unusal for me. I think the last time
      I really took up for a complete stranger was Adalai Stevenson in the 1950's.
      You can see what good that did him. ha!

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  12. I really like Kate's hair, both the pony tail and worn down. I also like the black lace cami peeking through the top of the coat. The blue and pink look on Kate. But in my opinion, the coat itself is pretty dreadful.

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  13. An appropriate time to honor her, too, royalfan. I wonder how much of this relates to William's need to re-walk Diana's life more than Kate's emulating her?

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  14. Oh i love her so much, but seriously the beauty or anything she exudes usually does not come out with this coat somehow.. The Shoes howvever i loveeeeee..but then i always love her nudes as well..Anyway great that this is a tribute to Diana..dont we all miss her..

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  15. I really like this ensemble and think the Duchess looks gorgeous as always.

    I'm kinda wondering why she didn't wear the Erdem on the Canada tour. The weather certainly warranted a coat and I didn't find she wore many Canadian designers while she was here.

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  16. The first picture I saw on twitter I thought it was a space print and I made an "Oh no!" then I saw a better pic and thought it was tweed and liked it. Then I saw the fabric and I liked it less. I liked the cut of the coat and the colors and the ponytail!!

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  17. Like you Jane, I thought on first seeing the coat, that it was the one she wore at the Somme, But soon realized it wasn't and confirmed it when i got home.
    In my opinion Catherine dressed for the Cenotaph ceremony. It seems obvious that where ever these ceremonies take place, that a member of the Royal Family is likely to be there, so I think that was the main reason for the visit. The outfit fitted (as usual) the occasion.
    The heels of her shoes were hardly thicker than a pencil---how she walks in them is a mystery.
    The sparkle from the earrings was obvious.
    They laid a wreathe and then at each paving stone the name of the VC recipient and the citation was read and a wreathe placed--then we all sang the National Anthem.

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  18. I don't understand why she took her hair out of the stunning pony tail. Maybe the clip broke as someone said. Also has she had her hair lightened? I like it!

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    1. Sometimes she mixes up her hairstyles when she has multiple events in one day. Usually we see her start with her hair loose, then when she engages in a sport or goes outdoors her hair gets pulled back. This day she started with the ponytail, then removed it. I'm not sure why, to be honest.

      What we have seen her do before is show up somewhere with a coat, and then the next engagement she takes it off. We have theorized before the different "looks" are to make them look separate, and to more easily identify they are different locations or engagements.

      My guess is she was trying to distinguish the events and did that through her hair today. Mixing things up.

      ~ A

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  19. I am with Jane on this one. Not a home run but definitely a base hit. From afar, I applaud Kate's choice on a printed coat. Let's encourage her to experiment a bit more- I think Erdem could be a really fruitful collaboration with Kate. Erdem is refined and more elegant in his print choices and I would love to see more princessy,full-length gown options for Kate from this brand. Out of the 3 looks this week, this one is number 2 for me. I like her experimenting with her "ponytail" options too- love to see that beautiful mane tamed and out of her face!

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  20. I'm with you, Jane, on this coat. I liked it much better when I thought it was tweed. Having this be a print on the fabric makes it less attractive to me. I love the accessories though. How her blue and pink "tweed-looking" coat is being compared to Diana's red and green plaid is beyond my grasp. The earrings are similar but that seems about it for me. Loved the side ponytail on Kate. What stands out most to me - as always - is her intimacy with those she meets. The way she listened so intently and interacted with the mom on the sofa is what I admire most about her. I see William doing the same thing.

    Oh, that sad painting of HMTQ! They painted her with the jowls of a basset hound!

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  21. Sonja from BavariaOctober 15, 2016 at 5:01 PM

    I really liked the overall look, especially with the hair in the side ponytail. Maybe it loosened up during the day and so she just left it open? Or her hair tie broke?

    I thought the coat was tweed until you mentioned it was not, it really looks like tweed in most photos.

    She was really glowing, I enjoy their joint engagements so much. I wish Kate had said a few sentences, not even a real speech, at Francis house though.

    I do wonder why she did not wear this coat in canada considering Erdem is a Canadian designer? Instead she wor Carolina Herrera who is from South America and has no connection at all (just for example). No criticism, I was just wondering :)

    I love how they are gifted athletic jerseys for George and Charlotte so often - they must have dozens of them by now!

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    1. Sonja, I agree on that! So many little jerseys.

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    2. Agreed, Sonja. I wish we would have seen this in Canada. Or at least something Erdem in Canada.
      ~ A

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    3. I thought perhaps she had gotten it for Canada, but in consideration of all other upcoming engagements, she thought this more appropriate and held it for the events of today.

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  22. I don't understand why they even decided to hang that portrait. Or show it to the world. I don't think it even looks like the Queen.

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    1. Agree! It looks like the horrible result of a "learn to paint" project. Why anyone let it see the light of day is beyond me, though I like to imagine when the family is all together at Balmoral they have a good laugh about the various awful official portraits that are out there

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    2. Paint by number?
      Great visual, anon 9:04, except somehow I don't picture HM laughing at this. Andrew, maybe. Zara. But not in front of the Queen.
      Who released it? I can't believe BP would. Perhaps the Independent or the DM?

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    3. OK. The Queen unveiled it. My question is-did she see it first? Also, thrifty lady
      as she is, perhaps she muttered, " It's already paid for. We'll just have to live with it. Show it for awhile and then stash it somewhere in the back of the beyond in Buckingham Palace."

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    4. If you're the queen and still have to unveil that painting publicly I'm not sure what the point of being royal is

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    5. HM may be asking herself the same question.

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  23. What is wrong with the royal portraitists? I have yet to see a good painting. This one is horrific. And the ones of Kate are all terrible, too! I personally know three painters who could do a MUCH better job!!! :( In other news - totally agree about the coat. Loved it at first when I thought it was tweed - such delicious, rich texture that would be - but a smooth finish makes my teeth hurt. Plus that bright pink - it would have been fine in wool, but not in a smooth finish. I like the collar in the model picture better - it's just a bit wider and rounder which is kind of cool, but I think I don't like Erdem for the most part. IMO there is always something "ugly" and distracting about their pieces. I liked her hair down with this, it warmed up the look and hid those aging earrings. I think she changed it because it was falling down in one of the photos, looked like a front wisp was coming loose and maybe it was too much trouble to fix? Anyway, it looked great down. The shoes are nice, but I guess I'm just getting tired of the same kind of pump, whatever the color.

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  24. To me this plaid coat does not look anything like the grey, I believe Missoni, coat. I agree it would have been better as a tweed. Usually those printed smooth "faux" tweed prints look inexpensive in person. Maybe it was gorgeous up close. She looked lovely but again not a 100 percent win for me.

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  25. I really liked the side pony tail, and thought she looked lovely as always. Fun day of events for them, some more somber than the rest. Kate can carry most any outfit off with aplomb.
    What was that portrait of Queen Elizabeth? Love your comment Jane! Someone should be sacked over that. Just awful.

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  26. The waist on that coat is high, it will make a maternity coat...If she has another.

    I think the new painting of the Queen is a good likeness of her face, but the artist's interpretation of her Russian Kokoshink tiara is all wrong...

    Belle

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  27. I miss Kate the first after she became a duchess. She has been dressing so mature lately and everything new looks like something she wore before. I don't know if the palace is influencing her clothes but i miss the glam white McQueen with side pleated coat kind of excitement I used to get watching her at events.

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  28. I didn't think she ever looked this boring. Sorry, I am a big fan of the duchess and of Erdem. But this did absolutely nothing for me. I can easily see Camilla wearing the coat. Not her majesty (she has better taste and is never boring).

    Kate already has several coats that would have worked a lot better (in my opinion). Here's a thought: the McQueen grey plaid she wore to welcome the president of Singapore ...

    Royal fan in Northern Ontario

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    1. anon 7:33- By any chance,have you seen the outfit HM wore to the races yesterday?
      Don't think we'll see that on the cover of Vogue any time soon. Kate's Erdem, more
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  29. Oh my goodness, I think this new portrait of the Queen is terrible. It almost looks like a cartoon version of her.

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    1. Yes, a characterization. Something from the op-ed page of a republican newspaper.
      Some have praised the skillful portrayal of the robes and regalia (except the tiara)
      I think she is obscured or over-byshadowed by them. It really does give the feel of a political statement to me.
      I will say, from what I've read, apparently HM is not the most patient of subjects.
      A challenging task, to say the least.

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    2. Dreadful, isn't it? The artist spent so much time on the intricacies of the gilt door panels in the background that he/she forgot to spend as much time on the subject!

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  30. I truly hope she is not doing anything as a nod to Diana. Why would she? The painting is of a "style":) Her hair looked lovely both back and down. The coat, looked good from afar, maybe not so good close up.

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  31. The Queen's portrait...looks like a shower cap on her head.

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  32. I'm with you, Jane, I wasn't the biggest fan of this coat. Here's my thought on this, though: a few years ago, when doing Fall away-days in England, Kate was wearing items like her burgundy Hobbs coat. Now, she's wearing a coat by a big designer with a fashion-forward feel to it. While I don't love this item, I do love watching Kate's style evolve.

    There is just one little point here which niggles at me - I think anytime Royal ladies are laying wreathes/engaged in War memorial activities, they should wear hats. She could have taken it off for the later part of the day which would also have jived with the 'change up the look' idea.

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    1. I think I would have preferred the burgundy hobbs

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    2. Were any of the other women wearing hats? I haven't watched videos yet. I would imagine the protocol was agreed upon for this occasion.
      I do love a hat, though. Would that broad-brimmed gray hat she wore with the similar coat
      on another solemn occasion have worked? Maybe not. I really liked that hat on her.

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    3. If It's ok for Kate to be the only lady carrying a clutch at the Canadian ceremony why wouldn't it be ok for her to be the only lady wearing a hat at this ceremony?

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    4. 3:33- with the BRF royals, hats carry a significance relating to tradition and protocol that seems rooted in the past. At one time (think Jane Austen) ladies' fans
      had a protocol attached. I'm not aware of any history of purses having any particular
      significance, other than HM's famous black one. Nearly always with her or close by.
      Even when she is at home in BP or Windsor Castle.

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  33. Jennifer from the SouthOctober 17, 2016 at 2:23 PM

    So, I can appreciate the look of the day as a full blown "Diana throwback," but on it's own... well, the coat pattern made me dizzy. I actually liked the earrings and wish they'd been the actual ones Diana wore when she opened this hospice, and I thought they were at first, but upon closer inspection, I agree they are new. The lace under the coat added to the dizzy-ing effect. The topsy tail felt like a total early 90s throwback, so I was glad when she let it out, for whatever reason.

    I would not be sad if we never saw this coat again, but I am glad we got to see the Cambridges out and about and will take this over not seeing them.

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  34. I quite dislike this coat and can't understand why Kate continues to patronize Erdem; 99% of the clothing Kate has worn from this label, simply put, is utterly dreadful, IMO. This latest rendition of so-called fashion looks like something Kate pulled out of the back of her mothers closet: dusty, fusty, drab and ill-fitting at the waist. Kate does herself no favours by wearing Erdem.

    Not crazy about the earrings, either.

    JC

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    1. totally agree about Erdem. When I first saw the huge floral dust ruffle dress I thought, hm...quirky...but now I just know that Erdem is ugly. This coat is probably my fave Erdem piece so far, and I don't like it. I might have like it if it were actual tweed. Kate seems obsessed with 70's style from high-necked blouses to bell shaped sleeves. Pretty sometimes, but not ALL the time, and not from Erdem.

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  35. Just my own opinion...Kate's beauty is most enhanced when she wears classic, streamlined, beautiful fabrics, usually not prints. She is absolutely gorgeous and wears many things beautifully...NOT these noisy, busy, unflattering patterns in prematurely mature styles that not even the Queen would be caught dead in. The Queen's portrait is so awful I cannot even comment! And again.....this is a fashion blog....some of these Anon and Anonymous comments seem very snarky towards fellow bloggers...they seem to miss the point!

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    1. Agree about everything you said. Especially how awful the portrait is. I think it's disgraceful actually!!!

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    2. and some if the comments seem very snarky toward Kate, as well.

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    3. I haven't read any comments snarky towards Kate.

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    4. Only if you choose to see them that way anon 1

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  36. I think I would have been more "wowed" if she had recycled her Blue Christopher Kane - that was a gorgeous coat and a recycle of that would have been a bigger win for me than this coat (which I try to like but honestly just can't)

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