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Duchess Kate's Night at the Movies for Action on Addiction

Thursday, November 3, 2016

As we crossed into November and approach Remembrance Day, we really have rounded the corner from the slower days of the late summer and fall and into the busy and often glitzy days of winter. What better way to kick the season off than a red-carpet charity event? The Duchess of Cambridge joined the stars of A Street Cat Named Bob last night as a guest of honor for Action on Addiction, one of her patronages.



A Street Cat Named Bob is the story of a struggling musician (and recovering drug addict) and a stray cat, who form an unlikely
friendship. Joanne Froggatt, of Anna Bates fame, also had a leading role.  


It was announced a little earlier in the day that Kate had a planned stop before the premiere, but that it was embargoed. Once she arrived, it was revealed to be a meeting with recovered addicts who have gotten involved in film.



We got out first glimpse of her dress and heard snippets of her chatting with guests.


Kate debuted a new label, Self-Portrait, by Malaysian born designer Han Chong. She wore the Pleated Cotton Crochet Maxi dress which retailed at around £320 before selling out. The company describes it as Victorian in style, which I suppose makes sense because of the high neck and long sleeves. It has fully pleated skirt, which is unusual with a floor length dress.




This dress is fancy version of the white Chloé Kate wore in Canada, don't you think? Same crocheted top with contrasting skirt, long sleeves, and frilly/scalloped high collar.


Kate started this particular trend with the Saloni illusion dress she wore in the run-up to her April tour of India and Bhutan. (Can you believe we had two tours this year!!)  They both are slim in silhouette, feature long sleeves and high collar.



This is clearly an aesthetic drawing Kate's eye right now, however, I think it is a twist on a style she has loved all along. This dress reminds me of the black Temperley that was her favorite evening gown for several years. Is that too much of a stretch? Both are slim and structured, but with movement in the skirt. The Amoret is a lace dress and this is a thicker crochet, but it's all in the family. Obviously one has a plunging neckline and right now, Kate is trending toward these high collars, but to me the over-arching style is certainly related.


Speaking of the skirt, the Fug Girls pointed out that Paris Hilton recently wore this dress, (see their entry here) and when I saw the picture I noticed the slit. I wondered if Kate had modified the dress, because I could not see the slit at her first event of the night. Once she hit the red carpet, though, the slit made its statement! 


I love it. I am sure Kate didn't plan this, but as it happened, the slit was providential. The wind was strong in London and Joanne Froggatt struggled with her skirt being plastered to her legs. Kate's slit caught the wind and billowed the skirt into a full and glamorous balloon, from some angles looking like a ball gown.



The gusts were (happily) relatively horizontal, so they didn't sweep the skirt up, they just filled it like a sail, revealing Kate's perfect pins and giving her hair a little Hollywood boost. Sometimes the weather really does show up for work. I saw someone describe the slit as a wardrobe malfunction, but it isn't like she tripped and ripped her skirt getting out of the car. This was a deliberate design and was meant to do just what it did: reveal a lot of leg. Kate likes slits and plunging necklines, and generally does one or the other. I like to see this splash of sass and sex appeal. I imagine the Queen looking at the pictures and saying to Phillip, "We certainly never did this in my day but...she looks rather marvelous."


Kate was carrying her customized Bayswater clutch, wearing her Gianvito Rossi 105 pumps in matching burgundy, and sporting her Oscar de la Renta faux pearl earrings recently debuted during her Away Day in Manchester. She completed the look with a little Buckley poppy pin.

My verdict is big win! I loved the white and burgundy together. She just wore the same color scheme to say goodbye to Canada and the winter white with the pop of deep red is so flattering. I love that she is injecting brighter color into her accessories. This dress, with its crocheted top, straddled the formal/relaxed line, just like the Saloni maxi. Its length suited the glitz of the red carpet, but it still had a relaxed vibe, which seemed appropriate for this movie and this event. It was an interesting balance and struck just the right note. 

89 comments:

  1. My first impression of this dress is that you really have to have Kate's build to pull this off and have it look well. I don't think it was terribly flattering on Paris Hilton. I also noticed that the pleats looked wrinkled. With as many engagements as Kate is now doing it's probably time to have someone on staff to make sure her clothes are impeccably pressed and ready to go. I'm reserving opinion on the collar of the dress until I see it better on Kate. Her hair, however, was stunning!

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    1. From what I have been able to see I think the collar is quite interesting! Her hair does look lovely but I wish she had worn it part back at least to highlight to intricate bodice/neckline of the dress and her earrings.

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    2. I'm not trying to be controversial here but I'm not sure I understand your comment on the number of engagements she's doing now. She's hardly at events day in day out!

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    3. Can we tell what the earrings are? I'm tending to agree with you that, while her hair really looked healthy and lovely, at an evening event when she could pull off some real sparklers on her ears, it would have been nice to see it up. So far I'm really not loving the collar - way too "60s mod" for me. It conjures up images of white lipstick and plastic earrings.

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  2. I'm afraid my reaction was a groan:( this is SUCH an unflattering outfit! Gahhhhhhh! The color doesn't work for this time of year, the waist is wayyyyy too high, the bodice makes her look completely flat chested and the pleating is just so awkward and thick like drapery. LOATHE the whole thing:(

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  3. The dress does not work for me, rather blah and the fit looks off.

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  4. I love this dress and overall look. The slit gives very nice structure to the dress. At first I was not impressed. But when I saw from the front with the slit from the movie premier photos, I fell in love with this look.

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    1. I think the dress pretty too. Not the greatest dress she has ever worn but very nice. I'm sure the delicate crochet work is not done justice in the photographs. The burgundy of the shoes and clutch adds a richness to the whole look. Agree with anon 2:56, her hair half up would have shown off the lovely neckline. Don't think the earrings are right for the whole look, however.

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    2. I do agree that the clutch and shoes look terrific with this white dress. It would have been so lovely for her to have Diana's ruby earrings to wear with it or to have borrowed Queen Mary's ruby clusters from HM. Still on the fence about this dress. I'm leaning towards it being a no for me.

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    3. Rubies would have been lovely. She almost never wears them!

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    4. Rubies would have looked lovely, but I like the the poppy was the statement piece of jewellery. It wouldnt surprise me to see the statement red poppy this month, especially in a family where service to country (both in their own family and supporting others) is so significant.

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  5. Kate looks very elegant tonight. I love the dress and the accessories, plus her hair is just beautiful. White is now acceptable any time of year. The notion of no white after labor day was part of my grandmother's time. What worthy causes. The video by Ceri about coping with her alcoholic mother was so moving. She is a very brave lady, and deserves the award. A Street Cat Named Bob looks to be terrific, bring the tissues. All in all a great night.

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    1. There is white and then there is winter white, which this dress seems to be. I agree, totally appropriate.

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    2. Reading your comment, Tedi, @4:22 pm was a nice way to start the day.Sort of a verbal shot of fresh air after some of the remarks.
      I had a Bob look-alike cat who died a year ago-at age seventeen.It must be in the
      breed(s) He took good care of me, too.
      And now Bob can add "movie star" to his résumé.

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    3. I just hope Bob doesn't try and milk his royal connection for more attention ;)

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  6. The shoes do match the purse. THEY were pictured on people.

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  7. The dress is quite pretty, and pretty on her, but really doesn't appear to have the impeccable tailoring (fit) and fine fabric that one might expect. I am perhaps the only person on earth who didn't think Kate's hair looked fabulous tonight. It seems a bit dull and as if it's just too heavy on her head. I am ready for Kate to try a new hairstyle.

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  8. The dress is ok I guess. I do like the neckline but it doesn't show much with Kate's hair down. I also like the red accessories. The dress seems to fit Paris H a bit better on the top though IMO. Maybe a smaller size (if one exists) would have been better for Kate although it already looks very high-waisted. 

    I expect I am in the minority but I don't like the slit skirt. I don't care for slits like that on most people anyway. But in a number of DM photos taken on the red carpet Kate is showing as much of her legs as she would in short shorts!  Yes I suppose no one on Kate's team possibly could have anticipated there might be a breeze outdoors (?) or that walking might open the slit. But my view of slit skirts is if wearing one, assume maximum exposure. If that's not ok, don't wear it!  Maybe Kate is fine with the extra exposure but she looks uncomfortable in the DM photos to me. 

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  9. Really really dislike this dress. So tired of the high-necked, long-sleeved, long-length dresses. This one looks like a prom dress from 1969. Like the fabric would snag on your nails. I dont' like the red with it either. White lace with red accessories - she's done that before. And how many white lace high necked dresses does she own? I don't understand Kate's style anymore - used to be the most classic-but-fresh, always appropriate and flattering - now it's so weirdly dated and overwhelming with fabric and proportions. Sometimes she still nails it - that blue arrival suit in Canada, wow! And that red cocktail dress, same tour - but often there are dresses like this one in between. Cringe.

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    1. Victorian? 60's mod? prom dress? What a variety of impressions here. Sort of looking at a painting-we each see something different-for various reasons.

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    2. PS reading further, add Miss Havishamish to the variety of views. Ha!

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    3. 60s Mod - but with a longer hemline, of course.

      http://www.poshgirlvintage.com/blog/2010/07/60s-shift-wedding-dresses/

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    4. I agree with your comments about Kate's style, Anonymous, 3rd November, 7:18pm

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  10. I rather liked this dress--and IMO any wrinkles were pretty insignificant; the overall impression was good. I particularly liked her use of burgundy/berry accessories--clutch and shoes. I also liked the small size of the poppy brooch. I didn't like the earrings, described as *plated gold* and *faux pearl*--Could the RF get any cheaper? (Looking at you, Liz, not to mention Charles.)

    One of the best, but not only, points re this dress is its price, a ridiculously inexpensive 320UK--well, inexpensive for a British royal. (Think the Queen would've died first before wearing an off-the-rack designer gown; far better, surely, to keep up pretence/image, wear couturier 98% of the time, and spend $$$ better used elsewhere. As for Camilla, ditto; Charles would insist that no expense be spared for his second wife, well past her prime. Result:Kate has no choice; when Charlie is paying for her wardrobe--whenever she steps out in the UK, she has to go on the cheap.
    Don't think people, in general, fully appreciate Kate's dilemma.

    So...before criticizing Kate, and her fashion choices when in the UK, it would behoove all of us who like Kate to keep in mind that Charles is the opposite of generous where she is concerned.

    Ah well, JMO.

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    1. "Well past her prime"? No matter your thoughts and feelings on Camilla, that is a catty, callous and uncalled for comment.
      --Christine

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    2. I wholeheartedly disagree with your thoughts on Kate-Charles-Camilla-budget. This year - with these numbers of engagements- she produced more bespoke and new outfits than ever. I wish all women in the world would have the same budget, time, help as Kate. Poor girl!

      You mix her boring style, buying the same coloured clothes, shoes, dresses, coatdresses with your personal dislike of PC and Camilla, I am afraid.

      I didn't care for this dress though there are elements I like but overall it looks like the dress she wore at the kid's play date. Her earrings are hideous. And an updo would have been better, her hair is flying all over, she keeps messing with it, her lack of confidence and awkwardness is back.

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    3. I don't think it is fair to blame Charles or the Queen for Kate's clothing choices. I agree she has worn a large number of bespoke dresses this year as well as a large number of altered high-end clothes. The bespoke  poppy/skull McQueen worn at the reception for the Olympic athletes, for example, had to be quite expensive. The D&G ascot white lace dress worn also at the horse show under the red jacket cost around $6000, I believe. The bespoke red and white  McQueen worn in Canada was based a dress that retailed for $5000. We've  seen shoe repeats of $700 shoes but have recently seen new pairs debuted that cost the same or more. We've seen Kate carry small clutches that retail for $1000. Somehow I doubt anyone is dividing up Kate's clothing allowance by event and allocated a lesser amount for this event! I also don't know that I would expect the Queen and Kate to have the same clothing resources anyway. And the Queen surely seems to save money these days on her shoes and doesn't seem to spend so much on handbags!

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    4. Lack of confidence and awkwardness is back? I feel that is totally off base. If anything she is developing a very confident manner.

      Perhaps your dislike of Kate is at play here? Your comments to JC seem to portray the very thing you are stating here about Kate.

      I think she looks lovely. I also suspect that Camilla has more cash in the till for clothes than Kate. That doesn't mean I dislike Charles and Camilla. It is just a fairly obvious view that the heir to the throne's wife would have more cash flow.

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    5. "Charles is the opposite of generous where Kate is concerned" ?????
      What???????
      Head to Kate's Clothes for a refresher on her pricey designer labels - that she has worn AT HOME in the UK.
      I always assume (and you know what that makes me) that royal watchers are well informed. JC, you do know that Kate's ENTIRE working wardrobe is paid for by the Prince of Wales? It's public information that he has to release every year when he releases his budget. He pays for not just her working wardrobe but ALL their working expenses, William, Kate and Harry. And it's a tidy sum.
      JC I like your comments but every once in a while you make a statement that has absolutely no basis in fact. Especially when you consider Kate has been heading much deeper into pricey designer territory lately.
      Charles paid for that $3000+ McQueen bathrobe she wore to BP, all her new Dolce & Gabbana lace dresses, her expensive Canadian tour wardrobe, the expensive shoes she wears to every engagement, the $2100 maternity looking Altuzarra, etc etc etc. Not to mention the D&G skirt and $1500+ coat she wore today.

      To be clear I have NO problem with Kate's wardrobe cost, she's the future Queen of England, she should have an entire team in my mind.
      I'm bringing it up as a reminder of who foots the bill and by any standards he's been very generous.

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    6. I don't agree about the lack of confidence but the hair situation was a bit awkward when I see it in videos. Like when she gave a speech with those giant bangs flopping in her face. Her hair is lovely but sometimes it seems like she totally didn't take into account how it might hold up at a particular event

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    7. I'm sure Camilla has a way bigger budget for her clothes than Kate does but that is to be expected. When William inherits the Duchy of Cornwall Kate's clothing budget will triple! Oh how I miss the Diana days when the clothes, shoes, and clutches were all bespoke to go with the outfit and the jewelry was divine.

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    8. We know exactly what each little detail of Kate's attire costs because the "news" stories kindly publish it. That would be fine and fair if every other royal had the cost of
      each outfit broadcast to the world. imagine if Prince Charles's wardrobe cost was published!.Read some biographies of the Queen-she has many, many pairs of identical low-heeled black shoes. I doubt that black purse is the only one she has like it.That handbag is handmade and not from Topshop.

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    9. I really don't think Charles is stingy with the budget, and I agree the comment about Camilla is rude. Charles certainly wasn't stingy in relation to Diana's wardrobe either. We hear that Kate never wanted to be some sort of fashion plate and I think these choices reflect her more natural style. This is a dress she could have bought in her single days. When on tour or for big famity set piece events she dresses as she feels a royal should and goes for pricier designer outfits. The unannounced visits today (Friday) are a prime example, she's put together a great, relaxed working outfit. I think that's the real Kate.

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    10. Charles has all of his suits, shirts, and ties bespoke from Bond Street tailors. I'm sure they all run pretty close to the same price each time. Not too much of a mystery there.

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    11. It is interesting though, that when Kate repeats an identical outfit, the price is often still given-each time.
      I don't think I have ever seen price tags published even once of a Charles outfit.

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    12. Is anyone attempting to replicate Charles' ensembles? It isn't surprising at all that the designers and prices of kates clothing is identified.

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    13. Are there multiple criticisms of how much Charles's clothing costs? Camilla's?
      Printing Kate's expenses encourages such criticism. Since the costs of other BRF attire is not widely publicised and not criticised, there just might be a causal relationship there.

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    14. Please provide a source for a criticism of Kates clothing costs. Actual criticism.

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    15. Ha! Are you joking anon 9:37
      On this blog in this thread, for example. That is what prompted my response.
      Otherwise, check out the tabs-even so-called respected royal writers. It usually serves to distract from the benefits of the engagement. Instead of elaborating on the
      focus of the particular engagement, the copy focuses on her wearing clothes too inexpensive to be "regal," or for "tax-payer-funded" exsesses. I have avoided the tabloids, but from what I gather from Kate blogs, the wardrobe cost issue is alive and thriving.

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    16. I see a discussion of the cost of her wardrobe and an occasional comment that the cost of a *particular garment* doesn't seem justified (which I take more as a judgment about the designer not the wearer). But I guess I forgot that you tend to see any discussion whatsoever as criticism of Kate personally.

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    17. Actually anon 10:47- as you seem to be following and judging my comments, please note that I have expressed the opinion that critcism is acceptable when it is done kindly, fairly, and diplomatically-without resorting to name-calling and personal remarks.

      By the way, you are able to make that remark about me because I use an individual ID
      and take responsibility (and criticism) for my remarks. On the other hand, one has no idea which or how many or what other types of remarks an "anonymous" has made.

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    18. Didn't mean to instigate an all-out war, guys! I simply assumed, erroneously, that we all knew that Kate's clothing allowance, when in the UK, was very low indeed. Why did you think that she wears better clothing when abroad? and when someone else--not Charles--is paying her clothing bills?

      Why do you think Charles and Camilla love visiting abroad, not to mention Edward and Sophie? As per usual, Anne could care less.

      JC

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    19. No war, JC. Barely a skirmish. &) I have tired of rising to repetitive anonymous arguments to my comments. Although some of it has a bit of a JC flavor. Ha! It was entertaining for awhile, but Jane ,at least, has to read this nonsense and I'm sure it gets old very quickly.

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    20. Again JC - Charles pays for her entire working wardrobe whether she's at home or abroad, any clothing worn on official engagements. For a tour, the host country pays for travel, visit costs, security etc. - not what William & Kate wear.

      All public record with Duchy.

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    21. Anon 1

      If you are so over these pesky Anon commenters why are you feeling so oblidged to answer each and every one of them?

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    22. @ Anonymous Nov. 6, 7:51PM

      We shall have to agree to disagree, then, since my understanding is that, when abroad, Charles is off the hook as is the Queen. My reading leads me to the belief that when abroad, clothing bills are the responsibility of the British Embassy of said country who then would, I suppose, pass these bills directly to the British government.

      When Andrew retired from the British Navy, he became a quasi-ambassador for British trade, the first such royal position of its kind. This, IMO, was probably done to relieve the Queen--she had recently begun to pay income tax, and in the aftermath of Diana's death, the British government wasn't inclined to up the royal allowance. However, the government--perhaps with a more sympathetic PM--agreed to this. Pictures during the time show Andrew all dolled up, as compared to his brother, Edward, c/o the British govt.

      This is a bit of a long-winded way to point out two things--well, more than two actually, but for now: 1) after centuries of overspending, and poor advice--just check out the wardrobes of the Queen Mother and the Queen herself--the well had run dry; for all intents and purposes, TRF was broke .AND, in the wake of the Charles/Diana/Camilla circus, the people and govt in the UK were no longer particularly willing to bailing the family out--as they had done for centuries.

      2) Charles smartened up and became an under qualified businessman, in the wake of Diana's successful financial divorce settlement, which, apparently caused him to have no choice but to cash out much of his savings.( Necessity is the mother of invention, after all.) However, his determination to marry his long-term mistress meant the employment of very expensive spin doctors, depleting his coffers to this day.

      The upshot: For William, Kate and Harry it has meant an unprecedented state of underdress. All three, but most pronounced in William and Kate, given that they are a future King and Queen.

      JC

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  11. It's a nice dress, but I am not in love with it. It reminds me of the dress from the children's party in Canada or the cream off the shoulder one she debuted this summer. She loves that lacy look for sure. I would love to see Kate in more colors, but I think she likes the way she looks in white or cream. If I had to pick in her closet, the cream Roland Mouret is my favorite so far.

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    1. Lori, 07:55-agree about the cream Roland Mouret. classic. She could wear that ten years from now and still look stylish.

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  12. The waist seems too high; in some photos I felt it stiff. But the billow of the skirt was glamorous in motion; the textures of this dress worked well, and Kate looked well. That glossy hair is the ultimate.

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  13. She looks good and i enjoyed watching her in the video as she was speaking. She looks better when she is not always smiling so much. More sincere somehow.

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  14. All these long, lacy white dresses are getting a little bit too "Miss Havisham" for me. And the slit? Appropriate for neither Miss Havisham nor a future queen.

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    1. I agree with both of your sentiments. We have seen enough lace, doily fug this year. Also it was a close shave again with the wind. Or maybe she just wanted to take back the headlines.:)

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    2. Totally. Ugh. What happened to her style sense? When I look back to even three years ago - and even during her pregnancy with George, there was such a sophistication about her choices - now they seem so juvenile, and cheap. And so weirdly unflattering! Total Miss Havisham! :(

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    3. She seems to be playing with trends recently when before now she was sticking with more classic and timeless looks.

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    4. I'm going against popular opinion here but I do not like the huge slit. She looked "naked" to me in that windy photo. Maybe if it was a summery dress? I loved the Chloe she wore in Canada...this dress..not so much. The Chloe was "warmer" in color and classier. This just seems too thin and filmy.

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  15. While this dress isn't my style, I think Kate looked nice. I love the bottom half of the dress: the flowy skirt and the slit. I also like the burgundy accessories. However, I don't care for the top half of the dress at all. Although I know that white can be worn year-round, the color looks white-white to my eyes, and therefore has a spring or summer feel to it. A creamy white would be more fall-like. Also, I have to say that this dress reminds me very much of a bridal gown.

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  16. Did not care for it on PH and I don't think it does one thing for Kate.

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  17. This dress is a home run for me! Really one of the best looks of the year. She looks young, fresh, and still appropriate. She looks lovely in white and this dress is awesome. I covet it. Plus I'm so pleased by the choice of accessories. If she had put this beautiful frock with tiny little earrings, black suede shoes, and a white ish clutch I'd have cried so thank you Kate, for committing to the 'young and fashion conscious' theme tonight and making my fashionista side sing.

    That said, I'd have sized her down a size so as to have a defined waist and sent her off in the car with the pleats arranged under her so as not to arrive crinkled. What can you expect for such a price point, I suppose.

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  18. I’m Malaysian so this is incredibly exciting! Han Chong is Malaysian-born too and I just attended his show at Singapore Fashion Week last week. Since his designs incorporate the kind of lace details Kate loves I was just wondering if or when she would ever wear one of his dresses.

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  19. I like the dress and thought her hair lovely.
    I cannot understand those who keep wanting her to change her hair--in my opinion she has lots of different styles.
    I like the earrings---they are the ones she wore in Manchester and they were certainly very visible.
    I don't understand all the dress rules people keep bringing --no white after Labour Day---well the nearest we have to that is the Mayday holiday---so where does that leave her?
    No suede shoes in the summer---again that is when we can wear suede---winter usually too wet.
    I imagine this dress resurfacing in the future at a State Opening of Parliament.

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    1. Too many Americans here, they don't know the British weather.....ha!!

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  20. Jennifer from the SouthNovember 4, 2016 at 7:48 AM

    The dress looked far better indoors at the embargoed event than it did on the red carpet. It looked very nice inside. The red carpet look left me hugely underwhelmed. It was too billowy and crochet-y on the carpet. It was too - blah. The jewelry choices also left me hugely underwhelmed. Those fake pearls are great for daytime but did nothing to enhance or even compliment her look last night.

    However, Kate's hair and makeup looked lovely.

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  21. After seeing more photos and the dress with the shoes and in motion it looked a bit better than at first glance but still a bit of a blah for me. The earrings are still a no for me. The slit helped the look, the top looks ill fitting. Hair lovely, make up looked good.

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  22. Kate was out and about in Gloucestershire today with multiple charity visits. I wonder if
    security concerns account for unannounced visits that don't appear on lists of engagements?
    She wore a light blue coat-not the Matthew Williamson that was so well-liked, however.
    That's three now in the past week or so that were not previously announced.

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  23. Hi Jane,

    I wasn't going to comment but then I couldn't stop myself.

    The "rule" for wearing white in Canada was taught to me as follows: You don't wear white after Labour Day which is the first Monday in September (in both Canada and the U.S.). This especially applies to white shoes, unless you are a nurse or getting married.

    You could wear white again after the first major holiday weekend in May. In Canada, that is Victoria Day which is the third Monday of the month. This is also called the May 24th weekend as it often falls around that date. It's a major holiday, marking the start of summer. In the U.S., I believe the equivalent is Memorial Day, also in May.

    My understanding of this rule is that it acknowledges the sharper differences in the seasons/weather in Canada. I still believe that white just looks a little silly here in big pieces like skirts, jackets, coats, etc. in the winter. One trip to work and home in a long white coat in February would teach anyone that lesson. The hem of the coat would be mired in snow/road salt residue from various puddles, climbing over snow banks, getting in/out of cars, etc.

    I'm 55 so I'm not young but I'm also not ancient. I still feel very awkward not following this rule. At its base, it's just practicality. It's harder to keep major pieces of white clothing clean when dirty snow, runoff and cold puddle water is everywhere. Sure it may not start quite as early as September but it can easily go as late as May.

    I was also taught the corollary to this rule- to put away short sleeved/sleeveless clothing at the same time as it wasn't warm enough and wasn't practical. I still smile to myself when I see the sleeveless dresses that everyone insists on wearing in the winter. They look really cold while doing it!

    At the end of the day-wear what you want, be happy -but for the love of God and the sake of your mother, bring a sweater!!!

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    1. In Europe those rules don't work, I have never heard of it.

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    2. The British and Irish wear short sleeved shirts in winter underneath...

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    3. The "Labour day" in Europe is the 1st of May...so no white in spring??

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    4. Does it take into consideration climate change? I think not. Even in Scandinavia, where I grew up we wore whatever the weather required. Sometimes September is very warm and we have Indian summer, but funnily enough we call it British summer! Can you believe that! A lot of winter wear is white and it looks amazing. Especially in the darker months. A white vest or wool jacket, white skinny pants or skirt with knee high boots and a darker top and scarf, perfect.

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  24. See Catherine was out again this morning, visiting the Nelson's Women's Trust in Gloucestershire.

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  25. I'm glad you give this a positive write up, Jane, but I don't think you are quite right about the queen. She was a very glamorous you queen and her evening gowns often displayed her impressive embonpoint. She didn't have Kate's gorgeous long legs and slit dresses weren't really a 50s style (except maybe in musicals to allow for leg kicking) otherwise I think she would have embraced that style too. Let's not forget, this is a queen who wore white pvc stretch knee boots with an above the knee coat in her 40s.

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    1. agree about the queen's sometimes daring looks, anon 1:14..She had it and she flaunted
      it. Prince Phillip has reportedly publicly remarked on her attributes.Décolleté and all.It also was the fashion (and still Is in some royal circles-Victoria) She also had a tiny waist and wore clothing that highlighted it.
      I don't see why Kate isn't allowed to accent her best features.

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  26. Sonja from BavariaNovember 4, 2016 at 2:27 PM

    I like the dress, the slit is the best thing about it! Really, the slit really added some 'hollywood Glamour'.

    The saloni... ugh. I absolutely hate this dress. I cannot describe how much I hate it.
    But the temperley london lace dress is so beautiful! It is my favourite evening gown Kate has worn, tied with the teal Jenny P gown.
    Today's dress was somewhere inbetween. I like it, it is pretty, but not breathtaking.

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  27. I like the skirt, but not the top. The skirt was pretty see-through when back-lit though.
    http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity-life/royals/the-duchess-of-cambridge-shows-some-skin-in-leggy-dress-at-a-film-premiere-in-london/news-story/b484000b7e2e0041b53d9a3095f44e62

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  28. Is there some super Dooper secret way Kate keeps her broaches from not pulling? The Queen wears pins and broaches and they don't yank the bodice of her dresses down either.

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    1. I believe I read somewhere that the queen has her dressmaker add a layer of fabric or something to reinforce the spot where she wears her broach to help with the pulling issue. Some of those sparklers must be rather heavy!

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  29. Love your comments and impressions about the dress! :)
    Great job on the descriptions!

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  30. Sadly, to me it didn't look very elegant when the wind blew the skirt and it revealed so much of both legs.

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  31. This look is the latest fashion. Very NOW. The high collar, everything. This is what young women wear, when they can afford it. The height of style and class. Kate looks like a Greek Goddess. Or in this case, a British Goddess! Legs are fine!!!

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  32. Good morning...When I first saw this I was not wow'ed by it. But the more I look at it...the more I like it. I think it is very youthful and fresh. I am not a fan of pleats or lacey/crocheted looks but will admit...the two together is an unusual combination and that is what makes it feel fresh. I agree with RobinfromCA that on a different body type it could be quite unflattering. But as we all know...Kate can wear most anything and make it look fantastic. I loved the skirt when the wind picked it up and showing a bit of leg...especially when your legs look like that...I say go for it. Even if you are a royal.

    I have no issue with the color. All of those old "fashion" rules (can't wear white after labour day...purse must match the shoes...etc) went out the window about 10 years ago. Thank heavens! In fact...I am in the market right now for a long evening gown for a formal event I am attending early in Dec. I usually go for blacks, navy, maybe red...but this has inspired me to consider a "winter white!".

    I also wanted to share a recent experience with everyone. I sit on the Board of a high profile charity and recently was asked to give a short (4 minutes!) speech with media in the room. I was thanking some supporters and introducing some new sponsors, all of whom I was to meet and greet ahead of the presentation. I had to learn all their names and how they were connected. It was a small taste of what Kate does. Let me tell you...it took alot of prep work for a event that was less than an hour long!! Probably 4 - 5 hours behind the scenes. Then the day of, at one point during my speech I looked down at my notes and my hair fell in my face so I instinctively tucked it behind my ear. Immediately the wise words of the BTB fans came to mind and I thought..."Okay...don't play with your hair!" Anyways..just thought you mind enjoy knowing that you were a part of my presentation!

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  33. Thanks for the perspective, Laura. Trodding in Kate's moccasins, so to speak. There's a certain amount of prepwork one must do oneself, no matter how many assistants.

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  34. I think the slit is totally inappropriate. No other royal woman dresses like this and I find it a bit off. It's like she WANTS to stir things up a little and draw attention to her clothes sometimes. Generally I like her taste a lot but I prefer it when she goes for understated elegance rather than thigh splits and mini skirts.

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    1. What other royal dresses like this? Likely the ones who have something to show off. The Queen in her younger years, Letizia-her arms and slim build in sleeveless blouses and slacks; Victoria, her "womanly" curves in low-cut gowns; Charlene
      her statuesque figure in column gowns..then there are the ones who are doing their best to disguise their not-so-admired traits.
      I admit, it can be a bit of a jolt for those used to Cinderella-no slits there- although a bit of cleavage ;but that fairy tale is very, very old.

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    2. Then again isn't the BRF supposed to be significantly more conservative than those European royal families you mention?

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    3. Last I heard, HMTQ is a member of the BRF.

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    4. The *contemporary* BRF as compared with the *contemporary* European royals you listed anon 1, not as compared with the queen herself half a century ago.

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    5. Judith-@ 11:28 said, "No other royal woman..." I was responding to this statement.
      She didn't write "No other BRF royal woman." Since some have the habit of comparing Kate to the other European women, I thought I would, too.In a sense, Kate in her 30's is comparable to HM in her 30's.
      To be honest, I first tried to think of another senior female BRF member with some of those attributes.
      The original context also involved the concept of the British monarchy being a
      rather staid, stuffy bunch. I and at least one other begged to differ and used tbe example of the queen at an age comparable to Kate's

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  35. My reaction to seeing the first picture wasn't positive. I think this is an attention-grabbing dress. Not elegant, not classy (and the fact that Paris Hilton wore it is telling). I know that it was a less formal evening than your typical red carpet premiere, but rewearing one of the very pretty dresses she already has would have worked so much better. Perhaps the Erdem dress from last fall 's Women in Capital Markets event?

    Royal fan in Northern Ontario

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