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Christmas Party at The Mix

Monday, December 19, 2016

It has been a while since William, Kate, and Harry did a joint engagement together, so there was an extra splash of festive excitement today as the Royal Trio reunited to attend the Heads Together Christmas party at The Mix in London. In case you are new to the block, Heads Together is a mental health initiative the trio launched earlier this year. It brings together a number of partner charities under one umbrella to fight the stigma against mental health issues. The majority of the events that Will, Kate, and Harry have done together this year have been for Heads Together.


The Mix is a mental health support help-line. They field phone-calls and connect young people to the support they need in those down times. The Cambridges and Prince Harry toured the offices and met with volunteers and staff members to learn about the
work that goes on at The Mix, before they joined in with the festivities. 


This was not the average holiday party with a bar and music and everyone left to mingle with the co-workers you generally try to avoid (just kidding about the co-workers, of course...). Rather, there were an impressive array of activities, including a gingerbread house competition. According to the KP Twitter feed, the the sportsmanship was intense. Kate didn't build a house, but she looked on admiringly as some of the finished products. 


The duchess did sit down and help make a cheery paper chain. The links featured hand written notes of encouragement and support. 


There were also plain ornaments ready for decoration. Kate and William tried their hands at embellishments, with some advice from the more creative, perhaps. ;) 


As the Cambridges arrived, I was scrutinizing the video and I thought for a split second that Kate was recycling her Whistles dress most visible at the unveiling of her portrait in 2013. Once she got closer to the camera it was quickly evident that she was wearing a new dress.

It turns out that we have a "Designer Debut" since this dress is by French label Vanessa Seward. Tracking what nation claims a label can be interesting. Sometimes it is very straight-forward when the designer is born and raised and designs all in the same country, (e.g. American label Tory Burch or Lela Rose) but at other times, the designer might have moved to a new city to find fame and fortune (e.g. American label Oscar de la Renta or Carolina Herrera). In the case of Ms. Seward, she was born in Argentina, but moved to Paris where she worked for Chanel and YSL, among others, before launching her own brand. As such, Paris claims her, although her Argentinian countrymen can certainly point out her heritage as well. 

Vanessa Seward's Cai Dress


In a 2014 article in Vogue before her collection launched, Seward told the magazine that she thinks of her designs as "sensible luxury." She went on to discuss her aesthetic:
“I don’t like overdesigned clothes,” she insists...“Maybe it is because I have lived in so many places, but I don’t like clothes to be too derivative—it’s not about a caricature of la Parisienne,” says Seward. “I like to create flattering pieces that give women confidence, because that is what I need myself. It’s not about looking overly intellectual or trendy, but beautiful.”
Sounds just up Kate's alley, eh? This dress is Seward's Cai dress and features a red and green print in Kate's current favorite silhouette. At 50% off on Net-a-Porter, this dress is in silk and aside from the busy print is very minimalist with almost no further embellishment. A simple neckline, cuffed sleeves, and slit pockets--no fuss.  



Kate wore her Catherine Zoraida fern earrings and carried her favorite Mulberry clutch in black suede. She finished the ensemble with Gianvito Rossi pumps and her McQueen suede belt.


Kate, this belt has got to go. I cannot understand why Kate spends the money she does on some items and then can't splash for just one more belt. This belt is too clunky for the delicate dresses she has been pairing it with. I also think it is looking a little worn. It should either be retired or relegated to coats only, and then maybe those days when she is running errands and not out in front of the cameras. She wore this with her stunning Saloni Martine dress in 2015 (pictured below) and it was similarly out of place with that ensemble as it is here. 


I think we should just agree to lose it in the back of the closet. Fun fact about the above ensemble: those are the same accessories she sported today. Same belt, same earrings, same clutch, and same shoes. :)


All and all, today was a hit for me. I wouldn't generally gravitate toward this busy print in green, red, and black, but given the Christmas theme, I thought it was appropriately bright and cheerful and Kate really pops in the all the pictures from the party, which is good. It might be the fabric, but I like the way the dress moves, as you can observe in a number of the videos that I shared. She looks feminine and fun and we won't have trouble remembering what event this dress got its debut. 


Oh, and a bonus shot that includes Mr. Security and Rebecca Deacon. We do love our supporting characters in this wonderful fairy tale. ;)

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66 comments:

  1. I love the theme dressing but not only the belt needs to go!! Bad too bad!! Also the price tag, ridiculous.

    Jane can I ask your opinion on Kate's wardrobe, especially the amount of new dresses she presents. I truly interested in your take.
    To be honest, this year her numbers are really weak, I find way too many or rather too expensive, sometimes bad dresses in her repertoir.

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    1. Not sure what u mean about numbers since this will turn out to be the most engagements she has done since marrying into the Royal family. Bad dresses are in the eye of the beholder which is quite evident from this blog. Kate has to work within a budget and I am convinced that she does not pay full price on bespoke items. She will wear more new as her role becomes more important and the palace may eventually demand that she has her own dressmaker as the queen does, when she reaches that status. Terrific engagement to end the year on.

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    2. I'm a little confused about the numbers comment too. I think this dress is wonderful so I definitely do not put it in the "bad dress" category. I agree with Anon. 12:44 that she probably doesn't pay full price for some of these things. The amount of publicity a designer gets when she turns up in one of their pieces is worth millions in brand exposure and sales increases.

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  2. La primera vez que vi las fotos, dije NOOOO, muy de abuelita, pero conforme lo veo mas y mas, me gusta mucho, sobre todo con el movimiento en los videos!!!
    Y Jane 100% de acuerdo, ese cinturon se tiene que ir YA!
    Saludos!!

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  3. It looks so not practical for the weather. A coat dress would have been perfect

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    1. Not sure that William and Harry were dressed any warmer. They are in and out of their cars and she may have something on underneath.

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    2. I couldn't agree more. And she already has so many coat dresses!!

      Great intentions, but terrible execution in my opinion. I know the Telegraph said this is a good look on her, but everything is off for me.

      Not sure how many times we'll have the opportunity to see her this year, happy holidays and a wonderful new year everyone!

      Royal fan in Northern Ontario

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    3. It is appropriate for London weather. The average daytime temperature this week is 10 degrees Celsius. They were going straight from a car to an indoor event.

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  4. I agree about the belt--it needs to go. I so loved the Saloni Martine dress too, but the belt ruined the look. I would love to see that dress again sans belt and with different shoes. With this dress and the Saloni Martine dress, darker tights would make the look more formal and put together. Something about Kate's look today just seems unfinished--maybe because the belt, shoes, and accessories seem random and nondescript. While today's dress is pretty and the colors are nice, the accessories don't help elevate the look.

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    1. I am genuinely curious as to what you would do to this dress to make it more "finished" looking. I agree the belt is old and needs to be replaced but I still think belting it was a good choice. I disagree with the dark tights look as the background of the dress is already dark. Reds are too hard to match so I'm just wondering what she could have done differently. If she had added red or green accessories she would have looked like one of Santa's elves.

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    2. Not sure what Unknown thinks Robin but along with dressy black boots a black velvet blazer and nice lapel pin might have looked more finished and still had enough red and green showing to be very Christmasy. The belt might have been toned down too that way (although I still like the self sash better.)

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    3. I like the idea of the boots and really like the idea of a black velvet blazer. That would all have looked lovely. I am really hoping she starts wearing some lapel pins because there is such a wealth available to her that are so beautiful!

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  5. Jane and girls, I must ask for your opinion about Kate's sty;e lately. I used to love her style, it was amazing, and she was wearing much cheaper close. Now it seems she spends thousands of dollars on dresses, but she looks so matronly in them, her whole style has shifted, and not for the good. I realize she has 2 kids, but she is still young and very pretty, there is no need to look and dress 10 years older then her age.
    What are your thoughts on this?

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    1. My thoughts - I don't agree! Yes, her style has changed, but I usually think she picks very well. She got a lot of negativity for wearing things that were too young, too short, too unprofessional and now it's suddenly too long and too matronly. She can't win! People also have selective memory. A "bad" dress bring a lot of "her style is terrible now!" while forgetting about all the wins! Her beautiful Canada wardrobe? Her sparkly pink Jenny Packham? Her drop dead gorgeous blue dress from India? Don't forget about those! I think she's just experimenting and is doing just great :)

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    2. She has the wins, of course. For example blue dress and fascinator from her arrival at Canada this year. Or that beautiful dress she has in red and black. But this type of dresses are not good, she appears much older, not more mature if that should be a point, just older.

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    3. There is definitely a shift Marijana. She has had some spectacular ensembles here and there, but the majority has been quite matronly in my opinion. Fashion wise she's aged dramatically since the wedding - not physical appearance mind you, how she dresses. Maybe she's just in a rut, maybe once the children are older she'll get back into it. It's all quite boring anymore to be honest.

      Meanwhile please someone buy Kate a new belt, she is in desperate need of an accessories makeover.

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    4. You are right, just another one of boring, maternly dresses she wore this year

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    5. I don't agree at all. I think she dresses professionally for the work she does. It seems that a high collar, long sleeves, and anything not at least 3 inches above the knee is considered matronly. The neckline and sleeves are in keeping with the winter weather and the length is in keeping with a professional look - especially when you have to bend down to visit with or work with kids. A new belt would be nice, however, because this one definitely shows signs of wear.

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    6. I agree that Kate's been taking a matronly, dowdy turn recently. The thing is, this kind of dress is in fashion - just not the way that Kate styles it. See Drew Barrymore in the same dress, for example: young, fun pony tail, sleeves rolled up. Kate seems to think she can take a dress that is designer and wear it in the manner a 50 year old would and still look good. Sadly, not true, even a designer piece that is rocked by celebrities can be killed by styling. Kate still has wins though, and I generally like this type of tea-length dress, so I'm not really complaining.

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    7. Hate to say it but Kate's taste has always been a bit hit and miss, that is why she needs a stylist a really good stylist:). She is gorgeous. But she is not the best at picking out clothes that look good on her. I have a lovely relative who has the same problem.:) I am petite and she tries to dress as a petite delicate woman, i.e. those cute prints and lace and ruffles, but she should be wearing a totally different style. I am petite and do not like that look at all so always have to return her gifts, but while I do not like those choices it would work way better on me than her:). However I do not think this last dress works for anyone. Drew wore it best, but it was tight on her, she had the sleeves rolled up, her hair was casual, she was in a Hot Climate. Even with all that it was still an unattractive dress:):)

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    8. I hate to say it but this is a thumbs down for me as well. The colors are pretty but otherwise an ultra conservative look. After the Thursford throwback, this just looks uninspired and old fashioned.

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    9. Totally agree! It's been happening for a while, off and on, but this year it's really taken a distressingly frumpy turn. For me it started with that Erdem gown. That was the first time I'd ever seen her and gone...ugh. I tried to give her the benefit of the doubt - it was 70's, and the 70's are/were in, it's "fashion-forward", etc but to me the proportion was heavy and long, and awkward and ugly. And since that Erdem moment she has continued to choose heavy, 70's, long, ruffled, tiered, hippy dresses and lace that do nothing for her figure or natural, INCREDIBLE beauty! When she dresses sharp - even when she dresses down but keeps it classy, she is one of the most beautiful, charming, charismatic people in the world. But this year - tired, frumpy, with a few great moments here and there, but for the most part, much like the belt. Worn. I hope she isn't depressed or something! I really do wish the best for Kate, even if I don't like the fashion. She is a wonderful and very brave person! :)

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  6. A wonderful event to close out the year. It's always fun to see the 3 of them together. Kate is a gorgeous woman, no matter what she wears. However, this ensemble is not one of my favorites, but more importantly, the event is.
    Thank you Jane for your fun blog, I am sending hugs and the Merriest wishes to all.

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  7. As soon as I scrolled down to see the first photo, I thought, "Oh dear. Jane is going to be irked about the belt." I agree, the belt has perhaps been worn enough to retire for something a bit more refined. I like the idea of a belt with this dress, but just not *that* belt.
    I wish I could see this dress in person - it looks very busy in the distant shots, but I like the way it looks in the close-up photo of Kate.

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  8. This dress again reminds me of the simple-to-sew folk/peasant dresses from the 70s. I agree the belt needs to go and I think dark hose or knee-high dress boots would have looked better and more seasonable. The print is Christmasy but otherwise this outfit looks more suited for early fall. I just don't understand Kate's "seasons." Buttoned up to the chin in coatdresses in mid-summer and this in late Dec?

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    1. As everyone has called for something different with this dress you've actually given a great alternative! I love the idea of some great dress boots with it! I think the winter months are a great time for her to retire the pumps for a season.

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    2. I agree some dressy boots would look nice with the dress, especially if the material were heavier then the silk. It does look fully lined to me, though. This was supposedly a party and she went with the red and green, so perhaps the pumps were more party-oriented?
      She wears boots so well. Not everyone looks great in boots (including me)-doesn't stop them from wearing them. ha! They Are warm for winter and make sense.

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  9. Actually, I think the belt ties in with the festive theme of this outfit, it kind of reminds me of Santa's belt! lol But regardless, I agree that this belt should be retired or reserved for coats only.

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  10. Royalfan since I pay taxes in the UK I don't much care what the Dutch royals do, though I wouldn't mind importing some of Maxima's hats.
    But it's worth noting the King is not the head of his church, and Catholics actually still make up the majority in the Netherlands. Maxima is a Catholic.
    Church of England still holds the majority here, the Queen is the head, though there have been calls to do away with that. So as I said in my post, until we Brits decide to change things, the monarch, and FUTURE monarchs, serve as Supreme Governor of the Church of England. It is a sacred responsibility.
    If I move to Holland and start paying taxes there believe me I'll chime in on how the royals conduct themselves.

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    1. If conduct matters (and I agree) then surely W&K are a refreshing improvement. :)

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    2. I'm confused. This comment is a complete non sequitur to the discussion here.

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    3. But the future king is going to worship just at a different church to the queen.

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    4. Robin, in a prior post (don't ask me which one...lol) I made a reference to Willem and Maxima spending some Christmas holidays in Argentina. Meanwhile, W&K are going to be in Bucklebury. Imagine if they left the country..... Ha! as Anon 1 would say.

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    5. but the future king and supreme governor banned people from photographing that in the past, and held a major grudge against those who did anyway. shouldn't he, as future head, proudly show and encourage church attendance to all anglicans? and even all faiths for that matter? does the pope ban photographs of his holy day masses?

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    6. There was no ban of photographs. That is an exaggeration and people should not need encouragement from a man second in line to a throne to attend church. It should be done willingly from the person themself.

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    7. you must be a new royal watcher Anon 958, which is fine, but don't make emphatic statements. there was absolutely a ban and it was quite the controversy at the time, I remember Susan over at What Kate Wore - which I read mostly at the time - defending using the photos in her site, I'm sure Jane can chime in with memories of it as well.
      The palace sent a letter to editors and insisted that it was "private" and no photos were to be taken, with the usual threat that press who broke that would be prohibited from future official royal events. Jesal (who saw Kate enter hospital when she had George) was one photog there who got most of the shots (and, by the way, along with Niraj is almost permanently on KP's naughty list)
      A St. James' spokesman tried to deny that there was ever a ban AFTER THE FACT because of the overwhelming negative reaction and outrage by the press.
      at the time William was known to be eager to push "expectation of privacy" arguments, after similar success by European royals. The editors were bullied in advance and when it erupted the palace tried to deny it. Same trick they've used many times as long time royal watchers will recognize.

      whether people need encouragement or not to attend church is certainly a matter of opinion, but it is generally one of the roles of the head of any church. otherwise what's the point in organized religion?

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    8. 10:50- either you have insider information or are relying on tabloid stories.
      9:58 may be neither a journalist fan nor a tabloid reader. If Susan printed the photos, then they really weren't banned, were they? She certainly doesn't seem to have suffered from breaking the "ban."
      Niraj, as I recall, has been a bit obnoxious and obtrusive in his methods.

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    9. Jennifer from the SouthDecember 21, 2016 at 8:54 AM

      Anon 10:49, you must be new too :) Tanna had been the Middletons' go-to photographer for YEARS and years - to the point where he would even send Carole the pictures so Carole could add to her scrapbook. It all blew up when the Middletons stayed at the Duchy in 2008 or so and Tanna "happened to be able to find them" (ahem). Harry and William had previously made comments about how they couldn't believe that Tanna always somehow seemed to find them. Kate and the other Middletons played tennis, wished Tanna a Happy Christmas, and it was all very pleasant until the pictures were actually published - William had an absolute cow and forced the Middletons to show their loyalty by suing Tanna, which was settled for a small sum (maybe 5k pounds or so), and then no more Tanna pictures, and William has made especially sure to freeze him out of certain things. BUT Tanna knows too much about the Middletons and still gets inside scoops from time to time. (Like Kate going to the hospital when Tanna's friend was there to get the pictures.) Quite personally, I would love for him to write a tell-all book, but his relationship with Carole is still good enough at this point that he won't... Only time will tell, though!

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  11. I agree about the belt, cut it to pieces and bin it. It looked bad on day one and still is doing nothing for her. However, the dress is a no no for me as well. I think is makes her look too old. The fabric looks like cheap polyester and the print for me is a little too small which can just look old - like 1970's old. So the outfil is a bit miss for me

    KiwiNic

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  12. Merry Christmas all...

    Well there has been a lot of negativity in the comments section of this blog aimed at W and K personally and in my view it is unnecessary and not at all why I follow Jane's wonderful posts. So I am happy to get back to discuss on fashion!

    Jane...I fully agree with you on this belt. I just don't get it and I don't like it! A silk dress is generally rather shapeless and so on a willowy figure like Kate a belt is needed. Just not this one.

    The pattern and this style of dress is not my cup of tea but festive and lovely. I can see Jane's point that in the videos it does move very nicely. I suspect that this dress (and these type of dresses) are much nicer in real life and do not lend well to photography. That is often true. I think her hair today is spectacular!

    On a different note I wanted to let the followers of FBTB know that I have had a very positive experience with The Fold. Ever since Kate wore there dress a little over a year ago, I have been following their styles. There clean simple lines with one or two interesting elements are exactly my taste and perfect for the professional environment I work in. So I broke down and ordered a dress. Within in minutes I got a personalized email acknowledging my order. Since then I have had a few more communications all of which appear to be personalized and not system generated. I ended up sending the dress back as the sizing was off and even got an email that they received the returned dress and that they would let me know as soon as they had shipped out the right size. Quite impressed. Not accustomed to this type of service when I order online! Just though readers would like to know.

    Best wishes of the season to everyone!

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    1. Thanks for the info on The Fold, Laura. Always nice to know when a company has excellent customer service. In return I can tell you that I find the customer service at Ralph Lauren to also be excellent. When you pay quite a bit of money for clothing it's nice to know that the retailer appreciates their customers. I will have to go back and take a look at The Fold!

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    2. I don't know why I like that dress so much. It absolutely riveted my attention the moment I first saw it and the dress continues to interest me. Perhaps part of the
      attraction was the immaculate fit and tailoring.
      It's a mystery.
      Glad you had such a pleasant experience, Laura. Did you find many more garments with that kind of Wow! factor?

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  13. Agree with most comments. This dress does not look good on her. The belt also has been tired looking for ages and I have never understood the dresses she pairs it with. It is too heavy a look for most of the dresses she has worn it with. It would look just fine with a pair of casual jeans. The earrings are also not a favorite of mine. Her hair is looking very good and no problems with her trying to look festive with red and green. I will never be a fan of the print or style, but shorter, a different thin belt, unbuttoned at the top would all help. Agree with most that she really needs someone to help her with accessories, that is often where I find she really misses. ali

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  14. I don't understand the belt thing either. Remember when William had that tatty old belt he refused to part with?
    Jane, thank-you for including that photo of Kate with the flowers. She is truly breathtakingly lovely. Also the one of Kate and the young lady in the wheelchair. She and Harry have such open, expressive faces. When William is not front and center and playing his
    gracious royal role, he too reveals great depth of feeling.
    They also took part in a call-in with clients. Certainly not my idea of a holiday party. It was a productive one, though.
    Very nice post, Jane. I don't know how you do it. I would still be living out of boxes
    and eating take out. ha! That's without having a blog to run.

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  15. Jane I honestly think you're biased (as a joke, ofc) you always say she looks great but c'mon! This looks like a couch. Agree on the belt though. Hair and makeup are top notch.

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  16. Also, wouldn't she be a little cold? I'm surprised she didn't bring a coat to at least wear outside like she has done in the past.

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  17. I just have to say that I want this dress! The print is busy but not too big and the colors are so much fun! I love that she belted it but she does need a new belt. This look is a big win for me and I love Vanessa Seward's design philosophy. Some designers make their clothing look like costumes instead of something one would wear on a normal occasion. Well done, Kate!

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  18. Mr Security looking a tad over Christmas build up Me thinks... time for him to have a wee break and replenish.
    Kate looks great. Merry Christmas to you all from warm NZ it's 23 today.

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  19. A fabulous event. So great to see the involvement of "the three"! Although the fabric is colorful and holiday appropriate, the cut of the dress is average and needs different styling. Because as currently styled it ages Catherine. It needs black hose or better still boots or booties. Thinking back to the previous blog entry, I miss how Catherine dressed just 3-4 years ago.

    I have no issue with the belt but it does need a refurbishing and some polish. It's looking worn.

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  20. I like the dress and it does move well. But...
    it's just the wrong length so on the knee would look better IMO
    She has a great belt in her wardrobe - Jane you might be able to provide a better link. "Gold" metal and black that she wore with a fitted grey dress
    https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=duchess+of+cambridge+in+fitted+grey+dress&view=detailv2&&id=61D357E563BCC3821DE858855B1F9DE317E20131&selectedIndex=0&ccid=yJfqhlV0&simid=607988493591972472&thid=OIP.Mc897ea8655748d4d8d07129bc537cd89o0&ajaxhist=0

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    1. I agree with the comment above, cute dress but way too long. On the knee would have made it look more youthful. She is so beautiful, but this felt matronly.

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  21. I see that the dress come with a self sash, which I like. I suppose Kate wore the belt to cover up the sash--but why?? The sash is so much nicer that this old clunky belt. I'm not crazy about the Christmasy colors, but at least the print is small and not overwhelming. I agree with some others that dark hose would have been more elegant. Also, the dress really doesn't seem to fit. It looks too big on Kate. This is not one of my favorites, but perhaps the dress looks better in person. On another note, I like the earrings and the clutch.

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  22. I'm genuinely confused that anyone could praise this awful dress. I adore Kate but feel like she rarely gets it right when it comes to patterns.

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    1. You must allow for differences in taste. If we were all the same life would be so boring.

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  23. Jane, I think that you are becoming too critical of Kate's fashion style. You and many others here should remember that Kate does NOT have to like what you like. She is her own woman. I'm so tired of all the criticism of this lovely and charming woman! When it's not something, it's the other. Kate always has to be cut to pieces! Yes, I know that your excuse is that the purpose of this blog is to comment on Kate's fashion style. But, what you and many of the others are really doing is finding fault with everything Kate wears. So what if you don't like the belt that she's wearing? Kate likes it, so she wore it! You want to distant yourself from those nasty trolls that populate the Daily Mail and other rags like it, but, you are just like them. At least, they are honest haters; you try to hide behind an "I love Kate Middleton" facade, but your claws constantly show!

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    1. I am sorry, if it weren't so early, I would have laughed out loud reading this. Look around you. Do you know how much work and time and love and sacrifice has gone into creating this blog? If you can't see that I genuinely love and admire Kate, your judgement is simply not what it should be. If my claws were secretly out for Kate, I'd do what I am about to do with your opinion and ignore her. Merry Christmas.

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    2. Jane, I get the impression that you consider yourself as a member of this FBTB community, not so much a disinterested third party. You have never represented yourself as
      a neutral observer, as some blog owners do. It is refreshing and one reason why you
      are unique as a blogger.Sometmes I feel you come across as a big sister to Kate (I realise you're much younger) and while you love and admire her, she does have fashion
      choices you'd advise against, if she would just listen to big sis. Ha!

      Some of us are more like little sis in our admiration. :+)
      Just my assessment of the situation. Probably way off base

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    3. I'm not sure which blog you've been reading Anon 3:13 but you can't have been around this one for very long. "Our Jane" is always complimentary of Kate but has the occasional fashion difference of opinion. She never tears down Kate as a person, princess, wife, mother, daughter, or sister.

      Jane, you certainly took the high road here. Well done!

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    4. Jane...just please keep it as it is. Your blog is perfect. I'm your reader for almost 5 years or so. Checking your blog on daily basis...you know....just in case. And if I see Kate's outings elsewhere I always go here and check what Jane thinks about it. I like your "dig deaper" attitude. And Mr Security....it's almost a private joke already. Epic. Thanks for your hard work and please don't you ever stop :)

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    5. Anon, you sound so familiar....

      I know one blog owner who tries to be objective and gets threats in return. But now we know, among Kate's fans, there are lots of l-------s who consider a person who dislikes one item of clothes a troll.

      If I were you Jane, I would not feed Anon's frenzy by publishing it. Food for thought!

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  24. I have looked again and again at this outfit willing myself to like it but I don't. I agree with those who think this makes Catherine look matronly. I also just don't like the dress at all, whether on Catherine or someone else. I am not fond of green and red together in clothing. I don't like the earrings or belt. They do nothing for the dress at all in my opinion and I agree with you Jane when you say that this belt needs to be retired :) Honestly though, I really dislike the dress to the extent that any other accessories still would not have altered my opinion on the dress. I think that with all the choices that Catherine has in clothing ranges she could chose lovelier garments to suit her age and stunning figure.

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  25. A few days ago I commented on how youthful Kate looks when dressed casually. I agree with so many who commented that this dress is just so matronly...she suddenly looks 10 years older. There will be many, many years to come for her to wear ultra-modest clothing. I wish she could just enjoy wearing some younger more fashion forward clothing now. Let's face it, she is tall, thin, rich. Every woman's dream I suppose. I just don't understand her predilection for this style of dress.

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    1. Agree. With all that's out there, I'm a bit flabbergasted that this is what she came up with.

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  26. I am anonymous 4.51am and I feel I cannot remain silent concerning anonymous 3.13am's comment. I was saddened by it not only because she cannot discern Jane's genuine love of Catherine but I feel she has misjudged the person that Jane really is. Jane has never allowed unkind or hurtful criticism of Catherine on this blog. She makes it clear in her guidelines for this blog, be respectful but direct and personal insults are not welcome. Please let us include this sentiment towards what we say about each other as well as Jane. Thank you for the hard work and research that you put into this blog Jane. It is a passion that clearly many others share and appreciate with you.

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  27. Jennifer from the SouthDecember 20, 2016 at 3:16 PM

    This outfit is ugly. Kate can do and has done much better. I am not sure what her penchant for this floaty midi dresses are lately, but they can stay in 2016. I have liked her Beulah dresses, perhaps because of the knee length. These - the LK Bennett one she wore a few weeks ago and the one for the dinner with the Obamas - should stay in her closet, or better yet be relegated to the consignment shop to free up some funds for better dresses in 2017.

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  28. I never thought the day would come when I think Rebecca Deacon is dressed better than our Kate!?! I'm sorry, I just dislike the dress as much as Jane dislikes this belt. Which I'm in total agreement with the fact that it needs to be lost, along with the dress. So sorry Kate.. This IS the ugliest thing I've seen her wear..... Just bad. I feel bad for saying this but it's just fugly. Smh.. I don't understand who thought this dress should be worn by the DoC?

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