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Kate Wears Gucci to the Victoria & Albert Museum

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Weren't we just saying how we missed Kate's shorter hemlines and youthful styles circa 2011? The princess answered a lot of prayers today when arrived at the Victoria & Albert Museum wearing a sixties-inspired mini by Gucci! 



I had to do a little background research to figure out exactly what the event was all about. Let me catch some of you (the culturally illiterate Yanks, probably) up on the background.

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According to that tome of knowledge that is The Wikipedia, Exhibition Road is named for the Great Exhibition of 1851 (I knew about that) and the road is lined with museums. Apparently, the area is known as Albertopolis, after Victoria's husband who was a real promoter of the arts, but the drama comes in because the V&A hasn't had a really accessible entrance onto Exhibition Road. Kate was at the V&A today to open a brand new entrance and courtyard, and new galleries that cost the museum a cool £50million+. 

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I did a number of quick Google searches and apparently there was quite a dispute about the design, which doesn't exactly fit the museum's classic style, but we will leave that for another day. The point is, Kate came to open this new entrance expanding the V&A's accessibility and its gallery space. 

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I have never thought this before, but today I do wonder if Kate coordinated with the museum on her ensemble. It is pretty well known that the royals will alert their hosts to the color of their ensembles so the flowers won't clash, but I wonder today if there was greater collaboration on style. 

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The V&A had a series of posts on Twitter highlighting Kate's retro look. The museum Tweeted:  
The Duchess of Cambridge’s elegance tells a compelling story of British style, blending international designers along great British labels.The V&A holds the national collection of fashion, one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of dress in the world. The @Gucci dress worn today by the Duchess of Cambridge demonstrates the continuing influence of 1960s style on contemporary fashion. This dress by André Courrèges epitomises the clean lines & straight cut of the period, in display in Gallery 40.
The Museum may have just been adjusting to the circumstances Kate presented, but I wonder if they at least highlighted various styles in a pre-visit memo to get her thinking. Who knows! The museum also shared that they added L.K.Bennett Sledge pumps to their shoe exhibition because of Kate's penchant for them!  Guys, this stuff is already history? Someone slow down the clock...

V&A Twitter

Speaking of Kate's dress...the Duchess wore Gucci's Grosgrain-Trimmed Tweed Mini in a black and ivory tweed and blue and red trim. 

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This isn't the first time Kate has been seen with the Gucci label, but it is the first major ensemble she has worn from the Italian brand. The Gucci Kate already has is the little red clutch we first saw way back in 2012 at a rugby game in Wales. Today she gave her accessories game an upgrade and carried a custom Emmy London Natasha. The fleet grows... 


The shoes were certainly old favorites. These block heels genuinely date back to the Kate Middleton days, but just barely. Then-Miss Middleton wore the L.K. Bennett "Art" heels to an event at Darwen Academy in Lancashire, just a few weeks before her marriage. 


This dress is not a throwback to 2011, it's really a return to her preferences when pregnant with George and Charlotte. Many hypothesized that Kate embraced the retro mini for maternity-wear to highlight her perfect pins while she felt a little heavier than usual. Ok, well, I don't know if many felt that way, but it was my analysis...and I stand by it. 


You might recall that some of those shorter hemlines, paired with her new silhouette made me nervous we'd have gusty wind incident. Today, I felt more comfortable with the length and I really loved the mini look on her. 


Kate's hair was a huge success. Since she abandoned the super blowouts of the early days she has had some ups and down with her locks. Some events she sports a more wind-blown and natural look, but  this morning her hair was meticulously smoothed and styled in a half & half that revealed her face, but also allowed her to wear her hair in youthful waves. It was a great balance for the dress!


The Annoushka pearl drops made another appearance, too. They were just out several weeks ago after something of a hiatus, and I am pleased to see them again. I love how big the pearls are, and the diamond hoops that give them a little more swing than her pearl earrings from the Queen. 


The verdict is a big win. This isn't a look we have seen on Kate lately, but it certainly isn't outside her repertoire. The tweed, the red and blue coloring, the pocket flaps, and the length--this is a combo with which Kate fans are very familiar, and she looks better than ever. I really appreciated the attention she gave her hair and make-up today. It was just the fine-tuning this ensemble needed to be princess perfect. 






80 comments:

  1. Alejandra CamposJune 29, 2017 at 9:40 PM

    Love your comments (as usual)
    Not 100% sure how I feel about the ensemble, but the hair, clutch and make up were on point! :D

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  2. What is the point of your "culturally illiterate" comment? And why specify that it is likely "Yanks"? The V&A is a pretty well-known museum and even if someone weren't aware of it, does that necessarily make them culturally illiterate?

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    1. It was a joke... I'm American and pretty culturally literate. But, I don't live in London and I don't know the city well enough to know the story behind this new entrance. If you are from London, you likely read about it in the paper, etc. Americans, more removed, are less likely to know the surrounding story.

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    2. I am one of those Yanks and I thought the comment was very cute. A little light hearted teasing never hurt anyone, yeesh.

      This is such a win! Her accessories and hair and makeup are all perfectly in tune with this dress and I wouldn't change a thing. I've said that rarely in 2017 but today it's true. I love it when she wears something that isn't my personal style but makes me think "hmmmm maybe I should try that"!

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    3. Jane, I love your humour!

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    4. I laughed to myself Jane.... and I am a Kiwi! Thank you for your humor

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    5. Good sense of humour. From a somewhat illiterate reader.

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    6. Another Yank here who smiled at your comment :)

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    7. You have an ironic, dry sense of humor at times, Jane, which may not translate well.
      It is my favorite form of humor, second only to puns, so I was right there with you.
      Besides, I knew of Victoria and Albert and the Expo and the V&A by name, but I did not know all the details and history of this particular project. Thanks for the illumination-I had not read some of the interesting facts on other blogs.anon1.
      PS I don't agree with every example of Kate Things, but I do agree there was some research and planning involved in her choice of outfit.

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    8. I am an American also but, I know of the V&A but it was still a cute joke and not meant as a jib and anyone I sure love what you write Jane and article wonderful..please don't change a thing..

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    9. I'm American, and sometimes culturaluly and fashion trend illiterate.. Jane would never dry out to hurt anyone's feeling!!!


      I quiet like this style of dress on Kate! Perfect. I have also had a stroke and either can't find the word I'm looking for or say the wrong word. I've often wondered why Kate went to medi length after her windy fashion faux pax? Why not just wear straight lines? Like this dress for instance, or the blue suit above from her pre Royal days? I don't think wind could get the better of either of those?? Instead she went long, which of course makes bending over easier but I certainly believe there are certain criteria for every piece that she wears.

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  3. SierrafromMontanaJune 29, 2017 at 10:25 PM

    I feel like Kate must have just finished a netflix binge of Mad Men as this ensemble is straight out of Peggy Olson's closet!! Oh how I miss you Mad Men...sniff. Back to the topic at hand, at first I wasn't in love with the shoes, until I realized it was blue trim on the dress not black. Now I see it all together and what a smash hit. I also like how she is wearing red, blue and white. A little patronage to the Brits I'd say! Can't wait for her appearance at Wimbledon- will Kate go traditional white? Or bring the color?

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    1. Was thinking the same about the dress looking like it belonged to Peggy Olson! Absolutely LOVE IT! If there is anything I would criticize, it's her hairstyle. It looks too flat and tamed for this bold and flashy dress. BIG locks with LOTS of volume at the back would have been better IMHO. And pointed-toe block heels could have given the look a modern twist.

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    2. SierrafromMontanaJuly 1, 2017 at 4:14 PM

      Oooo a big blow out style like she had that day in winter with the black flowered dress would have been great too!

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    3. If I had not already read it was black, white, blue, and red I wouldn't have known.. The blue sure looks more black in some pictures!!


      We're almost ready for another tour!!!! Can not wait.

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  4. I love this dress! Do you think red heels to match the purse would have worked? I keep thinking something is off..maybe the purse and shoes should match?

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    1. not at all, that is an old fashioned custom,just coordinating

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  5. I love the dress! However I would never call it a "mini". She looked lovely but would have tweaked the hair a bit. Overall she looked lovely and thought the dress looked great and was wonderfully fitted to her. I wide she would wear more above the knee outfits.

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    1. Ali, I'm totally on the same page as you. Utterly excited about the shorter hemline. Hope she's bringing it back for good! Re the hair: I would have preferred a voluminous vintage-inspired blowout. How about you?

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    2. That would have been a good look. I understand pulling it back, it does keep it out of her face. I think her hair dresser just needs to work a bit on the look of pulling it partially back.

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  6. The moment I saw what Catherine was wearing I fell in love with everything about it, the dress, the bag, the shoes! I wondered whether we'd ever see these navy block heels again. I really enjoy them. She has worn them once more after the 2011 engagement that I can recall. It was at a hockey event with the GB team and she teamed them with coral skinnies and a navy blazer. She later changed into trainers for a session on the hockey field.

    On another note, I have always preferred to call the duchess Catherine as I have never felt that she was called Kate in her personal life. The other day I came across an article saying that Wimbledon has displayed a letter they received from Catherine in 2008 thanking them for their considerate hospitality towards her. She signed the letter Catherine Middleton. Since she is such a down to earth person I cannot imagine her signing herself by any other name except the name she is called by. So if she were called Kate I'm sure she would have signed Kate and not Catherine. Perhaps this won't interest anyone else but I had a little smile to see that my preference for Catherine may be right :)

    As for your culturally illiterate comment Jane, I fully got the spirit in which it was intended. You don't come across as a mean or petty person at all. I think I'm culturally illiterate on much of American history or many other countries for that matter! Thank you for the effort that you put in to research background details that make your blog all the more informative.
    ~Mo

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    1. Mo, I also think she should at the very least be "CATE" ~ where did Kate with a "K" originate?

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    2. I think "Kate" was announced as acceptable by the palace (in writing) around the time of the engagement although she was already referred to that way in the press. I would have thought it would be Cate also.

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    3. She is also on the record herself saying that Kate is perfectly acceptable

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    4. And we have all heard William call her Kate.....

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    5. What is acceptable and what is correct or preferred aren't always the same thing.

      I prefer the use of" Catherine" for the same reasons as Mo. Plus, I think it a little off somehow to say William and Kate. It should be William and Catherine or Will and Kate. Since I feel "Will" or "Wills" are often used in a context of critical or disparaging comments about him and that they are nicknames that only family and friends can use without seeming deprecatory-would you call him Wills when introduced to him? it implies familiarity. For that reason, I think Catherine should be used over Kate when used in news articles or by a non family/friend. I think Kate is acceptable in blog use, partly because it is easier to use.
      We have debated this name thing ad nauseum here. People have set opinions. I think it is fine to state an opinion, but pointless to debate this subject.
      CH was doing the PR for the couple in March, 2011 when that info was put out. The statement was issued in response to a specific situation when she was still single and a commoner, not as a blanket statement for all time and circumstances.
      She has since become William's wife, a Duchess, and a representative of the Queen.

      I see no disrespect in calling her Kate in blogs-it is shorter and more convenient to use and it usually is in a friendly, admiring context, however familiar it sounds; but I think the use of "Kate" with "William" in news articles seems a bit condescending or disrespectful.anon1
      PS I have never heard William call her Kate in her presence. Addressed directly to her. All I have heard him say is "Catherine and I" in direct references to her. I have read of his using that name when he was referencing her in a context wherein she was called Kate by others.

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    6. I wish people would read more. In a piece done with a health reporter recently William referred to her as Kate throughout. And in the GQ piece she walked up to reporter and said "Hi I'm Kate"

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    7. He referred to her as Kate in the engagement interview as well.

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    8. This issue is simply a matter of etiquette.
      I'd need to see a transcript in which William calls her Kate. It depends on whom he was speaking to about his wife. I'm sure he is aware that the media often call her Kate. I do know that in any written communication such as a letter or copy of a speech he calls her Catherine. That much is documented. He has stated his preference that she be called Catherine.
      The health reporter and engagement interview: As I have said, he, as her husband, may call her snookums or whatever. That does not mean every fan and reporter gets to walk up to her and say "Hi Snookums." It is overly familiar, presumptuous, and against common etiquette.
      I am not familiar with that GQ quote-the context and circumstances. I'll try to find it. I am fairly certain, however, that she did not follow her self-introduction by," Please call me Kate." There is a difference. The Queen signs herself "Elizabeth." That does not mean one gets to call her Elizabeth. Actually, I'd like to see her reaction if anyone actually did call her that to her face.

      IN SUMMARY: One may refer to one's self or one's spouse in a more familiar form than is expected from a stranger. William has stated that Catherine is the form of his wife's name that he prefers be used by the general public.It has been documented that she was called Catherine by her immediate family-that is what she grew up as. One receives nicknames in school . Perhaps that's where the "Kate" came from. Someone said the media chose to call her that. It is the easier to use.

      If I ever get to meet her I guarantee you I will not say "HI Kate." anon1

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    9. Oh Good God. I doubt Kate thinks as much about her own name as you clearly have.

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    10. Luckily, Kate doesn't seem to care as much as some whether she is called Kate or Catherine. I mean seriously, why is this even being debated?

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    11. Don't forget the "Cath" curveball Harry threw out there ;)

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    12. It appears that she adopted the moniker 'Kate' at University, at school she had been known as 'Catherine'. Hence, William first knew her as 'Kate'.

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    13. Where was it documented she was called Catherine? Quite the opposite. In video at Gary's wedding she's being called Kate or Katie. Pretty good documentation to me. I agree with 825, Kate wouldn't defend it this much let it go already.

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    14. That was then; this is Now.
      Question-did she choose that name or was it given her by others? Do we know for sure which it was? She is known as easy-going and would not have refused to answer to it..
      Not only just a lot of years have passed; as I have said, she has become William's wife, a mother, and a Duchess since then. No longer the college friend. We don't say "Queen Lilibet" although Lilibet

      was an accepted nickname by family and close friends in her earlier, school days.

      Harry is family, by the way. Family, self, and close friends are one thing; the general public and reporters etc., another. I don't know all the reasons why William prefers" Catherine." Maybe because it is the name her family calls her. I just know that is what he has said he prefers others call her. He is known to be protective in the wake that Diana's final years and death left. He may just feel it is more respectful. So do I.
      I really don't understand why there is contention over this. Obviously, it has become a symbol for the differing attitudes toward her. Media sources that specialize in gossip and finding fault tend to call her Kate. It is certainly easier than writing out her full name and title. I have noticed there is a trend with non-gossip sites to use Catherine and her title, which isn't " Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge," by the way. It is The Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine." At least it seems fewer sites refer to her as Kate Middleton now.

      What's in a name? Why bother? Names and the use and mis-use of them have changed history. Other than Montague and Capulet... Think what calling someone "comrade," instead of "friend," in the early 1950's meant. Especially among Hollywood writers. I don't know why people don't read more history and Shakespeare, instead of gossip sites.
      Names matter.

      Would you really walk up to her and say "HI Kate?"

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    15. media named her Kate and I also prefer Catherine!!1

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    16. The likelihood that any of us will ever walk up to Kate and call her anything seems awfully remote. But no, I wouldn't say "Hi Kate." I wouldn't say "Hi Catherine" either. So I'm not sure why it matters here. I also wouldn't address Charles and Camilla as C&C or the Queen as "QEII." 

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    17. Sorry but you are talking nonsense. People who "find fault" call her Kate? How about this very blog you're commenting on. And most fan blogs. How about every flattering article written about her in People or Hello or anywhere else.
      And if the Queen walked up to a reporter and said "Hi I'm Lillibet" most people would read that only one way. She could just as easily have said "I'm Catherine" if it was so important to her.

      Let it go already.

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    18. You obviously criticized my comments without reading them.Sometimes scanning doesn't do the trick. Also, thinking before reacting helps, too.
      If you want to drop the subject, be my guest. Don't forget-you know one person is making my remarks instead of multiple commenters and whom to criticize because I am identifiable and use a consistent name. Who knows which anonymouses said what comments? anon1

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  7. Oh dear Jane! I don't live in London and I was wondering what the opening was all about, and now, thanks to you I know!!

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  8. Cha Cha Cha! Loved this look so much! Everything about it rang my bell:)

    I'm also a Yank, and while I understand the "culturally illiterate Yanks" bit was lighthearted... Sigh... Not taken well by this reader. I've been traveling through Asia and Australia the past month and 90% of the time when I've said "I'm from the US" I get snickers and anti-Trump comments (no, I didn't vote for him, so yes, this does become a tiring dialogue)... Maybe that's why I took this the wrong way, or maybe it's because I'm a professor and a cultural historian and *did* know what the Great Exhibition is about *because I read/studied abroad in England years ago.* I'm sure my hurt is just me. Sorry if my pov offends.

    Perhaps, to be fair though, not all of your Yank readers are culturally illiterate and dislike the clichéd implication that Americans are stupid and lazy and can't be bothered to look beyond their own borders.
    (Culturally illiterate. Bah humbug.)

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    1. I understand your frustration with the constant suggestions that Yanks are too lazy to be bothered about other cultures (I've heard that plenty of times myself) but this Yank didn't take Janes comment to fall into that category. To be honest even if someone is passionate about learning about other cultures certain knowledge will fall through the cracks. Maybe try to take the joke in the light hearted context it was meant?

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    2. I see your point, really, but I think the point I'm trying to make is that we can educate each other without making each other feel bad; even saying "*this* culturally illiterate Yank" makes is softer. Rhetoric is important, especially in the written word, where inflection & body language are missing.
      To the Anon poster below ("chill people") - if I taught my students with the assumption that they didn't know anything, would that be fair or conducive to learning? No. I realize blogs are different, but tone is tone.

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    3. Respectfully I think you need to teach your students context and how to understand the tone of written word, particularly in this modern era where so much communication happens in writing (even symbolic written communication such as emojis). An understanding of self-deprecating humor might also help....

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    4. 5:58,

      You completely missed the meaning of my comment. And you twisted my comment to make it offensive.

      Jane really DOES NOT consider herself culturally illiterate. It was tongue in cheek. I second anon 8:51 in recommending you brush up on self-deprecating humor.

      BTW, a student's success at reading comprehension (understanding the meaning of what is being written) is the number one predictor of their overall success in life. I hope what you are teaching your students is not reflective of your comprehension skills demonstrated here.

      As far as people laughing at us in other countries where you are traveling. Why not remind them that the majority of Americans didn't vote for Trump? Give a laugh along with them and not take it so seriously.

      I made the "Chill, people," comment below.

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    5. 11:16 - I really didn't even intend to twist your comment, and I'm truly sorry you took it that way. I just didn't want to be "silenced" (told to chill out) because I disagreed with the majority of comments/reactions to one part of the post.
      But now, apparently, I have no sense of humor, poor understanding of what reading comprehension skills are (especially in multi modal contexts) and am thus a shoddy teacher... Because I had an unpopular/different opinion/reaction to a sentence on a blog post? Ouch. I used teaching as an example of being careful with one's audience - that was clearly misunderstood here.
      I have to say that I feel like I got attacked unjustly, and re-reading my two comments, I think they were pretty civil and diplomatic - or at least I was trying to be (re: self-deprecating humor, see how I said "bah humbug"? I was **making fun of myself**).
      Point taken, truly. Zipped lips.

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    6. I thought your comments came off as preachy and self-absorbed not civil or diplomatic. It sounded like you were reacting to what has been going on in your "offline" life (feeling irritated that you are being lumped in with the *stereotype* of the oblivious American) rather than what was actually said in the blog post. And quite frankly *this* Yank is culturally literate enough to realize that every culture has aware/informed citizens and lazy/unaware citizens so getting bent out of shape about needing to address stereotypes about Americans is a waste of time. BTW if you think the need to listen to snide comments about US politicians started with Trump you clearly haven't travelled much.

      Anon 7:50

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    7. "Chill, people," is not trying to silence anyone. It's a way to say relax. And my comments above the chill remark were very benign.

      It's amazing that you took offense to my remarks. They weren't a reply to anyone, they were stand alone comments. And you proceeded to comment on them up here. I wasn't being the least bit aggressive.

      Chill.

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  9. Catherine looked spot on--retro dress for the Vand A.
    Takes me back: I had a similar dress in the early sixties, when I was young and single. The shoes then were kitten heels, but there is no reason why she should go entirely to the sixties. Also the first time I wore tights with a dress, because they were too short for stockings.
    I can still remember my Mother's face when I came downstairs ready to go out.

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    1. Jean...your comment made me smile! And I would agree...in the fall or winter this dress could be paired with tights amd a pair of boots to switch it up!

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  10. Thank you Jane for the close-up of the dress details; makes it possible to appreciate the workmanship involved and I love those buttons.

    Unlike some of her dowdy house dresses, this garment appears to be worth the price tag!
    It also isn't a duplicate of other things in her wardrobe, so good for Cate!

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  11. Hello everyone...

    Well...I am totally with you on this one Jane. This dress is wonderful. The shorter hemline is nice to see...the whole look is fresh and youthful. Nothing matronly here!

    What really impressed me today was the styling of the dress. The dress is a statement in itself....and so the accessories could have easily taken it over the top. But the simple monotone shoes and purse were the perfect fit. And while I love a matching purse and shoes...the "coordinated" purse and shoes was the right call here. As was the block heel. The stileto court shoes Kate favours would have been wrong with this dress. So good job all the way around.

    Jane...thanks for the background on the V&A. I am going to be in London in the next couple of months and think I might have to make my way over to Exhibition Road and check out this new entrance! (As well as some of their displays on fashion!) As many times as I have been to London...it is one museum I have not visited. Thanks for the inspiration...Jane.

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  12. The dress is not for the season, although she wears it beautifully.

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    1. I think some people don't remember its not as hot and humid as it is in the states and I am sure finding a dress or clothing, shoes, purses, jewelry for as many occasions as she has to attend and all the limited restrictions on what clothing she can wear or is appropriate, is tiring to say the least...

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  13. In my closet, at this very moment, is a dress in the exact style, pocket tabs and all, as that red one-we used to call that style a "jumper," which can be confusing. I wore it in 1970. The textile was a light wool in a navy and white checked pattern. It was for Fall/Winter. I wore it in daytime over a tailored long-sleeved cream-colored shirt, in a Rayon blend I think, with French cuffs, pointed collar tabs, and "bloused" sleeves. It had an evening look without the blouse. Due to the bold pattern of the cloth not much accessorizing was needed. You don't want to know the shoes I wore with it. My daughter loved it and wore it and that is one reason it is still around. anon1

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  14. Since it's tweed it looks like a fall dress to me or maybe a transitional season dress, not a height-of-the-summer dress.

    I'm obviously in the minority (probably minority of 1 :) but I think it is too short. Not that I'm campaigning for midis necessarily---just an inch or two longer..that would still be above the knee. If moving up a size didn't work I'm pretty sure the designer could have lengthened it for Kate given the other sorts of changes she's had made to originals including the Chanel. Wind might not be a problem but it seemed too short & especially so when Kate bent down to take flowers from the little girl. No one else pictured at the event except Kate and Rebecca wore anything nearly so short and that includes the little girl. (I can't imagine how it would look when sitting but fortunately this was a walk-through event.) It also seems high-waisted and not the best fit in the bodice and shoulders. I know it's supposed to be form-fitting and Kate has the body for form-fitting clothes but it just looks too small all over to me. Those fit issues along with the length give the appearance it shrunk at the cleaners or if Kate were an adolescent I'd think she'd had a growth spurt and was squeezing into last year's dress. If worn in the fall with dark tights I think it would look better and not so strikingly short. (Or with red tights like Gucci showed it originally but I can't quite imagine Kate in red tights ;) I doubt we'll ever see it again if it was chosen to match the museum exhibit but given the austerity situation in the UK a bit more rewearing might be in order. There are lots of nice outfits (nice IMO anyway) Kate has worn only once.

    I did like the unmatched shoe/clutch combo though! It was nice to see something besides suede stilletos with matching clutches. I liked the slightly larger clutch also. I know Kate doesn't actually have to carry anything in a bag but tiny ones look more like evening bags to me.


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  15. The Court Circular is listing a visit by William and Catherine to MI6 on Wednesday.
    Several reports also that they and Prince George went to an open day at the school.
    Doubt there will be pictures from either engagement.

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  16. I think the culture comment was tongue-cheek. Jane doesn't consider herself that (or anyone else that) but she had to look-up more info about this event, when she is used to knowing most things. This extra research led her to making a smart comment. That's my take.

    Chill, people.

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  17. Louise, London, UKJune 30, 2017 at 12:57 PM

    I'm not sure if the posters who are concerned about the dress being wrong for the season are Americans, but it does seem to be something that those on the other side of the pond take far more seriously than we do. Last week we had a heatwave with temperatures in London hitting the low 30s in London. This week has seen rain and temperatures in the mid to high teens. A tweed dress is perfectly suitable for the weather.

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    1. Thank you for sharing this. Yes, tweed to us in the US would mean fall/winter. This seems to be a culture divide and I am glad you added this. Now we can see where Kate is coming from.

      Many years ago when Liz Tilberis came to the US to run Harper's Bazaar from British Vogue, she said that she was stunned by the cultural and language divide between the US and Britain. Even though we share the same language, she was constantly having to explain (even mime out) what she meant. This could fall into that category.

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    2. Anon 1:34, I am from the US and do not have at all that view of tweed and the seasons. Maybe it depends on where in the US you live or where and when you grew up.

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    3. Isn't there such a thing as a light-weight tweed? I would wear tweed on a rainy, cool day, no matter what the calendar said.anon1

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    4. I'm in your boat anon1. I have light weight tweed I wear well outside fall/winter just as I have tropical weight wool I wear in the summer. To me it all depends on the weight and color of the fabric

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    5. According to WKW, quoting a fan-site source, this Is a light-weight tweed. The textile is described as a cotton and nylon blend. The red version style actually is closer to Kate's because, like Kate's dress, it has no trim on the back shoulder sleeve area. The original tweed version does have the shoulder trim. The red version is described as a wool blend. WWD, a recognised fashion industry forum, said Kate's version of the dress was made of British wool tweed and supports that industry in GB. That is a heavier-weight tweed..
      It may be best not to criticise Kate's making a certain choice without being clear on the facts. She may have been wearing the lighter weight version, as at least one source states.
      She was also criticised generally for wearing Italian designer and not supporting British industry. If it is the heavier-weight wool version, she was indeed supporting British industry, while also giving a nod to the museum with the retro style and recognising a current EU member by wearing an Italian design-which is the idea behind the recent royal European tours and visits.

      My main complaint about Kate criticism has always been that it is sometimes done without taking the time to actually consider whether the criticism is accurate and fair. That sort of criticism is not opinion. It is judgement, not based on and stated as personal preferences but supposedly on known facts---which sometimes have later turned out not to be known facts after-all.

      There are also criticisms based on personal opinion and should be presented as such, not as general fact. For example-"I find the color magenta a bit too bright for my taste." Not " Magenta is a terrible color that royals should never wear."

      There are some gray-area criticisms-" Magenta is not an appropriate color to wear for this occasion." If that was prefaced by "I think that..." it is opinion. Otherwise, what is being said? What authority has stated that magenta is not appropriate for such an event? I think we may sometimes use our own concepts as representing a consensus of opinion. There are probably few ideas that are acceptable 100% by everyone or even 51% of an international forum such as this
      is.Jane has explained the difference between stating fact and giving an opinion.

      Distinguishing between the two types of criticism is what makes the difference between a fashion blog and a gossip site.anon1
      PS Of course, the above comment was strictly my opinion.- except for the citations, that is. Ha!

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  18. Kelly from TexasJune 30, 2017 at 2:00 PM

    I think HRH looks great. The other style standout is the V&A Director's wife (or at least, the woman behind his daughter who presented the flowers). Did anyone else notice that she is wearing basically the same outfit that Kate wore to the sailing event last week? White blazer with blue shin-length trousers. A style that very few can pull off - and she looks super chic!

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    1. I believe that was the architect/designer behind her daughter.
      I also saw a woman in one photo wearing a short red dress with a white blazer. Most women were in midi length. Kate has been wearing that style recently. I know I might consider what the guest of honor would possibly be wearing, if there were no dress code for an event.anon1

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    2. Correction: Kelly, you were right. I believe that is the director's wife. The little girl is his daughter, for sure.
      He and the architect, the woman in black next to him in the receiving line I believe, accompanied Kate

      on the tour. I sorta wanted that woman you described to be the architect. The idea of her relaxed style and bringing her daughter to work with her appealed to me.If wishes were horses, I'd rival the Queen.
      It is hard to tell dress length on some of the other women as many of the photos were cropped at their knees. anon1

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  19. I absolutely loved her look today!! The dress, the hair, the makeup, everything was just stunning!

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  20. Fun post Jane. I have mixed emotions about today's look. I prefer her hair blown out, or in a sleek ponytail, but no matter she looks lovely as always. I haven't been to the V&A museum in 10 years, so it was great to see the photos.

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  21. Videos footage of Kate wearing this outfit are somewhat less flattering than the photos, I feel. Somehow the dress looks a tad too short in the moving images, and she appears to walk in a slightly 'clumpy' way in the shoes.

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  22. Her look during the Darwen Academy visit...flawless! One of my all time favorites for Kate.

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  23. The dress is very nice and Kate looks wonderful, but I would love to have seen patent leather accessories with it. Red or navy.

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  24. The whole ensemble was right on the nose. She is just beautiful, Love it!!!Is it me or does she look a little pregnant??

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    1. I don't think she looks at all pregnant.

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    2. 11:34- wouldn't that be lover-ly....lov-er-leeee...
      Sorry. my mind is still on Royal Ascot.
      anon1

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  25. I loved the Gucci. She makes it look so elegant. I loved the navy shoes, too. Someone told me they thought they looked like British Air flight attendant heels. I didn't think so, does anybody else think that? I think they look great on her with that dress.

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  26. last night watched B B Cproramme on Wimbledon--nice little interview with Catherine at the end. She is at her best with one to one chats.
    Itinerary for Polish/German tour--George and Charlotte are going with them.

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  27. I am not sure about the clutch-shoe combo. I like them separately, but somehow feels, if you have a red clutch then have red shoes too...

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