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[Updated] Royal Visit Sweden Day 2: Catherine Walker & McQueen

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Yesterday's fashion misstep (in my book) is already in the rearview this morning as the Duchess debuted a new coat from Catherine Walker. William and Kate joined Victoria and Daniel on Day 2 of Royal Visit Sweden at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, where they were scheduled to learn about mental health issues in Sweden and the strategies used to combat it.  


Despite the cold, crowds had gathered to greet the popular royal couples. In this video of Kate saying hello to the fans, you can see Catherine Quinn is there assisting. 

The Karolinska Institute is apparently one of the largest and most prestigious medical institutes in the world, and according to its website, accounts for 40% of the research conducted in Sweden.

Among other strategies, Sweden encourages exercise to combat mental health issues. I think we all have experienced the positive endorphin boosts from a little sweat session, and this morning was a good reminder that as soon as the tour is over I will stop skipping my Pilates classes. ;) 
The morning's agenda focused on children and young people particularly, and William and Kate also heard about suicide prevention programs for that demographic, which shockingly and sadly appears to be increasingly prone to self-harm and self-destruction.

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As you can see, Kate shed her coat at the Institute, to reveal a boucle dress by Alexander McQueen underneath. Kate accessorized her look with her Chanel mini and her Tod's pumps, which are both in deep burgundy/oxblood. I think she got away with these colors paired with the coat (although perhaps not a perfect combo), but I loved, loved, loved them with this form-fitting, bespoke dress.



New earrings alert! These are by Swedish brand In2Deisgn. In both India and Canada, Kate wore earrings by local designers. It's a smart way of incorporating a host country into an ensemble without overhauling her entire style profile, so smart move! 


[Update begins here] After their time at the Institute, the royals made their way to Matteusskolan, a school where one of the mental health programs they'd just heard about at the Institute, has been implemented.

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I think this is the first tour/trip where William and Kate spent this much time with a single host, and certainly spent this much time with fellow royals. It was a lot of fun to see all four at event after event:

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Already heavily involved in mental health work in Britain, today was a great opportunity for the Cambridges to see the work being accomplished in Sweden, and to bring the spotlight they have generated to their hosts' efforts in this area. 


The last stop of the afternoon was a trip to a nearby department store where, according to Kensington Palace, they enjoyed an exhibition on brands that operate in Sweden.

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Then, it was back to the palace for high tea and a chance to meet Victoria and Daniel's darling little children, Princess Estelle (who will follow her mother to the crown) and Prince Oscar.

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When you look at this decor, it seems that all royals like to mix their historic structures with modern interior design. I think Kate probably felt right at home, because this is very much in keeping with her aesthetic, too. 



Then came the night. Honestly, I am starting to enjoy these evening fashion surprises. Kate and William arrived at the Fotografiska Gallery for a reception celebrating contemporary Swedish culture. Rain had set in, but Kate kept kept dry under a blue umbrella and wrapped in a coat by Swedish designer Isa Sjöstedt. Apparently, this is a hugely popular label for the Swedish royal ladies. It would be like Victoria visiting Britain and wearing Jenny Packham or McQueen. Kate added her faux fur stole and cuffs to glam it up a little. 


Under that coat Kate was wearing another Erdem. I will tell you what, Erdem is catching some flak this week, but more of that in a moment. Sparkling at her ears were Robinson Pelham earrings. Robinson Pelham created Kate's bridal earrings and the jewelry the Middleton family wore on April 29th. I don't think Kate has ever worn another design by the company, so this is kind of exciting to see. (Oops, the earrings she wore to the Bond premiere were Robinson Pelham, but they were the earrings designed for Carole to wear to Kate's wedding reception!)


The party was celebrating contemporary Sweden, and based on Victoria's edgier choice, that must have been the sartorial theme as well. The problem is, well, Kate's not that contemporary in her preferences. So not only did she have to dress her pregnant figure in an evening dress, she had to put a twist on it. It was the perfect storm...or was it? 


It's not horrible. As one of you said on IG, she looks so good in blue. At the same time, is this the best she could have done? Gee, I hope not--I mean, we know not. Kate can do so much better, but I think she is struggling a little with the whole pregnant and on tour thing. Evening wear is not something she has navigated much when pregnant, and certainly not dressing for another culture. The Metropolitan in New York didn't require a nod to a different culture. Truthfully, after looking at a lot of photos, I don't hate it. It's kind of Sigrid Undset (Norway, I know) meets 2018, right? It also has some unflattering elements I am sure a few of you will be pointing out to me in the comments, I know. ;) I think everyone is going to be right. It's crazy, it's cool; it's frumpy and yet weirdly contemporary. Look at it here under the low lighting, though. It's looks pretty here. She looks gorgeous... 


I think if this were a floor length gown I might love it. I know that sounds crazy, but it is true. Give this to me in floor length and I'd trot it out for Taste of the South or something. Maybe. Probably. Blue does look good one Kate, contrary to the country song, and this pattern is up my alley if I am honest. I think it is the length and the shoes that killed it. Still, an improvement form last night, and better luck next time! 


 Can't wait for tomorrow, though. The Cambridges are heading to Norway next!! See you then! 

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  1. And she's back on her A game. Loving this look!

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  2. I agree, she looks much better today. The dress is beautiful.

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  3. Although I like this Catherine Walker coat I cannot get on board with Catherine's penchant for mixing deep burgundy and tomato red hues together. The mix of coat, shoes, bags and gloves is just off for me. I do like the shoes and bag much better with the Alexander McQueen dress and I particularly enjoy the texture of the tweed of the dress. Taken a quick second peek and mmm, definitely am liking the whole look of cream, burgundy and the new earrings so this part of the ensemble is a win for me.

    On a side note, I usually enjoy Victoria's ensemble choices but the only thing she has worn so far that I have liked is her cream coat from yesterday.
    ~Mo

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    1. Yes I agree. The oxblood and red do not look good together. The white McQueen is really lovely though. Wait till Jane sees the blue Erdem...Time for an Erdem break, I think.

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    2. My eyes almost bugged out of my head this morning. Kate rarely has two back-to-back misses. But, I have found things I like. I can see why she chose it. But, the length and those shoes, yikes.

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    3. Agreed!! I was like”why?!?!” Does she keep doing this with red and burgundy! Then add to the mix that she’s wearing brown tights and brown gloves and it’s a bit of a hot mess.
      Sigh.
      The perk to being beautiful and having great hair (I am much preferring this length as opposed to the shorter cut from the Fall) is it distracts, a little bit, from a fashion fail.
      ~ A

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  4. My mistake, Victoria's coat from yesterday was not cream but more of a taupe. Lovely colour too and looked super with her boots.
    ~Mo

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    1. I didn't care for Victoria's choices yesterday either except for her coat. I thought she looked lovely today though. I love the warm relationship she and Kate seem to have.

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  5. The fit of the coat and dress is impeccable. Like the coat. Love the dress. Having trouble with the oxblood and the bright red, especially the tights but it looks great paired with the white dress of which the fabric is so lovely. Her hair looks amazing today.

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    1. Faith, I'm having the same technical issue with my monitor. LOL. Love the pieces individually, but the accessories definitely work better with the dress than with this coat. I could see Maxima rocking this coat with her red patent shoes! And yes, she does have quite a pair.👍

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    2. Oh, wouldn't red patent look fantastic with this coat? Good call, royalfan! On my monitor this is not a tomato red but more of a clear red. I still don't like the color of the shoes and bag with it but they do look wonderful with the dress.

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    3. Oh, yes, Robin ... the dress and accessories are a perfect match. And I truly love the coat; I was hoping she would wear a bolder hounds tooth pattern and this did not disappoint. But I cannot get past what *I* see as "distracting" shoes and bag.

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  6. I am so surprised that people don't like the burgundy with the red together! It looks splendid to my eye. Just the right amount of "different" to still work and of course it looks smashing with the dress. But I REALLY want to talk about her gorgeous hair today! I always liked her long hair better but of course understood the shorter but today her hair is the perfect length and style. She looks so beautiful and fashionable.

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    1. Ditto regarding her hair :-)
      ~ A

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  7. Oxblood and tomatoe red a no go in my style book. Otherwise it'S a great look.

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    1. I agree, but when she takes off her dress, the outfit is FABULOUS with the accessories. I think the coat is just the coat, maybe she really liked it and wanted to wear it or maybe she didn`t want to commission too many bespoke pieces so wore one she already had. I don`t know, don`t really like Victoria`s combo of coat and suit either, so.

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  8. Kate looks wonderful. Love the dress. So so on the earrings, purse is great, I would have preferred a different shoe, the style to me is too heavy for the dress. The coat is a great style and fit, I am just not a big fan of the pattern. I thought Victorias outfit was fantastic. Love everything about it.

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  9. OK, now we're talking! This coat is just gorgeous, although I don't care for the color of the shoes and the bag with it. The dress underneath is also a big win. Way to get back on your game YRH! I love that she's carrying something other than clutches lately. I say it's time for her to get a classic Channel quilted handbag in black!

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  10. Beautiful. From head to toe. There is nothing wrong with the mix of colors with the coat in my opinion. Some might not like it, but it certainly isn't a fashion faux pas or anything. I wear brown and black together a lot and some would think that's a no go, but I like it. Also blue and black. Go Kate!

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  11. That coat is awesome! So bright and cheerful. I love it! It's sweet to see her rub her bump a little in that video where she is in white. :)

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  12. I hope we see this dress again. A new favorite. Not only is it beautiful but it also highlights her coloring and features.

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  13. I actually like the pairing of red and burgundy. You'd think they'd clash, but in my eyes they look good. I absolutely love the white McQueen dress. It looks gorgeous on her.

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    1. Agreed, Allie in Canada! I never thought about wearing those two colors together until Kate began doing it. She makes a crisp red and white look more interesting by the burgundy accessories.

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  14. Love this entire outfit, Kate looks fabulous.

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  15. Kate looks just fabulous today. The whole outfit is a big winner. Love everything about it.

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  16. Kate was on point fashion today. I think she looked fantastic. It's nice to see Kate and William interacting with another couple closer to their age and with young children.

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  17. What strikes me about this ensemble is the queer feeling I am getting about the fit. To wit: this outfit, both dress and coat, would've worked beautifully in late fall, 2017, but now, the two pieces look too tight, to my eye. Neither are maternity, and IMO, Kate needs maternity wear now--she is, after all, by my reckoning, leavened by hope, 6.5 months pregnant. (If Kate's only 6 months, given her penchant for going two weeks overdue, how on earth is she going to make Harry's wedding--and wearing what? A potato sack?)

    I like the two pieces and the accessories, but the sizing is just plain WRONG. Would've been true winners two months ago.

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    1. It IS maternity wear in the sense that it was made to measurement. If that would not be the case the bottom seam in front e.g. would be higher than at her back.

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    2. Agree, it was made to measure. It fits her beautifully I think. Could she have used an inch more:) maybe but almost impossible to do that regardless if you buy off the rack maternity or have something made. At this stage her size changes daily from baby growth and hormonal/water retention changes.

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    3. I think Kate should take a look at the Swedish princesses ot the matter of pregnancy and evening dresses. They all wore fantastic dresses when pregnant.

      Well maybe they do it like the Swedish royal family, when Madleine was pregnant and her brother married. They had an ambulance parked right in front of the church - just in the case :) One or two days later Madleine gave birth.

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  18. I really enjoyed this coat and dress. The coat as well as yesterday’s fits her better. Her dress is wonderful as well. She’s so classy (except for last evening, lol). She is transitioning to be a wonderful Queen.

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  19. Love the cream dress and burgundy accessories. I am all for mixing red and burgundy but not TOMATO red and burgundy. A cooler shade of red would have been much nicer and more tonal, this warm red just clashes.

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  20. Oh wow I think this is my second favorite dress of the year. However, I don't mind the burgundy with the white but the style of the shoe is off with the dress (the shoe is very structured and business like and the dress is very soft and lovely). I think the burgundy and shoe style is awful with coat and I also don't like the coat with the dress. It's all just such a mish-mash of different styles and colors. Kate definitely needs a stylist. -J

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  21. I like the individual pieces but don't like them together. As I commented when some said MM should not have worn brown suede boots with a velvet burgundy dress at Christmas, I like the organic look of brown and darker reds together (particularly when the materials are textured like suede & velvet.) But I'm not crazy about bright red houndstooth (it's pretty but not exactly an organic look!) paired with brownish red. I think the shoe *color* looks nice with the dress but think the shoe style is too "preppy/sporty/business-like" for a white dress with gold threads. I can understand Kate wanting to avoid stilletos while pregnant (& maybe forever!) but wish she'd get a few more pairs of lower heeled chunkier shoes....I do like these but they are getting quite a workout and really don't go with everything any more than her nude suede stilletos did.

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  22. Jane, I need you to help me process the latest Erdem situation. Please don't make me face it alone.

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    1. I have been processing half the day. I have come around on it a little. But, yeah, it's not her best night. Erdem really has struck out this trip.

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    2. I agree that the blue Erdem was better than the one the previous night! The cream wool dress was beautiful---perfection. The red checked coat was nice but I din't like the burgundy shoes and purse with it. Interesting that Kate has begun to carry a bag with a handle, which she normally does not on an official visit.

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    3. I don't know what's happening to her evening wardrobe. Her daytime wear has been so wonderful and then Erdem is killing the vibe at the end of the day. This blue isn't as horrific as the gold mess but it's still not good. I rarely pin the word frumpy on Kate but this does have a definite frump factor. Not only that but they don't fit her well. How can a bespoke piece be so ill fitting? Erdem needs to be banned from the royal collection.

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  23. Loved this! So fetching! Cute!!!
    Do we have to talk about the blue Erdem?;)

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    1. Lol Jane :) Not letting us off the hook that easily! Well, here goes. The colour of the Erdem is lovely. I don't like the solid band of blue on the bottom with the shorter length. I think it would have been more proportional on a full length dress. I'm vacillating as far as the fabric is concerned. I can't make up my mind if it would look better as an armchair cover or whether it actually works for a dress. I would have preferred a silver shoe with this rather than the black. I love the earrings and I think Catherine's warmth and grace still shine through despite the dress.
      Almost forgot the black coat, which I think is fabulous. I love the embroidery detail around the hem line and the faux fur jazzes it up to perfection.
      ~Mo

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    2. Curtains, this would definitely be better as curtains.

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    3. How about Jane's comment?? Yes!!!!

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  24. I've been hoping for YEARS that Victoria, Kate, and Mary (Denmark) would somehow all become best buddies (V + Mary are already good friends). So I had to poke my head up from the chaos of rearing small children to chime in on this. Loving this visit, and Kate seems like she's stretching out of her comfort zone clothes-wise. Good for her, no matter what we think of the outcome (yellow Erdem and blue velvet from tonight, I'm looking at you...)!

    Hope the Scandi royals return the visit at some point as well.

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  25. I think everything she has on is made to measure and probably was refitted really recently- like last week probably.
    They don't look tight at all to my eye but very carefully made. I love the dress under her coat. I liked the longer lengths on both the Catherine Walker and Mc. Queen today. They seem about two inches longer than her former maternity go to length at this point in her maternity wear which I think is far more flattering to her shape. It gives it a little more length.

    Also, some of the patterning that is very bold might be two-fold. To allow the crowd to see and follow her if they are looking and maybe because CP Victoria has face blindness. The bolder prints might be like a bookmark for CP in the midst of all the tumult of public greetings and movement from place to place together. Either way it seems to be a very warm visit which is nice to see.

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    1. I think you are correct about Victoria's facial blindness. If that entered into the decisions about dress and color choice - then kudos to the team.

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  26. Jane I agree with you 100% on this Erdem. Under the low lighting Kate is stunning, so beautiful, and had it been floor length, it would have been better. You nailed it. The color blue is gorgeous, and I love her version of a messy bun.

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  27. As a former TOTS chair, I'm loving the TOTS reference, Jane! Great post, as always. I think HRH looks amazing once again -- even in Erdem!

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    1. Woah! That's awesome! Quite a party to put on; I am impressed!

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  28. I enjoyed everything today! The cream McQueen looked so cozy! Loved that it was form-fitting. The Catherine Walker coat wasn't my favorite, but still beautiful. I don't mind the color combo of tomato and burgundy. It's a slight nod to mod imo. I really like the blue Erdem and bet that in-person it was much more flattering than how it came out in photos. Floor length would have made it more bohemian I think and would have been gorgeous, but I actually liked seeing it paired with ankle-strap heels.

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  29. Hi! I agree with you in the sartorial choices!
    The dress was excellent!
    Victoria's and Daniel's living room is gorgeous! I like it way more than KP because it looks so much more modern!
    The evening's outfit I loved it, with the coat and the cuffs and the umbrella :P

    I agree with you that if it were a floor length it would be great, for a period movie or era like The Tudors or Reign.
    Again, I think she is trying to minimize the expose of her bump (am I reading too much into this?)

    Anyway, thank you for posting and for your comments!
    I really love that from you, the other blogs tend to just write a bout the dress and that's it.
    You give your input and that is awesome!

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    1. Yes, but its 2018 and it's not a period movie. It was a gorgeous fabric for perhaps a wing chair but she has few errors in her arsenal and she is still gorgeous. She's trying.

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  30. It is good to see royals from different countries expressing concern for mental health,a field which has often been neglected.The conversations that Catherine,Harry,William,Victoria and Daniel are having are refreshing and inspiring.
    Fashion wise,yikes!This blue Erdem easily makes it in my top 5 of the ugliest things the duchess has ever worn.
    It is obvious that she is having trouble dressing her changing body.

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  31. Re her evening wear. It is a gorgeous dress and she looks fantastic. Love the earrings. Love the coat, would have skipped the faux fir trim. Loved Victorias outfit also. She is much more petite than I realized from the few photos I had seen. Victorias and Daniels children are so lovely and cute. Loved those photos. Have to say the mantel "hardware" is not my taste. I assume these are basically state meeting rooms.

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  32. I looked at the dress modeled on the runway and it looked a million times better!A big part of it’s beauty lies in it’s structured silhouette.This was not meant to be adjusted for maternity wear.Hopefully,she will wear it after her pregnancy in it’s original look.

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  33. I love the color, the pattern and sleeves.I agree with you Jane, floor length would have made it a hit! It is a slight off key miss for me too.

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  34. Love your post as always, Jane.
    I really like the hair, the make up, the earrings and the shoes, but, sorry, I don't like the dress. She could do way better!
    Let's see tomorrow.
    Kisses from Italy
    Federica

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  35. Jane, I thought the SAME thing about the length and the shoes. If it had been floor length (without the ruffle) I think it would have been much better. In pictures frkm the waist up, it looks lovely; not so much in full body pics. I have also been curious as to whether either of these dresses were meant for maternity wear and if maybe some bespoke maternity evening dresses might have been a better option. Surely it can’t be easy to find third trimester friendly ready to wear evening looks. Well, apparently not anyway.

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  36. Jane, I thought the SAME thing about the length and the shoes. If it had been floor length (without the ruffle) I think it would have been much better. In pictures frkm the waist up, it looks lovely; not so much in full body pics. I have also been curious as to whether either of these dresses were meant for maternity wear and if maybe some bespoke maternity evening dresses might have been a better option. Surely it can’t be easy to find third trimester friendly ready to wear evening looks. Well, apparently not anyway.

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  37. Jane, in NY Kate did have a theme with her evening wear - the St Andrews’ colours. She wanted to wear blue & green and that resulted in a teal dress with emerald jewelry, if I recall correctly. I think the difference in NY is she was approx 2 months earlier in that pregnancy.
    We see celebrities wear some gorgeous gowns while pregnant. I think Kate’s personal (maternity) style causes her to struggle as her bump gets bigger.
    ~ A

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  38. At a first glimpse of the upper part of the dress I thought it looks nice, velvet and an empire waist, but I was disappointed when I saw the whole dress, the wide open sleeves with no lining, the length, the broad blue hemline... and what does this blue triangle between her breasts mean, was the dress made wider for her? Even the golden jewelery does not match a blue and white/silver dress. Not as worse as the gown last night, but definitely a miss.

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    1. I agree the gold in the jewelry doesn't go with the blue dress as well as silvery tones would Anon 3:08. I assume Kate is doing blue with gold to again mimic the colors in the Swedish flag. Time to give that a rest IMO. Norway's red, white and blue may be more manageable as long as she doesn't force her outfits to include all three colors.

      I don't care for the blue dress. It's too busy with too many style details for my taste as was the mustard one.  To me, the shorter hiked up length in front because of her pregnancy is not flattering. I *might have* liked floor length better. As others have said at least blue is a better color for Kate than bilious gold. I did like Eugenie's engagement photo dress (mostly because I thought the colors were great on her...still didn't like the ruffled hem) but admit I usually don't like Erdem. People defending Erdem have often said here E's bell sleeved busy florals are so "fashion forward." Maybe I don't understand the term. But when I was at Walmart in Dec looking for long underwear (the southern US has had some frigid weather) I saw plenty of ruffled, flowered, bell sleeved garments. It's hard to think of certain style details as cutting edge fashion when they've already made it to Walmart!

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  39. I really loved Kate's daytime look but I absolutely cannot get my head around these Erdem pieces - it's totally a mystery to me what has made her choose them. And, I agree, Jane, that the shoes are really unhelpful here...Does anyone have thoughts on what is making Kate pick these very busy Erdem pieces, which, tbh, I don't think would look good under any circumstances but definitely not while pregnant...

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  40. I think I dislike the blue Erdem even more than the gown from the previous night. The blue Erdem looks like something Sybill Trelawney would wear.

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  41. Loved, loved, loved the dress and coat from today. However, I never never liked the Tod's shoes, and I don't believe the colour of the shoes, handbag and gloves should be combined with the red in the coat.

    Regarding the evening dress, one question keeps churning in my mind, and has done so for quite some time. How is it that the same fashion house that created one of my all-time favourite dresses (the navy lace sheath from the Canada tour), also created some of the other busy, edgy, controversial outfits we have see the Duchess wear since?

    It is clear to me that the DoC and I have different tastes in patterns. We are much more aligned on solid colour choices!

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  42. There's a runway model wearing this dress & it actually looks hip & cool. (I couldn't find link). But the length is longer and she's not pregnant. It's ok on Kate. Better than the yellow but I have to say, she looks gorgeous & glamorous in close up shots so I think they both are better in person than our perspective. What I don't understand is the big uproar about the yellow Erdem but the many who praised the pink lace evening gown last year. That one with the huge ruffled sleeves. They are in the same genre to me & are both just as ugg! All I can chock it up to is different strokes for different folks. I guess it's good we all don't like the same things or we'd all be dressing alike☺. Fashion aside, how sophisticated, confident & charming she is no matter what. She really seems to fit in no matter what the setting.

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    1. Both these Erdem gowns looked infinitely better on TV.
      William had dressed to match her last night.

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  43. The daytime looks were great, but the Erdem was another miss. It's almost like she's going from room to room in Buckingham Palace and repurposing the drapes.

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  44. Stop the flounces, PLEASE somebody, stop the flounces!
    betsy

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    1. AGREED!!!! We are drowning in curtain ruffles!!!!

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    2. I remember having that mother earth feeling when I was pregnant. I would head on down to the Laura Ashley store and purchase a cotton floral dress that, in retrospect, really looked unattractive. Those dresses and unmonitored eating made me very happy.

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  45. The blue Erdem is far and away worse than the gold Erdem from the previous night. To me the gold Erdem struck an oriental note with me and looked lush and luxuriant. Ok it has it's flaws but it didn't repulse me. The blue dress is nothing short of frumpy and just plain awful. It manages to make her look stout which she is most definitely not (even while pregnant) Seriously Kate - you need to step away from this designer with immediate effect. To think she could wear anything and she chooses this!

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    1. I thought about an Asian influence when I saw the gold Erdem too--the flowers, silk, and collar (which, to me, resembles a mandarin collar). I dislike both dresses, but prefer the gold over the blue as well.

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  46. Kate is gorgeous, but Erdem is awful. I've only like one dress I've ever seen from them - that lovely longsleeved, floral sheath from last year, and I couldn't believe it was from Erdem. since that first huge dust ruffle I've hated everything they've made. It's like they go OUT OF THEIR WAY to make gorgeous Kate look terrible! Everything is wrong about their designs - SO heavy, the lengths are all awful - that middle of the calf thing is just frumpy, not edgy, not feminine, not lady like, not anything but unflattering. And you have to work REALLY hard to unflatter Kate's amazing legs and figure! Why she keeps choosing them I have no idea. What is up with all of her high necked dresses?! Long sleeves, bell sleeves, high necks, midi lengths - all so unflattering, so heavy, hiding all of kate's best features. I wish for a stylist for her so much!!! I also can't stand the Swedish Queen's red and black outfit. UGh! So garish, so cheap, so unflattering. Why is it so hard for royals to get proportions right? They have the budget and the assistance, and their clothes are important! Ugh. LOVED LOVED LOVED the cream McQueen dress on kate - absolutely beautiful!

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  47. My very favorite part of this visit to Sweden is the interaction between the two royal couples. They all looked to be having a wonderful time together and appear to like each other quite well. The little prince and princess are so adorable and I love the photo of William stooped down to talk to them at their level. Something Kate probably wishes she could do but at this stage of her pregnancy getting back up would be an issue. Now, on to Norway and please no more Erdem!

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    1. She just reecently had an engagement where she did exactly that without any difficulties coming up again.

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    2. re getting down to the level of the royal children, I think the length of the dress was an issue as well. I'm sure she would have, had she been wearing something longer (or trousers!)

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    3. Or maybe even something with a fuller skirt.

      So far, Norway is a win in the fashion department!

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  48. She could do so much for maternity fashion. And why downplay/hide the bump? Celebrate baby! Just saw an image of her arriving in Norway and thought "Did they send the Queen??' Oops. Nope. It was Kate. Don't get me wrong, the Queen dresses beautifully. But for an instant...let's just say, there should never be any confusion. Kate is so gorgeous, if she embraced maternity styles she could look (and probably feel) consistantly amazing and really inspire the fashion industry for modern moms. Having experienced a pregnancy myself, but without Kate's clothing budget, I can speak to how unattractive one feels wearing ill-fitting clothes. Treat yourself, Kate, indulge!!!

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    1. Good point you make. I agree. She could do alot for pregnancy fashion by wearing more flattering maternity clothing.

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  49. OK. The blue Erdem-if it were floor length it would have fit in perfectly in a Middle Age milieu, or 12-13th century England.
    I could envision Eleanor of Aquitaine in it (or Kathrine Hepburn playing her) Just add one of those pointy hats. Still-love those saturated colors, can't miss her, as someone above pointed out.
    Also, I was struck by the photo of Kate in the gorgeous white dress next to the girl in white. The girl looked like a young Kate to me. The almost rapt expression on the girl's face. That picture fascinates me. Jane, you sure can pick them.
    I am glad there were photos of the tea with the children. (where were the scones and cucumber sandwiches? fruit for tea?) Charlotte would have been running all over the room, with George sticking close to Mum. Kate has enough on her plate just physically getting through these challenging days, without having two little ones to tend to. They would be clingy being in a strange environment. Nanny can only do so much. ....but it would have been fun, seeing them all together. Charlotte and Estelle! at a small table, with Estelle doing the "Mother" duties. Estelle would be such a gracious hostess for her guest.

    I really liked Victoria's trouser outfit. I keep worrying Kate will become chilled with the bare legs.
    It is probably just editing and circumstance--Victoria and Daniel seem more relaxed and even happier than usual during engagements. Usually I only see formal, posed, portrait-type images so that may be it. Or possibly, appearing together, both couples feel less burden for the progress of an engagement . I imagine Kate's ready smile and joyous laugh factor in as well.
    I would call this leg of the "charm offensive" a resounding success.

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    1. Cucumber sandwiches in Sweden??? I don't think so..
      They don't eat them...

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    2. Neither do I, anon 6:33.
      How do they keep the bread from getting soggy? It may just be a staged photo and not really the actual tea experience. One can only hope. A little nod to the customs of the guests. ;+)
      My goodness! Please! At least some Kake.

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    3. I think the children are eating canapés non stop, probably some chocolate also.

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  50. I'm enjoying Kate's day looks immensely on this tour. I really loved this look on her - she looks so great in white. But the evening dresses are not for me - Erdem can stay in the closet or the store. The dust ruffles - on both. No thank you.

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  51. I'm nuts about the faux fur stole and cuffs, because I have my own and think it's perfect. It's def another boy, cause she had the same fashion messes while pregnant with George. With Charlotte, she was perfect.

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  52. I just realized that the blue nightgown...umm...dress has overshadowed the black coat which was actually pretty fabulous. I hope it gets a re-wear when it's not doubling as a robe. It deserves to shine! Maybe, if the PR people at KP read the blogs (or Carole or Pips), someone will let HRH know that Erdem really let down our favorite duchess!

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  53. Okay, Kate's passable in the blue velvet--may Erdem be buried sartorially, by Kate, at least until she can afford his more expensive lines--but what's C.P. Victoria's excuse? She isn't pregnant, after all, yet manages to look like a cross between a matador and a crazed biker.

    JC

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    1. I will say this. As many times as I have read that Kate should take a page out of Victoria's book (on fashion), I just don't see it. I honestly don't. She seems like a lovely, approachable young woman which is far more important, but I do not see her as a role model for Kate's closet. ;-) The suit and coat was oversized and appeared to be wearing her, and the evening outfit was anything but regal IMO.

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    2. I agree with you royalfan on Victoria's choices during the past couple of days. I wish Kate would take a page out of Letizia's book instead. She rarely misses and Kate could easily wear the things she wears when not pregnant.

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    3. I disagree about Letizia.Many a time Letizia has worn outfits which are inappropriate.Though she has worn lovely tailored trousers which I wish we would see on Kate.
      As for CPV her gown game is pretty strong.I wish Kate would take a page out of her and CP Mary’s gown book.

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    4. Robin, I think Letizia gets it right *most* of the time, but occasionally I find myself thinking, no, just no. :-)

      IMO, CP Mary wins first prize in this category. She appears to put as much thought into every detail as Diana did in her day.

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  54. The blue Erdem would be fabulous for Queen Guinevere, full-length of course! I have nothing else to say.

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  55. I love this Erdem! The pattern is beautiful but paired with the strappy, black, closed toe pumps makes the look too heavy imo..I think her nude pumps would really change the look. The ribbon across the lower bust area is not flattering, particularly while pregnant. I don't think I've seen Kate look so beautiful in years. As of late I thought she looked quite pale and this trip has really brought some color to her cheeks. Maybe it's the cold weather? She's glowing.

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  56. Ok I have to say it, these last 2 Erdem gowns have been a fright. The first one in particular, did nothing to flatter Catherine at all. The second one is slightly better but I think that either Jenny Packham or McQueen would have done a better job in the formal wear department. Overall, I think Catherine is knocking it out of the park in terms of daywear, but her evening wear has been a let-down.

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  57. I'm afraid I have to disagree with the majority view an say that I thought this blue dress was devine. I'm not a velvet fan, and I can't wear it myself, but I love seeing someone else pull it off. I'm totally on board about the shoes being a mismatch, as I too have never really loved them. They seem to make K lean forward. I think maybe a little suede ankle boot would have added some more balance. I have been of the opinion for some time that Kate likes a bit of bohemian/earth women style. I noticed that in India she seemed to appear really comfortable in more earthy garments and dangly earrings. To me, this was a pretty good attempt at night time alternate chic (except shoes). The reason for this stance, is because in some photographs I've seen online, K positively glows. The blue is beautiful and seems to have silver violet tones- but again not all photographs demonstrate this. The earrings are gorgeous, and have quickly become my favourites.

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  58. I see a very pregnant woman who wants to be warm and comfy. Erdams have a nightgown vibe. I understand why Kate's drawn to them. You can put your feet up and eat a pint of ice cream in an Erdam.

    And, you know, she does look happy, healthy, and relaxed. That's what's important. She's flowing with the maternal. No sense trying to compete with Blake Lively's red carpet pregnant look the third time around.

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  59. Jane, I am really enjoying your blog. Good work! It's a treat to see Kate's style at any time, but especially during a tour, when evening wear follows daywear follows evening wear! Kate did a wonderful job of elegantly representing the UK while paying tribute to her hosts, and she and William seemed to have lots of fun as well.

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