Kamis, 24 Mei 2018

Keep it classic like Kate in a coat by Alexander McQueen

The Duchess of Cambridge attended a memorial ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres

The Duchess of Cambridge turned to her favourite designer once again for her second overseas trip of the month. She joined the Duke of Cambridge to mark 100 years since the Battle of Passchendaele, wearing a white coat by Alexander McQueen. 

Kate has got a reputation for recycling clothes, and this is the third outing for her chic coat. She debuted the custom made piece at Princess Charlotte's christening in 2015, and repeated it for Trooping the Colour last year. This time she teamed it with a Lock & Co. hat, a pair of grey suede courts and a clutch bag by Anne Grand-Clement for a typically elegant look.

Those fold over lapel details are very distinctive and whilst this exact design is bespoke, you can click (right) to buy a similar McQueen coat (also worn by Kate in Poland a few weeks ago). Or recreate the look with the help of our edit below. This Ted Baker style is top of our list, or Suzannah is the place to go for high end dress coats.

The Duchess first wore the Alexander McQueen number to Princess Charlotte's christening, and stylist Rochelle White says she most likely has more than one of the exact same outfit

Selasa, 20 Februari 2018

When Kate and Sophie met fashion royalty!

When Kate and Sophie met fashion royalty! Duchess of Cambridge dons Erdem AGAIN to host stars at a glittering Buckingham Palace reception with the Countess of Wessex

There was glamour in abundance at Buckingham Palace tonight as two of the Royal family’s best-dressed ladies hosted a reception to celebrate a new creative initiative, the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange.

The Duchess of Cambridge, still stylish at seven months pregnant in a patterned guipere lace ensemble from Erdem, was accompanied by the Burberry-clad Countess of Wessex, wife of the Queen’s youngest son Prince Edward, to launch the exchange.

The British label has emerged as Kate's new favourite designer despite a string of recent Erdem ensembles, including a blue velvet number worn in Stockholm, dividing opinion among the fashion crowd.

Guests attending the London Fashion Week-timed reception included American Vogue’s Dame Anna Wintour and her new British counterpart Edward Enninful, designer Stella McCartney, and supermodel Naomi Campbell.

Prince Andrew's eldest daughter Princess Beatrice also attended tonight's glitzy event, following Kate's lead in a dress by Erdem which she paired with vertiginous heels as she chatted to guests in the palace's opulent Music Room.

Look lovely in lace like the Duchess wearing Erdem

When fashion royalty meets actual royalty the style stakes are especially high. But the Duchess of Cambridge didn’t disappoint at the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange event at Buckingham Palace during London Fashion Week where she met with Anna Wintour.

Championing British fashion, Kate sported an Erdem lace dress in a chic monochrome colourway teamed with pointed heels. We’re loving the pretty floral design, which is complimented perfectly with the scalloped edged flounced cuffs and peplum hem; meanwhile the fit and flare silhouette and three-quarter length sleeves flatter the figure.

Whilst Kate’s dress is custom to accommodate her bump, you can buy the ready-to-wear version from the Erdem website by following the link on the right.

But if the price tag is putting you off, fear not! Because we’ve rounded up some fab alternatives for less, including options from Alexis, Veronica Beard and Hope & Ivy- check them out in the carousel below!

Pregnant Kate appeared to be getting along famously with her guests as the trio chatted 
in the Music Room

The Duchess of Cambridge arrived with the Countess of Wessex - followed by Princess Beatrice - at The White Drawing Room to meet a line up including Anna Wintour and Livia Firth.

Kate extended a hand and greeted the fashion editor - who was not wearing her trademark sunglasses but was also in an Erdem dress with boots - warmly.

Also in the party was Daniel Halton, director of the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange, who was wearing an eye-catching headdress with the word Commonwealth spelt out.

Senin, 19 Februari 2018

Pregnant Duchess joins A-listers who have worn the stones Baftas 2018

The Duchess of Cambridge broke ranks with her fellow Bafta attendees last night by not wearing a black dress in support of the Time's Up movement, but it seems that Kate may have been showing her solidarity in a subtle but significant way.

Pregnant Kate, 36, was criticised on social media for not wearing a black outfit, but significantly she teamed her dark green Jenny Packham gown with a dazzling emerald and diamond jewellery set.

Last month, stars arrived en masse at the Golden Globes dressed in black to support Hollywood's backlash against sexual harassment, with many also accessorising with emeralds because of the significance of the stone as a symbol of 'hope, renewal and growth'.

Debra Messing, Zoe Kravitz and Catherine Zeta Jones were just some of the stars who wore the precious stone which was a talisman of Alexander the Great and Aristotle, who identified emeralds as a symbol of victory.

Although the Royal Family is meant to avoid political statements, royal watchers have also interpreted the black sash on Kate's dress as well as her matching shoes and clutch as a subtle nod to her backing for the Time's Up movement.

Of course, the Duchess made sure to pull out all the stops for her red carpet appearance with experts estimating her jewellery set cost at least a million.

Stephanie Lee of London-based jewellers Ntinga told Femail: 'The Duchess of Cambridge wore a stunning Columbian Emerald and diamond suite made up of four approximately 20-25ct Emeralds surrounded by a what appears to be cluster of marquise and round cut diamonds in a triple row drop collar.
'The matching earrings had been modified from a drop pair she had worn in 2014 to made a large cluster earring with an emerald set in the centre of diamonds and a matching cuff.

'We would have thought this suite would be valued within the seven figured price bracket.'  It was the most openly political Bafta night in its history, with all the female nominees urged to follow the example of last month's Golden Globes awards and wear all-black.

Several actresses brought feminist activists as their guests, including prominent gay rights campaigners, trades unionists and two women who were involved in the equal pay protests at Dagenham in the 1960s.

Royal protocol dictates that family members should not make political statements and this is believed to be the reason behind the Duchess' decision to shy away from a black gown. Some had speculated ahead of the event that she might choose a patterned black gown as a compromise.

Emulate Kate's evening look in a Jenny Packham gown

The Duchess of Cambridge made an appearance at the BAFTAs this weekend. As usual she was keeping up her fashion icon status by wearing British brand Jenny Packham and not for the first time. The designer is a go-to for Kate when attending big events and this elegant gown is another memorable look.

She stunned in a deep green maxi gown that billowed to the floor thanks to the empire waist design. It featured cap sleeves with a wrap over bodice that was simply finished with a black ribbon waistband. The flattering design of the dress is a signature for Jenny Packham with the Duchess previously wearing similar versions.
To finish her look, she chose a pair of Prada wave cut out pumps and the modern diamond and emerald demi-parure jewellery she debuted back in 2014.

This gown is a custom made creation, but shop the current Jenny Packham collection for yourself by clicking the link (right). Or if you're feeling inspired, recreate Kate's green look with a dress from the likes of Quiz, Kalita and Chi Chi London.

Others came to the Duchess' defence and pointed to the muted colour of her gown as being a subtle nod to the politically-charged dress code. The Duchess previously wore the stunning earrings during her official visit to New York in 2014, while pregnant with Princess Charlotte.

The earrings are adjustable and can either be worn as studs or drop earrings.The emerald is said to inspire 'an ongoing search for meaning, justice, compassion, and harmony' according to the experts at Crystal Vaults.

Rabu, 31 Januari 2018

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge join Princess Victoria at a reception celebrating Swedish culture.

The royals were joined by Crown Princess Victoria who opted for a black satin skirt with a daring side slit and a red satin blouse

She wore blue velvet! Kate strikes a glamorous note in ANOTHER floral dress by Erdem - as she and William join Princess Victoria at a reception celebrating Swedish culture.

When you've found a winning outfit formula, it's always a good idea to stick with it, as the Duchess of Cambridge proved when she stepped out this evening in a floral dress by Erdem for the second night running.

Last night the pregnant Duchess chose a £1,945 saffron yellow gown by British-based designer and this evening she stepped out in another of his creations, a blue velvet dress with a floral motif and bell sleeves, with a ribbon belt that accentuated her neat baby bump.

Kate, 36, had changed out of the cream Alexander McQueen dress she wore to tea at Haga Palace with Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden this afternoon before heading on to an event at Stockholm's Fotografiska Gallery, which boasts glittering views over the city at night.

On arrival, the Duchess wrapped up in a black fur-trimmed coat by Swedish designer Ida Sjostedt, who is a graduate of the University of Westminster, and wore her locks swept back in an elegant updo, mirroring the hairstyle of Crown Princess Victoria who looked glamorous in a black satin pencil skirt and red blouse with voluminous sleeves.
 'That was a quick change,' Kate laughed, as she greeted Victoria with a kiss.

In a speech at the event to celebrate Swedish culture The Duke of Cambridge said he and Kate have been impressed by the Swedish lifestyle that encourages children to play outdoors, whatever the weather.

Kate opted for another floral number by Erdem, after sporting the same brand last night, pairing the blue velvet dress with black ankle strap heels 

William spoke about the 'magic ingredients' of life in the Scandinavian country, saying: 'One lesson that we will take home with us is that children are actively encouraged to spend time outdoors, whatever the weather. This is obviously very good for their physical health but, as we learned this morning at the remarkable Karolinska Institute, it has huge benefits for a child's mental health as well.'

William looked animated as he chatted to guests at the reception at Stockholm's Fotografiska Gallery

William also showcased a hidden talent for languages by faultlessly delivering a few words in Swedish - to a huge cheer in the room.

The couple were at the Fotografiska Gallery in Stockholm, where they mingled with guests from the worlds of music film, TV, art and sport. They had arrived at the waterside gallery by boat and were reunited with Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, with whom they had spent the day on engagements around the city.

The couples met British artist Nick Veasey, 55, whose exhibition of photos taken with X-ray machines is called Inside Out.

As they admired an X-ray piece of Sean Connery, entitled James Bond, Nick quipped to Kate, who is expecting her third baby in April: 'Don't worry, I haven't got X-ray vision.' The Duchess laughed and replied: 'I hope you haven't got your camera with you.

Kate Middleton wore a floral ball gown to meet the Swedish Royals

She and Prince William wore adorable matching hats during the first day of their tour in Sweden, but Kate Middleton went a little more high fashion for an evening event - and her floral Erdem dress is a look we really need to talk about.
While we’ve been busy admiring everything about new royal-to-be Meghan Markle, Kate appears to have seriously upped the fashion stakes - and even taken a leaf out of her new sister-in-law’s book by sacrificing her signature blow dry (her hairstylist is probably a little bummed about carrying all that blow-dry equipment now, though).
The Duchess attended a black tie dinner along with Swedish Crown Prince Victoria and her husband Prince Daniel, and while Catherine may have missed the ‘wear black’ memo, we’re all about her silk, full-length gown and swept-back hair.

The £1945 silk-crepe de Chine 'Stephanie' gown is from Erdem's AW17 collection. Sadly, the gold version has sold out, but there are still a few sizes left at time of writing in the darker print.
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