It's roughly a year since we held the last one and to reflect the growth and change in readership since then, it would seem an appropriate time to do so. I'm primarily interested in getting your feedback on candids. Do you think I should publish photos such as the Mustique ones as they're all over the internet? My goal has always been to provide you with the latest news and photos and I plan to continue doing that :) Whatever the majority of you are in favour of, I will support.
On the subject of the Mustique photos, I have been interested to read articles by royal reporters such as Richard Palmer who wrote:
'The photos are not as damaging or embarrassing as the topless and totally nude shots that were taken of her beside a swimming pool in France in September. There was no argument in my book over those. I could see no justification for publishing those.
These are slightly different though. Mustique is often described as a private island but it doesn't seem clear whether whether it is unlawful for people to take photographs of other holidaymakers on a beach used by everyone. Some people, I suppose, will say that if Kate was worried about people seeing her baby bump and bikini on the beach, then she shouldn't have gone out in view of other holidaymakers.'
The Mirror's Victoria Murphy echoed Richard's sentiments in her story:
'There is no doubting William is not happy images of pregnant Kate in a bikini have been taken and published. But I don't believe he has been screaming down the phone to his private and press secretaries and demanding legal action be launched, or that his anger at this will be etched on his face the next time he appears in public.'
Another interesting point of view was shared by The Telegraph's Cristina Odone:
'The Duchess of Cambridge has become a national treasure, accessible to all. Yes, there are a few rules - you have to show some respect; but the idea of anyone thinking that Kate in the privately-owned island of Mustique, could keep the public at bay is laughable.
The Windsors - post Diana, must feel wary of so much attention. Kate is a strong woman, thank goodness, because it is now too late for the Windsors to keep her away from us: they cannot withdraw the people's Duchess any more than they could sideline the people's Princess. No island, even one in shark infested waters, at the end of the world, could keep Kate from us. We love her, after all.'
Take this as an opportunity to make any suggestions you would like. Your favourite posts? What you would like to see more of? It is greatly appreciated, essential for growth and I take all of your opinions on board. Thank you very much in advance for sharing your thoughts!
I have received multiple emails enquiring about the brand who made Kate's bikini and a lovely reader named Shantel kindly let me know the Duchess wore the Vix Bia Logo Bikini Top and Bikini Bottoms in Jade. The bottoms are currently reduced from €106 to €73 at Matches. The bikini ties behind neck and back and is fully lined with padding in cups. Actress Halle Berry was also photographed wearing the bikini.
The Bia logo Bikini is very popular and comes in an array of colours including: Red, Royal Blue, Black, Navy and White.
Have the fashionistas among you been enjoying Fashion Weeks? I was particularly excited to see what one of Kate's favourite designers Jenny Packham had to offer in her Fall 2013 Collection which she showcased in New York, and, as expected the British designer didn't disappoint.
The collection has been described as 'downright dreamy' and 'achingly beautiful'. Packham was inspired by 17th century Paris Salons that served as virtual women's clubs where 'strong minded women met to discuss arts and culture'. Jenny chose beautiful jewel tones such as teal and midnight blue.
The collection was all about evening wear with not one single daytime look included. The gowns literally breezed down the runway and were quite simply made for royalty. The knee length dresses were equally as glamorous and the inclusion of sequinned coats was a stylish touch.
Four black evening gowns from the collection which would be perfect for Kate with slight modifications.
I thought the collection was beautiful and look forward to seeing the Duchess wearing pieces from the designer; there are so many possibilities which would be perfect for evening engagements. As it's always nice to put a face to a name we share a photo of Jenny backstage preparing for the show (those of you from the UK will be familiar with Jenny's brother naturalist Christ Packham).
|Jenny Packham Facebook|
Moving on to London Fashion Week, we take a look at four looks from McQ's (Alexander McQueen's Diffusion line) Fall 2013 ready-to-wear collection.
More on the collection from WWD:
'McQ appears to be answering the call of the wild for its fall collection, with a strong emphasis on tiger prints, tempered by strong nipped-in-silhouettes inspired by historical references gleaned from the McQueen archive. Heritage fabrics got a big cat makeover, which was especially fetching in a black lacquer tiger overlay on a Prince of Wales check jacket'.
Ralph Lauren's collection included jewel-toned shirred taffeta gowns, fitted knits, A-line midi skirts, tapestry embroideries and Russian velvets.
Kate graces the cover of Hello! Magazine this week.
To commemorate Valentine's Day a floral portrait of William and Kate was unveiled outside the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. The portrait stands over 8 ft tall and was created using almost 2,000 flowers. On that note, I hope you and your loved ones had a wonderful Valentine's Day! :)