In fact it's proven so popular with you all, we plan to do it again sooner than expected. As you all know, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expected to attend a State Banquet in October - a special occasion in many respects, sartorially speaking too. Once the event is confirmed for William and Kate by the Palace, we'll be asking you to submit your look. It offers a different twist given the fact the occasion calls for tiaras and we may very see jewels from the royal collection too. I predict it will be enormous fun again :)
For now, back to your dream look choices...
Anonymous - chose several Elie Saab gowns noting certain garments could be altered to increase their suitability for the Duchess. One would think it's safe to say the talented Mr Saab is many readers' dream designer for Kate.
Nam from India - noted "Indian embroidery is very intricate and beautiful, the meaning behind the designs are beautiful". She would love to see Kate in a bespoke version of the gown below with her Kiki morganite earrings, Prada pumps and clutch.
|Anonymous/Nam from India|
Emme - Recent newlywed Emme selected two looks for HRH to wear to a wedding. Firstly, we have the Altuzarra 'Cooper' Wool Blend Houndstooth Coat styled with a Pheasant Feather Trim Hat by Gina Foster and Kate's brown suede Emmy Shoes pumps and clutch.
For the second look we have the Akris Prince of Wales Hemp Silk Blend Coat (the brand is a favourite of Princess Charlene of Monaco). It would be worn with the Lock & Co. Nikie Hat, Kate's Mappin & Webb Empress Jewellery, a grey clutch and L.K. Bennett Harper pumps.
Anonymous - "Since so many beautiful outfits have been designed here for Kate’s normal evening and daytime events, I would like to do something different. Imagine that Kate is on a tour with William and is to visit a mountain ranch in North or South America. She will be attending a meet and greet afternoon reception." We have the Peruvian Connection Bedford Skirt, Saddlery Belt and Plaid Skirt worn with the NYDJ Key Item Long-Sleeve Pleated-Back Blouse, a Fedora Hat and a stylish pair of black Jackie Button Boots from The Frye Company.
For a scenic trail ride it's the Essex Blazer and turtle-neck by Peruvian Connection, styled with Lafayette 148 New York 'Barrow' Pants. a David Yurman Bracelet and John Hardy Dot Earrings.
Bluefire - For a meeting Bluefire chose the Armani Long Sleeve Jersey Dress, The Tory Burch 'Reva' Ballerinas and the Rebecca Minkoff 'Love' Crossbody Bag.
An evening look would consist of an Alexander McQueen Draped Bustier Dress, the Tory Burch All-t Clutch and a pair of Elinor pumps. For a wedding it's an AW15 collection look by Jenny Packham and the Jimmy Choo Lilyth Pumps.
Di Moda - Chose a signature floral print dress by Dolce & Gabana for Kate to wear to a wedding.
Imke - chose a selection of stylish look for Kate, including these choices from Akris which I thought offered a sophisticated edgy take on the brief.
LeeAnn - Put together a daytime look including a variety of labels, take a look at the Chloe Wool-Blend Peacoat, the SEA Embroidered Top, J Brand Distressed Jeans, Gucci Suede Loafers and Brooke Gregson Sapphire and Diamond Earrings.
Anonymous - chose the aptly named DVF Catherine Chiffon Shirt Dress which features an easy button up silhouette and a tuxedo collar.
Sofy - For a daytime engagement Sofy chose the Stella McCartney Floral Embroidered Coat with Kate's Jimmy Choo Gilbert Pumps, L.K. Bennett Natalie Clutch and Kiki Flower Stud and Green Amethyst Earrings. For a sports engagement it's Kate's Paige Denim black jeans, a red shirt by ZARA, red wedges, Kate's Kiki Grace Earrings and her Cartier Watch.
Anonymous - The Jonathan Saunders Angelina Floral-Print Gown. "Cut from swathes of fluid crepe. It comprises a pleated sky-blue bodice printed with Japanese cherry blossoms in green and off-white hues".
Duchessbee - put this fabulous graphic together on her Polyvore page. For a wedding guest look she chose a Valentino suit with a Jane Bailey hat and Louboutins. It's great to see Kate 'wearing' one of your looks.
Julie from NC - The first look for a day of engagements includes Kate's cerise Mulberry coat worn with the GOAT Sophia Rose-Print Crepe Blouse and Ally Skirt. Emmy Shoes pumps and a clutch in misty rose and Kate's Kiki morganite earrings. The second look is by Dolce & Gabana.
For a gala look Julie chose the Beulah London Juliet Gown styled with Kate's Jimmy Choo Cosmic Pumps and Kiki Fire Opal and Diamond Cushion Drop Earrings. And finally we have the Hobbs Aphra Coat worn with the Emmy Shoes Poppy Cinder Pumps and Natasha Cinder Clutch.
|Julie from NC|
Rebecca from Across the Pond - opted for an everyday look choosing the following pieces from Tory Burch; the brand's signature style Tory Tunic - one of their first ever designs; also we have the Pleat-Front Linen Shell, the Galena Sweater and the Cotton Crepe Skinny Pants. Fans of the brand will be pleased to hear all of the pieces are currently available with up to half price off. Rebecca also chose the chic Hobbs London Blue Carter Jacket.
Couch Potato - put together a gala ensemble featuring a Sleeveless Ruched Chiffon Dress by Monique Lhuilier. The eggplant-colour dress would be worn with a silver clutch and Queen Mary's Amethyst tiara and matching jewels.
|Rebecca from Across the Pond/Couch Potato|
Catherine age 11 - Our youngest contributor Catherine selected a delightful evening look for the Duchess - a vibrant red Christian Dior Couture gown from the Fall 2013 Collection with a beaded neckline. The gown is styled with the Jimmy Choo Tamsyn 110 Sandals, the Strathmore Rose tiara worn across the forehead (as seen on the Queen Mother in her youth) and Kate's Art Deco bracelet. Catherine declined to choose a purse because they are "a pain". A sentiment echoed by many including yours truly :)
By the way, Catherine is regular commenter Erika's daughter. I love the fact they worked on this together :)
Katherine - For a formal look suited to a daytime engagement Katherine chose pieces from three of Kate's go-to brands. A stylish wool coat by ZARA teamed with the Beulah London Sabitri Red Roses Dress. To complement the chiffon frock the red patent Jimmy Choo Anouk Pumps complete the look.
|Catherine aged 11/Katherine|
S - chose a selection of separate pieces including the Tadashi Shoji Sequin Lace Gown, the Closet Bow Detail Cotton Skater Dress, the Hobbs colour-block Sierra Dress. the Tahari Mélange Knit Jersey Dress and the Jenna Jacquard dress by Madderson London.
Blue 27 - A chic stripe panel dress by Victoria Beckham, which the designer wore to Wimbledon. We also have a look at a piece from the Novis Resort 2015 Collection, but Blue would substitute the shorts with blue or white trousers.
Anonymous - The Beulah London Anais Dress Coat with Christian Louboutin So Kate Pumps, the L.K. Bennett Bella Suede Buckle Clutch and Kate's Kiki Citrine Drop Pear Earrings.
Sara Bee - "I tried so hard to confine myself to enjoying all the beautiful suggestions without chiming in. But there's no beating temptation when the possibility of a white tie event is thrown in the mix. So what would have been an unproductive lazy Sunday afternoon has turned into a fun game of putting together the outfit."
Sarah selected an Embellsihed Silk-Chiffon Jenny Packham Gown worn with the Papyrus/Lotus Flower Tiara, chandelier earrings the Queen previously loaned Kate, her Art Deco bracelet, Jimmy Choo Dart Sandals and Kate's beaded clutch. The look would be completed with a hairstyle similar to the one seen below.
Anonymous - styled a look for HRH to wear to a wedding featuring a pretty dual fabric dress by Paule Ka, To complement the pretty dress we have the Jane Taylor Hari Hat, Kate's popular Art Deco bracelet, the New Look Molly Clutch and black pumps.
Moira from NY - "I would love to see the Duchess experiment with her sartorial choices (as would, I think, many of us here!) More specifically, I'd love to see Kate play with volume, texture, and silhouette. The looks that really stood out to me in the past 18 months or so usually involved print as well, so I'd love to see her incorporate more into her outfits!"
For a gala we have this stunning Naeem Khan creation, an Oscar de la Renta dress and a gown from Zuhair Murad's Spring 2015 Collection. For daytime engagement wear we see a 50's style look with a polka dot blouse and a Burberry Prorsum trench coat. Simple black pumps complete the daytime looks.
Sunny - chose several dress for the Duchess including a pretty print Tom Tailor Dress, the ASOS Short Sleeve Peplum Dress a longer version of the Catherine Walker Stewart Suit and the Catherine Walker Iris Coatdress.
Jennifer W from Texas - put together a look for a gala appearance. The Theia Strapless Printed Ball Gown is the star of the look and it complemented with a Judith Lebith Couture Heart Clutch Bag. a glittery pair of Kate Spade New York Pumps. Queen Victoria's breathtaking sapphire tiara, a sapphire and diamond necklace and Kate's sapphire and diamond earrings add some serious sparkle to the look.
Bea Escee - Like Jennifer, Bea opted for a dazzling white-tie look featuring the Claire Pettibone Raven Dress, Jimmy Choo Fable Sandals, Jimmy Choo Chandra S Clutch, From Her Majesty's Jewel Vault we have the Oriental Circlet Tiara, the Ruby and Diamond Floral Bandeau Necklace and the Graff Diamonds Lotus Earrings and Rhythm Bracelet.
|Jennifer W from Texas/Bea Escee|
Ashley Marie - put these graphics together; the first features a Jenny Packham gown with glittering accessories; secondly a look with an Erdem dress; and finally a Burberry Coat with Aquatalia Boots.
Sarah from California - shared this shimmering evening gown on our Facebook Page. Sarah also chose a very pretty red dress teamed with a crisp white jacket for day wear.
|Sarah from California|
Frances - An elegant Lace Yoke Drape Gown for a gala event, Frances continued: "I think HRH would dazzle with a Hair in a chignon, Diamond bracelet and diamond drop earrings to complete the look. Permission to wear comfortable heels, and a satin clutch."
Helen - would love to see Kate in either Boden's Helena Cape or their Charlotte Cape (another reader also chose this gorgeous piece). Helen would style the capes with a pair of J rand Maria Jeans and Aquatalia's Edlyn Weatherproof Boots. To accessorise it's Kate's Mirabelle Lolita Earrings.
If I forgot to add your submission please don't hesitate to let me know! Again, an enormous thank you to everyone who participated. I cannot wait to see your State Banquet choices!
We also have a few news stories to share today.
Unless you've been living under a rock, you will no doubt have stumbled upon the bountiful coverage of Kate's non-attendance at Bear Maclaine's wedding last Saturday. There's a variety of conflicting reports including this article from the Mail Online's Richard Kay: Why is Kate becoming the invisible Princess?:
'They were meant to be sitting on the top table,’ a source told the Mail. ‘The placement had been imaginatively written on an antique-looking mirror inside the marquee and the names included William and Catherine Wales.’ Her absence triggered a flood of speculation across social media, especially when it emerged that William was in no particular hurry to leave after the wedding, staying on in the village for another night and day.'
People's Simon Perry reports, however, the bride and groom were in fact notified some time in advance. There's an interesting quote from royal photographer Mark Stewart on Kate's absence from the wedding scene.
"They do become the center of attention," says Stewart, who covered many of the weddings Kate and William attended before their own. "Suddenly you can have 200 members of the public in a churchyard and that changes the dynamics."
"They didn't like the idea of upstaging the bride and groom – they wanted it to be about the couple getting married and not themselves," Stewart adds. "And she will be aware that William is the royal and therefore they do get a member of the royal family there."
I particularly enjoyed Tom Sykes' article in the Daily Beast which covered quite a bit of ground:
'Is Kate Middleton OK? That is the question being asked after Kate didn’t show up at a friend’s wedding last weekend.
But sources say there is no need to worry on her behalf. Kate is not suffering post-natal depression as some less restrained outlets have claimed, and is doing just fine after having her second child, Princess Charlotte, in May. However, what is true is that she’s not ready to return to the hectic whirl of her pre-pregnancy life just yet.'
Mr Sykes reports he understands the sense of disquiet may be partly due to the Palace's reluctance to confirm a return to royal duties:
'Adding to the sense that all may not be going perfectly is the fact that the palace are still reluctant to confirm when the Duchess will return to full time royal duties.
Additionally, the Royalist understands that Kate and William are not planning any foreign holidays before she returns to full time active duty, which is not likely to be until towards the end of the year. '
The article continues to report Kate is planning a very gradual return to duties:
'There is nothing in her official diary now, but sources tell the Royalist that Kate’s strategy is to very slowly build up the number of engagements to which she is committed throughout the autumn. For example, there will be more events in Kate’s diary in October and November than there will be in September.'
In all of the articles, one fact is abundantly clear: Kate's focus and concentration is firmly on motherhood. "Kate firmly believes that her most important job is raising, nurturing and caring for two future kings and one little princess". Judging by Tom Sykes article it would seem the rest of the year certainly wont see plentiful appearances, but rather a slow paced return to the amount we saw Kate undertaking before she was pregnant. As engagements are usually (not always) scheduled two weeks in advance, one imagines an engagement will be confirmed over the next week or two.
The Duke and Duchess have been granted planning permission to build a new tennis court in the grounds of their Norfolk home Anmer Hall. Hello! reports:
'As part of the work, the couple's existing tennis court will be removed and turned into part of their back garden, with the new court set to be built 20 metres away. The creation of the new court will involve the removal of ten trees, but the plans involve the planting of three new oak trees to make up for their loss.
The planning application states that moving the tennis court "improves the views" from the ten-bedroom Hall and will have "no significant impact" on the publicly seen landscape.'
Prince William has written the preface to Elizabeth II: The Steadfast, a biography of the Queen by Lord Hurd.
|Kensington Palace Twitter Feed|
The Prince's words on his grandmother include the following:
'I think I speak for my generation when I say the example and continuity provided by the Queen is not only very rare among leaders but a great source of pride and reassurance. All of us who inherit the legacy of my grandmother's reign need to do all we can to celebrate and learn from her story. Speaking for myself, I am privileged to have the Queen as model of a life of service to the public.'
Next, a few restocking and sales opportunities on items the Duchess has worn. Kate's GOAT Vreeland Shirt Dress is now available at Saks for $740 in 'fern' (customers can avail of Free Shipping by using the code FREESHIP).
|Splash News / Saks|
The ASOS Maternity Wrap Dress in spot print Kate wore is back in stock in most sizes retailing for $63. Also the blue and white version of the Hobbs Wessex Dress is currently discounted from £129 to £50.
|ASOS /Hobbs London|
Finally, we leave you with these images from Kensington Palace's Clock Tower and gardens shared on the Palace's Twitter Feed.
|Kensington Palace Twitter Feed|
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! :)