Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Elegant Kate in Dolce & Gabbana for Creative Industry Event

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined President Xi and his wife Madame Peng this morning for a creative industry event at Lancaster House.


Following last night's successful state banquet at Buckingham Palace where the Duchess dazzled in a Jenny Packham gown, jewels and the Papyrus tiara, day two of the state visit contains a busy itinerary for Mr Xi and his wife, including meetings with the Prime Minister, a UK China summit, and a banquet at Guildhall.


William and Kate greeting Mr Xi.


The Duchess and Madame Peng made their way inside. It would appear the two ladies' offices coordinated with each other on their choice of style for the day.


Today's event celebrated cultural collaboration, existing and future, between the UK and China.


The royal party then went inside to meet with British television, film and theatre stars, and watched exhibitions and demonstrations from some of the UK's most popular programmes, including Earth, Sherlock, and Society of London Theatre. They also viewed props from iconic series including Doctor Who.


Viewing a scene from BBC drama Poldark.


Famous actor and Kung Fu star Jackie Chan was also in attendance.


Kung Fu Panda entertains guests much to William and Kate's delight.


Kensington Palace shared a look at the 'Doctor Who' exhibition via their Twitter Feed.


Prince William presented President Xi with a BAFTA gift.


They all appeared to have a lovely time and it's wonderful to see the Duke and Duchess taking on a formal role in a state visit.


The Duchess debuted two new high-end designers today.


Kate's elegant dress is the £3,495 Dolce & Gabbana Floral Lace Dress (with thanks to What Kate Wore). The viola lace dress is a rayon cotton blend featuring long sleeves and a high neck.

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More from the product description:

'Dolce & Gabbana's lace dress is an eternal evening favourite. The ladylike design is cut for a demure silhouette, featuring long sleeves and a high neck, while the lace brings a romantic elegance.'

A closer look at the detail of the dress.

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The dress is also available in at Net-A-PorterLuisaviaroma and Farfetch.

Net-A-Porter

Ashley Marie shared Kate's pumps are the Gianvito Rossi 'Gianvito Pumps. The Bordeaux suede pumps feature a pointed toe, a brand embossed insole and a high stiletto heel. They retail for $580 at Farfetch.

Farfetch

Kate accessorised with her Mappin & Webb Empress earrings.

Mappin & Webb

A look at Kate's clutch. It appears to be the Mulberry 'Bayswater' in burgundy suede.


There are reports circulating William and Kate will host members of the media at Kensington Palace tonight. It appears to be a private event. With thanks to Ashley for the tip!


On another note, I would very much like to thank you all for your very kind comments in the run up and during the state banquet. We'll see you on Friday when William and Kate visit Dundee!

259 comments:

  1. Not a fan of her hair today. It looks a bit messy. Love the dress though!
    Of there is a reception tonight I hope the members of the media are treated better than the last time they were there (right before the Aussie your) I heard they had the reception in a way and were kind of rude to them
    Also, I wonder why they r doing this reception...last time they did it to show good will before they went to the Maldives on another vacation....
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    1. If this is messy hair, there is seriously no hope for me at all :) Love the dress and color on Kate. Whether it is a day or evening dress is a matter of taste. These days almost anything can be worn day or night. I like it myself but can appreciate those who think it a bit dressy for the time of day (as opposed to the occasion - as I think it is perfect for the occasion, just maybe not the time of day). If that makes sense.

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    2. I think you're onto something there, Sarah. They have also had a busier schedule than they usually do. I think that means that they'll go on vacation soon.

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    3. Last time they entertained the media was ahead of a tour. This could be the same, ahead of the speculated tour early in the new year. It was reported/speculated some time ago that they would vacation at the end of this year instead of early next year because of the rumoured tour. Lets wait and see.

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    4. Marny--"If this is messy hair, there is seriously no hope for me at all"--You are too funny! I 100% second that. You all would be horrified by MY messy hair.

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    5. The dress is very beautiful the color the style and the lace! The one thing i dont like is that she is always, in most photos, holding her bag in front of her belly. Her hair is all right with the whole outfit but if i wanted to change something, the only thing i would change is her shoes, with something more modern than these classic ones.

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    6. oh marny that's funny. i am in the same hopeless spot if that truly is messy hair :)
      quite a sexy look for kate actually! like it. Not boring at all! like the hair. Don't like the shoes.

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    7. I have 3 theories on the private media event that George & Charlotte were to attend:
      1. There were rumours they would have their Mustique vacation late 2015 instead of early 2016.
      2. Vacation schedule change is due to an early 2016 tour.
      3. My BIGGEST theory is to humanize G&C and try to convince the media they should back off. Since KP released the latest plea to the media the photos of G&C watch the helicopter were released. I think it would have been nice if W&K had allowed one candid family photo from this press event be released. You've got to give if you're going to ask to receive.

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    8. Rebecca - Sweden21 October 2015 at 22:24

      But the media invited are not the same media that are disrespecting them? So it makes no sense to invite the brittish media for a sit down if it's to get them to stop following the kids, since they already don't follow them. I think it's more of a "hey, we recognize that you guys are respecting us so here's some tidbits and a meet and greet with our kids, but only for you!"- kind of thing.

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    9. I know. For all the hoopla when G&C were born,
      lighted buildings, canons fired, etc. we have no Idea what Charlotte looks like at almost 6 months old. That is not even right. They are senior royals by birth and some candid family photos regularly is not too much to ask.

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    10. Joann from s.c. USA22 October 2015 at 04:29

      I think that Kate looks beautiful in this dress also I love that color But Kate is beautiful in any thing she wears she is just a beautiful woman period . I can see why William is so in love with her and oh that smile she has is gorgeous she also shows how much she loves him with every smile.

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    11. Kate looked really lovely on both of these engagements. Was Charles and Camilla at the State Dinner, I did not see them?

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    12. How nicely put Joann. She certainly does "show how much she loves him with every smile".

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    13. I so want to see Princess Charlotte also. Surely we will soon.

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    14. What Kate Wore reminded everyone that the State Banquet for President Xi was the night before this event. Susan believes Kate's hair may have only been recurled and not freshly washed and styled as usual (since they may not have had enough time to completely redo her hair).

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  2. Kate looks beautiful but very tired under the eyes. I suspect last nites state banquet would have finished quite late and being a Mum to a 6 month old and a 2 year old would take it's toll

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  3. What a beautiful color on Kate! My first thought (before I saw clearer pictures) was that the dress had a Mandarin-style high collar. While it doesn't appear to, I still love it and think it was a great choice for her. So nice seeing her try new styles and designers!

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden21 October 2015 at 14:58

      I agree, and I still think it's a subtle homage to chinese style without going costumey!

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  4. Wow you are fast as always. :-)

    Wow for her looking as she does this morning too. Though it was lace I sooooo loved it. Beautiful colour on her. She looks a bit tired but it is understandable. Otherwise truly magnificient look.

    On the sidenote I wonder if anybody finds this lace dress a bit too fancy for the occasion, as it was not a reception, but she might choose it because of the importance of the event, still she usually wears this kind of dress at a coctail event.

    We should look for tonight reception then, I hope they publish a couple of pics of the kids. It would be a treat for all of us for sure.

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    1. I also liked the dress but thought it too dressy for today, more appropriate for a cocktail party. The President's wife was more appropriately dressed.
      And, as has happened often, Kate is not wearing a coat when others are. I was getting cold for her. brrr

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    2. Thank you, dear Charlotte for all the Royal news we love to read & see. The Duchess looks a wee bit tired, but still stunning after looking absolutely beautiful for her first State Dinner. Yes, the dress is above day wear, but she is greeting special guests, and with that in mind, in my opinion, the Duchess made the correct choice. The exquisite color was perfect with Catherine’s hair. She needed to stand out, as well, in honor of the guests with her lovely choice of dress.

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  5. Sonja from Bavaria21 October 2015 at 13:55

    Whan can we expect from the meeting with the media and George and Charlotte? Will they film a video, do an interview or take photos? This would be so great! Would also be good for the relationship between William & Kate and the press :)

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    1. 150% agree Sonja. No photos are expected but they should allow at least one in my opinion. Exactly, you can't just make demands and ask favours. Private meet & greets don't sell papers, photos do. I think they're trying a different strategy after their letter to the press over pap photos, but a nice reception doesn't balance the scales.

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden21 October 2015 at 22:22

      I think this meet and greet is just like the ones they have had before. They have had them before tours, they had one when George was very little for them to meet him etc. I think it's just a common sense thing for them to build rapport with the media. And I can almost promise that Charles and Camilla and maybe even the Queen and Prince Phillip does the same except it doesnt get reported and speculated on.

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    3. Hello,

      I understand the media meeting was a brief and informal meet and greet. I don't expect we'll hear anything at all from it.

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  6. Whoa, Kate looks wonderful here - truly the best she has looked in a long, long time (besides the State Banquet, of course) but she is also very overdressed for this event! It even says on the dress description it's an evening dress. The event wasn't even in the afternoon - it was a morning event. Such a rookie mistake. I know people have said "people are never happy with her, there's always something", but this is a major faux pas. Sorry Kate.

    Charlotte, thanks for the quick post. You're excellent.

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    1. The description of the dress is a suggestion. It could be a great cocktail dress but I think it looks entirely appropriate for a morning occasion too. It is a beautiful color for her to wear in the fall. I don't think it was faux pas.

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    2. Wearing a cocktail dress in the daytime really stood out and not in a good way. The dress is nice but inappropriate. I can't believe Kate made that mistake.

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    3. It DOES say on the description that it is an evening dress. That is a hard mistake to make. A cocktail dress usually looks like a cocktail dress and this looks like a cocktail dress, was designed as a cocktail dress and was sold as a cocktail dress. What was she thinking?

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    4. Deliah Florida USA21 October 2015 at 17:10

      ANON 21 October a5 13:56 I totally disagree with you. I feel HRH looks amazing & this is a great color for her. IMHO

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    5. I also thought that this was an odd choice for a morning event. I'm also rather over the all lace cocktail dress at the moment, so this dress didn't really do much for me.

      Pretty color, excellent shoes and clutch, Kate looks great, and I'm always glad to see her out and about, but this one isn't going to make my list of Kate's best fashion moments.

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  7. Sarah from Calif.21 October 2015 at 13:56

    I love lace and this color on Kate is beautiful, a great Fall choice, of course she looks great!

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  8. It's a beautiful dress, but it belongs at a cocktail party. The Duchess would be better served wearing one of her signature coat and dresses.

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  9. Roberta from Italy21 October 2015 at 13:57

    It's Dolce & GaBBana :) other than that, fantastic post and great work as always Charlotte!!! You're the best.

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  10. Oh my goodness, lost my response before I could post. Will have to start afresh. Thank you Charlotte for your superb coverage of the two days. It was absolute fun to watch. Yesterday Kate looked the perfect princess. I think she and William had a daunting responsibility in this state visit but have handled it extremely well. I really like the fact that Kate wore a new brand for her - D&G and I loved the color of the dress and accessories. It was also cute that William's tie matched the color of her dress. The only thing that could have made it better today would have been a low chignon or high pony tail, taking her hair away from the very high neckline and busy bodice of the dress. But other than that - welll done!

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  11. Rebecca - Sweden21 October 2015 at 14:00

    She looks great! Very elegant while still looking very much "her". I like it! The neckline feels almost like a nod to the chinese fashion! I like it alot!

    Haha, I know someone will comment on her hair so I'll say my defence right away. I love her long hair, it's so lucious and pretty. A good blowout is all a girl need :) With this dress and matching shoes and all she could have ended up really matronly with an updo. Maybe a ponytail, but not a classic updo, that would age her I think. And I think she has gotten control of the fringe now, I liked the style today!

    Also have to add, DOCTOR WHO! Yay!

    Oh... that press rumour is really interesting? Like what?! A cuppa tea? Or a photocall? :)

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    1. Yes Rebecca! I've been struggling for the right words & then I came to your response! I agree Completely! I Do think it was a Nod to a Mandarin Type Dress without "being too costumey" (as someone said before) & the color is just striking for this time of year! A Coat? I think it would have detracted from all the intricate lacework. I did have a pause when I first saw it, but once I took in the collar, I was sold! I believe that with the lace & the color that it makes quite the statement, & quite The Wow! As always, I am so perplexed with so many feeling her full glossy hair is often wrong? While the international hair industry is booming to help women have access to hair extensions just to have such a Full Fabulous Look? She's 33 & she's blessed to have such Beautiful locks. I do agree with this dress that an updo would have put it over the top. Beautiful & Regal Once Again:)
      Bravo Again Kate:)
      Bravo Again Charlotte:)
      Becca USA

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden21 October 2015 at 21:11

      Hahah, I think it actually was me as well that said "being too costumey" :P Are you sure we are not the same person? I mean... we DO have the same name :P

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  12. Perhaps I have become so used to expecting a coat dress from Kate but this seems like an odd choice for a daytime event, particularly a rainy day. The coat dress would seem more appropriate. That said, I love the color and love the shoes.

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    1. I had the opposite thought. "Thank goodness, not another coat dress, but an actual dress that we can see."

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    2. I agree with you all the way. This dress is not right at all For a daytime event. At least it's a departure from her usual style.

      I hope she wil one day learn how to carry a clutch in a proper way

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden21 October 2015 at 18:00

      I actually think that IS the proper way. I've heard from many people that that is the way people are being taght to hold their hands. I've noticed William holds his hands the same.

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    4. Perhaps for William is the right way to stand always with holding hands but its not nice for her to walk around or stand all the time with her hands holding her clutch always in front!

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    5. I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks she holds her clutches weird. I've seen it expressed more crudely on different sites as "crotch smushing".
      My opinion is that from what I can remember Kate has always been awkward about what she should do with her hands. She doesn't know where to place them when she isn't holding a clutch, bouquet etc.
      So she relies on the clutch as a crutch to help with it as well as an accessory.
      I also think about body language. Having hands open and in front of you or to the side makes you appear more accessible and friendly. I think Kate keeps the clutch like that to appear more humble and accessible and friendly.

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    6. I always thought it was because it gave her hands something to do when she first went out into the media (rather than fidgeting) and possibly because she has long arms - a way to frame them rather than let them dangle loose?
      Who knows? :)

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  13. Something about this outfit bothers me. I usually love her lace dresses and tend to like the different individual elements exhibited in it--lace, eggplant color, high neck--but I don't like how they come together in this dress. It also seems too lightweight for the day given what the others are wearing, so I'm surprised she didn't opt for her typical coat or coat dress. She is clearly taking her rank seriously and dressing to impress with these high end designers. On a side note, aren't those the same Gianvito Rossi pumps Kelly Ripa has been wearing a lot on her talk show? Love them!

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    1. I've been thinking about it, and I think it's the sheer neckline/sleeves. It's a fall/winter color, but the dress seems like it would leave her chilly.
      Not my fave, but I agree that the color is excellent.

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  14. Oh my goodness, lost my response before I could post. Will have to start afresh. Thank you Charlotte for your superb coverage of the two days. It was absolute fun to watch. Yesterday Kate looked the perfect princess. I think she and William had a daunting responsibility in this state visit but have handled it extremely well. I really like the fact that Kate wore a new brand for her - D&G and I loved the color of the dress and accessories. It was also cute that William's tie matched the color of her dress. The only thing that could have made it better today would have been a low chignon or high pony tail, taking her hair away from the very high neckline and busy bodice of the dress. But other than that - welll done!

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  15. Rebecca - Sweden21 October 2015 at 14:05

    Also, is she wearing the earrings from Charlottes christening? :)

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  16. OMG this may be my favorite look of hers ever!! I seriously love her hair. I think it's the best its looked...love how she swept her bangs to the side--just gorgeous!!!!!!!

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  17. What a fast post Charlotte, like always! I love this dress and the color! I just wish her hair was pulled back so you can see the top part better.
    I still thinks she looks wonderful though!
    A party for the media and it's private?
    Too bad you are not invited Charlotte!

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    1. Now, THAT needs to be remedied fast.

      Charlotte should indeed have been invited. She has been faithful to her blog and the RF for almost five+ years.
      Unlike some of the other media (and a blog IS media), she is an asset to the RF and International community. How do we get her invited to these things you guys??????? There HAS to be a way.

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    2. I don't know but I agree with you! Charlotte is amazing for the rf coverage and presents everything in such a respectful way. Truly someone the duke and duchess should appreciate.

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    3. Couple that with some blogs awards please.

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  18. This dress is a great color for the Duchess! I think I would have liked it better if her hair was in a ponytail or even half back, but still a great look.

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  19. 1) Overdressed for a morning engagement. 2) After the long night of yesterday she should have used less black eyes makeup to achieve a less tired look.

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  20. I feel like I should love this look because I love all of the elements of it but this sadly a MAJOR fail for me. By its definition this is an evening or cocktail dress so right off the bat its definitely not appropriate for an early morning event. I adore the color and the lace but again the lace just makes this dress seem waaaaay too formal and fancy for such an engagement. And the fit just seems off to me like its puckering and hanging on her as if its a couple sizes too big:( I feel like a coat over this might have helped make this outfit passable but as it is.....love her matching shoes though!:) She looks tired here too but then I guess they had a late night;)

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    1. Anon 14:30, I totally agree. I like the individual elements of the dress, but for some reason it as a whole doesn't work for me. I want to like it... I think her person looks lovely--healthy, and happy, and she seems to be engaging well with the guests.

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    2. I also agree that the fit wasn't right. I want to love this dress, I do love the color, very rich autumn color, but the fit just isn't right, especially in the arms. But she looks stunning as usual. Lord knows I wish I could be so graceful in heels! Can't wait to see what she wears next week.

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  21. The dress is described as an "evening favourite"? surely more suitable for a cocktail event - however she still looks elegant and after last nights' killer performance the hair down today softens this look to a more day time feel

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    1. Couldn't agree more. I see it as one of those day to night dress. In the day with hair down, low key accessories, I think it is fine. Cocktail hour with hair up and more bling, would be better. I quite like the dress.

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  22. I love the Duchess choice of outfits and style, but this mornings lace dress as elegant it was and she looked absolutely fabulous, in my own opinion it was not the best choice for the occasion. This is an evening, dinner dress or a cocktail dress. She would have been more appropriate in a suit of the same color and same accessories.

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  23. Maybe she was going to wear the aubergine coat from Christmas 2012? would have given this a better feel.

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  24. Not a fan. Makes her look older than her years.

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  25. I don't think she's overdressed. I would love to see her in a women's suit, with her hair in a sleek ponytail. I have only seen her in a few suits, but I think they are more acceptable, and the style never goes out. Just my opinion.

    I do like this dress, though, but her hair looks left over and messy from last night.

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    1. Kate is going to need some more suits and some more appropriate day dresses. I have a feeling this cluster of activities is a warm up to more and more responsibility like right now. Because William was sent as envoy to China, Kate was seated where she was. she is a senior Royal. And because they are touring the China power players. Something is up.

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    2. Kate sitting where she did was protocol. She was the senior female royal after the queen. It didn't have anything to do with William being sent to China.

      I saw a lot of criticism on other sites that Kate looked bored. All I have to say about that is compared to Andrew she looked engaged. Andrew was at the mayor's lunch yesterday and looked bored out of his mind including having his head in his hands during a speech. He should be ashamed.

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  26. Thank you Charlotte for all your work, which I, among'st all your readers, I enjoy tremendously!
    I loved our Duchess looks last night down to the last diamond. ;)
    But this morning's choice of dress in my own opinion was not the best. An evening dinner/cocktail dress regardless how magnificent she looked, was not appropriate. She cold have wore a suit or her signature coat dress in the same color and wit still the same accessories and it would have been a total knockout. Let alone she would not have been cold in that ugly weather.
    But I still love her and your reports......thanks again for your hard work!

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  27. Ok. In My Opinion --- she desperately needs a haircut. It is not doing anything for her today. If she is going to have it like this, I think a low sleek ponytail (like she's worn only a handful of times) would be a better choice with this dress. I think the reason everyone was pretty much in agreement last night was because everything worked, hair included.

    I'm not sure what to make of the dress, but I don't think it's appropriate for a morning event and seems in stark contrast to what others are wearing - nice color coordination with William's tie though. A disappointing look overall, but again, a different hairstyle might have set it off.

    A few in their press corps have confirmed the meeting tonight (for a select few) and I think it's a fantastic move. As I said in a previous post, knowing people in the media is very different from having a rapport with them. The Cambridges need to do a little work on their media relations and I think this is a great step and hopefully a sign of smoother things to come :) Very good news.

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    1. I agree with you Claudia on tonight's meeting, but IF they invited only the chosen few, how their relation wil get better with the rest?:-)

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    2. I have to agree with you. While there were elements of the dress that I loved, the overall looked seemed off for a day event. Maybe if the neckline had been scooped for a cleaner line it would have made for a softer appearance? I did like the color ~ especially when in one of the photos where it photographed more brown and less plum. While the Duchess is always beautiful, I believe her hair is more of a distracting in these photos than an asset. Oh and I LOVED those shoes :) !

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    3. They are probably doing this event because they are going to Mustique next month. Like they did last time.

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    4. Claudia, I agree. She seems to not have the same luster with her hair that she usually has. I think it is a bad cut, but it also seems styled less well. It is not shiny and buoyant like it has been in the past. I feel the same way about her make-up. It looks dull and heavy. I wonder if she has someone new doing her hair and make-up…

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    5. I wonder if pregnancy has changed her hair texture somewhat? My mother had rather straight hair until she had children, then she lost a lot of hair and it grew back much coarser and wavier than before. Hormones do all sorts of wonky things.

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    6. I agree that her hair is not looking its best, and anon 16:55, I think you have hit the nail on the head in terms of buoyancy, shine and styling being the issue. I looked back on the Australian tour pictures and her hair was long then, so that's not the issue. I think it was cut better with more layers towards the bottom then and styled better as well. Lately, her hair has been very straight and styled around her face. I think that is pulling down her face making that heavy look that is causing her to look older.

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    7. Fair point blue27!
      It's a tactic used every once in a while by a savvy press secretary, working off the theory/saying "it's a lot harder to hate up close" :) They're very much off the record meetings, for background only, so maybe that's why they limit them at times. I agree, that invite list can backfire and cause more problems but it's a good start, and I think the KP comm office has been getting an earful from their own press corps lately so something had to be done.

      I truly hope they don't head to Mustique in November, it would feed into that "pattern" that critics point out, and undo a lot of this good will and good press they're generating, we'll see. I hope a steadier work pattern continues up till Christmas break.

      And yes, pregnancy does have the potential to play tricks on hair and everything else! Thankfully I never had the hair problem, but had friends who struggled with the changes. But again, it's all absolutely worth it :)

      Claudia

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  28. Quick note. Agree it is a gorgeous dress but seems to be a cocktail evening dress. Maybe at the event it fit in with what others were wearing or maybe there was a lunch/afternoon activities that it worked better for.

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  29. IMHO, the Duchess is repping Britain at an event held by the government division branded #greatbritain. Yet, she wears an iconic Italian designer. Who is advising her?

    I don't care for lace in the day, but if this was say, Temperley, I would like it a whole lot more.

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  30. Hi, Charlotte,

    Thank you so much for the wonderful posts on the Chinese State visit. You work very hard to stay on top of all the happenings-much appreciated.

    Time to take a deep breath...

    I may just be cranky while recovering from 48 suspense-filled hours, watching my beloved country-Canada-finally work its way back to the light from 10 years in the political wilderness under a misguided, misanthropic, right wing government. We've had a stunning and wonderful general election sweep for the Liberals and Justin Trudeau. Please read something somewhere about us if you haven't already heard. This is a major, major win for civilized democracy.

    Back to our beloved Kate. I'm quite worried about her. I don't think she looks well. She's very thin. Her eye makeup is too heavy and dark. She has aged considerably since returning from her leave. There's just something "off" about her lately. I almost wonder if she might be pregnant again and feeling sick...

    I'm not sure it's good for her to have multiple days crowded together with 2 to 3 engagements each and then nothing for long stretches. Maybe it allows her better quality time with her children but it seems to highlight how very uncomfortable and unhappy she looks lately.

    The State Banquet dress was beautiful. Kate is just stunning in red. Like many brunettes, she just looks great in that colour. It recalls the first "100 Women in Hedge Funds" gown which was also bright red. I thought it was gorgeous but a lot of people dismissed it and it disappeared off the fashion radar.

    I thought her hair looked sloppy under the tiara. Maybe better photos will allay that thought but it almost looked as if it were coming loose in some shots. Sometimes her latest hairdresser just seems to miss the mark and this was one of those times for me.

    Everything else was lovely. It's clear that the Queen loves Kate as the jewellery loaned to her speaks to the regard in which she is held. Still, I don't think she is ready for the family order yet, unless it were to be given to her for producing George and Charlotte. When you look at how hard Princess Diana and Sophie worked to receive theirs, it's still too soon.

    The Dolce and Gabbana dress today is a miss for me. It's an evening dress. The total lace look is just "off" for an early in the day appearance. If it had been a solid fabric, like a lightweight wool, it would have been an "out of the park" win for me. I keep thinking of the purple Goat Dress, another winner (IMO), which I think was also underestimated. Despite what may seem to be my negative comments, today's colour is stunning and beautiful. Kate's shoes are also fantastic.

    I really hope our Princess is alright...

    To all readers-Have a good day!

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    1. Canadian Friend,
      I agree with all of your comments. Kate does look rather thin and tired lately. And yes she has aged considerably since having Charlotte..
      Yes I know having two small children can be a handful, but she still has help.
      Everytime she's done an engagement since having Charlotte she looks sad and tired to me, but that's just my opinion.
      I too am worried about her.
      I know that it's kinda a no no or taboo to mention it, but Kate could be suffering from post partum depression and is doing her best to hide it. Hence basically disappearing for months after having Charlotte.
      I really hope this isn't the case but if it is she has nothing to be ashamed about because lots of mothers go through it.
      But not all new mothers are expected to return back in front of the cameras, having lost all their baby weight, have perfect hair and makeup, and have a bright perky smile in only a few short months.
      There would be nothing wrong with her taking a much needed rest and focus on getting herself well again.

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    2. I hope she is okay also CF. Sometimes I wonder.

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  31. She looks perfect!! She has really stepped it up in terms of her fashion choices today. I love seeing her look so regal and I love seeing NEW clothing.

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  32. Tammy from California21 October 2015 at 15:30

    Kate, to me, looks beautiful as usual. I'm not a fan of lace-probably because my mom always tried to dress me in it in the 80's, I don't know....- so the dress for me was -meh bur I think she looked appropriate for her function and beautiful inside and out as usual.

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  33. Also, on the Royal Family Order -- the highly educated Order of Splendor reports that the image of the Queen is painted on Ivory and believes they haven't made new orders in a while (though admits they may be using or at least looking for something different now) so it would have been a huge hypocrisy if Kate had worn it at the banquet and William would have lost a lot of credibility on an issue that is so important to him. "Do as I say, not as I do" type of thing... the press would have had a field day.

    It's very possible Kate has it and William had a heart to heart with his grandmother on the issue, he did make a pointed reference in his speech to his family using ivory in the past. Just a thought.

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    1. Julia from Leominster21 October 2015 at 19:08

      This is what I thought. The queen isn't going to want to get rid - or even stop wearing orders that relate to her father and grandfather - very sentimental pieces - but I'm certain she understands William's feelings and they have discussed it. Perhaps some new order will be made for Kate of something else and debuted at some time like a tour when it won't be compared to the queen's and isn't as much at issue as a banquet for China.

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    2. It would be a HUGE slight to have the order and not wear it. If they have come to an understanding about the ivory I would be very surprised. I thought that the order is made on platinum as well and not on ivory anymore.

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    3. There is something else that happened - the jewels Kate wore - were/are jewels of Queens. We saw pictures of Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and of course the Queen herself reported by the press. There's a subtle image-making happening by wearing those particular pieces and it is purposeful. Queen Mary and the Queen Mother were consorts and of course wearing the diamonds that Philip gave Elizabeth when married is no small token of affection. That is a very personal honor. I doubt you will see that piece on any of the other women who have received the order. The same goes with the tiara - it was created for and worn by a consort (The Queen Mother) who shared it with her daughter.

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  34. Spectacular. Just spectacular. My god, that eggplant purple is exquisite. She looks fabulous, the dress fits beautifully. Very HRH, too. Definitely making the lace dress a decade-defining look. Those shoes are scrumptious, too.

    I'll take the dissenting view about last night's appearance–it was a disappointment. The hair was stiff and dowdy (nothing to do w/it being an updo/adjusting to tiara), the dress seemed off, passé and unflattering, and that fallen face expression was ghastly (I know she was being "serious" but there has to be a "serious" expression that is not as dreadful). I know I risk some pushback over this comment, but tiara & spectacular bling aside, I thought last night was meh at best.

    Silvia

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    1. Julia from Leominster21 October 2015 at 19:10

      One thing about Kate is that her smile can be dazzling but her serious expression just somehow isn't quite as becoming to her - I've noticed that at Remembrance. I'm certain she was very nervous about not doing anything wrong and she may not look quite so serious in the future at banquets.

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    2. I also agree....the dress was a huge disappointment.

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    3. I agree with you on both outfits. Even though it was lace (of which I am not a fan) the cut, the color and the high neck really did it for me. That is a fantastic color for her. I really like her hair and the shoes as well. The state banquet ensemble left me flat, as well. I thought the tiara was placed too far back, and I while the dress itself was a great color i just really don't like the "tee-shirt" look of the top. Love her and hope she's happy no matter what she wears though! Anon in VA

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  35. Eve from Germany21 October 2015 at 15:45

    I can only join the other comments. As it said in the description of the dress: the eternal EVENING favourite. Not suitable for a meeting in the morning at all, I´m afraid. The dress itself looks very nice on her, for any cocktail or dinner party it would be a true stunner - but not for this occasion. Sometimes I wonder: how does she choose her clothes? Why wear an evening gown to a morning engagement with no festive character? Makes me yearn for Princess Diana´s lovely Catherine Walker coats and coat dresses. Stylish, elegant, not making anyone else look "underdressed" (not even the men in their eternal suits, haha.... ;-))) )

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    1. Julia from Leominster21 October 2015 at 19:12

      I agree that no one has matched Walker for elegant daytime formality - and they've done some good outfits for Kate - although she may associate them with her mother. Maybe we'll see more in the future - my "second red dress" for our state banquet look was red gown by Walker - to be worn with the Strathmore.

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      Any guess who the woman in the Ice blue gown at the banquet was?

      Charlotte, do you know?

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden22 October 2015 at 13:54

      I saw that she had been identified, cant remember who now..... (Goes looking..) Ahh.. found it. She's appearantly the Marchioness of Cholmondely (I don't understand a word of that... well except for "of") :P

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    4. It really wasn't and "evening gown". It was a machine made lace fabric a less formal type of lace not the more elegant hand made or tatted lace as in her wedding gown. In looking around the room I can not see that her dress made anyone look under dressed. The color coordinated well with Madame Pang. It had a high mandarin collar, not a cut more suitable for an evening design. Considering she was there to host an engagement for one of the most powerful men in the world, I think a little over dressed is fine.

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  36. Kate, Texas, USA21 October 2015 at 15:49

    So very classy! While we al love that Kate shops high street, it's great to see her stepping it up a notch with designers like Dolce & Gabbana. I love the rich, fall color and the lace is so pretty. I loved the dress! While I think she looks lovely, her hair would have looked better up. The weather is rainy and it's just hanging on her. Maybe a half up style or a ponytail would have worked better with the weather.

    Glad to know William and Kate are hosting members of the media for a reception. I hope this is a positive move in the right direction. Enjoy!

    Charlotte, great job the past couple days on the blog! Looking forward to see W&K again on Friday!

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  37. She needs to put her hair up. A sleek ponytail (I remember one from the NZ/Austrailia tour, where she was wearing a blue coat and looked fabulous). The hair is distracting and the fringe is just not her look. The dress is fab, but too fussy for daytime. She looks beautiful, but just missed the mark a bit. And I usually love everything she wears.

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  38. Julia from Leominster21 October 2015 at 16:00

    First, I love the dress and I love it on Kate. It's actually a dress I saw and longed for on Net a Porter, but it was vastly beyond my meager budget and probably available only below any size I could wear. Kate looks fabulously better in it than I ever would, so I'll enjoy seeing her in it and love the matching shoes. To me, her hair looks good. I like it long.

    I must say it does seem a bit dressy for a morning visit and the fact Madame Peng is wearing a coat - which she kept on - and Madame has been very stylish throughout - made for an odd contrast - especially as it was raining. I suspect Kate thought it looked Chinese with the colour and the collar and choose it for that reason. Royal ladies have often overdressed a bit - I don't mind that - but Kate usually doesn't so it sticks out and the fact the guest is wearing something less formal makes it a bit strange. Nothing serious - thinking of the "uniform" I would rather have lovely overdressed than underdressed and Kate looks wonderful.

    It's an important engagement for William and Kate entertaining a foreign guest at such an event and it seems to have gone extremely well. We may not all be happy with China but countries must be engaged with diplomacy -I don't know why that's so hard to understand - far better than the alternative.

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    1. I agree with Julia. This wasn't a misstep at all. Remember the lace dress for the Jubilee church event? The champagne dress? Everyone loved that, both when she wore it to church and when she wore it to the Garden party. To me, this is much the same. Because of the color and without a hat, I thought it was fine for the event. Kate and William were entertaining foreign dignitaries on British soil. To me, a coat just wouldn't cut it. This says she made an effort for her guests. I like it.

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    2. It doesn't bother you that she isn't showcasing British and Commonwealth brands? I get the stand apart factor, but what about national pride?

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    3. What about national economy and more Jobs.

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    4. I don't think anyone can accuse Kate of not doing more than her part to showcase British brands.

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    5. I really don't think her wearing a non British/Commonwealth brand on one occasion during this visit can in anyway discount "national pride". I for one was glad she did not support a Chinese designer and at least kept the economics within the EU.

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  39. Reading through the comments, I feel like I might be in the minority here, but this is another winning look for me. I love, love, love this color. It is one of my favorites for fall and she looks stunning in it. I responded to a couple of people's comments and will add it here too, but the description of an evening dress to me is a suggestion for how the designer would prefer it be worn, it doesn't mean you have to do it.

    Day to night dress IMO - day with subtle accessories and long hair down, fine, at cocktail hour with hair pulled up and more bling, fine. Either way to me it works. Maybe that is the plan for it. Wear it for an day engagement and then also for the press reception tonight.

    She reminds me today of her look after she was first married. I really like her hair with a bit more curl in it then long and straight. It should be interesting to hear about the press reception.

    Great quick post Charlotte, thanks!

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  40. I love LOVE love this dress. She is beautiful as ever but looks very old. Is it the lack of sleep? I have to say that she looks about 10 years older than her engagement pictures. I hope she gets some good rest when they go to Mustique next month.
    I agree that the dress is not suitable for an engagement like this. It is a cocktail party dress. Kate, bless her, seems to not really understand what her role is and hence the odd choice. I do feel that if she had had some experience working professionally she would not have made these mistakes. As she does more and more royal duties I think that she will become more discerning about clothes.

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    1. Unfortunately, every human being, including Kate, ages one year, every year. No one, including Kate, can look 25 forever. The only way you can reverse the aging process is to have "work done" on your face. So unless we wish Kate to remain eternally 25 by having lots of "work done" let's refrain from saying she looks old. She is maturing from a fresh faced girl into a beautiful woman, just like all the rest of us.

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden22 October 2015 at 13:49

      Thank you barbara. And also. It's almost 6 years since the engagement pictures. Add to that two bouts of HG (which is known for aging you) and she is ageing very normally. We are just used to seeing all the people around with work done.

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    3. Wow, not sure how the fact she chose a beautiful lace dress with matching shoes to support her husband, the future King of England, in hosting the president of one of the most powerful nations in the world equates to "not really understand(ing) what her role is!

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  41. First off, a big thanks to Charlotte! You pull together such great photos and commentary so quickly. Many of these photos aren't run by the major media outlets and just don't provide the in-depth coverage.

    Loved the color of the dress, but thought it wasn't suited for a daytime event.

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  42. I can't believe people didn't think this dress was appropriate or are complaining about her hair. Sure, she looks a touch tired, but otherwise I absolutely love this look!! And I LOVE the shoes! Her hair looks so styled and pretty, too.

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  43. Sorry but I absolutely hate the dress. It's ill-fitting and adds pounds to her. Such a shame after looking brilliant last night. With the high neckline, her hair should've been pulled up maybe? I don't know but it just doesn't look right. I would love to see the light blue coat dress that she wore in Australia again. Seems like this would have been more appropriate for today. I love that she's branched out with the shoe selection though. Nice to see her again today! Thanks for the great post!

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  44. I'm fine with the choice of dress for a morning engagement; it's perhaps a little too "cocktail," but the length and neckline are certainly appropriate for a daytime engagement. I find the styling very stuffy, though. Matching the bag and shoes to the color of the dress looks very dated, and I agree that wearing her hair back would have looked more appropriate for a daytime event.

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  45. Her dress is attractive but totally inappropriate for the morning. The dress is Guipure or bobbin lace as opposed to being needle lace. That is even more "open" work and not a dress to wear outside in the chilly rain. I can't believe someone, Becca, etc. "let" her wear that dress this morning. Major faux pas. :(

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  46. The main woman showing them around is also dressed in a lace dress so I don't think she was overdressed. Also has it not been said here on numerous occasions that she should not blend in but rather stand out in a crowd. I agree with our great blogger Charlotte, she looks very elegant today.

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    1. Yes I agree, I also saw the lady in the black and white lace dress. I think we would all prefer that Kate rather overdress than under dress on such an important event.

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  47. The Duchess looks magnificently. I love this dress and her shoes. Great color! I think it's a perfect choice. And her hair is so fluffy! I prefer when her fringe doesn't look like a regular fringe. I'm not sure about her make up. She looks a little bit older than usual. But all in all she looks great.

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  48. This is the first time since Malaysia that I have thought Kate was overdressed. The look is lovely, but I wonder whether she expected a late afternoon event when she planned her outfit. She does look lovely.

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  49. I might be in the minority here, but I think she looked great! It was sort of a bold look for her. Yes, it's described as an evening piece but the Duchess styled it for a day event, in my opinion (hair down, minimal jewelry).

    I definitely wouldn't be looking half this good the morning after a State Banquet, that's for sure!! ;-)

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  50. Thank You for this post, Charlotte! I love the wine color,, I think it looks great on Kate, I agree even though the dress was a bit too fancy for a day event,, It still worked since it was an international dignitary visiting and first impressions are the last (and best impressions) one can make as a host/hostess. This and the State Banquet event is the best appearances IMO Kate has made, since she restarted her engagements. Waiting for your next post, Charlotte!xoxo

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  51. Tedi in California21 October 2015 at 17:56

    Kate was simply magnificent, both last night, and today. Her hair was not messy, the dress was not inappropriate, and she did not look tired. She is one of the most beautiful women on the planet. She is maturing into an elegant beauty, who one day will be Queen Consort. In my opinion, people who carp about her are jealous. She has done herself proud these past two days, as a great asset to the Royal Family.

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  52. LOVE her hair! Finally someone took a big-barreled curling iron and showed her how to curl those bangs. I suspect it was Natasha Archer so props to you, Tash, if you're reading this!! Keep up the great work!! Get Kate back to looking her age and away from that boring Palace-ordered old-lady look!!
    However, she seems a tad overdressed for the occasion. I love this dress - plum is one of my favorite colors - and the shoes, just not in this particular setting.
    The dress looks like a nice early evening cocktail dress, better suited for a non-white tie reception than for a daytime event.
    Seems like a nice coatdress would have been a better choice - and a warmer one, it looks like it was a bit chilly and rainy. Kate looks like she's a little cold in a couple of the photos.

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  53. I like the subtle nod to Chinese style in Kate's dresses today and last night.

    I am always eager to see her in something other than a coat. Yet today her signature coat dress seems like it would have been more appropriate; mostly due to the weather, but also the time of day.

    I loved her hair and think it was an attempt to make the dress less formal. I loved the clutch and shoes as well.

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  54. Oh dear. I don't like this dress at all. And the sleeves look too long.

    I also don't understand this -- so many times we have seen Kate wear a coat over a dress all day (hello NYC), but on a rainy day in October, no coat!

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  55. First off I'm just so happy that she is not wearing a coat or a coatdress. The color is luscious and the shoes are to die for. I'm not a big fan of all over lace but think this is a beautiful dress on her. I think this engagement is more formal than some people are thinking and I also think the D&G dress very quietly evokes a Chinese style dress with the higher neck and straight silhouette. Remember how well the two lace Erdem dresses she wore during the day during the North American Tour worked out? I am a bit reticent about the sheen of the material under the lace but I think it is a great day dress for the event as she is a royal after all and business attire does not need apply. I think I would like this dress less as an evening wear option actually. I might find it a little dated and matronly looking.

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    1. Julia from Leominster21 October 2015 at 19:16

      I thought of the Erdams too but somehow they were a little less formal - maybe because of shorter sleeves.

      By the way your Catherine must be feeling very proud - her red dress she chose earlier is quite similar to what Kate wore. Loved her choice this time too - so romantic, yet fresh and youthful.

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    2. Erika I just wanted to mention how much I liked a comment of yours from the previous post... You said (this may not be verbatim) "why do we always go from dowdy to low cut and tight fitting? Isn't there a lot of middle ground in between?"

      I thought that was spot on! After all, some thought the jewels were great, others that they were either too much or not enough! Some thought the dress beautiful, some thought it dowdy, it's ok to have different opinions! I wish we could do without these instant smack downs of an opposing view. I for one am glad Stepford women exist only in movies, it would be awfully dull in real life!

      I would have replied in the previous post but for some reason it's not loading for me right now... technology is great until it isn't :)

      Claudia

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      That was exactly what I though about Catherine 11 entry. The champagne/blush color dress complemented that tiara very well, and it was also romantic IMO. The white accessory worked well too. I see why Erika is serious about gloves. Catherine included it in her choice of accessories for Kate

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    4. YES, Erika, I too am ecstatic that she is not wearing a coat dress, praise the lord. She has stepped it up a notch and worn something unexpected and stylish by an A-list designer. I can't believe some people wish she was in yet another coat dress, 90% of which are dowdy. I hope this starts a new, more high fashion trend for Kate. I think we saw a hint of it when she wore the printed Capri pants to the rugby game instead of navy skinny jeans.

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    5. Julia from Leominster22 October 2015 at 09:44


      actually, I like her coatdresses but I lke this too - and might not have thought it too formal had it not been such a contrast to Madame Peng's coat - perhaps Madame Peng was wearing something more fancy underneath - or Kate thought she might and didn't want to look underdressed.

      I do like the Philly paradox that Kate wears coats when one would think it too warm and a thin dress in the rain - her temperature must be as muddled as mine!

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  56. I think the Duchess looked beautiful in her eggplant dress. The cut and fit was beautiful and I thought her hair and accessories were well done. I think her choices were appropriate and not out of line for this type of appearance or the time of day. I have one issue that I have had for a while - her eye makeup could be more refined and not as dark. I think it would lighten up her face and not draw as much attention as it does. When I looked at the Chinese banquet photos, the first thing I noticed was her heavy eye makeup, not the overall look.

    I do have to say that I thought Catherine looked tired today and her eyes seemed a bit puffy. Then again, after a night like she had I suppose it's to be expected!

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  57. After reading the 'old' and 'tired' and 'cold' comments in numerous posts, I looked at all the photos closely again. I didn't see that. In a few shots the lighting wasn't great, but Catherine looked happy, relaxed and seemed to be enjoying her duties as much as one can 'enjoy' showing strangers in charge of a global super power around when economic billions are at stake.

    I was surprised by this choice for the morning, but think the dress and shoes look great on her. It's obvious by now that Catherine favours lace (even though some of the posters here don't). That said, it does seem odd that she wore so many coats on warmer days and wears light lace on a cool day. Perhaps the coats were in response to the DVF dress and helicopter incident. Or maybe the particular advisor who steered her at that time.

    I do think her first hairdresser was the best of any who cared for her hair. Unfortunately she had to let him go. It always looked shiny then. If it's post-pregnancy hair issues to blame, there are shine products and treatments a hairdresser can use to compensate. Even a simple shine hairspray for an appearance where cameras will be catching everything.

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  58. I would like to join all your other readers Charlotte for the simply beautiful photos and up to date information you have provided.

    In regards to todays look, I agree that this dress would be stunning at an evening event with beautiful accessories, however due to the Duchess's status and the importance of the visit I think she can carry it off. The colour as we all agree is simply divine.

    The one thing I cannot understand is her hair today, don't get me wrong Kate has beautiful hair, for today though with a dress that has such beautiful features (both front and back) in the bodice and neckline a very sleek non fussy low ponytail would have been perfect. In general I wish Kate would wear her hair in half up/half down styles, ponytails or a simple low elegant chignon all of which are elegant but not aging, her hair worn down with her signature blow-dry is not the only way to showcase just how healthy and beautiful her hair is.

    The shoes are so beautiful and such a wonderful match that they are a no brainer but her clutch bag! The colour is wrong it is not a perfect match so it draws attention and think the suede is too heavy against delicate lace. A very simple black leather clutch would have worked far better, and a coat should have been worn - open to show the colour and detail of the dress would have looked great.

    I agree with all though that it is wonderful to see Kate in a new designer and experimenting with different looks for day events! All small mistakes aside the Duchess of course still looks very lovely and most importantly she clearly felt great in this dress as evidenced by how confident and relaxed she was when interacting with the guests of honour.

    Looking forward to this dress being recycled at an evening event in the future and styled to perfection with hair up and beautiful jewelry!

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  59. Perhaps a different colored blazer with the dress would have broken up the lace that seems more appropriate for evening and the monochromatic look, but I am just happy she chose something somewhat out of her comfort range...and two new designers to her!!!!!

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    1. Like maybe a nice, autumnal, deep orange fit-and-flare coat (think Oscar de la Renta-esque) worn open to show off the dress. That would have been an interesting touch!
      That being said though, I thought that she looked lovely. I love that they bumped the bangs away from her face--I was actually loving her hair today. Kate really is a beautiful woman...!
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  60. I enjoy seeing shoes which match her dress; I was growing tired of the same few pairs with every outfit.

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  61. Oh dear, I don't like this look at all. Very dull colour, the high neck wound have looked better if she'd had her hair in a high pony tail. I think a coat n dress would have suited the occasion better.

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  62. How lovely to not be met with another coat today. It gets tiring since, unlike HM, Kate almost never takes the coat off! I love the wine color, I don't think the lace was too dressy, I love that it's a new designer and a different style, but I don't care for the high collar on this dress. It is definitely a subtle nod to Chinese styling and in that respect I think it worked well. And, perhaps I would have liked the collar more if she were wearing her hair up. So, the collar is a personal quibble that I'll overlook because she looked great - a little fancy or not!

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  63. Ok I'm confused, why would Kate wear two Italian designers to a Great Britain Creative event celebrating China and Britain? Usually she makes much wiser satorical choices than this. And while she looks lovely and the dress is beautiful even the designers stated that it's an evening wear dress. Maybe Charlotte spit up on the outfit she had planned for today, so she grabbed this one which she was planning on wearing this evening for drinks with members of the press.

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    1. Good point, I hadn't thought of that but you're right, it would have been more appropriate to showcase a designer from UK or China. Like your reason :)

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  64. Well, we seem to be about evenly divided between readers who love this dress/look and those who really don't. A couple thoughts:

    I agree with those who say "Yeah! No coatdress today!" And then it occurred to me that, perhaps in coordinating outfits with Madame Peng, Kate was advised not to wear a coatdress or suit because her guest was wearing one. They coordinated on colors, so why not on styles, too? The British hosts would not want comparisons of the ladies' suits in the press. (Hence, Kate got to wear a very different, lighter dress and be cold today.)

    As for this being labeled an "evening" dress--that is definitely true, but it must be very difficult to find a dress labeled "for princess of the realm to wear at a public morning event while escorting senior government officials from a world superpower". Especially if she has been told she cannot wear a coatdress.

    I would guess Kate loved the color (I really like it on her) and found it would coordinate with her guest's suite, felt the lace and style were different enough from Madame Peng's suit, and felt the high neck would make the dress appropriate for early daytime wear.

    I think the outfit works for Kate at this function and she looks quite lovely in it. Were there better alternatives out there for her to choose? Very possibly, but we don't know what constraints were put on her selections.

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    1. Nice "job description" Sue :)

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    2. Sue T., thank you for an interesting and thoughtful theory about the choice of the dress. I agree with your opinion of it too. I really liked it and felt that it worked for the occasion just fine, especially with her hair down to lower the formality to just the right level.

      I also want to shout out to Julia from Leominster a huge thank you for the reminder that diplomacy trumps the alternative, and it reminds us how very, very important it is that Kate make a good impression on these guests, no matter what the rest of us may think.

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    3. Victoria, Oregon22 October 2015 at 02:08

      I second everything you said, Marci. :-)

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    4. Love the Job description also Sue, but remember, she doesn't have to "find" a dress. She can have a bespoke piece any time she wants.
      This occasion would have been the perfect time for a bespoke piece, from a British or Chinese designer.

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    5. Amen. 03:51

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  65. The color is perfect for the season and I do like the high neckline on the dress, but I sooo wish she had worn her hair up to really show it off.

    And in response to the comments about it looking like a cocktail dress, well, I suppose the argument could be made. Perhaps a short, fitted blazer in the same color would give it more of a daytime look.

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  66. Catherine looked very nice but I am not sure if this was the right choice of a garment to wear. Seems to me she should have worn a suit. Her hair -- I do not care for it being so long -- makes her look as if she is still in university . . . just saying.

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  67. RF

    with all due respect, no argument necessary. D&G
    marketed it as evening wear.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden21 October 2015 at 22:19

      Well... royals do have different rules though. Clothes that I would only be able to wear to very very fancy weddings is their everyday looks etc. And I don't see what's so different between this dress and some of the amazing amount of lace dresses worn by normal women and royal women all day around?

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  68. I had said earlier I thought it looked like a cocktail dress but then adjusted as I did not see what others were wearing. I wondered why my reaction was so strong, thought it looked gorgeous, and then someone mentioned the type of lace. I think the type of lace may be what made it stand out so much for me. It also was in such contrast to Madam Peng's attire. I think it is a gorgeous color and dress on Catherine and as Sue T said above who knows what constraints she was working withal

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  69. My first reaction when I saw the pictures was ????? It's a pretty dress, but puce is a difficult colour and I don't think it suits Kate at all. Secondly as so many have said, it seems wrong for the time of day. Her hair is blah sadly. Not a good look for the occasion. Her hair should be contained and not distract from her outfit, instead it's blowing all over the place.

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  70. I wonder what Madame Peng was wearing under her dark coat. Perhaps it would have coordinated better with Kate's dress. She was very dressed up for Clarence House, but that was in the afternoon. Kate owns a burgundy dress that would have been much more suitable for a morning event than this lace; however, I am sure she wanted to wear something new. Probably we will never know how this very elegant oddity occurred. And maybe we should have a design event for Kate's more formal daytime events!

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  71. PS Thank goodness Kate did not wear a ponytail! Too informal.

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  72. My guess? William must really like Kate in lace. She wears it often. Not her first rodeo with a lace dress.
    It was a miss although I love the color. Someone said the color is "wine dreg" and sure enough, it is.

    I agree that it is strange that she wears coats in warm weather and no coats in cold weather. Curious.

    I also agree that the whole lace dress thing stands out from the business attire in ALL of the photos. Coincidence? NO WAY

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    1. She is the star in every photo. A lot of that has to do with the fact that she is in a plum lace dress while everyone else is in dark business attire. You can't tell me they didn't plan it that way.

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden22 October 2015 at 13:45

      Oh... my body get's a little angry every time someone writes "William must like..." as a reason for her wearing things. How about "Kate likes". It's a good enough reason without having her husbands approval. (Sorry... Pet peeve of mine)

      I think the dress was because of it's chinese looking feel with the fabric, the coulor/shinyness and the neck.

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  73. I love Catherine. She looked fabulous in her red dress for the state dinner.
    Unfortunately lace is not a morning look. I wish she had chosen one of her business causal dresses.
    However I am over joyed she dying or buying shoes to match.
    Prince William is his Mother's Son.

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  74. I have seen Queen Letitzia wear many laces dresses similar to this beautiful plum one, with similar styling, also during the day. Perhaps the Duchess is looking a bit to her? When deciding what to wear today, I think Kate gave a thought to appealing to the Chinese public watching the news coverage. She and William want to be as sympathetic as possible, to help the message about wildlife preservation.

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  75. I have decided that Kate's dress would have looked much more appropriate if it were fully lined, like the dress she wore to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee service and then to a palace garden party. Then it could have passed for a day dress.

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  76. Does anyone know what flower is represented on the dress? China tie-in? She may have worn something that would carry over to the media event later in the evening. It surprised me, too, but we have learned in the past-there is usually a good reason when we don't understand something Kate has done.

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    1. Knowing Kate, the flower in the lace is no doubt relevant to the event. What kind of flower is that?

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  77. Ladies-the last photo shows a close view of Kate's lovely purse/clutch. It is very thin. Anyone have an idea what she carries in it? Tissue, lipgloss? Just curious :)
    Kathryn for California

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  78. My first impression of this event was how beautiful Kate looked. I really like the colour on her & the silhouette is very cheongsam like. The richness & pattern of the lace immediately brought back memories of an exhibition of antique Chinese textiles that I saw a few years ago & had forgotten about. I can't quite pinpoint the connection but it's there.

    As to appropriateness the dress falls well within the Royal lady dress code & as others have pointed out Letizia, Maxima & Mary have all worn similar styles during the day. It's good to see her growing confidence in her role & in making her own style statements.

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  79. The first pic I saw of today was of Kate in the shadows, I guess because I thought it was a black dress and I was so disappointed. Then I saw a good pic and was excited for the color and the lace. The thought flirted through my mind that it was more of a cocktail dress, but I quickly dismissed it for Kate has worn lace for daytime engagements before. I did not think she looked overly tired and I am looking the way the fringe is being styled. I like it better now than the earlier engagements when she first sported the fringe. I guess I am the only one that thinks that the clutch she wore clashed with the dress color-wise. Maybe the photos don't show the true color.

    Charlotte thank you for all your work. It has been outstanding, informative, and entertaining.

    This last summer I became familiar with the Order Of Splendor as I am sure many of you are familiar with, also. Since it covers most other major royal families it helped fill in the gaps between Kate sightings. I especially like the arrows in the comments section where you can up tick if you agree or vice versa. If it isn't too hard ( and I believe nothing is too hard for you, Charlotte considering what you already have done with this blog) I would love that feature added to this blog. Please! It would be awesome! :-)

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  80. I think that Kate did not wear the RFO because it is made of Ivory. I think she has one. I think that is the ONLY reason she didn't wear it. Because of William's speech. I think the Queen kindly compensated Kate by letting her have the necessary clout of those bracelets. It will be fun to see the new design of future RFO's, perhaps starting with Kate's.

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    1. good point! i never thought of that, but it definitely makes sense!

      lisi

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  81. I love her hair and I like the dress - but with a detailed, high neckline, why oh why does she hide it with her hair? She needs an updo or a nice half up half down hair-do to show it off!

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    1. I agree about the hair Samantha. I think an updo would have screamed evening paired with the dress but half up/half down would have been perfect. I think a very stylized pony would have worked well too. It would not have been too casual if done correctly. Im not loving the seventies hair.

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    2. Alexandra - Florida22 October 2015 at 22:47

      Yes, Samantha, I think the beauty and detail of the dress would have been so much more noticeable if she had worn her hair pulled back. I can understand that she may not have wanted it all up especially since it was that way the evening before. But the half up half down would have been a nice compromise. That way it is still really down but pulled back away from her beautiful face. So many of her lovely dress necklines get lost with all of her hair down around her face. I certainly believe she has gorgeous hair but sometimes I feel that it should be pulled back even if loosely. I have hair that is a few inches past my shoulders and I wear it pulled back half up half down all the time. It's actually a very comfortable and easy way to wear your hair. And we know she looks beautiful with her hair like that. And that style lends itself to simple accessories in the hair or nothing.

      On another note, congratulations Megs on your breathtaking selection for the state banquet attire for the Duchess. I'm so happy for you that you won the earrings! I just got mine last week and they are beautiful and I feel so special wearing them knowing they are a gift from Claudia and Charlotte and with reminders of our lovely Duchess. I tried to wait until Christmas for my son to give them to me but he actually wanted me to open them and wanted me to go ahead and wear them! I know you will enjoy your earrings!

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  82. Crown Princess Mary did a really good job of pairing a lace skirt/dress (?) with a tailored, belted jacket for the opening of the Danish Parliament on Oct. 6 (see styleofmary.blogspot.com). This seems to be a way of making lace appropriate for a daytime engagement. Again, I'm just happy the Duchess is trying some different styles and designers!

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    1. But not Italian designers on Britain's dime.

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    2. That's right, a jacket would have been Perfect. The duchess simply can't layer, she's either bottoned up to the chin in coat in a inside environment or nude in a tiny dress under the rain

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  83. The state banquet last night was the first time on forever that i really liked what Kate wore...ever since she had George there have been more misses than hits for me and with her resources that shouldn't be happening
    I know she has style...in 2011 and 2012 she didn't put a foot wrong...ever since then her hair has been not that great at events and the clothes make her look 50
    Like today, how can anyone at KP think..oh yeah this is totally daytime
    She needs to fire whoever has been doing her hair and getting clothes for her
    I want the 2011 and 2012 Kate back!

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  84. When I looked at the first picture Ithought how dark it all looked dull day and dark clothes and hated the look. Then I saw the photos inside with the ritz of the theatre film world and thought how beautifully Kate's outfit fitted into the event - perfect in my opinion. Perhaps the blog has been read with all the on not another coat comments and she came without to give us a glimse of a lovely dress .on the hair Ithink a ony tail too casual and up too formal for the event. Thank you for an interesting blog Charlotte

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  85. I'm with the folks who wonder why Kate wears an Italian designer at an event that is about China/UK creative endeavors and trade. DG is not "Brand Britain". It's remarkable, really, the missed opportunity to showcase a British or Commonwealth brand name into Chinese news outlets who are covering the President's visit. They've only got a billion consumers over there. Just about one fifth of the world's population.

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    1. Julia from Leominster22 October 2015 at 09:39

      I have to reluctantly agree. I adore the dress and adore it on Kate and generally, I'm happy for Kate to wear foreign designers but on an occasion entertaining foreign guests - where it will be reported in their country, I would have preferred British. A British Chinese designer such as Charlotte mentioned would have been a lovely touch - or even a Chinese designer like Laura chose for her state banquet choice.

      But Kate did stay loyal to British design for the banquet and that counts the most - as much as I loved all the Saab, Lhuillier, Badgley and similar choices put forth by our stylists, I thought it imperitive Kate wear British for that event. Here, perhaps less so and while that dress seemed very Italian to me when I first saw it, the more I see it on Kate, the more I think she saw it reflecting Chinese type lattice work - which is quite lovely.

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden22 October 2015 at 13:40

      I get you. I just have noticed that Kate is not the only one. Madeleine wore Valentino to both her childrens christenings and her wedding, and noone batted an eyelid. Diana wore alot of other brands. Mary wears alot of Prada etc. etc. I see your point, and I had that thought as well. But it's interested how it's only "noticed" when Kate does it.

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    3. Good point. Silvia

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    4. Moxie, you're right. This would have been a good time to put UK designers out there. However,there are other cultural nuances to consider. Among other points they've misunderstood, lotus symbolism notwithstanding, Chinese media is already nattering about why Catherine would chose to "borrow" a "used" tiara for someone as important as the Chinese president. Why wouldn't she have commissioned and worn a "new" one for such an important person?

      All that reveals is that there's no understanding in China of how "old" money in the UK doesn't behave like "new money" anywhere else. Regal behavior isn't "vulgar" in that way. Asian consumers, on the other hand, are very in tune with brand status and the latest and newest of everything. UK brands generally don't run with top Asian-loved brands. DG does. So perhaps to avoid any suggestion that the RF wasn't treating its guests with proper respect, in this instance Catherine "dressed up" to put such misunderstandings down.

      These and numerous other similar points will likely have been addressed in the many meetings/fittings/briefings prior to such a visit. (Those days when DoC is not working.)

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    5. I agree with you. There are a lot of British brands who do lovely clothing. I'm actually surprised she's never worn Victoria Beckham. I think that's an aesthetic which would suit her.

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  86. Regarding the banquet, I have two questions.

    Charlotte, do you happen to know who the lady wearing the beautiful Ice blue gown and dreamy tiara is?

    Has the Queen ever let anyone else wear her wedding bracelet?

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    1. Hello!

      One of our commenters kindly shared the lady mentioned is the Marchioness of Cholmondeley. Her husband the David Cholmondeley, 7th Marquess ofCholmondeley is Lord Great Chamberlain of England.

      I think Kate is the first royal to wear the bracelet.

      Also, for those asking, I've asked around and the feeling is Kate definitely doesn't have the Royal Family Order. Perhaps she'll receive it over the next year or so.

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  87. hmm I love the duchess I love she wears it with pride I love her she bring the uk it the finest and crystal clear I love the great Jackie chan

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  88. Am I the only one to think she is pregnant?

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  89. D&G is a "sexy" brand - not an obvious choice for Kate - but no more than an OK dress on her. She tends to look a bit prim, and this is one of those occasions. What is that clutch doing there?

    In my opinion it's about the hair. Its beginning to look like a comfort blanket - whereas a loose updo would make her look "darker" and more interesting - relaxed, even. This dress is loaded with femininity and guile. Use it - or go back to L.K. Bennett.

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  90. Hello, this is my first post here although I have been reading this wonderful blog for over a year and a half. I actually like the design and style but I am not a fan of the colour and would not buy the dress. I have also been thinking about how very tiring the state visit must be for everyone involved - meeting foreigners who do not speak your language, entertaining and conversing with someone you see the first time ... I am hosting some foriegn guests whom I have never met before - it is great but I am looking forward to a relaxing weekend on my own. Agree with Rebecca - yay for Doctor Who !

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  91. I read online that wealthy Chinese women buy a lot of Dolce and Gabbana. Maybe this is why she chose this dress? (And not a British brand?)

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  92. Charlotte, could you please tell me at what time of the day this event was please? I was working at the same venue last night and I was kind of hoping to bump into them :P

    Ana

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      Do you mean the event yesterday? It was late morning.

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  93. Melanie from California22 October 2015 at 15:55

    I'm so excited!!! I've found an excellent Repli-Kate for the LK Bennett "Detroit" dress (originally worn 2/14/14), the $159 Antonio Melani Mae Crepe Sheath Dress now available at Dillard's

    http://www.dillards.com/p/antonio-melani-mae-crepe-sheath-dress/505563227?di=04524472_zi_blue&facetCache=pageSize%3D100%26beginIndex%3D0%26orderBy%3D1

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    1. That is fabulous Melanie! I'll add it to the Repli-Kate page :)

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  94. Rhonda - Wisconsin22 October 2015 at 15:56

    I loved the whole thing - she is so beautiful and the color is very suited to her. Again - a quick thank you Charlotte for all the hard work you put in for the State Dinner. I loved all the background information you provided. I am learning a lot by following your blog!

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  95. I'm glad to see Kate doing a lot more enegaments right now..but I'm sorry to say I bet we hardly see her at all in November
    And if they go.on vacation I will have a fit..she just had five months off and at any point they could've gone then
    Call me a cynic I think that's why they had the media over last night...maybe to butter them up so they don't get destroyed for goong on another vacation

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