Monday, 26 October 2015

It's Jenny Packham & Dazzling Earrings for Kate's Date with 007

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry added a royal seal of approval to the premiere of the latest movie in the James Bond franchise, Spectre.


It was a glittering evening at the Royal Albert Hall with the royals joining a host of stars on the red carpet for what is undoubtedly one of the most eagerly awaited movies of the year.


Spectre was selected as this year's Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund's Royal Film Performance.


Kate walked the red carpet with director Sam Mendes.


They were greeted by producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, vice patrons of the CTBF. Before the performance William, Kate and Harry met trustees and beneficiaries of the fund.


The trio looked delighted as they talked to the film's cast and crew, including 007 himself Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Monica Bellucci and Naomi Harris.


Kate with James Bond.


Prince William meets cast and crew.


Prince Harry was so excited to meet Daniel Craig he asked him to sign his programme. You'll notice a lovely moment between the star and his wife Rachel Weisz. The actress looked amazing in Alexander McQueen.


Our favourite photographer James Whatling shared a photo of the red carpet before the arrivals.


Daniel Craig with his leading ladies, Lea Seydoux in a stunning gold Prada gown, and Monica Bellucci wearing a teal velvet dress by Ralph & Russo.


The actor posed for photos and signed autographs before giving interviews during which he said he was "very excited for everyone to see the movie".


The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund is the UK's leading charity for people working behind the scenes in the film, cinema and commercial television industries. It exists to support those who find themselves in need for one reason or another, and through donations, supported subscriptions and events such as tonight's performance, they are able to help over 1,000 beneficiaries and their families each year.


This year, William, Kate and Harry were invited to nominate two more charities to benefit from the event. These are Shelterbox, for their work providing emergency response and resilience building in Nepal following the earthquake, and Save the Children, for their work with children and families fleeing the conflict situation in Syria and Iraq and as one of the leading organisations managing the Ebola crisis in West Africa. Two incredibly worthy charities.

Shelterbox

I'm sure many of you have seen the trailer and read the excellent reviews for Spectre. The 24th movie in the franchise, directed by Sam Mendes the film's synopsis reads: "A cryptic message from Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.".


Featuring a stellar cast and stunning locations including Mexico, Morocco, Rome, Austria, and of course London, it promises to be a thrilling successor to the last movie in the instalment Skyfall, which racked up an impressive 1.1 billion dollars. Are you planning to see Spectre? As a huge fan I'm very much looking forward to it, and if you haven't seen the trailer you can view it here.


Spectre is the third James Bond film to be chosen as a CTBF performance, with Casino Royale and Die Another Day the previous two. Indeed, Her Majesty volunteered to appear in a James Bond sketch with Daniel Craig for the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony. It was fantastic fun and lovely to see HM's lighter side. Click here to view it again.


William and Kate also attended The CBTF Royal Film Performance in 2013. Kate was elegant in the Roland Mouret Ella gown for the premiere of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Below we see her chatting with actress Naomie Harris, who was also present tonight due to her role as Ms Moneypenny.

CBTF

Kate chose a flowing duck egg blue bespoke gown by Jenny Packham for the premiere. It features sheer sleeves, a glittering belt and sheer overlay.


The back of the dress is beautiful.


The gowns bears striking similarities to this Spring 2011 look by the designer, as noted by Kimberley.

Jenny Packham

The Duchess debuted a stunning pair of new earrings by Robinson Pelham, the jeweller who designed the earrings she wore on her wedding day (with thanks to Anna).


The striking pagoda earrings set with blue topaz and diamonds in white gold retail for £14,300.

Robinson Pelham

Interestingly, the reason Anna noticed the earrings so quickly has another connection to the royal wedding. Kate's mother Carole Middleton actually wore them with a matching necklace for the wedding reception. One expects she may have loaned them to the Duchess as they complement her dress so beautifully. We've seen Kate wear her mother's pieces before.

Royal Insight
A look at Kate's elegant updo.


The Duchess wore her sparkling Jimmy Choo Vamp sandals.


Jimmy Choo

Ashley Marie identified Kate's new clutch as the £455 Casa by Jenny Packham. It is described as: "A glamorous evening bag, this solid frame box clutch features angular enamel and a crystal encrusted clasp. Complete with a silk cotton lining, small inside pocket and a matching mirror."

Jenny Packham

It was a wonderful evening full of all the glamour one would expect to see at a Bond premiere. I thought Kate looked radiant but the gown isn't a favourite of mine. What did you think of Kate's dress, accessories and earrings? You can view a video at ITN Source.


Tomorrow is another two engagement day! Kate will meet children and mentors from early intervention programme Chance UK. In the evening, it's the 100 Women in Hedge Funds Gala - meaning another gown appearance. See you all then! :)

273 comments:

  1. Total Old Hollywood glamour with a touch of sass in the back! I really like it!
    Shantel (@FashionandFaith)
    Minnesota, USA

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    1. You said it... Old Hollywood Glam..... I love the back and the belt adds just enough glitter.

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  2. I love her with her hair up. Beautiful dress, though I feel it makes her look almost too slim.

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    1. I agree. I thought it made her look frail. The dress had too much volume for her slender frame. She looked beautiful . . . I'm sitting in pajama bottoms and a t-shirt . . . so I guess who am I to judge!

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  3. Elegant and beautiful :)

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  4. Courtney from NC26 October 2015 at 20:33

    Love it. Ethereal, elegant and modest with a sexy twist. Love the back, belt and earrings. They turn a simple, possibly boring, gown into something elegant. The updo is fabulous.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden26 October 2015 at 20:54

      Very nicely described!

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  5. Stunning dress! Well done Jenny Packham! The Duchess looks amazing in this - absolutely perfect for her.

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  6. Rebecca - Sweden26 October 2015 at 20:39

    Wow! She was stunning! Still sticking to her style and nothing groundbreaking, but absolutley fabolous! I love how "swooping" it is. It really is a dress that comes into it's own when moving. On the livestream it looked even better! I love the dusty colour! The front is a little so-so but I absolutely ADORE the little slit in the back. A little teasing at sexy without actually going there! I also loved the detail of all the buttons on the arm. Very nice!
    And an updo, I can hear all the "Team Updo" people jumping up and down of happiness! I love the earrings as well! And even more so because they're Carols!! :) Very nice!! Also.. two very handsome men she had with her! All in all, a great evening! (Also.. I realize I need to learn some new synonoms for "love"! Well.. I guess that's how I get when I'm excited!)

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    1. Courtney from NC26 October 2015 at 21:05

      I have a military formal in December and I so wish the Kate Effect worked more quickly. I am not as willowy as Catherine but I think I could pull this off. Being immodest and scandalous at a military function is a no go. I also covet those earrings.

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    2. Rebecca,
      Wow! love can be exciting too. You sound so happy, it made a smile for me for the day. There is some sense of innocent youth about you. Love can also mean Christmas for some, the chocolate store for others,or seeing their favorite person looking perfect.

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden26 October 2015 at 23:40

      Haha, thats sweet 15! It's fun getting excited about stuff! :)

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  7. Her hair color was so beautiful in that 2013 picture! I can't figure out why she has gone so orange red at the crown and so dark at the bottom. She needs a good colorist to fix it!! Her skin tone is not compatible with this color she has been wearing this past few years.

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    1. I thought it looked orange in the morning photos today.

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  8. Please, please, please... someone explain to me why they don't turn and acknowledge the wall of photographers standing there??!! Greet your hosts, turn, smile and carry on up the stairs. It would take all of 10 seconds... honestly, do a normal count to 10 in your head right now, that's all it would take, maybe less. It is almost unheard of to just walk by the photographers so all anyone gets is a side/back shot!

    William is the President of BAFTA for goodness sake, this is a huge global British film event, they were the guests of honor, let the attending press take a nice photograph of all 3 arriving!

    Just such a mistake, there could have been some lovely photographs of all 3 of them together, not to mention individually. I can't imagine what the photogs are saying.

    Sigh.

    Claudia

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    1. Courtney from NC26 October 2015 at 21:09

      I have read many times that the timeline at these kind of events is pretty tight. Can't say for certain but I'm pretty sure there was someone pushing them through the red carpet.

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    2. I absolutely agree. In this case, it's not a charity visit or something like that, it's a film premiere and William does have an official role within the organization. I was just watching a bit of video from some other European royals arriving at events and they stop briefly (sometimes just seconds) to pose for the official photographers. That's all it takes to keep people happy.

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    3. I agree Claudia. They stood briefly for photos when they visited New York, so why can't they spare 10 seconds for the British press, you know the ones who cover all of their other engagements and keep them front and center with the public.

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    4. I was puzzled at that too, Claudia. I mean this IS a red carpet event and part of that is posing for photos as they enter the event, as Daniel Craig did with his two co-stars.
      And surely, by now, at 33 and 30, all three of them are old enough and practiced enough to grasp that. Have to think it was another of William's petty snubs of the working media.

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    5. Rebecca - Sweden26 October 2015 at 23:42

      I mean.. They would never stand there and pose. It's just not going to happen. Same as they don't sign autographs etc. But a little look behind and wave would have been nice, I agree!

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    6. Watching it live was so frustrating, I kept saying "now turn, turn, turn..." but up the stairs they went!

      Their staff must prep them, "the car will pull up, you'll be greeted at the bottom of the steps, the media pen is directly opposite"... no one's expecting them to strike a pose (that would make headlines Rebecca!) but pausing for photos is just expected at an event like this. And even if you take out the interest in Kate, their royal roles... William is the President of BAFTA!

      I checked the NY hotel arrival (clearly I have too much time on my hands this evening!) and they turned and paused for maybe 4-5 seconds at the most, so it's not a time issue. And what a difference that turn made for the photos.

      It's no different than "posing" for a group shot at an event, or after you've presented trophies, etc etc etc

      Ok I'm done :)

      Claudia

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    7. i agree with rebecca, they are never going to stand there and pose, it's not their thing.

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    8. But, Rebecca, why? I am asking honestly. Do they believe they are "above" posing for photos? Isn't that pretty much required for their continued relevance & existence? I absolutely do not get it. They are too good to sign an autograph for a child?

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  9. This is how I wish Kate would look all the time. Elegant, timeless but with a little something extra to make the outfit out of the ordinary. The color is breathtaking but it is all in the details: the sparkling belt, the peek a boo back, the gathering at the base of the neck and the beautiful buttons going up her sleeve. This is the best she has looked since her return. I wish that this is what she wore for the state banquet.

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    1. I agree with you. The gown she wore to the State Banquet was frumpy. I liked the color red, but she appeared too stiff. I guess, guarded is the correct word. She's so stunning and should be a little more daring. I love the gown she's wearing this evening and new the hair style.

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    2. she would never wear this type of dress to a state banquet because it isn't appropriate for that type of event. movie premieres and state banquets are two entirely different things. the dress she wore to the state banquet was beautiful and entirely appropriate.

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    3. I'm not sure it would have been all that inappropriate. I want to say that Sophie Wessex has worn a strapless gown before but I will have to check if that was on British soil. She was wearing her orders though. I just think this dress is more elegant and regal looking than the red Temperley which I did like.

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  10. I love the look! The dress is fun and sexy!

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  11. Absolutely beautiful.

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  12. Usually I love pretty much everything the Duchess wears, but to me this kind of looks like she is ready to dance a waltz on Lawrence Welk. I think it would be very sexy, even with the sheer overlay, but the gathering at the back of the neck and the overly billowing sleeves make it too mature for the Duchess. Still, more beautiful and elegant than anything I own...

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    1. Lawrence Welk-LMAO! Too much fabric for her frame and why does every dress have to be black or ice blue? At least her mother's earrings pulled her out of the rut and gave her jewelry fit for a princess. I don't understand with her wealth, free TIME and unlimited resources why she's so bland. Kate has the potential to be very alluring like Letizia. She needs a stylist as its quite evident from her Kiki jewelry to repeats in colours that she's has no taste. At this point a change in lipstick colour would be an improvement. Sigh.

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    2. It would be in the Lawrence Welk show, IMHO.
      That's is so true it isn't even funny.

      Who is advising Kate? Such a missed opportunity.
      In her position she can't afford not to have a stylist, a very, very, very good stylist. No more missed opportunities please Kate. You are a princess and a very sweet one and you deserve to look amazing every event. You are, like it or not, the new face of the monarchy. Get help ASAP xo

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    3. I think it looks like a peignoir. All it needs is a pair of marabou mules.

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    4. What I don't get is why Kate doesn't have her assistant get large swatches of basic fabrics like cotton, silk, etc. and then, when she likes a dress or wants to buy something but she's not going to have time to get it specifically altered for her frame, drape the similar fabric over her top, echo the skirt/dress portion so she'll get a better idea how it will hang. This is an industry widely known quick "rule of thumb" for making a quick decision what to go with. She would have known to say no to this dress unless it was altered. S

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    5. Agreed, Bluhare. Lovely color, but it looked like a dressing gown. An elegant dressing in a nice color, but a dressing gown nonetheless. And way too old for her. Show off that body, girl! There will be PLENTY of time for the matronly look.
      Beth in SF

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    6. Oh so interesting anon 02:47 but the last thing I thought when I saw the gown was matronly. I thought it showed of her gorgeous figure in a wonderful way. Loved the look.

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    7. Night gown, that's the word. I wonder wherr that stunnig aqua Amanda weakley from 2011 had been hiden

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  13. Great job Charlotte. I really like the choice of earrings, clutch and shoes. The back of the dress is fantastic.

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  15. I love the dress. So appropriately Bond. Classy yet a hint of sex with the sheer back and cutout. More than anything, whether you love this dress or not (or her choices the last few days), she is experimenting more. Kate is trying new silhouettes and looks and I think it is great. Fun, sexy glamour tonight!

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden26 October 2015 at 20:57

      I agree. It's very nice to see her try out new things in this regard :)

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    2. She has tried a number of new styles in the last few weeks. What do you think has prompted it? Boy it'd be fun to go on a shopping spree with her.

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    3. 100% with you, Clara, Rebecca and Anon.

      As to 'appropriately Bond': I can't help wondering whether it was intentional that the color of the dress was similar to that of the dress worn by the 'bond girl' in the movie poster - :P

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  16. I do think the soft grey blue is a nice color for her and the fluid sheer material is dreamy, but it all looks rather shapeless and overwhelming- too much material. Love her hair up like this and it has a bit of 60's vibe.

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    1. I tend to agree with you, Anon 20:47.

      I like the fabric, color, belt, and buttons on the dress and the accessories are just perfect. But I think the dress looks big on her. I wish the top was more of a V-neck than a wrap style; she is too slender to pull off all the material.

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    2. I am a fan of Kate's. I think she is adorable in every way. That's why it makes sad about this dress. I do applaud her for trying........, and yet,

      20:47, I agree about the color of the dress and the fluidity of it. I also agree it is too shapeless and too much material. It does overwhelm her. She is too thin right now to wear that type of backless gown and too "thin" in the front also. It is unflattering on both sides. (Plus, Rose at the banquet, inadvertently stole Kate's thunder on the color, the sheerness, and the transparent back.)

      I love that she borrowed her mom's earrings but they do absolutely nothing for her other than perhaps make her feel good that she's wearing her mom's earrings. They have little or no sparkle. They do nothing for her.
      She, no doubt, had many choices available.

      I didn't like Kate's teal, turquoise gown that only had lace in the back for all the same reasons.

      There are lots of ways to do sheer that is right and is sexy but you have to highlight your best features and dress over the rest. I felt embarrassed for her I truly did, both when she wore that teal gown and now this one tonight. Like when your daughter wears a prom dress that you know is ALL wrong but she wears it anyway. That's how I feel. :(

      One of the Goldsmiths just remarried. His bride wore sheer THE VERY RIGHT WAY and she is thin.
      The gown was bespoke Valentino and she looked amazing in it. She wore the sheerness, the sheerness didn't wear her. The gown was superlative.

      Hopefully, Kate won't repeat these two style mistakes (this dress and the teal one.) I am only half excited about the hedge fund gala now. She needs a good and honest stylist. I do hope she enjoys the movie though.

      sorry, Kate. :(

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden26 October 2015 at 23:47

      Whoah!? I've never heard anyone say anything bad about the teal one?! That is the one I see everywhere as Kate's best gown ever! Ofc you're entitled to your opinion. I was just surprised at it! :)

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    4. Kate's teal dress is one of my favorite looks she's ever worn! I suppose that's what makes all this fun, having different opinions.
      I think tonight's dress was less flattering than the teal because it had even less structure.

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    5. Anon 20:47--I agree with you completely, I love 90% of this look, and she herself looks stunning. Like royalfan, I would have preferred a v-neck, i.e. less fabric in the front, and would have loved a top more like the Packham teal sheet lace gown (that anon 22:13 dislikes :P )

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  17. Oh dear another fashion miss for me I'm afraid - the dress is just too frumpy and dull in colour for a Bond Premiere. I think Kate looks unflatteringly thin in this dress too. Monica Bellucci's dress is far more glamorous for example. I don't like the earrings either. Think today has been an off day all round and the Bond Premiere a huge missed opportunity:-(

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    1. I agree with everything you said scarf addict!

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    2. I agree. The colour is too pale, the model makes her look so skinny ... No, For me it's a miss either

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    3. Agree word for word Scarf Addict! Kate would have knocked it out of the park if she had only switched outfits with Monica Bellucci!

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    4. It's not my favorite gown, but the color is not much of a stretch from gown in the movie poster featured above.

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    5. Have to say I agree. Too much fabric overwhelms her delicate frame. Love the hair though.

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    6. Glamour doesn't always mean fitted and tight dresses, you know... ;)

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    7. She should have been the star of this show as a princess! But, instead the colour doesn't pop and there isn't really anything sexy about all those buttons on the sleeve, fabric, etc. It's a big miss today for me as well. :(

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    8. Victoria, Oregon27 October 2015 at 00:18

      That's what I thought, too, Royalfan! She matches the gown on the movie poster. My first reaction is that I love this dress. But I have not seen any video footage, which may sway my opinion the other way? I think she looks beautiful.

      And the thought also crossed my mind that the color/style was the same that Rose wore to the State Banquet. Embarrassing for both if they would've shown up in "matching" dresses for the banquet!

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    9. actually she shouldn't be the "star" of the show because tonight isn't about her. it's about the movie and the stars of the movie. it's THEIR night not hers. to upstage them would be rude. why don't people get that she was there with william to support, NOT steal the spotlight.

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    10. Not really. Her presence would sell the movie even more. And the better she looked in doing that the more influence.

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    11. Thank-you, anon 02:01- they are not the guests of honor. William, as president of BAFTA, is there to support CTBF; CTBF is not there to support William .
      Stopping to pose for photographers would have been inappropriate. I saw plenty of pictures-few, if any,
      rear or side-view.The photographers missed nothing. A contrived point of contention.

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  18. I like the dress very much. Only does it not really look good on Catherine. She is too thin at the moment to really pull it off IMO. Imke

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    1. Yeah I agree. I thought it really made her look shockingly thin. While pretty, it still just seemed to overwhelm her thin figure with the fabric overload. I like her other fluttery dresses, but this drapey (sp) dress almost looked a size too big, which I know that wasn't the intention. Still, Kate is always pretty herself.

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  19. I ABSOLUTELY love the gown..... Love the flows, air-like quality. There will be so many that will criticize her, but, If she feels good in it that's all that matters! She is such a wonderful person.

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  20. I love the second picture, Kate in front of the two brothers, she looks amazing.

    Tracy in FL

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  21. Her earrings cost as much as my masters degree. LOL.

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    1. Anon from New York,
      You made a good investment. As long as you get a job, you can buy these earrings every quarter of a year, giving you for sets in a year. That means at least $56,000.00 per year salary.
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      Sorry Charlotte,
      The following message to Anon NY might be off topic for this blog. Just like you said some months ago, royal engagements are like the buses. There are none, or all come same time. Funny actually the buses are like that too in England. Well, W&K engagements once again come one after another, including two a day.

      These means the blogs are moving fast. You must have been very busy starting from coordinating the state dinner entry by commenters, the dinner it self and it had been none stop.
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      New York,
      Oh by the way, I responded to your comment on the following blog regarding the daily mail article. Blogger must have chewed my posts twice; it wouldn't appear twice/at different times of the day. It was to say, the last two sentences of your comment were thoughtfully stated and expressed regarding Kate's "transformation."

      In her case, it is more of evolving into her status and how she adapted to it, more than an extreme transformation in appearance like the other European wives mentioned in that article.

      http://hrhduchesskate.blogspot.com/2015/10/the-earl-and-countess-of-strathearn.html

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  22. Beverlee Utah
    Sadly, this is a miss for me. She is so beautiful but the pale blue is in the wrong
    Color family her color key is either winter or
    Fall.

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  23. I love this dress and her whole ensemble, although I would not have worn a heavy platform with it. She looked very elegant and glamorous. Ali

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  24. Beverlee Utah
    Sadly this color is a miss for me. Kate is a beautiful woman dressed in the wrong color key for her skin tone.
    She looks like a Winter or Autum to me not a Summer or Spring.

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  25. Such a glamorous dress, with a perfect colour for the duchess. But she really is SO thin right now - her head is so big, her body so frail. I really hope she will find a way back to a healthier figure - then this amazing outfit wouldn't swallow her!

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  26. Tedi in California26 October 2015 at 21:03

    Looks like another great 007 movie. I loved seeing HM and Daniel Craig in the video again. That was such fun. I can't make up my mind about her outfit. It looks frumpy to me in the photos from the front. The back is attractive, but that front just is not what I want to see Kate wear. Love her shoes, and spectacular earrings. She is such a beauty. I fear someone is giving her advice about what she should wear, as a representative of the Queen, and it is BAD advice. Happy to see the three of them out together. They compliment each other, and seem to have such fun.

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  27. GORGEOUS!!! This was just what I needed today. I LOVE that Kate is trying new gowns/styles this week:) She's staying with familiar designers and trying new styles, such as this and her State Banquet gown, or staying with comfortable styles and new designers, such as the lace Dolce & Gabbana. I am in love with that clutch. The shoes are perfection also of course. I also love that she borrowed her mum's earrings from the Royal Wedding- a very sweet, normal, down-to-earth touch. I think Kate looks perfect- love that she is wearing her hair up more often for formal events. She's really had a wonderful week, style-wise!! This whole post made me so happy-thanks for the fabulous coverage, as always:)

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  28. well, well well
    The hair is fantastic. I love this do. Different and fresh, we can she the back of the dress properly.
    About the dress... I thing it is very beautiful and I immediately thought about JP. But I don't think it's flattering on DoC. It looks like if her chest is too flat. Not my favourite on her.
    The earrings are stunning!! I would love to have them on my collection :p

    MB

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  29. Balbina - Austria26 October 2015 at 21:05

    OMG - I am in style heaven. This is the most wonderful outfit I have seen the Duchess wearing in a long time. So chic and stylish. It's modest yet sexy, elegant yet relaxed. All in one glorious appearance. Bravo!

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  30. I really love the dress, at first I was a little on the fence about it, but the more I look at it the more it like it! It has a very "Downton Abbey" twenties theme going on, which I absolutely adore!

    On an unrelated note, Charlotte (and others) I was wondering what your opinions are about the new pic making the rounds of Kate and Prince George at the Natural History Museum.

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  31. I love her hair! The dress though was such a let down. It looks more matronly and not youthful at all. Maybe without the sleeves it would look better. Monica's dress looked better and she is 50! I agree with other's too that this dress makes Kate look very frail, in a very unhealthy way. There are so many beautiful dresses out there and this one was such a frumpy let down. Oh well, I hope tomorrow's evening gown is better.

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  32. Love the hair and the earrings, not a fan of the dress, particularly the top part. I also love Monica Bellucci’s dress.

    Looking forward to tomorrow’s two engagements. I hope her gala dress isn’t a repeat, but I expect it will be considering she has worn all new clothes today and last week.

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  33. Tedi in California26 October 2015 at 21:13

    P.S. Harry looks fabulous. William also.

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  34. Courtney from NC26 October 2015 at 21:13

    I can't help but notice that this look and the state dinner one are totally different and I like them both. Only thing that would have made this look better: a tiara. Sapphires perhaps. The Portland Sapphire Tiara needs to resurface on Catherine's head.

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  35. This is one of those dresses I think you're going to absolutely love or hate. It's the latter for me. I don't like anything at all about it.
    To me the fit is terrible on Kate the loose billowy fabric engulfs her frame.
    And the style to me is a 70's party dress meets Princess Leia from star wars.
    It's a very 'mature' looking dress. I just thought Kate would have worn something a little more dazzling. This was the one engagement she could have completely worn a backless dress and looked appropriate. She just looks frumpy and old fashioned to me in this dress.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden26 October 2015 at 23:51

      I agree that this is a love or hate dress. And I love it :)

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    2. This does seem to be a divisive one! I can't remember the last time we had so many people with drastically different opinions on an outfit.

      I love this dress from the back. I don't love it from the front. See, even I'm divided!

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  36. Rebecca - Sweden26 October 2015 at 21:17

    Also, anyone wanna bet that Kate will put earplugs in later tonight?! I mean, Harry and William won't be able to shut up about that helicopter stunt! :P

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  37. I have mixed feeling. Kate looks magnificently. Her haircut is perfect. And I love the cut of her dress. But it looks a little bit like a dressing gown.

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  38. Oops, accidentally deleted my original (longer) post. Well, here's a summary:

    -Hair: Awesome, gorgeous, love the up-do, specially with her bangs.
    -Dress: This was a miss for me, watched it live-streamed over the internet and was instantly underwhelmed. To me, it overpowers her -- either do long sleeves OR flowy but not both. It just feels a little frumpy and almost too old for her. It's almost as if there are too many "styles" being pulled together... the billowing skirt, the semi-victorian buttons, the transparent top, etc. Some proper undergarments may have helped too :)
    -Shoes - these seem to be her red-carpet go-tos? They must be super comfy, and she walks great in such high heels! I would probably fall on my face half-way through...
    -Some of the still pics seem to do more justice than when I saw the video, so maybe it was a different feel in-person.. but still...
    -Ultimately... if she liked it and felt great that's all that matters of course! But I was definitely expecting something more glamorous and this just wasn't my style! :) (Now the 2012 Jenny Packham, the turquoise one.. that was my style!!)

    -SPH

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    1. Hi anon, I actually own these shoes in gold and they are very very very easy to walk in. The large platform makes them feel like 2 in high heels. And they are one of the most comfortable pairs I own. :). So, if you can walk gracefully in 2-3in heels, than you would do just fine in these Jimmy's :)

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  39. I like the dress, I don't love the dress. I do wish it was a bit more fitted in the front like the runway version. I think it would have helped with the silhouette on Catherine's frame since the sleeves are loose. She looks just a little lost in it. Since the movie is supposed to draw from Bond films of a previous era, I did appreciate the 70's styling though. I do love the earrings and new clutch along with a nice updo.

    How great did Harry look in that double breasted tux?! The video from Rebecca English of him excitedly talking with Daniel Craig was cute.

    It took me awhile to warm up to Daniel Craig, but now I think he's amazing! So adorable to see him with his wife in the DM pictures.

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  40. Yankee from California26 October 2015 at 21:23

    What pretty earrings! I never saw what Carole wore on the wedding evening, so that was a real treat! I wouldn't enjoy wearing something that wide, but they are beautiful on both women. The back of Kate's hair was fantastic, but her bangs really look mid-1800s to me...I can't seem to get used to them. This skirt was so voluminous that it seemed to swallow her, making me wish for her lilac Jenny Packham gown with the sparkling waist and micro-pleats. The front reminded me of my grandmother's robe...nice for a robe but I just don't get it as a formal gown. The back of this dress was very pretty and interesting. I feel like I saw three dresses in one tonite, so I'm just confused. I'm very surprised almost everyone loves it, actually. As one who is normally very happy with Kate's wardrobe, I must be having an off day. I love seeing her so happy today though -- especially with those girls hugging her!

    Anon from New York -- your 20:52 comment was fantastic!

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  41. Is that Kate "in ice blue dress"?

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  42. I don't love this dress on her. It's pretty, I just think it hangs on her a bit too much, either it's a size too big or I'd prefer it on someone with a slightly fuller frame. I also want to hack away at the "fish gills" flapping under her arms, tighten up the fabric on the arms a touch and pare down the layering at the front. I like the way it was done on the runway with the cutout/drop shoulders. I do LOVE just the back of the dress - we have not seen her bare her entire back in such a sheer way before, have we? The slit is killer.

    Hair and makeup looked great. LOVE those earrings. Yum.

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  43. I don't think the gown is flattering at all. It makes her upper body and arm looks all kind of shapes. The fabric and draping is fussy and that camisole underneath looks like an afterthought. The only saviour is the back and her hair.

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  44. I usually love most everything Kate wears, but this was a total miss for me. The dress hangs on her like a sheer robe - almost seems like something belonging to a lingere set. It doesn't flatter her beautiful figure at all, she's drowning in all that fabric. I do love the color on her though. Her hair looks great, and those earrings really suit her.

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  45. I agree, the billowy dress and high neck are way too mature for her, along with the updo. Also, it does not appear to be a very "autumn" look with the duck egg blue and I feel it clashes with the red carpet. Definitely a big miss in my opinion!

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    1. good point about clashing with the red carpet. that should be considered.

      I think the state banquet dress was enhanced by all the beautiful reds in the great banquet hall. she looked like she belonged in that room. I know she most likely wore red to honor China but she also knows there is a lot of red in that room.

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  46. Brooke from Ohio26 October 2015 at 21:50

    Oh dear, I'm afraid I'm in the minority here. I did not like the dress or updo AT ALL. I think this is the first time I've strongly disliked anything Kate has worn. It does absolutely nothing for her shape, and the color isn't a wow for me. If she wore this in twenty years or so, it might be more appropriate. I guess I expected much more for a James Bond premiere. Oh well- we always have tomorrow's gown to look forward to!

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  47. I love the photo of Kate meeting Daniel Craig - thanks for taking one for the team Kate :)

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  48. Carole doesn't step back... the Queen gave Kate 2 bracelets (1 was a wedding gift of Prince Philip), then Carole "has to" give Kate some precious earrings... just to tell the world that the Middleton family has important jewels too.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden26 October 2015 at 23:55

      Hahha, I highly doubt that's the reason!

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    2. People have wanted to see more bling and Kate delivered. I'm sure she was proud to wear the royal jewels, but I see nothing wrong with her wearing Carole's earrings; they're a perfect match for this gown and she has every reason to be proud to wear them.

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    3. Yankee from California27 October 2015 at 00:19

      I agree, Rebecca and Royalfan! The Middletons have shared so many pieces of clothing and jewelry, why not something as spectacular as these earrings? Maybe I'm just not competitive enough to have considered that Carole would try to keep up with the Queen's Jewels...but if I were Kate, I would consider the sentimentality of both women's jewels an equal match!

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    4. Anon C,
      Kate was actually in luck to find some thing that coordinated very well with her gown, belongs to her mother, and who knows, this might be one of the items she will pass on to Charlotte on her maternal side also.

      If there happens to be truth in your thinking, then be it. Yes, let Kate outfit herself from belongings of both sides (her husband's and hers).

      The very first speech Kate made officially, Kate wore a cross on her neck and her mother's blue dress. In US, one of the TV anchors was discussing with his team the news that Kate wore her mother's dress to the engagement/made the speech. ( I think in 2012?/William was in Falkland). George Stephenopolis concluded, " well, these are times of austerity". I was so tempted to call the news desk, but they moved on quickly. People have reasons for wearing clothes and jewelry of their dearest.
      -It can be a form of the presence of that person's spirit.
      -It can be to feel confident, loved and protected.

      I am sure it means more than competition with the century old monarchy jewels, but alsoit all worked out for many reasons.

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    5. It's not the first time she wore that colour at an evening occasion (see the link to WKW under my name), so the had other occasions to borrow her mother's earrings. In my opinion this perfect timing is supporting my theory. Don't forget that everything Carole does is calculated.

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  49. I usually love the Jenny Packham gowns - however - this one I don't love. It's way to blousy in her mid-drift. If they could cut out some of that excess sheer under the arms I think it would show much better. However she looks glamorous as usual.

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  50. Thank you Charlotte for your wonderful coverage! You are a gem.
    Despite the matronly vibe of the dress Kate manages to look elegant albeit too thin.



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  51. Love the glamorous '30s vibe and the way she's taking stepping out of her formula a bit with this and the D&G lace. Wish she were not quite so thin but that's much better than spilling out of d├ęcolletage like this. Love this blog and our Duchess!

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  52. Tammy from California26 October 2015 at 22:03

    This color is my favorite on the duchess. Greys and light blue are just gorgeous with her eyes. Every outfit she's ever worn in this color I've loved! Beautiful.

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  53. I do love the earrings, and hair (except the bangs), but the gown is a miss for me. The color is too washed out, the bodice of the dress is too old for her, and she looks unhealthily thin. I didn't think she looked so thin in this morning's dress, but there's just something emaciating about this look. I much prefer her in saturated colors, like the red from the State Dinner.

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  54. The Duchess doesn't have too many fashion misses, but to me this look is distinctly disappointing. The color of the dress is a bit boring given the fabric, and it looks large on her, especially the front, which reminds me of a wrap intended for hastily throwing over a nightgown, perhaps to let the dog back in. It almost seems like an attempt at some sort of boho royal chic. The large chunky earrings, although beautiful, don't mesh well with the nature of the gown.

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  55. I like the dress but it would have looked better on her in a jewel tone or even black. I think the light blue doesn't really do anything for her. However, the overall effect is still lovely.

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  56. On a separate fashion note -- was Rachel Weisz wearing the McQueen that Kirstin suggested in the Dream Looks post?

    Maybe she was reading :)

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    1. Balbina - Austria27 October 2015 at 02:25

      My thoughts exactly ; )

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    2. I think that is the same dress for sure.

      I love how "James Bond" just laid a huge kiss on his wife to let her know she was the most important thing to him amidst all the hoopla. Glad he has his priorities in order. yay

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  57. Stunningly beautiful dress, hair, makeup, jewelry...but...I am concerned at how thin she is. She looks as skinny as the fashion model you have included. I love the princess and just want her to be well!

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  58. This is not at all my favorite dress for Kate. The color does nothing for her, and all of the draping makes it look as if she is melting, or as if it is far too large for her.

    Everything else is gorgeous, but I'm really disappointed in the dress.

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  59. She looks stunning. At first I didn't like the dress but as more pictures emerged, I liked it more and more. I really like how in the third picture you can see blue satin material down towards the hem at the bottom which seems to match the dress on Lea Seydoux in the movie poster.

    I think it is a beautiful look that exudes the glamour for a royal but also a hint of sexy for Bond. It is a great mix. I really like her earrings and think borrowing them from her mother is really sweet. But it makes me wonder why William hasn't bought his wife some stunning jewelry of her own. It seems she is always borrowing the jewels for gala events, or they were a wedding gift or were a private gift. Maybe he has and we haven't seen them yet.

    I love her hair like this and think the trio look really great together. When I go see the movie (huge 007 fan) I will be significantly less glamorous.

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  60. I love the dress - but what is going on with her hairstyle? Looks very old fashioned. In comparison to the other premiere outfits this one is maybe too elegant and not sexy at all? I'm missing the old Kate :-(

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  61. I honestly wonder what happened to the 2011-early 2012 Catherine. She used to dress AMAZINGLY.
    Don't like this dress, don't like the updo (the fringe is awful).
    Hope they had a good time tonight.

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  62. Hello!
    My name is Emi and I've been following this blog since 2012 even if i'm leaving a comment for the first time.
    I'm italian, sorry for my bad english!
    Thank you Charlotte for your work keeping us updated about the Duchess every day! I follow you on twitter too!
    I love to follow the Duchess of Cambridge, she's seems so kind (and i'm sure she is!), beautiful and down to earth. I think she's a perfect role model for young girls (i'm 21 but i've been following her since 2011, since my high school days).
    Tonight Kate was absolutely stunning! I love this gown, the full skirt, the dusty colour, perfect sartorial choice!
    I can't wait to see Spectre since i'm a fan of the franchise and because the movie was shot in Rome so i'm curious about how they will show our capital city!
    Ps: since I don't have an account, I chose Lexi Smart as name here, it's my name on twitter too :)

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden27 October 2015 at 00:00

      Hey Emi/Lexi!! Welcome to the comment section! :) Very nice to hear from you. Your English is very good. You and I are almost the same age!! :)

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    2. Emi - Lexi Smart27 October 2015 at 08:46

      Hello, Rebecca! Thank you!!
      Oh how old are you? :) And you're from Sweden! A beautiful country with lots of amazing Princesses too!
      This is the first time I'm writing here in the comment section but I used to read all your comments and I can remember your name, Rebecca! Love your comments :)

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  63. Love this look, but you really have to see it move, it doesn't show as well in pictures. The video shows it to perfection. Very lovely.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden27 October 2015 at 00:00

      I agree. It looked much better when moving :) The back looks ok in pictures but not the front. But the dress is really pretty when moving, I think! :)

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  64. This look was good.
    Not great, not her best red carpet look but - good. I like the dress but it seems to almost overwhelm her with fabric. I love a billowing skirt, the ones she wore in Los Angeles on that first official tour and the Packham she wore to the ARK anniversary were fabulous and perfect. She almost seems lost in the fabric of the overlay or robe or whatever that top bit is supposed to be.
    This gown reminds me of the nightrobes that the film stars of the 50s and 60s were often seen wearing. It also brings to mind the gown that Camilla wore to a state dinner during the visit to Tanzania.
    Much is being made that "Kate appears braless at Spectre premiere." Trust me, when you pay what she paid for this frock, the undergarments are built in with discreet panels and extra fabric to cover the girls and hoist them up. Kate is very flat-chested so it's not much of an issue anyway.
    Also wish, if she's paying thousands of pounds for a dress and wearing hear ma's earrings that cost a college education in pounds, she'd call the nail tech and schedule a mani/pedi and throw some OPI Lincoln Park After Dark (or OPI Princesses Rule if she wants a nice shimmery pinky nude) back on those toes. If you're going to step out in Jimmy Choo stilettos, best have the toesies looking tip top!!
    But, all in all, a nice look. Not great but passable.

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    1. Yes Elizabeth definitely agree!
      A little nail polish on her toes is not going to kill her.
      I can only think of a few times that Kate's had a pedicure.
      It's really starting to baffle me why her style is getting more and more bland as she ages.
      She's 33, but dresses and acts like she's 50 already.

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    2. I am not a big fan of nail polish on the toes especially with formal wear.

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    3. Elizabeth,

      I think this just had a simple halter top quickly seen in with no foundation whatsoever and it shows. She needed a foundation sewn in to give her more presence there. Actually she just needed to wear a different dress.

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  65. I don't like the dress at all but she is a dear person and I hope she has a good time. I do question her advisors. JENNY.................

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  66. The look from the back is STUNNING. A sheer back is just the right balance between sexy and covered up, her hair looks fabulous, and I'm loving the statement earrings.

    I don't know that this is the most flattering design for Kate from the front, but I love that she went with something so different this time around! We often complain that she's not very adventurous with her clothing choices, but this was unlike anything we've seen her wear. Bravo!

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden27 October 2015 at 00:02

      I agree. I like that she is experimenting with shapes :)

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    2. I agree. The most flattering part of the dress is the back. While I love the colour, hair, bling, the top part is a mess for me. She looks elegant though.

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  67. I do love it -- but from certain angles, especially when we Catherine's hands are blocking the glittering belt, it seems like the fabric is too much. I hate to say, but reminds me of a bath robe. That said, from other angles she looks stunning! Beautiful hairstyle and the back of the dress has serious WOW factor. I do prefer the runway look with exposed shoulders. It seems like that helps break-up material a bit from completing wrapping around here.

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    1. I think I prefer the front of the runway look, too. I don't know that the runway dress has the beautiful back that Kate's dress has, though. Now I'm curious!

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    2. Great point, me too!

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  68. Love the flow of the bottom of the dress, but the top looks like she just wrapped a bed sheet over herself. It's too saggy in the arms...not a good look.
    Love love love her hair!
    -Canada Katrina

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  69. I agree with USA Today. They didn't like this outfit either. They were nice about it. They didn't like it.

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  70. I love most of the Duchess' style choices (and I loved her look this morning), but this is a total miss for me. I'll admit I'm glad to see her taking more risks, but this dress totally swamps her thin frame (especially the front and sleeves), and the neckline combined with the hair make her look about 20 years older than she is. Such a shame! HRH is such a beautiful young woman and this look ages her considerably. My husband commented that the dress, "looks like Lady Mary's nightgown, before it's been properly fitted." Sadly I agree.

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    1. Your husband got it right.

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  71. Stunning! She looks great and more importantly you can tell she "feels" great. She's confident and having fun. The gown screams hollywood IMHO. This Jenny Packham is a great addition to her wardrobe and it's wonderful she's leveraged her mom's jewelry box. Kate seems to enjoy a gown that moves and has a lot of flow - several others come to mind when I see this one. Nicely put together - it's a winner!

    Linda in San Jose

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden27 October 2015 at 00:04

      I can see her standing at home spinning around, just like we do when we wear a billowy skirt!! :)

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  72. I am happy to see her wearing things fit for a princess - exorbitantly expensive accessories and a gown that no ordinary woman could wear. Honestly, this is why I follow her. And I'm in the "hair up" camp, so it's been a great week for me!

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  73. WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW

    LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE

    ABSOLUTLEY STUNNING!

    THIS IS WHY I LOVE KATE! She looks every bit as Duchess tonight!

    Dress is fabulous!

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  74. Kate is a star at all times. Her outfit tonight is not. She got to meet James Bond anyway, so hey.

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  75. This dress was a huge disappointment for me. The fabric is nice and the back of the dress quite pretty, but......the front is so matronly and unflattering and the color does not complement her skintone.

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  76. Love her hair and earrings but I hate that dress, it looks like she's wrapped herself in a sheet! Too much material gathered in front which accentuates the fact she's so slim. Very frumpy and completely drowns her!

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  78. I love Kate and LOVE her dress for the Chinese reception but this is a miss in my books. It does make her look unflatteringly thin, if that's even possible, and the top in the front looks matronly and overly covered up. I do like the back. The earrings are gorgeous but too big on her. I know everyone loves her in blue, but I get tired of it and I agree with another commenter back a bit ago that the ice blue coatdress for the Olympics wasn't a win either due to this particular shade. I loved the white dress for Mandela and the more casual hair that looked age appropriate, fashion forward, but covered up and regal at the same time. The big billowing skirts are too princessy for me, even for a princess!

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    1. I completely agree. She's healthy, but this colour and shape don't do anything for her. It's too pale and we see it too often. I love her Jimmy Choo Vamp pumps though and LOVE that she borrows jewelery from her mother (something I often do myself). The dress does billow too much for my taste as well, and didn't seem to fit the regal nature of the event.

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  79. I absolutely love everything about her look tonight. The dress is ethereal, the hair is great and the earrings are fantastic. A big win for sure.

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  80. Love the way the original dress was adapted for Catherine. It is a beautiful color on her and the style, while it highlights how slender she is, does not make her look at all skinny. She is the picture of a healthy, slender woman. I love the silver belt, shoes, and clutch. No problem with matching for me. She makes the whole ensemble look regal. The earrings are amazing, as is the necklace. (I like the way Carole wore the set too.) Didn't the two princes look handsome! :-)

    AND, is that Dame Judi Dench in the white gown with the sheer black shoulders and lace? The one who is shaking hands with Catherine? I want to see Judi's face. I love her :-D

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    1. Ok, NOT Judi Dench! I realize I am waaay out of touch when I don't even pay attention to the fact that Ralph Fiennes replaced her as M in the franchise. . . Oh well!

      I have to say we on this blog are really split regarding whether to approve this dress or not! After reading a lot of the comments, I still stand by my original opinion that while the dress does highlight her slenderness, I do not think she looks "skinny" "emaciated" or any of the other pejorative terms I saw. Her bones are NOT sticking out!

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  81. I love the color and flowing skirt of the gown, the earrings, and Kate's hairstyle. I am not sure the revised top of the dress is totally successful, but the original would have been too bare.

    Agree, that looks like Dame Judi Dench.

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  82. Im glad Kate is back in her element,,:-) but I agree with the others, the dress is too much fabric and billowy,,I was hoping for a dress more shapely and stylish. However Kate still looked very lovely and exquisite!Thank You Charlotte!xoxo

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  83. The color is love;y and her accessories and hair are lovely, too. The billow and drape of the top portion of that gown make her look hunched over. That's too bad considering she had lovely posture, usually!

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  84. I love Kate's hair, earings are beautiful and I love her trying new things. But I really don't like this dress. I don't believe that this dress did anything for her. Becuase she is so tiny, I think that the top of the dress just doesn't look right to me. Not a hit. I also believe that a girl should have a couple of evening shoes in her wardrobe, I like these ones but feel Ive seen them a little too often

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  85. Helen from Canada27 October 2015 at 00:25

    I think she looks sensational. Love the sophisticated colour and the swooshiness of the skirt. I bet she feels very much like a princess as the skirt swirls around her ankles. It's modest, but sexy, entirely appropriate to her position. The earrings are also beautiful. Well done Kate and Jenny Packham.

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  86. I think this dress does not photograph well. In the videos she looks great and the dress moves well. Richard Palmer says that Kate looked stunning.

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  87. Rebecca - Sweden27 October 2015 at 00:26

    Now I know why I thought Kate's earrings looked so familiar! They look very similar to these worn by Princess Mary of Denmark: http://lh4.ggpht.com/-sg-ty0iPXkg/T2B27j_FzNI/AAAAAAAACI0/ToluJK9WpUQ/Princess%252520Mary%252520of%252520Denmark%252527%252527s%252520jewels%25255B7%25255D.jpg?imgmax=800

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  88. I've noticed that the "Kate effect" is starting to wean a bit now. Besides the expensive over $1000 dresses she's worn. Basically everything she's worn lately hasn't been selling out like it used to.
    That's very interesting to me.

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    1. She has not worn anything in a really affordable price range lately. The Tabitha dress yesterday was available and then within a short period of time it is listed as up to four weeks for delivery because of demand. Even that dress is not inexpensive. The higher price range she wears, the less likely it will sell out.

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    2. That's what I was saying. Of course the dresses that are over $1000 aren't going to sell out quickly. Because some women can't afford them.
      But the more reasonably priced dresses aren't selling out as fast as they used to either. The Tabatha Webb dress didn't instantly sell out when she wore it, like the Zara trousers as well.

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  89. I really don't like this dress. This is a rare miss for me, as Kate can do almost no wrong in my eyes. There's nothing terribly wrong with it, I do like the flowing skirt, sheer fabric and the colour is beautiful. But the whole piece together is just not flattering on her. Kate has an athletic body type and looks fantastic, but this strikes me as the kind of dress that would look better on a curvier lady.

    The earrings are gorgeous and I love the hair, but I just do not like this dress at all. This is probably my least favourite look ever.

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  90. It's a perfectly nice dress but I am in agreement with the majority of comments- it's just not a stunner. She likes these icy blue shades but I prefer her in jewel tones or black for a film premiere. I think the Amanda Wakely gown she wore at a Clarence House reception in 2011 (stepping in for Prince Charles) would have been better. The light blue high-low gown she wore last November would've been fine too. I'd like to see her in more reds like last week!

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  91. Oh kate this was a big miss it reminds of a dressing gown you would wear while lounging before bed the gown the model had on had a different neck line and bare shoulers i wonder if kate had a it altered so she would not have bare shoulders i think it would have changed the way it looked
    on her if it was the dress the model had on. The earings are great! Her hair i loved it the bag i want one the shoes ok i really hope she dazzles us tommrow thanks charlotte Oh and the teal dress is one of my favorits!!!

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  92. Sarah from Calif.27 October 2015 at 01:21

    Lovely, especially love the back !

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  93. I don't like the dress but her hair looks nice

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  94. I think she looks amazing. Love the dress and earrings. Hair not so much. What a life she lives.

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  95. The Duchess is often noted as being 5'9", but Daniel Craig is supposedly 5'10", and the Duchess is barely taller than him. Since she's wearing 5.5" heels, she should tower over him? I'm wondering if she's really closer to 5'7" or so?

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    1. Most people who have seen her in person in flats have said she's closer to 5'7-5'8 and not 5'10 like reported.

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  96. I liked the overall look, but it's almost too matronly for her. I want to see young vibrance out of her... She plays it safe and always looks good, but I can't help but to think that what she wears is dictated to her.

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  97. I don't like the gown. It makes the Duchess look too thin, The colour makes Kate look very pale also. I love the back of the gown and the bottom but there is something about the colour and the top I just don't like on her. Love her hair, and accessories just not the gown.

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    1. Sadly, it was a miss for me also because of the "elbows" in the back, the over abundance of fabric, the color not being flattering to her skin tone, her looking thin and frail in the blanket of fabric, the medieval, Edwardian, sixty's, Grecian failed conglomeration of styles, including the buttons on the sleeves. IF
      you are going for a statement, a daring, sheer statement, you had better get it right. This dress did not. The underlayer halter in the front is certainly NOT flattering and as someone said, looks like it was an afterthought or make-shift "solution". Couple that with the weird gathers on the neckline of the red gown and I wonder what is up with Jenny Packham.

      Kate is very beautiful and has dressed so freshly and inspired in the past it is so frustrating watching her flub up like this. I think it nice that she is trying as she certainly has a lot on her plate. That is why she needs a stylist to be her advocate and buffer between her and these designers so that she hits it out of the park every time, highlighting the pages of history and in the best way.

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  98. Joan Collins was the most glamorous star present. A Danish lady named Tove Bornhoft wore a beautiful silver and black gown. It would have been too old for Kate, but both of them looked so much more sophisticated than all the flesh baring younger actresses. Kate moved very beautifully in her floaty gown, and she and the princes did in fact face the cameras for pictures from the front. They appeared to be having a grand time.

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  99. I loved the hair and the jewels and her makeup was stunning. She looks absolutely gorgeous. I can't imagine what it must be like to be so beautiful.
    Now about the dress: I love the idea of the dress. And on someone with a little more filled up upper body would be able to carry it off much better. In fact I think that even Pippa could pull this off better than Kate. Actually, even Kate of the 2005-2008 years - the athletic Kate, very built on top, would fill this dress much better.
    Kate has a very slender figure but she is looking almost frail at the moment and this dress just drew attention to her thinness.

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  100. Anonymous in Colorado27 October 2015 at 02:23

    I think the Duchess is a classic beauty buuuuuut (always a but ;-) not totally in love with this one! I love it in the 3rd & 5th photos but not so much in the rest of the pics. Hmmm.....

    And I don't think her figure as of late is "frail" (I think she has been looking very healthy!) but this dress does make her frame look thinner than usual.

    Ah well, I can't imagine being scrutinized as the Duchess is subject to so!!

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  101. Balbina - Austria27 October 2015 at 02:44

    This really turns out to be a love or hate dress/outfit. How interesting.

    I know now why I thought the state banquet outfit didn't blow me away. Nice but slightly on the dull site. I believe a crimson lipstick would have instantly vitalised the whole thing. For me, it's the missing piece. I know, Kate doesn't do strong lip colours. But still, with a dress in this colour you have to do something serious with your lips.

    Same today, I would have given those lips some purple.

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    1. Bingo. That would have helped a lot Balbina. Queen Elizabeth is known for her red lipsticks so it would have been acceptable. That would have helped so much.

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  102. Hi, Charlotte,

    Many thanks for your great coverage!

    I really want to like this whole look but I can't because of the gown. This usually doesn't happen but this gown is wearing Kate and not vice versa. Something is just "wrong" but I can only try to place my finger on it.

    First the good/great things-Kate's beautiful up do, the gorgeous earrings on loan from Carole, the colour of the gown, the new evening clutch and the dress details like the jewelled belt, the sleeve buttons and the back details.

    Then the problems-the dress is too voluminous. Kate is very slender and it's as if the dress is about 3 sizes too big. The runway version is a slightly different, deeper shade of blue which I like better than the shade in Kate's gown. Also the runway lookalike has a sheerer fabric for the overlay and the effect is awesome. Kate's version is made of thicker fabric (probably for the royal standard of modesty and for coverage under all the lights and camera flashes) so the effect from the runway is lost. It looks a bit frumpy as a result.

    I do love the '70s vibe Kate is projecting with the sheer long-sleeved gown with a cinched waist and the awesome big bun hair (see Jennifer Lawrence in American Hustle and Sharon Stone in Casino for the same 1970s look). It's a really nice harkening back to Jane Seymour as a Bond Girl in Live and Let Die.

    I want this to be another "Kate hit" but it just isn't quite....Sigh!!!!

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  103. Definitely looking thin but stil looks amazing. Any one notice the looks both Rachel and Lea are giving to Daniel Craig. ? I want to go see the movie now to see what chemistry was going on! Erininnyc

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    1. Rachel is not in the movie, she is married to Daniel. That is why you see the looks between her and him tonight. They love each other, so I would hope they have chemistry :).

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  104. The colour of the dress is gorgeous and it looks great on her but I do agree that there seems to be a bit too much draping in the sleeves that it overwhelms her thin frame. From the back her outfit looks flawless though! =)

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  105. Maggie - Minneapolis27 October 2015 at 03:08

    Gosh I LOVE the back of this dress, but hate the top part from the front. I wish the bottom layer didn't have a halter top - it looks weird to me. I also find the sleeves a little matronly and in general, think the dress is not the right style for her very, very tiny body. I also think this color washes her out - she looks better in richer/brighter colors - even the high/low Jenny Packham from last year was a better shade of light blue because it was definitely brighter. This color makes her look too pale - and it doesn't help that her makeup is so light. I wish she'd put some more color on her face (especially her lips) for these kind of events. But like I said, I love the back. And I love the updo.

    I also thought she looked great this morning (minus the usual complaint about her hair weighing her face down). The pattern on the dress was a little unusual, but I thought the dress was perfect for the event. It avoided my usual problem with her outfits when meeting with children, which is that I find them dark and boring. This dress was very fun, and had enough length so that she could bend down to talk/play with the kids without having to worry about flashing someone. My only (minor) complaint would be the suede shoes - they seemed a little too...fancy (not sure if that quite expresses my feelings but I can't think of a better word) for the event and dress. But overall, loved the look!

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    1. If this dress was on Project Runway

      would the judges ever have a field day with it and guess the designer that would going home, Jenny Packham for sure.

      Jenny let you down this time Kate, sorry. Your light was still bright though, big time. :)

      Ann from San Diego

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  106. Agree love the look on her. And she looks slender but too me not even close to too thin. Love her hair.

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  107. the duchess looks stunning and elegant and sexy its okay she not wearing that state dinner its more appropriate wearing that in movies premiere and im love the back she looks stunning and not too sexy and not daring looking forward too see her tomorrow

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  108. Kate's gown really illustrates the problems inherent in adapting the current runway styles to actual wear. One cannot go out looking nude under thin fabrics. But the more covered up version has much too much fabric, draped badly in the underneath layers of the chiffon, and it has a badly redesigned bodice. Unlike everyone else, I don't even like the back. That little slit down her back is silly, though the upper part of the back is nice. But I think Jenny Packham should have started over instead of trying to take one of these filmy runway styles and make it work for Kate. She kept the pretty look of the lower skirt, just giving it a nice lining that moves well. She should have given the gown a new top, designed for the look Kate needed, something that did not swallow Kate and show awkward wrinkles in the layers of fabric. Kate's other Jenny Packham gowns are beautiful. This one had great possibilities, but poor redesign and execution.

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    1. Eve from Germany27 October 2015 at 07:11

      I very much agree with you, Anon. Kate is about as thin as the model on the runway, but with the bare shoulders, the upper part of the gown looked "ok" and the ensemble well rounded.
      The overlaying chiffon parts of Kate´s gown, especiall directly above the belt, looked somehow ill fitted and emphasized Kate´s very thin body. Instead of very sexy it looked almost "grandmotherly" (the part abover the belt, not the lovely flowing skirt).
      I watched the arrival live and the Duchess looked a little bit tired and strained. I notice that whenever she looks tired her left eyebrow goes up and seems to be "frozen" there-therefore the "strained" impression as if she had to do an extra effort. I´m not critizising - why should I, I don´t expect "VIP"´s to look well rested all the time. They are humans, right?
      The earrings are quite spectacular, as well as the shoes, somehow I would have liked something less "big" (i.e. full of sparkly bits) to match the rather "quiet" elegance of the gown (fabric, colour and very "flowing" structure). So all in all I agree with you, Charlotte, not one of my very favourite looks.

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  109. I thought Kate looked absolutely stunning!!! Loved her hair so pretty. Loved her makeup so light and airy. Her earrings were gorgeous. Most everyone is complaining about something. She is not a doll you can dress to your liking. The Duchess has feelings also. She is a wife, mother and a future queen consort. We have no idea what she is told by the palace on how to dress, the type of shoes etc. She is doing a fabulous job and Kate and William love each other dearly. Would you be able to step into her shoes? Robin Indiana

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  110. The back of the dress is lovely, but for me the front is a bit of a disaster. Too much fabric. I also think it makes her look terribly thin. I am definitely team updo and I think the hair is lovely, but I agree with some who posted above that the color is off. It seems far too warm for her skintone. She is so lovely but I think this dress is a miss.

    I have a question that I have been curious about for some time, but I don't want to start the typical "does Kate work enough" conversation. I have noticed for some time now that when Kate has engagements, they are scheduled one right after the next, and then there is a large break of time until the next grouping of engagements. Does anyone know the reason for this? I think people would be happier to see one or two engagements every other week rather than so many close together and then nothing. I would also assume that it would be easier on her to have engagements more spaced out, especially with young children. Sorry if this is something that everyone knows but me, I'm just interested to hear the reasoning.

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  111. the woman in the velvet gown needed better bling.

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  112. Julia from Leominster27 October 2015 at 06:06

    Love the gown and her whole look - soft yet so very glamourous. Kate has worn some really elegant and beautiful outfits since coming back this autumn - I've loved everything she's worn with just an odd quibble here and there, and am so happy to see her working on important issues like bullying and mental health - and just being a royal princess!

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  113. Let me first say that Kate looked stunning. She is a beautiful woman inside

    Secondly - I loved so much about this look - the whole idea of a hint of sexy in the dress, the back, the belt, the color. I loved Kate's hair and her earrings. I get the idea of what should have been achieved but yes, the problem came with the front of the dress especially the top. Too heavy a drape, too much material and the bodice underneath did not look flattering.

    I do not think that Kate had a miss BUT THE DESIGNER! When a professional designer such as Jenny Packham designs a bespoke dress for a client she must take into consideration the client's frame and body. In this case I think Jenny P failed Kate by poorly adjusting the dress to fit Kate and meet the necessary modesty standards.

    I also think that Kate must be careful not to overuse any specific designer such as Jenny Packham and, though lately less so, Alexander MacQueen. Too much of anything is not good.

    But all said, I still say she looked beautiful.

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  114. Thats the type of dress to wear if you want on purpose to appear skinny, And I think it was a very concious choice that Kate did. All the material and the loose fit add to the effect of getting lost in the dress. She looked much more healthy during all other appearances this week, I do not think that she got too skinny just within a couple of hours since we saw her in the morning at the Shawn event.
    Personally I very much like the lower part of the dress, not at all the upper part and the pale colour. I really hope for something more fitted for the gala tonight.

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  115. I like this dress a lot, quite bold I should say, something old something new. However, I don't like the color as she has too many outfits in the same shade. She should have gone for purple or pink or fushia or even dark green but another shade of blue!! If you look in the duchess' closet I think it's got too many shades of blue!

    The makeup and hair look flawless! topnotch!!

    The earrings are beautiful but they remind me of the diamond and aquamarine pair of earrings that Princess Mary of Denmark wore.

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  116. Oh way too much chiffon and draped fabric. She is swamped by it. A more definite shade and a bit of structure would have been nice.

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  117. Oh way too much chiffon and draped fabric. She is swamped by it. A more definite shade and a bit of structure would have been nice.

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