It's the 1st of October and autumn is my favourite time of the year. There are lovely walks to enjoy, trees blazing in fiery hues, cozy evenings indoors, and of course fashion - when jackets, coats, scarves, gloves, hats and boots come into their own. It's always a very interesting time of year for royal watchers too, and autumn months generally offer a good number of appearances by the Royal family.
We expect October will be quite a busy month for the Duchess with a selection of events in the planning. This morning we heard details of one such engagement, as Kensington Palace confirmed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will mark World Mental Health Day at an event hosted by mental health charity, Mind, at London's Harrow College on Saturday 10 October.
|Mind Charity Twitter Feed|
William and Kate will have the opportunity to meet young people who have battled their own mental health problems and now volunteer with Mind or the anti-stigma campaign Time to Change, to raise awareness about mental health with other young people.
Paul Farmer, CEO of Mind, said:
'We are delighted that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be joining Mind to celebrate this year’s World Mental Health Day. Their support will shine a spotlight on mental health and we hope it will spark conversations in households across the country, amplifying the vital message that it’s time to talk about mental health. We hope it will encourage people to think about the little things we can all do to make a difference to anyone experiencing a mental health problem.'
The Palace was eager to stress work to build awareness and understanding of mental health problems "is a major priority for both the Duke and Duchess". Both William and Kate will be focusing on mental health and early intervention in the coming months. More from the press release:
'Work to build awareness and understanding of mental health problems is a major priority for both the Duke and Duchess. The Duke recently took part in an anti-bullying workshop run by the Diana Awards charity, and the Duchess visited the Anna Freud Centre in London to continue her work on the mental health of children.'
I think this an area William and Kate could make a tremendous difference in; it's also an area in much need of support. I look forward to the event on the 10th and sharing more information on the organisations involved with you.
Let's take a cursory glance at Kate's October calendar:
- 10 October - World Mental Health Day event.
- 20 October - State Banquet (not confirmed)
- 26 October - SPECTRE Premiere.
- BAFTA Event (not confirmed).
- Engagements in Scotland (not confirmed).
- More than likely another couple of Rugby World Cup matches.
We'll let you know once additions to Kate's calendar are officially announced.
Prince William launched the Coach Core Welsh Rugby Union programme today and watched the Wales v Fiji match in Cardiff. Ashley Marie spotted Instagram and Twitter photos reportedly of the couple in a car earlier today. There's a brief video here.
|Rach Jordan Twitter Feed|
UPDATE: I've been reliably informed it was not Kate (with thanks to Rebecca English).
We'd like to thank everyone who participated in our Claudia Bradby giveaway, and we're delighted to announce the winner of the Kate Rose Quartz and Silver Necklace and Biography Pearl Drop Earrings is Alexandra, Florida.
Congratulations, Alexandra! If you could please email me we'll coordinate your giveaway immediately. :)
Moving on to all things fashion related next. The spring 2016 shows have been underway with a varied array of looks on display from Kate's favoured designers. It's always interesting to see the direction designers want to take their brands and possibilities for the Duchess. Today we're looking at Emilia Wickstead's offering.
A bubble-gum pink carpet was rolled out for the models of the show. The collection drew inspiration from "50's optimism" which was filled with floral prints and soft hues. Fashion writers praised Ms Wickstead's experimentation with proportion - particularly evident in the sleeves of a couple of the dresses.
There are a few items I can see working for Kate with minor alterations and adjustments, however, I think it more likely we'll see her opting for bespoke pieces from the British designer. Readers have generally had a mixed reaction to MsWickstead's garments, with many (including myself on occasion) feeling the tailoring was off and the fit a tad awkward.
Below, a look at current season pieces: the Helena A-Line Boucle Coat, the Esther Crepe Midi Dress and the Dana Gather-Sleeve Wool-Crepe Dress.
What do you think of the collection?
British fashion label GOAT has become an increasingly popular brand in Kate's wardrobe with the Duchess opting for stylish coats and sophisticated dresses. Crediting its steady success to its "self-assured identity", GOAT represents elegant dressing for the discerning woman. Below we see Kate wearing the Vreeland Shirtdress for a SportsAid workshop last year.
Three images from the spring/summer 2015 lookbook.
A look behind the scenes from the brand's website.
The collection offers a multitude of wearable pieces ideal for daytime engagements or meetings. Below we look at the Valencia Roll-Neck Dress, the gorgeous Astoria Wool-Blend Tweed Coat and the Marcelle Wool-Crepe Dress.
The Aida Dress, Ava Dress, Atermis Colour-Block Dress and the a-line Lola Dress are chic, sophisticated garments.
Striking separates include the timeless Louisa Silk Bow Blouse, the Aspen Merino Wool Sweater Coat and the Alexandra Top. All three pieces would look fantastic with a pencil skirt, tailored pants or a pair of jeans for more casual occasions.
Kate's ever popular Redgrave coat is now available in a gorgeous Sparkle Jacquard and vibrant fuchsia at Matches Fashion.
The lovely Carly from Kate Middleton Style shared an update on Kate's ever-popular L.K. Bennett 'Lasa' Dress today.
The updated version of the dress the 'Lasa' dress is back in stock in most sizes in a striking pink poppy background. It's currently on sale reduced from £250 to £195. At present, the brand is offering free delivery on all orders. You can avail of this by entering the code HEELS at the checkout.
The black and pink version of the dress is also on sale.
Last but certainly not least: following the success of the very popular "Choose Your Dream Look for Kate" posts, readers have expressed interest in suggesting a look for the Duchess for the upcoming state banquet (with thanks to Rebecca from Sweden who created this fun graphic below).
|Rebecca from Sweden|
When researching attire for state banquets, I was interested to discover a Harper's Bazaar article by Rita Wilson (Tom Hanks' wife) who humorously wrote about dressing for a state banquet at Buckingham Palace in honour of President Obama:
'The palace dress requirements say that women's gowns must be "structured." Huh? The bodice must have some sort of foundation in it, and the skirt must be full. Belle in Beauty and the Beast immediately comes to mind. Women must wear closed-toed shoes — and get this: stockings! Sheer disbelief — I don't even own a pair of sheer hose.
Who is inspecting what's on under all those layers anyway? I knew the head of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, would be attending, so I wasn't taking any chances that my unstockinged legs would be called out. I could just imagine being introduced to the queen: "Ms. Rita Wilson. Not wearing hose."
Then there are the gloves. If your gown is strapless, then over-the-elbow 12- to 18-button gloves are typical. If your gown has a sleeve, then a glove to the elbow is acceptable. (Ladies, do you know how hard it is to find white kid gloves anywhere in 2011?'
We now know we have many talented stylists here, and we're very excited to see what you choose, here are the rules!
- Each entrant may submit one look.
- Each look should consist of a gown and tiara. The best resources for finding tiaras are (if you choose a different piece to Cartier Halo and Papyrus Kate has already worn) the Royal Collection and the fabulous Order of Splendor and Tiarapedia blogs.
- The look can be as detailed as you want; feel free to add jewels, shoes, gloves and even the Royal Family Order if you wish.
- Please submit links to your chosen pieces.
- Most importantly, have fun :)
We'll be accepting submissions until Monday, and if you all wish, you can vote for your favourite look and we'll have a prize for the winner courtesy of Mirabelle Jewellery. The winner will receive a pair of the Lolita Gold Plated Loop Earrings, as worn by the Duchess.
UPDATE: Submission time has now closed.
UPDATE: Submission time has now closed.