Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Kate in Royally Fabulous Erdem for V&A Photography Centre Opening!

The Duchess of Cambridge made her first visit as Royal Patron of the Victoria & Albert to open the museum's new Photography Centre tonight.


The Duchess arrived to a sea of flash bulbs.


In March, Kate became the first Royal Patron of the V&A. The Palace said "The patronage reflects Her Royal Highness’s continued personal interest in the visual arts, photography and design." Director Tristram Hunt said: "The Duchess’s personal interest in photography, textiles and the visual arts, alongside her support for the role of art in supporting mental health and nurturing young people’s creative talent, fits naturally with the collections and civic purpose of the V&A." The visit follows the Cambridges appearance at the Global Ministerial Summit yesterday, where William described Kate as "My wife, the arty one".


Kate was welcomed by Mr Hunt tonight.


The museum is steeped in royal history. It was officially opened by Queen Victoria in 1857. Over four decades later, the laying of the foundation stone of the Aston Webb building (to the left of the main entrance) on 17 May 1899 marked the last official public appearance by the monarch. It was during this ceremony that a change of name from the South Kensington Museum to the Victoria and Albert Museum was made public. Queen Victoria's address during the ceremony, as recorded in the London Gazette, ended: "I trust that it will remain for ages a Monument of discerning Liberality and a Source of Refinement and Progress."


Today, the V&A is the world’s leading museum of art, design, education and performance with collections unrivalled in their scope and diversity. It was established to make works of art available to all and to inspire British designers and manufacturers. The V&A’s collection spans more than 5000 years of human creativity, showcasing work in virtually every medium and from many parts of the world.


The Duchess met curators who have worked on the project for some time.


Kate toured the opening display at the Photography Centre entitled Collecting Photography: From Daguerreotype to Digital. The display explores photography from the medium’s invention in the 19th century to the present day. Drawn from the V&A’s collection of over 800,000 photographs, the display showcases contemporary photography alongside seminal prints by pioneers William Henry Fox Talbot and Roger Fenton.


Kate looked in the stereoscopic viewer which showed photographs taken by a mother in the 1850s, depicting her children in an array of settings. The Duchess noted "It brought images like that to life" for visitors to the centre.


The Mail reports:

'Kate revealed this evening that her eldest child, Prince George, is liable to blaming his pencils rather than his drawing ability. Shown a pencil drawing by William Henry Fox Talbot she was told the camera inventor blamed his lack of ability in drawing on the pencil, which inspired him to invent photography.
He wanted nature to draw its own picture on the paper instead of failing with the pencil, Martin Barnes, senior curator of photographs at the V&A, explained.'She said "George would do that!" — that is blame the pencil, which was sweet,' he said afterwards. The conversation came as Barnes showed Kate the humble little wooden box with a simple lens was made by Fox Talbot in 1835.'

The history of the photography collection in the V&A is closely connected with the development of the Museum as a whole. Its first director, Henry Cole, was an amateur photographer himself and a great supporter of the art of photography. He began a photography collection in 1856.


The new Photography Centre will more than double the space dedicated to photography where prints, negatives, camera equipment, photographic publications and original documents will be displayed together to tell a broader story of international photography. A frequently changing selection of new acquisitions, a ‘Light Wall’ for displaying the most cutting-edge photographic imagery, and a ‘Dark Tent’ projection area complete the new space.


Introducing the photography collection.


Bespoke case showcasing the Linda McCartney Photography Collection.


One of the most important and innovative photographers of the 19th century, Julia Margaret Cameron had close links to the V&A throughout her career. Best known for her powerful portraits, Cameron's photographs were highly innovative: intentionally out-of-focus and often including scratches, smudges and other traces of her process. In her lifetime, Cameron was criticised for her unconventional techniques, but also appreciated for the beauty of her compositions and her conviction that photography was an art form. Her works feature in the centre.


Thomas Ruff, known for taking a critical and conceptual approach to photography, created a new series for the photography centre, inspired by Linnaeus Tripe’s 1850s negatives of India and Burma from the V&A collection.


The Mail writes: "Tristram Hunt said of Kate's visit: 'She had an early sneak preview of the coronet and was very interested discussing the history of it and the design by Albert. We also showed her the Beyoncé papillon ring — a butterfly whose wings flap  which was a very generous gift by Beyoncé. She was suitably impressed. 'But she didn't get to touch it — or try it on. 'It was hidden behind glass,'  Mr. Hunt smiled. Kate was taken back to her college days of when she studied Lewis Carroll. 'She talked about her undergraduate dissertation on photography so we looked at some of the Alice photographs,' he says. 'She was very knowledgable about the history of photography and interested in the galleries. We were delighted to host her. One of our curators had done a doctorate on the same lines and they had a very scholarly conversation . She said she worked incredibly hard on it."


Before departing, Kate unveiled a plaque.


The photography centre is a wonderful addition to the V&A. Admission to the museum is free.


A video from the event.


When news Kate was wearing Erdem broke on Twitter, there was air of trepidation, shall we say. The last number of the designer's looks the Duchess has worn have been decidedly misses, but when photos by the talented James Whatling began to come in, it was clear the designer had redeemed himself. Kate arrived looking stylish in the Iman Off The Shoulder Boucle Tweed Dress. The dress features elements the Duchess has favoured for some time: the midi length, the off-the-shoulder style. This felt very fresh and different, however. Indeed, the Spring 2018 Collection it comes from was inspired by none other than Her Majesty herself: "After discovering that Queen Elizabeth II was a fan of jazz, Erdem Moralıoğlu designed his Spring '18 collection around what the Queen might have worn to Harlem's Cotton Club." The burgundy in the dress was complemented by the addition of the belt and matching shoes. This Erdem works beautifully for Kate; the entire look has a very autumnal feel to it.


The £1,395 dress is described: "This Italian-made dress is cut from lightly frayed bouclé-tweed and encrusted with crystal and faux pearl embellishments. The layered off-the-shoulder neckline sweeps across the décolletage, while the fluted hem gently ripples as you walk."


A closer look at the buttons and shoulder detail.


Kate's dress is sold out. The Iman style is available in several sizes in floral print at Neiman Marcus.


A closer look at the belt.


Kate's earrings are also Erdem (with thanks to Alexandra).


The $1,220 Floral earrings are described: "Elegant, refined, and feminine, these Floral earrings by Erdem illustrate the designer’s attraction to romanticism. This accessory is defined by the layering of numerous mother-of-pearl beads with orange, black, and gray crystals." The style (with a different centre stone to Kate's) is available at 24 Sevres.


Japanese Ginger identified Kate's clutch as the Jimmy Choo J Box in Bordeaux Velvet.


And Kate's custom burgundy pumps are also Jimmy Choo. 


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We have several other updates to share with you today. Firstly, Hello! reports Kate visited an art fair in Battersea Park last week:

Kate, whose son Prince George goes to school in the area, was spotted at The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair on Friday afternoon. She enjoyed a spot of shopping and browsing just after 2pm, most likely before collecting her son George who was a five-minute drive away.
"Kate was very casual, wearing blue jeans and a pink shirt. She had on a pair of white trainers," a source told HELLO! "She was very, very pretty. She appeared to be on her own with no obvious security in sight. She was walking along the aisle with someone who looked as if he was explaining something to her, perhaps a dealer or a member of the exhibition staff."

Buckingham Palace released the programme for the upcoming Dutch State visit (23-24 October). There was an expectation we would see the Cambridges involved in the visit, but there was no official word confirming any royal participation until this week. The couple are not involved in engagements over the two-day visit, which includes Westminster Abbey, Pop Brixton, a UK-Netherlands Innovation Showcase and a trip to HMS Belfast. I do think, however, that there's a very strong chance we will see William and Kate at the private luncheon and/or the State banquet on Tuesday, 23 October. Attendance for both of these events is not confirmed in advance. Kate made her first solo visit abroad to the Netherlands in 2016, where she was warmly greeted by King Willem-Alexander, it would seem fitting for the Cambridges to be involved in some capacity.


Last but not least, Princess Eugenie will marry her longtime love Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor on Friday morning at 11 am. The Palace has confirmed Prince George and Princess Charlotte will serve as Page Boy and Bridesmaid for the day. The pair will join a very royal bridal party.


Best Man
Jack Brooksbank has asked his brother, Thomas Brooksbank, to be his Best Man at his wedding to Princess Eugenie.

Maid of Honour
Princess Eugenie has asked her sister, Princess Beatrice, to be her Maid of Honour.

Bridesmaids
HRH Princess Charlotte of Cambridge (aged 3)
Miss Savannah Philips (aged 7 – daughter of Mrs Autumn Phillips and Mr Peter Phillips)
Miss Isla Philips (aged 6 - daughter of Mrs Autumn Phillips and Mr Peter Phillips)
Miss Mia Tindall (aged 4 – daughter of Mrs Zara Tindall and Mr Mike Tindall)
Miss Maud Windsor (aged 5 - goddaughter of Princess Eugenie, daughter of Lady Frederick Windsor and Lord Frederick Windsor)
Miss Theodora Williams (aged 6 – daughter of Ms Ayda Field and Mr Robbie Williams)

Page Boys
HRH Prince George of Cambridge (aged 5)
Mr Louis de Givenchy (aged 6 – son of Mrs Zoe De Givenchy and Mr Olivier De Givenchy)

Special Attendants
The Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor (aged 14)
Viscount Severn (aged 10)

How can you watch the wedding? The wedding will be Live Streamed for those around the world to watch on The Duke of York's YouTube Channel and The Royal Family YouTube Channel from 10am. Viewers on Facebook will also be able to watch the live stream on The Royal Family and The Duke of York's pages. On Twitter, followers can watch the stream on the Royal Family and Duke of York Live Twitter pages.


For televised coverage, The Telegraph reports:

  • ITV has placed the coverage of the historic event in the hands of the widely respected team of This Morning, hosted by Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford. Coverage begins at 9.25 am.
  • They will broadcast live from Windsor, showing events unfolding inside and outside the grounds of Windsor Castle, as well as giving their comment and reaction.
  • The BBC will show highlight clips later that day, after it decided against live coverage of the wedding despite the reported request of Eugenie's father, the Duke of York. 
  • ITV will broadcast a 30-minute highlights programme, The Royal Wedding: A Family Celebration, at 8pm the evening following the ceremony.
  • On the other side of the world, Channel 7 will provide exclusive access to ITV's live stream for Australians from 20:00 Sydney time, whilst networks in New Zealand have yet to advertise their plans.
  • For those in the US, Harper's Bazaar confirms: "TLC announced Thursday it would be the exclusive network to air Princess Eugenie’s wedding. Their broadcast, called Royal Wedding Live: Princess Eugenie, will begin at 4:25 a.m. EST on Friday, October 12, and the cable network will air an encore of the broadcast starting at 7:25 a.m. ET. (The West Coast will be on a standard three-hour tape delay, a rep confirms.)"

I will post a Live Stream on the blog before the wedding begins on Friday morning. See you then :)

184 comments:

  1. Rebecca - Sweden10 October 2018 at 20:03

    WHoah, what a cool look! I look forward to seeing more of it and the event! Love the odd buttons!!

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  2. Just reacting to the first look - I AM SO EXCITED TO DISCUSS THIS LOOK. Spoiler - I think I love it. Frumpy length and all.

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  3. Zora from Prague10 October 2018 at 20:04

    Wow! I love this dress! 😃 Rather unusual for Kate but she looks great in it! It's the kind of dress I'd love to buy if I could 😉

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  4. I love it!! Can't wait to see it properly! -AZ

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  5. This is a major miss for me. The dress looks haphazard and slapped-together. She sure does love "interesting" Erdem dresses...

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    1. Agreed! IMO a typically-awkward Erdem silhouette. Frumpy hemline, fabric all wrong for a bias-cut skirt...and for me the velvet shoes and boho earrings are also misses. A strange look, or er..."interesting"!

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    2. I'm with you, Penny. It looks like something a fashionista scarecrow would wear. Also, I think she should have found some gorgeous amethysts from The Vault instead of these cheap looking earrings. However, I do think the neckline is beautiful, the tailoring impeccable and it does move in a lovely way. The Photography Center looks fabulous though.

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    3. I agree as well, this dress is a total miss for me also. Good for Kate, she could carry off this dress with confidence. XOXO
      Siddhi

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    4. Total agreement, sadly. I really want her to get edgy but do it right. The buttons are awful. It's too tight. I think it's supposed to be bohemian but it is reworked into duchess at an art gallery. The belt? Is it just a piece of ribbon? I hate to rip on the look but it's not my favorite. The earrings are even awful. But Kate is beautiful!!!!!

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    5. A fashionista scarecrow? Nothing about this lively,young women or his beautiful choice even begins to define that!!

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    6. Have to agree. I like the pattern with the cut of the top and the burgundy shoes and clutch. And these are all the positive things I can say about this look.
      C.

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    7. Agree with everyone. This dress is a huge miss, especially with this "belt" which looks more like a ribbon to me. Also, it sits in a weird way on her waist. The whole outfit is too much: the shoulders, the buttons, the flair at the bottom. And then she goes and adds a RIBBON. :) But the colour of the shoes are very beautiful.

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  6. Susan In Florida10 October 2018 at 20:17

    LOVE ! Perfect look for a Fall night

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  7. Susan In Florida10 October 2018 at 20:18

    Perfect look for a Fall night !

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  8. Unusual and gorgeous!!! Lots of stuff going on but the total look is great! She looks like she's enjoying wearing it too.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden10 October 2018 at 20:48

      I agree. There is alot of details and alot of things that are "messy" by default (different buttons, frayed edges) but they are deployed so well in this piece that it just comes of as a very well designed outfit! Love it!

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  9. I LOVE this look. Wish I could buy this dress for myself.

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  10. I love the dress! The addition of the ribbon at the waist to match the shoes is great . . . and the earrings are divine.

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  11. Lovely and elegant as usual!
    XOXOXOXOXO

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  12. Wow, that's the first Erdem she wears I really absolutely love.

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  13. Never thought I'd like Erdem but this is nice, especially for Autumn. She will probably enjoy this engagement as she likes photography (notice I refrained from using the over-used "keen photogroaher" lol!). :)

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  14. Anonymous in Colorado10 October 2018 at 20:31

    I do believe this is the first Erdem Kate has worn that I LOVE! Ha! She looks lovely.

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  15. Now that's what I'm talking about! Something different! Yesterday she looked great but the dress was yawn! This is a wonderful look on Kate. She looks so elegant yet funky.

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  16. However, I DID manage a typo in the word "photographer". I am so not a professional....😆

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  17. I love it! A little funkier than usual for Kate but I'm loving it! She looks fabulous

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  18. Kate looks stunning. Love the edgy Erdem dress. The neckline looks fabulous on her, and she is just glowing!

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  19. It 's the kind of dress who ones hate and others love. I adore this sophisticated tailoring and classic fabric.

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  20. Gorgeous! Love love love the mismatched buttons, and the matching belt/shoes. Beautifully unique and different fall look. I love it when she takes a fashion risk. Her hair is once again looking great. I envy this full hair. I'm 10 months postpartum and my hair is full of all those little baby hairs that are growing out after the initial postpartum hair loss. Definitely not looking as full and lush as Kate's.

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  21. Stunning and perhaps the best Erdem yet.

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  22. I love that this is different.... a little outside of the box. I'm not sure I like the bottom, but I do like the upper part. Overall it's a little busy -..typical Erdem, but I do generally like it. She has fun with her style, I have to give her credit for that. Pretty much nothing is ever boring. And everything perfectly tailored, so she looks great no matter what she's wearing.

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  23. Love it even the velvet maroon shoes but not sure those earrings go well with the dress, would have liked one of her Kiki pairs

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  24. This is a love love love for me!

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  25. Kate’s hair and makeup are beautiful, and I love her earrings and shoes. Are they velvet? I’m sure the Erdem dress is going to garner a lot of comments in both directions, because there’s a lot going on here. However, I think it moves beautifully in the videos online, and the neckline is very flattering on her.

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  26. I agree it's unusual but so elegant anyway! And she managed to match the colors...burgundy belt and shoes with her cheeks color! :)

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  27. Shantel (@FashionandFaith)10 October 2018 at 20:43

    *SIGH* I love this look! The neckline reminds me of the dress Kate wore when she did her first (?) solo engagement (at the Portrait Gallery maybe...I can't remember the location). It really suits her! I love the way the dress fits (her body is incredible!) and the way that the skirt moves when she walks; the tailoring is impeccable. The mismatched buttons and brooch really work well here and the pop of color from the shoes and sash...I love it. I think this dress was a risky choice, and it paid off! I don't always swoon over Erdem but this one? This one is a hit! I'm looking forward to reading what everyone else thinks.
    Shantel
    Minnesota, USA

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    1. Courtney from NC10 October 2018 at 22:54

      Yes! The grey dress she wore was fantastic. I love that dress and the neckline is similar to this dress.

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    2. :-) The gray dress was my first guess when I saw a photo on my cell phone.

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    3. Well said, Shantel! I love this look as well!

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  28. Theresa - Austin, TX10 October 2018 at 20:45

    This is beautiful. There's a lot going on, but it all works! She looks gorgeous. Love it!!

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  29. I love everything but the piece around the around the waist. What is it?! Her shoes are beautiful! She looks lovely as usual.

    Kristine

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  30. Whoa I love this. Mostly bc it veers from her usual uniform. I thought I'd see another lace dress and/or coat dress with her praline pumps. But the mix of purple with gray and black, the asymmetric neckline, the colorful pumps ... definitely not her usual look and I love it!

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  31. I love the dress! Looks like it was designed especially for Kate. This look will be hard to top!

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  32. I think an edgier shoe would really be great here too.

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  33. The Duchess of Cambridge is wonderful. She is beautiful and so elegant and classy.

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  34. Obsessed obsessed obsessed..... did I say obsessed?????????? She is back

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  35. Don't have time to check but am pretty sure those shoes are LK Bennett - Laura in Canada PS: And they are gorgeous! Been eyeing them and trying to figure out what I could wear them with!!

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  36. An Erdem I actually like! I should buy a lottery ticket tonight!

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  37. This is a fantastic look for the Duchess. It is different but she looks beautiful. This dress fits her perfectly. The cut of the dress and the way it is tailored to fit her is spot on. When she moves it falls beautifully. The brooch and buttons and unusual collar line really set and finish the dress well. Love the colour of her bag and shoes. Her makeup is subtle and soft and her hair looks wonderful. She looks really elegant. Well done, thank you for a wonderful blog, so up to date and informative, it is a pleasure to read.

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  38. Just read the description on the website and I love that it was inspired by the Queen! How appropriate! -AZ

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  39. She looks FANTASTIC. Wow. I'm so glad you're back, Kate!

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  40. What a beautiful look for the Duchess. Is it just me or is there something different about Kate these days? She just looks so confident and sure of herself. Maybe that's what comes with having 4 of the next 5 heirs in the family - one her husband and three her children. Or maybe she's just a completely satisfied woman with her family and her future. Whatever it is, it looks great on her. I just love this dress. And she is wearing it with confidence. Go Kate!

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    1. I agree she seems to have a great confident vibe about her lately. ❤

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    2. I would agree 100%. She seems to be very relaxed and content, enjoying her engagements recently. Hopefully we will continue to see the confidence and engagement.

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    3. Kate does look very happy and content. I think she's very happy with her husband and three children, and feels comfortable and confident in her role.

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  41. Just beautiful. Love the dress; love her hair and those earrings are to die for.
    Don't remember seeing them before

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    1. I heartily agree! Nice to "see" you, Jean from Lancs!

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  42. What is not to love with this look. Love the length and the way it moves when she's walking. Love the neckline. Love the odd and unusual buttons. Love the way it emphasises her svelte figure (6 months after having Louis !) Love the pop of colour in the band, and the matching bag and shoes. But most of all, love the earrings ! Looking forward to the full post :-)

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  43. At first I thought . . . What is she thinking. Then I watched the video. I like the way it moves and the neckline is gorgeous on her. The sash, shoes, and clutch add a little unexpected pop of color. I'm glad she didn't go with black, which would have been very expected. Her hair and make up are beautiful. She just glows. Erdem has usually been a miss for me, but I love this.

    Hope from USA

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  44. Kate's dress seems longer than what is shown on the model on the Erdem website.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden10 October 2018 at 22:15

      I agree. On twitter it's speculated that hers is the runway version (which has a longer length), hence the tie at the waist.

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    2. Rebecca do you mean because you think it has an opening at the waist? I wondered about that but I have to believe she is wearing a finished dress without a cutout that was customized in terms of length for her. When I look closely at the belt I can see the fringe and checked fabric down the front running underneath. At least that is how it looks to me:). Or they reworked the waist for her, as the waist on her dress does not look like the print ad.

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  45. Steph from Canberra10 October 2018 at 21:10

    Gorgeous!!!

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  46. Kate looks fabulous! I am sooo glad she is back! Erdem is always a risk but this one works.The accents of the belt, shoes and clutch make this look for me.

    First, I just need to express my joy at no sighting of the nude or praline shoes. These aubergine (or are they burgundy?) heels are gorgeous.

    As an aside I also notice Catherine Quinn at her engagements and she always looks so stylish! You can catch a glimpse of her outfit in the arrival video. Is Natasha already on maternity leave? Maybe Catherine can double up on Private Secretary duties and act as style advisor too.

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  47. I want to love this but it’s just not quite right. Love the hem, so interesting, I love the belt and neckline for saving this a bit, I even like the fabric patterns, but it just doesn’t read right. I’m having a hard time on putting my finger on it...

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  48. Rhonda - Wisconsin10 October 2018 at 21:22

    When I first saw Erdem, I literally groaned. When I got a look at it, I was amazed. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this dress. Edgy and a little outside the box for Kate who is fantastic looking by the way. Love the earrings, shoes, bag - the whole thing. She really rocks this dress. I bet she is really looking forward to the event - I know I would as my favorite hobby is photography. Thank you Charlotte for a quick first look. Can't wait to see more.

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  49. Silvia from Tuscany10 October 2018 at 21:25

    The first look is a success for me! I love it all: the neckline and arms lenght, the ribbon that matches the shoes and those buttons... Every detail is lovely and so new on her! The cut suits her figure perfectly and I love the cloth. Really wonderful look!

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  50. I love the look. Really nice seeing her switch things up a bit with the earrings and dress. She looks gorgeous.

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  51. this is so fantastic and DIFFERENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE THIS!!!!

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  52. I love this dress and especially the shoes!

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  53. Hmmm...I want to like it - I do like that neckline and Kate's whole face is just radiantly beautiful, but I do not like this dress. The length, hemline and fabric are frumpy and odd. Too much going on here. The earrings are busy and juvenile, IMO. Too boho for this dress. The shoes - ick.

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  54. I love photography and I would love to be able to see the Photography Centre. It looks fascinating.
    Kate looks wonderful. I normally detest Erdem, but I really like this one, and I think it looks great on her.

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  55. Well I am in the LOVE it column!! Especially after the second picture that shows the shoes are burgundy!!! It's a romantic, artsy, yet tailored look all in one. This dress suits Kate, and she rocks this look....glowing, elegant, and perfect for the occasion. cc

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  56. First Look: I love it! Can't wait to see more pics! I love the length, the fabric, the neckline, the buttons, the belt, the accessories. It is big risk for Kate (it's sure to be a controversial look), but I think it more than pays off. She's been keeping with her traditional style since her maternity-leave, so I love that she's taking a risk tonight.

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    1. Now that I know the royal inspiration, I love it even more!

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  57. Up until now I have not been a fan of Erdem. This dress is absolutely wonderful on Kate. The length is spot on for current trends as well as fabric choice. I hope Kate continues with new fashion forward silhouettes as she adds to
    her working fashion statements.

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  58. I love the dress! The belt seems superfluous, but still a fabulous look for Kate.

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    1. I agree with both of you. The dress looks beautiful on her. The ribbon belt is kind of a question mark for me. Her shoes are gorgeous too!

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  59. I am excited to see the wedding on Friday morning....so glad it will be televised here in the US. Looking forward to seeing all of the children.

    Does anyone know the connection the couple has to Ayda and Robbie Williams? I've been a huge Robbie Williams fan for years and have been enjoying watching them both as judges on the X-Factor UK, which is shown here in the US.

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  60. I love the earrings although the price is crazy for "crystals." Again, it is a busy look and she can pull it off. It looks great and she is beautiful! It is something that I would love to wear, too.

    And it is very nice that Eugenie is including all her younger relatives in the bridal party. Eugenie really is very attractive and will no doubt be a beautiful bride. I'm not quite as exited as I was for Harry's, and I think it's because it's in the same venue. I hope it's a lovely sunny day!!1

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  61. I don't like to focus on her looks but she is so stunning you can't help it. She looks so relaxed & happy. So nice seeing her with her husband yesterday. That is the countenance of a loved woman! So kind of her to get back out there when we know she is super busy at home caring for 3 little ones. She really has her priorities right being there for her kids so they grow up emotionally healthy so they in turn can serve others- yet she still makes time to use her influence to serve charities. Lovely lady! Lovely family!

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  62. Gorgeous. Kate has been batting 1000 since she got back from maternity leave.

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    1. Agreed Tedi!! She's back with a stylish vengeance!! cc

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  63. She looks gorgeous. I love the neckline on her. The earrings are big and busy also but I actually think for some odd reason that they help balance the dress, and I am not a fan of costume jewelry, but these really work. Love those velvet pumps.

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  64. Love the entire look from head to toe and I am having major dress envy. I never thought I would say that about anything Erdem. Thanks so much for the update on the attendants for the wedding. How sweet that Eugenie chose all of her young relatives.

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    1. Except the two babies. But I agree, it will be so nice to see the little siblings and cousins.

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  65. Please forgive me Charlotte, but since you do not have a page devoted to Princess Eugenie, I am hoping you would not mind my posting a snippet about the upcoming royal wedd8ng here. KP just released a list of attendants, so since George and Caharlotte are attends, there is a link to Duchess Kate’s page. Beyond William and Kate’s children, the list of royal attendants is quite spectacular. Traditionally, weddings have always been about the bride and the bride’s family, and since Princess Eugenie is the first officially titled royal princess in the UK to marry, since Princess Anne, this is quite an awesome event. I hope that Princess Eugenie goes full on princess in terms of her gown and styling - wouldn’t it be lovely if she wears something borrowed from her Granny? It is such a show of love and family support that she has chosen so many of her cousins, the Queens grand and great-grandchildren to attend her - what a glorious day this will be for the royal family!

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    1. I agree raraavis! It is great that Charlotte included the last part about Eugenie's wedding in this post, especially the list of the "bridal party". How wonderful of Eugenie to have included so many family. Cannot wait to see all those darling bridesmaids, and very excited to see Eugenie's gown, she will be a beautiful bride. What a lovely family affair to be shared and remembered!! cc

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    2. I love that Eugenie and Jack have invited all of the Queen's young grandchildren and great grandchildren to participate in the wedding. It's a lovely, inclusive touch.

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    3. It is lovely! A wedding is all about a bride and her family and it has been far to long since a titled royal Princess (in the UK) has married - I think that Princess Anne was the most recent!

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    4. Caroline in Montana11 October 2018 at 20:25

      Unknown, I think its actually just Eugenie having Her young cousins in the wedding (tradition), not including them as the queens grandchildren or great grandchildren, they just happen to be both.

      I for one am hoping for a sighting of the York tiara and I'm sure she will be a beautiful bride, she is my favorite Windsor princesses!

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  66. Ok, I've sat with this look and my feeling is I LOVE IT! Its edgy but classy. Fun but not too much. I love she brought in burgundy -great color on her! I adore this and so desperately wish i could afford one. Nice job DOC! Top notch!

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  67. P.S. Love the mismatched buttons on the dress. However, do not care for the matching earrings. She possesses some absolutely stunning earrings that are real. It is not necessary to wear faux simply because a designer shows jewelry with a specific collection. I don't think its necessary to always play it safe in fashion to be classic.

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  68. Nicole form France10 October 2018 at 22:00

    I definitely can’t understand how a woman could want to wear that thing ..... erdem , like usual .... pffff

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  69. Robbie from Hampton VA USA10 October 2018 at 22:05

    Absolute perfection!

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  70. Fiona, NW England10 October 2018 at 22:15

    I think she looks stunning... and this dress really accentuates her height! Love the colour combo too!

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  71. Love it! Typically not a fan of Erdem at all but I like this look. It’s a little edgier and fun. I bet that exhibit is fascinating! Hopefully the wedding mania will die down for the Cambridge’s after this weekend. Charlotte and George are going to give me a run for my money in terms of how many weddings they can be in!

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  72. that is a gorgeous dress
    earring are not my thing can't she get some from QE2

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  73. Courtney from NC10 October 2018 at 22:56

    Kate is BACK! I know this isn't her first engagement after maternity leave take three but this is wow! Love the burgundy belt, clutch and shoes with this dress. I covet this look. Her hair looks great. Bouncy, healthy and lovely.

    I sincerely hope we see them at the Dutch State Dinner and can't wait to see all the littles on the wedding on Friday!

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  74. Just fabulous from head to toe!!

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  75. What a beautiful wedding portrait the Royal family will have with Princess Eugenie and her husband, Princess Beatrice, the Duke and Duchess of York, the greats and grands, and the Queen and Prince Phillip - perfection!

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  76. Just wonderful, what a classy lady she is!
    Her hair is glorious, the dress is beautiful, the shoes to die for! And pantyhose yay! Way to go Catherine, you look great!


    Silvia

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  77. Wowser. She looks magnificant I have to say. This look is really been well put together and with a bit of edge too. Welcome back Catherine! I have to say I have liked the Erdem stuff alot (I know, don't mock me, I think I've got accustomed to here it here in the UK for a long while now) but this is something a little different and has that artsy edge so synced with this engagment.

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    1. I agree Mr D. A very interesting different look for an arty event

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    2. I couldn't say it any better, Mr D. This dress absolutely does have an artsy edge that is perfect for this engagement. And I love the color of the accessories.

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    3. Exactement! I love the Erdem stuff Catherine has worn. I thought at first this frock might be Vivienne Westwood or vintage McQueen because of the edgy urban Edwardian look and was surprised it was Erdem. An amazing choice for this engagement. The rumour is that he is Eugenie's wedding gown designer.

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    4. Urban Edwardian sums up the look nicely, Mel. Someone else suggested steam punk/ Tim Burton esque which I thought decribed it perfectly as well.

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  78. I absolutely love this whole look!! The other Erdem pieces the Duchess has worn were a definite no for me. I can totally see Kate rewearing this for the Christmas season with the RF. IMO, not frumpy. Still very much on trend with the midi aka tea length skirts.

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  79. I really like the modifications and length Kate used for this dress. Her version is better than any of the others particularly that horrid floral print.

    I'm not a fan of the earrings. I would think they were fun if they cheaper but definitely not £290 for no precious stone, gold, silver or even semi-precious stones.

    Thanks for all the pictures and coverage. Much better than the useless coverage on KP social media which barely has any pictures or information.

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  80. I love this! The thing is, it fits PERFECTLY, so it works great. HUGE potential for a train wreck with So much happening, but she is so good with details- the clutch and the belt and the earrings. Perfect.
    And even better for this artsy event. Fantastic.

    Annie
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  81. Oh I love this look sooo much! So elegant, interesting, classic, and autumnal!

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  82. She looks amazing tonight. Erdem and Emilia Wickstead are two of the best of her go-to designers. The issue with Catherine is that she often duplicates silhouettes, material, hair styling, accessories, etc. Erdem pieces, while sometimes "out-there", introduces some texture and interest in her monotonous wardrobe.

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  83. Wow! She looks gorgeous. What a look. Thanks as always for the background information on the event.
    Jax/Canada

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  84. The Duchess of Cambridge looks beautiful. Her nighttime makeup is perfect, and those earrings! The shoes look like velvet. It took alot of effort, and planning to pull off that look! Thanks Charlotte for the wonderful post. Can't wait to see the wedding pictures, and how pretty Windsor Castle will look in the fall. Parthenia

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  85. I was a ( minority opinion) fan of her red and blue Erdem ball gown. This one surpasses it, just perfect for her. Edgy, glam, flattering, modern. Perfect for a keen amateur photographer and art history student tonight. Kate is killing it.

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    1. I loved that gown too! My opinion is that at these kinds of "arty" events Catherine wears what "she" likes as to the more simplified style she has adopted for daytime/royal outings. I pretty much always love her choices, she is my style maven to be sure.
      The earrings are magnificent too and she is definitely killing it with this ensemble!

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  86. The Duchess stunned from head to toe. She is just the epitome of style, elegance and class. Love her. I love that from the start she knew what she liked style-wise and stuck to it.

    Her patronages are those that will be around for a very long time many are part of the bedrock of our culture and others are threads that form the tapestry of our lives from birth through adulthood. Well done your Highness.

    I am cannot wait to see all the little royals at Princess Eugene's wedding. Talk about "cuteness overload. George, Charlotte, and Princess Louisa are now most experienced in this area!!! All the best to Princess Eugene and her groom.

    Regards.

    RW.

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  87. I think I've been there and done this - seems to me I had a similar dress in the 80s. I did guess that Kate would wear black and white to a photography exhibit. The dress is well fitted and moves well, and the touches of burgundy are lovely and make it come alive. What would I change if I were styling this look? I think I would remove the doodads on the neckline. They are a bit of clutter that detracts from the draping; the different buttons are enough design interest. I haven't decided about the earrings, though I like their design as seen by themselves. Kate looks very happy and interested. I like the mention of her having a scholarly discussion about Lewis Carroll. Her appearance surprised me, but her enthusiasm is completely captivating.

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    1. There's a lot of burgundy in the dress as well, so not strictly black and white.

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  88. LOVE!!! I love that it’s different and I love the burgundy with it! The shoes look well worn on the bottoms but I don’t recall her wearing them before. Do you think they’re borrowed from Carole?

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden11 October 2018 at 10:58

      She might have worn them to non-public events. Or maybe she walks in her heels beforehand to soften them up a bit?

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  89. I love the dreas. Hmm kinda remind me of the first time she wear Grey in erdem. I love her from head to toe hmm. The duchess is really back hmm im looking forward and Excited on Friday princess eugeine wedding

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  90. Courtney Providence Village11 October 2018 at 02:34

    I think it’s the neckline that throws me off. If it were more straight lines at the top and more simple (without the broach looking area towards the shoulder) i think it’d be more of a hit for me. There just seems to be too much going on with this dress to have that kind of shoulder and neck line. She looks stunning but the neckline is what I’m not fond of.

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  91. I have loved every Erdem dress Kate has ever worn, this one included. I think it’s when she wants to experiment and go outside a fashion comfort zone. More power to her! Her day or day is quite simple so this gives her the chance to go a little wild! Also keeps US on our toes!

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  92. Royal 👑 Watcher11 October 2018 at 03:20

    Wow Kate looks amazing! I am glad she did not have the cut out near the belly button haha. The earrings match the buttons perfectly, I can see why she went for the whole shebang! The Burgundy accessories add a different dimension, I can see the tinge in the dress, very clever. One of the prettiest and most interesting outfits so far, I really like it. And the patronage is perfect for Kate too. Well done! I am a fan.

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    1. I love how the burgundy accessories match the lining of the outfit, too! I saw a photo of it on What Kate Wore. The patronage is definitely a good fit for Kate!

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  93. Six bridesmaids and two page boys (age range 3 to 7) = one brave bride. ;-)

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    1. Royal 👑 Watcher11 October 2018 at 12:08

      Haha yes. Never work with animals and children... I gather she IS VERY brave!!!!

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    2. Lol That is true! I have a feeling Beatrice, Louise W and James W will be busy.

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    3. That was my thought as well. Plus quite a few are used to 'running around together' when they see each other. I love that is so family oriented. It'll be great if there are some giggles along the way.

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  94. I am disappointed in the BBC for not doing a live tv show of Eugenie's wedding Oh well I will watch the livestream. I look forward to seeing what the princess wears and also to hear Andrea Bocelli sing.

    I love Catherine's outfit by erdem she looks elegant
    Thanks as always Charlotte for all your hard work.

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  95. I enjoyed the Duchess of Cambridge today, as usual. She dressed with an edge; something different and interesting. Thanks, Charlotte for all the information about this museum. Trust me when I say, I knew NOTHING before reading your post this evening. Thank you.

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  96. Royal 👑 Watcher11 October 2018 at 04:52

    I want to know how Kate regains her pre-birth body like that, EVERY time. 3 babies and not a visible change. Her tummy is ultra flat and her waist and hips are so slim. I really don't get it. She looks healthy, not sickly skinny, so I gather she must eat. Any ideas?

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    1. I must admit I have wondered the same thing. After three kids my body had changed shape a bit--wider hips, softer tummy even with exercise, etc. She must have very good genes and a lot of self-discipline. I am in awe :)

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    2. I think the key is that she is fit and tone *before* she gets pregnant and, most likely, continues to do Pilates (my guess) throughout the pregnancy. And based on recent photos, I predict that it will be the same with Pippa.

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    3. I want to know her secret, too! :)

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    4. How funny I was expecting someone to suggest that she might be pregnant again because of the tummy :) no chance for that, of course, the stomach area is just accentuated by the belt.
      I think some women have simply good genes, combine that with Kates extremely healthy lifestyle.
      However i also want to note that most women do not look largely different after having babies, especially a good 6 months after giving birth. It always seems to me that people have this picture of women becoming unshaped after having kids - not true for the majority of mums that I know at least.

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    5. Good genes, and healthy living. 😉

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    6. Zora from Prague11 October 2018 at 12:43

      RW, it's just the body type IMO. I'm like her (haha, how boastful that sounds 😀), I have three sons and I went back to both my weight and figure very fast after each one without really trying. In fact, after the 1st one I got so skinny that I looked ill! I know some ladies have difficulties losing the extra weight but I suppose it's related to the type of metabolism and also to genes... I'm also tall and with a tendency to stoop. So, I'm not saying Kate doesn't eat healthily or something but it's really not her *fault* she gets back to her shape so easily 😃

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    7. I wish I knew too! I wonder what dress size she is, any ideas?

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    8. I also have 3 kids, and was back quickly at my initial size. Despite gaining 20kg with each pregnancy. I am naturally skinny and very tall (too tall...), i guess its mostly "good" genes. I didnt exercise since I left school :) I understand that for some it must be hard work, however very often there is no magic behind regaining the figure again. Just genes, active lifestyle (-> baby) and sometimes a bit of time. Tidefi

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    9. Yes, good Gene's but also seems to lead a very active lifestyle where exercise & activity are central- not food. I also list all baby weight without trying because of breastfeeding. It burns an extraordinary amount of calories. I was eating as much as my husband who is 100 lbs. more than me at meals! But also didn't snack between meals because I was home by myself so it was either sleep or eat so my exhaustion won over snacking & I napped when baby did.

      All in all, she looks healthy & so happy. It seems she gains confidence & comfort in front of cameras more with each child. It might just be that she has so much else to care about that she just doesn't care what others think, just doing the best she can.

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    10. Caroline in Montana11 October 2018 at 20:16

      I agree with royal fan, she was fit before she was pregnant and was taking care while she was pregnant to keep fit, that has a big part to do with it.

      I also agree with Anonymous 12:05, I saw a little tummy on her too!!(didnt think she was pregnant) but was glad that there was something there and she is not stick thin.

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    11. Royal 👑 Watcher11 October 2018 at 22:32

      Thank you ladies, great responses! I personally bounced back quickly with my first, but found it harder the second time around due to being busy with two babies at different ages. Breast feeding is amazing, and eating leftover veggies rather than crackers is a given!! Finding time for the gym became tricky for me however. Both of them never slept at the same time, nether did my older child want to sit in the pram for very long.. Life happened.. and whilst I am still healthy, I am not as skinny as I was in the early days. Oh well. Kate has a nanny and access to top class facilities for Pilates, dietary help as needed and the perfect genes for staying slim. Carol is looking amazing and I do believe all the Middleton women go out of their way to remain the size they are. So to summarise: 1. Pilates/exercise 2. Healthy food with a potential focus on protein rich diets perhaps, and 3. Breastfeeding, and 4. Access and time to undertake 1,2,3,4, and then do not forget 5. Good genes! The fact that Kate looks so radiant and healthy is the most important factor and it makes me happy!

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    12. Ha! Call me crazy but I always liked small tummies on women, I think it looks so cute! My best friend also always has a little tummy despite being very skinny, I used to envy her for that.

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  97. Absolutely fab look! One of my favourites from her ☺️

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  98. I am in the dislike column on this one! I love the tweed and velvet accessories, but hate the frayed trim and mismatched buttons, and the decoration at the shoulder. I also agree with other posters that real gem earrings would have elevated this look. I haven't liked Erdem since Kate's first trip to Canada. But you can see with everyone's posts, we certainly all have different tastes!

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    1. I'm with you on the mismatched buttons Heather! I love the checked tweed, the length and the movement of the skirt, the off-the-shoulder neckline and the black decorations on it; I don't mind the frayed edges and I love the touches of burgundy, but all of that is more than enough detail for me. It doesn't need mismatched buttons as well - they tip it over into the "Oh no, he didn't know when to stop" category for me (happens quite a bit with Erdem pieces!). Having said that, I still think it's the best piece of Erdem she's worn since the black and white one at the fashion display with Sophie when she was expecting Prince Louis.

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    2. Heather, I find it incredibly funny that both of our posts ended up right next to each other given we both used "I am in the [blank] column." Makes sense that we all certainly have different tastes. I don't suppose should 20 of us meet up that we'd all have on the same dress. I probably wouldn't wear the Erdem but I thought it looked spectacular on Kate.

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  99. I am definitely in the "love" column. Sorry some of you dislike it. This borders on Avant Garde for me. It's a suiting fabric and has be designed to work in a very bohemian, carefree, style. It's the crystal embellishments where there the collar dips down and the individual sparkling buttons that add to the design. Not sure if the belt works completely, I didn't found a photo from the back but it appears to zip down the back to perhaps the grosgrain ribbon is stitched on and meets in the back? A belt might have been better.

    Love the velvet shows and the beautiful clutch. Sure she could wear earrings from the "the vault" but she probably just increased the economy wearing the Erdem ones. Wouldn't surprise me if they were loaned.

    I love this length. And this ensemble reminds me of the ivory off-the-shoulder dress she wore to a summer event. She wore those inexpensive "peachy" sandal heels. Remember? I loved that as well - so no surprise I'm enjoying this look.

    PS: her hair is fabulous.

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    1. Anglophile in Ohio11 October 2018 at 11:21

      Not a loan from Erdem-she doesn’t do loans or gifts from designers. Kate only borrows from her mother and sister.

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  100. Well what I can say is that I absolutely love the shoes and clutch and I would love them to make a return on Friday for Eugenie's wedding along with some pale pink dress, possibly some repeat. Sorry for dreaming out loud, just having that weddimg fever I guess!
    Ella

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  101. At first look, I disliked this outfit! But it has grown on me...it fits the Duchess like a glove! I especially like the button details & the earrings. The bag & shoes are nice, also; they add a bit of ‘pizazz’ to the look. I guess I will be streaming the wedding as there doesn’t seem to be any coverage of it in NZ.

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  102. Thank you for the links to the wedding, by the way! :)

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  103. It's great hearing about her having an in-depth discussion about photography. The V&A is such a perfect patronage for the Duchess!

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  104. Thank you Charlotte for the information on Eugenie's wedding. What an opportunity for a massive portrait of the Queen's extended family. Sadly it may well be one of the last opportunities.

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    1. Annette New Zealand11 October 2018 at 22:00

      New Zealand TV doesn't seem to be featuring Eugenie's wedding as a live broadcast. Maybe they think because its in the middle of the night here no one will be bothered looking at it? Anyway we can still see it on Youtube etc.

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  105. I'm so behind commenting, because I can never get it to work on my phone, but I believe this is the first Erdem I've actually liked lol! Kate looks great, especially considering she's had 3 kids! It's nice to have her back again. And it would seem she got her hair touched up again. I really like this length on her. The curls make another appearance ;)

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  106. Perfect ensemble for an art museum. This Duchess never misses a step in terms of knowing how to dress not only fashionably, but more importantly appropriately for every event she attends!

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  107. My eyes almost popped out of my head when I saw this. It's divine - edgy yet refined. I love the tweed, I love the fraying, I love those Jimmy Choos - ok I just love the whole thing!!! This is the best Erdem we have seen in a while. I'm also not usually a fan of this length, I always feel like it needs to decide to be full length or knee length, but it moves so beautifully here. She nailed it!!!

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    1. I feel the same about the whole outfit, it is the best Erdem with the length and the lining in burgundy so when you walk it sway and you get to see the lining, so sexy in a conservative way. Also with detail buttons that have three styles that repeat again with pearls and stones, so interesting. Love that Kate used more texture and wore new sued burgundy pumps and clutch by Jimmy Choo. This outfit was put together perfectly, Win Win!

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  108. I love to look at fashion and so I love Kate's and Meghan's blogs. So good to see Kate out and about again. She's so graceful but down-to-earth, it seems. About the dress. Before I saw the length of it I was thinking above the knees. Not sure I like the length of this one. Nuf said!

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  109. I don't hate Erdem as much as a lot of people do because she had some great looks by a designer. Now granted, some of the latest ones were just bad but can we appreciate how flawless these older dresses were:

    http://hrhduchesskate.blogspot.com/2011/06/duchess-kate-steps-off-plane-in-erdem.html

    http://hrhduchesskate.blogspot.com/2012/09/kate-in-floral-print-erdem-for-eden.html

    http://hrhduchesskate.blogspot.com/2017/01/william-kate-and-harry-outline-hopes.html

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  110. Wow, an Erdem that by a majority here and on other sites, is a huge fashion hit and no surfergirl!! Hope all is well with her and Julia also.....always enjoyed their perspectives! cc

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  111. Love that she has this patronage and that in this outing she allowed her academic achievements to show. I'm in the the "love it" column on this dress and accessories and how she looks.

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  112. I think that her Gianvito Rossi bordeaux pumps that we have seen a few times would've been a good choice, instead of these Jimmy Choos. Even though these are a nice burgundy, the bordeaux's are burgundy as well. I do like her purse, and earrings, although I skip this dress.

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  113. Can anyone identify the "Mary Janesque" shoes the model is wearing?

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  114. Kate looks flawless!! I actually liked her other Erdem looks, but then I like Erdem.

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  115. In the third picture, is Kate once again making a negative gesture toward a photographer, while smiling cordially at her hosts? Lol. I love her roguish grin in the picture with the guest book. The man with her must have said something extremely amusing. These are very interesting moments, as is the photo of Kate leaning in and carefully studying a picture on the wall. Most of all, I love her radiant look throughout the visit.

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    1. Patricia, I do not believe for one moment that she is making a gesture towards a photographer. I believe she is adjusting her engagement ring. I have done exactly that when wearing a larger cocktail style ring.

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    2. I expect you are right. That is a heavy ring.

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  116. I am away working & am just trying to find the bits of news I seem to be missing. I looked on the recents posts list & realized this was one I hadn't seen.! Kate looks Amazing!! This may be one of my top favorite ensemble she has worn! So fresh & different & I love everything about it, all the way to the accessories!! :)

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