Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Kate takes on her first patronage, poll results, McQueen and more

Duchess Kate has certainly been making the headlines over the past few days hence I have plenty of news to share with you today. After the couples visit to the Royal Marsden Hospital it was formally decided at a meeting of the board of trustees that Kate would become patron of The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry. The foundation set up in 2009 raises funds for the Princes favourite charities. Duchess Kate has been working closely with the foundation since her wedding. It is also thought the foundation will be renamed in the future to reference Kate's involvement. Prince William said 

"We believe that it will provide a unique opportunity for us to use our privileged position to make a real difference in the many areas of charitable work. We feel passionately that, working closely together with those who contribute to our foundation, we can help to make a long lasting and tangible difference"

The three primary areas of focus are young people, the environment and the armed forces. Duchess Kate is reportedly very keen to support the arts also. I think this was the perfect choice for Kate. She will have the support of William throughout her work with the foundation. I look forward to seeing how Kate's participation and influence further extends the excellent work the foundation does. 

I'm sure you were all following Paris Fashion Week. I suspect Kate had her eye on one show in particular......... After designing the dress of the decade Sarah Burton unveiled the McQueen  Spring/Summer 2012 collection which is radically different from anything we could picture Kate wearing.  One model had her face entirely encrusted with shards of black jet and polished ivory shell and a low cut black chiffon dress with open laced corsetry. The word 'bondage' has been most frequently used when describing these pieces. I think we can safely assume Duchess Kate will not be wearing these pieces to her upcoming royal engagements :)

Burton seemed entirely taken aback at the suggestion the collection was intended to shock simply saying "I just wanted it to feel light" Burton has been praised for adding a feminine touch to McQueen. The raised waist was an exaggerated empire line of ruffles.

McQueen has always been a risk taker, Inspiring trends no one else could. The looks on display are quite a departure from anything Kate has worn, However I was always whenever Kate would wear a McQueen piece, as she would look classic, simple and elegant. 
Despite the 'edgy nature' of the collection. There are pieces I can see being altered for Kate to wear. I believe her fashion relationship with Sarah Burton will be a long and successful one!

The Royal wedding may have been almost six months ago but news about it's influence has been everywhere in recent days. Brides are buying two wedding dresses instead of one. Like Kate they wish to have a fairytale gown with a train for the service and a lighter gown for dancing and enjoying the reception. I often feel Kate's evening dress didn't quite get the praise it deserved. It was absolutely stunning.
Speaking of Kate's evening dress, the bolero she wore with it has been setting yet another trend. The angora knit brought a softness to the look. Not only brides wish to purchased one but women in general want to update their wardrobe with this simple yet chic item.

The enormously successful exhibit featuring Kate's wedding dress at Buckingham Palace finished up yesterday. Since July more than 600,000 people came to see a glimpse of the dress encased in glass. (The Queen memorable thought the display was horrid :)) The number of visitors is record breaking compared to other years. It is estimated to have raised almost ten million pounds. Before the display, the all time highest number of visitors was 420,000 in 1994I was reading through the wonderful, What Kate Wore Facebook Page when I saw this photo of what appeared to be Duchess Kate with Elton John and his baby. Excellent lookalikes and almost very convincing :)

Finally, I would like to thank all of you for voting on the poll. "Do you think Kate should appear in Vogue". 78% of you felt Kate should not appear in the magazine while 21% felt she should because she is a style icon. Interesting results! In the meantime Kate will continue to grace the cover of numerous magazines such as the current issue of Hello.

I expect we shall see Kate relatively soon as she begins her work with the foundation!

Sources (Prince of, Clarence House Via Twitter,, Hello, What Kate Wore Facebook Page,)

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