Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Duchess Kate in Sweeping Gucci Gown for 100 Women in Finance Gala

It was a fairytale moment for the Duchess of Cambridge who arrived at the Victoria & Albert Museum in a sweeping gown for the 100 Women in Finance gala.


The Duchess was in attendance in her role as patron of 100 Women in Finance's Philanthropic Initiatives. Prince William became patron in 2009 and, in 2012, Kate and Harry joined him. They've attended the annual gala in alternate years since, with funds going to their chosen causes in rotation. This year's proceeds will go to Mentally Healthy Schools. It dovetails perfectly with Kate's engagement earlier today - the 'Mental Health in Education' conference where she met teachers from schools using the Mentally Healthy Schools website.


Kate was welcomed by representatives from the V&A Museum, which is one of her patronages.


Launched by the Duchess at the beginning of 2018, ‘Mentally Healthy Schools’ is one of the legacy programmes from the Heads Together campaign, which aims to help people of all ages start conversations about their mental health. The landmark project, run by the Royal Foundation, helps teachers and school leaders better support children's mental wellbeing, by offering school staff reliable and practical resources through a website developed by the youth-focussed charity partners of Heads Together; the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, Place2Be and Young Minds.


One of the key focuses of the website is encouraging a whole-school approach. "A mentally healthy school is one that adopts a whole-school approach to mental health and wellbeing. It is a school that helps children flourish, learn and succeed by providing opportunities for them, and the adults around them, to develop the strengths and coping skills that underpin resilience. A mentally healthy school sees positive mental health and wellbeing as fundamental to its values, mission and culture. It is a school where child, staff and parent/carer mental health and wellbeing is seen as ‘everybody’s business’."


100 Women in Finance are the leading global affinity group for professionals in the alternative investments industry. In addition to their philanthropic efforts, they support women in advancing their careers through education and leveraging relationships through peer engagement. 


Ahead of the dinner, Kate attended a private reception.


The Duchess makes her entrance for dinner.



Ed Vainker, co-founder and Principal of the Reach Academy in Feltham, told guests about the impact mental health charities are having in schools. “The focus that the Duchess has had on this and on the mental health agenda has really helped schools, parents and young people to destigmatize it and talk about it,” he said.
“She visited my school a year ago and spent three or four hours in the school…hearing about the challenges young people face. She’s obviously really personally interested in it, she builds relationships really easily and she had a huge impact in a short time when she came to see us.”

A photo from Kate's visit to Reach Academy. It marked her first engagement of 2018.


During a speech, Kate reiterated her words on the importance of early intervention from today's conference.



'Your vision is hugely inspiring and testament to what school, teachers, parents and communities can achieve when they all work together.' She added that she had often been asked why she had decided to focus her work on the early years and said that many adult problems can be traced back to the first years of life.
'I have often been asked why I have decided to focus my work on the early years. Having been lucky enough to meet some of our country’s amazing charities and organisations, tackling some of our hardest social challenges, I became acutely aware just how important the earliest years of our lives really are. 
'The root cause of some of our most challenging experiences in adulthood, such as poor mental and physical health, addiction, homelessness, crime and family breakdown, can so often be traced back to the very earliest years of someone’s life and often over generations.
'We therefore need to look at the prevention of some of these issues, before they take hold and become a problem. The evidence is clear that from birth, the first few years of a child’s life are more pivotal for social, physical and emotional development and for future health and happiness than any other single moment in a lifetime.'

Kate thanked 100 Women in Finance for their support. "Over the past decade you have been unwavering in your support of our patronages and your efforts have made a huge difference to so many of our charities. So I just wanted to say thank you, for this wonderful evening and for all of your support over the years, I can’t tell you what a difference it makes."


Kate posed for a photo with representatives from 100 Women in Finance.


The night raised over £500,000 for Mentally Healthy Schools.


Lorraine Heggessey, Chief Executive, The Royal Foundation, said:

 “The funds raised by 100 Women in Finance for The Royal Foundation’s Mentally Healthy Schools initiative will go a long way to making a great difference to the lives of children and young people across the UK. They will enable us to invest further in the practical tools that are helping teachers, parents and healthcare professionals provide the best possible mental health support to their children and pupils. We have made great strides in a short space of time since launching the initiative, but there is so much more to do to better support children’s wellbeing and ensure that young people have early intervention and access to the right support. Working with an organisation that shares our passion for supporting children and young people, and mental health, has been especially important.”

A video with footage of Kate's speech.


Before we discuss Kate's look tonight; a refresher of other gowns she wore for the gala in previous years. In 2011, the then newlywed chose the red Beulah Sarai dress.


In 2013, Kate chose her favourite ink blue Jenny Packham gown. 


And in 2015, it was the much talked about (and not terribly popular...) Erdem Alouette.


Tonight, Kate selected a sweeping tonal rose pink, off-shoulder tulle gown by Gucci. The bespoke gown has a romantic fairytale air to it, timely with Valentine's Day tomorrow. It's a divisive choice with reactions in the 'love it' or 'hate it' camp. I'm in the former, as I love the silhouette and shades of pink. It's always fun to see Kate mixing it up and this was a fresh take on her love of off-the-shoulder gowns.


The Duchess teamed the gown with her Oscar de la Renta Cabrina pumps. The shimmering $690 pumps are described as "our enduringly classic Cabrina pumps...reworked for the new season in glistening platinum lamรฉ. This Italian-made pair has a sleek, architectural silhouette with a pointed toe, scalloped sides and raised back". They are currently sold out.


Kate accessorised with her statement Kiki McDonough morganite earrings. Kate first wore the £7,000 special edition pair for Pippa's wedding.


And the clutch she carried to Princess Eugenie's wedding. It's thought to be a Prada piece.


A closer look at Kate's hair and make up.


It's been a very memorable week for gowns!


If you're just joining us, click here to view today's earlier post covering Kate's attendance at the 'Mental Health in Education' conference.


What do you think of tonight's look?

197 comments:

  1. Beautiful gown, love the colors.

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  2. What a nice full day for us to follow!

    Very nice look. I quite like the dress (not in love, but like). And I'm VERY fond about the clutch and sash. That velvet colour is so stunning! Nice hair as well. A very romantic look! I'm a smidge "sad" that she's not debuting any royal vault jewels but the earrings are pretty!

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  3. She's like a valentine's day princess, I sorta love it.

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  4. I will await the full post and pics but the bandage cris cross is throwing me off at this point

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    1. I'm torn at this part as well. I don't hate it, and it's still a pretty dress. But that part is hindering me from loving it. I like that it's a different detail on a dress that otherwise would be pretty much a clone of previous Kate dresses, though :)

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    2. Agreed, I think it would have been spectacular if the bodice was the same as the skirt.

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    3. I hate it! Looks like her bra is falling off her shoulders. It would have worked better if the darker pink of the bandeau extended down to the waist. This may be my least favorite Kate gown to date and it pains me to say that ๐Ÿ˜ช

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    4. I agree. It looks rather tight and doesn’t exactly... accentuate her natural figure. It’s beautiful, but she looks a little... constrained.

      Annie
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    5. Well I still do not like the upper part of the dress. It is so in your face. If it was perhaps an ombre look? I like the color. Love the earrings

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    6. I agree, it does look quite tight as well as too long. She actually is stepping on her gown, as someone pointed out earlier, which is a shame. The one-shoulder white frock the other night was a perfect fit and length. That said, she looks very pretty and I do like the deep rose color on her.

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    7. As someone who loves pink, I want so badly to love this gown 100%. The only problem for me is what someome mentioned above... if only the darker pink area of the bandeau extended to the waist. Maybe then it would work. Hmm.

      But it's a soft, pink, floaty, and princess-y gown. I wouldn't turn down the chance to try it on!

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    8. I disagree...the bandeau is what makes the dress for me. Eye catching for sure. The alternating shades of pink of the bodice are repeated in the skirt - the striped effect is on both the top and bottom and would be boring without it. I actually think she could do without the belt, though. That darker pink from the top part of the skirt is peeking out above it and that throws it off a bit.

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  5. Oh my! This is one of those looks that stops me before I scroll. What an absolutely gorgeous use of color that works so well with her complexion. A nod to St. Valentine perhaps? ;) And it looks like perhaps a re-wear on her sparkly Jimmy Choo's. What a great day for Duchess of Cambridge fans!

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    1. I do not think these are her sparkly Jimmy Choo's. They look a lot more like her Oscar De la Rent sparklers. Imke

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    2. Agree Anon 20:39, the Jimmy Choo's have an ombre that darkens to a blue grey color. This are brighter in color.

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    3. Good observation, Anons!

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  6. This is the most perfect ensemble ever! Love!

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  7. Emmaline in the U.S.13 February 2019 at 19:40

    I think these earrings are becoming a signature piece in the DoC's look book! Wish we knew who gifted them. Love the colors in this gown at first look. I do think the v-neck would look more dramatic if Kate wore her hair up, but that is just a small complaint. Really lovely. We're spoiled seeing her out twice in one day.

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    1. Emmaline in the U.S.13 February 2019 at 20:50

      My fault! I thought these were the large earrings worn to Prince Charles' birthday and the 2017 BAFTAs at first glance. Both are very striking though :)

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  8. Wow! Fantastic!

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  9. Love!!!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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    1. Me too, FG! What a wonderful look!! ๐Ÿ˜

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    2. Me three, FG! Beautiful! cc

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    3. Another FloridaGirl!! Awesome! About what part do you live in?

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  10. Different look - lovely. But why are her dresses always so long? She’s walking on the hem in two of these photos. I’ve noticed this a lot with her gowns. She so often has a clutch in one hand and a hand out to greet someone. Not sure how she doesn’t trip! Just seems like a 1/4 inch shorter in front and she wouldn’t be walking on her hem. Very pretty otherwise!

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    1. I think it looks more rich when a gown is just a tiny bit too long. Like tablcloths and curtains.

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    2. I saw this too! It annoys me that in both pictures she's standing on it.

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    3. I love the "puddle effect" in tablecloths and drapes. It looks good in a gown, too--if the "model" doesn't have to walk. Constantly stepping on it and standing on it does not look good--and it could prove to be disastrous! (Besides damaging the hem of the dress!)

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  11. Could this day get any better? Perfection followed by perfection!

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  12. Catherine looks ethereal! Her gown moves so beautifully! What a wonderful day of Duchess watching!

    As always, dear Charlotte, thank so much for your lightning fast post. Looking forward for more photos and information from the gala. ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™

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  13. I love this!!!! And she's wearing her hair half up again! She's absolutely amazing!

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  14. We've had such beauty to see lately!!

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  15. Catherine looks lovely! This gown reminds me of the ink blue gown she wore in NY at StAndrews. XOXO Siddhii

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  16. I want to like the dress but it just doesn't work for me. I think I do not like the colors and the top. I actually love most pinks and the color of her belt and clutch but not the shades in the dress. Her hair is pretty but maybe it needs to be softened up a bit around her face. When I see other photos I may change my mind. Overall she looks very pretty.

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    1. Its a little too Sleeping Beauty-ish in my mind.

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    2. Anon 21:48, :) it does veer that way.

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    3. Anonymous in Colorado14 February 2019 at 03:52

      @Anonymous 21:48: It does bring to mind Princess Aurora/Sleeping Beauty! Thank you, I couldn't quite figure it out. But I am in the LOVE IT camp. I think her hair could have been styled differently...lovely look overall though.

      And HEL-LO, who is that handsome "young Colin Firth"-esque V&A representative?!?

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    4. I agree, ali & Anon 21:48. I only like her accessories here.

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    5. Anon in Colorado, I’m glad I’m not the only one who noticed the director of the V&A, Dr. Tristram Hunt. He is gorgeous! ๐Ÿฅฐ Great treat for Valentine’s Day! And he does look like a young Colin Firth...swoon!

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    6. Hee hee, I noticed him also.

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    7. Kiwi Gal, you're right! I didn't notice the likeness but it's definitely there! ๐Ÿ˜‰ (swoon!)
      Btw, seeing "young Mr Darcy", I realised what Kate's dress reminds me of: in a lot of period dramas and Austenian adaptations, ladies wore a narrow scarf over their shoulders and chest, and the detail on Kate's dress looks (to me) just like that!
      After watching the video, I like the dress even more. The fabric is so delicate and the whole ensemble so elegant!

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  17. I find the bodice of Kates gown to be distracting taking away from the lovely pale pink shade. Unfortunately, for me combined with the length of the dress and the train it looks like a return to a more frumpy fashion statement. I am always perplexed by her evening style matching the particular event she is attending. She seems to struggle with what is commonly ball gowns vs white tie and black tie events and simple formal events. Tonights event, I have noticed in the past to border on semi-formal. Kate's closet is in need of some fabulous cocktail dresses or simply that LBD adorned with HM diamonds!

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    1. From the photos of the past events, this looks to be in line--every year she's worn a long gown, and the other women in these photos look to be wearing formal long gowns too, so it seems to be the right formality, I would say. Definitely not cocktail hour dress.

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    2. All the ladies in the room seems to be wearing gala gowns, so I don't see anything wrong in the Duchess' choice this evening.

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    3. Caroline in Montana14 February 2019 at 16:37

      I don't get it at all - how is this dress "Frumpy"??? when I think frumpy I think sweats. She is dressed appropriately and looks fabulous.
      I wish folks would at lest have 1 positive thing to say in their posts:/

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  18. YES!!! I feel like Kate has been on point since she came back from maternity leave. Has her stylist changed? Each outfit has been great. Sure, there’s tiny things I personally wouldn’t prefer but as a whole, she’s been slayingggg

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    1. Well, her assistant that has been rumored to have a bit of a stylist role gave birth in December so is probably on maternity leave herself!

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  19. And her makeup has been fabulous lately, as well!

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  20. Looking at the colors I wonder why she not simply wore the pink Alexander McQueen worn at Charles' birthday.

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  21. It's only up to me or everything Kate wore is fresh,appropriate and demure?

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  22. Is it a bit too sheer?? I think I can see a leg through the fabric...

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    1. Caroline in Montana14 February 2019 at 16:33

      I thought that too in a photo, I think maybe its just the way the pinker fabric was trailing that makes it look like a leg!

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  23. Glamorous! She looks exquisite, the gown is beautifully designed to enhance her natural loveliness. I love it!

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  24. A most graceful young lady! Kate is such a classy and lovely princess. Whatever her outfit she seems to come out from a fairy tale. Beautiful gown by the way!

    Elisabeth, Carcassonne, France

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  25. She looks beautiful, as always. And the dress is also a stunner. But the whole look needs a lift. There is no "styling" behind this look, which is why the WOW factor is completely missing. Yet again, *just* a beautiful dress on a pretty girl.

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    1. I agree. For me I think it’s the half up hair. Kinda homemade looking.

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  26. Colours are so lovely. I do think the bodice looks rather like a bandage, flattening the chest and giving a restrictive look.
    Nevertheless, Kate looks wonderful.

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    1. I too am getting a slight zombie trailing bandages vibe from this dress. Love her though!

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    2. Now that Anon 5:58 said that, the “gauze” look of the dress has taken on new meaning. It does have that bandage, gauzy look that you see in zombie movies but I think the Duchess still looks very beautiful and I like it that the dress is slightly different from her usual look.

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  27. I think she looks glowing and lovely. The hair and makeup seem fresh and youthful. Earrings are a great statement piece. The only issue could be running the risk of looking like a bridesmaid dress (at least here in the US). Wore a very similar dress and color for my sister’s wedding last year. Also,I read on another fashion site that both D&G suit earlier and Gucci dress now are a bit controversial because both fashion houses have been accused or racism/racist designs very recently. Do you think this is something Kate should consider? I’m guessing the dress was fitted or designed for her well in advance? It fits her perfectly. Curious if as a Royal they should care about global politics of racism etc?-
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    1. I personally think it's something that should be considered. Maybe not by Kate herself, but by the KP team or stylists. Considering the royals use their clothes as a part of their message and their role in general is to be unoffensive I think it's something that should be taken into consideration.

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    2. Rebecca- I do agree that the fashion controversy should be taken into consideration. Otherwise, the royals could come off looking a bit tone deaf. Kate seems to also support and love British designers. So I am always surprised when she goes with foreign designers. Especially during some recent controversy. What is going on with these Italian fashion houses???

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    3. I actually really like this dress. But YES this is the second time TODAY that she has worn a brand that is in the middle of/just went through a racism scandal. And while the D&G scandal was a few months ago, the Gucci blackface incident literally just happened. I absolutely think this dress should have been shelved for another occasion (bc I do really like it) and she should have worn something she already had. (Even if Kate herself did not actually know about these scandals it is 100% the responsibility of her staff.) Royals know they have power in their clothing choices and what they wear sends a message. We discuss this when they wear small brands, up and coming designers, ethical brands, etc. Today she sent the wrong message. Twice.

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    4. I doubt Kate was aware of the recent controversies about either of these fashion houses. However, her PA or style advisor definitely should have known as it's their job to know about these things. I think the staff let her down in this particular instance.

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    5. I don’t know. It might just be me but it feels like everybody is embroiled in some sort of scandal these days.
      I can see her giving a designer a bit of a skip when they are involved in a big scandal but she will end up with a whole wardrobe of paid for outfits she can’t wear.

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    6. The Gucci and D&G scandals have been all over the news though. If Kate wasn't aware of it, her stylists definitely should have been ...

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    7. I think it's fair to have missed the stories depending on what kind of things you look at, but I agree that the staff could have just googled the brands the evening before an event to just check that no new stuff is going on and they would have seen it really quickly. Would not have been impossible to change out to something other already in her closet.

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    8. I think the companies have apologized and made changes. I don’t see the need to avoid them over specific “resolved” issues. In the world of fashion, clothing manufacture, etc. it has been rare to see any apology, for any issue from poor pay, cultural insensitivity, starving models, sexual abuse, etc. so I say because the companies have addressed the issues, move forward and see if they do better.

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    9. Caroline in Montana14 February 2019 at 16:31

      I agree with QotS - She will end up with a whole lotta clothes she cant wear if she looks too closely at any designer. she will also end up with no one to talk to, and no events to go to, no one is perfect. It seems folks want her to be dragged into the fray. why?? a dress is a dress. she is dressed correctly and is beautiful and is positive. cant we just focus on that?

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    10. I can't speak for other countries but this hasn't been all over the news in the UK at all. I've heard almost nothing about either in the mainstream news. You have to go to the business or fashion sections to see any significant reports.

      I've seen plenty of people here and on other Kate blogs who didn't know about the scandals so I think it's obvious lots of people were not aware. I think it's fair to guess Kate was the same and she did not know about it. As I said above her staff should be on top of these things and like Rebecca suggested they should at least be googling quickly to keep an eye out to avoid controversy.

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    11. With all the fabricated negative "news" about herself, I doubt she reads the news. I too feel that everyone has a scandal these days & most are found to be fabricated by the media. If it proves to be true, of course she should respond appropriately but until then I don't blame her a bit for wearing them. I personally never heard of these scandals until reading these comments.

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    12. Maggie - Minneapolis14 February 2019 at 19:23

      Yes exactly, Rebecca! Kate is not just a public figure whose clothing choices mean something ikportant outside of usual sexist obsession with womens appearances, but also she is incredibly wealthy (with an unlimited clothing budget for official engagements she doesn't have to pay for anyways) AND she had a whole team of ppl to facilitate public appearances, so if they haven't been doing quick searches abt brands since day 1 before choosing them to design a certain outfit and then again before actually wearing it, then imo that's a huge indictment of not only her staff and their inability to perform most basic job requirements but also of Kate's leadership in her role and responsibility as the "boss" to have a competent staff. She shouldn't have to necessarily do these searches and checks herself but ultimately she has to make sure to set the standard then of her staff down ING so.

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    13. The D&G ad was extremely racist. The CEO then made racist comments on the public Instagram. Huge boycotts in China. I cant believe ppl haven't heard of the infamous chopsticks ad.

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    14. @Ivy Lin: I do know about the scandal but only because I watch C-dramas so I follow Chinese drama and entertainment sites. The ad and Stefano Gabbana's comments were awful. Such an obvious lie that he was hacked and I don't think I've ever seen a more insincere public "apology". I was also surprised it barely received any coverage on this side of the pond and the coverage I did see from most Western sites didn't seem to have a full grasp of the whole story.

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    15. I know about the brands because of the types of things I look at online. I’m interested in fashion, so I have come across these stories and I’ve seen posts on Instagram. I’ve tried to engage other people in conversation about Gucci and D&G to get their feedback on the issues, and I was met with blank stares and confusion. So, depending on who it is, some people may not know about the racism. However, I agree it is someone’s job to make sure Kate isn’t wearing something that could be from a racist brand.

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  28. I want to like this dress but I dont. Theres too much fussiness in the bodice area -- the crisscrossed color stripes, the pleated fabric, and the ubiquitous belt, the weird darting around the breasts. The colors individually are pretty but somehow dont look that great in combination. Overall the gown looks somewhat fussy when for this type of event a simpler cocktail dress would have been just as elegant and more appropriate to this sort of event.

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    1. Anglophile in Ohio14 February 2019 at 00:09

      It is an evening gown occasion, not a cocktail dress occasion. All or almost all the ladies in attendance wear evening gowns.

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    2. Agree. Cocktail dress would be inappropriate.

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    3. Definitely a gown type of event.

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  29. Wow she is two for two today. Beautiful! I am especially crazy for the earrings and shoes so will check back later to find out who made them.

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  30. Now this is a dress!!!!

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  31. Beautiful! I would have added a necklace maybe but she looks lovely and princessy nevertheless


    Silvia

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  32. I don’t like it all and I don’t know why...I like the soft pink color. It seems so old in fact upper dress. But it’s great to see her in new outfit๐Ÿ˜Š you do a great job Charlotte ๐Ÿ™Œ

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  33. Tammy from California13 February 2019 at 22:52

    Very Valentine-y ❤️๐Ÿ’•

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  34. Caroline in Montana13 February 2019 at 22:55

    so far Im actually loving this dress! and I love her hair in a partial:) those earings are gorgeous!! I cant believe how many flashes go off when she gets out of the car in that video, I had to watch it twice I was so distracted by it!! how does she even keep her eyes open and her composure!?! they almost made the skirt look see through! cant wait for further updates!

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    1. I was thinking the same thing about all the camera flashes! How does she (and all the other royals) look so poised and calm amidst all that? No wonder they have to keep their kids out of sight! Kate is just lovely.

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    2. Cynthia, I know Kate often gets criticized for completely ignoring the press pen especially at evening engagements, but I have always though that she has worked really hard at completely focussing on the people she greets and cut out the surroundings in order to cope with all the flashes.
      Even though you can get used to anything, I don’t think an introvert like Kate will ever be comfortable in the spotlight like this.

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  35. Thanks Charlotte for spot on reporting. Both Duchesses have been busy and so have you; keeping us informed. This is a lovely look for the Duchess of Cambridge.

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  36. I like the dress when I see it close up. From a distance it would look better with the dark pink extended to the waist I think. Otherwise beautiful.

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  37. Wow!!!So glam!!!

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  38. Her hair and earrings I love. The dress, not so much. I love pink and I think the color looks good, but the top of the dress looks like a bra on top of her gown.

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  39. From the waist down - I love it - But I can't get past the thought that it looks like she is being 'wrapped' A statement necklace would've also helped. Having said all that she still looks lovely!

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    1. I was thinking the same thing. It's a lovely dress and beautiful on the bottom half. The top just is a little awkward to me. But I personally don't like the bust emphasized. I think if there was a solid color on the top it would have been more beautiful. That said the minutiae of my opinion on her outfits is really insignificant. What a great cause and what a difference she is making. She's was really getting involved and not just a figurehead. The testimony that she spent three or four hours at the school previously speaks for itself. A lot of times celebrities or Royals have a higher number of engagements but they literally only spend 15 minutes at each engagement. That seems pointless to me. She is really building relationships and trying to make a difference.

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    2. I totally agree with you! This is a great dress, except the fact, that her chest is "pushed" or "pressed" down somehow, which is not advantageous for her shape. But I do love the skirt part, the hue, the belt and the shoes.
      Altogether this is a great dress in my opinion.

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  40. I'm afraid to say that I fall into the "hate it" camp on this one :(

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  41. I think she looks lovely in this dress, the earrings are stunning. I would love to see her in the red dress again one day and I quite like the Erdem.

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  42. JustCallMeMrsDarcy14 February 2019 at 00:09

    Love love love her hair, anyone seen pics from the back?

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  43. Charlotte! You are amazing thank you for your post, I love your coverage and have followed since the beginning.

    I’m terms of Kate tonight... WOW one of my
    Favorite looks ever! I love this gown she looks so fantastic. I will say however, my favorite part is the belt and the matching clutch, the color is exquisite!!!! Perfection

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  44. Kate looked great today and you can tell she she is passionate about what she does.

    BUT it seems like no one else is saying it. Does anyone Care that Gucci just released Blackface clothing and people are boycotting the brand??? You think Kate and her team would be more aware.

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    1. Interesting, isn't it? Obviously, the dress must have been picked earlier. Still, she could have picked a different one at the last minute, it is not like she is having an empty wardrobe and nothing to wear. It seems like she chooses as her pleases. And the silence and double standard of the royal reporters is really I am struggling with.

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    2. I also find it wierd that the reporters are not picking up on this. They put stories about gray hair or black nails, but when an actually debatable and interesting fashion issue comes up, then it's silence...

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    3. Absolutely agree Anett. The royal reporting standard in the last year has been extremely biased.

      Luella J

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    4. The Telegraph is running the story right now, and it is only a matter of time before all tabloids are picking on it.
      I agree Kate should be extremely careful not to offend anyone and stick with British designers, like she usually does, to be honest. On the other hand, those fashion scandals were not front page news, and to keep track of all of them must be exhausting.

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    5. Maggie - Minneapolis14 February 2019 at 19:09

      Yep I've seen only one article about it (Telegraph) and it's disappointing. It took press less time after Meghan's friend's Instagram pic of her avocado toast to write all those articles implying her love for avocado was basically going to destroy the entire world lol sighs.
      Also while the various serious incidents in question by the different brands are all bad, I esp am disappointed by kate choosing to wear d&g. Their whole ethos-which works unfortunately (until hopefully their racist China ads) - is to not care abt being "politically correct" and basically go out of their way to embrace saying and doing hurtful things >> gabanna esp over the years has said so many awful things about a large enough variety of topics to make me feel like it's just too much an inherent part of their brand to justify public figure showing implicit or explicit support. Gucci's blackface product was terrible and they have a lot they need to do before they can be "forgiven" but I can at least imagine ways for that to realistically-ish happen under their current frame work even if unlikely, if that makes sense. With d&g's history of consistent problematic remarks and product stuff not to mention what feels like a personal investment on designers' part to lot of discriminatory views, I can't really imagine what they could possibly do short or long term to convince me they suddenly actually care abt preventing discrimination in how they operate, what they say and do, and what they design. At least don't think it's possible under their current framework bc it would be the complete opposite of their whole anesthetic right now. Maybe something involving at least Gabbana leaving brand immediately could help - it'd certainly be necessary-I dk if it wld be sufficient.

      That all being said, since it's not like these are the only clothes available to wear in the world, it would be best for her to not just avoid d&g but also Gucci as we (or some of the other brands with similar issues too).

      Some ppl say it's "political correctness gone wrong (which to me has always ultimately been them saying they don't want to have to care about things that don't hurt them& they privilege from) but even if you think it's little excessive to make" so much" out of some clothing choices, let's just rmbr its the easiest thing in world for public figures to just choose to wear something else instead.

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  45. I think she looks lovely and I’m horrified by the people using the term “hate” for an item of clothing. Even if you don’t like the dress you must admit she is glowing, happy and healthy. If you don’t like the dress make another positive comment on earnings or shoes. How would you feel if you had strangers standing outside your door that said I hate your dress or skirt etc. Be nice people and stop ๐Ÿ›‘ picking Duchess Catherine to pieces. Everyone has there own personal style and what one person likes another may not but that doesn’t mean you have the right to pull apart someone who is doing great charity work. Sorry for the rant but I’m becoming increasingly sick of the negative disgusting way both Catherine and Meghan are being treated.
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      Thank you! ive been thinking that too. it makes me cringe everytime I read "hate" - cant you just say you don't like it or don't care for it? hate is word my mother said not to use. and feel free to use a compliment sandwhich, first something you like, then maybe something you don't care for and then something you like. comes off a lot better and fuels discussion instead of all this hate!

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    2. A "compliment sandwich" is a great suggestion Caroline. Not a bad rule to follow in many ways. cc

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    3. I sometimes don’t know whether to laugh or cry at the current tendency of hyperbole especially online. Nothing is liked or disliked, no it is hated or “it brought tears to my eyes I loved it so much”.
      I can’t imagine working up so much emotion either way about somebody elses clothes.
      I remember somebody calling a handbag horrendous (can’t remember which duchess’ it was) and I stared at the photos for an eternity trying to see what could be horrendous. It just looked like any other bag to me.

      Don’t get me wrong. I love the different opinions about what works and what doesn’t. But hate? That is such a strong word.

      The other problem with always using strong language, what do you say when something is really great/horrid? You really, really, really hate it?

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  46. Thanks charlotte she looks. Beautiful how i love her speech. Very inspiring

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  47. I noticed her hair looked much less red in tonights photos than from the shots earlier today. The color of her outfits, hair and make up seems to change quite a bit depending on the lighting:).

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  48. Absolutely love her look!!! She looks stunning ๐Ÿ˜Š love the make up, the earring and the hair style all looks good on her.

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  49. I'm not fond of the dress because it makes her look so "flat" in the bust line. I love the colors and she looks wonderful overall=but not my favorite dress.

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    1. Caroline in Montana14 February 2019 at 16:16

      well the problem with that is, she um, well, she is flat in the bust line. at least the pop of color made it better, a solid color would have been worse in my opinion.

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  50. Kate looks very lovely in the dress, and to my mind, it's very much her aesthetic. She always looks wonderful in pastels, and I do covet those morganite earrings! The ribbon around the slightly raised waist gives the dress a girlish, youthful vibe. I was also just imagining the whole skirt in just the rose colour, or in a less gossamer fabric, like silk shantung in a fabulous jewel color.

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  51. When I first saw photos of her in this dress it took my breath away. Truly stunning and elegant.

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  52. I am all in on Kate's fairy-tale look tonight! I love the way it looks when she walks and the slight train in the back! The color's are very appropriate for "Galentine"s Day!"

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  53. I hate it. I want to love it but it reminds me of old pantyhose and bandages. I wish her hair was up at lest.

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  54. As others have said, this is such a Valentine-y dress. It reminded me of strawberry frosting. I noticed that another woman walking with her also wore a pale pink skirt. Everyone is thinking of strawberries? :)

    What I don't like about this dress is there's something that feels "old" about it. Not the style, not the fabric. But the overall impression is of an "old" pale pink dress, like it was brought out from the archives of Dior. I'm almost surprised it was new and it was Gucci. Hmm... Her suit earlier today was on point. It was perfect. Maybe a purple gown at night would have worked better.

    But anyway, I loved the speech she made! I'm glad she's stayed on top of the work at hand. Can't wait to hear more.

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  55. I love the color and flow of the dress; however, I think it's too long. It looks as if she is at times stepping on the hem, and it looks like she is uncomfortable in it at times. Her hair, makeup, and earrings are divine. Overall, I think it's a winning look.

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    1. Went back to look and you're right. She is stepping on the hem in more than one photo. That must have been stressful for her. Imagine the thought of potentially tearing such delicate fabric, as you walk around trying to be poised and graceful. If this gown is worn again, I wonder if the hem will have been altered to be a bit higher?

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  56. Oh dear this dress is odd. She looks lovely no matter what but that dress does nothing for her. The bust area & the stitching in the middle is just so odd. The dark pink on the bust makes her look flattened. It has a sports bra look to it. Love the hair, shoes & earrings.

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    1. Caroline in Montana14 February 2019 at 16:08

      I feel the opposite. If the top were all a light color she would appear to have nothing up top, which I think we can all agree she is very, ummm, I shall say slight in that area. so I feel the separate color actually gives her more of something she doesn't have:) plus I think it brings a pop and some actual color, I think if it were all the light pink she would have looked washed out on top in her face. Also love the earrings and shoes!!

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  57. Im not in love with this dress. There is something wrong and I think its the velvet waistband, which seems out of place for me. I would have preferred it without it. I think it detracts from the softness of the rose colour of her dress sadly and becomes a focal point. Still, overall I think the whole look is just lovely. Not one of my favourite dresses but Kate still looks great!

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    1. KiwiNic, I also have gone back and forth on the velvet band. I wonder if the belt was part of the original design or something added by Kate. You might be correct that the dress would look a bit more cohesive without it.

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    2. I agree with e every word you said, she looks lovely. Thou there are a few issues, the pleated tulle shirt needed to be cut at least inch and a half shorter in the front, because in all the pictures you can see Kate stepping on the material. I think the waistline that was accent with a velvet band was requested by Kate, it should have been tack so it did not move around. I have said this before, there should be a in-house tailor that does these last minute alterations when there are changes with shoes, belts etc.

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    3. KiwiNic, I fully agree with you on the velvet waistband - it detracts and becomes a focal point! The dress would look so much better without it.

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  58. I think this dress and the earrings are STUNNING!

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  59. I love everything about this look! Absolutely stunning and gorgeous. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  60. SierrafromMontana14 February 2019 at 04:47

    This is such a pretty gown. She looks so romantic for tomorrow’s holiday ❤️๐Ÿฅฐ๐ŸŒน after awards/gala season Charlotte would you do a best of gowns? That would be fun or did anyone come clothes to this look last year in designing Kate’s gowns for this season?

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  61. I like her gown. This is very Kate - I'm sure it reminder her of her favorite Ink Blue Jenny Packham. Same type of fabric, slightly empire waist - with the velvet waist. The pink is lovely. I'll bet it's super comfortable. Nice to see those earrings again, and the clutch is lovely. Her hair was the right style of the dress and the evening IMHO. Like!

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  62. I wanted to like this dress, but I agree with a previous commenter that said the bodice looks like a bra that's slipping off the shoulders and I don't like how the two colors in the skirt make stripes- it's distracting. I think her makeup looks great, though. I really love what the woman in the 3rd and 4th photos is wearing (black top with the pink skirt) and the red gown the woman talking to Kate in the 6th photo is wearing, just gorgeous!

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  63. I love the belt, the clutch and the shoes ๐Ÿ˜Š the gown is nice, but definately not a favourite. Too tight somehow, and too ice-creamy ๐Ÿ˜‹

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  64. Always stunning love the dress, shoes and beautiful earrings.

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  65. I can't say I love or hate this look. I love the silhouette, tailoring and fabric if the dress. I don't particularly like the color "panels" on the skirt. For some reasons I can't quite identify, the half updo seems a bit off for me. I love the colour palette though.

    Kate must be working tremendously hard on herself. She appears to be in the best shape ever, which is admirable with three young children. I guess especially Charlotte and Louis are making Kate stay in motion permanently, lol! Talking of the Cambridge kids, Charlotte, do we have any idea when we will be able to see them again? With no weddings planned this year (at least none that I know of), are we going to have to wait for Trooping the Colour?
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    1. We may see the children at the christening of Baby Sussex

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    2. Hello,

      We should see photos for Charlotte and Louis' birthdays before Trooping. There's been quite a few suggestions the preview day at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show would be an ideal appearance for George and Charlotte as Kate's garden is very much an outdoor playground for children.

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    3. I love the idea of Kate taking the kids to see her Chelsea garden. Everybody knows that I am a huge supporter of the way the Cambridges are not including their kids in “work” yet. But slowly they will have to find some “safe” and “non-threatning” events to take the children along. And the early viewing at Chelsea is a great opportunity.

      If the Sussexes goes fir a traditional royal christening (which I think they would) I don’t think we will see the kids the christening. The BRF don’t do small kids at church events. The only exception is siblings at christenings.
      And I also believe W&K will go to a lot of trouble to make the christening all about the Sussexes.

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  66. Very timeless and elegant. I think the look will stand the test of time. Beautiful colors, beautiful fabric. I love the earrings. Thank you for both posts today!

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  67. Love the dress, the shoes and earrings but it reminds me so much in design of the two Jenny Packham (ink blue and green), I was shocked to learn it was by Gucci.

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  68. Ok 2 Things- love this dress on her, she looks amazing, I especially love her hair, it’s a very pretty feminine look. Love love the top, fits her like a glove and my favorite point is the color, from head to toe perfection. However, The long flowing silhouette is getting old fast, she needs to give it a break... I don’t care what just change it up a bit!!!

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    1. The flowing lower part of the dresses has been repeated so many times now. There is so many other options!

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    2. She has worn various other kind of skirts. And it.s normal, if you like one style, to stick with that.
      She.s not there to surprise us.

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    3. Kate likes this cut for the gowns - traditional, classic. Probably this is her "working-gown-cut"? I think she feels sure and comfortable under the voluminous material. I like her in this cut very much. But it's no more any surprise. I too would like to see that she wears other options, sometimes a more modern look for her model-body. I appreciate very much that her style is modeste, she doesn't want to have too much importance of the clothes. She is working. I was glad to see another designer, Gucci! But IMO this Gucci gown didn't support her personality in a constructive way. The flowing lower part is fantastic. But "the bodice looks like a bra" (like Jennifer and others were writing). Did the designer really want the best for her? IMO Kate is stronger than this unfortunate gown. Kate looks lovely because she has a wonderful personality in her own. I'm sure the will find better looks for her.

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    4. I agree that the bottom part is very much standard Kate - it is hugely flattering on her so why not.
      But she does try something new when it comes to even gowns about once a year. (Taking into account that she only introduce around 5 new evening gowns a year - 1 being and experiment and the other 4 stucking to the tried and tested seems like a good balance)

      From memory we had the periwinkle bandage dress last year at the State banquet (as well as the mustard Erdem in Sweden but maybe we should not talk about that one) the dusty pink milkmaid’s gown from the Spanish state visit. The blue cold shoulder Mouret a few years back. The curtain draiping Erdem from this event a few years back.
      Interesting none of these experiments was widely successful, which probably support her inclination to stay with the tried and tested.

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  69. Classic, iconic, regal - this is our Duchess of Cambridge. Where or not the gown flows Or is a repetitive style is hardly relevant - it is the beautiful, intelligent, hard-working, gracious & charming woman beneath the garments that that matters, and this woman Shines forth as a true Royal!

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    1. Well sid Anon 11:40!! She is truly a gem.

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  70. I love this dress...so dreamy and ethereal! Could have been a little shorter, Kate seemed to be stepping on the hem a bit

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  71. I liked the Alouette gown, so perhaps I will be in the minority again today. It’s not a great color on her; matching one’s shin tone always makes me think of underwear. The bodice looks tight and uncomfortable. She seems to be hunching over in some photos so I wonder if it is as uncomfortable as it looks. The flow of the skirt is very attractive. I’m not a fan of the hair down with poufy crown, it’s a bit too Sixties. So glad to see her speaking easily and professionally. She’s truly grown into her role.

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  72. Love this dress, but not sure it flatters Kate. Great accessories.

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  73. I love the colors and the flow of the skirt (although the design of the top is not my favorite look on Kate). The matching red velvet sash and purse are a nice touch :)

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  74. O love that she didn't something so different from her usual and she looks lovely. The shoes were a nice sparkly touch, but maybe strappy sandals would have complimented too

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  75. Personally, I think what’s giving the mixed review is the color isn’t quite right for her. Her skin tone shines in the “icy” pastel tones. These pinks are too muted, and are making her complexion (as gorgeous as it is) dull versus glowing. I think of the icy pink gown from Norway this time last year as a comparison. Otherwise, she nailed it IMHO.

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    1. I agree that the color washes her out. No idea if a better make up color palette would have helped. I am not a fan of the pink hues Gucci used in this dress. I said earlier it is possible the color was better in person as I know how deceptive the lighting and cameras can be.

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    2. THANK YOU Anon 15:20! I was puzzling over why it was that I didn’t really like this dress on her, and I couldn’t quite figure it out. You are right on, IMHO.

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    3. Or the cold pink at Charles-s birthday partu. That looked incredible.

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  76. I think the dress looks quite stunning in the group photo, where Kate is standing still, and standing out amongst all the darker colours. In fact, it looks more elegant than when in motion. Wouldn't have guessed Gucci in a million years!

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  77. What a beauty. Kate exudes such warmth and poise. An amazing young woman, I think! I do like this dress. The color is really nice on her. Love the burgandy bag and sash. And, those earrings! Love. Love. Love. I think she does a great job walking that fine line of looking glamourous, yet appropriate, at so many different kinds of events. I have a question, though. Nailpolish? It seems like there may be some nailpolish "etiquette"?! I think her adorable suit from earlier today could have really benefitted from a lovely shade of nailpolish - maybe a pretty dark red. And, tonight, maybe a very light pink or white would have looked nice against that velvet bag. Her hands are often photographed at close range and against all those gorgeous handbags and polished nails would add some polish. :)

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    1. I high doubt that there is a nail polish policy. I think it is just a personal preference. I am one of those people who cannot stand anything on my nails. I have tried it a few times and I literally start scratching it off after a few hours. I think the longest I could last was a very subtle french manicure. And even that had to go after a day.
      Kate might not feel as strong as I do about it, but I think she also does not care for nailpolish in general.

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    2. I am not terribly fond of nail polish. I tend to favor no polish and just well groomed nails/hands and maybe nails buffed to a shine.

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    3. Nail varnish is still considered a bit "non u", or vulgar by some, I think. A bit like bare legs in the winter. And it isn't long since ladies were expected to wear gloves whenever they went out....

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  78. I love this dress but think it would have looked less bra like if they did stripes of white and pink instead of thicker sections, like thick section pink then thin white thin pink maybe, having the only pink be over the chest is more distracting. I still love it just think it could have been even better

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  79. I love the colour and softness of the fabric. Without the velvet ribbon this would have been a complete no for me though. The dress flattens her chest completely, and the colours wash her out. Very Kate dress though. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am sure she loves it, which is all that matters:

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  80. The creative director of Gucci has issued a sincere apology, indicating that the shirt was intended to represent modern art, not black face. The similarity was very unfortunate. Kate could just as well be understood to accept the apology as to ignore racism.

    I like the colors of the gown, and the rather modern design is interesting as a whole. But I am not crazy about the flimsy fabric, accordion pleats, or weird wrapping. McQueen, as usual, poured Kate into a harshly boned cage under the bodice of the beautiful white gown. Gucci wrapped her tightly, making her look flat. Neither designer seemed to know what to do with Kate's lovely natural bustline.

    Earlier in the day, Kate's suit jacket reminded me of the ones my mother wore to business meetings in the 60s and 70s, but the skirt seemed oddly flighty and its seam should have been hidden. Yes to black dress slacks with that jacket! Black is not Kate's
    beast color, but she can make use of the jacket again.

    Kate spent her day encouraging her central commitment to children's mental health. She explained why she is so concerned about the youngest children. Her speech was obviously well delivered, though the words were hard to understand among all the echoes. The duchesses have been keeping you busy, Charlotte, and your coverage has been very timely and detailed. Thanks as always!

    Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!

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  81. Nicole from France14 February 2019 at 22:26

    Boring .... dull colour which does not flatter her skin , the bodice makes CAtherine’s chest look flat , kind of gown we’ve seen for ages now, and the way she has to stick to colour blocks, not a contrasting detail, diamond earrings or dark shoes, or .... something a bit modern !
    Did not like the tweed suit neither, amazing someone feels like designing such a piece , so dated .
    I definitely can’t understand why she can’t have a style of her own, sort of signature, and some hints of originality , modernism, Queen Letitia does that very well , for example .
    Lu Kily , her work doe snot look like her clothes ...

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    1. What do you mean style of her own because I'm pretty sure she has that by now. I understand you want her style to be modern but at end of the day its her decision on what she wants for her style. I love that she's sticking to her current style because its shows that she dressing for herself and not for others.There is nothing wrong with a woman in a high position dressing conservatively. Catherine and Letizia are great women with different styles.

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    2. Well, maybe this is her style and it's not your cup of tea....I'd be thrilled to wear diamond earrings like this anytime:)

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    3. Seรฑorita Dee15 February 2019 at 13:42

      Perhaps because her job is not to be a style icon. She does have a style- it leans traditional. Let's let Queen Letitia be Queen Letitia and Catherine be Catherine.

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    4. I am a bit flabbergasted by you comment Nicole. You whole comment describe how Kate have a very distinctive style.
      Over the years she has experimented a little here and there and added a few elements to her style over the years, but not much. Overall she has stuck to the same things. It is not modern, it is not edgy and it is not like any other royal or celebrity. But it is very much Kate.
      It might not be everybody’s cup of tea, but in general it works for her. And it is very much her own style.

      I am willing to guess if you put a selection of unseen outfits of all the royal ladies on a set of mannequins Kate’s and Maxima’s outfits would be the easiest to identify. Maxima because she has a very flamboyant style and Kate because she has a very conservative style.

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    5. Silvia from Tuscany16 February 2019 at 11:52

      She has her style, timeless and full of grace. She doesn't need to change, nor to modernize or imitate someone

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  82. Thanks so much for bringing out this point. Our societies seem to be losing the ability to forgive. Gucci over the years has had several initiatives to increase diversity and accessibility within its company, and not only have they apologized for this situation, but they have outlined specific actions they are taking to prevent something similar from happening again.

    One significant statement in the internal memo was this: "We made a mistake. A big one. Because of cultural ignorance, but ignorance is not an excuse. And we accept responsibility for this mistake." Historically, blackface was practiced only in the US and in Great Britain. It's a hot topic in the US right now particularly because of recently released information about the 1st and 3rd highest-ranking politicians in Virginia having been connected with it in their past. Gucci is an Italian company. It was developing this line before blackface ever got the exposure it is currently receiving, and it would have had no particular reason to be aware of a racist practice in the US and Great Britain 70-plus years ago. So I do not question that this situation came about because of "cultural ignorance." The more global the economy becomes, the easier it is for "cultural ignorance" to cause unwitting offense.

    So like Patricia, I'd like to take this action on Kate's part as one of forgiveness. We have all agreed that she is a thoughtful dresser. Perhaps she is setting an example of how to move past things that have been addressed by the offender. I fear that if we continue to be quick to judge and slow to forgive (which is in no means meant to indicate that wrongs should not be addressed--obviously they should be), none of us will remain standing. All of us err, often through ignorance, and we should be allowed to learn and grow through those errors.

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    1. I am sorry Becky but with all due respect, this is such a stretch. Forgiveness and she sets an example. It was a silly thing to do whether it was her or her staff.

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    2. Thank you, Becky. Beautifully said!

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    3. Thank you Patricia I and Becky for such thoughtful and articulate comments. As someone who was not aware of the Gucci issue until reading it here; after researching I saw Gucci's action to be very unfortunate but felt their apology genuinely sincere. Fashion designers are urged to push the artistic envelope all the time and artistic impression is completely subjective, but I can't believe that a designer like Gucci would throw away 98 years in the industry on purpose. This kind of lesson is learned the hard way. They say "once is a mistake, twice, a pattern and three times a habit" or "once is learning, twice a mistake, and three times is daft". Either way, lets see if they can learn from their mistake, time will tell. There is a thoughtful subtlety to Kate's dressing without appearing to "take sides" (i.e. BAFTA last year), that would put me in the group to view Kate's action as one of forgiveness.

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    4. I don't think the duchess, or anyone else not part of the group offended, is in the position to set example on how to move past things addressed by the offender.

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    5. With all due respect I don't think it's in Kate's space or role ti show forgiveness when she is not in the group offended and what's more has an extremely homogeneous circle of acquaintances. If she wore D&G and Gucci ON purpose in one day that would be troubling. I think she and her staff simply didn't do their homework.

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    6. I totally agree with Kara. For a start, I think it would be a huge, huge stretch to interpret this as an act of forgiveness but if it was, it would be shockingly inappropriate. Only the people offended have the power or the right to forgive. I would think and hope that neither Kate nor her advisors would see that as okay.

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    7. 100 % correct Kara. As a white woman Kate is not part of the group targeted by blackface. Therefore it is not her role to forgive. And if that was her intention it is horribly presumptuous and offensive. Hypothetically, it would be like a man forgiving another man for sexually harassing woman when the woman has herself not spoken about it or expressed forgiveness.

      I agree with Anett though I think the forgiveness idea is quite a leap to make. I think it was simply an oversight that she ended up in Gucci while they are embroiled in controversy. However it is a significant and problematic oversight. I’m somewhat surprised at the comments excusing or minimizing this mistake. Kate is a high profile woman who’s fashion choices are often interpreted to be statements. She should not have worn a brand embroiled in a racist controversy. Period. I’m really dissapointed that she did. She stopped wearing Issa due to controversy with that brand. Given that she’s made such a fashion decision before its difficult to interpret this as anything other than a lack of concern towards the people of color Gucci has offended and harmed.

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    8. Anon and Kara, if Kate is not part of the group targeted, and if it is not her role to forgive, why should it be her role to be offended and stop wearing the brand? There was an ambiguity, Gucci sweater evoked quite a lot of things from camouflage and burglars to burka and to some people who knew about it, it reminded them of racism in the US. Those who felt offended said so, the designer said it was unintentional and saw their point of view and apologized. It is a matter between them, if the apologies are accepted or not. It is not for the DoC to take sides or feel offended. I don't see anything controversial about it.

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    9. Because by wearing it she’s tacitly acknowledging that she either didn’t know about the controversy or she did and it wasn’t a big enough deal to her to not wear the brand. Both options are not great.

      She’s not worn brands due to controversy before (see Issa). So it’s apparent she does make that choice from time to time. The fact that she didn’t here is problematic. Whether she wants it to be or not.

      People of color, who are part of the UK and the commonwealth lest we forget, would not be faulted for interpreting this as a dismissal
      of their concerns. The BRF is made up of high profile individuals who’s image is their highest currency. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the expectation that they do better and calling them out when they don’t.

      Also I’m not really sure what racism in the US has to do with it. I assure you it’s alive and well in the UK. This is an Italian brand and an a British public figure. It doesn’t have anything to do with the state of affairs in the USA.

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    10. Why the use of "if"? Kate not being black is a fact. Its not hypothetical.

      People aren't saying she should stop wearing them forever. Just that its not a good moment to wear Gucci when there's a controversy surrounding them right now.As in a few days old racist controversy. Kate's role among others is to be diplomatic. It involves showing tact in the way she dresses as we all have noticed since following her after her wedding.
      Also, as future queen consort, show empathy toward her (her husband's) future subjects. Among them are black people. Lets not also forget those living in Commonwealth countries.

      So, no. Wearing a brand who is accused if racism at the moment isn't ractfil not sensitive.

      Hopefully, as decent human being we shouldn't shrug off our shoulders in face of people's plight because we're not part of the targeted group, right?I mean we expect more from the future Queen consort.

      At the very least we can stand with them. Not talk over and silence them , which this idea that Kate was accepting the apology and showing how to move forward, is implying. Perhaps unintentionally.

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    11. Because she's supposed to be a Duchess for everyone? Because her "kingdom" is diverse and she has to be the royal figure for those diverse groups, and not just her own background (white, British, wealthy)? So when she wears D&G and Gucci she is making a statement whether she intended to or not that brands being racist doesn't bother her?

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    12. And shouldn't we, as decent human beings, not automatically assume that what Gucci did was a purposeful racial slur, rather than an insensitive, very stupid mistake?? Shouldn't we also, as decent human beings not automatically assume that what Katharine did was purposeful and insensitive, but perhaps completely unintentional and unawares? Why are we so quick to judge in one direction alone? Perhaps, lets give time for Gucci to prove themselves, and in the interim, from this point forward, hope that Katherine doesn't choose to wear them, until they have done everything they said they would (that would include Meghan too, as she has carried a purse of theirs that many coveted). Let's not take slights where perhaps none were intended...let's give people a chance, or at the very least the benefit of the doubt until they truly prove us otherwise. A lot of assumptions are being made either way, IF she knew then it was an unfortunate mistake, IF she didn't know then it was an unfortunate mistake. Katherine has shown naught but a thoughtful countenance when considering her clothes and appears to be a gracious person that IF she made an error, she would correct it immediately. Katharine does not strike one as the type to make statements of that nature, either intentionally or unintentionally. None of us will truly know for sure, but we can't we just wait and see and hope that adjustments have been made rather than assume the worst?

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    13. Ok this is my last post on the matter but shouldn't "decent" people also be mindful of companies who with all the marketing savvy and brand recognition still make clothes that are at worst racist and at best cluelessly insensitive? Or outright racist ads like the D&G chopsticks ad? These companies are not some kids dressing up for Halloween. Everything they put out has been thought out by marketers, and so likely if they put out something racist, they are sending a signal that they sympathize with racist tendencies. And Kate as a public figure needs to be super mindful of the images she is sending out because so many people look to her as a role model.

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    14. Yes Ivy Lin, "decent" people would be mindful of companies that are blatantly racist or practice racial bias. But "decent" people are also mindful of fairness and measure the scales accordingly. Should your driver's license be taken away because you had one speeding ticket, or because you drove drunk? You may have made a "stupid" mistake, had a moment of inattention, or were in a hurry to drive through the red light, but does that equate to driving drunk? You are a lawbreaker either way, but in your world (guilty), there is no second chance for either infraction. There are levels of indiscretions that should be judged accordingly. Racism and clueless insensitivity are IMO two separate infractions, not warranting the same punishment. One is unforgivable and the other is pardonable. I didn't comment on the D&G issue as I see that differently; the two designers didn't demonstrate any remorse and by reported accounts their arrogance made their own situation worse, IMO that is unforgivable and they should suffer the consequences of public opinion. On the other hand Gucci made an incredible insensitive mistake, one they immediately regretted, said so, took company action, and IMO that is pardonable. Who of us hasn't made a mistake that they regretted? How sad if we couldn't or weren't allowed to learn from our mistakes, especially a lesson so worthy of learning. The public is a fickle mistress, as they pick and choose their "villains". What about Katy Perry, who had to pull a shoe out of her collection that, had a reference to "black face"; she hasn't been crucified, but then I forgot, Hollywood celebrities get a pass.

      As far as Kate is concerned, I would agree with you that Kate should be a “mindful” dresser, but then I don’t believe that she needs to make a statement with each outfit either. I absolutely believe that Kate is thoughtful about what she wears and I for one will give her the benefit of the doubt that between February 7th, when the Gucci issue was reported, and February 14th when she wore the Gucci dress that she wasn’t aware there was any controversy. And IF her advisors were aware and failed to notify her, then they certainly won’t forget next time. So I think I’ll give her a pass on this one and wait and see.

      https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2019/feb/20/gucci-subdued-mood-first-show-since-blackface-scandal

      https://www.columbiaspectator.com/arts-and-entertainment/2019/02/18/gucci-ceo-addresses-companys-blackface-scandal-institutional-diversity-in-fashion-at-columbia-event/

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  83. Think she looks stunning in this dress!

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  84. She is radiant and so bloody gorgeous love this dress and her hair

    Thanks for your hard work Charlotte

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