10.12.14

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge In Mulberry, Seraphine & Jenny Packham – New York Official Visit

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge In Mulberry, Seraphine & Jenny Packham - New York Official Visit

On the third day (December 9) of the official visit of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, to New York City the couple made several appearances.

The National September 11 Memorial Museum Visit: After grey and black we were finally treated to some colour from the Duchess. Once again she opted for a timeless winter coat courtesy of Mulberry in a classic silhouette rendered in a vibrant cerise hue. The look was of course styled with all black accessories complementing the buttons on the double-breasted design.

Creativity Is GREAT Britain’s Creative Industries Event: Her second look – revealed when she removed her coat – was a black turtleneck dress from her go-to maternity designer, Seraphine. The look was styled with her favourite Cartier Trinity necklace. You may remember that the Duchess debuted the piece at a 2012 National Portrait Gallery exhibition.

St Andrews 600th Anniversary Dinner: And finally, the event I had been waiting for. A gala dinner party that would see the Duchess blow me away in a stunning gown. Sadly, that didn’t come to pass. Her dark green Jenny Packham Fall 2013 gown accented with a black waistband was a three-peat, having been worn to the 100 Women In Hedge Funds dinner in October 2013 and the National Portrait Gallery event in February 2014. The only things of note here are her stunning emerald and diamond jewels plus that elegant updo.

While none of the looks have been bad, there was just nothing to get excited about. I would like to believe that had the weather been warmer we would’ve seen more than different coats in similar silhouettes, but even this summer we were treated to coat/dress after coat/dress so I can’t have total faith in that belief.

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09.12.14

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge In Goat & Tory Burch – Northside Center, Wildlife Reception & Cavaliers vs Brooklyn Nets NBA Game

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge In Goat & Tory Burch - Northside Center, Wildlife Reception & Cavaliers vs Brooklyn Nets NBA Game

On the second day (December 8) of the official visit of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, to New York City the Duchess took part in gift wrapping with volunteers while visiting the Northside Center for Child Development in Harlem before attending a Wildlife reception meeting Hillary and Chelsea Clinton and taking in the Cleveland Cavaliers vs Brooklyn Nets NBA game.

Northside Center: Greeted by the First Lady of New York, Chirlane McCray, who wore Nanette Lepore, Catherine wore a black 60s-style Goat coat edged with beige trim at the neckline, cuffs and back. Styled with tights, a Mulberry clutch and black pumps, the coat is practical, versatile and utterly timeless.

Wildlife Reception & Cavaliers vs Brooklyn Nets NBA Game: Later that evening the future King and Queen of England met the King and Queen of New York (Jay-Z and Beyoncé Knowles). The Queen wore a Tanya Taylor Fall 2014 printed blouse and black Herve Leger pencil skirt, which she styled with a Louis Vuitton bag, while the Duchess opted for black trousers and the same black pumps, making her Tory Burch ‘Bettina’ boucle coat the focus of her look. The tailored piece is classic tweed, easy to wear and streamlined with a cut that is universally flattering, covering her baby bump and ensuring she stays warm in the cold weather.

For what she was doing, her looks are as always appropriate, but like I said yesterday, I’m longing for a more glamorous occasion during this trip to see what she delivers.

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You can buy Catherine’s Tory Burch ‘Bettina’ Tweed Coat from LaneCrawford.com.

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08.12.14

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge In Seraphine & Beulah – Out In New York City

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge In Seraphine & Beulah - Out In New York City

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, took a slice of the Big Apple for the first time as a couple, arriving in New York for a landmark three-day official visit on Sunday (December 7).

Arrival: William and Kate mania broke out in Manhattan’s normally refined Upper East Side as they arrived at The Carlyle Hotel, once the favourite New York haunt of Princess Diana. The Duchess was wrapped up in a maroon and black tweed bespoke coat by her go-to maternity brand Seraphine, styled with tights, a black clutch and suede ankle boots.

Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry Benefit: Later the same evening, the couple were spotted leaving a private reception and dinner for their foundation. Catherine braved the cold temperatures leaving the Gramercy Park residence sans coat wearing an intricate lace Beulah ‘Amara’ black lace dress styled with the usual black clutch and pumps.

I find myself liking both looks, especially the intricate lace motif on the second.

I am hoping there are some galas she will be attending during her stay so we get to see her take things up a notch with some glorious (hopefully non-black lace) gowns of the Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera or Monique Lhuillier variety.

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25.11.14

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge In Katherine Hooker – EACH (East Anglia Children’s Hospice) Appeal Launch Event

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge In Katherine Hooker - EACH (East Anglia Children's Hospice) Appeal Launch Event

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge looked radiant while attending an EACH (East Anglia Children’s Hospice) Appeal Launch Event held at Norfolk Showground earlier today (November 25) in Norwich, England.

The Duchess, who is four months pregnant, showed off a fresh new radiant look dressing her growing baby bump in a vibrant red Katherine Hooker frock brightening up a cold miserable morning.

Considering the cold snap, I’m surprised she didn’t opt for one of her favoured coat dresses.

Sweeping her brunette locks into a high ponytail she accessorised with black Jimmy Choo ‘Aimee’ pumps, a matching black clutch and Kiki McDonough green amethyst and diamond drop earrings.

Between the colour and the ponytail, I will take this as yet more progress.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge In Jenny Packham – The Place2Be Wellbeing Schools Awards Reception

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge In Jenny Packham - The Place2Be Wellbeing Schools Awards Reception

Before the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit the US next month, Catherine was flying solo on the red carpet yesterday (November 19) evening for the Place2be Wellbeing in Schools Awards Reception held at Kensington Palace in London, England.

The Duchess wore a Hobbs textured crepe overlay top in an embroidered polka-dot design with a subtle peplum waist detail accented with a belt and paired with a Jenny Packham Fall 2013 teal-blue silk knee-length skirt.

Styled with her favourite Jimmy Choo pumps and Cassandra Goad ‘Temple of Heaven’ earrings, I have to say I am pleasantly surprised by this look.

While I would’ve loved the full runway look had this been a gala or a dinner party, her top is actually a really interesting choice, especially when paired with the belt.

Event and season appropriate without being boring? Colour me impressed.

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14.11.14

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge In Diane von Furstenberg – Royal Variety Performance

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge In Diane von Furstenberg - Royal Variety Performance

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the Royal Variety Performance on Thursday (November 13) ready for a night of entertainment courtesy of Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding and One Direction.

The Duchess kept it very simple, wearing a long black Diane von Furstenberg lace gown with a delicate scalloped neckline.

She styled the dress, which showed off her blossoming baby bump, with a sparkly black clutch and Lola blue topaz hoop earrings by Kiki McDonough, while styling her gorgeous brunette locks in a low chignon for a refreshing change.

I know what many of you are thinking… boring, and I would tend to agree. I wish this was teal-blue, plum or even red.

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You can buy Catherine’s Diane von Furstenberg Zarita Floral Lace Long Gown from
Net-A-Porter.com and Selfridges.

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