March 15, 2012

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge In Orla Kiely – The Prince’s Foundation for Children and The Arts

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge was at the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London today with the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall who were introducing Catherine to the work of The Prince’s Foundation for Children and The Arts.

The Duchess wore an Orla Kiely grey knee-length dress with a pleated skirt.

Her dress, which is accented with a belt tied to the waist, also has a black floral embroidered detailing around the neckline which is complemented by black pumps and a black clutch.

I must admit I love this look, which is shocking for me as I don’t like the colour grey.

Catherine has gone for yet another short dress, which is surprising considering she received so much flak for her short skirt last week.

It just goes to show that she doesn’t give a damn what people say about what she wears – good on her.

This is the second time Catherine has worn a look by Orla Kiely.

Credit: Getty

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42 Responses to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge In Orla Kiely – The Prince’s Foundation for Children and The Arts

  1. Sharon March 16, 2012 at 10:15 pm #

    Sounds like the Duchess is about to win her second in a row BDOTW. I think she looks great.

  2. CC March 16, 2012 at 7:32 pm #

    She looks great in these casual dresses, but I think her wardrobe’s colour palette is pretty boring.

  3. Saree March 16, 2012 at 2:55 pm #

    OMG Someone get The Queen a wet cloth, she’s passed out at the sight of Princess Kate’s knees!

  4. Jones19 March 16, 2012 at 10:55 am #

    I want that dress, very chic.

  5. couturecoco March 16, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    She looks great! I think the skirt is only a couple of inches longer than the dress last week and this makes all the difference. Also she’s not scared to wear flippy skirts that *could* blow up either!
    I’d like the dress even without the black embellishment. I wish she would wear those brooches again for a little touch of tradition and sparkle.

  6. Xainab March 16, 2012 at 9:37 am #

    So cute but still classy. I tried to find this dress on the orla kiely but couldn’t find it there 🙁

  7. bm March 16, 2012 at 8:50 am #

    This is better than her BDOTW look last week.

  8. Emi March 16, 2012 at 8:32 am #

    She looks great, the dress is so cute. FC, I used to receive an email when somebody replied to one of my comments, but now it doesn’t happen anymore, is it ok or just a problem of mine?

    • Fashion Critic March 16, 2012 at 8:38 am #

      I don’t know what has happened…I will look into it

      • EmmaWoodhouse March 17, 2012 at 3:15 pm #

        Just saw this comment–I have the same issue. It’s not too big a deal but I did enjoy seeing replies; if you can fix it easily that’s great but I know how much effort you put into this wonderful site so it’s no biggie. 🙂

        • Linda March 19, 2012 at 2:23 am #

          I’ve noticed it too. I always enjoyed getting the emails too. I tried checking the “Notify me of followup comments via e-mail” box when I posted comments, but I got emails for every new comment, not just replies to mine. No big deal, as EmmaWoodhouse said, but funny as I was just thinking about that today and how it was too bad!

  9. manja March 16, 2012 at 8:23 am #

    love it,and i wld wear that dress my self

  10. pipsqueak March 16, 2012 at 5:08 am #

    I love this look! I actually like Catherine more than Princess Di. Maybe because she’s my generation (I’m 33). Also, as I age, I increasingly identify with women that seem to possess strength and confidence instead of insecurity and neediness.

  11. Rebecca Z March 16, 2012 at 3:27 am #

    It is a darling dress and looks very chic on her. It is more youthful than her usual looks, the pleated skirt is very flattering to her figure and the length is perfect. And personally, I love grey.

  12. D March 16, 2012 at 1:17 am #

    love this one:)

  13. Alexandra March 15, 2012 at 11:20 pm #

    i love grey and love love love this dress even more!

  14. TeaAtTwo March 15, 2012 at 10:32 pm #

    If she wore these outfits knee-length or below the knee as her critics would like than I think it would be terribly ageing. I’m glad she got out of the military theme but I hope she isn’t going to stick with a limited colour palette.

  15. McKenzie March 15, 2012 at 9:38 pm #

    I love the detailing around the neck/top of the dress. She looks wonderful! I don’t know how that skirt could be considered short…

  16. molly March 15, 2012 at 9:25 pm #

    Im glad that she seems to finally have found a dress that gives her shape, and this is cute, but her fear of color is killing me. Im starting to wonder if she counts her engagement ring as her pop of color!

    • Amy March 17, 2012 at 10:14 pm #

      I agree with everything you’ve said. In her previous looks she looks flat(like the dress is hanging on her) and it wasn’t always flattering. This shape is perfect for her. Anyway she definitely needs to wear more color

  17. ladyoflettuce March 15, 2012 at 8:41 pm #

    This is my favourite look from her so far.

  18. Tina March 15, 2012 at 8:14 pm #

    The dress is very chic and pretty! One of her best looks this year.

  19. Christy March 15, 2012 at 7:38 pm #

    Seriously, I fail to see how either this or her previous outfit could be considered too short. She looks conservatively beautiful as always.

    • Tina March 15, 2012 at 8:14 pm #

      Agreed. It is not “short” by any means. Very fitting for royalty, I would think.

    • molly March 15, 2012 at 9:26 pm #

      When she was sitting, you could see right up her skirt. Also, she couldnt bend over and when she got out of the car, we saw her entire thigh. That is a major no no for a royal, and its much worse when you are with the Queen herself!

    • Dani March 15, 2012 at 10:26 pm #

      I agree! I can’t believe we’re still like ‘Royalty should never show their knees’. I love Kate’s classy style.

  20. Maz March 15, 2012 at 7:01 pm #


  21. Marybeth March 15, 2012 at 6:28 pm #

    I love this look too!

    Speaking as someone who is ultra-conservative about the propriety of dress for “official” women, I think the length is just fine — youthful and chic, while still being classy.

  22. Lucía March 15, 2012 at 6:27 pm #

    She looks amazing, she always does. I would have thought you would take this as a boring look, but I was mistaken!

    • EmmaWoodhouse March 16, 2012 at 3:41 pm #

      I agree! She looks absolutely adorable and I’m glad everyone is liking it. She is so cute, classy, and appropriate. I don’t think the skirt is too short and I am very picky about these things!

  23. fromchi-town March 15, 2012 at 6:14 pm #

    I am not a fan of grey – but I really like this. I think this is one of the first times that I have actually liked something that she has worn. There is something very cheerful about her first pic 🙂

  24. Ella March 15, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    LOVE THIS!!!

  25. marta March 15, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

    She looks so chic! I wish I had her figure and hair!

  26. CreoleLady March 15, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

    As I like gray (a softer alternative to black), I didn’t have as high a hurdle to jump toward liking this look. Perhaps she’s paid enough sartorial dues that she can relax a bit. Very nice.

  27. Betty Brandenburg March 15, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

    Can’t believe I’m saying this – I actually quite like this!

    • Fashion Critic March 15, 2012 at 6:13 pm #

      Shocking no?

      I like it too.

      • Lee ann March 15, 2012 at 8:07 pm #

        I almost do.

  28. dee March 15, 2012 at 5:27 pm #

    So cute.

  29. Eliza March 15, 2012 at 5:16 pm #

    Love this look.

  30. Terry March 15, 2012 at 5:08 pm #


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