Friday, 10 February 2017

Kate Fashion Awards, First Engagements with Action for Children & Fashion Updates!

It's time to reveal the results of our polls - we asked you to vote for Kate's best sartorial choices and designer of 2016 and as always it was fascinating to see the results. There were clear winners especially when it came to your choice of designer. We'll also be looking at pieces that placed second and third in addition to the least popular pieces. An enormous word of thanks to everyone who took time to vote and participate, and without further ado, here are your winners...

Best Gown of 2016

The 'Best Gown' poll is always particularly fun and this year was no exception. Choosing the winner proved a very easy choice with Kate's gorgeous royal blue Roland Mouret Nansen Gown winning almost 50% of the vote. It truly was an outstanding look for the Duchess; the label's signature darts and panels providing a flattering silhouette with a nipped waistline and svelte contours. The cut-out shoulders give the graceful style a modern edge. It personified elegant sophistication, offered a nod to one of the major trends of 2016 - the 'cold shoulder' - whilst maintaining a simplicity in its design.


Second and third place went to two repeat gown appearances by the one and only Jenny Packham. The rose pink Sequin and Bead Embellished Gown Kate wore for the EACH gala at Houghton Hall proved a huge hit with readers for its second outing. The sparkling red cap sleeve gown worn for the state banquet was your third favourite.


Best Coat of 2016

Kate's collection of coats is always a joy to look through and offered the most options in our 'Best Coat' poll. We saw a large number of repeats in this category and several bespoke new creations. Once again, there was no competition for first place. The mist blue Catherine Walker, wool crepe coat dress with white lace embellishment is a simply sublime garment and the perfect choice for the National Service of Thanksgiving. I very much hope we see it again; it would be ideal for Trooping the Colour or Order of the Garter.


In second place, it was the bespoke grey Erdem coat Kate wore for the Commonwealth Service in March. The piece is based on styles from the designer's Pre-Fall 2015 Collection with lace effect and silk lining. And in third place we have the bespoke cream McQueen, first worn for Princess Charlotte's christening, and again for Trooping the Colour last year.


Best Dress of 2016

Your choice of 'Best Dress' goes to the Off-the-Shoulder, Mesh-Paneled Dress by Brazilian designer Barbara Casasola, which the Duchess wore for the Art Fund Awards. It marked the first time we've seen Kate wear the brand and with her choice of Schtuz footwear, it was seen as a nod to the Rio Games which were taking place. It was a departure from Kate's usual style and once again the 'off-the-shoulder' look proves a worthy winner.


The custom-made Jenny Packham dress crafted from beige lace over black underlay and featuring a peter pan collar, three-quarter length sleeves and peplum detail came in second, while Kate's black Preen Finella midi dress takes third. For fans of the dress, it remains discounted from $1,370 to $548 at Boutique1.


Best Separates Look

We had quite a few options in the 'Best Separates Look' poll this year. The Duchess is beginning to increasingly favour skirt suits and teaming separates for formal engagement looks. Which ensemble garnered the most votes? The pale blue bespoke Catherine Walker skirt suit from her first solo overseas visit to the Netherlands. The belted jacket features large buttons and peplum detail, whilst the skirt falls to just above the knee. It's a beautifully tailored look and incredibly professional yet chic. Another one I believe we'll see Kate wear again in the near future.


The red and white skirt suit by Kensington-based label Eponine London, which Kate wore last March, and the combination of the GOAT Binky Blouse and Banana Republic skirt take second and third place respectively.


 Least Favourites

Across the polls the least popular pieces were the Saloni Mary Gown, the L.K. Bennett Ami Coat, the Tory Burch Sophia dress and the Alberta Ferretti jacket and pleated skirt worn for a new official portrait. I suspect in the case of the Saloni Mary, it underwhelmed next to the likes of the Roland Mouret Nansen and the shimmering Packhams. The L.K. Bennett Ami has been publicly seen multiple times and the Tory Burch dress was worn to sign a book of condolence - an event that was all about paying respect rather than fashion.


Best Designer of 2016

It's always enjoyable looking back on Kate's most chosen designers and in 2016 I think we were largely in agreement the exceptional Jenny Packham outdid herself. When we chat about Kate's 'go-to designer' we instantly think of Sarah Burton, however, one could argue Jenny Packham has become an equally invaluable asset in Kate's sartorial arsenal. From princess-worthy evening gowns to bespoke, classic dresses for overseas trips, Packham has proven herself much more than an eveningwear designer, as very stylishly demonstrated throughout the year.


Alexander McQueen, Catherine Walker and Temperley London were second, third and fourth respectively.

Once again, many thanks for your votes! Did your picks win? :)

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Kensington Palace also shared news of Kate's first engagements as patron of Action for Children. On Wednesday, 22 February, the Duchess will visit two of the charity's projects in Wales supporting vulnerable families. The Palace noted: "The Duchess, who has made supporting vulnerable families a key area of focus, has previously visited Action for Children programmes at Cape Hill Children's Centre in Smethwick in 2015. The visit on 22nd February will allow Her Royal Highness to see two of the successful projects in Wales, where Action for Children helped 13,000 children and young people last year."


More on plans for the day from the press release:

'The Duchess will first visit Torfaen to see MIST, a child and adolescent mental health project which works specifically with children who are living in care with foster families or birth families. The service works with both the young person and their carers or birth family to address complex mental health needs, intervening where it becomes clear the child is at risk of being placed in residential or institutional care, with the aim of keeping the child in their local area, and having as normal a life as possible. MIST has been running for 12 years. It is commissioned by Health, Social Care and Education and hosted by Action for Children – Gweithredu dros Blant.
The Duchess will then visit the Caerphilly Family Intervention Team (FIT) to learn about their work with children with emotional and behavioural difficulties, problems with family relationships and those who have or who are likely to self-harm. The Duchess will view the team’s family therapy work that helps families understand the reasons behind certain behaviour. It supports them to manage feelings and behaviours using creative techniques that are tailored to meet individual needs. The project is delivered by Family Support Practitioners who are trained and supervised by a Clinical Psychologist and Systemic Psychotherapist.'

Action for Children cares for disadvantaged children from across the UK, from before they are born until they are into their twenties. Its 7,000 staff and volunteers operate over 600 services, improving the lives of 390,000 children, teenagers, parents and carers every year. It's an organisation doing tremendous work and I look forward to sharing more about them.

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Moving on to fashion news, and beginning with a couple of updates on the casual look Kate wore for the Heads Together training day, the Perfect Moment remains available in very limited sizing at Net-A-Porter and Lane Crawford.


 In case you didn't see it, Kate's new trainers were identified as the £90 New Balance x SB Sneakers - a limited edition trainer in exclusive Sweaty Betty print. They are described: "This exclusive trainer mixes fashion-forward prints with New Balance’s technical trainers. Lightweight, well-cushioned and technical the Vazee is built for fast, lateral movements. With a sock-like fit for easy on and off, plus a foam-cushioned mid-sole to absorb impact, wear in and out of the studio." They are currently available in sizes 4 - 8.5.

Sweaty Betty

And following quite a bit of searching, the eagle-eyed Middleton Maven identified Kate's jeans as the $36 Body Curve Jeggings by Zara. They are described: "Ankle length trousers. Mid rise. Zip and front button fastening. Front and back pockets. Buckled at the waist. Fitted stretch fabric."

ZARA

Moving to older pieces - the Tory Burch Paulina Dress Kate wore for Prince George's (unforgettably cute) playdate in New Zealand, and again in in October 2015, has been reissued in a new print as discovered by Middleton Maven.


The updated $395 Paulina dress in Navy/Black/White Jamaica Dot features a crewneck, full pleated skirt, banded waist and tassel trim at sleeves and hem. It's described: "Classic meets eclectic on one of our best-selling styles from seasons past. The Paulina Dress is a revival of a ladylike silhouette, pointelle-knit in graphic black and white, and detailed with fringe. The optical contrast, fitted waist and pleated skirt create a figure-enhancing effect." It's available on the USA website (not on the UK yet) in sizes XS - XL.

Tory Burch

And just in time for Spring, Kate's Stuart Weitzman Minx Wedges are discounted from $425 to $170 at 6 p.m. A hat tip to the lovely What Kate Wore for sharing on Twitter. Another of Kate's favourites - the Stuart Weitzman Wedges are also reduced from $425 to $232.

Stuart Weitzman

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And with that, a reminder we'll see you on Sunday night when William and Kate make their debut at the glittering BAFTAs. It promises to be a glamorous, star-studded night with a host of celebrities joining the royal couple on the red carpet. Red carpet arrivals will be Live Streamed on Facebook between 4.30 pm and 6.30 pm (click here to visit the FB page). The awards will be broadcast on BBC One at 9 pm. We recently chatted about what Kate may wear and took a cursory look at styles from Kate's designers. Several readers noted they would love to see Kate in a repeat styled differently on the night. Should that happen, I'm very much hoping for her black velvet strapless McQueen gown - everything about it screams regal elegance. Our reader Rebecca suggested teaming it with an updo, diamonds, a red lip and a clutch. How great would that look? I would love to see Kate wear her emeralds with it too.

Do you have any fashion predictions for Sunday?

68 comments:

  1. These polls are among my favorite posts on this blog! Charlotte, I wonder if it might be helpful to link back to the original poll when announcing each winner in this post, so that we can go back to recall all the contenders for best dress, or best separates, etc. I would like that, if it's not too much trouble. Thank you for putting this together!

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    1. Hello eclaires,

      A brilliant idea - I'll do it right away :)

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  2. Thanks for the new post! I love seeing the results from the votes. Unfortunately I always forget which dresses and outfits I vote for. While I did vote for Jenny Packham but most of us did! I can't wait for Sunday. I would love if Kate wore a gorgeous new dress for Sunday! Show the actresses up! lol
    What I would also LOVE if her and William stop and Pose for the cameras! They did it for their India Tour, why can't they do it for the BAFTAs?!

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    1. A little while back ago someone from the vistors What Kate Wore FB page shared a link of a replikate of the blue Roland Mouret for about $60 or so. And it had my size of 16. I was so close to buying it but I thought I should check my money in the back 1st. Sadly I didn't have enough bc it was right before pay day and when I went back again it was sold out. I so wish I had that money!
      I don't have many regrets in life but not having the extra cash for this dress is one of them ;)

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    2. Agree Emily :) Especially since William is President, stopping to turn to the press corps covering the event is important. It just takes a moment, it doesn't need to be a celebrity pose-a-thon!

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  3. Personally I hope she wears a sexy and glamorous gown with straight-out-of-the-royal-vault jewels to match! It's about time, and would distinguish her from the actresses and other celebrities :)

    Of all the years William finally decides to attend though, it's this year, which could be a tough one. According to The Guardian, the BBC is bracing for politics to overrun the podium, such a shame in my mind but that's where we are. William and Kate will have to spend the next 48 hours working on their very best poker faces, the cameras will be eager to catch even a whiff of a reaction.

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    1. Appearantly it's the 70th jubilee or something. And galas are always a space where people use podiums for politics/social justice issues. They have a platform and they use it. Fair enough. William and Kate won't have to do anything special for that. They have both been in more difficult politically sensitive situations than this.

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    2. My opinion I don't think a party to honor actors and films is the place but that's just me. Celebrities always have a platform, hold a press conference if you want to give a speech on politics. And I do think this is a higher profile controversy than the Cambridges have faced before. People will probably do a Meryl Streep anti Trump even anti USA and TRump is months away from visiting the royals. William an for Kate will be front and center and can't react to any of that.

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    3. Julia from Leominster11 February 2017 at 15:54

      I do hope no politics - there are other forums for those who want to speak. Making entertainment events about politics is simply sad for me - making it unhappy for those who disagree on the political issue but who might wish to watch - and quite honestly, who cares what these people think. They have no more reason to express views outside their profession than any of us should. It changes no one's mind but simply divides people, as some of these issues have done, and endless complaining and protesting simply becomes noise.

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    4. So very well said. Thank you, Julia.

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    5. I agree Julia. It's inappropriate and tacky.

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    6. Rebecca I disagree, I don't think William or Kate have ever been in a situation like this because I'm not sure I've seen a political storm like this in my lifetime. (and remember I'm older than your mum!) Compounded by the fact that they're about to help host the President who will likely be the target of many speeches.

      Whether it's the addition of social media or what I don't know, but it's a very volatile and charged time. We saw it right here when a statement about liking someone's dress caused a small ruckus.

      My fear is they *may* be walking into a minefield and I do feel for them, I don't think it's appropriate because I don't think an awards podium is the place for spouting off. As Julia said, I can imagine the swift discipline a normal worker might face if they went off at a business luncheon.

      I know many Brits more worked up over the American election than many Americans, not sure why, so I expect it may be quite a vocal evening and provide some awkwardness for the royal guests. Frankly I think behind the scenes at KP and BP they may be sweating a little over what may come out at the podium. Someone gives a rousing political speech and the audience stands and applauds, but W&K sit stone faced with their hands in their laps? Or do they smile a little and nod? Either image could be construed so differently in the news. It's really most unfair to William & Kate, they'll be in a no win situation.

      I expect the BAFTA bosses will have said some things, but I suspect it will fall on deaf ears. Hopefully the attendees remember the purpose of the evening and don't go off the rails. I'm not holding my breath.

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    7. Julia from Leominster11 February 2017 at 18:12

      Whilst I agree with Rebecca that William and Kate will have greater challenges, I don't see restricting political speech from a non-political event as inhibiting freedom of speech. We here have agreed not to discuss specific politics and some blogs like OSS have actively asked they not be discussed. That doesn't mean any of us can't express our views in a proper location, just that these blogs, because of their specified topics, aren't the place to do so.

      The same should be true of awards shows in my opinion - they are about giving credit to talent, not about political views of any sort - and those who do speak out are putting themselves forward as more important than the average person simply because they have a given talent. To me this is wrong and potentially embarrassing to royal patrons who must be non-political and who will be left in the difficult position of whether to clap to support these people. But the BBC has permitted it so all I can do is not watch and limit my participation to what Kate wears.

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    8. Julia, I couldn't agree more. Not the time and place. IMO it's like a bunch of narcissists hijacking an event and using it to spread their own agenda to educate those "less fortunate ".

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    9. I just saw a headline that said BAFTA or BBC bosses told stars it's ok to bash Trump but keep it short. So Williams been put in a bad spot. He'll have to sit as another head of state and powerful ally is attacked. He'll get "Will does nothing as American Pres is attacked" or if God Forbid he's caught smiling or clapping "Will joins in as American Pres is attacked" Awkward night fornsure

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    10. I'd rather hear a political speech than just another long list of random names like acceptance speeches usually are.

      I think if there was any concern over William and Kate having to listen to political speeches then they wouldn't have agreed to go. These are turbulent times and every award show this year has featured political speeches, so it's not like they don't know what they're getting in to.

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  4. Mary in Nebraska, USA10 February 2017 at 23:00

    I love the polls! They are worth all of your hard work. I would love to see Kate's gorgeous emeralds with the black velvet McQueen. I've wondered if there is a matching necklace. The BAFTAs would be a great place to show them off!

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  5. I covet those sneakers...they're actually pretty cool for New Balance! :P Thank you for the poll results, Charlotte, I got 3 out of 5...not bad! Hurry up BAFTAs! It would be my dream come true to see her in that strapless McQueen with those emeralds...sigh ♥

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  6. yeah im looking forward to see her and BAFTAs these sunday yeah she will be slaying those a lister celebrity there

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  7. I think the above photo of Kate in the Roland Mouret would make a beautiful oil portrait.

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  8. Thanks Charlotte! It's so hard to think about which would I rather see? Amazing jewels on Kate or a new dress! They are both equally exciting to think about. If she goes with a repeat the black McQueen is exquisite but I'd also like to see the teal Packham gown.

    Definitely those emeralds would be lovely again. How often could she possibly wear them? A diamond bracelet please.

    Hoping to hear - soon - that she's handing out shamrocks on March 17th. :-)

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    1. I would vote jewels over dress I think. Just because there are less chances for fabolous jewelry!

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    2. I'd love to see the black gown with diamonds and an updo. Or perhaps the gold sequined gown she wore after George was born (also with an updo).

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    3. I love that gold sequined Jenny Packham gown as well, maybe we'll see it again tonight?

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    4. Fingers crossed, KG. Kate never recycled the gold sequined gown so it *is* a possibility.....

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  9. Julia from Leominster11 February 2017 at 10:32

    Lovely choices all, much as I voted. The blue gown was most striking although both repeat Packhams were excellent too - the blush not well served by the photo.

    We were spoilt for choice by the coats - I loved the Walker but would have liked it a bit longer, just to the knee middle.

    On the dresses, I thought they were all amazing, the Casaola was so dramatic I went for it but the Packham wonderful too.

    Separates was the most difficult, the Walker suit had issues to me - although potentially lovely. The Eponine was my choice - very Sixties. The Banana Republic outfit wanted a necklace.

    Even the losers had their place. The Saloni right for the occasion, the Bennett coat just poorly styled, with that hat, and the Ferretti portraits are lovely. Some other nice photos here too - the one of Kate with George mussed hair - and the one with the children giving her flowers.

    We've started the year with some interesting choices - will be fun to see what comes in new and repeats.

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    1. The Casasola was my fave by a mile. So dramatic and breathtaking it's how she used to look all the time such a nice break from some of her more mumsy looks

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    2. Not a single one that I voted for won. What truly surprises me is that white dress. I guess everyone except me loves it. I do not like it at all; the only nice thing I can say is I liked her shoes that day. While I think it's great she got out of the box a bit with that one, it's not to my personal taste at all. I also think that white blouse and graphic print skirt does not flatter her silhouette although the outfit itself is very nice.

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    3. Bluhare, you are not the only one. The white Casasola dress was not a favorite look of mine either. I am very glad she tried something different--going out on a limb once in a while is always nice. And the dress is, for lack of a better word, yikes, sexy in a sense. That said, there is something about it that I can't put my finger on that feels off. Maybe it is the fact of it's being very form-fitting but with a sort of bulky material, so somehow not very graceful... I'm not sure... But I am with you in not rating it as highly as others have :-)

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    4. Thank you Christen! Glad to see someone else agrees. I'm going to get my French dictionary out and read a bit on Dans le boudoir later!

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    5. Bluhare, Casasola dress wasn't a favourite of mine either although it was an interesting change. But I did vote for Jenny Packham as the best designer and for the Rouland Mouret, so I'm more than satisfied because I'm not very knowledgeable about fashion and I like most clothes Kate wears :)

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    6. I like most things Kate wears too, Zora. I used to spend much more time with fashion than I do now, but I think what I really don't like about the white dress is it reminds of these doilys my grandmother used to have.

      I loved that Preen dress; I think I voted for it, although I did prefer it in red.

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    7. Bluhare, it seems you are not alone at all, and I join too. That white dress was different and sexy, but still not my favourite to vote for.

      I have scored only one, the blue Catherine Walker. I just loved the colour. Though I am fully aware of the creases and it is such a shame.

      Also agree on the white blouse/graphic skirt combo, each nice, but something is off.

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    8. Bluhare I am with you in the Fellowship of Dislikers of Casasola White Dress, also if saying it I know I contradict your limerick rhyme...

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    9. Ha, Paola! I think you've stumped me. I'm having real trouble doing a limerick about the Fellowship of Dislikers of Casasola White Dress!

      Fellowship of Dislikers of Casasola White Dress
      Said oh lord, that one is a mess!
      What could have been nice and full of (something) spice
      Looked more like (something something something)

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    10. It is a very understandable trouble Bluhare, indeed. How can you write a limerick with such a long verse to begin with? I am breathless after only the first two words. Fellowship of dislikers, I will try how it pronounces on google translator...

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    11. Bluhare I consulted the google oracle and believe me, the poor girl talking in the pc sounded overworked just after saying 'fellowship'!

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  10. I always enjoy your polls Charlotte....it's fun looking back at the fashions from the past year, including the repeats ;)
    Can't wait to see Kate at the BAFTAs tomorrow! Although it's usually not her style, I hope she goes full-on glam with loads of jewels! The necklace she wore with the black velvet McQueen was very unique. Wouldn't mind seeing it again with that gown and an updo, so we can have a better look at it.

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  11. Thank you so much, as always, Charlotte, for the polls. They are just such fun.

    While I voted for the Catherine Walker mist blue coat as my favorite (though I agree with Julia--would have loved to see it a tad longer, to the mid-knee), I also really like the Michael Kors navy twill swing coat, and was curious as to how that did. The lines of the coat were just so lovely, it hung so well.

    Can't wait for the BAFTAs. Overall consensus seems to be, if a repeat, the black velvet gown is a must!! Will she do that or a bright or pastel color? The anticipation is rising!!!

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  12. Lovely results with the polls, and my favorites won. The Mouret and Casasola were my picks too, along with Jenny Packham. Looking forward to the BAFTA's. Hope Kate knocks it out of the ball park.

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  13. I would so very much love to see the black velvet dress with a truly sexy updo, red lipstick, and some very serious bling like others have said. But as much as I admire and support Kate, I am not going to get my hopes up. I have before and have been so disappointed. Even so, I can't help it, I still already have butterflies about tomorrow night, lol. Not that she doesn't always look nice, but I want to see some "cant-deny-it-all-around-winner" with some lavish, serious bling showcased to perfection. So, I am going to carefully peek around the corner of the blog Sunday night and hope not to be super disappointed. I have had such high expectations before, and often, to no avail. So I just keep referring back to the blue Roland Mouret, the black velvet, the off-white Roland Mouret and the pink Jenny Packham for encouragement and inspiration, hoping she will even go above and beyond those. She is an all around lovely woman and certainly has the potential. So much potential. Please dazzle us dear Princess Kate. The world awaits. :) 👑

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  14. Not a prediction per se, but I very much hope we see Kate in an updo and major jewels. Likely? Almost certainly not - but a girl can dream.

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  15. I would love to see the black velvet with the The Nizam of Hyderabad necklace and some nice earrings. She looked great wearing the necklace back in 2014 with the ink blue JP gown (another one of my absolute favorites)

    http://orderofsplendor.blogspot.com/2014/02/royal-outfit-of-day-february-12.html

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    1. The Nizam of Hyderabad is an amazing piece, Julie! Such a shame it was covered up by her long hair when she wore it with the Packham gown. It would work well with the strapless look of the McQueen and an updo...there's so many fantastic suggestions here, I wish Kate would do more glamorous events so she can show off the the jewels in the royal vault!

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    2. Did you notice the date of the initial wear, Feb 12th! Wouldn't it be neat if she wore it on the same date again 3 years later!

      Her hair needs to be up though this time to do the necklace justice

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    3. Julia from Leominster12 February 2017 at 16:04

      The Nizam is a gorgeous piece but there were several problems when Kate wore it, even beyond her hair. It was wrong for the neckline of the Packham gown, wrong for the style of the gown, looked very fiddly on her, and was too short for Kate's neck - which I suspect many of the queen's pieces will be as the queen is tiny and famed for shortening them. I would hope she saved what was removed for the future but know in some cases they were turned into other jewels like earrings.

      I agree if anything would work for Kate with the Nizam, an updo with the Mcqueen gown would be the best choice with the shape and style of that neckline. It would complement the "fiddly" quality of that necklace. But the length is still an issue unless fixed - and why not since the queen is unlikely to wear it again. And over on OSS at the time, I think, someone observed that white diamonds come in different shades and the stones of that necklace were not the best shade on Kate. So we shall see.
      On the positive side, I think some of the more contemporary jewels from the Middle East that don't suit the queen would look fabulous on Kate. I'm particularly thinking of that loop sapphire necklace, just over on the Jewel Vault list of some of the queen's best sapphires. Some wanted to see that necklace remodelled but I think it lovely, with wonderful stones, just not right for the queen. With the right gown, it would look amazing on Kate.

      Another gown I would love to see warn and could be remade even is the one Kate wore in Singapore. A different overdress or underdress would make it into a complete new gown.

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  16. I'm torn but I think it might be possible. The events outside state occations she has brought bling and such was Bafta in LA and Museum in NY and the James Bond premiere. So I think there might be a precedent for her to glam up for events that are more glitzy and not for charity or something like that. But trying not to get my hopes up :P

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    1. This was supposed to be under Rachels 21.04 comment. In case it's confusing :P

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  17. There are way too many pretty dresses out there to pick out a few I wish to see her in. But I have some more repeats that might work (other than the black velvet dream!).

    One thought Ive had is that her Wedding Reception dress could work! Without the cardigan. Either just strapless or with a capelet like this: http://www.needleandthread.com/uk/all-womenswear/tops/porcelain-blue-ballet-cape
    Or a top like this: http://www.needleandthread.com/uk/all-womenswear/tops/supernova-top-1676

    The green McQueen she wore when pregnant with George for the sport gala thingy is something I mention every time because I really want to see her wear it when she's feeling alright and it looks really cool!

    But repeat or new, big jewels or not, she always look pretty. But I hope for some extra "zing" tomorrow :P

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    1. I'd like to see the green McQueen again too, Rebecca. Maybe with the emeralds? I think the colour and the slit in the gown would make a real impact at the BAFTAs.

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    2. I love your idea about the wedding reception dress with a cape or top, especially the Needle and Thread supernova top. That would be super gorgeous :-) I have thought before I would love to see that dress again, but couldn't come up with how to accessorize it so it seemed appropriately updated and not "this-is-a-re-wear-of-a-wedding-reception-dress." Your idea is perfect!

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    3. That second dress is beautiful! It would be a lovely choice for Kate.

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    4. I agree. I like both of them;slightly different colors and those would look really nice.

      Sheesh, I can't believe it. I'm talking clothes.

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    5. Am I a bad influence on you bluhare? :P

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    6. :P indeed, Rebecca! I even clicked the links!!!

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  18. Oh, how fantastic are these polls? Thank you so much Charlotte for running them - they're always really fascinating and I look forward to them so much. For once, all my favourites either won or were in the top three, so I'm super thrilled this time!

    As far as the BAFTAs go, she hasn't worn cream so far in 2017, so if it's to be a repeat, I would like to see her original Roland Mouret dress again (styled more like the first time she wore it than the second) and if it's to be something new I would just loooove to see her in that beautiful McQueen dress with the chiffon over the bodice and sleeves that you showed on the blog a few days ago Charlotte - that could be a real stunner. I'd also like to see her bring back the emerald lace Jenny Packham gown from just before the Olympics in 2012, but I think I might be pushing my luck with that one in February (brrrr!).

    I wonder if we can read anything into whether she wears a repeat or not. If she wears something like the midnight blue Jenny Packham again (dark colour and multiple outings already), do you think that might mean there was an element of truth in the rumours about her 'upstaging' the actresses? Likewise, if she turns up in something brand new with loads of bling, can we assume once and for all that the rumours were utter nonsense? Either way, I can't wait to see what she chooses!

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  19. I think if Kate repeats she might go with one of these and no major jewelry. The pale blue Packman worn to James Bond, or the silver silk Packman she wore to the National Memorial Appeal. I'd love to see the pale blue packman again. ali

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  20. Maggie - Minneapolis12 February 2017 at 00:33

    I think there was a(nother) debate about what to call Kate in the comments of the last post, so I just wanted to point out that the Kensington Palace gift shop is now selling a coloring book with a title that calls her 'Kate'. If official royal fundraising markets her that way, I really don't see how anyone can disagree with the general public/media also calling her Kate.

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    1. Well, it is directed at children so no issues there.

      But is it on the shelf next to "Cams" mug? Inquiring minds want to know. 😉

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  21. If anyone from Stuart Weitzman is reading this, how about a version of the corkswoons for us gals who prefer walking on the ground floor? Pleeease....😀😊😃😄

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    1. Haha yes, royalfan! I do like my ankles & I wouldn't dare attempt to wear those wedges at that height, I don't know how Kate does it...

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    2. Hahahaha 😍😍😍
      Great idea!!!

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  22. Thank you Charlotte for the post. Do enjoy the retrospective of all the beautiful clothes and fun to see what we as readers liked. On the BAFTAS I would expect William to behave stoically just as the Queen did when Diana's brother lambasted the Royal Family. It is not his position to make a statement either way regardless of what the stars choose to say. He is there as patron to celebrate achievement in the arts. For that reason I would expect Kate to be understatedly elegant with a repeat dress and some bling but not dripping. Sadly though I would love to see the black velvet again I think she will go with a pastel that cannot possibly be construed as a political comment so perhaps the Houghton Hall dress or Spectre dress.

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  23. Fun doing the polls and seeing the results. Thanks again, Charlotte!

    I am so SO hoping for a new look tonight and dripping with jewels but I'd be surprised if that's the case. Can't wait either way!

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  24. Hello,

    The BAFTA red carpet live stream has begun and will be covering arrivals for the next two hours

    https://www.facebook.com/bafta/

    I'll post a very quick 'First Look' photo on the blog as soon as one becomes available. It looks like it's going to be a great night :)

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    1. You do not even know how much I like your blog 😍

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  25. Watching the red carpet live and most of the women look freezing!

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