Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Duchess Kate to Return to Engagements for World Mental Health Day & Our Stylists' Premiere Looks (Part 2)

Good evening, dear readers,

We're back with news Kensington Palace confirmed Kate will join William and Harry on 10 October, World Mental Health Day, at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the contribution of those working in the mental-health sector across the UK. The event will recognise the progress, hard work and dedication of those determined to raise awareness of mental health issues over many years. The Palace added: "It will also provide an opportunity for Their Royal Highnesses to thank those from the sector for the support they provide to so many going through difficult times in their lives."

News of the event broke yesterday, when an invitee who works in the field of mental health shared his invitation on Twitter. With the engagement common knowledge on social media it's possible this was one of the reasons for confirming, however, I don't believe they would have mentioned Kate unless it's thought there's a strong possibility she'll be there.

With the Duchess unwell, Kensington Palace have been taking planned events on a case-by-case basis. The news is the first indication Kate is beginning to feel a little better. Perhaps based on the patterns of her previous pregnancies, it's felt she will be well enough to resume engagements in October. I understand there is to be a continued firm focus on mental health with the next stage of Heads Together getting underway. Kate will want to be very much involved in that and in carrying out their intended schedule for the campaign, if she's well enough. More from royal reporter Victoria Murphy:

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Events marking World Mental Health Day are becoming a staple for the Cambridges. In 2015 they marked the day at an event hosted by the organisation MIND at London's Harrow College.

In 2016, the royal trio marked the day with a special Heads Together event. They had the opportunity to meet with people who had received help from a relative, colleague or friend in crucial moments in their lives, and the person who provided that support. They also gave a joint speech on the campaign which was in its very early stages at the time.

With today's news, one imagines the November tour will likely go ahead as scheduled. We'll keep you updated on further calendar changes.


Next, we're taking a look at the second portion of submissions for the Duchess to wear to the royal premiere of James Bond movie Royal Flush. In previous years, we focused on white-tie affairs such as state banquets (something we'll likely return to next year). It's been tremendously interesting to see your take on black tie, and the looks fit in incredibly well with the movie and the general theme!

Bluefire - Bluefire chose a Rosa Clará long tailored gown with a boat neckline and a scene-stealing jewelled back (we show the front of the dress in red, as a product shot wasn't available in the chosen colourway). To finish the look it's Stuart Weitzman Sensual Sandals and the Tory Burch Jamie Bag.

Alaina from NJ - A navy embellished gown from Marchesa Notte with a scoop back is styled with Kate's Gianvito Rossi Suede Mary Jane Pumps. Alaina accessorised with the dazzling Annoushka Dusty Diamonds Topaz Drop Earrings and a London blue topaz bracelet.

Darla - Darla selected a strapless Carolina Herrera gown with a fitted bodice, pockets and a flowing skirt from the Bridal Spring 2018 Collection. We've seen Kate take gowns from Bridal collections before and have them customised in bespoke colours - exactly what Darla would do - in sapphire blue. Diana's seven strand pearl and sapphire choker adds a serious injection of regal sparkle.

Lily - "The white version of Roland Mouret's Cheveley gown would look simply stunning on Kate." The Pre-Fall 2017 floor-length gown is styled with Jimmy Choo Collar Stiletto Sandals, Forest Of Chintz Ocean Mini Audiere blue clutch and the earrings and bracelet from Princess Diana's Oman Sapphire and Diamond suite.

Downton Abbey Fan - The After Six Satin & Chiffon Gown, described as "Radiant satin highlights every curve in the tailored keyhole bodice of this memorable gown, balanced by an airy A-line skirt". Downton Abbey Fan accessorised with Kate's Jimmy Choo Vamp Sandals, the L.K. Bennett Frances Blue Satin Clutch, The Queen's Diamond Cluster earrings and wedding gift bracelet.

Louise, London - "For the evening event, because it is a film premiere rather than a state event, I'd like to see Kate wear something more like her pre-engagement style." The look features the turquoise Matthew Williamson One-shoulder pleated silk-chiffon gown, Kate's cream Prada sandals, Kiki green tourmaline and kunzite earrings, Queen Mary's diamond bangles worn on Kate's left wrist and the Dolce & Gabbana painted wood clutch.

Bluhare - "William will not be wearing a tux at my event. He will be wearing a black or very dark grey suit, with black shoes, and a tie that contrasts with Kate's outfit." Bluhare chose a black dress with a sparkling pop of pink by Carmen Marc Valvo. The sleeveless cocktail length dress features a full skirt. Bluhare accessorised the piece with Christian Louboutin Marylineska Eelskin & Leather Ankle-Strap Sandals, a hot pink Chanel clutch and pink sapphire earrings. The look is completed with black satin short gloves.

Little Miss Sunshine - "I decided to go for a different colour palette than Kate's usual evening looks, and combine it with the Temple of Heaven earrings she already owns." Little Miss Sunshine selected the Roland Mouret Addover Gown in pink acetate from the 2017 Pre-Fall collection with the L.K. Bennett Lindy clutch, Ralph Lauren Tarah sandals and yellow gold cuff from Johannes Hunter jewellers.

S. from E. - "I wanted to give the outfit for a James Bond premiere a patriotic touch by adding a sparkly union jack clutch from McQueen. Since this is not as formal as a state banquet, a slit in the dress is totally appropriate and adds some va-va-voom." We see a red off-the-shoulder jersey gown from David's Bridal with Kate's Jimmy Choo Dart Sandals and the Duchess of Teck earrings.

Snarrbucks - Snarrbucks chose the Carmen Marc Valvo Floral Halter Neck Floor-Length Gown, Stuart Weitzman Nudist Goosebump Suede Sandals, the Bottega Veneta Woven Satin Clutch and Queen Victoria's Crown Ruby earrings.

Julie from NC - "A burgundy Cameron Blake lace A-line gown with lace slight cap sleeves, lace sweetheart neckline, ruched crisscross bodice accented with hand-beaded applique at side." Julie styled it with Gianvito Rossi Mesh Ankle Strap Pumps and a dazzling statement necklace. Julie added "Earrings are custom made to include one of the pink round stone at top rolled by leaves drop to match the necklace".

Deb from Brazil - "Playing stylist is so much fun, I really wanted to take part in it. However, I have very little free time. I wish I had more time to look for accessories, shoes, etc, but unfortunately, I can't." Deb chose a flowing burgundy one-shoulder Elie Saab gown for the premiere from the Ready-to-Wear Fall 2014 Collection.

Royalfan - Royalfan selected the Carolina Herrera Sequined Illusion Tulle Gown with a v neckline and keyhole back. The gown is styled with Stuart Weitzman Nudistsong Sandals, a royal blue clutch and Harry Winston jewels.

Tammy from California - "The dress: I know it's very simple, but with ruffles and lace being all the rage I think the clean lines are elegant". We have the Alfred Sung Strapless High/Low Sateen Twill Gown, the Christian Louboutin Douce Du Desert Ankle Tie Pump and antique bohemian garnet earrings.

Ballina from Austria - Ballina would love to see Kate wearing the slinky emerald green Galvan Halteneck Silk-Satin Gown. The gown with a self-tie halterneck and sharp, cutaway shoulders is teamed with the Rupert Sanderson Pinka pumps, a Judith Leiber Couture clutch and pink fringed earrings by Katerina Makriyianni.

Indigoisle - Indigoisle picked a gown by Jenny Packham for the premiere. "Cut from figure-skimming dusty-blue crepe, this ethereal gown is detailed with an off-white lace and sheer beige tulle bodice sprinkled with sparkling crystals and sequins." It's accessorised with the Sophia Webster Clara embellished gold-tone box clutch and Kiki Blue Topaz and Diamond Drop earrings.

Mary from CR - Mary would love to see the return of the beautiful grecian lavender Alexander McQueen gown Kate wore for a BAFTA event in Los Angeles in 2011. She accessorised it with Gianvito Rossi Glam Twist sandals and the Queen's Amethyst earrings.

Smiley - "I picked a golden dress as Kate cannot wear this colour for tiara occasions like state banquets because all the tiaras, earrings, necklaces, etc from the royal collection are silver or white gold so this would not match at all." Smiley chose the Zuhair Murad Embroidered Cap-Sleeve Flared Gown, Kate's brown Emmy Shoes pumps, Kate's Catherine Zoraida 'Spread your Wings' bracelet and Kiki Smoky Quartz and Diamond Cushion Drop earrings.

KM Fan - KM Fan also looked to the amazing Zuhair Murad - choosing the One-shoulder embellished tulle and silk-blend chiffon gown. It's styled with the Jimmy Choo Marianne Glittered Leather Sandals and the Celeste clutch. The look is completed with antique sapphire earrings.

BethNY - It's the very princessy Monique Lhuillier One Shoulder Asymmetrical Gown: "Rendered in baby blue silk, this one shouldered gown features a high low cascading skirt and delicate floral embroidery." It's paired with the Gianvito Rossi Portofino Suede Ankle-Strap Sandals, Kate's black McQueen clutch, the Queen's wedding gift bracelet and Carole Middleton's blue topaz chandelier earrings by Robinson Pelham.

Inez from Sweden - "In my mind I was picturing the premiere in the winter so I wanted to go for a wintery theme. Perhaps the premiere of the next Fantastic Beasts movie." Inez would love to see Kate in a full-length version of the black floral print Paolo Sebastian dress below with Gianvito Rossi Suede pumps, the L.K. Bennett Nina clutch and the Queen's Pear Drop earrings.

Gabi K - Gabi presented her look in a graphic featuring a sleeveless Balenciaga gown with peplum detail, Kate's Jimmy Choo Vamp pumps, a black Prada clutch, the Queen's (enormously popular) wedding gift bracelet and Robinson Pelham earrings.

Please don't hesitate to let me know if any pieces in your look are incorrect. We'll look at all remaining looks in Part 3 :)

Monday, 18 September 2017

Kate Supports New Mental Health Campaign & It's Time to Look at Our Stylists' Choices for a Date with 007 (Part 1)

Amidst a flurry of engagements announcements for Prince William, Kensington Palace tweeted "The Duchess of Cambridge has shown her support for 'You're Never Too Young to Talk Mental Health' – the new campaign by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families". The campaign features a new animated film with an introduction by the Duchess.

During the introduction, Kate said she is proud to support the campaign: "Sometimes, it's just a simple conversation that can make things better."

The full text of the introduction.

Talking Mental Health is an animation designed to help begin conversations about mental health in the classroom and beyond. The animation and accompanying resources have been created by a team of animators, children, teachers and clinicians, and is being taught to year 5 and 6 children around the UK. You can view it in its entirety here.

On their website the Anna Freud centre shares more on the campaign: "Our child mental health experts have also developed a booklet: ‘Supporting mental health and wellbeing in schools’, a series of expert advice films which offer practical guidance about what teachers can do in the classroom to support mental health, and what to do if they are concerned about a child and a leaflet for parents and carers offering tips to talking mental health with children. All our resources will be free to access online through our Schools in Mind networks."

The message was recorded in January during Kate's visit to the centre's Early Years Parenting Unit to learn more about their work with families who have children under five years old. The Duchess wore a blue belted Eponine London coat for the day.

It's great to see the Anna Freud Centre launching this campaign with support from Kate. Of course, the centre is one of the eight charity partners of Heads Together. I understand William, Kate and Harry's mental health campaign is due to progress to its next phase in October. As previously mentioned several engagements have been announced for William until the end of the month including the premiere of Blue Planet 2, which I expect Kate was due to attend as it's the BBC's landmark Natural History series and will be attended by Sir David Attenborough. The Duchess is patron of the NHM. Kate remains very poorly, so one imagines it's a case of William stepping in.


In some ways, it feels an age since we began our 'Styling Kate' series in early August. So much has happened within the Royal family, from Prince William beginning a new phase in his life as a full-time royal, Prince George beginning school and, of course, the major surprise announcement the Duchess is expecting. Elsewhere within the Royal family, Prince Harry is continuing to develop his role, with the hugely successful Invictus Games kicking off on Saturday. His personal life also appears to have fallen perfectly into place. Prince Philip officially retired; there's been quite the staff shake up followed by continued reports of infighting within the royal households. Yes, it's been a rather interesting month for royal watchers :) We've been thoroughly enjoying a look at your submissions for Royal Ascot, but it's now time to turn our attention to the glamorous evening ensembles you prepared for the Duchess to wear for the royal premiere of the latest James Bond movie Royal Flush at the Albert Hall. For a sparkling evening with 007, acclaimed actors and leading figures in the business, we wanted 'wow' factor looks - and you all certainly fulfilled that brief. Something about royal premieres and glitzy evening events fits in so wonderfully with the current change in seasons, when one sees the leaves changing colour and the cooler, darker evenings descending. Such events on the royal calendar are now indelibly linked with the build up to the close of the year. I'm thinking of the Diplomatic Reception, Royal Variety Performance, galas for charitable organisations... Without further delay, let's take a look at your choices!

Phyl - Phyl chose pieces from several of Kate's go-to brands and designers for her look, which she assembled on Polyvore. Below, we see the purple Roland Mouret Lely Stretch-Crepe Gown featuring the label's signature asymmetric neckline. The look is accessorised with the Jimmy Choo Anouk Glitter Pumps, Oscar de la Renta earrings and the L.K. Bennett Cecilia clutch. The look is completed with a nod to Bond - Santa Maria Novella Melograno perfume - used by Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale.

Silverdiver - The dark forest green Jenny Packham Long-Sleeve V-Neck Beaded Tulle Gown is teamed with Jimmy Choo Lance Sandals with crystals, the champagne Jimmy Choo Finley clutch, The Queen's Emerald Pendant Earrings and the Delhi Durbar Necklace.

FL Lady - FL Lady also chose Jenny Packham - opting for the designer's Half-Sleeve Embellished Gown in Black Abusson Blue. The gown featuring a jewel neckline is styled with the L.K. Bennett Agata Sandals in black, Kate's L.K. Bennett Frome clutch, Kate's Robinson Pelham wedding earrings and The Queen's South African Diamond Necklace and Bracelet.

Sofy - Sofy chose a sweeping green strapless embellished gown from Tony Ward's Fall 2016 Collection with a green jewelled Prada clutch, Queen Victoria's Emerald Fringe Earrings and The Godman Necklace.

Helen in Indiana - Helen shared her look via Polyvore, choosing the Michelle Mason One-shoulder cutout silk-charmeuse midi dress. It is described as "The antique-rose color of Michelle Mason's dress feels fresh and feminine, while the silk-charmeuse fabric beautifully skims the figure." It would be worn with red pumps, a Fendi Wallet, a Swarovski Crystal Brooch Necklace and matching earrings.

Anon 15 - Taken by the popularity of violet/purple hues on the blog, Anon 15 selected a purple one-shoulder Monique Lhuillier gown. It is accessorised with Saint Laurent Amber Metallic Leather Ankle-Strap Sandals, the Christian Louboutin So Kate clutch and antique amethyst drop earrings.

Rebecca - Sweden - Rebecca chose the Suzannah Sculpted Fifties Influence Floor Length Strapless Gown inspired by an archived couture gown. The gown would be worn with the Jimmy Choo Lance Sandals and Kate's Packham Casa clutch (the same one she carried to the Bond SPECTRE premiere). For jewellery, Rebecca went digging in the royal vaults choosing The Queen Mother's Sapphire and Diamond Fringe Earrings, The Queen's Sapphire and Diamond 18th Birthday Bracelet and Diana's Saudi Sapphire Necklace.

Kate - Kate shared her look via Polyvore featuring a vivid red draped gown by Emanuel Ungaro. "This Emanuel Ungaro Draped Gown is rendered in sexy, slinky viscose and features a one shoulder sash that highlights the décolletage and drapes over the shoulder into a muted, train-like flowing finish." It's styled with Kate's Jimmy Choo Vamp pumps, ruby and diamond bracelet and the earrings Kate wore to the 'Our Greatest Team Rises' gala in 2012.

Sonja from Bavaria - "I discovered this gorgeous brand called Talbot Runhof and they had this gown which was just... perfection! The pleats, the beading, everything is so 'Kate' yet a little departure from her usual style which I really like. The combination of these champagne/rosy hues with a bold autumnal bordeaux would just look so sophisticated and elegant - perfect for Kate!" Below we see the soft pink Talbot Runhof gown styled with the dusty rose Jimmy Choo Lucy pumps, a Ted Baker clutch and Portero 14k Rose Gold Mother of Pearl Diamond Large Dangle Earrings. Sonja would complete the look with crimson lipstick and nail polish.

April Girl - April Girl opted for a look one might describe as uncharted territory for the Duchess - a jumpsuit! The chic Adina Pink Off-The-Shoulder Jumpsuit from Reiss is styled with the light grey Reiss Broadway Suede Belt, Aspinal of London Eaton Clutch, Prada Scalloped Sandals, the Monica Vinader Nura Teardrop Long Cocktail Earrings and Queen Mary's Diamond Indian Bangle Bracelets.

Julia from Leominster - Husband and wife duo Julia and Leo worked together on their Bond premiere look. Below, we see the Catherine Walker Estella jade green georgette leaf evening dress with crystal hand embroidered borders. It's styled with seafoam green pointy toe Jimmy Choo pumps, a blue butterfly clutch from Etsy and The Queen's Opal earrings.

Melissa, UK - Melissa turned to Kate's favourite fashion house, Alexander McQueen, for her premiere look. The red Shoulder Drape Backless Gown is sleeveless with a pleated bodice. The dress is teamed with the Jimmy Choo Lang pumps and Trinket clutch. To finish the ensemble, it's Queen Victoria's Crown Ruby Earrings and the Queen's Wedding Gift Bracelet.

Molly Claire - Molly Claire opted for the shimmering Temperley London Wild Horse Gold Dress, adorned with sequins and scattered with hand-embroidered flowers. The ensemble also includes red patent Jimmy Choo Lance pumps, a velvet envelope clutch from Dries van Noten, the Queen's ruby and diamond earrings and Diana's gold charm bracelet.

Imqrious2 - Imqrious2 would love to see the Duchess wearing a one-shoulder emerald green gown with a belted waist, adorned with sequin details by Elie Saab. The Fall 2013 couture gown would be worn with statement emerald, sapphire and diamond earrings, Manolo Blahnik Racia Sandals and the very 'movie premiere appropriate' Judith Leiber Couture Camera Clutch Bag.

Hannah - Like Melissa, Hannah was taken with the the gorgeous Alexander McQueen Should Drape Backless Gown. Hannah accessorised the gown with Kate's much loved Jimmy Choo Vamp Sandals, the Panthiére de Cartier bracelet and Kate's emerald earrings.

Maria in Germany - Maria selected a sleeveless Zuhair Murad Satin Ballgown with Beaded Roses with a deep v neckline. The look is styled with Kate's black Prada pumps, the Jimmy Choo champagne glitter Fie clutch and Queen Victoria's Crown Ruby Earrings.

Marci in Utah - Like me, Marci loved the teal Jenny Packham gown with exquisite sheer lace detailing, Kate wore in 2012 for the 'Our Greatest Team Rises' gala. "I really want to see that teal Jenny Packham gown again too. It was far too pretty to be retired permanently, and its style needs another outing soon." For it's second outing, Marci would style it with Kate's Prada scalloped sandals and the The Queen's Brazilian Aquamarine Parure.

Sunny - Sunny chose the Monique Lhuillier Floral Contrast Gown with a vibrant floral satin skirt and beaded waistband. It's styled with the Jimmy Choo Cloud Pearl Satin Clutch Bag with crystal bead embroidery. The look is completed with the Robinson Pelham Evoke Tulip Earrings Set with Pearl Drops and Diamonds.

Joanne in CA - Joanne chose a glittering black gown with sheer lace sleeves and a slit paired with the Jessica Simpson Emilyn rhinstone encrusted sandals and the Lulu Townsend Faziah Box Clutch. The ensemble is accessorised with Diamond drop earrings.

Couch Potato - The Jovani Deep V-Neck Lace Mermaid Gown with mesh insert and cutout back. The gown is teamed with the Jimmy Choo Cloud clutch in steel metallic nappa leather and Talia Sandals. The look is completed with the dazzling Nizam of Hyderabad necklace.

Miol Mor - Miol Mor chose a sleek Ralph & Russo gown with a deep v neckline from the Autumn/Winter 2017 Collection, Kate's Oscar de la Renta Platinum Lamé Cabrina Pumps, Kate's Jenny Packham Casa clutch and The Queen's Andamooka Opal Necklace and earrings.

Nicole - Nicole chose the Oscar de la Renta Lace Detail Evening Dress with Jimmy Choo black stilettos, the sparkling Celeste small dégradé glittered satin clutch and the very on trend Oscar de la Renta Tasselled Clip-on earrings.

Caravino - Caravino selected the Valentino Floral-Print Keyhole Gown with a peter pan collar and sheer tulle sleeves. It's styled with the Gianvito Rossi Velvet Pointy Toe pumps and (with a little help from Sonja) the Queen's Chandelier earrings.

Siddhii - The Roland Mouret Hampstead Bloom One Shoulder Fil Coupé Gown, described as "Abstract pewter fil coupé lends Roland Mouret's black organza gown a subtle and modern slant. It's supremely crafted in the UK with an asymmetric one-shoulder neckline that brings the collarbones into focus, and falls into a fully flared skirt from a boned bodice.". Siddhii notes "And I would accessorize this dress with black heels and Diana's bracelet and necklace she wore for the London premiere of 'Gandhi' in December 1982."

Andrea from New York -  "A Carolina Herrera blue print off the shoulder gown from pre-fall 2017 collection, print reminiscent of Markus Lupfer dress Kate wore in Berlin" The gown is teamed with the Miu Miu Jeweled Satin Slingback Pumps, a Judith Leiber Faceted Box clutch and Kiki McDonough blue topaz pearl and oval drop earrings.

Courtney from NC - "I keep going back and forth between a couple gowns so I am going to do my look before I change my mind again. My husband thinks it is hilarious how much thought I put into this." Courtney chose the lilac Monique Lhuillier Draped Tulle Ball Gown with Ruffle Skirt with the Dasha Clutch, Alexandre Birman Clarita Satin Sandals and Graff Infinity Jewels.

Looking forward to preparing the remaining looks later this week :)

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