Thursday, November 20, 2014

A Rare Fashion Misstep for The Duchess as she Hosts Place2Be Reception

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Last night, Kate hosted the first annual Wellbeing in Schools Awards for her children's mental health charity Place2Be at Kensington Palace in the State Apartments next to her private residence.

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She invited 170 school staff, volunteers, pupils and supporters for a reception and awards ceremony. Parents, grandparents and teachers were asked to nominate school leaders, staff, and children for the range of accolades.

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The awards ceremony began at 7pm in the King's Gallery where The Duchess of Cambridge presented the Child Champion Award to 11-year-old Bailey Dunne, from Highfield Community Primary School in Sunderland. He has overcome his own struggles and gone on to help others.

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Place2Be works with more than 90,000 children in 230 primary and secondary schools, often in some of the most deprived areas of the UK, helping them deal with issues such as bullying, bereavement and family breakdown.

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Kate mixed up black and navy, wearing a Hobbs Invitation Emilia black top with a corset bodice, sheer polka dot underlay and sleeves. The top is a purse friendly £89 - but before you race off to your nearest Hobbs it has long since sold out.

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The Duchess paired it with a midnight blue, knee-length silk skirt from designer Jenny Packham's Autumn Winter 2013 collection.

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Individually, the pieces are beautiful and items that I would wear, but paired together, they looked mismatched. The black, matt textured crepe of the blouse clashes with the sheen of the silk skirt.

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The separates were tied together with her black Alexander McQueen belt with gold clasp and her black, suede 'Bayswater' clutch by Mulberry.

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Completing her outfit, Kate accessorized with her gold Cassandra Goad Temple of Heaven earrings and some classic black 'Aimee' Suede ($675) Platform Pumps by Jimmy Choo.

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Additional Info on Kate's Invitation Emilia Top
'Sheer elegance sums up the stunning Emilia top from our Invitation range.
Black textured crepe forms a figure-flattering shape and the embroidered polka dot design lends this a little alluring appeal, making it perfect for that special occasion.
Length: 52.5cm
Sleeve: Three quarter sleeve
Color: Black
Fabric composition: 99% polyester 1% elastane
Trim:100% polyester mesh 100% polyester binding
Washing instructions: Dry clean
Style code: 6346'
 
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Friday, November 14, 2014

Wills & Kate Step in for The Queen and Attend the Royal Variety Performance

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Last night, William and Kate attended the star-studded Royal Variety Performance in London.

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It was the first time the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have represented the Queen at the annual event. Last year the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were in the royal box.

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The event is held in aid of the Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund, of which the Queen is patron. The show will be screened on ITV in December.

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The royal couple arrived at the Palladium Theatre and were greeted by Lord Lloyd-Webber, the theatre's owner, and Lady Lloyd-Webber ahead of the performance. The Duchess was introduced to Laurie Mansfield, EABF life president, and the charity's chairman Giles Cooper.

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They also briefly met some of the performers before going into the auditorium, including boy band One Direction.

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This year's show, was hosted by the comedian Michael McIntyre, with performances by Ed Sheeran, Demi Lovato, Ellie Goulding, Dame Shirley Bassey and Bette Midler.

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Kate sparkled in a floor-length, black lace dress by US designer Diane von Furstenberg ($900). The 'Zarita' lace gown features a fitted bodice, fluted hem and delicate lace sleeves. As of this writing, the dress is still available in size 2 at Net-a-Porter.
 
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'This season Diane von Furstenberg translates the universally flattering 'Zarita' dress into a stunning lace gown.
Fitted through the bodice, waist and thigh, this piece opens to a sweeping fluted hem.
 
Black lace
Concealed hook and zip fastening at back
70% rayon, 30% nylon; lining1: 97% polyester, 3% spandex; lining2: 100% polyester
Dry clean'
 
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The Duchess complemented her gorgeous gown by accessorizing with a black beaded clutch (still UFO), her Kiki McDonough Blue Topaz 'Lola' Hoops (£3,200), and her black, suede Jimmy Choo 'Cosmic' platform pumps.

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She had her brunette locks pinned back into an elegant low chignon.

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