Selasa, 20 Februari 2018

When Kate and Sophie met fashion royalty!

When Kate and Sophie met fashion royalty! Duchess of Cambridge dons Erdem AGAIN to host stars at a glittering Buckingham Palace reception with the Countess of Wessex

There was glamour in abundance at Buckingham Palace tonight as two of the Royal family’s best-dressed ladies hosted a reception to celebrate a new creative initiative, the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange.

The Duchess of Cambridge, still stylish at seven months pregnant in a patterned guipere lace ensemble from Erdem, was accompanied by the Burberry-clad Countess of Wessex, wife of the Queen’s youngest son Prince Edward, to launch the exchange.

The British label has emerged as Kate's new favourite designer despite a string of recent Erdem ensembles, including a blue velvet number worn in Stockholm, dividing opinion among the fashion crowd.

Guests attending the London Fashion Week-timed reception included American Vogue’s Dame Anna Wintour and her new British counterpart Edward Enninful, designer Stella McCartney, and supermodel Naomi Campbell.

Prince Andrew's eldest daughter Princess Beatrice also attended tonight's glitzy event, following Kate's lead in a dress by Erdem which she paired with vertiginous heels as she chatted to guests in the palace's opulent Music Room.

Look lovely in lace like the Duchess wearing Erdem

When fashion royalty meets actual royalty the style stakes are especially high. But the Duchess of Cambridge didn’t disappoint at the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange event at Buckingham Palace during London Fashion Week where she met with Anna Wintour.

Championing British fashion, Kate sported an Erdem lace dress in a chic monochrome colourway teamed with pointed heels. We’re loving the pretty floral design, which is complimented perfectly with the scalloped edged flounced cuffs and peplum hem; meanwhile the fit and flare silhouette and three-quarter length sleeves flatter the figure.

Whilst Kate’s dress is custom to accommodate her bump, you can buy the ready-to-wear version from the Erdem website by following the link on the right.

But if the price tag is putting you off, fear not! Because we’ve rounded up some fab alternatives for less, including options from Alexis, Veronica Beard and Hope & Ivy- check them out in the carousel below!

Pregnant Kate appeared to be getting along famously with her guests as the trio chatted 
in the Music Room

The Duchess of Cambridge arrived with the Countess of Wessex - followed by Princess Beatrice - at The White Drawing Room to meet a line up including Anna Wintour and Livia Firth.

Kate extended a hand and greeted the fashion editor - who was not wearing her trademark sunglasses but was also in an Erdem dress with boots - warmly.

Also in the party was Daniel Halton, director of the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange, who was wearing an eye-catching headdress with the word Commonwealth spelt out.

Senin, 19 Februari 2018

Pregnant Duchess joins A-listers who have worn the stones Baftas 2018

The Duchess of Cambridge broke ranks with her fellow Bafta attendees last night by not wearing a black dress in support of the Time's Up movement, but it seems that Kate may have been showing her solidarity in a subtle but significant way.

Pregnant Kate, 36, was criticised on social media for not wearing a black outfit, but significantly she teamed her dark green Jenny Packham gown with a dazzling emerald and diamond jewellery set.

Last month, stars arrived en masse at the Golden Globes dressed in black to support Hollywood's backlash against sexual harassment, with many also accessorising with emeralds because of the significance of the stone as a symbol of 'hope, renewal and growth'.

Debra Messing, Zoe Kravitz and Catherine Zeta Jones were just some of the stars who wore the precious stone which was a talisman of Alexander the Great and Aristotle, who identified emeralds as a symbol of victory.

Although the Royal Family is meant to avoid political statements, royal watchers have also interpreted the black sash on Kate's dress as well as her matching shoes and clutch as a subtle nod to her backing for the Time's Up movement.

Of course, the Duchess made sure to pull out all the stops for her red carpet appearance with experts estimating her jewellery set cost at least a million.

Stephanie Lee of London-based jewellers Ntinga told Femail: 'The Duchess of Cambridge wore a stunning Columbian Emerald and diamond suite made up of four approximately 20-25ct Emeralds surrounded by a what appears to be cluster of marquise and round cut diamonds in a triple row drop collar.
'The matching earrings had been modified from a drop pair she had worn in 2014 to made a large cluster earring with an emerald set in the centre of diamonds and a matching cuff.

'We would have thought this suite would be valued within the seven figured price bracket.'  It was the most openly political Bafta night in its history, with all the female nominees urged to follow the example of last month's Golden Globes awards and wear all-black.

Several actresses brought feminist activists as their guests, including prominent gay rights campaigners, trades unionists and two women who were involved in the equal pay protests at Dagenham in the 1960s.

Royal protocol dictates that family members should not make political statements and this is believed to be the reason behind the Duchess' decision to shy away from a black gown. Some had speculated ahead of the event that she might choose a patterned black gown as a compromise.

Emulate Kate's evening look in a Jenny Packham gown

The Duchess of Cambridge made an appearance at the BAFTAs this weekend. As usual she was keeping up her fashion icon status by wearing British brand Jenny Packham and not for the first time. The designer is a go-to for Kate when attending big events and this elegant gown is another memorable look.

She stunned in a deep green maxi gown that billowed to the floor thanks to the empire waist design. It featured cap sleeves with a wrap over bodice that was simply finished with a black ribbon waistband. The flattering design of the dress is a signature for Jenny Packham with the Duchess previously wearing similar versions.
To finish her look, she chose a pair of Prada wave cut out pumps and the modern diamond and emerald demi-parure jewellery she debuted back in 2014.

This gown is a custom made creation, but shop the current Jenny Packham collection for yourself by clicking the link (right). Or if you're feeling inspired, recreate Kate's green look with a dress from the likes of Quiz, Kalita and Chi Chi London.

Others came to the Duchess' defence and pointed to the muted colour of her gown as being a subtle nod to the politically-charged dress code. The Duchess previously wore the stunning earrings during her official visit to New York in 2014, while pregnant with Princess Charlotte.

The earrings are adjustable and can either be worn as studs or drop earrings.The emerald is said to inspire 'an ongoing search for meaning, justice, compassion, and harmony' according to the experts at Crystal Vaults.

Rabu, 31 Januari 2018

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge join Princess Victoria at a reception celebrating Swedish culture.

The royals were joined by Crown Princess Victoria who opted for a black satin skirt with a daring side slit and a red satin blouse

She wore blue velvet! Kate strikes a glamorous note in ANOTHER floral dress by Erdem - as she and William join Princess Victoria at a reception celebrating Swedish culture.

When you've found a winning outfit formula, it's always a good idea to stick with it, as the Duchess of Cambridge proved when she stepped out this evening in a floral dress by Erdem for the second night running.

Last night the pregnant Duchess chose a £1,945 saffron yellow gown by British-based designer and this evening she stepped out in another of his creations, a blue velvet dress with a floral motif and bell sleeves, with a ribbon belt that accentuated her neat baby bump.

Kate, 36, had changed out of the cream Alexander McQueen dress she wore to tea at Haga Palace with Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden this afternoon before heading on to an event at Stockholm's Fotografiska Gallery, which boasts glittering views over the city at night.

On arrival, the Duchess wrapped up in a black fur-trimmed coat by Swedish designer Ida Sjostedt, who is a graduate of the University of Westminster, and wore her locks swept back in an elegant updo, mirroring the hairstyle of Crown Princess Victoria who looked glamorous in a black satin pencil skirt and red blouse with voluminous sleeves.
 'That was a quick change,' Kate laughed, as she greeted Victoria with a kiss.

In a speech at the event to celebrate Swedish culture The Duke of Cambridge said he and Kate have been impressed by the Swedish lifestyle that encourages children to play outdoors, whatever the weather.

Kate opted for another floral number by Erdem, after sporting the same brand last night, pairing the blue velvet dress with black ankle strap heels 

William spoke about the 'magic ingredients' of life in the Scandinavian country, saying: 'One lesson that we will take home with us is that children are actively encouraged to spend time outdoors, whatever the weather. This is obviously very good for their physical health but, as we learned this morning at the remarkable Karolinska Institute, it has huge benefits for a child's mental health as well.'

William looked animated as he chatted to guests at the reception at Stockholm's Fotografiska Gallery

William also showcased a hidden talent for languages by faultlessly delivering a few words in Swedish - to a huge cheer in the room.

The couple were at the Fotografiska Gallery in Stockholm, where they mingled with guests from the worlds of music film, TV, art and sport. They had arrived at the waterside gallery by boat and were reunited with Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, with whom they had spent the day on engagements around the city.

The couples met British artist Nick Veasey, 55, whose exhibition of photos taken with X-ray machines is called Inside Out.

As they admired an X-ray piece of Sean Connery, entitled James Bond, Nick quipped to Kate, who is expecting her third baby in April: 'Don't worry, I haven't got X-ray vision.' The Duchess laughed and replied: 'I hope you haven't got your camera with you.

Selasa, 30 Januari 2018

The royal party were marking the 10th anniversary of the Youth Aware Mental Health.

Earlier today, the Duchess of Cambridge displayed her growing baby bump as she and Prince William, were invited for an intimate tea party with some of the youngest members of the Swedish royal family.

William and Kate, who is six months pregnant with the couple's third child, met the adorable offspring of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel - Princess Estelle, five, and Prince Oscar, who turns two in March.

The Duchess was wearing a cream bouclé dress from Alexander McQueen, while her host wore a mint-coloured trouser suit with a belted waist for their penultimate meeting with the Swedish royals before the couple depart for Norway on Thursday.

This morning, the couple kicked off their second day in Stockholm with a meeting on mental health before stopping in at Matteusskolan school.

While dozens of pupils waved hand-drawn flags and bunches of flowers, some lucky youngsters managed to get a high-five from the Duchess as she greeted the crowds assembled outside. The couple spent around ten minutes shaking hands with the schoolchildren, with William repeatedly telling them 'you've got cold hands' and complimenting them on the flags they were waving.

As the they moved down rows of youngsters, the Duchess asked: 'Are you cold? Are you all wrapped up?'

Some children jumped on each other's shoulders, and hugged each other in excitement at having met the two royal couples. One teenager, more in hope than expectation, quizzed the Duchess about her taste in rap music: 'I asked her if she knew J Hus,' said Lucas Tinseau, 15. 'She said 'I will look out for him.''

William joked to one group about the fact that they had been running late earlier in the day, saying: 'We're not very good with time'

She teamed her outfit with a quilted maroon Chanel bag and fringed leather pumps from Italian label Tod's, while her host, Victoria, opted for a stylish pastel trouser suit worn over a piecrust collar and a Stella McCartney clutch.

The Karolinska Institutet is one of the largest and most prestigious medical universities in the world and accounts for over 40 per cent of the medical academic research conducted in Sweden.

Since 1901 the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has also been responsible for selecting the Nobel laureates in Physiology or Medicine.

The Crown Princess has spoken openly about her own battle with an eating disorder as a young woman, while her husband - a former fitness trainer who opened a chain of exclusive gyms, which is how they met - has taken a particular interest in the subject and started his own programme to promote physical well-being in the young.

The two couples left their separate residences but their respective convoys met up en route - and as they stepped out of their cars they greeted each other warmly outside.

Inside they went for a briefing with senior staff including Professor Carl Johan Sundberg, Dr Anna Lundh and Dr Ulrika Berg, who outlined some of their research into the issue.

Maternity style: Duchess displayed her burgeoning bump in a red houndstooth coat by Catherine Walker, worn over an Alexander McQueen dress and paired with earrings by Swedish jeweller In2Design, no doubt in a nod to her hosts.

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