Kate Wears Erdem on her Visit to The Willows Primary School


Kate visited The Willows Primary School in Wythenshawe to launch a counseling program that is run in conjunction with her charity Action on Addiction.


The addiction charity is working with in-school counseling service Place2Be to help children living with parents addicted to drugs or alcohol.

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The Duchess of Cambridge gave a short speech in the school hall.
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Following a short reception, Kate went to the school’s nursery where she was presented with a baby gift of a willow tree and a card entitled ‘What Does A Princess Do?,’ that younger pupils had made especially for her visit. Then she was given a shovel to plant a willow tree for the school.
The Duchess opted to wear a summery, silk crepe ‘Sophia’ dress by Erdem (£1248). It’s rare to see Kate choosing such a bold print. The demure, knee-length dress featured Erdem’s signature ‘Visconti-bloom’ print, elbow-length sleeves, and a square neckline.
The ‘Sophia’ dress is available on Net-A-Porter, Matches Fashion and Bergdorf Goodman.
Additional details:
An artful print and clean-lined silhouette with modest lines make this Erdem dress suitable for all situations. A simple swap of accessories will take it from day to night
• Printed silk crepe.
• Squared scoop neckline.
• Half sleeves.
• Fitted bodice with seamed natural waist.
• Slim through hips; skirt falls straight.
• 40 1/2″L front; 41 1/2″L back; hem hits at the knee.
• Hidden back zip.
• Made in Portugal.
In my opinion, I think this dress was a rare miss for Kate. I may be in the minority but it looked like a dress that could be worn to a luau or on a tropical island vacation.

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The Duchess topped off the look with a pair of blue bespoke Alexander McQueen suede heels, a matching Stuart Weitzman navy suede Muse clutch, the Asprey 167 Button pendant and her Annoushka Pearl Drop Earrings (£1,090). She left her glossy hair loose and bouncy.
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A tired looking Duchess arrived back at London’s Euston station yesterday evening covering her designer dress in a simple single-breasted cream coat.
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Kate Returns to Work With an Engagement at Hope House


Kate headed back to work today as she attended her second official engagement of the year.


She visited Hope House, addiction recovery centre in Clapham, south London run by Action on Addiction, of which she is Patron.

Action on Addiction works to free people from addiction, support their families, and train professionals to help them.


The charity mainly deals with drug and alcohol problems but also helps people suffering from other addictions including gambling.

Photo credit: WKW
The Duchess of Cambridge wore a long-sleeved, flattering black and white wrap dress by MaxMara Studio from their 2011 collection (no longer available). The dress features a V-neck and ruched waist. It is called the ‘Grey Long Sleeved Dress’ (£298 and was reportedly bought by the duchess for half price.).

The dress highlighted her growing bump.

Kate accessorised with a ‘modesty panel’ to keep her cleavage under wraps, her Asprey 167 button pendant (£2800), sheer tights, black suede ‘Angel’ courts from Episode at House of Fraser (£60), and Annoushka pearl drops.


The Duchess’ hair was blowdried into tumbling waves – and the heavy fringe she had cut in at the end of 2012 was close to growing out

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Photo credit: WKW

Kate wore a small gold ring on her right middle finger. According to Anna at ‘My Small Obsessions,’ the Duchess has worn this ring before. There is no further information on the ring.

Ring worn a few years ago
Photo credit: ‘My Small Obsessions’ on FB
Update 2/23/2013
Per the Asprey London website: www.asprey.com/
‘With its discreet purple centre and engraved ‘167’ address, the Asprey button is a stylish signature inspired by buttons on old English garments.
Using the iconic 167 New Bond Street Button, the 167 Button Pendant has a central amethyst stone surrounded by pavé diamonds, all set in 18ct white gold
• Pavé diamonds (tot 0.53ct GVS)
• Amethyst (tot 0.08ct)
• 18ct white gold
• 18ct white gold chain’
Asprey has a long and established relationship with British royalty dating back to the 1800s when Queen Victoria awarded the first Royal Warrant. Since then, Asprey has held a Royal Warrant for every British monarch and several other foreign heads of state.

Kate Unveils her First Official Portrait

The first official portrait of the Duchess of Cambridge was unveiled this morning at London’s National Portrait Gallery.

The painting was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery and, following Kate’s suggestion, it depicts her natural, not official, persona. Award-winning artist Paul Emsley created the large head and shoulders painting of the duchess set against his trademark dark background.

William and Kate received a private viewing of the painting this morning before it went on display to the public. The couple spent 10 minutes looking at the portrait and then met Emsley, his wife Susanne and daughter Marie.

Among the guests were Kate’s parents Carole and Michael Middleton and her brother and sister Pippa and James.

Kate shopped her closet and wore her burgundy Whistles ‘Sofie Rae’ dress (Autumn 2011) with a black velvet belt. She last wore this dress under the unnamed, burgundy coat by an independent British designer when she visited Newcastle in October of last year.

The ‘Sofie Rae’ is a stunning pure silk dress from Whistles ($135 and no longer available) in a warm seasonal burgundy, with a deep v-neckline, long sleeves and a flattering defined waist. Elegant and versatile, with a floating midi skirt and removable belt.

Completing her outfit, the Duchess wore black suede Episode ‘Angel’ heels, her ufo black clutch, her Asprey 167 Button Pendant and her bespoke Kiki McDonough green amethyst and diamond drop earrings.

Additional Information About Kate’s Portrait & the Artist

The portrait is an oil on canvas and bigger than life size 1152 x 965 (45 3/8 x 38).

Paul Emsley is a Glasgow-born, South African-raised painter. Kate sat for Emsley in two sittings last May and June. The first was at Kensington Palace and the second at his studio in Bradford-upon-Avon in southwest England. He worked from photographs spent 3½ months creating the painting.

Odds & Ends

On Wednesday, January 9th, Kate celebrated her 31st birthday. She attended a London showing of Cirque du Soleil with William, her sister Pippa, brother James, and parents Carole and Michael Middleton.

Update 1/15/2013

Kate’s blouse from her formal sitting in her first official portrait has been ID’d! Thanks so much to Repli-Kate It on FB for bringing this to our attention. The navy ‘Sub Silky Tie Top’ (£37 and currently on sale) is by French Connection. On a side note, the blouse is available in four colors (antique lace, evergreen, navy and rust red).


Details from the French Connection website: www.frenchconnection.com

‘Lightweight tie-neck top is a soft drape style that simply exudes sophistication.
Sub Silky Tie Top has a pussy-bow tie at neck, covered button placket through front and small cap sleeves. This top is demi-sheer.
 * style code – 72XH6
 * Machine Washable
 * 100% Polyester’

Kate Attends the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year Awards


Kate made her first public appearance at the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year Awards on Sunday night. She had not been seen in public since her hospitalization for acute morning sickness on Dec. 6.


She only attend the evening-long event at London’s ExCel for about 45 minutes before returning home to Kensington Palace.


The Duchess is an official ambassador of Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic team. She stepped on stage to present the lifetime achievement award to Sebastian Coe, the newly elected chairman of the British Olympic Association and a two-time Olympic middle-distance champion, as well as the sports personality of the year award, won by Tour de France and Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins.


Kate wore a green, crepe wool Alexander McQueen ‘Bell-Sleeve Floor Length Gown’ (£2,520). The gorgeous floor length gown features bell-sleeves, a deep v-neck, a trompe l’oeil belt waistband, and a sweeping central thigh-high slit.

The Duchess of Cambridge accessorized with her black Jimmy Choo ‘Cosmic’ plaform pumps ($695).

Photo credit: My Small Obsessions on FB

Finishing off her outfit, Kate wore her Asprey button pendant and her bespoke diamond and blue topaz earrings by Kiki McDonough.

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Kate Makes Solo Appearance at Lucien Freud Exhibit

Tonight, Kate made a solo appearance at London’s National Portrait Gallery. She attended a private viewing of Lucian Freud Portraits. This is a new exhibit of works by the famous late British painter.
The exhibition officially opens to the general public tomorrow and features 130 artworks spanning the length of Freud’s painting career from the early 1940s until his final, unfinished work.
The Duchess, recently became a patron of the National Portrait Gallery. The cause is close to her heart as she studied art history at St. Andrews University (where she met her prince).
Kate was greeted by Freud’s daughter Esther and Sir Paul McCartney’s daughter Mary. Jeremy Hunt, the Culture Secretary, and Sandy Nairne, director of the gallery, also joined her on an hour-long tour.
The Duchess of Cambridge wore a grey tweed, double-breasted, 1950s-style frock by the high street clothing label Jesire. The dress had a full skirt with a wide black belt cinching her waist and over sized shawl collar.
Despite the cold weather, she went sans stockings but accessorized with her Jimmy Choo ‘Cosmic’ ( £435) black suede platform heels, a black clutch, a diamond bracelet & matching earrings, and her Asprey Pendant.
Update 2/10/2012
I have been frantically searching for more info on Jesire. There wasn’t much out there but I did find two articles that I’d like to share.
1) Grazia www.graziadaily.co.uk/ reports that Jesire is out of business. The brand was stocked in stores like John Lewis and House of Fraser.
2) Express www.express.co.uk/ reports that the high street brand officially closed it’s doors in November 2011. The former managing director of Jesire, Martyn Vines, is planning talks with the original creator of the Jesire coat dress to possibly re-issue it.
It is thought that Kate bought the £169 dress as far back as autumn 2010 at Peter Jones in London’s Sloane Square.
Update 3/28/2013
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Thanks to Copykate on Ebay, Kate’s belt has been ‘found’ but not ID’ed because it does not have a brand name anywhere on it.
Copykate on Ebay
Additional details about the belt from Copykate:

‘Material: Leather, metal and high quality smooth-finish elastic woven raffia-like fabric. Front metal clasp fastening
Note: The b80’s style belt listed by Copykate is not the same color that Kate wore in the pictures above. My thoughts are that it could have been borrowed from Carol Middleton?

The Queen & Kate Get a Private Wedding Dress Viewing

Ahead of the public showing of Kate’s wedding dress at Buckingham Palace, the Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge enjoyed a private viewing.

The stunning dress is to take pride of place at Buckingham Palace’s annual summer exhibition this year, ensuring we can bask in the afterglow of Kate and William’s wedding day just that little bit longer.

Kate wore a pale pink silk 3/4 length sleeve Joseph dress with a crossover bodice (Fall 2011 collection and available in stores now). She wore her Jimmy Choo ‘lovely’ heels in Powder Pink and did not carry a purse. Her shiny hair hung loose around her shoulders.

She kept her jewelry simple and wore a silver pendant necklace, her silver Tiffany & Co Elsa Peretti® Diamonds by the Yard® bracelet and silver earrings.

Photo credit: Diana’s Jewels

Update 7/24/11
Thanks to a listing on Ebay, I have found additional info on the Joseph dress as well as pictures. The dress is the ‘Scala’ Crepe Stretch dress. It was available for purchase at Harvey Nichols but is now sold out.
If you are interested in placing a bid on the dress, here is the link http://cgi.ebay.com/NWOT-ICONIC-JOSEPH-SCALA-CREPE-DRESS-40-US-8-UK-12-/110719203834?pt=UK_Women_s_Dresses&hash=item19c760f9fa The bidding starts at £495. Good luck!
Update 7/26/2011
Our amazing follower Arabella has ID’ed Kate’s gorgeous diamond pendant. Here is the information that she provided to us “it is by Asprey London. It’s not available, but a firm that I’m familiar with has an auction on EBay for the gold version of the necklace. Asprey offers a bespoke service, so if any of your readers are interested in this piece, they will probably be happy to recreate it for them.”

For those of you that are interested here is the link to the listing on Ebay

Additional Information about the pendant taken from the Ebay listing – please note that the listing on Ebay is for an 18K yellow gold pendant.

Dimensions: Length of the necklace drop is 8 inches, width of the pendant 15 mm and drop of the pendant is 20 mm

Description: Cute Asprey 18K yellow gold and diamond button necklace and pendant, stamped 167 New Bond Street London. Total diamond weight is 0.40 ct.

Retail Price: $3380

Update 9/8/2011

Kate’s Joseph dress is now available at Harrods for £395. Description from the website is as follows:

Pale pink dress
Mock wrap design
Deep V-neckline
Cropped sleeves
Zip closure to side
78% acetate, 22% polyester
Update 10/8/2011

Asprey London has re-issued the ‘167 Button Pendant.’ http://www.asprey.com priced at $3,750. It has pavé diamonds (0.53ct) centered around an amethyst (0.08ct) and is set in 18ct white gold.