William & Kate Celebrate British Talent in New York at Creativity is GREAT Reception


On Tuesday afternoon, William and Kate continued their whirlwind tour of New York. They attended the Creativity is GREAT reception at NeueHouse in Gramercy, Manhattan to celebrate British talent in New York.

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The event focuses on the wealth of British talent in the film, fashion, music & art industries based in New York. It was held in association with the UK Government’s GREAT campaign, which aims to promote the UK internationally as a place to visit, study and do business.

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The couple chatted with guests including actor Sir Patrick Stewart, Glenda Bailey, editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar, Amanda berry, chief executive of Bafta, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, media mogul Harvey Weinstein, and his Marchesa designer wife Georgina Chapman, and author Imogen Lloyd-Webber, daughter of the musicals composer Lord Lloyd-Webber.

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Then, they sat down to a luncheon which featured a selection of UK favorites.

For the second time on this trip, The Duchess of Cambridge, wore dress by maternity label Seraphine. Today, she chose the simple black turtleneck ‘Vanessa’ dress. The frock retails for an affordable $99 but notes that ‘due to extremely high demand, orders placed now will be dispatched during the second week of January.’

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‘Made in a luxurious Ponte Roma fabric, the dress drapes beautifully in a graceful A-line cut. 
The turtleneck style and full length sleeves make this the perfect layering piece for sophisticated transitional style.
Featuring a curved empire line that defines your waist – the Seraphine Vanessa dress is a timeless wardrobe staple.’
Completing her ensemble, Kate accessorized with her towering Episode ‘Angel’ pumps, thick tights, held her suede Mulberry ‘Bayswater’ clutch, her green amethyst and diamond cushion drop earrings by Kiki McDonough, and her Cartier Trinity necklace.
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Kate’s shiny tresses were pulled back into a sleek ponytail wrapped with a small piece of hair that is discreetly pinned in place, a trick that adds polish.
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William & Kate Enjoy a Night Out to Celebrate a Friend’s Birthday

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William and Kate enjoyed a rare evening out to attend a close friend’s birthday party at Bunga Bunga Restaurant in Battersea, south London.

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The couple arrived, flanked by six police protection officers.

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The first floor of the venue was rented out for the shin dig of Louise Aubrey Fletcher. It has a pizzeria and a karaoke bar.

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The Duchess looked as on trend as ever in her black, Temperley London ‘Odele’ sheepskin coat which she teamed with a black, patterned dress, tights, Angel Episode heels and her Mulberry cosmetic lock clutch.

Kate Joins the Queen at Baker Street Underground Station

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Today, Kate joined the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at  Baker Street Underground to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the transport network.

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Baker Street was part of the first stretch of the world-famous Tube network which ran between Paddington and Farringdon and opened on January 9, 1863, when it was known as the Metropolitan Railway.
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The royal party met staff and toured the trains before the 86-year-old monarch unveiled a plaque naming a new train the Queen Elizabeth II.

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The Duchess of Cambridge was presented with a “Baby on board” badge. This is suppossed to overcome the awkwardness often felt by pregnant women of having to ask someone to give up their seat.

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Detail of similar coat by Malen Birger
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 Kate looked gorgeous in short, teal coat with black braided trim (£250 and no longer available) by Danish fashion designer Malene Birger (Fall/Winter 2006 collection).

VideDressing describes the coat as:
 ‘A beautiful wool coat with beautiful bead work, back martingale closed by invisible hooks, cotton lining with polka dot black border, pen pocket inside, two outside pockets closed with large buttons.’
Flashback to 2011
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The Duchess accented her look with black accessories. She wore a beret-style hat by Whiteley Fischer (worn in January 2011), her UFO bow clutch, her Cornelia James wool gloves with side bow, opaque tights, her suede Episode ‘Angel’ pumps and her sapphire and diamond drop earrings.

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Her hair was styled in loose curls showcasing the textures and tones of her tresses.

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Kate’s Highly Anticipated Visit to Grimsby is a Great Success


More than 1,000 people braved the cold for the highly anticipated visit of The Duchess of Cambridge despite the fact she arrived 70 minutes late. Kate opted to fly to Grimsby by helicopter rather than taking the train. A thick fog prevented her leaving London on time.

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Kate stepped out of her car to chants of “We want Kate”. She was greeted by a line-up of dignitaries including MP Austin Mitchell and his wife Linda.

The Duchess visited the National Fishing Heritage Centre. Inside the museum, Kate was shown several life-sized models bringing to life different aspects of the fishing industry including the inside of a trawler and a recreated local pub called the Freeman’s Arms.


After the National Fishing Heritage Centre The Duchess of Cambridge moved on to Peaks Lane Fire Station, where 200 people lined the streets to greet her. 

During the visit to Peaks Lane Fire Station, Kate met young people enrolled on a scheme run by The Prince’s Trust to help unemployed youngsters build up their confidence and develop their job-finding skills.

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Her final engagement of the day was to officially open Havelock Academy, established in 2007 by The David Ross Foundation, which serves more than 1,000 pupils aged between 11 and 18 in one of the most deprived areas in the country.
Kate looked radiant in her previously worn (on a visit to Liverpool last February) chestnut-brown ‘Celeste’ coat (£369) by Hobbs. The coat finishes just below the knee and is adorned with leather stud fastening cuff straps and a matching belt at the waist.
Under her Hobbs coat, she wore a red ‘Cezanne’ paintbox dress (£48 and sold out) by Great Plains.
Description of the dress from the Brand Alley website www.brandalley.co.uk/ :
This crepe painterly printed dress brings out your creative side
Features a boat neck and short sleeves
Pleated skirt
Matching skinny belt and simple back zip closure
Colour: red
Composition: 100% polyester
Care: machine wash
J1BA8 WINTER PINK / 1023915′
The Duchess of Cambridge completed her look with nude tights, on-trend black Episode ‘Angel’ suede court shoes, a matching, still UFO black suede clutch and her Annoushka pearl drops with Kiki McDonough diamond hoops.
Kate’s hair was styled into her signature blow dry look.
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 Update 3/9/2012

There may be a possible ID for Kate’s ring on her right hand (thanks to a follower on ‘My Small Obsessions’). If it is not exactly the same, it’s very close. It was listed on Ebay as a victorian 15ct rose gold garnet and pearl ring.


Additional details from the Ebay listing:

‘A fine offering of a glossy rose gold fully hallmarked Victorian ring set with three faceted
garnets and two seed pearls, with some subtle detailing to the shoulders.
Fully hallmarked for .625 15ct gold at the Birmingham office in the year 1876.’