Who else but the Duchess of Cambridge could get Karl Lagerfeld to whip out his pen with the promise of nothing more than fantasy? Today, Women’s Wear Daily released 13 sketches of maternity designs suggested by the likes of Donna Karan, Vera Wang, Alexis Mabille, Chloé and Lagerfeld for Chanel as Kate Middleton’s baby bump continue to grow. Including both designers who frequently dress the Duchess like Amanda Wakeley, and ones who haven’t, like Huishan Zhang, the piece could be a good shot for some less recognizable names to get noticed by friends in royal places. Or not. If nothing else, it’s an exercise in imagination, which hasn’t been attempted since the Duke and Duchess’s last big event: the Royal Wedding. We picked a few designs from the selection that we think are right on the money for Kate. Click through for our selects and visit WWD for the full maternity monty.
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Kate Middleton gets 13 exclusive baby bump designs from Karl Lagerfeld, Donna Karan, Vera Wang and more
The Duchess of Cambridge (and her baby bump) wears coral Tara Jarmon on her second wedding anniversary
It seems pregnancy has brought out the Duchess of Cambridge’s experimental side. We know Kate to be a favourer of tried and tested solid hues and silhouettes, yet in the last week, she’s gone rogue with mint green, polka dots and now coral. Must be something in the bath water.
Earlier today, Kate and her baby bump were out sharing her role as Royal Patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices. In support of Children’s Hospice Week (which runs though May 3), the Duchess visited Naomi House, a hospice for children with life-limiting conditions. As usual, she was hit with all the Royal-adoring children in attendance. In addition to visiting the House’s grounds and joining in for a tea party with the children and their families, Kate released her first video message encouraging donations for and raising awareness of the cause.
Kate’s sunny visit was matched by that sunny coral look: a cotton overcoat by none other than Canada’s own Tara Jarmon! The Paris-based designer’s coat is a first for the Duchess, who regularly favours another Canadian-born designer, Erdem Moriaglou. What up, team Canada!
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Reunited and it feels so good! It’s been quite a while since we’ve seen the royal trio out together but they certainly know how to pick their official engagements. This morning the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry officially opened Warner Bros studios in Hertfordshire, which is home to such franchise productions as Harry Potter, Batman and James Bond. Meaning the three young royals got to tour the studio and play with all the props, much to our delight.
As you can see from the picture above, they were quite into showing off their Harry Potter wand skills. (Kate Middleton has reportedly read all the Harry Potter books and seen all the movies.) William, on the other hand, was especially into all the Dark Knight gear and as the Mirror reports, he was even joking about the possibility of making them royal baby friendly: “To be honest, I’m over the moon just to have seen the real Batmobile and Batpod. [...] You don’t do baby seats for those cars, do you, by any chance?” Clearly on a roll, Will also joked about his brother: “Harry’s just excited to see a real-life talking owl in the Harry Potter studios. I haven’t told him yet that Harry Potter is fictional, so please keep the secret for a little longer.”
Keeping with the day’s playful theme, Kate’s bump-hugging polka dot outfit was perfect for the occasion. Her adorable dress is from Topshop (and already sold out online, of course) and hits just above the knee—a cut she’s been wearing quite frequently during her pregnancy. Read more »
Kate Middleton’s busy week continues with her third engagement in almost as many days. The Duchess of Cambridge attended a reception at the National Portrait Gallery for The Art Room, a charity that helps young people increase their self-esteem through art, of which Kate is a patron. Meaning: Kate made another speech, saying that she is a “firm believer in the power of art to make a difference.”
Style-wise, today’s outfit was certainly one of the most layer-free looks we’ve seen on the Duchess since she announced her pregnancy. Kate wore a sleeveless pale-blue dress by Emilia Wickstead, which had enough structure in its empire waist to provide some baby bump camouflage. (Question: Do you think the choice to wear pale-blue is a subliminal hint at Baby Cambridge’s sex?) Kate matched the soft colour of the dress with dove-grey suede Rupert Sanderson heels and accessorized with pale-blue drop earrings. Read more »
The Duchess of Cambridge wears a loose-fitting floral Erdem dress while launching a new counseling program in Manchester
I never thought I’d see the day. Kate’s gone boho! Kinda. After holding fast to traditionally form fitting and tailored pieces up until the 6-months pregnant mark (and by that, we mean yesterday’s appearance), the Duchess of Cambridge seems to finally be embracing a slightly looser style with today’s appearance in Manchester.
Kate paid a visit to The Willows Primary School to launch a counseling program in conjunction with one of her new patronages, Place2Be. The charity, which counsels and support children with emotional issues, will partner with Action on Addiction, another of Kate’s patronages, as well as Comic Relief and the Royal Foundation to offer counseling for parents and children who suffer from or are affected by addictions.
While the visit gave Kate an opportunity to see the program in action and interact with students, her visit was blemished by an arsonist’s fire that burned down the school’s playground earlier this month. Sad face. (You can donate to the clean-up/rebuild here!)
The Duchess of Cambridge wore Erdem’s black and floral Sophia Visconti Bloom dress (what do you know, it’s still available on matches.com). Though the dress is described as a fitted style, we’d venture to guess that Kate went for a size up. As photo’d here, the bust and waist shaping seem much looser than we’re used to seeing on her body. Bring on the boho! Might a royal muumuu be in order?
Continuing their visit to Scotland, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made another appearance today with two separate engagements that included the opening of a new outdoor centre and a visit to the company responsible for building submarines for the UK Royal Navy.
Keeping with her tendency to recycle clothing, Kate Middleton wore an Armani red angora coat that she first wore to William’s passing out ceremony back in 2006. The wrap-around style still manages to conceal Kate’s baby bump, but we can see that she is starting to show a little bit more.
Continuing her Scottish theme from yesterday (she wore a tartan print coat by Molah), Kate also wore a Strathearn tartan scarf that she wore previously at the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant last year, which is a nod to her Scottish title, The Countess of Strathearn. She completed the look with the same Aquatalia boots that she wore yesterday, a pair of stunning amethyst drop earrings by Kiki McDonough, and her trademark Cornelia James side bow gloves.
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are in Scotland for two days and, fun fact: while north of the English border they’re formally known as the Earl and Countess of Strathearn. (So many royal titles!) In keeping with the Scottish theme, Kate Middleton wore a new tartan print coat by the British brand Moloh, possibly purchased for its uncanny ability to hide the baby bump we’re all eager to see.
(Seriously, Hollywood starlets wary of tabloid rumours should all be taking notes from Kate Middleton’s pregnancy style. It’s impenetrable.)
William and Kate spent the day in Glasgow, meeting with locals as well as the official mascot for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. In the afternoon they visited a centre for homeless youth and had the chance to partake in various activities that the centre offers. Most notably, Will attempted to learn how to play DJ and mix records, a mental image we’ll spend the rest of the week delighting in.
But, back to Kate! The Duchess paired her tartan Moloh coat with black accessories, including opaque tights, her favourite Aquatalia boots and a clutch purse. Read more »
There are a few things you can safely assume about a designer just by looking at their stuff. And in the case of London-based designer Roksanda Ilincic, you can figure this: She’s arty. Between the inspiration behind her Spring 2013 collection (an Opposites Day combo of Niki de Saint Phalle and Josef Albers) and Fall 2013’s fabric play (she blended baby pink PVC and taffeta on evening coats and used laminated lace on dresses), she’s a regular renaissance girl. You can also figure she’s ladylike inclined, given her consistent leanings towards dresses, collared coats and embellished eveningwear). One thing, however, that you (or at least I) couldn’t have known, is how breathtaking she is to behold IRL. I met the Serbian-born beauty last month when she was in town at The Room at Hudson’s Bay and was completely confounded at first glance. The violet eyed, porcelain-skinned, raven-haired designer is over six feet in heels. She’s the perfect model for her clothing, (she wore the opening look from her spring collection during daytime press interviews and this dress from fall for dinner later that night at the buzzy Bent restaurant) as is the similarly slender Duchess of Cambridge, who has worn her dresses in the past. “It’s a huge privilege and such honour and to have somebody like her wearing my dresses. I’m just really, truly honoured I must say,” she raved. To boot, she carries a beautiful purse—a purple satin clutch from her own collection that mirrors the effects of Mary Poppins’ bag. So, as if this ado hasn’t enticed you enough, have a look for yourself.
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