We think it’s safe to assume Kate Middleton had a pretty good year. She gave birth to her first child, the beautiful baby George, who also happens to be a direct royal heir to the British crown. And she was back to her beautiful shape in mere weeks. Today is her 32nd birthday, so to celebrate the pretty princess, we’re featuring the lovely outfit she wore to Prince George’s christening this past year. Middleton sported a cream-colored, ruffled two-piece suit by her favorite designer, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen (who outfitted her during another historic moment you may remember in 2011…) Kate’s sister, Pippa, and her mother-in-law, Camilla, also donned ivory to match the baby’s baptism gown. Kate’s accessories revealed she’s loyal to other labels, too: her shoes were her trusty L.K. Bennett nude Sledge pumps, and her pale silk fascinator is by another favorite of the Duchess, Jane Taylor, who revealed the gorgeous hat is available for sale (for a whopping £755!) The beret’s name? “Georgie,” of course. Happy Birthday Kate!
It’s a boy! Princess Kate Middleton and her husband, Prince William, have welcomed their first child today. We were really hoping for a girl here at theSkinnyStiletto, because she would have been the firstborn princess to inherit the throne, since the British government changed their sexist succession laws in 2011. (Also, she probably would have been the best-dressed baby on Earth, if her mother’s style was passed down – much to Suri’s dismay…) Nevertheless, we’re celebrating the new prince by choosing a baby blue dress his mother wore earlier this year. This is supposedly the first maternity frock that Kate wore publicly, while making an appearance at the National Portrait Gallery, and, shocker, it’s adorable. The iridescent, powder blue dress was custom-made by a Middleton favorite, Emilia Wickstead. Congrats to the Royal Couple & their baby son! <3
Yesterday, the world lost Britain’s “Iron Lady,” and today we’re featuring the next generation of United Kingdom icons for our “Tuesday Twosome.” The first day of spring falls in March, but it usually doesn’t feel like it until April. Today, it definitely felt like spring had definitely sprung – since it was 80 degrees here in New York! What better outfit to feature for rebirth than Kate Middleton in this stunning floral number by Jenny Packham? Here the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are attending a charity polo match in the summer of 2011 outside of Los Angeles. Kate is sporting a silverish lavender De Gournay hand-painted chinoiserie silk dress with taupe L.K. Bennett heels. Prince William looks like a sophisticated prep in a navy blazer, crisp button-down and white trousers.
The Irish and the English have been fighting for centuries, which has led to violence, oppression, terrorism and death. In the short year that Kate Middleton and Prince William have been married, it seems the royal couple have been attempting to take small steps to uniting the two countries through… fashion? It might sound shallow at first, but it seems the prince and princess have been honoring the Emerald Isle all year! Today is St. Patrick’s Day, and in honor of March 17th, Kate Middleton handed out bouquets of shamrocks (the national flower of Ireland) to the Irish Guard (pictured, above). The princess sported a gorgeous belted green Emilia Wickstead coat with chocolate suede pumps and a matching “Betty Boop” hat by Lock and Co. She topped off her look with a gold shamrock brooch, previously used by the Queen Mother and Princess Anne, a bouquet of shamrocks in her lapel, and amethyst and diamond earrings by Kiki McDonough (hmm, a jeweler with an Irish surname). For their enormous wedding last April, Prince William donned the traditional red dress uniform of the Irish Guard. Considering one out of every three people on Earth watched the royal wedding, we have a feeling the prince was trying to make a statement about his respect for Ireland. Last year, William was appointed to the honorary rank of of Colonel of the Irish Guard, and last June the couple handed out operational service medals to the Guards who fought in Afghanistan (pictured, below). Princess Kate has also been sporting Irish designer Orla Kiely quite a bit, lately. Earlier this week, she wore a lovely gray accordion dress while visiting the Dulwich Picture Gallery (pictured, above left). In February, while visiting schools in Oxford, she wore a 1970s walnut-brown bird patterned dress coat by Kiely that sold out within minutes (pictured, above right). While the British-Irish conflict isn’t exactly a problem that will be fixed with clothing, it’s nice to see the young royals making an effort to unite the two cultures with shared traditions and Irish fashion. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
This probably should have been a “Look-of-the-Day” pick a couple of weeks ago when Princess Catherine first wore it, but we waited till now! Kate Middleton, looking glamorous as always wore this belted lavender Alexander McQueen gown when visiting Los Angeles in July. (This editor was supposed to attend the Alexander McQueen Exhibit at the Met with one of her best buddies today, but work got in the way… Boo!) Her platform silver strappy heels were by Jimmy Choo and her earrings were lent to her by Queen Elizabeth. William and Kate were attending the BAFTA Brits to Watch event in LA after their visit to Canada (where Kate also looked fab). The couple fit in perfectly among the Hollywood hotties who were trying to schmooze with the royal pair – although Kate outshined all of them!
Princess Catherine was certainly theme-dressing for Canada in red and white for the royal couple’s visit to our northern neighbors this week. Here, William and Kate were seeing the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Quebec. Dressed in her famous Reiss dress from her official engagement photos, a Anya Hindmarch fan clutch, a fabulous red hat by Sylvia Fletcher at Lock and Co. with matching stilettos, and a maple leaf brooch, Kate looked like one cute Canadian flag! Even though she was dressing to celebrate a different former British colony, she fit right in with our 4th of July fashion theme this weekend – red, white and blue! (Saturday was going to be red and white, Sunday blue and Monday all three American colors, but we just realized – Kate’s widely known engagement ring from Princess Diana, who would have turned 50 yesterday had she lived, is quite blue!) God Bless the USA! (And Canada! And the UK!)
Haven’t had enough of the royal wedding, yet? Kate Middleton’s famous Alexander McQueen bridal gown by Sarah Burton will go on display for visitors to see this coming summer! Buckingham Palace will offer tours from July 23rd to October 3rd of this year to view Princess Catherine’s dress, Cartier tiara, veil, heels, as well as the Rolls-Royce Phantom and 1902 State Landau coach that carried Kate and Wills. (Fun Fact: Even the wedding cake by Fiona Cairns will be shown in the State dining room!) Seeing the royal jewels is always a fun choice while visiting London, and being able to see this exhibit seems like a great addition! Tickets are $28.70 for adults and $16.50 for children. Wish we were there!
No strangers to being a “Tuesday Twosome,” Prince William and Kate Middleton’s outfits may look like they belong to a Pecksniffian pair, but this royal couple is actually quite grounded. Despite having billions of dollars, they don’t have any servants and do their own grocery shopping! Although in this photo, the Prince and Princess appear to be the playing the part at the Epsom Derby over the weekend. Wills dressed in a traditional top hat and morning suit, while Kate had on a conservative cream suit from favorite store Reiss, nude platform pumps and a 1940s-esque hat. Terrific and toothsome, as always.
Talk about one terrific “Tuesday Twosome!” As a political scientist, this editor just loves when fashion and politics collide, and this is the ultimate international combination of stylish spouses. Here, we have our elegant First Lady, Michelle Obama, and the posh princess, Kate Middleton, pictured during their meeting in the United Kingdom this morning. Princess Catherine sported one of her favorite designers, Reiss (you may remember the last time she wore one of their dresses…) The camel-colored Shola dress retails at $340 (which crashed the site today). Michelle wore an updated 1950s frock from Barbara Tfank. She accessorized her gorgeous black-belted, ice-blue, brocade dress with a pink shrug, silver stilettos and a beautiful brooch. Statecraft and style? Yes, please!
Kate may be the princess, but it seems no one can stop talking about her sister, Pippa! The cute brunette drew attention in her body-hugging bridesmaid gown, and it seems the public liked what they saw! Here is the maid-of-honor leaving London the day after the royal wedding in a crisp, summery look. She’s wearing a blue jacket from ZARA, white jeans, Tory Burch shoes, and a light grey Modalu Bristol handbag – which became so popular after this photo was taken that Modalu renamed it the “Pippa Bag.” Now that Kate is hitched, the public probably wants a new face to fawn over… and it seems Pippa is the new favorite!