Kate Middleton – Latest Outfits

It’s been a busy week for Duchess Kate. The state visit of the Chinese President has seen Kate attend her first state banquet, and she has also met Jackie Chan and attended multiple occasions in Scotland. For lovers of Kate’s style, it has been a real fashion bonanza, because she has, quite frankly, looked amazing for every occasion, with the Dolce and Gabbana Marsala dress being one of my favourite Kate looks ever.

Here are three outfits from this week in a bit more detail.

Look 1 – State Banquet.

Red is always a great colour for Kate, and the Jenny Packham dress was a beautiful, formal choice. This dress did remind me of the sort of styles Princess Diana opted for in the late 80s for some reason, and I did think that Kate played it just right for the occasion – with red being a perfect colour for China, and the dress being elegant and demure.

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Red is a great choice for Christmas formal occasions and there are some stunning red looks around if you want to take inspiration from Kate for the upcoming party season.

VIVIEN ONE SHOULDER DRESS £195.00 click to visit Coast

VIVIEN ONE SHOULDER DRESS
£195.00 click to visit Coast

GIUGLIA DRESS £95.00 click to visit Coast

GIUGLIA DRESS
£95.00 click to visit Coast

SANDRINA DRESS £169.00 click to visit Coast

SANDRINA DRESS
£169.00 click to visit Coast

REEVA LACE MAXI DRESS £109.00 click to visit Coast

REEVA LACE MAXI DRESS
£109.00 click to visit Coast

Look 2 – Dolce and Gabbana Lace

This is one of my favourite Kate Middleton looks ever. Some have commented that it is a shame Kate didn’t opt for purely British designers during this week, but this marsala lace dress was a spectacular triumph for Kate, with the lace managing to be both classic and totally modern. It is just the epitome of chic, and totally what a 21st century princess should be choosing to wear.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping State Visit to London, Britain - 21 Oct 2015

 Dolce & Gabbana floral lace midi dress £1,850.00 click to visit Farfetch

Dolce & Gabbana
floral lace midi dress
£1,850.00 click to visit Farfetch

With this shade being the colour of the season, and lace being a style staple, there are lots of ways to incorporate this sort of look into your wardrobe.

ALLUREA LACE DRESS £119.00 click to visit Coast

ALLUREA LACE DRESS
£119.00 click to visit Coast

Nightingales Side RuchedLace Dress £55 Click to visit JD Williams

Nightingales Side RuchedLace Dress £55 Click to visit JD Williams

**Lace Bodycon Dress by Glamorous     Price: £35 click to visit Topshop

**Lace Bodycon Dress by Glamorous
Price: £35
click to visit Topshop

Lace Bodycon Dress £60 click to visit Next

Lace Bodycon Dress £60 click to visit Next

 

Monsoon Molly Lace Dress £189 click to visit Next

Monsoon Molly Lace Dress £189 click to visit Next

Look 3 – Christopher Kane in Scotland

Kate wore one of the brightest stars of British fashion for a series of appointments in Scotland (Dundee to be precise.) The Christopher Kane coat and dress is another sleek and stylish look that is perfect in its minimalism.

kate-now--zA blue coat is a great alternative to classic black, it adds a little bit of colour to the wardrobe but seems to be a colour that suits most hair colours and skin tones.

Jackson oversized Wool Coat £180 click to visit French Connection  http://media.frenchconnection.com/ms/fcuk/70EAK_4.jpg?height=117&width=78     Jackson Oversized Wool Coat     image: http://media.frenchconnection.com/ms/fcuk/70EAK_5.jpg?height=117&width=78     Jackson Oversized Wool Coat Next Jackson Oversized Wool Coat £180.00 Read more at http://www.frenchconnection.com/product/Woman+Collections/70EAK/Jackson+Oversized+Wool+Coat.htm#s7MAkZbIxrtklaoT.99


Jackson Oversized Wool Coat
£180.00 Click to visit French Connection

 LORILI Long wool wrap coat     £299 click to visit Ted Baker


LORILI
Long wool wrap coat
£299 click to visit Ted Baker

 Pied a Terre Hallie Funnel Neck Coat  £149 click to visit House of Fraser


Pied a Terre Hallie Funnel Neck Coat
£149 click to visit House of Fraser

Engagement Ring Trends

ethical-fine-jewellery-lgThe engagement ring market is constantly evolving, as discerning consumers look for something different to set themselves apart from the crowd.

For several years, the focus was on the vintage-style glamour of Edwardian and Victorian era rings – typically a statement diamond surrounded by a halo of small gems. Over the last few years though, we’ve seen a surge in demand for coloured gemstones.

Part of this can undoubtedly be traced back to 2010, when Prince William presented Kate Middleton with the twelve carat blue sapphire ring that had previously belonged to his mother, Princess Diana. But even before this, blue sapphire had already been growing in popularity, as it represented the best value of the ‘Big Four’ engagement ring stones – diamond, ruby, emerald and sapphire. The engagement of William and Kate merely pushed this trend onto the next level.

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Sapphire still represents good value, but prices have risen in the last couple of years to reflect increased demand. This may partly explain why consumers are looking at other options aside from the classic shades of peacock or royal blue.

Fancy colours such as yellow and bright pink have both been fashionable, and in the last few months there has been significant demand for Padparadscha, a unique pinkish-orange shade that mainly originates in Sri Lanka. The name derives from the Singhalese word for lotus blossom, whose colour bears a close resemblance to the gemstone. It’s likely that demand for Padparadscha is linked to the current popularity of rose gold, as the two work extremely well together.

Padparadscha

Padparadscha

Aside from sapphire, we have also seen a recent trend towards emerald engagement rings. Emerald hasn’t always been a popular choice, as it’s softer and more easily damaged than either diamond or sapphire. It also generally contains blemishes or inclusions visible to the naked eye, even in good-quality stones (for this reason the Gemological Institute of America defines it as a ‘Type 3’ gemstone, while diamond is ‘Type 1’ and sapphire is ‘Type 2’).

But despite the possible drawbacks, both Halle Berry and Zoe Saldana made the bold choice to go with emerald for their engagement ring and in recent months it seems that plenty of women have chosen to follow suit.

Zoe Saldana Engagement Ring

Zoe Saldana Engagement Ring

Halle Berry

Halle Berry

This post is by David Rhode, of ethical jeweller Ingle & Rhode

 

 

M&Co are celebrating the shift dress this Spring

The shift dress is a design classic, an item of clothing that never dates and certainly never goes out of fashion. It first gained fame in the 1950s and 60s, when shift designs by Norman Norell, Lily Pulitzer and of course Givenchy, were worn by Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy and Jean Shrimpton. The simple design and clean lines of the shift made it a design that still remained vibrant and important even as the 1960s began to swing – the hemlines were just raised a little.

The design gained shoulder pads in the 1980s, and then worked with the minimalistic style of the 1990s, being the last fashion favourite of Diana, Princess of Wales. In face, the shift dress was the fashion item of the 1990s, being worn by Posh Spice aka Victoria Beckham in the Spice Girls Wannabe video, and it was also a favourite of Kate Moss and the late Carolyn Bessette Kennedy.

And it shows no signs of going anywhere soon. No modern-day fashionista worth her salt would be without this wardrobe classic. Mollie King, Amal Clooney, Victoria Beckham and Kate Moss have all been seen wearing the style staple to great effect. Whether it be in the guise of a little black dress, a pretty floral shift, or a bright, colour block number, the shift is perfect for so many occasions, and looks great whether teamed with flat sandals, stiletto heels or chunky heeled boots. High Street favourite M&Co have a gorgeous range of shift dresses this season, so if you are thinking of adding one to your wardrobe, this would be a great place to take a look.

 

Classic Shift Dresses

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Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffanys

 

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Jackie Kennedy in Lily Pulitzer

 

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Jean Shrimpton

 

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Princess Diana wore a lot of shift dresses in 1996/97

 

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Posh Spice

 

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Kate Moss and Johnny Depp when they were the most gorgeous couple in the world

 

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John Junior and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy

 

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Amal and George Clooney

 

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Mollie King

 

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Modern day Mrs Beckham still loves a shift dress.

 

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Kerry Washington

 

Shift Dresses at M&Co

So Jackie Kennedy…

Jacquard shift dress Details http://www.mandco.com/jacquard-shift-dress-yellow/121369500600008.html Product Number: 121369500600008 Colour: YELLOW £45.00 click to visit M&Co

Jacquard shift dress
£45.00

Floral print shift dress Details http://www.mandco.com/floral-print-shift-dress-white/121430600300008.html Product Number: 121430600300008 Colour: WHITE £39.00 click to visit M&Co

Floral print shift dress
£39.00

V neck shift dress Details http://www.mandco.com/v-neck-shift-dress-yellow/121370900600008.html Product Number: 121370900600008 Colour: YELLOW £35.00 click to visit M&Co

V neck shift dress
£35.00

Floral print shift dress £35.00 click to visit M&Co

Floral print shift dress
£35.00

Embellished floral shift dress £45.00 click to visit M&Co

Embellished floral shift dress
£45.00

Diamond print shift dress £39.00 click to visit M&Co

Diamond print shift dress
£39.00

Check print shift dress £39.00 click to visit M&Co

Check print shift dress
£39.00

Textured shift dress £22.40 Was £32.00 click to visit M&Co

Textured shift dress
£22.40 Was £32.00

Guipure lace shift dress £85.00 click to visit M&Co

Guipure lace shift dress
£85.00

Floral jacquard shift dress £75.00 click to visit M&Co

Floral jacquard shift dress
£75.00

To view all the M&Co dresses, click here.

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