Duchess Kate looks fab in Jaeger

Today I was, more than ever, envious of the Duchess of Cambridge, as she got to spend the morning with the totally swoonsome Sir Ben Ainslie, one of my top crushes. Kate was attending a breakfast reception at the National Maritime Museum in support of Britain’s bid to host the America’s Cup in 2017.

The Duchess opted to wear a beautiful, nautical coloured dress from Jaeger. This dress created another online stampede. It was in the current Jaeger sale, reduced to £99, and was, this morning, available in all sizes. Then the images emerged of Kate looking cool and chic in the white and navy dress, and, of course, it then instantly sold out. The Kate effect had struck again!

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This is one of my fave Kate looks ever. The effect of the white dress with the navy trim was cool and fresh. The use of nautical navy and white was a great nod to the occasion, but this was not a costume, Kate was not dressed in a sailor suit. Instead the look was perfect for the warm summer day, and a great alternative to the more traditional black and white.

Dorothy Perkins has some great navy and white (and black and white) pencil dresses in its current collection. These are perfect for a formal occasion, or as a summer dress that is still smart and practical for office wear.

Get the look at Dorothy Perkins

Black and white pencil dress     Price: £35.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Black and white pencil dress
Price: £35.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Navy Block Piped Dress     Price: £25.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Navy Block Piped Dress
Price: £25.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Ivory Block Piped Dress     Price: £25.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Ivory Block Piped Dress
Price: £25.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Amy Childs 'Elizabeth' Black white pencil dress     Price: £70.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Amy Childs ‘Elizabeth’ Black white pencil dress
Price: £70.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

To view all Dorothy Perkins pencil dresses, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jaeger A/W Press Day – Raiding the Archives

When a company is celebrating 130 years in business, it is a fair bet to say that their archives would be rich in quality and style, and totally ripe for  modern re-invention. That is the story that was on display at the Jaeger A/W press day that took place last month in a rather lovely part of London.

Jaeger had decided to look ‘back to the future’ for its latest collections, finding key pieces from the past, and then tweaking the designs for 21st century sensibilities. The original pieces were shown on a brown mannequin, with the modern interpretation being shown on a white mannequin. I have to say that in many cases, the original design was timeless and totally lived up to our modern-day ideals of style. But the new designs are fabulous, and sure to be modern classics themselves. Who knows, maybe in another 130 years we may be seeing new versions of these designs.

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DSCN7180There were also a series of brand new designs that just epitomized classic, grown-up elegance. This was not a collection concerned with ‘fashion’ as a throwaway, disposable form. Instead, this collection was aiming for longevity in your wardrobe, with pieces that you will wear year after year after year. The coats, in particular, are just superb in every way, whilst the shift dresses are suitable for every occasion.

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