Duchess Kate and Jessica Ennis bring glamour to the Sports Personality Awards

The Sports personality of the year awards are always a clear sign that it is nearly Christmas, and this year the ceremony was more exciting than ever. As well as having so many candidates deserving of winning the title after the greatest sporting year for Britain in living memory, the ceremony also heralded the first public engagement for the Duchess of Cambridge after her recent stay in hospital.

Kate looked incredibly elegant and glossy in an emerald-green, v necked gown from Alexander McQueen that had a rather sexy front split detail. The slightly puffed sleeves, fitted Cumberband style waistband and long skirt were demure, and the colour, emerald-green, has been named as the patone colour of 2013, showing Kate is clearly on the ball when it comes to her trends.

Jessica Ennis won the runner-up trophy and was also a clear winner in the style stakes. The beautiful heptathlete also had the whole of twitter seemingly gasping over the perfection of her bottom in her form-fitting red dress from Victoria Beckham which fitted her to perfection. I am a huge fan of Jessica’s style, and this dress was another classic look, clean lines, without frills and oozing sensuality.

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Duchess of Cambridge shines in gold at the Parlympics opening ceremony

It was a case of going for gold for Duchess Kate at the Olympics opening ceremony when she opted for a glorious brocade/lace coat in the subtlest of gold shades. Perhaps giving her support for another gold rush for Team GB, Kate wore a beautiful coat/dress from Day Birger et Mikkelson that she had worn as long ago as 2006, and has recycled almost every year since. But you can’t really blame her for this – it is a stunning piece, the perfect colour for the occasion, and also bang on trend for the next influx of brocade and lace that was so part of the A/W 2012 collections.

Kate is a huge fan of lace/brocade styles, and you can find this sort of look on the High Street and online for the new season. One of my favourite pieces is the gorgeous lace coat from Topshop that comes in a vintage colour that is delightfully described as tea stained! La Redoute also has a shorter brocade coat that is currently reduced. I think this is a great buy for the new season – a really cute vintage style cover up that has a 1960s feel to it.

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If you prefer a dress, then you could still channel the brocade style, or go for lace, a style the Duchess often opts for. There are still some gorgeous champagne and gold lace dresses available in the late Summer sales, or you could choose a new season style or colour.

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Kate teamed her beautiful coat with a lovely clutch bag from Wilbur & Gussie that has a very familiar look to it. Both Kate and sister Pippa are fans of this company, who create the sort of perfect evening bags that take you from all events, from weddings to black tie affairs. Exquisitely beaded, these are statements bags that again have a vintage air to them. You can currently find a whole range of Wilbur & Gussie clutches at House of Fraser. I have picked out a few of my favourites for you.

Wilbur & Gussie Glitter envelope clutch

Wilbur & Gussie Lace print envelope clutch

Wilbur & Gussie Chain print envelope clutch


Jessica Ennis – Queen of the World

Jessica Ennis is on top of the world right now, the Golden girl of sport with a gold medal to prove it. And it seems that sport is not the only area in which Jessica is excelling – showing herself to be no slouch in the style stakes either. Blessed with a glorious figure and a beautiful face, it would be hard for Jessica to look anything less than stunning, but her style choices have met with universal approval.

From Victoria Beckham on the Jonathan Ross show, to Alexander McQueen in salmon pink, Jessica has shown her style is ladylike and classic. She chooses knee length skirts, but varies the silhouette – from skater style skirts to very sexy pencil styles. She embraces a colour palette that makes the clothes visually interesting – not all little black dresses for this lady – and then leaves the trainers behind to enhance each outfit with a killer heel.

I think it is wonderful that so many young girls are already citing Jessica as an inspiration, her healthy, sporty physique is a fabulous thing for young girls to see as an ideal. And with Jessica showing that her off track style is impressive as her track performance, I hope she is one trendsetter who we will be talking about for a very long time.




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