Thursday, 29 June 2017

Kate Channels Jackie O in Gucci Mini Dress for V & A Museum Exhibition Road Opening!

The Duchess of Cambridge visited the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) to officially open the museum's new entrance, courtyard and exhibition gallery on Exhibition Road.


The V&A Exhibition Road Quarter is the V&A’s largest architectural project in the last 100 years, designed by British architect Amanda Levete. The project has created new public areas and gallery space for London, transforming the experience of the V&A for visitors, and revealing the historic facades of the Museum's existing Grade I buildings for the first time. A new public entrance to the V&A has been created on Exhibition Road, reconnecting the V&A with its neighbouring museums and institutions founded on the vision of Albertopolis, following the Great Exhibition of 1851.


The Duchess received a beautiful posy upon arrival from six-year-old Lydia, the daughter of museum director Tristram Hunt.


A smiling Kate met staff before entering the museum.


The project has been in the works for some time and there's been enormous excitement ahead of the unveiling. The new entrance leads visitors through the historic Aston Webb Screen into the world’s first porcelain tiled courtyard, which floats above a new column-free gallery that will host the V&A’s world-class exhibition programme.


The Guardian describes the £55 million new courtyard "Like a Marbella beach airlifted to South Ken". The article continues "A blinding sheet of white light bursts through the stone colonnade of the V&A, casting a glow across the grey paving stones of Exhibition Road. Catching the sunlight on its 11,000 handmade porcelain tiles, the museum’s new courtyard seems to burn with a molten luminosity, signalling the climax of its most ambitious building project in a century."


A peek inside...


A hidden gem comes in the form of a gaping 1,100 square metre gallery.


Take a look at the project from infancy to completion in this video spanning four years.


Kate toured the V&A Exhibition Road Quarter's new spaces, and heard about the design and unique features of the building.


The Duchess attended a short reception in The Blavatnik Hall to meet guests involved in the project's delivery.


Mingling with guests.


Kate unveiled a commemorative plaque in The Sackler Courtyard to officially mark the opening. The Sackler is the world’s first porcelain tiled public courtyard.


Kate's visit precedes REVEAL, a free, week-long public festival running from tomorrow celebrating the opening of the new entrance. To celebrate these new spaces, the V&A will be inviting the public to explore the V&A Exhibition Road Quarter’s unique combination of heritage, modernity and technology with a series of events that bring the architecture and collections to life.


Kate looked impeccably stylish in the Gucci Tweed Dress With Web (with thanks to Evangelina). It marks the first time the Duchess has worn clothing by the Italian luxury brand.


Made in Italy, the £1,790 cotton-blend mini dress comes in black and white light tweed with blue and red web trim and faux pearl embellishments that are topped with the label's iconic interlocking 'GG' logo. As of writing, the dress is available in several sizes at Gucci and Net-A-Porter.

Net-A-Porter

More from the product description:

'First developed by Gucci in the 50s, the Web instantly became the hallmark of a cultured club. Here it is used to frame the edges of this knee length dress. The GG pearl buttons are a new signature element of the brand. Made in a light soft tweed.'

A closer look at the garment.

Net-A-Porter

The dress is also available in 'Pink Wool Silk' as shown on the Gucci website.

Gucci

The dress has a very retro, 1960's feel to it - very much embodying the signature style of Jackie O. Bethan Holt reports:

'With its abbreviated length, tweed fabric and neat button and pocket detailling, the shift dress recalls the elegant look which Jackie Kennedy made her own in the early 1960s when she often wore pieces inspired by Coco Chanel's designs. That connection makes sense for Kate who has often nodded to Kennedy's style codes in her wardrobe choices, from her houndstooth skirt suit by Eponine London to her penchant for chic pillbox hats. '

Kate brought back her L.K. Bennett Art shoes today. You might recall Kate wore them for the couple's final pre-wedding engagement in 2011 before the wedding, with a navy Amanda Wakeley suit. The block heel works very well with the style of the dress today.


Another look at the shoes on Kate.


Kate carried a new red suede clutch.


And accessorised with her Annoushka pearls with Kiki McDonough hoops.



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Kensington Palace just announced the Duchess, Patron of the Natural History Museum, will attend the opening of the museum's spectacular new Hintze Hall on Thursday, 13 July. The launch event will recreate the sounds and scents of the ocean, to celebrate the museum's new star display – a diving blue whale skeleton suspended from the ceiling. During the launch event the Duchess will meet Sir Michael Dixon and Sir David Attenborough, and tour some of the new Wonder Bays including the blue marlin, where she will meet the curators and hear about ocean ecology and conservation. The Palace described this area as " a subject of particular interest for her."


If you're just joining us, you can view last night's post covering Kate's interview for a BBC documentary marking 90 years of Wimbledon here. Kate chats about her doctor banning her from the tournament in 2013, Carole's crush on Federer and the day Mike Middleton left her feeling "Mortified".


**This post will be updated with additional photos and information shortly**

Kate Reveals Wimbledon "Was Part of My Growing Up", Carole's Crush on Federer & Royals to Attend Althorp Service for Diana!

In our last post, we looked back at Kate's relationship with Wimbleon ahead of her attending as Royal Patron for the first time on Monday. We discussed how the official role would see duties associated with the All England Tennis Club expand and vary from what we've previously seen. It would appear that is the very much the case as it has been revealed the Duchess gave an interview for a new documentary celebrating ninety years of Wimbledon.


I think one can safely say it's by far the most candid, fun and open interview Kate has given. It's full of delightful nuggets recounting Kate's fond memories of attending the tournament. Kate's passion for Wimbledon is abundantly evident, it's been a part of her life long before she became a member of the royal family.  More from The Mirror's article:

'The 35-year-old, who became patron of the All England Tennis Club last year, said: “I have watched Wimbledon, that was very much part of my growing up. “I was really taken by Agassi and Sampras, Ivanisevic and Steffi Graf. Those are my first memories. 
Kate also said she queued for hours to get into the tournament before joining the Royal Family, adding: “Being able to go into Wimbledon and be part of an amazing atmosphere is special.” She said: “It inspires young people including myself. Every time Wimbledon is on I am thinking ‘Yes, I could do the same’ and get out the racket. Sadly, not the same results.”

Kate's parents also adore the sport and the most insightful quotes come from the stories she shared about them.

'And recalling a Royal Box gaffe, she said: “My father is not going to appreciate this but we were walking past Tim Henman and had just seen Sampras play."My dad said ‘Hi Pete’. I was mortified.

We knew the Middleton ladies were fond of Roger Federer, however it seems Carole has a particular fondness for the 'Prince of Tennis' :)

'Roger [Federer] is my mother’s heartthrob. I don’t think she will mind me saying that! I think he probably knows that too.'

Kate also revealed she asked her doctor if she could attend the 2013 Wimbledon final when she was eight months pregnant but he told her 'definitely not'. More from the Mail Online:

'I was very heavily pregnant. I wrote to him [Murray] afterwards saying sorry for not being there.'

The BBC shares the following on the documentary which includes interviews with tennis greats including Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, Billie Jean King, Virginia Wade, Rod Laver, Roger Federer, Pete Sampras, Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert and Andy Murray. "With The Championships celebrating 90 years of coverage on the BBC, Sue Barker sets off around the world in a special BBC One documentary to find out what is it about the green grass of Wimbledon that makes us all become tennis fans for two weeks every summer. On her travels Sue meets the men and women who have been instrumental in shaping the world's most prestigious and oldest tennis Championships. Legends. These are their stories as never told before, emotional and self-deprecating, revealing how their lives and careers were changed by the tournament."

BBC

Kate wore her red Armani suit for the interview. The Duchess debuted the suit in April when the young royals visited The Global Academy in support of Heads Together.


Made in Italy, the $848 single-breasted suit features a dart-seam front zip jacket, round collar and pencil skirt. The suit is from the Armani Collezioni line. Armani Collezioni provides made-to-measure tailored suits and workwear for both men and women. Armani is renowned for soft silhouettes and smart tailoring, and each and every detail in this collection is carefully chosen and constructed. Collezioni focuses on more wearable designs for the working man or woman, rather than the haute couture-inclined pieces of its parent brand Armani.

Armani

For those wishing to 'Repli-Kate' the look, the outstanding alternative by Tahari ASL remains available at Dillard's (with thanks to Kate's Closet). The $130 Stretch Crepe 2 Piece Skirt Suit incorporates many of the elements of Kate's Armani suit.

Dillard's

We can also see Kate wore her favourite Mirabelle Lolita earrings.

Mirabelle


Sue Barker: Our Wimbledon will screen on BBC1 on Sunday at 5.20pm.

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We also have several other updates to share. Earlier today, the Palace confirmed The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will attend a private service to re-dedicate the grave of Diana, Princess of Wales at Althorp House on Saturday 1 July. The service falls on what would have been her 56th birthday and will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Prince George and Princess Charlotte will join their parents along with Diana's family including her brother Earl Spencer and her sisters. Prince Charles will not be in attendance - he will be in Canada with the Duchess of Cornwall. 


The 20th anniversary coincides with a project to 're-enhance' Diana's resting place. More from the Althorp website:

'Redesign of The Oval Lake Marks Initial Stage of Garden Project at Althorp, the Spencer Family’s historic English Estate, in the First Major Revamp of the Gardens in 350 Years. The Oval Lake where Diana, Princess of Wales, was laid to rest on September 6, 1997, is undergoing an extensive redesign to honour her memory. It will be completed in time for the 20th anniversary of her death, in August 2017.
The island is located at the centre of the Spencer family’s 500-year-old ancestral estate, Althorp, which spans 13,000 acres surrounding its walled 500-acre park. Althorp, located 70 miles from London in Northamptonshire, England, has been the Spencers’ historic home for the past 18 generations, since it was built in 1508. The island at Althorp is in the process of undergoing remodeling, along with other parts of Althorp’s gardens.
The ambitious project at Althorp, which Earl Spencer’s wife, Countess Spencer is leading, will constitute the first transformation of the historic grounds since they were originally designed 350 years ago by André Le Nôtre – King Louis XIV of France’s principal gardener who masterminded the gardens of Versailles.
While Althorp is open to the public in July, August and at other select times during the year, there is no public access to the island itself.'

It's important to note the service is private and will not be covered by the media. It's possible car arrival/departure photos may emerge. Several readers on social media asked why the Palace made the announcement. Peter Hunt shared this "Officials say they've made public a private service because it's the 20th ann of Diana's death and it would be difficult to keep it secret." and Richard Palmer tweeted "I guess they are announcing it so the nation knows they are paying tribute on the anniversary of her birthday."

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Royal reporters confirmed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Service MI6 earlier today.

Richard Palmer Twitter Feed

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And finally, news Kate's Temperley London Cypre Frill Top is now available to purchase. The Duchess wore the piece in April for a Heads Together radio interview with BBC Radio 1.


The £395 'almond' top is described as "This slinky, fine-knit Temperley London top is detailed with a geometric pointelle design. Frilled ruffles trim the banded edges, and layered panels accent the chest. Long sleeves. Semi-sheer." It's available at multiple retailers including Net-A-Porter, ShopBop and the Temperley London website.

Temperley London

Net-A-Porter shares the following information "Temperley London's Pre-Fall '17 collection is inspired by Andrey Remnev's paintings of women in Renaissance-style clothing. This 'Cypre' sweater is finely spun with pointelle patterns that are as delicate and precise as lace. It's ruffled along the cuffs, hem and bust - the latter is placed to conceal your lingerie."

Temperley London

The top also comes in black, dusty blue and cameo pink. The pretty dress version is now available on the Temperley London website.

Temperley London

We'll see you tomorrow for Kate's visit to the V & A museum.