Kate, Not So Great

I miss her.  I miss her, so, so much.  Princess Diana, the woman who lit up the room.  Every time I see Kate, I think about what Diana would have worn.  Sometimes, I look through all of my old books about Diana.  One day I might plunk out some money for one of her iconic knitted sweaters.  Such as the black sheep, the alpaca, koala bear or the one above.  These sweaters were known as the, "Royal Sweaters."  At times a whole bunch of them will come out at once, over and over again.  I put the following quote up on the inside door, of my 11th grade locker, from the above sweater, "I'm a luxury few can afford."  In other words, "Don't hit on me unless you make $12.50 an hour you, 17 year old, you."  Ahahaha.  My mother and Diana may have bumped into each other on the streets of London, as they both lived in proximity to one another.  

This last trip that Kate and William took to Australia, really made me miss Diana.  Maybe we'll always be in Diana withdrawals.  She wasn't perfect, and none of us are, but she held us captive.  Of course, she died in the age of mystery, and that was a part of her allure, but I miss her.

I don't think Kate is the fashion trailblazer that Diana was.  With Diana it was always new and fresh, cute and approachable.  Kate didn't have any great fashion moments.  Diana had us looking up and down, she held us.  I'm not expecting Kate to be Diana, but I do think the style stakes could be upped a bit more.

Kate Middleton and Prince William posed in front of Ayers Rock at the end of day 15 [AP]

Hollow, empty, makes me miss Di.  This whole ensemble makes me ache for Diana. We are given nothing, nothing but "safe."  What about this?  A wide electric blue waistband belt around that dress, opposite on the color wheel of the Ayers rock.  Hair half up in a Mohawk braid, with the sapphire earrings.  Mixing old with new, and in tribute to the late Diana.  The shoes can be black sandal boots, Gladiator style.  Give us something Kate, make us feel connected.  She leaves us empty, Diana never left us empty.  One could almost say that Diana invested in her audience, and they therefore were very invested in her.

Favourite: The Duchess wore an Alexander McQueen cornflower blue coat dress, with navy suede shoes in Blenheim at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

Like this one.  Yeah, the plane scenario between the two of them was a cute, but again, "SIGH!"  This is a great opportunity to wear the Royal brooches.  One on each shoulder, not right on top, but facing you, maybe a cluster on each.  They need to be worn in an un-conventional sort of way, fresh and new.  Heels need to be red, with a red and white polka dot sole.  Why?  Because it is in homage to Rosie the Riveter, and a retro pattern.  The hair can have a plain ribbon red headband.  But no, it is nothing, the outfit just says, "I went to the store and picked out a coat."  Pout, pout, I miss Di. 

Vibrant: Kate wore a sheath style blue and white dress from LK Bennett for her arrival in Brisbane

Like this?  What is this?  It looks like it came out of a Sears catalogue, eeeeuuueeww.  I mean Sears is nice, but not for a Royal tour.  Hot pink clutch, fold over in leather to start.  Give those flowers a bit of edge.  A Royal jewel bracelet, so that people can feel connected to the Royal family.  The shoes need to be white, but with a certain design.  I'm mixed about a fascinator at this point, but with the bracelet I have in mind and the design, the audience won't be left hungry.  Preferably, what we want to do here is use the Royal jewels that have been worn in the past, by other Royals.  You know you get 2nd and 3rd generation coming to these events, and they want to feel connected to the generations before them.

Rugby attire: Kate changed into skinny jeans, a pastel Jonathan Saunders knit and Mint Velvet plimsolls
Daily Mail

No Kate, no, no, no.  No connection again.  Wear a collegiate sweatshirt, or the Field Hockey team sweatshirt for Great Britain.  Represent!  But yet, they don't.  Wear a St.Andrew's sweatshirt, you are coming up on your third year anniversary.  This sweater needs to leave the premises.  Form an emotional connection with the audience, this sweater does not do that.

Easter Sunday: Kate wore a stunning dove grey Alexander McQueen coat dress to a service at St Andrew¿s Cathedral

Did Camilla pick this out?  Because it looks like Camilla picked this out.  Those outfits should be for Camilla.  Ugh.  This needs to be a totally different outfit.  While were here, the Royal Jewels need to be brought out, I would go with light pink shoes.  A clutch with Victorian roses, and those roses intertwined in the hat.  Trust me, it would look good.  I'm thinking the Redoute roses and Carolina Herrera. 

Doting mum: Kate wore a now sold out £390 black and white Tory Burch knitted dress and a £5,500 Cartier Ballon Bleu watch for a play date with George

Okay here we are at playgroup.  This outfit is all wrong.  Flats ..........in a baby blue, George is still a baby, and the flats will be in tribute to his babyhood.  Black floodwaters with a medium cuff, coming out and mother of pearl buttons.  A t-shirt with a sweater, and hair in a headband.  Maybe a little bit of Audrey Hepburn.  Again, she gives us nothing.

Bright: In Waikato Kate wore the $3,000 green wool-crepe coat dress by Turkish-English label Erdem which William disapproved of

Okay, this coat can go places........it can leave and lift.  For now the plane is stalled, the coat went nowhere.  Black and white striped clutch, with an amazing hat.  Hair back into a bun, and I'm thinking a Royal choker, we'll see.  

Kate Middleton & Prince William Open Cancer Unit

I remember this visit.  Whenever Diana went to a hospital she wore something that would take the child's mind off of all the pain, not look like the wall of a hospital.  I suspect that they're both trying to reflect austerity, but end up blending in with the wall of a hospital.  William could have put a cartoonish tie on, and then donated it to the hospital.  Kate needed to wear a beautiful butterfly print dress, turquoise and purple with a Royal necklace and shoes with one big butterfly on each.  These kids will talk about this visit for the rest of their lives.  They will try to color pictures, and they want something interesting to color.  Look like a princess to them, the girls want to tell you how they love your clothes, and the boys want to laugh at the tie.  William and Kate are on very tight boundaries as to what they can and can't talk about, connection needs to be formed with clothing too.

I know these are financially hard times for people and that the Royals don't want to flaunt all of their jewels, or seem like clotheshorses, but they could bring in a stylist to up the ante just a bit more.  The audience needs to be acknowledged through the clothing.  It isn't Will or Kate's fault, and it doesn't reflect poorly on them, but the public relations part of this is important.  The survival of the monarchy needs all of these little things.  We may find in time, there is an audience, that becomes just as captivated with her as they were with Diana.  People want to see a Princess, give them that.

When Diana used to go visit children in the hospital, she would look glamorous and dress up in bright colors, knowing that the kids would like those bright colors.  I took a page out of Di's playbook before I left to see Anne-Louise at the hospital, and I'll never forget it as long as I live.  I wasn't supposed to go and see her, but when I did she looked like Chump out of the Goonies, all swollen up.  I'll never forget walking in and having the wind knocked out of me.  However, the most magical thing happened,  Anne-Louise's mangled face lit-up and the first thing she said to me was, "Mom I love those earrings, look at those earrings!"  I picked them out, they were colorful, beaded, the kind of thing a kid would like, something Diana might wear.  I took them off and Anne-Louise held them and kept putting them on and off of me.  I still have them, they need some repair work, but taking a page out of Di's fashion plate really helped.  And it always woos an audience, no matter what state they may be in.


I was really happy to see that the hem lines were lowered and weights put in at the bottom of the seams for Kate's clothing of the Australia tour.  We do not want any dresses or skirts flying up, or any mid-thigh showing.   All of the clothing flaps, make Kate more vulnerable.  Kate also carries the weight of a great history behind her, all of it.  It needs to be carried, in a modern and modest way. 

  Girls who do dress immodestly show the limited amount of education throughout the generations.  It's because there hasn't been a high amount of education throughout the generations, and that particular brain may find stimulation through bad sexual attention.  This particular brain wasn't formed to feel stimulated by Shakespeare or Liszt.  Instead the brain has to find stimulation through lower means, such as attention through immodest clothing.  That's why education is so important, it "broadens the mind" and the girl can then see the world for more than getting attention through bad clothing.  

Countries with a high sexualization of women or a culture of, "womanizing" are often more likely to experience a higher rate of economic poverty.  The men like the attention the woman gets, and the women have not seen or experienced a bigger world.  The women are trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty, and therefore are powerless to stop the corruption in their own communities or government.  The only thing they have going for them is their looks.  Caitlin Flanagan's book Girl Land talks about all of that.  One could almost say that the economic upheaval that has happened in so many of these countries, is in direct correlation with a powerless culture of women.

My mother has noticed that the low-cut jeans and tank tops with spaghetti straps are out, and the more modest clothing is in.  In the world of side boobs and tank tops, we are seeing a "Return to Modesty."  Sexy does not mean you are dressed like a meal ticket, but it does not mean that you should look like a frump either.  One of my mother's colleagues said it perfectly, "The lower the IQ, the lower the top." 
Diana is stunning in houndstooth as she and William attend church in Sandringham. via StyleList
Nobody can ever replace Diana, but it would be nice if there were just a bit more of the Royal touch, make it special for the audience.  The more an audience feels a connection to an outfit, the greater the investment that individual will feel towards the Royal family.  And that my friends, means survival for the Monarchy.

1 comment:

  1. So well explained, I always knew Kate was missing something, but I would have never been able to describe it and you have... my godness you have! I had to come from a creative sould and mind.


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