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Duchess wears Asos maternity dress for visit to Home-Start’s Brookhill Children’s Centre in Woolwich

This morning, The Duchess of Cambridge visited Home-Start’s Brookhill Children’s Centre in Woolwich to learn more about the charity and find out more about the support it provides for children and families.

Kate Middleton Asos Maternity Dress

Home-Start provides families with young children support so they can “deal with whatever life throws at them”. The charity has a network of volunteers that provide free, non-judgemental one-to-one support and mentoring to over 32,000 families who are struggling to cope in a variety of situations including isolation, mental ill health, bereavement, multiple births, illness or disability.

Home Start UK

Upon arrival, the Duchess was introduced to the Mayor and Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich. She then attended a briefing with Home-Start UK’s chief executive, Rob Parkinson and the centre’s manager, Dawn Brown (see below).

The Duchess at home start

Rob and Dawn told Kate more about the work the charity does to support families to cope, improve confidence and build better lives for their children.

Duchess of Cambridge tours Home Start and meets families

After the briefing session, Kate attended a coffee morning with families who have been supported by Home-Start. Kate chatted with the families about their experiences.  Here she is with a cute little baby girl whose family uses Home-Start’s services:

Kate meets a baby girl at home start

What an adorable picture:

Here’s a lovely video from The Daily Mail’s Rebecca English:

Next, it was onto a volunteer training session. Kate learned how volunteers are taught to offer practical and emotional support in a family’s home, which in turn helps the children to make the most of nursery or school.

A short vine video:

Finally, the Duchess toured the onsite “Together for Twos” creche, where she met families and staff.

Kate’s outfit:

For today’s visit, Duchess Kate wore a polka dot skater dress by Asos Maternity.

The spotty dress is exclusive to Asos and features a fake wrap front and 3/4 length sleeves.  Click the picture below to view the dress on Asos’ website:

The dress is made from stretch fabric (viscose/elastane) and is designed to fit through all stages of pregnancy.  The brand describe it as “true to size” and has an “empire seam” design.

ASOS Polka Dot Maternity dress

Sadly, the dress sold out quickly in all remaining sizes, but an ASOS rep confirms they WILL restock the dress,, woohoo!  As of MAY 27th 2015, the DRESS IS BACK IN STOCK, in ALL SIZES!  Buy this dress by clicking here.

 

Today, a fashion-related mystery was solved!  The Duchess wore a black coat with ruffled trim, which we’d seen her wear previously in 2012 to a party at the exclusive London private members club Loulou’s in Mayfair.  Here we show a picture from that evening – NOTE – I have brightened the picture in Photoshop, to highlight the coat’s features, leading to a loss of quality.  But it was essential to show off the coat:

Duchess of Cambridge wears a black coat to LouLou's nightclub in 2012

Here’s a look at Kate’s coat today, from the front:

Duchess Kate arrives at Home Start wearing ASOS dress

And a look at the back too:

Duchess of Cambridge Mystery Coat

Rebecca English (who writes for The Daily Mail) confirmed that Kate’s black coat was made several years ago by her “private dressmaker.” 

I have a theory that Kate’s “private dressmaker” is Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton acting in a personal capacity.  Perhaps, creating Kate bespoke pieces, as a friend, as a gift for special occasions.  I have absolutely nothing to back this up, other than the similarity between the following two garments.  Left: Kate wearing a light blue Alexander McQueen coat (confirmed) during the 2014 Australia tour.  Right: Kate wearing another coat by the “private dressmaker” on Christmas day 2011.

Is Kate's coat by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen

I could be totally wrong – it’s just a theory!  But Sarah Burton did design Kate’s wedding dress.  The two might have become close?

Back to today’s engagement.  Kate paired her ASOS dress and coat with accessories that should be very familiar by now (the Duchess has worn them together on a number of recent occasions.)

The Duchess wore her black suede Stuart Weitzman Power pumps:

Stuart Weitzman Power in Black Suede

She also carried her co-ordinating black suede “Bayswater” clutch bag by Mulberry (shown below in black leather).

mulberry bayswater clutch

Kate wore her Cartier “Ballon Bleu” watch (33cm size) –

Cartier Ballon Bleu watch

The Duchess added a little sparkle to her outfit with Mappin & Webb’s £3,950 (approximately $5,800 USD) white gold and diamond “fortune necklace

Mappin and Webb Fortune Necklace

Finally, Kate wore her Kiki McDonough pink morganite cushion drop earrings.

The earrings are pretty new to Kate’s collection, she debuted them at the Commonwealth Observance earlier this month:

Kiki McDonough Pink Classic cushion drop earrings

Kate's outfit for Home Start visit

Kate Middleton's Mulberry Bayswater Wallet Clutch Bags in Black, Maroon and Cream suede

Mulberry Bayswater Clutch

Conker / Black / Buttercream suede

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Comments

  1. Wonder if the pink earrings are a clue to her baby’s gender? She certainly seems entranced by the infant girl in the pictures! Thanks for the coverage. 😉

    • Carly (admin) says:

      I think a lot of us are hoping for a cute baby girl to coo over this time around!

      But in fairness, it’s widely reported William & Kate haven’t found out the baby’s gender and didn’t with George either.

  2. Have a feeling it’s the Queen’s dressmaker.

    Can’t imagine why Sarah Burton would want to make something and not put the McQueen label on it.

    • Carly (admin) says:

      Good point, although there are a couple of reasons I can think of. 1) It’s a personal gift, made with SB’s own time and resources – and not McQueens, plus it’s not part of the McQueen line (perhaps even pieces SB designed before joining McQueen?)

      Another great theory re: Queen’s dressmaker(though again, why wouldn’t the press say Angela Kelley, the Queen’s dressmaker?)

      A third theory is that it’s a small independent dressmaker in Kensington/London who doesn’t want to be SWAMPED with orders from fans. I wonder, why would Kate go to the trouble of having a plain black coat made, when she could just easily (and inexpensively) buy one?

      I’d love for us to solve the mystery though!

      • Reason 1 response: Sarah Burton has been working at McQueen since 1997. Though I can see where the idea would have came from it doesn’t work I don’t think.

        I believe your third theory (small dressmaker). Who knows if we’ll ever know!

        • Carly (admin) says:

          Ah fair enough, for some reason I thought hers was a fairly recent appointment (e.g. just before wedding)! Ooops! Crossed wires 🙂

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