January 17th 2017—William, Kate and Harry attended a briefing at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London to discuss the next phase of their mental health campaign, Heads Together.
Heads Together is a collective of experienced and inspiring charities that provide frontline mental health support, raise awareness and tackle stigma. You can learn more by clicking here.
The campaign is part of the three royals’ charity, The Royal Foundation.
William, Kate and Harry attended a number of events in support of Heads Together in 2016. Pictured below, William, Kate and Harry at the World Mental Health Day reception in the autumn.
Back to the briefing. The royal trio delivered short speeches explaining how their Heads Together campaign will help change the conversation on mental health in 2017. You can watch a segment of Kate’s speech below:
You can read the full speeches on the Royal UK website.
Heads Together is the London Marathon’s Charity of the Year for 2017. Heads Together want to use this focus to change the conversation on mental health in the UK.
Here’s a statement from their website:
As the Charity of the Year for the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon, we want to focus on tackling stigma and changing the conversation on mental health. We want 2017 to be the year of the mental health marathon! To help get the country talking about mental health Their Royal Highnesses are opening up the Heads Together campaign to organisations to become supporters.
Our main goal in the run up to the marathon will be to show people how important it is to just start a conversation with a friend, family member, colleague, or a professional when dealing with a mental health challenge. — HeadsTogether.org.uk
William, Kate and Harry met with supporters and marathon runners during today’s events. Here’s Kate meeting with channel 5 news presenter Sian Williams, snapped by her teammate BBC Radio 1 presenter Adele Roberts:
Kate wore a new dress for the engagement. It’s the Evita Lilly Collage Dress by Erdem.
The black, yellow and blue floral-printed dress features long sleeves, a crew neckline and a concealed zip at the back. It is partially lined with 100% silk.
Here’s how Erdem described the dress on their website (page no longer live) –
Transitioning as effortlessly between seasons as it does from day to evening, the Evita Dress possesses an innate elegance. Vibrant lilies in yellow, green and blue boldly punctuate a light weight, textured black matelassé background; intensely gathered around the waist, neckline and down the sleeves, delicate sprigs fall freely on the skirt, adding free spirited appeal to the formality of the demure silhouette.
The Duchess paired the dress with her burgundy Fringed Leather Pumps by Tod’s.
The shoes feature a block heel, a gold buckle and fringe detailing on the front. Net-A-Porter.com listed the shoes as ‘eggplant/cherry’ colour on their website, where they sold for $645 USD. The shoes are from Tod’s 2015 collection. Sadly, they are no longer available for purchase.
Kate carried a familiar accessory for today’s event. It’s the Mulberry Bayswater clutch bag in ‘conker’ suede. The suede clutch bag has an embossed gold-tone turn-key closure on the front. On the back, a patch pocket provides a space for carrying cards or ID. It comes with a shoulder chain, which Kate has chosen to remove or tuck in. On their website, Mulberry called the bag an “ultra-slim clutch with the versatility of a classic wallet.”
You may recall that Kate owns the bag in three different colours? In addition to the conker, she carries the piece in buttercream and black.
Mulberry no longer stock the Bayswater clutch, unfortunately. If you’re looking to invest in a new bag, try the new Bayswater Satchel instead. Or, a clutch or wallet from the Darley collection (Kate owns one of these in red too, as shown below!)
Finally, Kate wore her Oscar de la Renta earrings to the briefing. The earrings are handmade in America and feature a faux pearl that sits on a hammered gold-plated disk.
Kate first debuted the earrings during a visit to Manchester in 2016.
Oscar de la Renta called them “show-stopping button earrings” on their website, where they retailed for $190 USD. Sadly, the designer no longer stocks the earrings (though they do have some other stunning designs available—and on sale at the time of writing!)
Rachel @ Better LIVIN says
She has such a great sense of style! Thanks for these posts, it’s good to get fashion inspired!
Carly Wood says
I agree Rachel, and I just LOVE this dress!