Bill & Cathy Cambridge in Los Angeles

Posted on July 10, 2011

That nice Cambridge couple got a chance to work on their swarthy British tans as they made the scene in L.A.

Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club for a charity event. Catherine wears a Jenny Packham dress paired with L.K. Bennett Sliver Sandals.

Jenny Packham Spring 2011 Collection

L.K. Bennett Sliver Sandal

We hate to say this – really we do – but we think this dress is a little ugly. Maybe that’s too harsh a word. It’s drab at the very least. We’re just not on board with these floral print dresses that look like old bedsheets and we’ve been seeing more than a few of them. And we feel so bad for dinging it because we’re thrilled to see her wearing a print. More and more our issue with the way she dresses for official duties isn’t so much a matter of style or taste as it is a belief that she isn’t wearing the colors that will serve her best. These drab, washed out looks don’t really set off her skin, hair, or eyes. When she breaks out the reds, greens, and blues (as she’s done on this trip), she lights up, but she too often reverts to these oatmeal-y color schemes that don’t suit her all that much.

Also, apparently she can wear open-toed shoes when she wants to, which makes us wonder why the ever-present nude pumps were deployed so often on this trip.

Bill looks suave in his summer togs.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive at the BAFTA ‘Brits to Watch’ event in Los Angeles. Catherine wears an Alexander McQueen gown with clutch and sandals by Jimmy Choo. Her earrings were reportedly loaned to her by Queen Elizabeth.

Jimmy Choo Vamp Glitter-Finish Sandals

Jimmy Choo Ubai Clutch

First impression: very,  very pretty. Gasp-worthy, in fact. If she must go for pale colors, better to pick something like this, with a hint of lilac to it. We love the shape of this dress on her and we love that she wore a belt. In fact, seeing her in such a prominent belt only convinces us more that she needs to wear them more often. It defines her shape for her. It’s funny how we have belt issues with two world figures: Michelle Obama and the Duchess of Cambridge. In Shelley’s case, she probably shouldn’t wear them as often as she does, and in Cathy’s case, she doesn’t wear them nearly often enough.

The poor dear does tend to accessorize like Barbie, though: diamond earrings, diamond bracelet, sparkly belt, sparkly clutch, sparkly shoes. She’s not a “some items sold separately” kinda gal.

Not really digging the double breasted, wide-lapeled jacket on Bill. Very Prince Charles.

 

 

[Photo Credit: Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images, elle.com, lkbennett.com, net-a-porter.com, shop.nordstrom.com]

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