Cathy Cambridge Goes to WERQ

Posted on May 09, 2012

Doing it, Duchess-style:

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, attends a black tie event at the Thirty Club in London in a Roland Mouret gown paired with Jimmy Choo sandals.

Jimmy Choo ‘Vamp’ Sandal

You go on and get it, girl. FLAWLESS.

But you really must do something about Bill and his unfortunate need to wear his father’s tuxedos.


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  • mjude

    quite stunning

    • Agree that she’s fabulous in every way, but don’t like the platform sandals with that dress.

      I think her biggest challenge is getting out of a car wearing a dress with a high slit in front. Does one practice to avoid giving the photographers an embarrassing picture?

  • Vaksine

    This woman can do no wrong.

    • HomeOfficeGirl

      Truly.  I love her… sigh. 

      • She never looks bad. I want to hate her but she has such pretty hair.

        • She does! I wish she’d wear her hair up sometimes. It’s sad to see such lovely hair consistently styled in the same way.

  • Scarlet39

    Spectacular! I’m glad she accessorized tastefully and didn’t ruin the stunning simplicity of the dress.

  • Kayceed

    Beautiful. I love white for evening.

    • mmgk

      It’s kind of freaking me out seeing how close her hem is to the dirty concrete.  ick.

      • Even the dirt in the UK knows better than to soil her royal Duchess of Fabulousness, and is scattering in advance of her Choos. Or she’s floating an inch off the ground everywhere she goes-I’d believe that too.

      • Corsetmaker

        Her hem is the right length so it’ll be fine. Oh I’m so sick of too long hems on gowns! It’s a novelty seeing one that can be walked in.

  • mozzer0906


  • Isn’t that Pippa’s bridesmaid dress?

    • Vaksine

      Not quite. Pippa’s was short-sleeved and showed about five times more boobage.

  • MissAnnieRN

    I always post that I covet her hair.  I’ll take her legs as well.  She always looks amazing.  But even I, who has a tremendous Girl Crush on Duchess of Shiny Hair have started to grow bored of her clothing.  It’s always a suit with a peplum, a basic dress, the shapes are always the same.  I mean, don’t misunderstand, she looks elegant and classy as hell – but when you are photographed as often as she is, it might be nice to throw in a little spice every now and then.  PS – your shoes are exactly the kind of unexpected thing I am talking about.

    • She has to be careful (and conservative) because she’s a royal — not a Hollywood celebrity. I LOVE her, but kinda wish she had worn her hair up with this. Definitely one of her best looks, though. I die for those shoes (and her legs). 

      • MissAnnieRN

        I agree that she has to be conservative.  But there is a lot of territory between plain jane and too risque.  The last she wore that truly stands out in my mind was that blue Missoni coat she wore.  Apparently she took shit for it because it was an Italian designer.  Which, whatever….But there was nothing un-conservative about that coat.  It was not visually risky.  Apparently it was politically risky which again – whatever.  Not that mine is an original criticism or anything.  Maybe she’ll spice it up for the Olympics.  I want to see her in some sequined Union Jack Dress lik e a f’in spice girl, LOL.

        • Theat would be epic!  I want to see her in some batshit crazy Gareth Pugh. At least she’ll be supporting homegrown designers…

        • CassandraMortmain

          I would pay cash money to see her in a sequined Union Jack mini-dress during the Olympics.  Betty, make it happen!

      • shirab

        I was just about to say the same thing about the hair! It’s glorious down, of course, but a sophisticated chignon or something would have really worked with this gown.

      • I think she always wears her hair down to show she is down to earth…aka the Jennifer Aniston syndrome. 

    • NCDFan

      I’m betting that after all the flap about the scar just beyond her hairline that she won’t be pulling her hair back any time soon.

  • ChiKat67

    I. WANT. THOSE. CHOOS!!!!!!

    • 3boysful

       I love them, too.  But never having spent $700 on a pair of heels, are the expensive ones more comfortable than the lesser ones?   I always cringe, imagining how much time Cathy spends standing, and how she can never kick them off until she’s back in the limo.

      •  I splurged once and bought a pair of Louboutins and they’re marginally more comfortable — I can last maybe an hour longer in them than cheaper heels. That hour is probably not worth it when you do the cost-benefit analysis though, haha.

        • Maggie_Mae

          Irene Adler wore a stunning pair in the first episode of Sherlock, Series 2.  A stunning pair of Louboutins, that is.  (And little else, for that one scene–until Sherlock lent her The Coat.)

      • twocee

        Thank you for asking the question I’ve always wondered.  I love the shoes, but I won’t pay $700 for a pair if they’re going to hurt my feet just as badly as a $50 pair.

        • Ali

           I’ve noticed that if I go up a bit in price ($100-$200ish price range) the shoes are more comfortable than the under $100 range, particularly when you hit below $50, most of the time. I’m sure there’s a ceiling that you hit though – I would guess anything above $300 or $400 probably isn’t any more comfortable.

          Shelling out a little bit more has been a godsend for me though, since I have to wear heels every day at work. A friend of mine swears by her Louboutins, but I really think she’s bullshitting.

          • twocee

            That makes sense.  My $100 sandals are way more comfortable than my $20 Target pair.

            I’m lucky in that I only HAVE to wear heels maybe 3-4 times a year.  The rest of the year I can get away with flats or boots.  But oh those days I have to wear heels…I pay for it for a week. 

          • fursa_saida

            I agree, right around $100 is where the real upgrade in comfort seems to come in. But I’ve never had any much more expensive than that, so maybe there’s a whole other notch I don’t know about.

      • ChiKat67

        Having a size 11 foot, I found that the more expensive shoes can be more comfortable, especially when they’re platforms.  While I’ve never spent $700, I’ve come close and it’s been worth it almost every time!

      • Isy

         No really. Shoes past $100-$200 and you’re really just paying for the name. I buy for quality, not comfort, when shopping for heels. 4-5″ shoes will hurt eventually how you slice it, but there’s the matter of hurting because you’re standing on tip toes all night, or hurting because of that AND the shoes are crappy. I’ve borrowed a pair of high-end big name designer shoes and they still hurt. You’re just paying for bragging rights and how pretty and meticulously crafted they are at $700. My take is: you’re still gonna scuff them! No thanks!

  • Very nice, but didn’t anyone teach her how to get out of/into a car like a lady? It’s both legs, knees together, and twist. None of this one leg at a time. That’s how Britney does it when she wants to show you her lady garden. But the outfit is amazing. 

    • RebeccaKW

       Royal thigh!

    •  She’s absolutely lovely! My eye is always drawn to her Lady Di ring. But on getting out of a car gracefully, why isn’t Prince Fuddy Duddy giving her a hand?  There’s some strange lady standing by, but no men willing to help her out? WTF?

      • sweetestsith

         They probably didn’t want anyone to block the shot… She might also be one of those ladies who doesn’t like help getting out of cars. I know I personally don’t like assistance for that, I actually think it makes it harder. 😛

  • Is she even actually human?  Or is she some cyborg from another, much prettier galaxy?

    • carolynmo

      I know! I’m bowled over every time.

  • My tiniest quibble is that she could have done with a bit of lipstick.

  • That double-breasted shit has *gots* to go! Cathy is stunning.

  • RzYoung

    I’d be paranoid wearing that much white! Let’s hope she tucked her corner of the tablecloth in under her chin!

    • jenno1013

      I bet she has a forcefield around her that repels other people’s sloshes of red wine.

  • SapphoPoet

    My goodness, she’s a tall drink of water. She looks flawless. I do wish she’d consider putting her hair up once in a while, though. It would make a nice change. I know she’s got gorgeous hair, but I’d love to see her in a glamourous updo.

    My former high school music teacher who lives in England directs a professional choir there, which was asked to sing at a wedding in a local village. So he agreed and they went to the small cathedral, and he said he was surprised to see that the Bishop of Norwich was conducting the ceremony, but was even more surprised and shocked when William and Kate appeared as members of the congregation. He had no idea they were going to be there.


  • moppet

    She is lovely. This is the first time, though, that I’ve ever thought that maybe she could try something an eensy bit different with her hair. 

  • BazoDee

    OMG -her toes! her toes! Did she have to keep them under wraps for the first year?? She looks amazing and flawless. 

    • I was downright shocked to see the sandals! Maybe I haven’t been paying enough attention, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen her in an open-toed shoe in one of these posts.

  • I think he looks quite dapper in that tux- the peaked lapels are good on him.

    • tsid2012

      I completely agree!  he has a perfect build for a double breasted jacket, few men do.  And certainly  not as we get older and things “expand”.  I love his look, it sets him apart a bit and suits him well.

      • leftcoastpickle

        But he’s NOT older! I don’t think he’s older than thirty! This makes him look old, I think.

        • tsid2012

          I didn’t say he was old.  I simply said that those of us who are older quite often can”t pull off the double breasted because of expanding waistlines.  The (oft misunderstood!) double breasted really is a cut for the young & dashing, not the old & stodgy.

    • Corsetmaker

      I agree too. I think the problem comes from looking at his clothes from a fashion perspective. The Row tailors generally have little time for fashion tailoring. And a double breasted suit is what they’ll recommend for him.

  • Anathema_Device

    Simple. Elegant. Flawless. I do concur with the other BKs that she could have gone with an up ‘do. People will totally lose their shit the first time she does that at a big event.

    •  Maybe that’s why she’s saving it?   Or perhaps Bill has a “thing” for her long locks?  I too would love to see that long, elegant neck exposed with a great, sweeping updo.

      • SapphoPoet

        Yeah, but she ALWAYS wears her hair down. This would have been a *stunning* look if she’d worn her hair up. 

  • formerlyAnon

    Bill ain’t budging. Even if he weren’t Who-he-is, he walks in with HER on his arm. Why should he change anything as near-universally-ignored as what he’s wearing?

    I am beginning to wonder if the Family has made a deal with the press of the sort I thought didn’t get made anymore. I certainly don’t comb the UK media for every picture published, but in what I do see, she’s never caught with a strange or off-putting expression on her face. 

    • Anathema_Device

       I honestly think she is just that savvy. Given how long they were together before they got married, she had to have her public-outing “playbook” ready when she said “I do.” I totally admire her for it, really. Smart move.

      •  She is clearly no-one’s fool.  I suspect you’re right about this.  It amazes me how few of the famous get this idea.  Never Ever let them see you any other way than how you want to be perceived.

      • SapphoPoet

        Yep. She knows how the game works. 

      • formerlyAnon

         I’ve always admired her for what I perceive to be a very practical, even shrewd, vision of what ‘her job’ would be, and the evident fact that she’s worked with incredible discipline to do that job.  But it still boggles my mind that anyone has the self command to keep a neutrally pleasant – to charming expression on their face at all times, no matter what they’re saying, where the sun is, etc.  (Maybe because the sides of *my* mouth, at rest, turn down a bit and I’m always appalled at how dour I look when I don’t feel that way at all.)

        • Anathema_Device

           Heh. I hear you. My husband asked me the other day why I was frowning. “Frowning? This is my neutral face! Damn!”

          As for the discipline necessary to do her job so well,you are right. But maybe she’s taking the approach I’ve been working on lately. Instead of saying to myself, “I HAVE to yada yada,” I say, “I GET to yada yada.” It does work at reducing stress. Also, she seems so engaged with everyone she talks to. That is a real gift, and it seems genuine.

    •  Considering the near-universal love affair going on between his young couple, and the people, I suspect any photojournalist who dared to snap such a shot, and print it, would be quickly, and violently, hounded right out of town.

  • Uh. Nah. Not enamoured. I would very rarely dispute the sanctity of a TLo WERQ, but I think this doesn’t deserve one. Too much hair, too much cream, too little contrast, too little interest. Nice, yeah, but WERQ-worthy? Methinks not.

    • NC_Meg

      Totally agree. The hair and makeup are nice (although I DO wish she’d put it up once in a while) but that is such a plain dress. A color, a different neckline, or different sleeves would have helped.

      • 3boysful

         I will point out that there do seem to be some little tucks across the skirt front, just above the slit.  🙂

    • calimon

      Right, and I do not get all the love for those shoes either. Pretty sure I could pick out a pair like those at Forever21 or Nordstrom’s at best, and I definitely would not pair them with this bland cream dress.

  • Jecca2244

    I get all happy when I see her. and I feel bad for him! I think he has even less room to budge with his clothing. Her shoes are gorgeous.

  • FashionShowAtLunch

    GAY. GASP.

  • nannypoo

    How does she do this every time? Everyone on the red carpet has stylists and professionals of all types to help them choose an outfit and get ready for their events, and yet they hardly ever manage to do what she seems to do every time she goes out. Amazing.

    • formerlyAnon

       In part, I think, because she acknowledges that her appearance is a huge part of her job and she accords it time and attention accordingly.  She clearly dresses to a formula, and I bet that any deviation from that formula is considered seriously, that she consults with others about it, and probably even takes the time to have ‘new’ variations photographed and/or filmed on her to make sure they read as intended.

      I suspect that entertainers often give their clothing less thought, leaving that for the singing, acting or whatever they do.

    • Corsetmaker

      Maybe it’s not having having stylists, and also having to buy the dress instead of getting loans and freebies thrown at her that leads to more consideration and more care. It also may be why she errs on the conservative side so she gets repeat wears out of them. Also, she doesn’t lack in advisors if she’s open to them. 

    • VeryClaire

      She also does not need to take any fashion risks to get attention. She knows what works for her and she stays with it. She knows that if she wears her millionth simple elegant dress (that is custom made for her and not a sample loan) and people will still fall over her taking pictures.  She definitely plays it safe. But lovely!

    • Sweetpea176

      Do you really think she doesn’t have a stylist?  I would assume she’s got a whole crew, not only of gays, but of “protocol secretary” types who advise her on sending the right kind of message pretty much wherever she goes. 

      • nannypoo

        I’m sure she has stylists and designers and hairdressers and whoever else she wants, just like every other celebrity. And she nails it every time.

        • Sweetpea176

          Sorry, I misunderstood your comment to mean that everyone [else] has stylists and doesn’t manage to do what she does [on her own].

  • Judy_J

    Cathy shows how it’s done.  Pay attention, little starlets.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    I’m sure tons of UK tabloids will make an “always a bride” joke here, but she’s WERQING, so they can suck it.

  • She looks amazing. 

  • She lets her hair and smile do the heavy lifting and I’m not mad at that. But I would like her to do something in color- she’d look pretty fantastic in saturated, rich color. 

  • TomBord

    pretty ‘muslin’. did the actual dress not arrive in time?

  • JanieS

    She looks fab, but I do wish she’d put her hair up once in a while.

  • filmcricket

    Welcome to another edition of “Shoes I Cannot Afford, Would Look Stumpy In, Could Not Walk In, and yet Desperately Want Anyway.” Jimmy Choo is doing some gorgeous sandals lately.

    She looks fab. I also had a moment of “Eep, so much white so close to dirty, dirty pavement” but so long as she remains upright, she should be fine. I read somewhere that she’s got a scar on her neck or something that she’s a bit self-conscious about, and that’s why she never wears her hair up? I agree a sleek up-do would have worked wonderfully with this dress, but she’s still working it.

    • twocee

      Agreed!  I adore those little black strappy Jimmy Choos that have been making the rounds.

  • Perfect.

    Though I’m having a bad hair day and these pictures aren’t helping my inferiority complex at all.

  • Beardslee

    If this is dressing conservatively, then I’m all for it.  She looks incredibly chic and unfussy, ready to work, and in charge of what she’s wearing.    Her style is classic, apparently has always been classic, and there is nothing wrong with that.  This is the evening gown of a confident woman.

    • margaret meyers

      And despite the long sleeves and the high neckline it doesn’t look at all sister-wives.  It looks chic.

  • Verascity

    Absolutely stunning. I think this is quite risky for a Duchess, actually. Spangly stilettos and a mid-thigh-high slit? Get it, girl!

  • LuisaNL

    so simple and and yet striking. those sandals are to die for. kinda over that hair of hers. does she ever wear it up?

  • nancylee61

    I think she is lovely, but soon will be called “The Disappearing Duchess.” And since we are not supposed to talk about eating disorders, that is all I have to say.

    • Maggie_Mae

      I’ve seen people with eating disorders. And also people with end-stage cancer.  She looks quite healthy to me.  

      When I’m unhappy with my less than whippet-thin body, I work out & watch my intake–I don’t wish that others would fatten up.

    • SapphoPoet

      I think that she’s just naturally slender and atheletic–she looks pretty healthy, acutually–a lot better than lots of the models out there. 

  • BeeBeauNYC

    More fuckinfantastica!

  • To totally steal a TLo phrase: LUV HUH.

  • Amazing. Wish she’d explore some variety of styles with her hair, though. 

  • YolandaHawkins

    Stunning!  Simply stunning! 

  • MilaXX

    WERQ it!

  • mochajava13

    Stunning.  I want her hair.

  • GTrain

    Yes indeed.

  • introspective

    lovely. simple. fit for royalty.

    [I imagine this is Cathy’s checklist as she goes shopping these days, and I find it hard to disagree with her]

  • ballerinawithagun


  • TieDye64


  • aimee_parrott

    She is stunning.  HE… needs someone to tell him that the double breasted jacket is NOT his friend. 

  • Laylalola

    Hair seems too long. (Only possible thing that might be tweaked.)

    • Sweetpea176

      Agree.  She does have very lovely hair, but there’s just so darned much of it that I think it detracts and, to me, tends to look sort of high-school cheerleader/senior prom-ish.  *ducks for cover*

  • Carla_Charlton

    Now, THAT is how to do the slit skirt!

  • tallgirl1204

    All I could think was that the third picture looks like a smile of satisfacton a la “I got out of that car in one piece without falling off my shoes or flashing anyone!  Hurray for me!”

    But she is spectacular. 

  • marilyn

    Gorgeous.  She does young, but important, very well.  Ivanka Trump, take note.

  • leftcoastpickle

    LOL! I thought the same thing – can’t someone get William a tux from the twenty first century? But she looks great!

  • margaret meyers

    I’m wondering if her spare, sleek, controlled look is going to eventually end up looking as dated as Princes Di’s fussy, girlish, be-jeweled style does.

    • Adriana_Paula

      I doubt it: old photos of Katharine Hepburn still look pretty damn chic.

  • Gorgeous.  Yet still no baby bump.

  • sagecreek

    Why won’t she ever wear her hair up? Does she have Vulcan ears or something?

    • No kidding. I am really B O R E D with her hair. It’s pretty,it’s pretty, but do something else with it!

    • Apparently William once told her he preferred her with her hair down. Le sigh…

    • carolynmo

      She wore it up a couple of times during their Canadian visit–not formally–it was an informal daytime visit. Or as informal as she’s allowed to be.

  • TheOriginalLulu

    She’s freaking gorgeous. WERQ indeed.

  • Corsetmaker

    Simple, elegant and striking. 
    You aren’t going to get him in anything other than classic Savile Row tailoring, and apart from a few upstarts, they don’t do fashion cuts or anything too European or American. Also, men of his class buy their suits to last until they rot, so they have to hold their course without dating. That’s just how it is. Nobody would buy an extraordinarily expensive hand-stitched bespoke suit if it only had a shelf life of a few seasons, not even a Royal (especially not a Royal). It’s outside of fashion and long may it survive.

    • Adriana_Paula

      Hear hear!

  • miagain

    AWWW… I like his old-school tux!!
    As to her, my heavens to betsy… she looks absolutely stunning!  What a glorious dress on her. 

  • NCDFan

    At least Bill’s tuxedo fits well this time. He looks quite slim.

  • butter nut


  • 3rdsister

    Third picture:  “Yeah, I rule!  Literally!”

  • Kate4queen

    As a wife, mother, and non-royal I keep wanting to slap her hand and tell her to stop fussing with her hair. LOL

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  • ChristySchiff

    I don’t know… I think the color – or rather the lack of color – brings it down. 

    How kick ass would this have been in a deep blue or green?

  • natasha2marie

    Perhaps I’m being bitter, but …. meh. I don’t see anything to get excited about. I mean, sure, she looks fine, but white dress, long hair perfectly curled at the ends…I feel like I’ve seen this look on her since always.

  • Belvane

    Love her, love her style, but really wish she’d get her hair out of the way. It doesn’t matter with this dress so much, but many of her outfits have interesting necklines, etc., that are always covered by that magnificent mane. It makes me wonder if maybe she hides behind it a little bit, a veil she can retreat behind. She’s not shy Di, but the constant scrutiny has got to be stressful at times.

  • She’s so gorgeous.

  • …Am I crazy for wanting to see Cathy with a pixie cut? Because, WHOA.

  • Oh come on, Billy’s tux looks like it’s been tailored a bit, he’s not swimming in it any more.  As for Kate, perfection!

  • Seriously, are her ears deformed or something?  I am dying to see her in an updo.

  • jw_ny

    She does look fantastic It’s simple and elegant, even with that high slit!  I’m not digging her hair all pulled forward…too much..can’t imagine it looks good from behind either.

  • She is without a doubt a beautiful and impeccably-groomed and dressed woman and I really don’t expect many bad fashion and grooming moves from her, because everything she does feels very calculated.  She had a lot of time pre-engagement to hone her game to play the perfect princess, and she knows what she’s doing.  However, I rather enjoy the occasional off or “meh” day that Shelly O has, because it makes her seem human and her WERQ days even more stunning.

  • TheOtherChristina

    She looks stunning, but I’m with the contingent of kittens that wants to see her shake up the hairdo a bit. Honestly, even cutting three inches and going for some loose waves would freshen this up a ton. It doesn’t have to be a chignon, honey.

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    Good lord she’s stunning.  Love the shoes, and love the red toenails.  Because what is the point of sandals if you don’t have red toenails? 

  • SWANK.

  • Kara Keenan

    God, she was just born to be Queen, wasn’t she?

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    Or Celine Dion-style. Seriously, she looks envy-inducing. They make such a lovely couple.

  • guest2visits

    Just beautiful, head to toe. 

  • Royals, PLEASE send this nice young man w/ the hot bod to Savile Row for some clothes that flatter him!  We’re all begging you!  Lizzie, you could part w/ a bauble or two to get Wills looking as smoking chic as his wife, couldn’t you??

  • bellafigura1

    Flawless?  Really?  I dunno, that color is a whole lotta beige for me.  Hair’s boring.  BIg ups to the Jimmy Choo PR folks — is anyone else making shoes this season?

  • jeeplibby02

    That looks like something her late mother-in-law would have worn– and I mean that in a good way!

    • did queen elizabeth die?

      • No, but Princess Diana did.

        • well, slap my red face with a big silver spoon!  i must have been wasted last night.

          love you guys.  i just want to reach through the internet and pinch your sweet cheeks.  never change.

  • PeaceBang

    This girl was born to be this. Flawless is right. Sheer perfection! Look at me, I’m swooning over a royal.

  • PrunellaV

    A column of vanilla loveliness. Will looks like he’s lost some weight.

  • gubblebumm

    I love that she has long feet…hah

  • ccm800

    seriously! Her freshness makes him look even more like he’s wearing his grandfathers velvet garment bag. 

  • does your mother in law know about the slit in that gown?  i bet you kept it closed going out the palace door.  that’s as close as we’ll get to the britney getting out of a limo shot from cathy here.

  • Puckndc

    I know you guys like to harp on Williams tuxedos, BUT: Impeccable tailoring, CHECK, fit, CHECK classic Saville Row styling, CHECK, Appropriate for future King CHECK…..shaved and ( whatever hair) groomed CHECK..hem lengths, CHECH CHECK CHECK….one of the all time stylish women on his arm, CHECH to the 2nd power.