Cathy Cambridge Goes to the Olympics

Posted on July 30, 2012

So we hear there was some sort of thing over in London this weekend. Mrs. Cathy got all dolled up for the occasion.


Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the Olympic Games 2012 Opening Ceremony in London, England in a Christopher Kane coat dress.

And boy, does she look HOT. Except we mean that in the literal sense.

Look, don’t come back to us with London weather reports for the week. Even if there was a late-July chill in the air, a coat dress is an incredibly odd choice for high summer. She looks so covered up as to look a little religious-cult-y. It doesn’t help that this look is plain bordering on austere (if you can use that word when someone’s weighed down with diamonds). She’s had to attend a lot of important occasions over the last couple of years and while we wouldn’t place this event up to the level of her own wedding or even (possibly) the Queen’s celebration earlier this summer, the Olympics are a big deal to the U.K. right now. This is a moment of supreme national pride. You couldn’t show up looking like you understand that, Cathy? For Christ’s sake, Gramma Betty jumped out of a plane in a fetching little peach number!

It’s possible that we’re just experiencing some Monday morning crankiness, but this is so dull it may just be one of our least favorite Cathy outfits.

Also: To those several kittens who contacted us and said “You should do a post on the Olympics Opening Ceremony, T Lo!” May we direct you to our twitter, darlings? Because we live-tweeted the All-Dancin’ Salute to Breakdancing Industrialists, Sick Children and Sexting for 4 hours the other night and our thumbs still haven’t recovered.

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  • That icy blue is lovely for her skin tone, but the coat dress looks so constricting and uncomfortable. I realize she needed to be kind of business formal about this, but this may have been a step too far.

  • Funkykatt

    I think she looks beautiful, the color is great on her and as always, just like the Werewolves of London, her hair is perfect.

    • Nelliebelle1197

       She just doesn’t do it for me. I just don’t find her as flawless and gorgeous as everyone else. Wonder what I am missing?

      • Funkykatt

        I don’t necessarily find her gorgeous but she’s attractive and has GREAT hair. 

      • JasmineAM

        I agree. She’s pretty, but very blah. Her clothes are blah. She makes me yawn.

  • RzYoung

    I’m a big Cathy fan but this is a massive miss for me. It’s just so ugly and dated and hot looking and the colour is horrible. Plus, i don’t know if this is possible but it’s too tailored, it makes her look top heavy.

    •  I agree – it looks like something from her mother-in-law’s closet, and honestly, ice blue was a better color on blonde, blue eyed Diana.

  • homespunner

    Hey Cathy has a HGH too!

    • sagecreek

      Okay, I’ll bite…what’s HGH mean?

      • Sobaika

        Hot Ginger Handler! I think we’re referring to Harry here. What a looker 🙂

        • TheOriginalLulu

          Yeah, and to think he was the homely looking one when they were kids!

          • snarkykitten

             funny how that worked out!

          • and speaking of homely, where’s wils?  are she and harry hanging out now?  who could blame her.

            she looks so uncomfortable in that suffocating get-up, like she’s being forced to attend the wedding of an ugly boring cousin.

      •  Hot Ginger Handler. But if I’m not mistaken that’s actually Prince Harry. And Gaga’s HGH is, well, H-er.

        •  Yep, Sorry Prince Harry, but you’re not winning this medal in the Ginger Olympics.

          • SassieCassy

            Ooooo disagree so hard. Harry is gorgeous and Gaga’s man always looks like he needs some sleep. But diffrent strokes and all that.

          •  That’s right.  Lots of sexy ginger men to go around. 

          • Sobaika

            Indeed. Let’s include Kevin McKidd and Rupert Grint (what, too young?) into this sandwich.

          • mshesterp

            Just finished watching Journeyman on Hulu, and I’m all aboard the Kevin McKidd train.  He is a delicious Scotsman.  I didn’t think redheads did much for me, but I’m being proven wrong almost daily!

          •  Let’s not forget Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston in this delightful sandwich!                                             

          • Sobaika

            Is either a ginge?

            But Hiddleston can be a part of anything he likes, to be frank. I haven’t seen Sherlock (yet) so when I think Cumberbatch I see that creepy pedophile from Atonement.

          • Natalie Marshall

            Yes! He is naturally a delicious, curly-headed ginger. I hope he gets to let the ginge run free sometime soon, but he probably won’t until post Sherlock season 3.

          • splix71

            My brain just melted at the thought of a Hiddlebatch sandwich. Mmmm.

          • AudreysMom

            Hmmm… considering that I watched him grow up, Rupert’s a little young for my fantasies How about switching him out and adding Damian Lewis? on that ginger sandwich.

          • SassieCassy

            I watched him grow up too but i think hes good looking even still. or it may just be a way for me to live out my roonil wazlib fantansy.

          • and lots of different strokes to go around too…

  • mshesterp

    Who cares about Cathy when you have the delicious Harry looking so ACTUALLY hot in the background???  Harry, come over here a minute, you adorable creature, I just want to squeeze your cheeks.

    I actually like this, icy but flattering, but I agree it seems an odd choice for the Olympics, too formal and “evening jacket” wear for that event.  It’s not bad, it’s just not exciting (although in the first picture everyone around her seems to be wearing a blue suit, so it definitely wasn’t the most thrilling crowd to be sure).

  • Ali

    I’ve seen pictures from other guests at the formal reception, and it seemed to be a business-y, formal event, more geared towards suits than some sort of cocktail or gala reception. It was mostly heads of state from around the world. Shelly O seemed a bit more informal with what she wore, but a lot of other women there were wearing sleeved suits. Granted, she could have changed from the reception to the opening ceremonies, but I’m not sure how much time she had. I don’t love this outfit, but I do think that from a Royal perspective the reception and opening ceremonies were more of a “business” event, and thus the tone of the outfit. 

    • AudreysMom

       Agreed. I saw these pictures over the weekend and my only thought was that this was ‘her’ color. Otherwise, she does look stunning.

      My question: What’s underneath the coat dress? Is it a camisole? And why would it be needed?

      • Ali

         Not a clue. I’m guessing a dress of some sort, but it seems like she never took off the coat or wore it open, so perhaps not. She does tend to recycle things, changing up coats and dresses to create new looks, so maybe we’ll see the two pieces again with different things to get a better idea.

  • She married into old wealth. She sits in air conditioned boxes all day!

  • Violina23

    Ummm yeah, how about a little team spirit here? The outfit’s just lacking… life? It’s pretty drab, I agree.

    And yes, the opening ceremonies where really trippy. I turned it on and they were forging the one ring in the fires of mount doom, and when I checked in later, Marry Poppins was vanquishing Voldemort.

    • Billie_Dawn

      For reasons I can’t quite explain, the zillion floating Mary Poppins were really freaking me out.

      Probably some deep-seated childhood trauma.

      • Violina23

        I think you explained it quite well with “zillion floating Marry Poppins”… who WOULDN’T be freaked out a bit by that? 😉

  • I’m going to come back with the weather report. We’ve barely had any sun at all this summer and even if this week was better she had to sit still in the open air deep into the night. She’d been crazy not to wear a coat of some kind (the one she picked is butt ugly though).

    • Ali

       Didn’t it get down to about 50ish degrees Fahrenheit? In open (damp) air, that would be a bit brisk.

    • Corsetmaker

      Yup, I don’t get why the weather isn’t relevant :/ I remember going to the Edinburgh tattoo one August, and ok Edinburgh is a few degrees colder than London at the best of times but I was flippin’ frozen to the bone! Stadiums at night are not the warmest places.

  • Does she also never sweat? Cos that thing would show every little stain.

    • TheOriginalLulu

      She does look a little flushed and shiny, but I’m having trouble understanding how the sweat isn’t streaming down her face.

      • Ali

         Because it was only 50-60 degrees farenheit in London.

  • jmorino08

    I think the dresses gorgeous! The color is beautiful on her. It might be a little heavy for summer, but that’s my only beef with it. Have another cup of coffee boys!!

    • Violina23

      I find it mostly inoffensive as an outfit in and of itself, but she’s royalty at an event that’s all about national pride.  Her dress should [elegantly] cry out “My country kicks ASS” instead of “Let’s have tea… in October”

  • Lilithcat

    She bores the heck out of me.

    • dress_up_doll

      Me, too. We should form a club.

      • SassieCassy

        Me three, me three!

    • iCouture

       Yet boring enough to illicit a response? hm.

  • sagecreek

    Ugh! Way too shiny, and those earrings — which I’m sure cost more than my house — look straight out of Claire’s.

    A rare miss for Cathy, but a miss for sure.

    • Spicytomato1

      Yes the shiny-ness is what really kills it for me, too. The color is pretty on her but it looks thick and heavy and the sheen on the fabric makes me think of synthetic athletic warm-up attire. Maybe that was her homage to the games…

      • sagecreek

        I could have gone for it in linen…

        • Ali

           Ooh, or a duller dupioni silk. Some slubby texture would make this gorgeous. The shiny kills it, I think.

  • Melissa Brogan

    This is a rare Cathy miss, IMO. Too heavy and buttoned up. If it got chilly that day or evening, she many other options.

  • Sobaika

    Count me in the minority, but I think this is fine (for the setting, it was a suit-y event) and it’s also Cathy’s thing. A bit stiff, pastels/neutrals, slightly out of step with the season, etc. is what she’s been doing all along.

    I think she insists on doing her own makeup (and as a fellow product junkie I can applaud that) but it does photograph a bit harsh. I wish she’d get a professional for events such as these.

    • Spicytomato1

      Agree on the makeup. For once, just once, I’d love to see how she looks without the heavy eyeliner. Agree on the updo idea, too. Her hair is beautiful and shiny but…I don’t know. Some variation on her go-to ‘do would definitely be refreshing.

      • Sobaika

        Exactly, just include some variety. Ever since the engagement she’s looked exactly the same from the neck up, with maybe a fascinator or jaunty hat.

  • SapphoPoet

    Totally agree, except for the “weighted down with diamonds” bit. Did you see the Queen? Diamond rings, diamond brooch, diamond necklace, diamond earrings. Now THAT’S weighted down with diamonds. Cathy’s little ring and earrings (which were really blue topazs)? Piffle. 

    Also, PUT YOUR HAIR UP! Ok, sorry for the all caps. I feel better now. 

  • afabulous50

    If I had her figure you could type any bitterness you wanted about me and I’d just laugh…..hahahahahahahaha

    • Ceur

      Meh, If I was married to a prince, I would allow myself some body fat. I get that models and Hollywood actresses have to starve themselves not to lose out on any jobs, but they don’t exactly take your throne away for having healthy a more healthy figure.

      Anyway, she needs, as always, less eyeliner. And she should loosen up a bit, like Victoria and Mette-Marit.

  • Can we just go back to that cute little frock she wore the other day?  I’ll take that one over this one any day!

  • VeryClaire

    Very Mother of the Bride, as Michael Kors would say.  The dress isn’t bad but it doesn’t belong on a young woman at a party, any kind of party. Maybe at a charity function or something.

  • sesomai

    I think she looks beautiful, classic, and elegant. Also, venue appropriate given what I can see of how people are dressed in the background. 

  • I don’t have a problem with this…everyone in the background of these pictures seems to be dressed pretty stuffily, and she looks pretty.

    And with daytime high temperatures only in the low sixties, I’m betting that the evenings are pretty chilly with that damp kind of cold. Summer or not, weather DOES matter.

  • VicksieDo

    Miss Fancy Face there really doesn’t need anything more than some shade of blue to set off her ring, that hair, and her lovely smile.  It’s a big IN from me.

  • siriuslover

    I think she looks great (in terms of color and design), but you’re right that that fabric looks quite heavy.  And I am going to run to your twitter feed as soon as I’m able (I’m at a conference of sorts) and see how well our interpretations mesh.

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    i usually find her clothes entirely uninspiring; this one, however, is christopher kane so i like it a bit better than most. i cant see where it ends so have no idea if the hem would uplift or downtrod the whole outfit. the clutch thingy, otoh, i am certain is ghastly. lots of glittery blue gems on the ears–i dunno, years ago wouldnt that be considered common? but not now. theyre pretty, though, too.

  • Sing4yursupper

    That dress is so age-making. I love the color, but wish she would wear a brighter hue now and then. It’s a sporting event afterall, not a church service.

  • TheDivineMissAnn

    She’s beautiful.  Period.

  • Vic

    She looks no hotter than the guys forced to wear suits. The color suits her and she looks fab. Love the ring earring, which echoes the Olympic logo without being too obvious.

    • sagecreek

      God, Vic, I hated the ring earring most of all.

      Guess that’s what makes horseraces, eh?

  • luciaphile

    I like it. Again it’s appropriate given the occasion and the venue. She doesn’t have the massive jewel collection that her step-mother-law or the Queen does. I am fine with her doing her own hair and makeup. Frankly, it’s refreshing to see someone who looks so put together who can, I dunno, dress themselves in clothes they’ve purchased without a team of stylists. That should be the norm. 

    • sagecreek

      I question your assumption that she doesn’t have a team of stylists.

      They may not be very good stylists, and she needs more gays, but no doubt she has “Advisors” on what she wears — especially when the Queen is going to be in the same room.

      • luciaphile

        Has something changed? I thought according to the Palace, she was doing her own hair and makeup and she was going without a dresser. And not that it has anything to do with fashion, but weren’t she and Bill supposedly doing most of their own housework? The Royals are constantly getting dissed for all their tax free wealth and I thought Charles was getting pounded by the tabloids for his finances. Or no?

        • MilaXX

           I heard she does her own makeup ( and it shows), but does have advisers for her wardrobe.

          • luciaphile

            How are we defining “advisors?” Are they stylists or court officials saying things like “make sure your hemline is below the knee and HM will be wearing aqua on Tuesday?”

          • sagecreek

            that’s what I’m thinking, lucia.

          • MilaXX

            I have nothing official to go on but I think it’s partly that & partly the stylist job of procuring garments that Cathy likes and holds to the subtle themes she tends to put into her clothing, like when she coordinated her look to match the tartan plaid or the maple leaf accessories she wore in Canada. I’m not so sure she has stylist in the celeb sense that say things like “Nude silly putty pumps elongate the leg line and go with everything.” I think her styling requirements are a bit more complicated than that. That’s why I’d refer to them more as advisors then stylist.

  • bluefish

    I dunno — She’s awfully thin and perhaps gets easily chilled.  She has lovely hair but the style of this is so … made for Lifetime TV?   Much prefer it when she pulls it back or goes for a chignon.  It’s certainly a nicely made coat dress and in satin at that.  Love the sleek tailoring and clean lines from the waist down.

  • BazoDee

    It is so very understated I wonder if has been cautioned to make sure the athletes take center stage and she has been encouraged to keep it very low key. The lines are fabulous even if it does seem more suited to chilly spring weather. That being said -she is so very thin she probably does get cold easier than the rest of us. 

  • Judy_S

    Oddly enough, my thought was that it would show spots from the rain. Were the Royals under a canopy? Maybe she picked something she thought would look good under a plastic poncho.

  • Liz

    I know she prides herself on doing her own makeup, but girl needs to get a new makeup routine. Looks like she’s been doing it the same way for years and it just isn’t working like it used to.

    • PinkLemon

       Yes. Smokey eye!! She looks amazing with a heavy eye.

    • MilaXX

       yep and sometimes her eye makeup is seriously wacked. I love a good smokey eye as much as the next gal, but Cathy needs to back away from the kohl pencil.

  • Fordzo

    That first picture reminds me of a wax figure at Lady Trousseau’s, or whatever it’s called.  

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Something tells me that dress code is still super-tight for Cathy Cambridge whenever Granny Queen is in the room. They matched colors, which was a big statement. I’d imagine the reasoning behind such a constricting outfit in July would be “do NOT fuck this up”.  This is very much an autumn outfit, but girl’s gotta show her future-queen mettle, doesn’t she.

  • Judy_J

    Is that Prince Harry in the last photo?  He certainly turned out to be a fab-looking young man!  But getting back to Cathy….the dress may be a bit austere, but it is impeccably tailored and fits her like a glove.  I quite like the icy blue color as well.

  • TheOriginalLulu

    Monday morning crankiness aside, the girl IS wearing a long-sleeved synthetic fiber coatdress in late July. That’s just madness.
    I’m sweating just looking at these pics, and not just because of that shot of Price Hottie either.

  • Rebecca Jay

    Great MOB dress. 

    As usual, her makeup is horrid.

  • lrhoff

    Gorgeous colour for her, and I really like the look.  I would say it’s one of my favourite looks for her.

  • xmixiex

    if you notice, the peons in the background are all quite covered up too, women included. maybe it was a thing.

  • MilaXX

    Your tweets were hysterical. To ant bitter kittens who don’t get twitter, I’d like to encourage you to give it a try.  Twitter is THE BEST during awards shows. I laughed until I had tears coming down my face.

    As for Cathy, yeesh! That does look hot. It’s also not very flattering and a bit former sister wifey. It reminds me of people who had very strict dress codes growing up, who left that life, but can’t brig themselves to dress in anything but the most simple of clothing.

    BTW if you haven’t seen the Queen & Daniel Craig sky dive, google it. It was one of the best parts of the opening ceremonies.

  • Anathema_Device

    I really should have read your tweets during the opening ceremonies. They might have kept me awake!

    Agree on the dullness of this outfit. I still think she does it intentionally, especially when the Queen is around, so as not to show up her mother in law.

  • Does Cathy really look good or do the people around her look so bad that Cathy looks so much better? Color is loverly. Something a bit more sporty would fit the Olympic theme.  

  • n a

    I think it’s time for her to lighten up the hair a bit- I don’t mean with color but some long layers that she wears straight…I think it would look so much more young & modern.  Cathy- we gotta break the addiction to the hot rollers, girl!

  • Joyce VG

    Although The  Duchess of Cambridge can do no wrong…this was my least favorite too.  The camera caught her looking a bit serious at times.  Maybe she was just worried about her grandma-in-law jumping out of a helicopter.

  • carolie_king

    Fine, but boring.  Something I might get dressed up in, and I’m a teacher, not a princess.  And judging by most of your tweeted insults to opening ceremony wear, dressing like a teacher or child-care worker is the ultimate fashion no-no.  Can’t say I disagree.

  • mommyca

    I’m greatly impressed as how the coat/dress has NO wrinkles at all! did they airlift her to the stadium also??? 🙂 

  • janetjb

    T Lo you did a great job on Twitter Friday night.  I went back to your commentary when I finally go to watch the ceremony.

  • TomBord

    Apparently, the honeymoon is proverbially over. 

  • JackieOBlue

    I like it but the material looks a little heavy for July.  Pretty color though.

  • PeaceBang

    LOVE IT! One of my favorite from the Cathy Cambridge Barbie Collection! I love the belt, love the color, love the pockets. For once she doesn’t look like she’s wearing an outfit that she outgrew from last year (her sleeves and skirts always look 1″ too skimpy for me). 

  • Call me Bee

    And I read every one of yor tweets.  I was exhausted!  LOL…

    I love this–only for the tailoring.  I don’t know when I’ve seen something fit so well.  And the beautiful ice blue color.  All-inall, she looked stunning.   But you are correct–it looks a litle heavy even for a chilly July evening in England. 

  • guest2visits

    She looks very good in it of course; but you’re right, it was almost too serious, too plain.

  • KathKo

    Living in Europe, I can assure you that long sleeves are NOT too much right now.
    Last monday, I would have tsked like you did, because it was so hot but at the end of the week, the rain was all over France. Watching the ceremony, I thought “England’s lucky to have a rainfree evening.”
    Now we have a cool 20°C by midday, and even a 13°C chill in the morning.
    Still, even if the temperature wasn’t there, she could have put the spirit and choose a sunnier color.

  • Corsetmaker

    Well I’m taking my hat off to my fellow Scot’s tailoring skills. That fits her perfectly. A little serious maybe but then it was fairly business formal for the dignatories.

    And sorry, it’s been a rubbish summer here. I know you lot are befuddled by heat over there, but with the exception of some random days it’s been pretty dire. A stadium at night, even if you’re royal, will be damn chilly. Plus every skinny bird I’ve ever known has been perpetually cold. And as she can hardly sit there in a fleece top, I don’t see anything at all odd in the choice. (bet Liz had her thermal drawers on under her peach number)

  • rach_fraser

    But it BRITTISH high summer! Even during a good summer a jacket in the evening is a must, never mind the summer we have been having recently. This thing went on late, she would have been freezing if she hadnt been wearing a jacket.

  • nancylee61

    Shiny face, terrible makeup, boring ugly shiny dress. A fail!

  • yybb

    I love her make up. Finally we can see her eyes. Beautiful.

  • yetanotherLaura

    Considering that the temps have been dropping below 60F each evening in the beach vollyball venue in Horse Guards Parade and even the athletes are covering up, I can’t critique Cathy for wearing something warm to sit in the stadium until the wee hours.  And wow, does it fit her beautifully!  Plus at least it’s an interpretation of blue, unlike Grandma Betty’s peach which was not only not a patriotic color but not the most flattering color on her, either.  And it’s British-made, of course.  No, Cathy hit it out of the park again IMO, getting all the details right.  Love the earrings, too — apparently they were blue topaz, not diamond.  But bespoke, naturally. 🙂


    I think she looks great. The coat dress looks very well fitted, and that ice blue looks beautiful on her. But then, I haven’t seen a color that doesn’t look beautiful on her. She simply has an innate ability to pull off many different colors, styles, and outfits. As far as looking more appropriate and patriotic, should she have wrapped herself in the national flag and jumped off the high dive? Because I’m pretty sure that’s the athletes’ job. She showed up looking classy and put the hell together, and that’s prideful enough to me.

  • BeeBeauNYC

    I think she looks fabulous!

  • snarkykitten

    Her dress looks so…dated. Sleeved Sateen??

    • Party like it’s 1974!

      I had a dress almost exactly like that, actually.  Looking back, it wasn’t cool (in any sense) back then either.

      • redgauntlet

        But I bet you never had her waist.

        • Really??  Well I don’t know, dearie.  Don’t have the lady in question’s measurements ready to hand…..but I modeled back in the long ago (including that not much-loved dress I alluded to [also sleeved Sateen, in point of fact]).  So who knows?  I may have come close.  Doesn’t alter my feeling about either dress, though.  IMO thick, shiny and powder blue only work on Xmas ornaments.

  • sunnycalif

    Not a wrinkle in sight–does she not sit down?  It all looks so stiff.  Maybe she was carried in on a stretcher.

  • LordZoe

    high summer, HAH! basically it went from spring to autumn here- raining like a bastard at the mo

  • My first thought was ‘flight attendant’- LOVE the color on here, but much to shiny-shiny. Love the hair and bling, but…soften it down a tad?

  • poketom

    I’m pretty sure there was some extra lacy lying around at Alexander McQueen they could have thrown into a frock for her…