Cathy Cambridge Knocks it Out of the Park

Posted on September 12, 2012

Is there a British version of “knocks it out of the park?” Something cricket-related, perhaps? Or having to do with tea? Anyway, the point is, Mrs. Cathy is goddamn sick and tired of dressing in boring little princess getups and wants to get her print on.


Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the welcome ceremony on arrival at the Istana during the Diamond Jubilee tour in a Prabal Gurung dress paired with Prada pumps.

Prabal Gurung Spring 2012 Collection/Model: Aymeline Valade

Oh, Mrs. Cathy. Brava, Duchess. More of this, please.


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    She wore a color other than red or blue!!   This is epic. And she looks stunning.

    • Agreed.  Could not possibly look better.  

      •  This is a woman, born to wear saturated colors. Imagine her in a dense loden green, or that glorious hair and complexion, played against a deep earthy russet.  She always looks great in the obvious, patriotic, reds and blues, but there are other colors in the spectrum. I rather imagine, that as she gets more used to her role, she will step further out of the safe zone.

        • luciaphile

           She’s worn quite a lot of other colors besides reds and blues, including at least one outfit in loden green….

          •  And she looks fantastic when she wears those greens!

          • NC_Meg

            The green DVF was GORGEOUS on her. 

        • Melissa Brogan

          And when her wardrobe isn’t being strictly dictated by the palace so she doesn’t show up, say, the Queen. That’s part of why she wore so many “boring” outfits during the Jubilee events in GB.

        • raininmai

           Is anyone else old enough to remember the color studies that categorized people into “seasons” for clothing and make-up. Well, Kate is a classic “winter,” with all the cool saturated jewel tones being perfect for her, as well as pure white and black. This dress is just perfect.

          • (raising hand) yep. Old enough.

          •  Oh yes indeed.  In 1983 or so I was called back to fill in at my old job (after having my first child in February that year) while my replacement had surgery.  There was a new employee in my department who did that on the side.  (I think it was Color Me Beautiful) She did the colors for a few of us over lunch hours one week and I was “an unusual brown-eyed Summer”.

          • raininmai

             That’s right, Color Me Beautiful!  Winter here.  🙂

          •  I loved that silly book! Especially the unstoppably 1980s pencil illustrations. My favorite memory of the instructions is the clear command that Winters NEVER color their hair–wear diamonds instead.

            …I may have ignored the first part of that command, but I sure as hell do wear diamonds.

          • portlandmermaid

             Summer, here. All I remember was the right shade of yellow to wear.

          • Tapetum

             I remember that well. I confused so many Color Me Beautiful consultants. I was, at various times, classified as summer, spring and winter. I think the only reason I was never classified as fall was because I so obviously look awful in orange, even though other fall colors look fabulous on me.

            Turns out my skin is not only very pale, but exactly neutral – so I fail on the first classification they were trying to make. Oops!

          • formerlyAnon

             Yes, I had mine done twice with different results. I must not have liked what they were telling me because I can’t remember it.

          • Beardslee

             I was first told I was an autumn and then someone else was sure I was a winter.  However, black and pastels make me look like I was helped out of my coffin while I always get compliments when I wear orange.

          • HengRu

             The four-season Color Me Beautiful system only worked really well if you happened to be a “true” season, purely warm or purely cool. If your coloring was warm-neutral or cool-neutral, you were out of luck — and probably wrote off all color analysis as garbage.

            The modern 12-Tone (Sci/Art) system works a lot better for those with neutral coloring, who are the majority. And it’s based solely on how your skin appears when draped in various colors, not on hair and/or eye color, which are quite unreliable predictors of season. (Based on hair and eyes, I would be some kind of Winter, but my skin tells another tale and pegs me as True Summer.)

          • Tapetum

             I believe that’s the system the woman who finally gave me a set of colors that actually worked for me was using. None of the seasonal sets really work for me – I look good in intense, but not necessarily clear shades that are neither very warm or very cool. Greens of all kinds, purples, burgundies, browns, and so on. True blues, oranges, yellows, or pastel anything pretty much make me look zombified. I was quite horrified to find out how good I look in olive green – a color I’ve hated my whole life.

          •  I was always told I was an autumn too — oh, you have brown eyes and brown hair?  Then you must be warm-toned.  Except my skin has a cool undertone, and if you look closely, you see that my hair and eyes are cool toned browns naturally. 

          • nancylee61

            Me, too. I have darker skin, get very tan, but have light blonde hair and very very light grey/blue/green eyes, depending upon what I am wearing. Confounded them all!

          •  Me too – the first bit with the silver or gold, they could never get a read on.

          • Call me Bee

            Oh yes. Vibrant Summer. That was me. Never yellow or warm colors–only cool. As I age Im becoming more Winter. Blacks whites and cool reds.

            Whatever! LOL…

          • YolandaHawkins

            Yes I remember and I’m a winter too.  You are so right – she is classic winter and jewel tones look fabulous on her.

        • formerlyAnon

           “This is a woman, born to wear saturated colors. Imagine her in a dense
          loden green, or that glorious hair and complexion, played against a deep
          earthy russet.”

          Oooh, you could do phone color porn!

          • Now there’s an un-tapped market! I’ve never considered it. Perhaps its time for a career shift.

    • Sobaika

      And shoes that aren’t the color of silly putty! Positively SHOCKING.

    • And yet still no baby bump.

      • formerlyAnon

         Ahh, but a few days ago my supermarket line tabloid informed me that she IS pregnant, and apparently she drank water instead of wine at some function just a day or two ago, so she is obviously pregnant.

        You couldn’t ask for more authoritative sources, right? *shakes head, wonderingly*

        • makeityourself

          She drank water all evening at THIS function, where she wore this dress.  There were two toasts during the dinner and she drank water for both of them.  This is the first major clue, for all those who care about such things.

          •  Yes, it is the first clue — that she’s thirsty or didn’t care for the type of wine served. 

          •  Or she was still hanging from a massive bender the night before!

      • Patience. They are both still young, and getting used to their public roll. They’ll get there. Maybe they want to wait till his service duty is over.

        •  Maybe they just see no reason to get pregnant immediately after getting married, like most couples do.  William has been quite clear that he is not going to base his personal decisions on his royal status — hence marrying the commoner, waiting until they felt ready to get married rather than getting on with it quickly, etc.

      • PaulaBerman

         I would say her face looks fuller, but I know how annoying it is when people speculate about your gestational status based on things like the shape of your face, so I will refrain. She does look great, regardless. Her face is so glowy.

    • Corazon Nunez

      Of course, when switching from red or blue, she immediately defaults to red and blue! As in purple.

    • progressivefashion

      Stunning but – better with an updo?  And strappy sandals instead of pumps?

  • jw_ny

    wow…such a departure from her usual more conservative, albeit still stylish, outfits.  I love it!  

    • EveEve

      Today she was back to white in an Alexander McQueen broderie anglaise suit.  But considering it was something like 102 degrees outside, it seemed appropriate.

  • ‘Hits it for six’ would be the closest sporting equivalent. But we understand you and your quaint American ways.

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      Mmm, I was thinking maybe “gets a boundary” but I like “hits it for six” better.

    • Yeah, someone else suggested “whacks a googly” but that’s not an actual expression anyone uses, even though it is possible to whack a googly. Unless you’re Glenn McGrath. /cricket joke none of the Americans will get

      ‘Hits it for 6’ is common.  

      • Yes,’whacks a googly’ isn’t a phrase I’ve ever heard. More likely to get a whack from a googly (straight to the testes!). 

      •  Whacking a googly is only a really good thing if it is a boundary or a 6, of course.

    • BazoDee

      I agree hits for six although technically that’s pretty much hitting it out of the park -well the pitch/field. 

      • Not always, though. It just has to go over the boundary rope without touching the ground first to be 6. A lot of guys prefer ‘flat’ sixes hit low and just hard enough to carry across the rope because they’re safer – you hit the ball high, there’s the risk that you haven’t timed it right, so it gets caught and then you’re out. Yes, I’m being pedantic, I’ll stop now. 

        • formerlyAnon

           **eyes glazing over** (standard American resistance to cricket explanations kicking in)

          •  I cannot help but think of Sports Night and the conversation about how no one really gets cricket. 

          • In America. Quite a lot of the rest of the world gets it just fine, complex as it is. The complexity just makes it more absorbing.  

        •  So like a ground rule double?

    • patticake1601

       I thought the more Aussie “howzat!”

      • Panem_et_Circenses_disqus

        Howzat is an appeal to declare the batsman “out”, so no, not comparable.

    • Yep that would be the phrase “hit it for six!”

  • GorgeousThings

    Sooome day my Prints will come! Deee dah dyah dum, dah daaaaa….

    Oh, Cathy, brava, bravissima! 

    • HomeOfficeGirl


    • Jessica O’Connell

      Lol LOOOVE it. I would have respected Snow White more if she was singing that instead of waiting around singing about waiting for a man.

    • I wish I’d thought of that.

    • Judih1

      Bravo to you for that witty post

  • m0r0

    I think the Brit translation is “Whacks a Googlie.” A cricket reference. She looks spectacular!

    • Or the simple, understated “hits it for a six”…

  • I’m not sure she’s half my age plus seven, so is it wrong that I have a mad crush on her?  She looks amazing.  I love how she embraces being a style icon.

  • jmorino08


  • Deb_Lynn

    Gorgeous. And look! New Shoes!

  • HobbitGirl

    I want her HAIR. It always looks so luscious, as if she washed it in baby tears and rainbows or something.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    such a palate cleanse after Miss “of course”, thank-you gentlemen…

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      She is the “Anti-Of Course”.

  • kmiller1k

    Beautiful! Wait till you see the bespoke dress she wore on arrival. It may look plain at first glance but it has a peek a boo neckline. Very daring for c middy.

  • Clueless_Jock

    Fantastic dress.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    She wears color fantastically!!  I love this – and she IS Princess perfection.  Just one little missed opportunity – a little different hair style for this more modern/edgy dress might have been cool.  She has the most gorgeous hair so it’s hard to complain.  And, it know she doesn’t want full on edgy for this event.  I’m talking very subtle… maybe a classy ponytail??

    • Lizzyisi

      I couldn’t agree more. Off her ears and shoulders would have suited this dress so beautifully–it’s so sleek and the shampoo commercial hair detracts from it noticeably.

    • Spicytomato1

      YES! I was thinking French twist but classy ponytail would also do. And once, just once, I’d like to see her soften her eyeliner. Love her dress, however. And her smile.

    • 3boysful

       Yes, and then it would’ve shown off the little V at the back neckline.

  • charlotte

    This dress looks oriental, but it doesn’t scream “Look at me, I’m in Singapore wearing a traditional dress!” Those Brits sure know how to be subtle.

    • Kayceed

      I like to think there is a Department of Good Taste nestled somewhere within Buckingham.

  • Wendi126

    Oh Mrs.Cambridge what a lovely rorschachian look!

    • kimmeister

      Yes, it’s like a colorful Rorschach, or it’s a floral x-ray.

  • That is a frickin’ fantastic dress on her. But must she always look so damn happy?!?! 

  • Her hair is otherworldly.

    • Lilak

      Ahhh….THAT’S the word I’ve been searching for!

  • MoHub

    Golly! It’s a googly!

  • fashionlurker

    She took a cue from Shelly O, who would also look wonderful in that dress!

  • Beautiful. *happy sigh*

  • Pants_are_a_must


  • MoHub

    So where’s the WERQ?

  • carolynmo

    She looks spectacular!

  • So lovely, it is difficult to believe she’s real.  

  • TheOriginalLulu

    Simply gorgeous.

  • Susan Crawford

    Sweetie Darling Cathy: you look AH-MAZE-ING! Do tell your Palace Minions to make room in your Royal Closet for moremoremore of this sort of dress. And your hair? Perfection: thick, glossy, loose yet groomed with elegance and flair. I will now back out of the room, bowing in your direction . . .

  • I think my jaw dropped when I saw her in this, she is out of her box, finally.  I do wish the back was the front, and the front the back. That white void on the front just looks odd.  

  • Gorgeous! She looks amazing. That is a fabulous print. 

  • l_c_ann

    Not only does she look great, but the back zipper isn’t exposed!

    Maybe there IS hope for the future.

  • That dress is gorgeous!!!

  • Jessica O’Connell

    Well fuck. She looks incredible.

  • fashionablylate


  • Lilithcat

    I’m glad to see her in a print, but I can’t get on board with this one.  It reminds me too much of those old woman/young woman optical illusions!

    And I must say that I prefer the neckline on the model.  

  • StellaZafella


    And the hair…oh god, the gorgeous hair!

  • jilly_d

    BOO-YA! That purple is spectacular, love the print.

  • VioletFem

    She looks stunning. I like this so much better than her usual outfits. 

  • siriuslover

    Absolutely beautiful! She looks great in that purple.
    In other news, did you hear that she made a toast with water? Hmmmm…. very interesting…

    • gabbilevy

      SO that dress looks like it’s cut pretty roomy on her… perfect for hiding any deviations from a perfectly flat stomach…and in that side-view photo, she could just be standing hips forward, but then again, maybe not! I’m on mad royal baby watch. 

      • I really hate myself for being part of the bump water crowd, but I squeeeeeed at the picture and the water!

  • Sara__B

    Not only is she lovely and stylish, but she seems happy and well-adjusted, embracing her “job” in the royal family with charm and grace.

    I could have used a photo or two of her husband, though. I like seeing them together — they make a good team.

  • afabulous50

    FABULOUS.  That is all.

  • Snailstsichr


  • teensmom99

    wasn’t as in love with it as you gentleman are until I saw the back which is cut so perfectly.   And interesting that the style is pretty typical for her–so the novelty is the pattern.  It’s a great way to move into the exciting world of pattern.

  • llou56

    love the back

  • mjude


  • Larkin21

    Wow, that’s beautiful! Great look for her!

  • ecallaw1977

    Her hair is gorgeous, but this is one of those times I would have liked to see her with an updo.  Nothing to severe or stuffy, but something to show off her neck and the top of the dress.

  • miagain

    She’s in Singapore, and she’s wearing a designer born in Singapore…. everything for a reason!
    And that is one gorgeous dress…

  • Candigirl1968

    What a refreshing palate cleanser after the Lea M dress left a bad taste in my mouth.  

  • melanie0866

    WOW.  Love.

  • Judy_J

    I absolutely adore this look!  Love, love, LOVE that dress!  And her hair….she looks like a Breck girl (I’m dating myself, I know).

  • mmc2315

    Agreed.  So, so pretty.  I would have loved to see a sassier shoe, but I understand she must dress the role.

  • Lilak

    I join those who wish the hair wasn’t in its Default Position, but boy, does she look grrrreat regardless!

    Now kitten-minions . . . what do those Rorschach images reveal, hmmm? 

  • Love it, love it, LOVE IT! This is gorgeous!

  • She looks absolutely phenomenal. And for any BKs who totally covet this dress, I saw that it’s available on Rent the Runway, although I imagine it will now be impossible to rent for a while.

  • AuntieAnonny

    “Serving up two lumps of sugar.”

  • kschwarting

    Not only does she look fantastic, I’m loving the Carol Burnett-ish ear tug she is doing in the last photo.  That may not be exactly what she’s doing, but that’s how it reads to me.

  • NDC_IPCentral

    I sort of wish that the hem-border print in the runway version could have been incorporated in the rendition that the Duchess is wearing.  I also, alas, see a teddy bear face on the royal derriere in the design on the back, and I can’t un-see it.

    All that said, it still is a fine dress and the Duchess looks lovely.

  • BazoDee

    Stunning. I have to confess I was nervous when I saw the thumbnail! But she looks just amazing! 

  • butterflysunita

    I love that Prabal Gurung dress!  Beautiful print.  

  • Judy_S

    She looks like a different woman. Very pretty but more relaxed and free.

  • PeaceBang

    Well, well, well. What do you know. A Rorschach test on the front of the Duchess. Lots of fun and she obviously knows it.

  • She looks gorgeous – and that is a well-received diplomatic statement too. She’s wearing the colours of the Singapore national flower 😀

  • Lynn Hayes

    I’m sorry…I really want to like it because I adore her…but I don’t. 

  • Joyce VG

    LOVE HER. 

  • MilaXX

    Really cute dress and print, but as glorious as her hair is I wish she had worn it hanging in back. The puppy dog ears are hiding the dress.

  • MilaXX

     and she’ll tell two friends and so on…

  • LuisaNL

    Love the dress. The shoes are a little blah and it’s time to start mixing up the ‘do, Duchess.

  • EEKstl

    She looks gorge but I agree with others about the ‘do.  As beautiful as her hair is something pulled back would have done the dress more justice.  

  • sashaychante

    Simply excellent

  • PinkLemon

    genius. this, and her erdem choices. also mcqueen.

  • Is it just me, or is she being a little flirty with that guy next to her. Pardon my not knowing who that is, but she’s smiling and touching her hair. Classic flirting. Poor guy wouldn’t stand a chance either with her looking that good.

    • Ah, the classic “Combination Hair-Flip with A Giggle! There’s a 3.2 degree of difficulty here, let’s see if she can pull it off. Yes! It’s a 9.0!”

    • that last photo looks like she’s giving him baseball signals.  something to do with knocking it out of the park?  i’m not much of a sports nerd.

      also, is the runway model wearing shorts and a top, or is her skirt stuffed up her cooch a bit?

  • sorry, double post

  • The cricket version of “Knocks it Out of the Park” is “Cracking Good”

  • UptownNippy

    Glad she left out the crotch arrow print on the model but left a little flirty face on her bum. 
    She is gorgorgeous. 

  • CQAussie

    “Cathy Cambridge hits it out for 6!” is the cricket equivalent.

    Also:  lovely outfit!  Golf claps all round.

  • I feel for her, the humidity is suffocating. Her hair isn’t even frizzing up. Need to know the product name, stat!

  • TieDye64

    Ah yes, like a breath of fresh air. Simply gorgeous.

  • That print is hypnotizing! Go Girl!

  • this look is too fabulous, and what a step forward for her!  not only a print but it’s bright beautiful purple.

  • I want to know how she does this all without breaking a sweat.  I was in Singapore once, and would take one step out the door and be running head to toe with sweat, hair and clothes gone limp.

    • I think it’s called otherworldy genes.  You know, the kind the rest of us will never have.

    • this was literally all over my very singaporean facebook. i barely sweat but when you’re in a place as humid as she was it seems inevitable. add to that she just came from a cold climate. I think they were bathed in anti-perspirant.

  • queenceleste

    I think the phrase you’re looking for is that she “bowled a googly” with this outfit. 

  • joe_tey83

    She did wear a couple of other print dresses during this tour, but with less loud prints.

  • another_laura

    ooooo, me likey!  And that she is wearing her thick, heavy hair down in Singapore, well, it’s true, nothing more to say than brava, diva.

  • oohsparkley!

    Love it!

  • SapphoPoet

    I think the phrase you want is “well played,” but I believe The Fug Girls have already appropriated that one. We’ll have to come up with something similar. 

    Anyway, Katherine looks fabulous here, although would have been stunning if she’d just *pulled her hair back.* (Sorry, I had to say it.) I love this dress–it’s interesting and beautiful. Well done, girl. 

    • redgauntlet

      “Knock it for six”

  • ok, Cathy is out there in 36 degree (celsius) heat and I just want to know WTF she is using so her face is not melting off and her hair is not a big poofball of frizz.  

  • Very nice.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    This is lovely, and her hair looks enviable, but her dress has an angry clown face on the back. I am not opposed to that, but is it dignified?

  • So pretty!  This is a lot better than when she dresses like  a stiff!

  • apt9000

    I would frame that print – it has so much going on yet doesn’t overpower at all! I <3 it!

  • quiltrx

    That is a FABULOUS dress.  And she is killin’ it!

  • Gorgeous. Who else wants to do sake bombs with her?

  • Blondage

    I gasped when I saw the pic of the back of the dress. Love it! She’s divine.

  • istar73

    Those pics was taken in Singapore in the past 2 days. She is actually wearing the colour of our national flower the orchid Vanda Miss Joaquim which is similar in shade and pattern without looking tacky or too literal. Powerful.

  • ojosazules

    So exciting to see her in this dress! I hope more excitement is in store! Thrilled that there is no way that beige pumps would match this outfit!! 
    Perfect for Singapore, which is very a very botanical gardens sort of place. 
    I think she probably thought that putting her hair up would be too formal for a daytime event.

  • Qitkat

    That is an awesome dress. But is it just me who sees a weird little face in the bodice pattern?

  • kcarb1025

    That print reminds me of Silence of the Lambs. Not that it’s a bad thing, just strange…


    Wowuh. She really is so gorgeous and this looks amazing on her. Was the original a romper, though? I’m glad that she decided against it, if so.

  • Sweetvegan

    Yes, beautiful! And surprisingly modern!

  • Lisa Kramp

    An English rose indeed. Stunningly lovely.

  • redgauntlet

    English idiom for ‘hit it out of the park’ is ‘Knock it for six’. A vivid cricketing metaphor still in widespread use.

  • Something cricket related:  She hit it for a six!

  • guest2visits

    Gorgeous color and print; suits her beautifully.  

  • LambeeBaby

    So cool! Rock it Duchess C!

  • ccm800

    she is such a JCrew looking gal 


    …now, girl, can we talk about getting you some open-toed pumps? Or even a d’Orsay? Please?

  • Cathy ‘hits it for 6’ is the term you’re looking for gentlemen, according to my Irish-born, UK-bred husband

  • …now if only she would try something new with her hair…

  • sheryl.thurston

     Is there a British version of “knocks it out of the park?” Something cricket-related, perhaps?

    That would be ‘bowls for six’

  • It’s the most exquisitely stunning Rorschach test on her boob, back and butt, I’ve ever seen.