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.


[Photo Credit: Wireimage,]

    • Kiltdntiltd

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

      • aka Darth Mommy

        Agreed.  Could not possibly look better.  

        • Kiltdntiltd

           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….

            • marlie

               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.

            • Kiltdntiltd

              (raising hand) yep. Old enough.

            • Dorothy & Michael n/a

               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.  :-)

            • Rebecca

               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.

            • Shannon Stewart

               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!

            • foodycatAlicia

               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!

            • Kiltdntiltd

              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.

      • Gayer Than Thou

        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.

            • Shannon Stewart

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

            • foodycatAlicia

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

        • Kiltdntiltd

          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.

          • Shannon Stewart

             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.

    • Ros Clarke

      ‘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.

      • Sabah

        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.  

        • Jodie Kinnersley

          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!). 

        • foodycatAlicia

           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. 

        • Sabah

          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)

            • Shannon Stewart

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

            • Sabah

              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.  

          • Shannon Stewart

             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.

      • Jo Ashcroft

        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.

      • MinAgain

        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!

      • Kate Middleton

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

    • Erin

      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.

      • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

        I loved that one as well.  She just hits it perfect for the occassion every time. 

    • 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.

    • Ass Kicking Adviser

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

    • MarinaB

      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!

    • MajorBedhead

      Beautiful. *happy sigh*

    • Pants_are_a_must


    • MoHub

      So where’s the WERQ?

    • carolynmo

      She looks spectacular!

    • Elizabeth

      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 . . .

    • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      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.  

    • Jessica Pippin

      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.

    • Heather

      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. 

        • Katrin

          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? 

    • marlie

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

    • Alyssa Ball

      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.

    • Dest

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

    • 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.

    • Chuck Barthelme

      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.

      • Angela

        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!”

      • sleah_in_norcal

        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?

    • Liz Elle

      sorry, double post

    • Liz Elle

      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.

    • gillian holroyd

      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.

    • Therese Bohn

      That print is hypnotizing! Go Girl!

    • sleah_in_norcal

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

    • Ann Martina

      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.

      • Pamela

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

      • Marie Ee

        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”

    • fabulous

      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.  

    • Vera

      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?

    • Lisa

      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!

    • Chelle

      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.

    • Terri

      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 

    • Rebecca


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

    • irena bukhshtaber

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

    • Fatima Siddique

      …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’

    • Pix Lee

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