Cathy Cambridge in Alice Temperley

Posted on October 24, 2012

Darlings, it’s going to be a bitch of a day ’round these parts. And by “these parts,” we mean the hotel room we woke up in this morning. Don’t worry; we planned on waking up in a hotel room; no one kidnapped us. We had one of those fun, “let’s have a meeting” days in New York yesterday, where meet with amazing people who tell us we’re amazing. Seriously. There are worse ways to spend a day. But it means blogging-on-the-go today, which means, so help us, if we get one more “ARE YOU GONNA WRITE ABOUT RUPAUL’S ALL-STARS? PLEASE? I’LL GIVE YOU A DOLLAR! WELL FINE I NEVER LIKED YOU TWO WHORES ANYWAY” – style email, we’re gonna put our hands on our hips and be very stern and cross. We will get to the All-Stars (short recap: surprisingly dull and lifeless) later, along with other fun and bitchy things. Patience, kittens.

In the mean time, here’s Cathy looking all princess-y and shit.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends reception held for Team GB Olympic and Paralympic London 2012 medalists at Buckingham Palace in London, England in a dress by Alice Temperley.

Alice Temperley makes an exceedingly good choice for her. The combination of retro-romanticism paired with a slightly rock and roll modernity is perfect for this 21st Century Duchess. She looks great here. We’d always rather see her in a color, but there’s enough going on with this dress for us to ever call it boring. But we have to say, because it’s driving us nuts, we’re not in love with the thick white trim along the seams and edges of the sheer parts. Very distracting.


[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • I am in love with that dress. And Cathy somehow manages to have a genuine-looking smile, whether or not it actually is.

    • mshesterp

      I was thinking the exact same thing.  She makes everything look better just because she wears her “Cathy Cambridge-ness” with such grace and ease and cheer.  I’m not a fan of the white detailing either, but I love that last shot.  Envy those legs!

    • Funkykatt

      and perfect teeth.

      • Ceur

        Those were expensive. 

        • formerlyAnon

           As, I’m sure, is much of her look AND manner. Some of it took money, some of it took a lot of relentless study and practice.

    •  I really like it too — reminds me of some of the ’60s/’70s brit designers like Jean Varon etc.

  • The thing that drives me nuts is that the embroidery on the yoke doesn’t match the line of the underdress. But the black and pink and slightly sparkly is lovely. She does princessing so well.

  • rockwithyourleft

    Her hairrrr. Sigh. 

  • luciaphile

    I’m not in love with the dress. It seems a bit fussy to me.

    • Golfkat

      I don’t like it at all either. I’m pretty sure that if anyone else than Kate had worn it, the tone in the post and the comments wouldn’t be so sugary. People are really blinded by the idea of Kate by now.

  • Vera L-

    Oh God, get to the Elizabeth Moss pics, red shirt, black shorts. Please, TLo, HURRY!

  • I am loving Temperley’s work more and more. And I get the point on the trim, it does keep it from looking too evening/cocktail.  Without that trim, it would veer much more overtly sexy. And This strikes a great balance between hot and haute.

    • 3boysful

       Not to mention that the trim gives all that sheerness some stability and structure.  Otherwise, I think it would be really fragile.

      •  No question, but that it would be a far more delicate frock, without that trim.

    • kimmeister

      I like the trim on the sleeves and think it looks better included, but would have left it off of the shoulder/neckline/bust area.

  • its just that its really hard to care about celebrities in the presence of DRAG QUEENS! but i didnt say anything because i knew there must be a good reason you havent done it yet. (until now, but since youre bringing it up yourselves in the post, i think its fair game.)

  • SapphoPoet

    J’adore. She looks lovely. If I had the money and figure for couture, I’d buy an Alice Temperley dress. I love the romantic fabrics and designs; very feminine and sophisticated. 

    • mountainFashionista

      I would’ve also liked to see the yoke highlighted (or at least not obscured).

    • Emily Rice

      That’s what I thought when I saw it – lovely, except that she’s doing the Cathy Cambridge version of cocker spaniel hair.

  • I don’t like the bell sleeves or the bow at the waist. Other than that, it is just lovely. 

  • NC_Meg

    I really, really did not like this dress. There is a lot going on and the floral pattern feels dated. Cathy has been letting me down lately.

  • Ehh I’m unimpressed. The white on black says mantilla to me, which makes it veer older – I mean, she looks like a certain variety of energetic fabulous middle aged woman in Latin America (my fabulous mother being a prime example), which I suppose is better in her case than looking like a middle aged British woman and probably absolutely shocking to her in-laws, but I’m not in love with this. Maybe it’s the sheer sleeves that feel like a bridge too far.

    As to RPASDR, I thought about asking but I figured y’all would get to it in due time. I thought the team twist was lame and contrived and only functioned to make the queens gang up on one another (Mimi’s annoying but didn’t really deserve the witchhunt the queens wanted to go on, and Alexis’s renewed passive aggression was not welcome; Chad’s bitterness about not winning also seems to have undercut her den-mothery leanings) and will probably function to let weaker queens be buoyed by stronger queens, and stronger queens get bogged down by weaker (as with poor Pandora, though she didn’t come out smelling like roses either).
    I kind of liked the drag news commercials more than the show itself. It put an idea in my head that I posted on facebook, partially based on TLo’s continuing request for a drag variety show: a drag talkshow roundtable (ala The View) with a rotating roster, hosted by Pandora Boxx doing a Barbara Walters pastiche with sketches between that are discussed in between in that silly way morning shows work. And the title would be: “The Tea.” It just works so perfectly. Plus, it would let Latrice get the Star Jones parody out of her system pretty easily.
    Anyway, my fantasy team mostly paired up with non-fantasy-team members, so that’s disappointing. I suppose I should root for Latrice/Manila since they’re the only pair straight out of my fantasy team, but eh.
    Having not seen season 1, I was surprised by how much I liked Tammie Brown’s brand of crazy. She’s a little Lucille Ball by way of Mars, huh?
    (Sorry to digress so much. I HAVE SO MANY FEELINGS.)

    • I agree. Most of the queens came off as petty bitches. I’m also sick of Ru’s trick of making the first photo shoot a humiliation. Ru- why don’t YOU demonstrate How It Is Done by getting your own wig ruined.

      I also thought that when Mimi got out of that terrible muppet gown and into the polka dot cocktail dress she looked pretty good.

  • Laylalola

    The hair has got to change. She needs it sleeker and layered and a few inches shorter if she’s going to stick with it long like this.

  • mjude

    she is just adorable.  love the look on her.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Love it!  A somewhat different type of dress for Kate and again, she looks lovely beyond words!!

  • Targettaste

    I love how she (properly) stands out in that group picture of the other women wearing their plain (proper) black dresses.  And those calf muscles in that last photo!

  • Love, love, love!  Great dress – I even like the white trim.

    • Sobaika

      I am so enthusiastic about this dress and the white trim. One of my favorite things she’s worn.

      Someone give me major cash to spend on replicating her wardrobe. I promise to werq it accordingly.

  • In_Stitches

    She looks like a hippie at a funeral to me, but I’ve never been partial to her style. 

  • SummerSquash

    Dang, girl has some calves.

  • Susan Crawford

    Temperley and Cathy Cambridge: perfect together! Even though this isn’t my all-time fave design from Temperley, our Cathy rocks it. What might be twee on another woman is somehow fresh and chic on Cathy, whose exquisite posture, grace and beautiful smile makes the look sophisticated and pretty. You know, even my wizened old Bitter Kitten raisin of a heart leaps up a little when I behold Cathy Cambridge.

  • BobStPaul

    People like this dress?  I guess from the waist down it’s not too bad but that top is pretty horrid – very overworked and the sleeves….   Despite the dress she looks great.

    • CozyCat

      I’m not liking it either.  I think it would look better with the detailing only on top or only on the bottom.  And I think the bottom detailing would look better if it went higher up the skirt–right now it looks like it was just added on.

      But she’s so pretty that after a while you start thinking, “Maybe it’s not such a bad dress after all…”

    • One ticket for the hate train. There is no part of this dress I like. I especially dislike that there are black straps from her… underwear/under dress(?) visible.  

  • teensmom99

    I usually don’t like Alice Temperley because of things like the thick white trim–but when I saw the pix of the Duchess here, I thought “Oh, that’s how an AT dress can look good.” I usually find the AT dresses to be a cool concept but not so great in the execution or perhaps they need more editing or something.  This is perfect for the Duchess.

  • I am not loving this dress at all, not even on Mrs. C.  Those bell sleeves are distracting and the whole concept is a big ol’ mess of funereal and hippie.  No thank you.

  • decormaven

    Is this detailing a form of soutache? I think it’s a very appropriate outfit, and the diamond bracelet is a perfect accent. Her look is consistently outstanding- she understands what looks best on her, and wears it well.

  •  I read that it was custom-made for her – that the dress used to be a basic black and the pink overlay was added.  I really like it!  And agree that she appears to be genuinely enjoying herself here.  I, too, would like to see her lose a few inches of hair and add some layers. 
    Her hair reminds me of mine in its texture, color and thickness.  When I was in my twenties, I wore it long and blown out like this.  Sadly, I am not a princess.  I have a full time job and a little baby.  So, my hair’s in a pixie cut right now.  But in my fantasy life, I can wear my hair like this (minus a few inches) every day because I have a personal hairdresser and a nanny.  Also, I could afford to buy Alice Temperley.

    •  I’m glad you see it as pink too – everyone else has been commenting on the white trim and I thought my eyes were letting me down.

      • mountainFashionista

         Yep, it reads pink to me as well.

  • Judy_J

    I like it.  It looks formal, but fun. 

  • Love the bracelet! Luxurious and feminine without being too delicate. Perfect for Mrs. Cathy!

  • RzYoung

    People don’t really email you like that do they TLo?! How rude.
    I’m ok with this look, only ok.

  • She wears her hair down, but it doesn’t look like cocker spaniel ears, or like she just stepped out of the shower, or like she hasn’t discovered what a comb is.  It’s sleek, shiny, bouncy, and (probably for William only) touchable hair.  The dress is interesting, not awful, but certainly not my cup of tea.

  • l_c_ann

    As a dress (if it weren’t on a photo target) I’d prefer the skirt weren’t embellished. There’s enough going on at the top. 

  • Ali

    Even if I don’t always love her outfits, I love how genuine she appears. She always has a smile, and it always looks real. That’s a true talent right there.

    • Anathema_Device

       I agree. I’m not a royal watcher or anything, but she does seem genuine and engaged. And even if she is pretending, she is doing a great job of it.

  • Anathema_Device

    Another winner for the Duchess. I like the flounciness of the sleeves. She does a lot of sleek dresses, so I like the embroidery and the sheer bits.

  • She looks great.  And Beth Tweddle (4th pic) is awesome!  So glad she got to hang with the Princess.

  • Go!

    Hair: yawn…Dress: okay.

  • pulpytomato

    Love it! It’s unique and while it perhaps wouldn’t work on everyone, she looks absolutely gorgeous.

  • jenno1013

    This may sound bizarre, but I love the visible bra strap, for reasons that have nothing to do with clothes.  Because it says that she wears a bra.  I always felt like Princess Diana wore those suit-type getups so that one could never, ever know that even *she* wore a bra on her royal person.  Cathy’s all, yeah, I’m wearing a sheer top and I’ve got a black bra on underneath…wouldn’t you?  It’s so human.

    • kimmeister

      I think it’s the strap of the underdress.  In the pictures from the front, you can see that the dress is sheer and there’s a liner underneath.

  • I thought for sure you’d say this was hideous, as I found it. The black mesh panel between the embroidery and the neckline of the underdress (? have no idea what’s going on with this dress, it’s a mess) is awkward and bell sleeves for crissakes. Only her winning smile is carrying this off.

    • PinkLemon

       yeah i kinda hate it. it looks too dated, straight from the 90’s or something…..from Dress Barn.

  • Janet B

    Cathy doesn’t really need help, but the embellishments help her stand out in a sea of black, charcoal. and navy.

  • She definitely has a nice way with the hoi-polloi, doesn’t she? The Queen & Charles always struck me as having no clue what to say to the common man – I’m always reminded of that Eddie Izzard skit: “You’re a plumber. What on EARTH is that?”

    I love the dress. The dress, the hair, the infectious smile in the group picture, the whole thing. Well done, Mrs. C. 

    • Kate4queen

      Eddie Izzard! 

  • Jenna621

    She looks so adorable and like she is genuinely enjoying herself.  And I am so very jealous of her hair.

  • CassandraMortmain

    Love it.  Alice Temperley is one of my favorite designers and while this is not one of her best designs it really works for Cathy.  Who just looks so engaged and interested and kind.  If she’s faking it, she’s doing it really, really well.  Love the diamond bracelet and her best accessory, her smile.

    And Cathy, please don’t cut that gorgeous hair just yet.  You’ll have many middle-aged years to go with a shorter style.  Enjoy the luscious flowing locks while you can.

  • Off topic, but how beautiful is that woman in the first picture with her purple ribboned medal?!  What a gorgeous smile!

    • Yes, lovely! I’m also curious about the Olympian in the third picture. Look at all those medals! Lady really did her country proud, but of course all of them did.

  • ojosazules

    Don’t like this dress at all. Everybody sure is loving the Duchess, though. Smiles all round. 

  • Kyle Crawford

    HRH got GAMS! 

  • LLuL

    Why wear a dress with detailing on the shoulders and then cover it with hair? I can’t explain why, but the thought of hair catching on all that embroidery totally grosses me out.

  • alyce1213

    There’s WAY to much going on with this dress – the mesh chest peek-a-boo, satin waist ribbon, visible black straps, etc.
    A sheer, well-lined dress with a lot of elaborate embroidery is enough — this is overkill.

    Other than that, she’s lovely, as usual.

  • YolandaHawkins

    Love, love, LOVE the dress.  I wish she would have pulled her hair back so one could see the front better.  Other than that, another winner for Cathy Cambridge.

  • Love it. She looks great. I don’t mind the trim. I think it keeps it from heading into ‘too formal.’

  • baxterbaby

    In the fifth picture (with all the other long haired lasses) I like to think of her saying, “And then I rinse it in really cold water and put in a tiny bit of this marvelous leave-in conditioner, and then I…”.

  • Love it a lot. 

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    She looks quite pretty, but in the first photo I was distracted by the well-turned-out gal with the medal. Cathy strikes the right balance of pretty, approachable, and appropriately formal here. 

  • I love the dress, and I don’t even mind the white trim except at the shoulder where you can clearly see a black strap next to it. Is it part of the dress, or is she wearing a slip for more coverage? If it’s a slip, I wish she’d picked something strapless. But, minor quibble.

  • EEKstl

    Great dress, love the redux of the flowers at the hem.

  • doesn’t quite work for me…. sheer netting and white-out on under a standard, but cute, black dress…I agree the trim is way too heavy. Maybe if we could see a shot of just her in it? but….I know its not an in/out, but an out for me

  • Wellworn

    I love love love it.  Makes me want to be a princess.  Why couldn’t Liz and Phil have a sweaty, loser, ugly, hunchbacked, old fart backward runt of an offspring who would think of me as catch enough to marry?  I would do it just for the clothes.

  • siriuslover

    I love these pictures! She looks so happy and beautiful and engaged with all of these athletes.

  • MilaXX

    Dress is okay, but I’m not in love with those sleeves.

    BTW, I’m glad I exercised a bit of patience and didn’t send one of those “Where’s the Drag Race?” emails.

  • CeeQ

    I disagree! I love this dress completely, including the white trim!! 

  • lalahartma

    I like it!  Much more interesting that most of her recent stuff.

  • sdgreengirl

    She is very beautiful with a great figure for clothes, but her hair style is getting stale.  Blow-dried then curled like I did when I was a kid experimenting with my hair in the 70’s.  I would love to see her with a shorter layered cut.  I bet it would look great.

    Am I seeing things or is that one of Prince Andrew’s daughters in the background in picture 3???

  • Tracy_Flick

    She’s gorgeous and charismatic. And LOOK at those calves. But I don’t love the dress, the bell sleeves are fussy and the embroidery seems excessively large and heavy.

  • galcurly

    I guess I’m in the minority here.  I think the dress is ugly, and it’s not like it improves with her wearing it.  The lace doesn’t work with the black, the whole thing is fuddy-duddy and the length doesn’t work either.   I think there are ways to style that dress into interesting (fun hosiery, edgy shoes, audrey hepburn-esque hairstyle and make-up) but right now it is just shy of a fancy schmatta.

  • JuliaInBlack

    Is it just me, or are these photos calling out for some CathyCaps?

  • NCDFan

    It’s nice to see that she has a range of facial expressions. She seems truly interested and engaged in the conversations she’s having. No doubt that she’s very conscious that she needs to smile, but there are some real expressions there too. I like the dress, even the white borders. As for the hair, after the huge amount of press attention she got after  her scar appeared when she had her hair pulled up and back, I think it’s highly unlikely that we will get to see that look again.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    The choice of undergarment is difficult.  Those big white seams make the black bra lines, at the angle, stand out.  It would be perplexing to be sure.

  • formerlyAnon

    I like that dress enormously. The white edging doesn’t bother me. My eye is not as discerning as yours, I admit.

    As has been noted, repeatedly, that woman is a fricking genius at her job. In Every Single Photo she looks genuinely engaged and happy – even excited – to be there and to be talking to the person(s) she’s with.  It’s so impressive that I feel no diffidence about remarking upon it again. And, I’m sure I will, again.

    I wonder if all the folks who still seem disgruntled that she bagged the prince could do half as well.

  • formerlyAnon

    P.s. If I am ever on a quiz show, I am convinced that I will lose my shot at the bazillion dollars because I will be unable to correctly identify her – I have begun to forget that she’s actually not named Catherine Cambridge.

  • melanie0866

    I think she needs her hair back or up, away from the busy neckline.  All that stuff up top doesn’t go with Cocker Spaniel hair.  Other than that, marvelous.  And that shot of her from the back – Good God, how does she get those calves?  Not standing around drinking tea all day, surely.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Cathy Cambridge does do the princess thing well.  I’m still undecided about the dress.

  • You’re nuts. The think white trim is what makes the look.

  • margaret meyers

    The thick white trim along the edges make it look home sewer (sewer — that always looks wrong).  The trailing flowers and vines look lovely, but the straight lines look clumsy.

    • formerlyAnon

      I like it more than those complaining about the white edging, which doesn’t bug me, but I think you are exactly right about the straight lines looking clumsy/inelegant in comparison to the flora.

  • Sweetpea176

    Oh TLo, we love it when you get all stern and cross with us.  I moseyed on over specifically to see if you had a RPDR up yet!

  • Love it.

  • librarygrrl64

    Lovely. 🙂

  • B_C_J

    Beautiful dress, feminine, sophisticated and slightly retro. She wears it beautifully.  My only quibble is with the hair.  The dress has so much detail, it would have been nice if her lovely hair had been pulled back. However, she looks wonderful. 

  • ccm800

    I like the idea of the trim because I loathe the seem a sheer makes (usually) but this is too heavy and cake decor for me.