Kate Middleton: the scarlet outfit for charity engagement
Radiant. A few days after his 10th wedding anniversary, Kate Middleton chose a red coat, tailor-made, of the brand Eponine to meet, to the National Portrait Gallery, the authors of the winning photos of the contest launched during the pandemic to document the lockdown. The shots have been awarded and collected now in the volume “Hold Still”, just published and already at the top of the list of bestsellers in the UK. Proceeds from sales of the book will be split equally between Mind charity and the National Portrait Gallery. Kate Middleton wants to honor one of her great passions, photography, which practice firsthand. In fact, the official portraits of the birthdays of the children George Charlotte and Louis.
On 7 May the Duchess of Cambridge – who combined the coat with accessories in shades from brown to taupe, including a new DeMellier mini bag (costing around £ 295, or 340 euros), a pair of classic pumps and a pleated skirt – has launched a treasure hunt across the UK: a few copies of Hold Still are up for grabs. In fact, the judges and participants in the competition received some copies to hide in their communities, to give way to research.
Kate next to the winning photo of the “Hold Still” contest
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Eponine is the London label launched by designer Jet Shenkman in 2011, with a focus on haute couture and high craftsmanship that wants to make use of, and act as a showcase and launch platform, at the work of some communities around the world. Kate’s coat is a custom model from the autumn winter 2018 collection (so it is no longer for sale).
During the visit, Kate met Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, which confirmed that the last 100 Hold Still images will become part of the museum’s National Collection. The Duchess visited the rooms of the National Gallery dedicated to photographs in the permanent collection which demonstrate how photography has been used since the 19th century to document key moments in British history and society.
The detail of the Eponine coat lining and the dove-gray pumps
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