Kate Middleton wasn't holding back on the real talk on her first public appearance of 2017.
Visiting a treatment centre for parents with personality disorders, the Duchess of Cambridge was overheard telling one of the women receiving help:
"Parenting is tough," she said. "And with the experiences you've all witnessed, to do that on top of your own anxieties, and the lack of support you also received as mothers... I find it extraordinary how you've managed actually."
She also mentioned elsewhere that before arriving at the centre she'd just left "a room of six under threes" which we're taking to mean Princess Charlotte had the crew over for brunch and a marathon of Paw Patrol.
PS. That's a brand new Eponine coat K. Middy's wearing, FYI, which can be yours for around $2500 CAD.
Kate, Wills and Harry were all together for a public engagement today, and well, the press pack who covers the royal family were not impressed.
The trio were out and about in London today (Kate in a new Erdem dress, FYI) to lend support to the HeadsTogether campagin, a mental health advocacy cause they've had a history of championing together.
On this occasion, however, none of the Windsor crew bothered to acknowledge the group of journalists who make a profession out of covering them, causing The Daily Express's royal reporter, Richard Palmer, to send this series of tweets:
My phone died just as William, Kate and Harry arrived at the ICA. William noticeably blanked us all from two feet away. Charming. 😂— Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) January 17, 2017
The three royal leave and one cheeky photographer shouts: "Bye!" No reply. pic.twitter.com/JtNP4qstof— Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) January 17, 2017
The royal press pack has decided that part of having a national conversation about mental health should involve saying hello to people.— Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) January 17, 2017
Sad news for Prince Louis and Princess Tessy, guys: They're getting a divorce.
Who are Prince Louis and Princess Tessy, you might be asking? Well, Louis is the third son of the current Grand Duke of Luxembourg. (If you don't know who that is either? Yeah, we had to wikipedia this one too). He is not, however, in line for the throne because he gave us his rights when he got married ten years ago at age 20, three months after the birth of his and Tessy's first child (scandal!).
Louis, 30, and Tessy, 31, have two sons together, and have asked (via an official letter from the tiny European country's monarchy) for privacy at this time.
Roberta Einer spring 2017
This designer's clothes aren't for shrinking violets.
Estonian-born, London-based designer Roberta Einer's frenetic and playful vibe is infectious. Since launching her label in 2015, Einer has become known for her bold use of couture-level embellishment and hand embroidery. It's no surprise that prior to launching her label, Einer worked with Olivier Rousteing as a print and embroidery assistant at Balmain.
We chatted to Einer about her spring collection, which is a mix of mad prints and reworked silhouettes inspired by pastel-hued South Beach circa 1980.
A look from Roberta Einer's spring 2017 collection
What's the mood and feeling of this collection?
"I drew main inspiration from Miami and South beach – 1980’s poolside poster art was translated into embellishment, highly worked fabrics featured botanicals and tropical birds. For the colours I was inspired by illustrators like Jiro Bevis and Yoko Honda who [featured] Miami a lot in their work. I wanted to recreate what all those strong Studio 54 characters like Bianca Jagger, Janice Dickinson and Debbie Harry would be wearing if they went to Miami. The pastel hues of the city’s architecture lead to using rainbow palette of greens, blues, pinks and fluorescents that were set by monochrome. It’s a very fun and sexy collection – just like Miami! – with lots of high shine and big contrasts in textures and cuts."
In terms of textures, what was the process in selecting or creating then?
"Fabric and material sourcing is one of the most important parts when designing collection. We get custom tweeds done in Linton mill, which is the same mill that develops Chanel tweeds. We get jacquards from Paris and leather from Italy. All embroidery is manufactured in one of the best hand embroidery factories, that also produces for Balmain, Ralph & Russo and Lanvin. We [experiment] in-house for the most creative techniques and finishes and then give the production to the industry’s best."
Who's the Roberta Einer customer?
"I don’t really believe that there is a certain age or image that most of our customers have, because for me it has always been about designing every kind of woman – all ages, all ethnicities, all body types and characters. I started selling from the very first season globally, so it became vital to design for all types of women.
One thing that unites all customers is that they wish to stand out and have this playful way of dressing and living. For me, it’s really important that the customer wears clothes and not the other way around. And with designs like mine, you will really need a quite a character to pull it off!"