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Trivia: Curvy Kate, the name-appropriate bra for the well-endowed Kate

By Kate E. Stephenson

Last week I extolled the virtues of the name Kate. This week, I’ve found a tidbit about a different kind of virtue. As an abundantly blessed woman, I was especially happy to stumble upon this week’s trivia find.

See, the fashion world is not always accommodating of diverse body shapes. I have a friend who is forever dejected because she can’t find shoes narrow enough for her feet. Another who bemoans the lack of room in the backside of her dress pants. For myself, finding that perfect bosom support can be difficult. Well, I haven’t found a solution for my friends, but I have found one for myself and my well-endowed comrades out there.

Curvy Kate is a new company specializing in lingerie and swimwear in bras sizes D-K cup. (Yes, I did say through K! That’s D, DD, E, F, FF, G, GG, H, HH, J, JJ, and K … whew.) But it’s not just about size, it’s about image. Straight from the horse’s mouth:

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What’s up with Kate Hudson’s neck in this Ann Taylor ad?

Kate Hudson for Ann Taylor

By Kate Torgovnick

I think it’s absolutely brilliant that Ann Taylor has tapped Kate Hudson to be their spokeswoman for the past few seasons — she brings the perfect dose of youth to the retailer informally known as “Forever 41,” not to mention the perfect boho edge to the brand known for work-wear. And I totally love the looks Hudson was photographed in for the brand’s fall collection. My favorite? This sleek navy blue peplum ensemble with a pink belt.

However, as the Huffington Post notes, something seems off here. Hudson’s head is at a truly bizarre angle to her body. I mean, if she were stretching her neck sideways, wouldn’t her head by tilted a bit too? Could this be a Photshop fail?

Regardless, check out two more gorgeous Kate Hudson for Ann Taylor looks after the jump.

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Obsessed with: Kate Spade book clutches

Kate Spade book clutches

By Kate Torgovnick

Anyone have $325? Because I really want one of these Kate Spade clutches. Made to look like classic books, they are adorable and great conversation starters to boot. And I especially love that the back of the “Romeo and Juliet” version reads, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

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Obsessed with: Catherine Baba

Catherine Baba for W

By Kate Torgovnick

I would like to thank W Magazine for introducing me to my new favorite stylist, Catherine Baba. An Australian living in Paris, Baba has created her first line of accessories with French brand Gripoix, which she models here. Let’s just say that these pieces put Rachel Zoe to shame, as they are inspired by the writings of Oscar Wilde and Aubrey Beardsley and take the word ‘bling’ to the next level.

“I’m a slave to accessories. Belts are my oxygen,” Baba tells the magazine. As for a turban, which has become something of a signature for her, Baba says, “I’ve ordered them in every color.”

Love a Kate who marches to the beat of her own fashion drummer.

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Kate Middleton rocks the Diamond Jubilee

Kate Middleton Diamond JubileeKate Middleton is nude! Fine, not really. But she did look mighty good in nude lace for the final day of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee festivities on Tuesday. The Duchess of Cambridge stunned in an Alexander McQueen dress (the same designer who created her oft-copied wedding dress, naturally) with a fascinator featuring a birdcage veil. Heck, I even like Middleton’s signature nude pumps in this context.

Random thought: I think there needs to be a Duchess of Cambridge-themed a cappella group called The Kate Middle Tones. Just sayin’.

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Obsessed with: Kate Gilliland jewelry

Kate Gilliland calls her jewelry collection “The Weird and the Wonderful,” and the she is not lying. Think: Alice in Wonderland, if she had a penchant for dead mice and squashed frogs. Gilliland, a member of the Design Space in Birmingham, England, creates jewelry inspired by dead animals that she encounters in everyday life. But it isn’t at all macabre. “The found and treasured dead animals she uses in her jewelery are a celebration of life as much as they are of death. They evoke questions and illuminate your curiosity, conjuring fantastical tales,” her website explains.

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Kate Middleton the lady in red for Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee celebration

Prince William and Kate Middleton board royal bargeKate Middleton had an unusual tactic for blending in and not calling attention to herself at Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee festivities this weekend—she wore bright red.

Middleton was one of royal family members asked to ride on the royal barge, the Spirit of Chartwell, for yesterday’s celebration on the River Thames to mark the 60th anniversary of Middleton’s mother-in-law being crowned the Queen of England. Perhaps because the barge was fully carpeted in red—complete with plush red thrones for the Queen and Prince Phillip— Middleton decided to garb herself in the very same cherry shade. She wore a stunning Alexander McQueen dress with a body conscious top and a pleated bottom. She paired the look with a red fascinator and a matching clutch. Only her shoes bucked the red trend—repeated in the 10,000 freshly cut roses aboard the royal barge—as she instead opted for her usual nude-colored heels.

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Obsessed with: Katie Ermilio dresses

Kate Ermilio dressesNew York-based designer Katie Ermilio is of serious fashion pedigree—her grandfather was the personal clothier to Grace Kelly. Even though Ermilio is only in her mid-20s, she manages to capture a Kelly-esque level of sophistication in pieces that also look completely of the moment. Ermilio’s spring/summer 2012 collection is all about sherbert colors and ladylike silhouettes with unexpected details—a cut-out back here, a slit there. So while I have to thank Olivia Palermo’s blog for turning me on to this designer, I’m just sad that I will never, ever be able to afford anything Ermilio makes. Sigh.

 

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Obsessed with: Nicole Richie’s “Winter Kate” spring collection

Hippie has never been my thing. And yet, I am always drooling over Nicole Richie’s amazing flower-child inspired style. I was a big fan of her jewelry collection House of Harlow when in came out in 2008. And now I am falling for her fashion label Winter Kate, which debuted in 2010 but this spring is seriously hitting it out of the ballpark. All three of these new Winter Kate dresses are the perfect balance of fresh and ’60s nostalgic. Not to mention that each looks like it would feel light and airy on a hot summer day.

So how did Richie come up with the name Winter Kater?

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Kate Middleton relinquishes the nude stockings and sensible heels for a night

Kate Middleton in Rouland Mouret gownDon’t get me wrong, Kate Middleton has lovely style. Lovely enough that I actually agree with Madame Tussauds decision to create four different wax sculptures of The Duchess, each in a different gown she made famous. But I do have to admit that I sometimes find myself disappointed with Middleton’s unending reliance on nude stockings, short heels, and skirt suits. I mean, boring.

So on Tuesday night, I was thrilled to see Middleton up the va-va-voom factor at the annual meeting of the Thirty Club, an organization for the UK’s media elite. While husband Prince William gave a speech at the dinner, all eyes were trained on Middleton, who stunned in a long-sleeved, floor-length, cream-colored creation by Rouland Mouret.

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Kate Moss appears on the cover of Vogue UK for the 32nd time

Kate Moss and Vogue UK go together like ham and cheese. Like peanut butter and jelly. Like crimson and clover. Like yin and yang. So while it isn’t too surprising to see Moss’ visage on the cover of the magazine’s June issue, it should be a little striking to know that this is Moss’ 32nd appearance on the front page of the fashion tome. Here, my 12 favorite Kate Moss Vogue UK cover looks.

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Kates take the 2012 Met Costume Institute Gala

The Kates certainly seemed to have a theme at tonight’s Met Costume Institute Ball in New York: “Black Swan.” While Kate Upton sported an uber-tight, slicked-back ballerina bun, Cate Blanchett broke her golden rule and opted for a dark feathered dress. Meanwhile, Kate Bosworth? She did both of the above. Did they consult, or was this just an example of Kate mind-meld?

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