Remember the scene from The Wizard of Oz when the Wicked Witch of the West nearly succeeds in offing Dorothy with the Deadly Field of Poppies?
Well, McQueen has managed to capture that feeling of nearly dying in your sleep in a custom dress for Kate Middleton. She wore it at a Buckingham Palace reception honoring Olympic and Paralympic athletes.
The print is from the 2017 Pre-Spring/Summer Collection. Its original dress form is this:
It also comes in a blouse.
Sarah Burton likely realized the overdose potential of this poppy print and Kate should have just said no to it in this much fabric. It’s so grandmotherly, it is possible the cut died of natural causes, but the toxicology report suggests foul play. The Daily Mail article has lots of photos of the fashion crime scene.
An opium overdose at least seems like it would be a more peaceful way to go than the death-by-boredom the Cambridges are inflicting on royal-watchers. I couldn’t even make it all the way through the Canada tour which was as exciting as looking at a neighbor’s vacation pics. In Tom Sykes’ article What’s Wrong With William and Kate’s Tour of Canada? he discusses the global disinterest in a tour that fizzled before it even started. Once again the Cambridge’s insisted on having their private events, shutting out a shrunken press pack for a wine tasting, a sail, and whatever else happened while I had nodded off.
As interest in the future king and queen consort wanes, the question remains, could Prince William and Kate possibly be this dull, or are they attempting to have the private lives with public figure perks they crave by boring the masses into a deep slumber? Kate’s dress and hair so amped up with add-ons she looked like her own bobblehead doll suggest she wanted to stand out in a crowd of dark hues and normal-headed people, but maybe the Paper Doll Duchess just wants to be noticed on her own terms, when she’s packing poppies.
Fortunately for the Olympic and Paralympic Athletes at the Buckingham Palace, Prince Harry followed behind Kate’s poppy field, so if anyone felt themselves glazing over from Kate’s small talk about George liking swimming, fencing and hockey and Charlotte already being an accomplished equestrian at 17 months, he could Glinda them right out of permanent sleep. Not sure why gingers seem to get stuck with revival duties for the poppy-pickled, but long live Good King Harry because this whole Synchronized Head Tilt wouldn’t even qualify the Cambridges for the Feigned Interest competition at the Royal Olympics.