Now that Kate Middleton has recovered from that nasty bout of severe morning sickness, it's been a delight to have her back on the scene. Last month, we saw the pregnant Duchess return to royal duties following her Caribbean 'babymoon' in Mustique with hubby Prince William in order to visit Hope House. Then she popped up in Switzerland for the wedding of Laura Bechtolsheimer and Mark Tomlinson when she looked mighty refined in a pink coat and MaxMara dress. Next, the world went seven shades of crazy with talk of did-she-didn't-she let slip that she's having a baby daughter when visiting the Prince's Trust-funded venue in Grimsby. Yep, it's been an action-packed few weeks.
As well as being back to her glossy best, there's another sign that the DoC has returned to good health: lots of shopping. Kate was spotted on a spending spree at Topshop's flagship Oxford Street store last week and today, we've caught wind of another dose of the Duchess' retail therapy.
Yesterday, Kate was seen shopping in Peter Jones, Sloane Square, where she was browsing Séraphine’s maternity concession. Fellow shoppers noted she was eyeing up the Brooke dress in black. As you can see from the image above, the lightweight jersey dress is classic K-Middy in style with a stretchy empire line cut and butterfly sleeves for a touch of femininity as well as modesty. So get those clicking fingers at the ready, copy Kates, because the dress is available to buy for £39 on www.seraphine.com, but we imagine it won't be for long...
For the uninitated amongst you, allow us to bring you up to speed on this award-winning maternity brand. Founded by French designer Cecile Reinaud, Séraphine is all about effortless Parisian chic as well as comfort for stylish ladies avec bump and has consequently garned an A-list following which includes (deep breath) Angelina Jolie, January Jones, Claudia Schiffer, Jessica Alba, Jennifer Garner and Kate Hudson. The designs are available in Séraphine's London boutiques at selected Peter Jones and John Lewis stores, as well as online. Who wants to bet Kim Kardashian will be the next to join the Séraphine bandwagon?