Duchess Kate debuts her new Farrah-style bangs/layers: adorable or not cute?

ERMAHGERD. Just… ermahgerd. When one of us here at Celebitchy wants to “claim” a story, we often save a temp title to let the others know what we’ll be working on. This post’s temp title was all #KANYECAPS: “DUCHESS KATE BANGS TRAUMA”. Just FYI. Now, we had a hint of Kate’s new bangs a few days ago, when Kate and William stepped out for a rugby game in Wales. At the time, I didn’t think Kate had overdone the “bangs” (I actually consider these “front layers”). She looked like she had just added a few layered strands to frame her face, and I thought it was more notable that she had left her hair straight instead of sausage-curling it to death. But now… OMG. Kate has full-on Farrah Hair. It’s being said that her standard hair guy, Richard Ward, did this new style, and that her hair is darker too.

These pics are of Kate at the opening of the Natural History Museum’s Treasure exhibition, which apparently featured some “rare first editions of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species.” Her dress is a £1,400 Mulberry creation… while I like a good jewel tone (always!), and I do like when Kate goes for a bolder color, there’s something about this that looks cheap to me. The material looks synthetic and very, very dated, and the design is totally 1980s. Not Madonna ‘80s either. This is Dolly Parton or Jane Fonda in 9 To 5 (God, I love that movie). The Mulberry is a repeat too –she wore it last year.

Allegedly, Kate made a speech too! The Mail quotes Kate as saying:

‘The Natural History Museum has a very special place in the heart of this nation. William and I are just two of millions of people who have passed through these doors, and marvelled at the spectacular wonders of the natural world, housed in this beautiful gallery. I care passionately about what this museum stands for. Being here tonight, seeing some of nature’s finest treasures, reminds me just how precious and awe inspiring the natural world is. That is why the opening of Treasures is so incredibly exciting. If it were ever needed, there is now even more reason to visit this wonderful museum.’

[From The Mail]

Kate sounds like Bridget Jones is her speechwriter. Is Helen Fielding moonlighting as a royal speechwriter nowadays?

Anyway, does anyone else think that “new hair” = baby? She actually looks like she might have put on a pound or two. Or maybe that’s just the Farrah style adding weight to her face?

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet.

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  1. Elceibeno says:

    Her new hair style looks cute. She looks happy too.

  2. bea says:

    First two pix are super unflattering – seems to make her face look really round – but it looks better towards the end. She’s got such great hair.

  3. Jaded says:

    Still wayyyy too much hair and you can see that a good deal of it is “add-on”. She just looks tough and cheap to me, even when she’s trying hard.

    • Amelia says:

      I’ve had my TV on the 24hr BBC news channel all morning (for work, just to clarify :) ) and they covered their visit to Cambridge – her hair was all over the place and swamped her head.
      Seriously girl, either tie it back or STOP PLAYING WITH IT EVERY 20 SECONDS.

      • GoodCapon says:

        She’s been a royal for 18 months and the sausage curls are still a major attraction for her. I don’t think she will ever learn.

      • Miffy says:

        Before Kate Middleton I never knew that a grown woman fiddling with her hair like a nervous teenager every three seconds could send me into a murderous rage.

        There are so many women in the public eye who know how to wear long hair elegantly and without such fuss. Surely the Palace has access to freakin’ Google!! Cate Blanchett has never had a bad hair day, just sayin’.

        The quasi-bangs or whatever they are look awful. Nothing like a haircut that makes your cheeks and jaw look like your storing nuts for winter.

      • bluhare says:

        I must confess to messing with my hair a lot. For the first time in my life, I have no bangs. The other day, probably Thanksgiving, I was noshing away, looked down, and saw a bunch of cheese in my hair. It’s a bit below chin length and I ate my hair with the cheese dip.

      • Esmom says:

        @Bluhare, OK, yes, but you are not representing all of Wales and the UK (unless there’s something we don’t know about you, lol).

        I got whipped cream in my hair on Thanksgiving. I was cutting and dishing out pie for everyone and finally sat down to have a bite myself when my sister pointed it out. Which means I probably got some in someone’s pie. Eek.

      • Nancito says:

        Omg – hahaha @Miffy and her ab fab comment : ~

        “Before Kate Middleton I never knew that a grown woman fiddling with her hair like a nervous teenager every three seconds could send me into a murderous rage.”

  4. Mew says:

    Doesn’t suit her but I guess she just wants to hide as much as possible behind her hair. If she could, she’d probably cut a “high fashion bangs” that go over her eyes down to her nose, so that nobody could “see” her.

  5. Hubbahun says:

    Sorry but love the hair, hate the dress. You just know she does hairography when she’s alone – probably to Single Ladies…

    “All one’s single ladies, all one’s single ladies…put one’s hands up…”

  6. Eleonor says:

    Michael K. nailed it “Tootsie wants her dress back”.
    This is the first time she looks awful.

  7. Bored suburbanhousewife says:

    Farrah? She wishes. Farrah did not have her hair in her eyes or falling on her face.

    Unfortunately she reminds me more of post psychotic break Margot Kidder.

  8. Rose says:

    New hair and arms firmly in front of her THE WHOLE night, do we think she’s trying to divert attention upwards and hide something?

  9. katiebob says:

    this whole look; hair and clothing, reminds me alot of Diana when she was pregnant..probably because this look would have been trendier then, Kate just looks old, matronly (pregnant?) and dowdy.

  10. Meerkat says:

    After yesterday’s high-waisted horror from Pippa and now this granny dress, I’m convinced the Middletons have an account at Frumps R Us. As for the hair…

  11. Missy Mara says:

    Her face looks pregnant. Is the new hairdo an attempt to shift the focus?

  12. pixiestyx says:

    That dress is terrible. What is up with the peace signs on the dress?

  13. JulieM says:

    Oh, good. More hair in her face. Bangs and sausage curls. Make it stop.

  14. LAK says:

    OMG a job for Suzannah and Trinny.

    She really needs a visit from them stat.

    On the other hand, when you compare previous outing in this dress, you realise that she’s not so orange anymore. Perhaps she is listening to someone afterall. Her make up is professional, and softer. The eyeliner not such an assault to the eyes. She looks so much better and pretty. It’s not just the weight gain.

    Clothes style….still a major problem. Ditto the hair.

    I am tickled that video of the speech wasn’t immediately released as has happened before. She can’t be improving if they have to keep her completely silent.

  15. Tess says:

    I usually love her style but this dress is dated, awful and cheap looking. I’ve said for a long time that she should cut her hair or at least switch it up a bit, and the straight look was so cute, but this looks awful. Her hair looks so pageant and too heavy with the sausage curls. IMHO it would have looked so much better straight or half pulled up or something.

    • emmie_a says:

      Dated, awful and cheap is a great description of her dress.

      I think the bangs are too heavy and are dragging down her face. And she needs more layers to blend the bangs and the bottom of her hair – right now they look too chunky and are just sort of sitting there all alone.

  16. Angelic 20 says:

    What is funny about the speech is that she said she feels so passionately about what it stands for and about she and William visiting it and after making this speech she told one of the people she met there that she never visited the museum since her school days reported by the mirror. I don’t wonder anymore why rf forbid her to say anything original in public, despite her education she is a bimbo who say so stupid things for a grown woman with collage education or in general.

    • Esmom says:

      Yeah, I said that the other day that it seems more and more that she has no depth whatsoever. Diana wasn’t a rocket scientist either but she found causes that she was truly passionate about and brought much needed attention to them. Kate seems to have no real passion for anything so far. Except her hair.

    • LAK says:

      That museum is a stone’s throw from KP, so it’s not difficult for her to visit.

      The speech reads like she’s improved with regards speech writing but I bet that she lifted the wording straight from the museum website, like she did with her previous speeches.

  17. Less is More says:

    She looks like a green coated sheepdog.

  18. Victoria1 says:

    Girl, please cut your hair into a midlenghth bob. It is a trauma, my eyes are traumatized by the bad fashion and now this

  19. Minxx says:

    Plus her hair so so dated! She should lose the sausage curls and layer it a bit. She can still have long hair, just take it out of the 80s!

  20. Carolin says:

    Princess Frumpy with too much hair, still.

  21. gem says:

    Oh dear, her head looks like it has been swallowed by her hair. And the dress is awful too. First time I have ever seen her look terrible.

  22. Micki says:

    I don’t like her new hair style, it doesn’t suit her face, only adds more hair where there’s a plenty already.

  23. christinne says:

    why is she always wearing palace curtains? jeez….

    Kate, Ma Middleton, Pippa have the same hair style, dress identical, wear similar shoes, same awful eyeliner…WTH?

    • Sachi says:

      From the Middletons’ photos at one of Pippa’s book launch events, it seems all 3 Middleton women are now getting botox. Carole and Pippa’s foreheads are so smooth and tight lately. Kate’s forehead hasn’t moved since the Olympics.

      You gotta wonder if Kate also buys clothes with her Mum in mind.

      She and Ma Middleton are known for sharing clothes and wearing each other’s outfits, so it’s not hard to imagine that Kate sometimes buys clothing that would also be suitable for her 50-something mother.

      This dress is too matronly on Kate, but it might suit Carole.

  24. bettyrose says:

    The awfulness of that hair is only offset but the more extreme awfulness of that dress. I can practically smell the polyester.

  25. ojulia123 says:

    Her face looks really full. Not sure if it’s the haircut or if she’s pregnant.

  26. ruby says:

    Ugh, that hair is awful ! Not a good look.

    It does add pounds to her face, very unfortunate. She looks like a busted Jennifer Lawrence.

  27. epiphany says:

    Having my hair hanging in my face like that would drive me crazy.

  28. Tuxedo Cat says:

    She doesn’t need layers, but everyone needs a change now and then….

    The hairdressers of Britain will be thanking her, no doubt….

  29. GoodCapon says:

    That speech is awful. Empty words from an empty woman. She cares ‘passionately about what this museum stands for.’ Oh really?! I bet she would never visit the museum again, just like how she has never revisited any of her charities.

  30. Sumodo1 says:

    Somebody went to SUPERCUTS! (No offense to Supercuts).

  31. Liv says:

    Haha, I love the scene so much when Bridget makes the speech to introduce Mr. Fitzherbert! Cracking me up!


  32. Anguishedcorn says:

    This is the first time I’ve thought– “yep, that girl is pregnant.”

    And she is obviously not going to be a cute pregnant woman, if this is the first glimpse.

  33. Buckwild says:

    The hair looks more like Jennifer Lawrence (curling around the forehead) than Farrah, whose bangs are a bit more choppy…I don’t like this hair on JLaw (I think it adds puffiness to her already baby-cheeked face) and don’t really like it on Kate.

  34. Sachi says:

    OMG. Now her hair is even more in her face.

    The hairstyle was a nice change but she’s back to hiding behind her hair and took it a step further this time. Now you can barely see her eyes which IMO is really important when you’re meeting people and trying to connect with others. Hair covering your eyes and constantly playing with your hair to move it out of your face while someone is talking to you just look so rude and ill-mannered.

    Cut it or put it up, Kate! Now she looks even more juvenile than when she just had the curls.

    That dress is ugly. Probably would have looked more youthful with shorter sleeves. It looks like something a schoolmarm would wear.

  35. Jennifer says:

    I like the style, but not on her.
    And I wouldn’t be shocked if it did turn out she was pregnant. I don’t normally even comment on that topic but it does look like her face has gotten a little more full lately.

  36. Suzie says:

    Seriously, what kind of image is this woman trying to achieve? The hair is bad, but that dress… Yep, she borrowed from Tootsie.

  37. abby says:

    For heavans sake, you are a DUCHESS Kate. not a prom queen. This look is all kind of no!

  38. Kellie says:

    Her face looks full because of the hair. She’s not pregnant. Can anyone else see the peace signs on her dress?

  39. Jen says:

    I think she is pregnant. The first place I gained when I got pregnant was in my face too.

    Or I guess it could just be holiday eating!

  40. Apples says:

    I don’t get the top button being buttoned- but, I STILL like this look better than that pink and black flowered dress she was wearing at the Olympic (?) cocktain party.

  41. Kim says:

    Not a fan of this look…too dated for my tastes.
    Plus this new look seems to overwhelm her. Hair in the face, poor posture – being slumped over.
    Surprised that she wore this, she doesn’t seem to deviate much fashion or hair style wise.

  42. BooBooLaRue says:

    Defo preggers, look at the fullness of her face. Hate the bangs though.

    • Anon73 says:

      re: full in face, totally agree. also noticed she’s literally gained weight all around – you can notice it especially in her legs. they have been little spindles for a while and have filled out. if she is preggers, good for her and Wills. BUT… the woman needs help with her hair pronto like ;-)

  43. Seagulls says:

    Pregnant. Or perhaps some hormone therapy to get that way. Maybe they have been trying this whole time.

  44. Christina says:

    If she’s preggers, she must be in the very early stages. No sign of a baby in there at all, though I suppose the pleats on her (ugly) dress might conceal a tiny bump.

  45. Hmmm says:

    Geez louise. She looks like a sheep dog. Curls are ombréd sausages, looks like she dipped them in ink; it’s very distracting.

    As for the dress, the styling is drab and the colour is harsh and does not suit her. Good ol’ Waity and her inferior taste and sensibilities. No panache. At least she’s consistent.

  46. KellyinSeattle says:

    Well, it’s bad but at least, she’s TRYING something new. It’s a hit and miss; maybe now she’ll try something else.

  47. Dinah says:

    Awful. Just awful. Between the hair & dress, she looks like she’s going to a 1970s themed costume party.

  48. Reece says:

    That dress would be a million times better unbelted.

    That’s the haircut making her look puffy. It’s right at her cheeks. Terrible cut!

  49. Ginger says:

    I give her credit for trying something new. It is a loose fitting dress compared to her usual figure clinging dresses. So…baby maybe??

  50. Kim says:

    She looks like a hot royal mess as opposed to a hot ghetto mess or hot trailer park mess.Hair circa 1974 dress circa 1982 based on pics from my mom’s photo album.

  51. Katie says:

    It’s all bad. The hair. The dress. It all looks so dated, not retro, completely dated. The bangs are bad. But the straight hair is better than the huge curls. I do wish she’d do something with her hair rather than let it hang in her face all the time.

  52. The Original Denise says:

    Straight up fug; she should return the dress and demand a refund.

  53. natalina says:

    too pretty for bangs, usually girls with big far heads have bangs

  54. Madriani's Girl says:

    It ages her. I don’t think she’s going to age well at all.

  55. Izzy says:

    Pregnant or not, there is just no excuse for this horrific hairdo.

  56. molly says:

    Wonder what Kate waity would have done if the wind had knocked her hair extensions out of place and as for supposedly looking like Diana with a fringe, NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS. She doesn’t have any of Diana’s qualities and she should also learn to stand elegantly instead of having her legs apart all the time – very unladylike, she probably thinks she looks good as in the past staggering out of nightclubs pissed out of her head and falling in cabs showing it all with her legs wide open !! – those were the days Kate, bet she’s missing them big time, has to be on her best behaviour now, she’s gotta be jealous of Harry having all the fun !!!

    • Mary morrish says:

      I think Kate is far more beautiful than Diana ever was. However I realise many people idolised Diana ( personally never understood why) . It must be hard to walk in the footsteps of an ‘icon’. Think Kate’s look here is fug but to be fair I think she gets it right more often than wrong

  57. Anguishedcorn says:

    Also– another thought after seeing these pics again. Whenever my hair gets long enough to hang on my forehead, cheeks, chin, I end up getting acne there. So looking at these pictures with her hair all over her face just makes me cringe.

  58. Annie says:

    The dress could have been cute on the right person in a retro sort of way but the way she wears it with that frumpy hair and no confidence makes it look dated. I do love the color of the dress.

    • Esmom says:

      Yes, that’s exactly right. It’s not the dress, it’s her. Someone with an innate, natural style could pull it off in an effortless way. She always looks contrived and try hard.

      We’ve made the comparison here before but I always think of Kate as the anti-Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, our version of a young royal. She was a real style icon. Kate is just not.

  59. apsutter says:

    It’s a new cut so they havent figured out how to style it yet. It’ll get better. Her makeup looks less heavy handed so that’s a plus. I do like her with darker hair tho.

  60. Chris says:

    Wow – I love that this bland new hairstyle is by far the most interesting thing about her nowadays. What a life :)

  61. Another K says:

    No no no no no. Hair is awful, dress is worse. Everyone is right, it’s like reliving the 80′s and I’d rather not.

  62. sUNY says:

    WAY TOO MUCH HAIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  63. Pandora says:

    She’s up the duff and she’s trying to cover her chubby preggers cheeks YAYYYYYY!!!!!!!

  64. Fue McCormick says:

    My God … that dress is hideous. What is wrong with this woman? If I wore a $1,500 frock, I’d look 1000 times better than this friggin hag. She’s like 30 going on 60 …

  65. Tastykakes says:

    Generally when a celebrity makes a lot of noise with a change of hair it’s to distract from something else, like a pregnancy, or getting work done (haha, Kate, “getting work done”)… or maybe she just had some breakouts to hide, brought on by a pregnancy! Alright enough picking on Kate.

  66. ladybert62 says:

    YIKES – that the haircut and hate the darker color.

  67. Melissasaurusx says:

    That dress has peace signs on it. PEACE SIGNS.

  68. Mourning the Death of Music says:

    I like to imagine that one day, she thought she’d be all cleaver and domestic for her dear husband and tried to do a flambe and singed the front, since she forever fails to pull that hair back.

    That, or she’s trying to use a hand mixer and got the front ends caught up in it.

    Just some of the fun scenarios I have running through my mind as to why she’d have this unflattering style as her end result.

  69. Suze says:

    I hate it all because I lived through the original period when all of this, the hair, the dress, the shoes, would have been in style for reals.

    I cannot express how much I hate the dress.

    I think her dress sense has been going downhill – when she was dating William she often looked cute and chic, and in her early married days things were fine. Not exciting, but fine. But since the Olympics all holy frumpdon has taken over.

    Dear god someone please help this woman. Some hairdresser from heaven come and help her settle into a good working duchess hairdo. And I bet there are stylists all over who would help her with her clothes for free.

  70. Amber says:

    The whole look screams 1985. I think the new cut will look good with softer waves or when straight like usual. Oh my, I just noticed the peace signs on that dress. Yikes.

  71. nag says:

    Baaad look…. there is vintage and then there I’d this….

  72. Mandy says:

    Julia Sugerbaker just called, she needs her dress back.

  73. Clydia says:

    She didn’t go far enough with the layers; her hair just hangs there still. The dress is awful.

    She’s either early pregnant or soon to be. She probably darkened her hair so she won’t have to dye to hide roots while she’s pregnant.

  74. Maria says:

    At least she doesn’t look anorexic like she did at St Paul’s in that awful dress.

  75. I was shocked by the quote from today’s visit to Cambridge. It’s from Michael Middleton’s first cousin Dr. Penny Barton who attended the event. She said, ‘The family is terribly thrilled and very very proud because we think she does a good job and it’s not easy walking about talking to lots of people and being genuinely interested in who she meets.’ You can find the quote on the Daily Mail website. The article title is long. The title starts ” ‘I’ll keep that’: the Duke of Cambridge sets tongues wagging by accepting a babygro gift…”

  76. JEL says:

    Ugh! What’s up w/ that 3rd pic??? She looks high as a kite with a side psychopathy!

  77. real says:

    Hair cut is not flattering and it looks like she’s hiding something. ;)

  78. ??? says:

    I continue to be utterly baffled by the fascination that some people have with this woman. She underwhelms me to no end. Notwithstanding the demeanor she is required by royal standards to uphold, I don’t get the appeal of someone so lacking in charm, grace, charisma, intelligence, ambition, interest, and, seemingly, PERSONALITY as Duchess Catherine. Talk about an empty barrel.

    Her hair would be less awful if she didn’t murder it with a curling iron all the time. And her dress would be less awful if she never wore it out. Like, ever. Why the hell does it have peace signs all over it, for goodness’ sake?!

    Oh, and I’d bet money she isn’t pregnant. Not yet.

  79. crazydaisy says:

    Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.

  80. Henry says:

    Ah, this useless waste of space that is KM.

    What can I say? Ugly hair, Ugly dress. Is this a dress that belongs to her granny or something. It’s terribly awful and matronly. And bangs don’t suit her. It just makes her look so unprofessional and messy (as if she wasn’t already prior to this) and looks like she’s hiding behind all of that.

    and that poor posture doesnt help as well. She lacks so much of confidence and looks so out of place at the event. Weird. You’d think after 18 months there would be SOME improvement =/