14 Aug 2020
 

Sophie in new Alaia scalloped dress to open Countess of Wessex ballet studio plus behind-the-scenes of meetings

The Countess of Wessex visited her patronage, the Central School of Ballet today, to open a studio named after her. We unusually got a glimpse behind the scenes of Sophie’s working day via the royal instagram channel, seeing a meeting and a portrait shoot. Therefore we have two outfits today!

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The Countess of Wessex wore her Max Mara ‘Reus’ coat in tobacco, making this the third wear in under a month. We suspect Sophie is like us, in that we get a lot of wear out of new pieces straight away, because we love it! This coat is certainly a gorgeous tone and a versatile style, too. It features oversized notched lapels, a trench-style vent on the back, exposed seams and a loose fit; a buckled belt cinches in the waist. Get one here, costing £815, or try cream here.

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Max Mara belted ‘Reus’ coat in tobcacco

The Countess chose a new dress from Azzedine Alaia, the ‘Camee abstract-print stretch-knit midi dress’ in ‘noisette’, a rusty-red shade. The dress features a scalloped neckline, 3/4 sleeves and hemline. The fabric – mainly comprised of viscose – is described as an all over abstract print. There is no waistband on this dress; the hem falls past the knees, and it has a concealed zip on the side. Get one here for £2330.

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The Countess of Wessex as Patron, Central School of Ballet, opens The Countess of Wessex Studios. Picture by i-Images

Azzedine Alaia Camee abstract-print stretch-knit midi dress

Azzedine Alaia Camee abstract-print stretch-knit midi dress

Sophie wore her new Prada neutral leather pumps, with a pointed toe, black heel cap and (we think) a 100mm heel height. Get your own here for £545. These are a good match at under £80.

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Prada neutral leather pumps

We saw the return of Sophie’s lovely gem and pearl cluster earrings, which we still have not found.

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The Countess’ multi-colour gem and pearl cluster earrings

Sophie carried her Sophie Habsburg ‘Cleo’ clutch bag in purple python.

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Countess of Wessex carries a Sophie Habsburg Cleo clutch. I-images

Sophie Habsburg ‘Cleopython’ Clutch

The Countess also had other engagements today, including meetings and a portrait sitting. We usually wouldn’t see anything of these, but a team member followed Sophie today and shared some clips on instagram.

Sophie wore a black cowl neck midi dress from Valentino, which dates back to February 2017. The dress is a wool-silk mix, with a draped cowl-neck, long sleeves, fitted bodice, which flares into an A-line skirt. The piece cost approx £2000 when it was available. 

The Countess at meetings via @royalfamily instagram

VALENTINO Draped cowl-neck wool and silk-blend dress

We saw her Dior perspex heels, which are a number of years old now.

The Countess wears her Dior perspex heel courts via @royalfamily instagram

Dior Black Calfhair Asymmetric Cut Perspex Heel Pump

She switched out her earrings to what look like gold hoops; they might be the new snake pair she debuted a few weeks ago from Aurelie Bidermann, but the images just aren’t clear enough.

Aurelie Bidermann snake hoop earring

Steal Sophie’s look here:

 

Thanks to @innominate93 for the dress ID

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