The only Emilia Wickstead dress I've liked is the green St. Patrick's Day coatdress. To me, the rest of them all have lovely colors, and the right idea, but terrible finishing. Also this one:
^ This looks like it was made in a hurry. I like the idea of it but it didn't hang right and yellow is just wrong on Kate. Wouldn't a designer know that?? ...It was poorly made and bland.
Finishing on Wickstead pieces is a problem but you can't properly finish a poorly cut piece of clothing. This yellow dress is too big in the shoulders and that hollow look at the top of the bodice indicates that area is also too big. The bustline is positioned incorrectly for K's torso from waist to neck. This dress also reflects the fastener issues and waistline pulling evident in the pink pleated skirt dress. The vertical seam lines on the skirt do not lay flat as they should. It looks as though this hasn't been steamed or ironed before wearing. It could have looked better.
Does she come in and order a dress and want it with such short notice that fit and finish is ignored unless gross errors are made? Does Wickstead want the business so badly that no one will tell K that there isn't enough time to properly fit, cut, sew and finish the dress?
She ought to spend some time with QE's designer to see how a proper bespoke outfit is created from start to finish including the amount of time it takes. (LIke that's gonna happen.) What K doesn't understand or is ignoring is that a poorly finished outfit made for her reflects on her and her judgement. If she accepts poorly made/completed clothing what are her standards for other completed work? Is this the "good enough" duchess?
If she accepts this kind of bespoke work, she should continue buying non-gala outfits at the store and spend only on the gala dresses. It would make her seem more 'normal' that way.