My first book launch: Published author Pippa changes into FOUR different dresses to promote her party guide
Pippa chose designs by Roksanda Ilincic and Stella McCartney
Wore three different outfits during appearance at Fulham book store
16:11 GMT, 26 October 2012
Her big sister has had more than a year to become one of the world’s fashion icons.
So when it came to her big day in the spotlight, perhaps Pippa Middleton thought she had some catching up to do.
The 29-year-old wore no fewer than four outfits for her book launch in London yesterday, altogether costing at least 2,959 – more than some first-time authors might hope for as an advance.
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Pippa Middleton launched her new creative entertaining book 'Celebrate' at an afternoon children's Halloween party in London
With echoes of her big sister Kate Pippa joined in with the children's games at the launch party
But then, Miss Middleton – whose advance was said to be an astonishing 400,000 – isn’t any first-time author.
camera crews from around the world were on hand as she launched her
party planning guide Celebrate: A Year of British Festivities for
Families and Friends at a Fulham book store.
hostess with the mostess chose a plum-coloured shift from one of sister
Kate's favourite designers Roksanda Ilincic to pose for photographers
before changing in to an embellished LBD by Markus Lupfer to host a children's Halloween
party in the store. She finally donning a tweed panelled dress from
Stella McCartney as she left the event to continue the celebrations with
friends and family.
she had worn another different outfit for the book signing at Foyles,
choosing a futuristic long-sleeved dress featuring an abstract panel by Paper London which is on sale on their website for 395.
Earlier this afternoon Pippa tried to sneak in to the book store via the back entrance, but her famous curves gave the game away and photographers snapped her disappearing in to Daunt books in the elegant knee-length shift, which she teamed with patent stiletto shoes and a power blow-dry to rival sister Kate's glossy mane.
After posing for photographers with her book Pippa changed in to a little black dress featuring a sparkling green pattern to play with the children who were attending her Halloween party.
And then there was another quick change as she pulled on a sleeveless tweed dress from British designer Stella McCartney featuring slimming optical illusion panels on the back, which she accessorised with a Tabitha London clutch bag and bespoke Emmy court shoes.
Pippa chose a sparkling Markus Lupfer LBD as her second outfit of the afternoon and then changed in to a sleeveless tweed Stella McCatrney dress for the evening
Pippa's Stella McCartney dress featured on-trend peplum detail and optical illusion panels at the back
Earlier in the day Pippa wore another different outfit, choosing a futuristic long-sleeved dress by Paper London featuring an abstract panel for a book signing at Foyles who tweeted this picture of the author
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Appearing in front of a scrum of
photographers and camera men Pippa said: 'It's incredibly exciting and I
feel really lucky to be in this position to publish a book so that's
'It has been a crazy couple of years
since my sister's wedding but it's had its upsides and downsides I just
feel really fortunate to be able to build a career as a writer.
David Loftus, the photographer who
took the pictures for the book said: 'She's the sweetest kindest girl
and — you know she is very shy.
'This has all come about you know
because of the wedding, because of her sister, but it is essentially
what she was doing before
'She's doing her best in very
difficult surroundings really. She's expecting to be criticized, she
doesn't deserve it, she works incredibly hard.
'She deserves the success. So I hope people read it and look at it and see it for what it is.'
Michael and Carole Middleton arrive for the launch of their daughter Pippa Middleton's first book
Suuporting roles: Carole Middleton and brother James arrived at the book store to celebrate with Pippa
Pippa poses for photographers this evening holding a copy of her first book
Bonfire night, barbecues and children's parties are all covered in the 417 page entertaining 'bible'.
so far have been mixed with some critics slamming Pippa for cashing in
on her royal connections to make money out of stating the obvious (there
are tips on how to make a cup of tea) but retail experts predict that
it will be a Christmas best-seller.
in the book she acknowledges the effect her sister the Duchess of
Cambridge’s fame will have on sales, saying: ‘I know many of you will
pick up the book out of nothing more than curiosity.
I can assure you that it feels even stranger to me than it probably
does to you to have seen so much written about me when I have done so
little to paint a picture of myself.
'This is my first chance to do that and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.
book is designed to be a comprehensive guide to home entertaining,
based on my experience in my family’s business Party Pieces and work for
London-based events company Table Talk.’
Pippa Middleton launched her new creative entertaining book 'Celebrate' at an afternoon children's party held in Fulham, South west London
The book is a guide to entertaining: 'I hope you will see this as a feel-good book with ideas to look forward to each month,' said Pippa
Although her royal relatives are not
referred to by name in the book, Kate is frequently mentioned as Pippa
recalls some of her happiest childhood memories, such as hugely
competitive family Easter egg hunts and bringing their parents breakfast
WHAT TO EXPECT: HOW THE PUBLISHERS DESCRIBE THE TOME
‘Celebrate’ is a comprehensive seasonal guide to simple and creative
entertaining. It is a useful, practical and inspiring journey into
British-themed occasions, focusing on tradition and ritual and the
importance of bringing family and friends together. Including recipes,
crafts, games and tips on entertaining, it will take you from Bonfire
Night to New Year’s Eve, Children’s Parties to Barbecues and everything
in between, with ideas and occasions to look forward to throughout the
'I have funny memories of creeping up
the stairs with my brother and sister, carrying a breakfast tray for
our parents as a surprise treat: desperately trying not to spill the tea
and orange juice or knock over the vase of flowers, stifling our
giggles so that they couldn't hear us coming,' she writes.
Tips from party queen Pippa include
how to throwing the perfecting Highland tea and rustling up a quick
'venison and beetroot stew'.
One of the book's more eye-catching
chapters is dedicated to breakfast which, Pippa says helpfully, can be
'anything from a simple pot of tea with a few digestive biscuits' to a
fully laden tray.
For a special breakfast she advises
decanting milk into a jug rather than serving it in a carton. She also
suggesting serving a boiled with soldiers liberally spread with smoked
mackerel or trout pate and includes recipes for each
There is also a segment dedicated on
how to make a cup of tea or roast a chicken as well as rustle up some
remarkably pretty home-made Christmas decorations or some haggis and
filo parcels for Burns Night.
VIDEO: Pippa gets her own title! Author.
Pippa chose a chic plum-coloured shift dress to attend the book signing ahead of tonight's launch party
Pippa was all smiles as she prepared to celebrate the launch of her entertainment guide, reported to have earned the 29-year-old 400,000
Pippa tried to enter the book signing discreetly through the back door but there is no mistaking that rear view
Celebrate A Year of British festivities for families and friends is described by the publishers as a 'comprehensive seasonal guide to simple and creative entertaining'
Last night party queen Pippa painted the town green wearing bright jeans to a party at celebrity haunt Mahiki
'It is a useful and practical
journey into British-themed occasions and I hope it offers welcome
inspiration and ideas, most of which needn't leave you alarmingly out of
'Entertaining on any scale can be stressful and daunting so this
is all about finding ways to manage and enjoy the process.
‘I hope you will see this as a feel-good book with ideas to look forward
to each month, providing threads of lasting, happy memories, be it
around a table lit with candles in winter, outside on a rug in summer or
in the autumn, perched on a leaf-covered bench, hot drink in hand.’
Louise Moore, Managing Director of
Michael Joseph the publishers who reportedly paid 400,000 for the
rights to the guide said: ‘Pippa Middleton's ‘Celebrate’ is a truly
inspiring treasure trove of fun ideas and creative suggestions for key
celebrations throughout the year.
'We are delighted to be her publishers and to have worked with her on this milestone publication.’
Across the city, also in purple, Queen Elizabeth was attending a very different kind of event on the South Bank as she marked the recent transformation of the Jubilee Gardens which was completed 35 years after they were first created in 1977 to celebrate the Queen's silver jubilee.
She was also given a tour of the British Film Institute (BFI) and learned about a new computer archive system for visitors to look up films and newsreels as she watched old movies of her as a young mother.
Queen Elizabeth marked the recent transformation of the Jubilee Gardens which was completed 35 years after