Jun 302011
 

Welcome back, isn’t it a delight to see Kate in three different ensembles today? The Duchess wore an old favorite for tonight’s barbecue honoring youth volunteers, her bird print dress by Issa London.

The dress is a good choice for many reasons; it provides an opportunity to showcase a British designer and when paired with the slingback espadrilles it gives Kate a more casual, down to earth look, an especially nice touch when meeting and greeting young people.

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Many readers will recall Kate wearing the garment on another notable evening, the night before her wedding to Prince William.  This was also a dress that we were unable to identify for weeks, fortunately some of our Facebook fans helped out and we were able to include it in one of our ‘mysteries solved posts in mid-June.  Kate’s slingback espadrilles are also old favorites, she has worn them for years.

We don’t recognize the earrings nor Kate’s necklace… there is some chatter the pendant on the necklace *might* be the charm from that now-famous bracelet that we believe Camilla gave to her.

One final note for the day, of interest perhaps to those curious about Kate’s luggage. Speculation about Kate’s wardrobe for the tour has been rampant, including much conversation about how many outfits she will wear, how much luggage will she need, etc., that buzz may have prompted one of the sharp photographers traveling with the couple to take a photo showing some of Kate’s luggage. Among the bags? A Cath Kidston Holdall and it is on sale, originally £85/$140, now £50/$80. Our thanks to the eagle-eyed Brittany on FB for letting us know about the bag.

Wrapping up the day, we saw three different ensembles for three different appearances, indicative that fashion is accepted as an important part of ‘the show’. Kate showcased multiple designers from a variety of countries today, demonstrating she understands the significance of the messages sent through her sartorial selections.

All in all it was a solid showing, she looked chic, elegant and very comfortable. Again, she wore the garments, they did not wear her. Some feel her choices are becoming dull, tired and too dark; we’re not there yet. The Erdem dress was a darker color, but the lace work on it was exquisite, providing the spark needed to make a clear style statement. Her Smythe/Mouret ensemble at Heathrow this morning was very conservative, but also very ladylike and appropriate to the occasion. We have already noted the positive aspects of the Issa Bird Print dress and won’t bore you by repeating them.

Having said all that, do we look forward to some bright red and perhaps some white tomorrow for Canada Day? Absolutely.

With that we say ‘goodnight until tomorrow’.

 

  39 Responses to “Kate Brings Back an Issa Dress For 3rd Tour Appearance + A Luggage Update”

  1. Hi Susan, her bag is not holdall but overnight. Few details doesn’t match. Will post photo at my site.
    http://www.cathkidston.co.uk/p-15689-cath-kidston-spot-overnight-bag.aspx?referrer=category

  2. The thing that kills this look for me is she is wearing nylons with slingbacks!!!! Hello!

  3. Quick correction: Issa is not a Britsh designer. She was born and raised in Brazil who has been in London for a bit more then 10 years!

    • Thanks so much for reading Blanca, and commenting! I know Daniella was born in Brazil, but because the company is based in the UK she is considered a British designer by the industry. For many of us that may not make sense, but that is how I was trained. :)

  4. I LOVE that Kate is not afraid to recycle her outfits. Yay to this down-to-earth, sensible approach. I am so tired of disposable fashion. And I actually love seeing those famous outfits again… the Reiss engagement dress and the night-before-royal wedding dress!

  5. Kate’s earrings have the shape of a maple leaf! Isn’t that cool?

  6. Her shoes could be Nine West Cheyanne Wedges? The only problem is whether Kate’s are patent or not: http://www.kurtgeiger.com/online-shop/130597-nine-west-cheyanne

  7. I love this look. A couple of questions from a new royal watcher. Do you think she always has to wear sleeves? I’ve noticed that she always has a jacket or sleeves on dresses. The one exception was at Wimbledon.

    Do all shoes need to be closed toe? I do love the shoes, but I think an open toe would look a bit better.

    And last, but not least, is she wearing panty hose? Her legs are so shiny! How does one get that look without hose?

  8. Oh…and one more comment. I love the blue lace dress; but, this is one instance where I wish Kate might break out of her fondness for small jewelry. I think this dress would have looked great with a bigger pair of earrings. I wouldn’t want to take away from the dress; but, without bigger earrings…maybe she needed some kind of necklace…nothing fancy…maybe a multi-strand silver snake chain. It just seems like something is missing in that ensemble to me. Okay..one more comment…I also wish Kate would be more experimental with her hair. She has this gorgeous hair…I think that lace dress might have looked fabulous with some kind of braided style…or more of an up-do…something just seemed off to me. It looked nice – it just had the potential to look fabulous.

  9. OMG! I think it is so amazing that Kate will wear things that are 5 years old (or older!) as long as they are classic styles (which they usually are). That’s one that that is really amazing about Kate’s wardrobe. Yes, it is conservative; but, when we see pictures 20 years from now we’ll think that it was elegant and won’t immediately see the trends of the time. She gives me hope for my own closet! I can’t count the times I buy something (clothing, purses, jewelry, etc.), the tag is still on it and I don’t wear it for a year or so. In the past, I sometimes worried that I was wearing something “dated;” but, the Duchess defintiely makes that easier!!! If a Duchess can wear something several years old…I can too!!!! Thanks for your blog…it is my new favorite pastime. If I can’t afford Kate’s actual items…I can at least buy something that looks similiar!!! …and because of you I found out about the Effervescence Bubble Stiletto earrings Kate wore to the gala…and they are gorgeous!!!! Finally got my Hope earrings too…it’s sad…I’m a Kate-wannabe..LOL!!!

    • the earrings may be Claudia Bradby – Kate worked with her at Jigsaw

    • Many people have commended Kate for “recycling” her outfits (as you noted). I am really happy to see that – it’s showing that she’s sensitive to the global economic crisis (re: not everyone can run out and buy new clothes all the time). It’s also sensible; if the dress still fits and is a “classic,” you should be able to wear it for years and years.

      I do wish she’d break away from navy blue. It’s a safe color, but I hope she wears red or green, or ANY other color, really!

  10. She’s perfection. I love the slingback espadrilles-who makes them? It’s hard to find matches to her shoes in the US…like the LK Bennet’s – they’re so perfect yet no one here sells anything exactly like it. Thanks!

  11. I really hope she doesnt wear navy blue for this entire trip – it looks great on her but blah…4 navy outfits in 24 hours….it’s a bit much! She better be wearing red today!

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  13. [...] diplomatic move! Then for a barbecue honoring youth volunteers, which you can see on the right, Kate wore a bird print dress by Issa. It’s the same one Kate wore the night before she married William! So far, it’s a big [...]

  14. I LOVE THIS SITE! I “discovered” it last month and I leave the window open on my computer at work so I can easily refresh it daily to read the updates.

    I do take issue with the Kate’s critics about her style being too conservative or boring. I enjoy her elegant, classic style; it’s a breath of fresh air. I think the fashion establishment gets caught up too much in the newest, latest, flashiest, trendiest and sometimes craziest garments sometimes. Her style screams “look at me” not because it’s so avant garde or bright colored or wtf or skin revealing, but because it’s calm and stately, reflecting a true princess.

    • I agree! I think she dresses perfectly. In fact, I was an admirer of Diana back in the day, and she was closer to my age, but I like Kate more. And I like her clothes more than I did Diana’s. I think William was very fortunate to meet someone like her.

  15. It’s difficult to tell, but…

    Kate’s necklace looks something like the Monica Vinader Mini Marie Luna necklace:

    http://www.monicavinader.com/mini-marie-luna-necklace/gp-mini-marie-luna-pendant-smoky-quartz

    I have this necklace and it is extremely beautiful. There are several options for the stone – though Kate’s looks most like Smoky Quartz or Labradorite.

    Sarah x

    P.S: I’ve just discovered this blog today and fallen completely in love! :0)

  16. It’s difficult to tell, but…

    Kate’s necklace looks something like the Monica Vinader Mini Marie Luna necklace.

    I have this necklace and it is extremely beautiful. There are several options for the stone – though Kate’s looks most like Smoky Quartz or Labradorite.

    Sarah x

    P.S: I’ve just discovered this blog today and fallen completely in love!

    http://stylesouk.wordpress.com

  17. It’s difficult to tell, but…

    Kate’s necklace looks something like the Monica Vinader Mini Marie Luna necklace:

    http://www.monicavinader.com/mini-marie-luna-necklace/gp-mini-marie-luna-pendant-smoky-quartz

    I have this necklace and it is extremely beautiful. There are several options for the stone – though Kate’s looks most like Smoky Quartz or Labradorite.

    Sarah x

    P.S: I’ve just discovered this blog today and fallen completely in love!

    http://stylesouk.wordpress.com

  18. It’s difficult to tell, but…

    Kate’s necklace looks something like the Monica Vinader Mini Marie Luna necklace:

    http://www.monicavinader.com/mini-marie-luna-necklace/gp-mini-marie-luna-pendant-smoky-quartz

    I have this necklace and it is extremely beautiful. There are several options for the stone – though Kate’s looks most like Smoky Quartz or Labradorite.

    Sarah x

    P.S: I’ve just discovered this blog today and fallen completely in love! :0)

    http://stylesouk.wordpress.com

  19. Sorry … Her Royal Highness.

  20. I really admire his Royal Highness, but this dress really is a little sloppy. I know it’s casual occasion, but she is still representative.

  21. [...] dress seems to be at least 5 years old, as the lovely WhatKateWore.com points out Kate wore it before in [...]

  22. This is my new favorite blog. Especially excited to see what she’s wearing during the NA trip. I LOVE to see her new things, but I also adore that she recycles her closet. It’s nice to see someone so worldwide famous actually be seen wearing something more than once.

    I’m hoping her Wimbledon white dress gets a re-wear sometime in some future year because that is one of my favorites thus far.

    Thanks for this blog!

  23. I love that Issa dress too, is it available anywhere? also, does anyone know where that green dress you show came from that she wore to the polo last year?

  24. Love your posts! But I think you’re wrong about the British designer, the woman behind Issa is Brazilian.

    • Hi Lara, thanks for reading *and* commenting! Although Daniella Helayel was born in Brazil, the label is based in the London, so it is considered to be a UK label. :)

  25. New Yahoo! video: http://tv.yahoo.com/daytime/video/kate-and-camillas-friendship-bracelet/25399278
    So I guess it’s definitely from Camilla!

  26. Catherine looked amazing (as usual)!!! Looks like in addition to the Cath Kidston Holdall bag, Catherine also favors the Red Longchamp bag in the background…. one of my favorites! Can’t wait to see what Catherine will wear tomorrow! :)

  27. I love that Issa dress…and her luggage is simply adorable!!

    -Cris xoxo

    http://www.bisouonline.com

  28. Thanks so much for all the work you do on this site! What a great day! Love all Kate’s choices, and your blog made it so much more enjoyable.

    Is it possible to get this Issa dress? It is so cute and looks really comfortable. Like the shoes, too.

    Sweet dreams, you deserve a good rest. Can’t wait to see tomorrow’s reports!!

  29. I truly can’t get enough of the new Duchess! I wont even begin on her charming composure or her stylish ways. I would also note for those interested that along with her Cath Kidston Holdall she is carrying a Longchamp le pliage in large with the short handles in red.

    • The Longchamp le pilage bags come in a bunch of colors and sizes.. they are available in many places in the US. I know Neiman Marcus has them on their site and Bloomingdales also sells them. From past pictures of Kate, she must like these as she has been photographed with several different colors and sizes. The picture of her graduating from St. Andrew’s she is carrying the small version in brown.

      I have the red one and love it! It folds to nothing and is great for overnight travels.

  30. Have you seen the ‘other’ photo of their luggage which includes a lady holding a black (dark coloured) vanity case and a LV suit carrier (I think that’s what it was) or similar? I’ll see if I can find it again…

  31. Nope. Sorry. You’re right. I went to the Globe and Mail pictures and you can see the sling back in those picture a little better. You must have great eyesight!!!

  32. Are you sure those are the sling-backs? I thought those were the patent leather espadrille pumps.

  33. Wow, Kate has looked lovely today. I think the bird dress is perfect for the occasion and she and William make quite the good looking, well matched couple!

    Thank you for all your hard work on this site. It is so very appreciated!

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