Aug 122011

Once again the lull in activity on Kate’s part allows time for a few tidbits and updates we hadn’t been able to get to previously.

We begin with comments made earlier this week by actress Anne Hathway. USA Today has the story:

“Can I tell you how grateful I am to Kate Middleton?” said Hathaway. “Because she is such an advocate for dressing like a lady.

The actress was speaking with the paper about her new film, One Day, and the topic moved to fashion.

Today she calls Kate’s ladylike wardrobe inspiring. “I’m just very grateful to Kate Middleton for making looking appropriate really fun again,” she says. “So right now my fashion choices are all about Kate Middleton.”

These sentiments contradict some of the more negative comments made of late about the Duchess, expressing an opinion shared here: that we are seeing a return to more appropriate, classic styles and Kate is very much part of that trend.

Next, a few of those tidbits we mentioned, the first is something that came out just after the North American tour, a ‘revelation’ that Kate’s favorite color is white. A People magazine story written shortly after the tour carried a series of quotes from the tour, including this:

“I don’t know if I have a favorite color. What’s yours?” Kate, to William

“Definitely blue” William

“I think mine is white” Kate, on a question that nearly stumped the newlywed

There’s no question the Duchess favors white.

Also new, Grazia has admitted photoshopping that controversial cover photo making Kate’s waist even tinier than it actually is.  From the Press Gazette: “Weekly magazine Grazia has admitted to digitally manipulating a front-page image of the Duchess of Cambridge which had the effect of making her look thinner than she is.” Here is one look at the reality and the altered image.


Jezebel shows that the Australian version of the magazine used an unedited image on its cover:

Via Jezebel

Following our post about Kate’s shopping trip last week several kind commenters and Facebook friends let us know the London Sole ‘Pirouette’ shoe in Brown Croc was back in stock online. We didn’t find it in stock as the ‘India‘ or ‘Henrietta‘ at the French Sole site (the UK arm of the company, and where Kate actually shops) but there are many similar colors in both styles available at French Sole. The Aquascutum Club Check scarf is also available, but only in the navy check pattern, still on sale at £50 (approximately $81 USD at today’s exchange rate).

Kate’s diamond Button Pendant by Asprey (more here) is being re-issued and will be in stock in September, a Twitter friend was given that information by Asprey, it will run approximately $4500 USD (£2800) according to the info from The Duchess Style.

Via Diana’s Jewels

Those hoping to buy a pair of the Links of London Bubble Stiletto earrings Kate wears frequently will need to go to a physical store to purchase them. Facebook friend Brittney spoke with the company about buying a pair and was told she needed to contact her local store and have her name put on a waiting list. That is backed up by what another FB friend, Elske, shared from Links of London:

“Unfortunately we are not expecting anymore stock online of these, however to find out if your nearest store has these stunning earrings, it would be best to contact them directly.”

We move on to our next item, Kate’s shopping expedition earlier this week.  The Duchess was seen at her local Wilkinson, a discount department store, on Monday.

Since our initial post about the sweater we have received conflicting information about its origins: below we share a Tweet we received.


We know Kate was seen shopping there, our pals at Kate Middleton Style blog have a photo of her doing just that, and on Facebook Ashley shares that she was told by a Ralph Lauren store employee it *is* their sweater.

EDITOR’S NOTE 8.13.2011: The sentence above has been corrected to reflect the Ralph Lauren employee stated the purple cable sweater is theirs, I mistakenly wrote that they told Ashley it was not.

As we mentioned, Kate’s most recent look is very similar to that seen when she was doing the marketing a week ago Monday. (For our post on last Monday’s styles, click here.)

Why would she wear almost identical clothing and accessories? Many think it is an attempt to deter the paparazzi, a theory I ascribe to, it is a practice celebrities have used for years.

Some believe the new photos were taken the same day Kate and William were photographed going for a walk in Holyrood Park, and others have emailed or commented asking when we’ll write about that look. We haven’t posted those pictures and won’t. I think the couple had expectations of privacy when they took their walk. That isn’t the case when Kate does the marketing, she knows it is likely there will be photographers on hand, and she also has her police protection close by, I don’t think that was the case with the Holyrood stroll.

  48 Responses to “Why Anne Hathaway’s Fashion Is “All About Kate Middleton” & Another Trip To The Market”

  1. The thing I love most about this blog is that it allows me to stay up to date on Kate’s latest fashions without worrying that I am contributing to the paparazzi frenzy that surrounds some royals and celebrities. Thank you for showing some moral backbone and refusing to show the images of Kate taken by disrespectful photographers…

  2. I love the fact that Kate is doing some shopping at Tesco’s like a normal gal (and I love the purple sweater!). However, it would have been really nice to see her with reusable shopping bags, instead of plastic. She has the opportunity to set a fresh example in so many ways… a nod to the environment would be an easy change for her to make that could have a wide-reaching positive effect.

    • I agree, but maybe she just forgot them? My mom and dad do that all the time. They take them out of the car to wash them and forget to put them back in. Then when they go to the store, they realize they don’t have them and they have to use plastic ones instead.

  3. I love Kate! And I love your blog!!! I wish I had the $$$ to afford what Kate Wears!

  4. I do not think that Kate is very ladylike- not when there are pictures of her flashing her bum on a windy day in Canda.If she was classy and dignified she would not have been wearing thong underwear on a state visit!!!

    • She actually wasn’t wearing a thong, it was seamless underwear in a nude color. She can’t control the wind, at least she was wearing underwear unlike other people (Royals, Celebrities) in the spotlight.

  5. I absolutely adore this blog. I am just 15 years old and I am into Kate Middletons fashions. She is such an inspirational woman and a great role model.

    In our society today, most youths are dressing too inappropriately, but definitely not me! Kate Middletons fashion choices have inspired me to dress more lady like and elegant.

    Most of her clothing are a bit too expensive for a teenager to purchase, but i can take inspiration from them.

    Thank you for reading.

    • I’m also a teenager around your age, 16, and I totally agree with your statement. Kate’s style is so refreshing and she is a good role model to follow in today’s sleaze filled world.

  6. Thanks to a friend, I just found your blog and am thrilled. :D I have earned the nickname Middleton, because of my like for Kate, and I’m told I have similar fashion tastes in some areas… I will be reading this blog from now on! :D

  7. i find it interesting that the woman helping kate load packages into the backseat is wearing a purple cardigan in almost the same shade of purple as kate. as well as almost the same shade of jeans AND brown loafers. without seeing her face and at quick glance, she could be mistaken as kate herself. could this just be coincidence or do you think she might play a role as a “kate-double” to deter the paparazzi?

  8. Thank you again for posting so much information and thoughtful insights. However, I’m not sure if I could 100% share your thinking on not posting certain pictures of the young couple. I understand where you come from, I think but wouldn’t those pictures of her doing grocery shopping count as “private life moment”? If we decided to ban the paparazzi by not promoting those “money shots”, in my personal opinion, at least half of the pictures on this site should have been removed. :) But I don’t expect everyone shares that opinion with me, which is totally OK.
    Thanks again and I do enjoy reading all the articles, so far. Keep up the good work!

    • I think what was meant by not showing the pictures at Holyrood was that Kate and William meant for it to be private, and wanted some time to themselves, without paparazzi. We should respect their wishes of privacy. But they both know and understand that going to the store cannot be helped (one does need to eat), and that there are going to be photographers there. That is not a “private moment”.

    • I think what was meant was that Kate and William deliberately sought out privacy to spend some time with just each other. They wanted to get away from the paparazzi, and did not intend or expect photographers to be there. They both understand and know that going to the store has to be done, and that there are going to be photographers there. I’m not quite sure why doing your grocery shopping would be a “private life moment”, but maybe I am just reading it the wrong way.

  9. I don’t necessarily associate Anne Hathaway with the style she’s praising, but I absolutely agree with her sentiment here & strive to live the same (says the girl typing this in sweats & a Chargers tee).

    And good on you for not posting any photos that seem to have been taken outside the public sphere of expectation, as it were.

  10. I love this site!
    I agree with Anne Hathaway comments. I would love it if more women “looked in the mirror” before they went out to their shopping. You never know who will take a picture of them or who they will run into.

    Thank you for respecting the royal couple’s privacy. I like you even more now!

  11. I love it that you don’t post pictures of them when they are together in private, not expecting to be photographed. Also, I thing it’s great that ladylike style is making a comeback. It’s a revelation to see someone who is fashion forward yet also conservative and age appropriate. I’ve loved the designers and looks she wears for years – it’s wonderful to be able to see these clothes on someone so visible and photographed. Great job!

  12. For me, the comment about white was very sweet, a little way to remind us that she is a new bride. Saying white is her favourite colour just means she loves that she got married. Awww.

    It’s been so refreshing to see Catherine remain who she is. Personally, I am so grateful to her for showing everyone that classic and tasteful is also stylish. We’ve had to pick our way through “porno chic” for quite a long time and maybe now it will be acceptable to look self-respecting and wear clothes that flatter rather than advertise. One can hope.

  13. wow just discovered this site today, instant favourite. Im a big fan of Kate. I already have about 20 favourite sites dedicated to the Duchess. On topic: Anne Hathaway is the second celebrity to give a nod to Kate and praising her fashion. Katie Holmes is the other celebrity that has already said that she likes Kate’s style.

  14. She is referred to as “Kate Middleton” because she is a commoner married into royalty. Think “Anne Boleyn”.

    • Bebe, there is no reason –no rule, tradition or protocol — for referring to a commoner who married into royalty by her maiden name. The wives of Henry VIII are a special case; when a man has six wives, two named Anne and three named Catherine, they need to be distinguished from one another.

      You can call Wiliam’s wife the Duchess of Cambridge, the Duchess, Catherine, Catherine Cambridge, or even just Kate (it’s acceptable to refer to a royal in print by his or her first name), but she is no longer “Kate Middleton”.

      Other commoners have married into the royal family. No one calls Prince Edward’s wife “Sophie Rhys-Jones”. She’s the Countess of Wessex or Sophie Wessex or just Sophie in print.

      • Also, because she has been in the public eye for so many years throughout their courtship, I think everyone is so very used to calling her Kate Middleton. I think it will fade slowly. But it is obviously a different situation for those women who married into the royal family with less attention and press and so easier for us to transition.

      • Hold on. Catherine’s last name is now Windsor- the royal family’s last name. Not Cambridge. Catherine Windsor, Duchess of Cambridge

  15. Just a thought – I have a jumper from a few years back now. Ralph Lauren, charcoal grey turtleneck and it has exactly the same cable pattern. Maybe it’s just one that’s not sold in the area queried in, or is an old one?
    I’d say it might be simply a case of it’s cool, the jumper is comfy and it’s either new or one of her current favourites for some reason and that’s why she’s wearing it a lot lately.

    • That cable style is pretty common, I would not be surprised if RL have used it over and over through multiple seasons.

  16. Unfortunately you got the facebook information from Ashley wrong. She said that the 2007 blue cable knit sweater was not Ralph Lauren, but that this one actually is! The sales rep confirmed that the purple cable knit we have seen on Kate the last few times *IS* Ralp Lauren!!!!!!

  17. I might be able to clear up the shopping confusion. This was two different trips. I was in WFVS or Wilkinson Family Store when was doing a little shopping. The store is located in Holyhead, North Wales. As with any time she shops, no one bothers her or makes a huge fuss because it is normal for us to see her.

  18. Wait, I am confused (or maybe just slow)…why would wearing the same outfit over and over again deter the paparazzi? It seems like it would make her easier to spot!

  19. I was looking at the pictures from her August 8th outtting from the website you posed and if you look at one of the pictures she is only wearing her wedding band not her engagement ring. I don’t think we have ever seen her not wear it since she has been married.

    • A couple of people mentioned that on Twitter, I’m guessing she is just going super-casual as long as she can. What do you think?

      • Your right she probably’s going super casual as long as she can. I think also maybe that is another way for her to just look like any other person at the store to keep away the paparazzi. That engagement ring does stand out and is a key item that someone could use to spot her. But I am sure she is just trying to be like any other wife who may leave the house to do some errends and just had their wedding band on and not her engagement ring. She will have the rest of her life to be in the public eye and her and William most likely want to lead as normal of a life as possible until they become full time royals.

  20. I think Kate’s a fan of the scarf because if can conceal a growing belly :-)

  21. Like the others who have already posted I greatly appreciate your respecting Kate and William by not posting the pictures of their stroll. Maybe with you and other bloggers and media taking a stance of giving them some privacy we can avoid the media hysteria that led to the end of Diana’s life.

  22. I like the way she dresses and agree that most people look better in classic clothing. I hate to be so critical but I really think she needs to use some totes – over and over again, as I do. Those plastic bags are hard on our environment.

  23. I don’t get what you mean when u wrote this:

    These sentiments contradict some of the more negative comments made of late about the Duchess, expressing an opinion shared here: that we are seeing a return to more appropriate, classic styles and Kate is very much part of that trend.

    I think you are both saying that this return to the classic style is the trend Kate is setting or at the least following …

    And she may say white is her favourite colour but I have always thought it is blue. Maybe she has been wearing a lot of blue because of her engagement ring but I really think we saw her in more blue items than white ones. And when it comes to colour – who knows what she meant? It is different what you like as a colour on its own, what you would fancy in clothes and what you might like in furniture for example.

    And good for u for not sharing those pictures… But to be honest following your argument, you should not be sharing any paparazzi pictures, only the ones from official engagements. Sharing photos of her in the supermarket is I think of the same nature as sharing pictures of her on a stroll – even if in the case of the former she didn’t seem to be bothered by it. However one of the reasons behind this huge obsession with her is her fashion style so if she continues to wear the same dress I do think it will lessen the media attention. Smart move.

    And last but not least, THANK u guys for all the tips and hard work u put into this blog. I know u don’t share my feelings about the Duchess’ style but I do think her effects on fashion is VERY positive. I agree with Anne – I do wish to see more appropriately dressed people. In my opinion, the classic style fits more people anyway. But it is just one woman’s opinion. Fashion is all about YOUR own style anyway- whatever suits you and you feel comfortable in. I think Kate is a good representation of that – she found the style that fits her, she feels good in it so she looks good in it. It is not for everyone of course. But I personally prefer to look at people in ladylike dresses and not in Lady Gaga-esque outfits.

  24. Does anyone know why everyone keeps referring to her as “Kate Middleton”?

    • Lisa I think it is partly because that is the term that comes up the best on search engines, so we may be living with it for a *long* time.

  25. I’m 99% confident that Pippa is with Kate in these most recent pictures. I’ve looked at the larger versions and the shape of the face & clothing remind me of Pippa. I’d like to see more from the trip though!

    It’d also make sense for Pippa to get out of London during the rioting – I believe lots of her favourite haunts were raided around Sloane Square. She probably felt unsafe and went up to visit Kate?

    That’s my theory!

    • I agree with you 100%. I do believe the woman helping her unload the grocerys into the car was Pippa.

      They were almost wearing the same clothing, purple sweaters and almost identical shoes. This could be way of keeping the media off track.

  26. Congratulations on your stance on the photos of Prince William and Kate walking at Holyrood Park – I felt a bit uneasy about those myself. There was more than a touch of the long-lens paparazzi stalker about them. I know we love to see pictures of the royal newlyweds, but they should be entitled to some privacy.

  27. I love the favorite color interaction! I think that for some people favorite colors change, or you go through fazes when it comes to your fashion choices. Since she at first questioned if she even had one, I suspect a faze is the case with Kate. You are right, though, white is in with the Duchess right now. I don’t know that white has always been the most popular choice, but with this summer’s penchant to beige, neutral, and white colors it certainly shows what she is currently drawn to. It will be interesting to see when and where she trends next on the color wheel.

    As always, fantastic post! Thanks for the time you put into these!

  28. Thanks for your post. She may wear identical clothing for paparazzi reasons or she could be really down to earth, and normal. Her casual look seems to be very comfy, and not fussy which is what I like. It looks like it would wear well, be cozy, and comfy. Something I could sit around in all day. I have outfits that may look nice put together, but I don’t want to spend all day in them. Great for dinner maybe, a few hours, but I can’t wait to get home and put on a comfy pair of jeans, and a less fussy top. Maybe she is like that, too and picks what is comfortable.

    • I agree. I have a few outfits that are supercomfy and are my favs so I end up wearing them often. I bet Kate is like that too during her regular life.

  29. Thank you for not posting the Holyrood photos. I was reading about them on another site who also chose not to post them. This is a great decision by you – and I love hearing Kate’s favorite color. White certainly seems to fit!

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