We thought it a good time to look ahead at Kate’s next engagements, and also view pieces from next fall’s collections that she might conceivably wear.
Kate’s next appointments are Tuesday, the 21st, in Oxford. They are on behalf of The Art Room, one of her patronages; readers may recall this charity helps young people using art therapy to help them cope with varying issues.
The Art Room program at Oxford Spires is now ten years old, recent projects have involved artists Austria Friedensreich Hundertwasser and Julian Opie, the latter was raised in Oxford. You may recognize works by both, below we show a piece by Mr. Hundertwasser on the left, and Mr. Opie on the right.
More on Tuesday’s plans from the Oxford Mail.
Kate will spend the morning in Rose Hill and the afternoon at the Oxford Spires Academy in East Oxford, although exact timings of her visit have not been released.
In Rose Hill, eight local Year Three pupils will be joined by Kate as they work on the famous Edward Lear poem The Owl and The Pussycat.
Here are a few lines from that classic work via Rhymes UK:
Click here for the entire poem.
As with all of Kate’s charities, The Art Room can always use more help, visit their online shop here, or think about donating here. (One FYI, if you are in the UK, they can always use additional art materials, children’s books, and other items.)
Here are the upcoming engagements following Tuesday’s Art Room engagements:
- Kate is scheduled to be in Piccadilly on March 1st with Her Majesty and the Duchess of Cornwall, in large part to mark the community’s rejuvenation. The three generations of royalty will tour Fortnum and Masonâ€™s store there, considered the companyâ€™s flagship shop,Â and enjoy tea together at the newly remodeled St. James restaurant.
- The following week the Duchess is in Leicester with the Queen and Prince Philip for the first Jubilee tour visit, more from This is Leicester: “As reported in the Mercury, the city will have the honour of welcoming the Queen on the first date of her tour on Thursday, March 8.The occasion will be the first royal engagement involving just the two royals â€“ and the Duke of Edinburghâ€“ since Kate married Prince William last April.”
28-year-old Hadzic, who runs British-based fashion label La Luna London, has apparently landed a royal commission from Kate. “Emina will create a special collection of dresses for Kate,” reported a Bosnian news website Index.hr, which the brand posted on their Facebook page.
However, that may not be the case; here is the message currently shown on La Luna London’s Facebook post the Telegraph story referred to:
To everyone that has been wondering and asking, at this time though it would be an honor for Miss Hadzic to design a series of dresses for Kate Middleton, we have not yet been contacted by her to do so. Miss Hadzic has mentioned in the past that she would love to work with the Duchess of Cambridge one day but there is no truth to the rumor that she at this time has received an order to do so. Thank you for all your support that you have shown.
If one wants to parse the statement for a non-denial denial, arguably it could be found in “not yet been contacted,” although it seems odd anyone working with Kate would refer to her by her maiden name, among other things.
We share a few styles in an effort to showcase the designer’s possible appeal for Kate, below, the silk Jeniffer dress ($1760), a lacy look from Ms. Hadzic.Â The La Luna London collection is available on the ASOS Marketplace site, the arm of the company showcasing emerging talent and younger designers.
Below we show two more styles, both of which highlight something that struck me the first time I looked at the collection.
While I love the frocks’ vibrant colors, neither seems well constructed, at least not in these photos: the puckers on both garments seemed unusually pronounced, unusual for dresses priced at Â£425 (about $650 at today’s exchange rates) for the purple Olivia, and Â£440 / $675 for the pink Lucy.
From Grazia‘s review:
So with all this talk of aristocracy, the Royal residence, horseback riding, could Emilia have been inspired by one Duchess in particularâ€¦say a young lady who goes by the name of the Catherine Middleton perhaps? Well, not entirely but she does love Kateâ€™s polished sense of dress and her glamorous style that has become so adored since the engagement.
Most would work for Kate without any modification whatsoever, others would require some changes, e.g., lining on skirts.
More from Grazia:
And having dressed guests at the Royal wedding last year (including Kate Middleton’s cousin Lucy, Anya Hindmarch and Emma Parker Bowles) what from her new collection could the designer imagine Kate in â€œAll of it!â€ Emilia joked, well maybe not one of finally looks- a show-stopping black ball gown skirt and crop top (something weâ€™d love to see Rooney Mara wear at the Oscars in a couple of weeks time) but the elegant pleat detail dresses would be ideal for the Duchess of Cambridge.
Our friend Duchess of Cambridge Style first shared news last summer that Kate had been shopping at the label’s London store; one can see why. The clean lines and unfussy details make sense for Kate.
We also have a quick glance at several pieces by Orla Kiely, a line we’ve not seen the Duchess wear.Â I included the two pieces on the right because of Kate’s appreciation of bows at the waistline.
While I don’t know that Kate would wear the suits lower left, one of the pleated skirts is plausible.
A brand we have seen Kate wear with frequency is Temperley London.
Alice Temperley showed her collection today, it will come as no surprise there were some beautiful frocks.
The designer’s mastery is evident, particularly in the drape and embellishing.
Oddly, one of the first things I noticed in the show was that the models are wearing hose, something of a shock.
Those interested in seeing the Temperley London runway collection can watch the entire show, just click here.
As always, the brand remains adept at leveraging its social media presence, click here to subscribe to its You Tube channel. While many of us don’t anticipate seeing the Duchess wear more Issa London, there are several styles that look ‘very Kate’ in the collection.
A reminder for those interested in collections by other designers Kate has worn, their shows are as follows:
SUNDAY: 5am ET/10:00 GMT Mulberry London
- 11am ET/14:00 GMT Erdem
- 1pm ET/16:00 GMT Burberry Prorsum
- 3pm ET/20:00 GMT McQ Alexander McQueen*
TUESDAY: 6am ET/11:00 GMT Roksanda Ilincic
We leave with a quick savings mention for those fond of LibÃ©lula.
to receive 50% off autumn/winter styles, use promo code AW11VIPINVITE. Two caveats: if interested in the Dulwich coat it is available in all colors except black, which is sold out, and the offer only applies to full priced merchandise.
We’ll see you again Tuesday, if not before.