May 082012
 

While we have a little break in appearances we thought it a good time to peruse some of the spring and summer looks from designers/retailers the Duchess is fond of wearing.

We begin with a few styles from Reiss; I’m not convinced we will see Kate in loads more from this retailer (she seems to be leaning toward other designers), but I do think she will continue to wear the brand. Below we show the Carine dress.

Reiss Carine Dress

The Carine shows a number of design details Kate favors, including the ‘fit and flare’ silhouette, as well as the embellished bodice. Another frock with style features that Kate likes, the Nerissa, with a lacy look and once again, that wrapped waist and neckline detailing.

Reiss 'Nerissa' Dress

Here is a dress combining multiple elements of Kate’s Reiss Shola & Peacock dresses, the skirt is also reminiscent of the blue Zara dress wore the day after her wedding.

Reiss Kana Dress

That is the Kana Dress from Reiss, it also comes in a sunny yellow similar to Kate’s Jenny Packham dress, more than almost any other Reiss frock this one seems to exhibit features the Duchess looks for in a dress.

More Reiss dresses, from left to right, the Forella in stone, the Hetty in white (perhaps Wimbledon?), and the Edina.

Reiss

Some Reiss items that carry a ‘Kate-ish look’ from the front are not-quite-so-Kate once the back of the garment is seen, like the Heidi.

Reiss Heidi

Two more possibilities, the Reiss Brandy and Magda dresses.

Reiss Brandy & Magda Dresses

Our final group from Reiss includes (from left to right) the Carlie in teal (offered in graphite as well, a very Kate-like color), the Bridge in firebrick (it also comes in fawn and black, the fawn seems a possibility) and Sophie in indigo.

Reiss

There are several other things that would work for the Duchess, we’ll have to wait and see if she chooses any of them!

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No one will be surprised to see pieces by LK Bennett featured in this space, we begin with the Cleo dress.  I doubt we will see Kate in the Raspberry or Maya Blue (turquoise), the purple seems like a possibility.

LK Bennett 'Cleo' Dress

One consideration, there is a matching jacket for the Cleo.

LK Bennett Cleo Jacket

LK Bennett launched its Black Ribbon line this spring, comprised of pieces considered a bit more upscale in construction and material, a touch more sophisticated in design.  From that new collection we show the ‘Kay‘ & ‘Ivina‘ Dresses, both have the side ruching detail Kate is so fond of, as well as necklines that are a step removed from more common designs.

LK Bennett 'Kay' & 'Ivina' Dresses

As an FYI, the new collection is exclusively available online and through Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge and L.K.Bennett stores in the UK. Below, the Errina jacket and Hallie blouse, both styles that seem ‘very Kate’.

LK Bennett Errina Jacket & Hallie Blouse

Other possibilities include the new Bello Cardigan and Dellio Top

LK Bennett Bello Cardigan & Dellio Top

Another dress in the new collection is the “Hiley,” below we see it on literary agent Felicity Blunt, she was at LK Bennett’s party last week celebrating its new store in the city. (More on that in a moment.)

LK Bennett/Scott Rudd - WWD.com

As promised, we have a quick glance at LK Bennett’s brand new flagship in New York.

LK Bennett

The new store is located in the Time Warner center, it officially opened last month.

LK Bennett

Women’s Wear Daily reported on the party last Wednesday celebrating the store’s opening:

British accessories brand L.K. Bennett has gotten a bit of a bump in the last year thanks to the Duchess of Cambridge’s occasional favoring of its preppy — make that Sloaney — wears. It makes sense, then, that the retailer has made its way to New York as part of a wider U.S. rollout. On Wednesday night, a handful of Brits and American Anglophiles toasted the brand’s New York flagship…

If a trip to the city isn’t on your itinerary and you aren’t close to any of the other free standing US stores (Atlanta, Chicago, Houston), don’t give up hope, Fashionista offers this:

Robert Bensoussan, LK Bennett’s executive chairman, told the publication, “We think we could go to 20 stores in the US very quickly.”

If interested in seeing more photos of the new store, visit the LK Bennett Facebook page.

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We move to our last group of things we believe Kate might wear, again looking at a brand the Duchess clearly likes, Links of London.  Most readers are familiar with some of the Links pieces Kate is frequently seen wearing, below we see her on one of the many occasions she wore the Hope Egg earrings.

Canadian Heritage/Links of London

Imagine my surprise when Anna of My Small Obsessions and WKW Facebook Friend Keriane shared word that the Duchess has been wearing the Hope Ring by Links of London.

Links of London

Like the earrings, the ring is sterling silver, awash in sparkling white topaz stones. Both ladies believe Kate has been wearing the ring for several years.

There is also a coordinating pendant, as well as Hope pieces without the white topaz, like the earrings on the right.

Links of London Hope Collection

Another style seen with some regularity, Kate’s Effervescence Bubble Stiletto earrings.

Canadian Heritage/Links of London

I didn’t realize how many other pieces there are in the Collection, including this matching bracelet.

Links of London Effervescence Bubble Bracelet

The piece has the same lavender iolites as those seen in the earrings.

It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Kate wearing pieces from the company’s London 2012 collection (Links is the creator of the Official Jewellery Collection for the London games this summer). Below we see the official Team GB Olympic and Paralympic Games charms.

Links of London

We know Kate will wear cause-related jewelry, as she did for the EACH function back in March (more on that here), sporting the group’s fundraising bracelet.

Press Association/EACH

So many people wanted to purchase the bracelet after seeing Kate wear it, the sales frenzy briefly knocked the EACH site offline. (It was merely a temporary issue, the site is fine and the bracelets are still available for only £10, EACH will ship them worldwide.)

That is why it wouldn’t be a stretch for Kate to be seen wearing the Links Official Team GB Band.

Links London Team GB Band

The bracelets are available here.

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A couple of quick updates to your Kate Calendars:

  • William and Kate are out tonight, celebrating the Duke’s 30th birthday with a dinner at the exclusive Thirty Club at Claridge’s. William will speak to the group of advertising and media executives, as his mother did, and Prince Philip. (We’ll do a new post if there are photos from tonight’s event.)
  • This Friday, May 11, we’ll see the couple in their roles as Olympic Ambassadors as they attend the “Our Greatest Team Rises” concert at Royal Albert Hall.
  • a new appointment is on the schedule for the Duke & Duchess, they will join almost all the other royals for the Sovereigns’ Luncheon on May 18 at Windsor Castle, a very big deal with monarchs from all over the world, more on this function from the Windsor Express: “Buckingham Palace has announced they will join the Queen and other royals at the historic gathering of crowned heads from reigning monarchs from around the globe.  Those expected to attend include the Emperor of Japan, the King of Tonga, President Khalifa bin Zayed of the UAE, the Sultan of Brunei, and the Emir of Qatar.”

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We’ll be back with another post before Friday’s gala, one that I think you’ll like, it involves a *fabulous* giveaway.

EDITOR’S NOTE: While we are proud to have Links of London as a WKW blog sponsor, they do not influence blog content. They did not ask me to write about their jewelry, nor have they ever done so.

 

 

 

  14 Responses to “Kate Might Wear …. Also, Appearance Updates”

  1. Hi all,

    Just wanted to let anyone who is interested know that the Links of London Hope Egg earrings in white topaz are also available for purchase at bloomingdale’s-I found them on the US bloomingdale’s site.

  2. I just wanted to post this think from my local newspaper. I am from South Australia and our State Premier was there last night and a photo of him and the Duke and Dutchess was taken.

    Hope that he can persuade them to come to my state :-)

    http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/weatherill-invites-duke-and-duchess-of-cambridge-to-visit-south-australia/story-e6frea83-1226350561608

    • Hi Ilona, thanks for reading *and* for sharing the link! I had actually included it in tonight’s post, but thank you for posting it, you can never have too much information! I do hope they go for a visit. :)

  3. I’ve commented before that I’ve been disappointed by LK Bennett’s quality. Perhaps the Black Ribbon line is better, but the items included in that line haven’t excited me yet.

    On the other hand, I received my Reiss Karina dress recently and am very pleased with it. I think Reiss continues to offer many things the Duchess would be happy to buy.

    I’m looking forward to information about the cream evening dress the Duchess wore this evening.

    I love the Links Hope pendant. Sadly, silver jewelry always looks rather “blah” on blondes, so I tend to avoid it.

  4. Photos emerging now from Claridges event! Looking forward to your analysis!

  5. Just saw the photos of Kate and William’s arrival to a private function. Check out the Daily Mail’s site! She looks fab with a ‘thigh-high’ slit and showing off those Jimmy Choos!

  6. What’s the Sovereigns’ Luncheon on May 18 ? Will there only be kings and queens or all other royalty? Is it to celebrate the jubilee?

  7. So exciting!

    I’m confused about William’s 30th birthday – is that discussion with the execs part of the birthday bash? If so, what a bummer. Who wants to talk shop at their own birthday party?

    http://traderjoesreviewer.blogspot.com

  8. Why are they celebrating William’s birthday tonight? It’s not until the end of June!

  9. Thank you for this wonderful update. I would love to see Kate in the coral “Nerissa” dress. I wonder if Kate might be wearing a tiara at the Sovereigns’ Luncheon. One can only hope.

  10. Super smart choices. I would think she would be in any of these, too! Good eyes. But again she already owns quite a few pieces like these, I wonder if she would buy even more. :)

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