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; Iâ€™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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are several other things that would work for the Duchess, we’ll have to wait and see if she chooses any of them!
No one will be surprised to see pieces by LK Bennett featured in this space, we begin with the Cleo dress.Â I doubt we will see Kate in the Raspberry or Maya Blue (turquoise), the purple seems like a possibility.
One consideration, there is a matching jacket for the Cleo.
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.Â 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.
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’.
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.)
As promised, we have a quick glance at LK Bennett’s brand new flagship in New York.
The new store is located in the Time Warner center, it officially opened last month.
British accessories brand L.K. Bennett has gotten a bit of a bump in the last year thanks to the Duchess of Cambridgeâ€™s occasional favoring of its preppy â€” make that Sloaney â€” 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 brandâ€™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 Bennettâ€™s executive chairman, told the publication, â€œWe think we could go to 20 stores in the US very quickly.â€
If interested in seeing more photos of the new store, visit the LK Bennett Facebook page.
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.Â 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.
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.
Another style seen with some regularity, Kate’s Effervescence Bubble Stiletto earrings.
I didn’t realize how many other pieces there are in the Collection, including this matching 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.
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 Â£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.
The bracelets are available here.
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 Claridgeâ€™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 â€œOur Greatest Team Risesâ€ 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.Â 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.”
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.