We hoped to be able to share the lucky winner of our London Sole contest, but she has not yet responded to email. We’ll give it another 34 hours and if necessary, pull another name.
Congratulations to Lucy Brewer, she is the lucky winner of a pair of London Sole’s UK flag flats! Our thanks to everyone who entered, this one was fun. I also want to thank Maggie at London Sole, she is a delight to work with, making things easy every step of the way. Enjoy your Henriettas Lucy!
Today we have a look at next winter’s Resort collection from Alexander McQueen.Â Knowing Kate’s fondness for this designer, it is likely we will see her in at least one piece from this collection.
You can see the art deco influences in the collection.
While it is unlikely we’ll see Kate in any of the trousers, it wouldn’t be unusual for her to have one of the jackets seen above in a more understated fabric and cut.
A Style story offers insight from Sarah Burton:
“The proportions are extreme: high waists, an elongated leg, a peaked shoulder. There’s a harder, more precise, masculine edge that’s a reaction to the roundness and the sickly-sweet femininity of the last collection.”
Style.com offers more on the collection:
The most rigorous parts of the collection were the tailored black pieces. Look closely, however, and their lapels and piping were actually trompe l’oeil encrustations of beading. Still, they were demandingly spare. Hard looks for hard times, perhaps.
There were also references to Gustav Klimt, the artist’s influence can be seen in the center image above and these two photos.
Again, I don’t expect to see Kate in a jumpsuit or romper, but the jacket? Possibly.
Black and gold was a major color story.
This was particularly evident in the formalwear.
There is also a strong influence on the waist, with oversized belts topped by equally large embellishments.
A quick reminder, the summer sale is underway at McQueen, there are some significant reductions.
We look at another resort collection, this one from Roland Mouret.
Below left you see the Lumino Two Piece structured shirt and stretch skirt, in the center photo we show the Mazar double crepe dress topped by the Mocho white canvas safari jacket. On the far right, the Endell silk organza dress in fluorescent pink.
From the Women’s Wear Daily story on the collection:
Continuing to work the gathered, draped and softer silhouettes he sent out en force for fall, Roland Mouret turned up the volume with lots of bold color and a beautiful abstract floral print.
On the left, the Ashbury terracotta silk dress, the center image shows the Rosella dress and Naumann iris print jacket, on the far right we see the Fairlea orange silk halter dress.
Here we show (left to right) the Watson wool crepe dress, Brooks double-faced dress in cobalt, the Paolo tee in lime and Yama iris print Panama pencil skirt.
You can see the entire collection on the Roland Mouret site.
Our final resort collection is by Erdem. Some readers will recall that Kate wore the designer’s Jacquenta and Cecile dresses while on last year’s North American tour.
Just a few weeks ago she was in Erdem for Trooping the Colour.
There are pieces in the resort collection that could work for the Duchess. The sleeveless sheath in the photo below left and lace dress in the image below right are possibles, although avoiding more navy lace dresses wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world.
It is not surprising that the London-based designer looked up to Her Majesty the Queen’s monochromatic unchanging style as a source of inspiration since his Montrealer upbringing had him constantly romanticizing the idea of England. Â The love story does not end there as Erdem had a wandering eye on Upper East Side ladies and Amish women.
More navy and white, two colors we frequently see Kate wear.
From Fashionising‘s review:
The lighter fabrics that seemed more suited for balmier cruise weather sat with subtle tension against heavier, stiffer materials such as patchwork and raw-finished tweeds. Even the color scheme was a mix of contrasts, with a strong undertone of moody blues in harmonious opposition to pinks, magentas and flashes of white.
A touch of that tweed is shown below, as well as a bit of the magenta.
Much as Kate may like the silhouettes shown below, I don’t see her in pieces with the strong contrast in most of the pink and navy group.
Again, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if we saw several elements of the dresses shown above in a piece(s) Kate ultimately wears.
More from WWD’s review (Women’s Wear Daily, subscription req’d.) review:
He combined light crepe fabrics (developed in Italy and made to look like neoprene) with tweeds for a patchwork effect, and many of the necklines, belts and dresses were embroidered by hand, some with neon-pink threads.
The party frocks have potential, although the print seems unlikely for Kate. The navy dress with embellished cuffs and neck strikes me a something the Duchess might favor.
The cut of the two dresses shown far right above offer a silhouette she enjoys wearing.
Back to the Women’s Wear Daily story:
He also worked digital prints of lace fabric and sequins onto dresses for a â€œplastic fantastic fake embroideryâ€ look.
Four final styles, while Kate might not be fond of most prints, I do like the color palette created for the collection: feminine, sophisticated and very pretty.
I will update the post as soon as we hear from the winner.