Sep 292012

We are back with our third and final Royal Tour poll, this one looking at accessories: bags, shoes, jewelry and a few miscellaneous items. Many of the items will look familiar, there are also few new pieces in the mix we think everyone will enjoy seeing again. The post is broken into four polls; one on handbags, another for shoes, a third for jewelry and a final mini-poll on things that stand on their own.


Our first item is the clutch carried for the couple’s arrival in Singapore when Kate was in the pink Jenny Packham dress, it was also carried for the Solomon Islands arrival, accessorizing the Jonathan Saunders Evelyn. Some believe this is a Jimmy Choo Cosma bag.

PHOTOS: James Whatling – Corbis – Splash

With her Erdem dress at the Eden Hall reception in Singapore Kate carried another UFO (Unidentified Fashion Object) clutch.

Splash News

We saw the return of the Anya Hindmarch Bespoke Maud, it was seen at the State Dinner in Singapore, Kate was wearing her Prabal Gurung dress for that event.

Anya Hindmarch Maud Clutch

The Wilbur and Gussie ‘Charlie’ also made another appearance, it was carried to the State Dinner in Malaysia, accessorizing Kate’s Alexander McQueen gown.

Wilbur and Gussie

We saw the Russell and Bromley ‘Muse’ return in Singapore, accessorizing the white broderie anglaise McQueen suit.

Rebecca English, Daily Mail/Splash News

LK Bennett’s Natalie was back for the tour, including Kate & William’s visit to the Mosque in Malaysia, as well as the British-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

LK Bennett Natalie

During the trip to Sabah in Malaysia we saw Kate with one of her many Longchamp Le Pliage totes on the helicopter.

Medium Le Pliage Tote at Selfridges


Kate started the tour in her LK Bennett Taupe Sledge pumps, seen in Singapore.

LK Bennett Sledge in Taupe

Kate’s Stuart Weitzman Corkswoon wedge was seen on multiple occasions, including the couple’s day in Singapore.

Stuart Weitzman Corkswoon

There was an addition to the ‘Sledge family,’ we saw Kate wear the Sledge in Off White.

LK Bennett Sledge in Off White

The LK Bennett Harper was back, worn with the Erdem dress to the reception at British High Commissioner’s residence in Singapore, more in this post.

LK Bennett Harper

For the formal dinner in Malaysia Kate brought out a new pair of Jimmy Choo heels, the Dart. (With thanks to WKW Facebook friend Sarah for identifying these.)

Splsah News/Jimmy Choo

Kate’s black Prada heels returned, worn with the creamy white and purple Prabal Gurung dress for the State Dinner in Singapore.

Splash News

For the day in Borneo’s rainforest, Kate opted to wear her Brasher Hillmaster GTX boots.

Brasher/Simon Amos – Brasher Facebook Page

The Stuart Weitzman Minx returned.

Chris Jackson/PA Wire

We briefly saw Kate wear her trusty Pied a Terre Imperia wedges when departing Kota Kinabalu and journeying to the Solomon Islands.

Pied a Terre ‘Imperia’

And that covers the footwear.


Annoushka Pearl Drops set in 18K gold. “Created in 18ct yellow gold and pearl, these Pearl Earring Drops look stunning on our Eclipse 18ct yellow gold and diamond Porcupine Hoop Earrings.”

Annoushka/Splash News

Diamond Drops with Aqua-ish/Blue-ish prong set center stone, possibly a custom version of the Kiki McDonough earrings shown below.

Kiki McDonough/UK Press Association

Once again we saw the diamond and sapphire earrings that were re-fashioned from a pair of Princess Diana’s, below we show them (barely) during the couple’s time at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore.

Gardens by the Bay Facebook

For the State Dinner in Malaysia the Duchess wore pieces by Catherine Zoraida, including the artisan’s Double Leaf Earrings.

UK Press Association/Catherine Zoraida

Kate also wore the Scales (Spread Your Wings)Bracelet by Ms Zoraida.

UK Press Association/Catherine Zoraida

Also new to the mix, Kate’s Red Sponge Coral earrings by Serretta, worn with the TAV pacific dress for the Governor General’s dinner in

Serretta Red Sponge Coral Earrings

Kate reprised her Kiki McDonough Citrine Drop earrings to go with the yellow Jaeger dress worn throughout the day in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

Kiki McDonough

We saw another new pair of earrings on the tour, Kate wore the Azuni Disc Studs with Drop Stone from the company’s Athena collection.


That concludes our look at jewelry.

Miscellaneous Accessories: A few items stood out as meriting another look, either because they were unusual, or their inclusion in another category really didn’t make sense.

The parasol carried after the wreath laying at the Kranji War Memorial in Singapore, as William and Kate toured the Cemetery following the ceremony.

James Whatling/Corbis

The Jane Taylor bespoke hat worn for the Solomon Islands arrival with the Jonathan Saunders Evelyn dress.

Jane Taylor Millinery/Rebecca English, The Daily Mail-Mail Online

Kate’s elegant pearl hair accessories wowed many of her fashion followers.

Rebecca English, The Daily Mail – Mail Online Twitter

At the gala dinner in Tuvalu Kate was given a traditional skirt to wear atop her ALICE by Temperley Beatrice dress.

PA Wire

Kate wearing a traditional Tuvaluan Fou, a floral head dressing, at Funafuti.

Loia M. Tausi – Explores Blog

We’ll be back shortly with a look at Kate’s outing to a friend’s wedding today, a giveaway and an app update, there is another one that is now available.


  22 Responses to “Tour Poll #3: Kate’s Accessories”

  1. ID INCORRECT: I’m more convinced that Kate’s Hiking boot choice was the Brasher New Hillmaster II GTX Please update me!

  2. Like most of the jewellry and accessorise – difficult to choose between them.

    I voted for the citrine drop earrings because I have a pair myself and I love wearing them. However, I think I like the green amethyst and diamond earrings a touch more – wish my husband will get me a pair (or similar).

    Well done to the Duchess on her choice of jewellry and accessories.

  3. Many thanks for your elegant blog. I dont’ see a reply box for the give away and thought I would reply here for the contest. I hope you see it and include me!

  4. As far as the lavender satin clutch she carried with her Erdem dress, I’d think it’s a bespoke McQueen skull clutch– she often has the skull removed (as seen with the red clutch she carried for the Diamond Jubilee Pageant). It’s the right size and shape!

  5. I want a pair of those Brasher Hillmaster GTX boots. They look like you could wear them for miles without killing your feet and still look put together when you reach your destination.

  6. I’m on record as loving the LK Bennett Sledge pumps, but I actually think I prefer the Harper pair after seeing them up close in these photos. That color of suede (oatmeal??) just looks so versatile. However, I’m assuming that it isn’t a good idea to wear suede shoes in the rain, which would definitely limit the Harper’s wear-ability factor, especially in the UK.

    The Natalie clutch takes my breath away every time I see it. I think the shape paired with that fabric is lovely. It has just the right amount of pop to be interesting without stealing too much attention from the outfit that one pairs with it.

    On a final note, the picture with the Duchess carrying the parasol in the Jenny Packham duck egg blue dress has got to be one of my favorite pictures of her ever taken.

  7. This was a fun poll! I think its my favorite poll from your tour series.

  8. Do we think that she wore the same earrings (possibly Kiki McDonough) with both the McQueen (state dinner) and Temperly (tea party) dresses? They looked more oval to me on the tour.

  9. The Maud is my favorite clutch because of the little details…the C on the outside and that adorable message on the inside. :)

  10. I find the various clutches uninteresting. I like clutches, always have, but there usually isn’t much to be said about them.

    As far as shoes are concerned, I’ve made it clear already that I am not a fan of the Sledge pumps in either nude or off-white. I did dither a bit about choosing between the taupe, LK Bennett Harper pumps and the black Prada heels, but I went with the latter, since they are classic and quite versatile. The Harper pumps do seem to me to be a better choice than the Sledge pumps for autumn wear now that the Duchess is back in the UK. It’s really time to retire the Sledges.

    The pearl-drop earrings remind me of my own wedding earrings — pearl and diamond drops — but I also like the diamond-drops with the as-yet-unknown center stone. I own a very similar pair with a white topaz.

    And didn’t we all love the pearl ornaments in the Duchess’s chignon at the tea party? Possibly her best hair look yet! Alas, the Taylor hat with the Saunders dress may have been her WORST look yet. A truly unfortunate mistake.

    The parasol was charming, but I don’t think we should be voting on the local, traditional flower and skirt accessories. The Duchess didn’t choose them.

    • I should add that I love that Longchamp Pliage bag — both stylish and practical. I’m planning to get myself one and possibly to give one to a relative as a Christmas present. The bag comes in a wide variety of colors, to suit everyone.

      • I own the navy Longchamp Pliage bag and absolutely love it. They are awesome because they go with anything and are very durable. I’ve had mine for three years and it still looks brand new!

  11. I agree with Tara about quality of quantity–something I think is true for shoes and bags! I love these polls and had a really hard time deciding on her footwear, as I liked most all of her shoes.

  12. It would be interesting to know why we choose the favourites we choose. For my part, I can say that the Maud clutch is my favourite bag for the secret message it contains. ;)

  13. Thank you for such wonderful surveys.
    Also, a bit of news… You can order LK Bennett directly on the UK website and they ship to Canada! However, duty is about $100.00. The price is worth it- they are beautifully made, with full leather soles and uppers which means they can be repaired easily! I recently bought a pair of Black Patent Sledges- they are very high but I LOVE them.
    I saw this quote and it should, in this age of fast fashion, silence those who complain the Duchess always wears her nude sledges:
    “It’s better to buy one good pair of shoes than four cheap ones. One pair made of fine leather could outlast four inferior pairs and if well cared for, would continue to proclaim your good judgement and taste no matter how old they become.”
    I know this to be true – I have several pairs of shoes I have had for over 10 years that are still going strong.

    • Oh horror! Let’s pray that the Stuart Weitzman Corkswoon wedges don’t last 10 years!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • I haven’t looked closely at the quality of LK Bennett shoes, but the LKB clothes I’ve seen at the Chicago store have really not impressed me. Given their cost here in the US, they really should be better made, using much higher-quality fabrics and linings. I was shocked to discover that some of the dresses are not lined at all.

      I agree that a well-made, albeit expensive pair of shoes is a far more intelligent purchase than several cheap pairs — I own some gorgeous Ferragamo pairs that have lasted me a decade or more — but I just haven’t felt that the LKB shoes LOOK expensive, though I’ll take your word for it that they are of high quality. There’s something about the Sledge design that just doesn’t excite me and that I think looks inelegant, though this is probably just a matter of personal taste. One thing I’m sure of: that design probably looks much better in black than in the nude or off-white, which I really dislike.

      • Although I actually love the nude Sledge pumps, there have been numerous posts on the WKW Facebook page written by people bewailing LK Bennett’s customer service when it comes to online orders. One woman ordered the teal suit the Duchess wore to the Jubilee event with the Queen and, when it arrived, the top and bottom were two completely different shades of teal. That being said, I’ve never ordered from them personally so I’m just repeating what others have reported. (To be fair though, the woman accompanied her post with a picture and she was very obviously right about the colors being off.)

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