We pop in with a few updates, beginning with word another date has been added to Kate’s calendar. March 19th she will join William for a visit to Child Bereavement UK, the group’s headquarters are at the Clare Charity Centre in Saunderton. The couple will meet with staff and fundraising teams as well as a Parents’ Support Group and a Young People’s Advisory Group. William has been Patron of the organization since 2009.
Before then, of course, the duo will take part in St. Patrick’s Day observances with the Irish Guards on Sunday, the 17th. Kate is expected to help distribute shamrocks to the regiment’s Officers and Guardsmen, Prince William is Colonel of the Regiment.
Last year Kate’s first solo military engagement was with the Irish Guard at Mons Barracks, seen above.
Next, a few IDs to share. We start with probable identification of the white skirt worn at last summer’s Olympics.
This is a garment Kate has been seen wearing as far back as 2007. At one point we thought it might be a Boden piece, as seen below.
That is a skirt by Zara Woman, the most telling detail to me is that both Kate’s skirt and the piece in the photo have double vents, somewhat unusual on a basic denim skirt. Thank you Tatiana!
Another long-discussed UFO (Unidentified Fashion Object), the gloves worn by the Duchess when visiting St. Andrew’s in February, 2011 with William.
They are by Fownes, described in a recent eBay auction as being made of “soft nappa leather” with “lambswool/angora blend lining”. In the US the brand is available at Sears, Nordstrom and other department stores, they also do private label work for LL Bean, Lands’ End and other retailers.
We can also thank Tatiana’s Delights for sharing the information on this item.
The skirt was by UK retailer Dorothy Perkins, a tip of the tiara to CopyKate and My Small Obsessions!
While I would normally run shrieking from a store at the notion of pom-poms on shoes, they are really very fun.
Above, the Parrot Pointed Toe Court in both Black and Natural.
Some may remember that Whistles was making its London Fashion Week debut this year, showing its Limited edition collection for the first time in a runway environment. (Previously the brand has done salon type presentations by appointment.) Below, several looks for the fall.
Part of the review by Fashion Foie Gras:
For their first collection, for autumn winter 2013, their presentation was filled with enviable pieces that had women around the room with eyes wide and pens scribbling furiously. Yes, Whistles is an editorial favourite here in the UK and understandably so. For aw13, there were no great surprises. Whistles wasn’t all of the sudden trying to be edgy now that they had a position on the calendar. They stuck with the formula they’ve proven to be a success.
Back to the Fashion Foie Gras piece:
For the most part, their shapes were classic and the materials timeless. Leather, luxury knits and oversized coats were pillars of the collection. However, there was some experimenting with camouflage and nautical patterns.
Held at the Dover Street Arts Club, the presentation featured Whistles’ premium range and included everything from cool camo looks to wearable leather trousers to cozy knits.
It isn’t hard to envision Kate in the chunky, oversized sweaters shown above, although many of the other looks are doubtful for the Duchess in their present iteration. Style.com also has a stellar interview with Jane Shepherdson, Whistles CEO, they asked about the impact of doing a show.
Interestingly, I think that doing the show upped the ante across the whole business. When you are creating a collection that you know people are going to be looking at very closely, it really focuses the mind and pushes us to put that little bit extra into everything that we’re creating.
More from the Style.com interview:
We will keep showing it’s an obvious platform for us. We also just opened a store in Russia two weeks ago, in Paris before Christmas, and also on Dover Street here in London. W’re talking to department stores in the U.S.. I’m very keen to get something going for Fall 2013.
There are some wonderful pieces in the brand’s spring collection, including some dresses that might (might in all caps) work for Kate moving into the hotter months.
Finally today, we leave you with a look at how three WKW friends wear the Great Plains Cezanne dress as seen on Kate in Grimsby last week. Our thanks to Food-Fash-Fit (far left), a shy WKWer (middle) and Anna.
- Spend some time learning about Child Bereavement UK, the web site is here, Facebook page is here and Twitter feed is here, read the group’s news release about Kate & William’s visit by clicking here. You can also visit the online Shop
- Learn more about the Clare Foundation, where Child Bereavement’s offices are located by clicking here, or visiting their Facebook page.
We’ll see you Sunday, if not before.