Jul 112013
 

We move to the second trimester in our retrospective look at Kate’s maternity styles. (Our post on the first trimester is here.)

January 11th Kate attended the official unveiling of her first portrait at the National Portrait Gallery wearing the Sophie Rae dress by Whistles. At the end of January the Duchess did a bit of shopping in her Seville Boots by Really Wild Clothing and a plaid cape. We still haven’t determined if the cape was a 2010 Zara piece or a 2012- 2013 item from Orvis.

PA Wire/TOPSTAR Photos

PA Wire/TOPSTAR Photos

February brought just one official engagement for the Duchess, a trip to Hope House in South London on the 19th. Kate wore a 2011 wrap dress by Max Mara Studio.

All Images SplashNews.com

All Images SplashNews.com

In March Kate & William were in the Swiss Alps attending the wedding of close friends, we saw distinctly different looks for Kate at that weekend event. On the slopes she was casual in her LK Bennett Darwin jacket and a pair of boots by Oscar Sports, an Italian label.

Splash News

Splash News

For the wedding she was more formal, in a dress coat that is yet to be identified atop the MaxMara Studio dress worn when she visited Cambridge with William last November.

Splash News

Splash News

Kate made a solo trip to the town of Grimsby March 5th, wearing her Hobbs Celeste coat over a new dress, the ‘Cezanne’ by Great Plains. Ten days later she attended Cheltenham with Prince William, wearing a Joseph coat dating back to at least 2007, accessorized with her ‘Betty Boop’ hat by John Lock & Co (Also seen above at that wedding in Switzerland) and new earrings.

All Photos by Splash News

All Photos by Splash News

For the annual St. Patrick’s Day ceremonies with the Irish Guards, Kate repeated her Emilia Wickstead coatdress. You can compare how the Duchess looked wearing this piece in 2012 and 2013 in the images below.

Splash News/Splash News/ Domhnall, Regimental Mascot 1st Battalion Irish Guards Facebook Page

Splash/Splash/ Domhnall, Regimental Mascot 1st Battalion Irish Guards Facebook Page

On March 19 William and Kate visited Child Bereavement UK; Kate wore the ‘Redgrave’ coat in wool crepe by Goat Fashion over Topshop’s Contrast Collar Shift Dress.  The next morning the Duchess joined HM and Prince Philip as the trio visited Baker Street Station for events marking the London Underground’s 150th anniversary.  Kate wore a teal blue By Malene Birger coat, a piece that dates back to at least 2006. Kate’s elegant Whiteley beret-styled hat was previously worn in 2011 to the wedding of Harry Aubrey-Fletcher and Louise Stourton.

Splash News/Paul Edwards-The Sun-PA Wire/Splash News

Splash News/Paul Edwards-The Sun-PA Wire/Splash News

Kate wrapped up the month with a snowy training session as part of her volunteer work with UK Scouting. She wore her familiar Le Chameau boots, a good selection may be found here at Le Chameau’s primary online retailer, our pals at Philip Morris have a solid size selection as well. Kate’s jacket by Barbour, the Ladies Linhope style we’ve seen her wearing as far back as 2009. Really Wild Clothing Company has verified the hat is their Lindsey style in ‘Tweed Moss Fleck,’ it will not be restocked.

Paul Berentzen, Northwest Evening Mail Twitter/Martyn Milner-UK Scouting

Paul Berentzen, Northwest Evening Mail Twitter/Martyn Milner-UK Scouting/Stephanie Manley, Westmoreland Gazette Twitter

A closer look.

Splash News/Splash News

Splash News/Splash News

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

We also want to share a few news tidbits (for lack of a better term) beginning with word about a capsule collection for a brand Kate wears frequently that we mentioned just up above, Le Chameau. According to a story in Wednesday’s Women’s Wear Daily, the label will launch two capsule collections next spring.

The company will continue to make its traditional boots — beloved of clients ranging from the Duchess of Cambridge to the fishermen of Brittany. Its fashion offer will launch with a capsule collection of two styles and six colors set to land in stores in January.

One of the new models is called the “Paris,” it will come in long and short versions.

Le Chameau Courtesy Photo via WWD.com

Le Chameau Courtesy Photo via WWD.com

There are also plans for the brand’s clothing, more from the WWD story:

Le Chameau plans to launch more new styles for fall, and will also begin to develop its outerwear collection into a more luxury offering. The company plans to unveil a few pieces for the fall season.

The company will continue to make its boots by hand from natural rubber, and told Samantha Conti, WWD’s London Bureau Chief, they have no plans to move production to China or anywhere else. The boots will continue to be made at the factory in France, seen below.

Le Chameau Facebook

Le Chameau Facebook

 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Our other item involves a film being released, “Born to Royalty”.

BBC Worldwide

BBC Worldwide

In a somewhat unusual move, BBC Worldwide is doing a theatrical release. as opposed to selling the documentary directly to consumers (See notes below about purchasing the DVD.)  The film will be shown starting July 19th “in select cities including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, and more.” When it comes to the “and more” reference, the resourceful Abby shared on our Baby Cambridge Fundraiser page that the film is going to be shown in New Orleans and Newport, RI. (More here on the Newport showings.)

Hugh Bonneville of Downton Abbey fame narrates the film. From the press information: “Most babies get a highchair – these are in line for the throne.”

BBC Worldwide/Keystone/Getty Images

BBC Worldwide/Keystone/Getty Images

More from a news release:

The film explores the changing way that Royals have dealt with their own children, becoming more hands-on through the generations and the staff that were closest to the family. It also looks at what it means to enter this rarefied world from the outside, starting with Princess Diana and more recently the Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine Middleton.

Back to the news release:

From stories of Royal delivery rooms, nurseries, playtime and schooling to tales of the Royals themselves as babies, mischievous toddlers, students and dutiful members of the Armed Forces, this film sheds fresh light on what life was like — and what life could be like – for the latest child Born to Royalty.

A trailer for the movie may be seen by clicking here.

I am guessing at some point this will be offered as a DVD.

UPDATED: With thanks to Wendy who left a comment on the post, it looks like the video is already available for pre-order. Click here to see it on Amazon, it is priced at $12.33 with a release date of August 6. (I believe this is the video, going by the producer names, BBC Worldwide’s name, etc.)  It also appears to be available for pre-ordering on Amazon Canada, click here to see that listing.

 

Don’t forget to vote in our poll!

  15 Responses to “Kate’s Second Trimester Style Poll, ‘Born to Royalty’ Film”

  1. She always looks gorgeous!

  2. I’m really interested in how spread out the vote is. – They were all stunning looks, but only two had “pregnancy-friendly” flat shoes and given how critical us Brit women can be of each other’s pregnancies, be it our friends, or someone of the upper echelons (- aren’t we horrible creatures to each other sometimes) I was predicting that those two looks would far outstrip the others, but they don’t. I wonder if that just makes us readers of this blog a nicer bunch?

    To be fair, the lady’s doing fabulously well coping with so much global noseying into her pregnancy – I’m not sure I could have coped so well had any of mine been watched quite so closely.

  3. Out of curiosity I went to Netflix to see if this movie was available. It will be available to rent on August 8. It is not “streaming” yet but it probably will be in a couple of months. So, for those of you who subscribe to Netflix this is an opportunity to see this documentary without paying $12.

    My favorite outfit is the black dress with the white coat. I think it’s adorable.

  4. When I first saw the post about the movie, I searched the Internet to determine what other cities it would be playing in and didn’t find any information. I was hoping it would be in Boston. Now that I just read this I’m so excited since the theater in Newport is a five minute walk from my house!

  5. That film looks fun. I’m glad I live in a city that will be playing it. (:

  6. My favorite was her outfit for the Swiss wedding, I loved the overall look with the chocolate brown accessories. I quite like all her outfits in this poll (with the notable exception of that too short white coat, with the peter pan collar!) I especially loved the plaid cape, so cute and comfortable : )

  7. I have been enjoying this great blog for an while it’s my favorite one of Kate.

  8. She is such a beautiful and classy woman!

    I am glad to hear it will be available on Amazon because I’m not anywhere near any of those cities!

  9. FYI — I just preordered the Born to Royalty DVD — it’s available on Amazon.com.

    P.S. Love this blog!!

  10. Definitely the Max Mara wrap dress. In fact, that’s one of my favorite items in her entire wardrobe, not just among pregnancy looks.

    I also liked the coat worn to the Switzerland wedding very much. The green Emilia Wickstead coatdress is another of my all-time favorite looks, but the alterations to accommodate the baby bump were not entirely successful, though I wasn’t as negative about them as some people were.

    Finally, I loved the Birger coat (and have always liked the hat she recycled that day), but as was so often the case during her pregnancy, I felt that this was a coat that would have looked more sophisticated and better proportioned had it been just a couple of inches longer.

    • Regarding the film: I can’t quite imagine that it will do well as a theatrical release in the US. There just aren’t that many Americans who are sufficiently interested in royals to pay to see such a film, not even in the cities.

      This is the sort of production I’d be happy to watch on PBS, but even a royals watcher like me wouldn’t trot off to a theater and pay for a ticket to see it. I asked a few fellow Chicagoans (serious students of history, with a special interest in British history) whether they’d be interested in seeing this in a theater, and they said, “No.” I have to say that I’m rather bewildered.

      The BBC might consider that US viewership for Prince William’s wedding turned out to be significantly lower than expected.

      • I am in Chicago, too! *waves*

        I couldn’t imagine paying for it, either, especially as the program doesn’t sound out of line with something you could see on the History channel, PBS, etc.

        I also wonder why they couldn’t wait a month or two to add relevant information on the baby’s arrival. Speaking from a personal note, I am keenly interested in seeing how the birth will be announced. I think what the Palace has planned is a great blend of old and new traditions (easel with the birth information, announcing it later on Twitter, etc.). It would actually be really interesting to see an extensive look in how the world reacts to the birth in an online era, when you don’t have to wait for the evening news to break a story.

  11. That cape!!! I’m still obsessed!

 Leave a Reply

(required)

(required)

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Facebook Like Button for Dummies