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While things remain fairly quiet on Planet Kate, we do have a few updates to share.

  • Once again Kate has been named to Vanity Fair’s International Best Dressed list. The Duchess joins actresses Kerry Washington and Charlize Theron, model Gisele Bundchen, entertainer Justin Timberlake, Princess Letizia of Spain and others.
Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

Here is how the story citation reads.

Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

  • It is believed there will be an official photo taken of William, Kate and Prince George before the Duke returns to Anglesey from paternity leave. If that is the case the pictures will need to be taken within the next week to ten days before William heads back to Wales. More here in Hello! magazine.
  • William is expected to play polo with Harry this weekend, his first official appearance following the birth of Prince George. The match is in Ascot, not at all far from the Middleton’s house where Kate, William and the baby have been staying. This event is a benefit for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and Skillforce, two charities supported by Prince William.  Below we see Kate and William during a visit to Royal Marsden in 2011, the duo were on hand to officially open the hospital’s Oak Centre for Children and Young People.
Royal Marsden Hospital

Royal Marsden Hospital

  • The Prince is also slated to make an official visit to The Angelsey Show August 14.  The Show is the largest agricultural and livestock event in North Wales, William’s paternity leave will have ended and he’ll be back to work at RAF Valley by then.

As always, we’ll update when we have more information.

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We share great news for those fond of Kate’s Aquatalia Rhumba boots: the company has added more colors to the mix for this fall. Here we see Kate pairing the boots with her Moloh ‘Workers’ coat in Glasgow this April, as well as at the opening of St. George’s Park last October.

Splash News

Splash News

Arguably Kate’s favorite pair of dress boots, the Rhumba features a stretchy suede upper that is also waterproof, she wears them in black suede. Aquatalia has just released their fall colors, and one of the new hues is an elegant wine.

Aquatalia Rhumba in Wine Suede

Aquatalia Rhumba in Wine Suede

One of the most appealing design elements for the boot is its non-slip rubber sole, a big plus when slogging through ice and snow, the kind of conditions we are used to here in the Midwest.

Today we share the perfect confluence of Kate, charity and fashion: Aquatalia has generously donated a pair of the Rhumbas in this new color to our Baby Cambridge Fundraiser. They are allowing us to auction the boots on the eBay Giving Works site, 100% of the proceeds go directly to EACH (East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices), one of Kate’s patronages.

eBay Giving Works Auction

eBay Giving Works Auction

The boots retail for $698, but we have started the bidding lower, it is a stellar opportunity to snag a pair of Rhumbas while also helping out one of Kate’s charities. The boots are available in any size, and Aquatalia has graciously agreed to ship internationally! Now is not the time to be shy ladies, direct your fingers to do the walking over to eBay so you can take a gander at these beauties.

From left to right we show the Rhumba in three other spectacular colors, Navy, Anthracite and Taupe suede.

Aquatalia Rhumba in Navy, Anthracite, Taupe

Aquatalia Rhumba in Navy, Anthracite, Taupe

There are several other new Aquatalia styles yours truly finds more-than-desirable, especially some of this year’s booties. Below we see the the Rosette in stretch suede, the Famous style, and the Royce.

Aquatalia Rosette,

Aquatalia Rosette,

Many, many thanks to Aquatalia for their generosity with this donation!

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As is obvious with the Aquatalia fall looks seen above, we have reached that point in the fashion calendar when retailers are starting to showcase and stock fall merchandise.

We begin with a few pieces Reiss is showing: the label’s Board Overcoat (we show it belted as Kate would be prone to wear it, the garment runs $660), the Gilda Speckle Print dress ($230) and the Ainsley dress ($285).

Reiss

Reiss

Below we share three fall styles from Oasis, with a dress by Warehouse on the far right. The lacy red frock could be a nice stand-in for those hoping to repliKate the red Collette Dinnigan dress worn by the Duchess to a wedding last summer.

Oasis/Oasis/Oasis/Warehouse

Oasis/Oasis/Oasis/Warehouse

Some may have noticed the clutch in the Warehouse photo on the right, it is a very good repliKate for the DVF Lytton clutch Kate has carried.

Warehouse

Warehouse

Zara has started getting fall merchandise in as well. On the left we show the Hooded Wool Coat ($139), the mostly-wool Zip Up Coat ($189) a Sleeveless Dress with an odd fit at the bodice ($69.90) and a new style of Skinny Fit Jeans ($59.90).

Zara

Zara

Also today, we dip a little later into the fashion calendar with a look at the ALICE by Temperley Cruise 2014 collection.

Courtesy Photos

ALICE by Temperley

Icy blue is a color that has worked on Kate previously, although it looks a shade or two lighter than the hue we have seen Kate wear.

Courtesy Photos

ALICE by Temperley

The three photos below left show next spring’s Poppy dress, on the right, two versions of the ALICE Petipa dress.

Courtesy Photos

ALICE by Temperley

A group with sheer black overlays, intricate detailing and varied design elements.

Courtesy Photos

ALICE by Temperley

Four diverse styles.

Courtesy Photos

ALICE by Temperely

Our final looks. On the far left we see three separate pieces, including the Umberto Blouse and Venus Lace Trousers, on the right, the Geranium Poncho.

ALICE By Temperley Courtesy Photos

ALICE By Temperley Courtesy Photos

To see all of the ALICE by Temperley Cruise 2014 styles click here. For anyone interested in some outstanding bargains at Temperley, click here, there is a wonderful sale underway.

Temperley London 3 Sale Styles

Temperley London

Above we see the Brooke dress, the Laurel Halter Neck gown and the Mia Lace frock, all discounted by at least 60%.

We leave you with a link to our final poll on Kate’s Maternity Style, pop in and vote if you haven’t already, we close the poll shortly.

Aquatalia Courtesy Image/Seraphine/Splash News/PA Wire

Aquatalia Courtesy Image/Seraphine/Splash News/PA Wire

  13 Responses to “Kate Back on Best Dressed List, Aquatalia’s New Colors & ALICE By Temperley Resort 2014”

  1. Might be a really stupid question… but I’m in love with the red lace dress from Oasis and I cannot find this image on their website, where did you get it from? and when would the dresses shown in this post arrive in stores, generally speaking? I’m not a fashion terminology expert and fashion seasons confuse me :(

  2. The print edition of Vanity Fair put “Diana, Princess of Wales” in quotes – implying that Kate had actually said it.

  3. She has been on top of my “best dressed list” since day one…not that if anyone cares about my list. :) Anyway, I really appreciate this website and loads of information…My bow to the admins~

  4. I love the Rhumba boots–does anyone know a similar, less pricey version? I have slender calves and haven’t found any boots the past two seasons that are small in calve circumference while still being stylish.

  5. WOW! Love the set of red and white dresses by Alice Temperley – particularly the one on the far right! Would love to see the duchess in something like that!

  6. Hmm. Somehow, those Aquatalia boots in wine just don’t do it for me. There’s something odd and unattractive about that color in a boot. I do like the various booties — gorgeous.

    Fall is my favorite fashion season (I am hardly alone, I know), and I am already darting from this site to that, including Reiss and Zara, in order to see what’s being offered. I’ve got my list of needs and wants made up, and I am waiting slightly impatiently for the fall lines to be made fully available.

    But once again, Alice Temperley has left me cold. Her clothes are often just — too much. I actually think some of these pieces would suit Pippa Middleton better than the Duchess.

    I hope this will be the season when I finally find the knee-length ivory coat I’ve been seeking. The Oasis example is nice, but it appears to have no buttons or other fasteners.

  7. This was a great update and i can’t wait to see that official picture yayyy!! And those boots are ridic! like super cute and i want all of them! Also just because i can no keep it to myself,i just bought a copy of Kate’s style by Caroline Jones!!! From just my perusing it is a giant, comprehensive list of pretty everything kate has wore and i love it!

  8. Wow, I love so many of those dresses! So beautiful and classy.

    I adore those boots in grey! Argh – I need to trade my grocery budget for my clothing budget. Then I can afford more of that stuff.

    I mean, we’d starve, but I’d look good doing it!

  9. Great update!!! The aquatalia boots are amazing. I have the Royal Booties which are very similar a and they are wonderful to wear. I always feel confident when wearing them!! I would recommend them!

    • Ashly,

      I have the booties as well and they are like wearing slippers all day long! I can’t wait for them to be re-released for this fall — last year, I missed on the brown suedes. I would LOVE to get the Rhumba’s as well, but sadly, my calves are just too big. I wish they made a wide calf version. Between Kate having tiny calves and super long legs (neither of which I have), I don’t think the Duchess and I will be able to wear any of the same tall boots.

      • She actually doesn’t have “super long” legs. She’s quite long-waisted, and her legs are short relative to her torso. You can see that when she wears flats. It’s the reason she wears rather vertiginously-high heels, to compensate for the shortness of her legs.

        And though her calves are certainly not heavy, they are not extremely skinny either.

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