Apr 192014
 

Hello and happy weekend to everyone. I thought it made sense to pop in with news of what Kate wore at Rugby last night in Sydney, as well as some other updates that might well get lost among the outfit-specific posts.

It turns out the Duke and Duchess relaxed last night at a rugby match in Sydney.

The match was at Sydney’s Allianz Stadium, between the New South Wales Waratahs and Northern Bulls from South Africa. More from News.com Australia:

HOW does one unwind after a day spent being mobbed by thousands of well wishers and back-to-back official functions?

At the rugby of course.

Both looked very comfortable in casual clothes, Prince William in jeans, v-neck sweater and checked shirt. Kate was also in denim, and a grey sweater with a scarf by Beulah London.

Beulah London 'Eden' Scarf

Beulah London ‘Eden’ Scarf

The scarf is a modal/cashmere blend, done in a light weight. The Eden is done in Beulah’s ‘Fractured Blossom Dark’ pattern (£125, about $200 USD). This offers another look at it on Kate.

This pattern is a soft, pretty print that is perfect on Kate. Coincidentally, the Duchess’s Sabitri dress is now offered in this pattern. The picture on the far right shows some of the fine detail work on the dress.

Beulah London 'Sabriti' in Fractured Blossom Dark

Beulah London ‘Sabriti’ in Fractured Blossom Dark

Several more items done in the Fractured Blossom Dark colorway, the Porcelain dress and Bisque dress.

Beulah London 'Porcelain' & 'Bisque' Dresses

Beulah London ‘Porcelain’ & ‘Bisque’ Dresses

The Eden also comes as a shawl (£175, about $300 USD), as well as the Asha Silk Satin scarf and the Aliyah Scarf, done in a light and floaty silk chiffon.

Beulah London

Beulah London

Kate also wore her Mint Velvet plimsolls.

Mint Velvet/Splash News

Mint Velvet/Splash News

This actually segues quite well with one of the updates I wanted to share: Mint Velvet says Kate’s shoes will be back in stock the first week of May, both in-store and online. I don’t know if that means John Lewis and/or House of Fraser will have them, both stores carry the brand.

We haven’t yet sorted out where the sweater Kate wore is from, but will update if we have the information.  The entire News.com story may be read here. The Daily Mail has a story as well about the couple attending last night’s match

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There have been a number of comments with questions I want to try and address, as well as re-stocking of merchandise notes. We already mentioned the Mint Velvet sneakers being re-stocked, there is also news about Kate’s dress from yesterday.

We’ll blaze through a few of the more frequently asked questions, at least a couple of quick ones, beginning with Kate’s jewelry, not everyone is familiar with her ‘daily’ pieces. Here is a quick list of what we are seeing on the tour:

  • the sapphire & diamond earrings I have always believed (as do most other style watchers) were were re-fashioned from a pair worn by Diana, Princess of Wales
  • her Cartier Ballon de Bleu stainless steel wristwatch
  • the ‘Fortune’ white gold drop necklace from jewelers Mappin and Webb shown below
Andrew Parsons / i-Images / Polaris

Andrew Parsons / i-Images / Polaris

Additionally, there is a third band on the Duchess’s ring finger, a diamond eternity band of unknown origin.

Next, the sunglasses worn and carried by the Duchess on the tour:

  • Her Givenchy sunglasses, style number SGV 773, available at a variety of online outlets (just search the style number)
  • a pair new to most of us, the Ray Ban Folding Wayfarer (style #RB4105) with the tortoise frame and brown lens
Wayfarer Folding Classic Sunglasses

Wayfarer Folding Classic Sunglasses

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Australia’s Daily Telegraph has an interesting story today about two designers whose clothing was rejected for the tour.

The Duchess of Cambridge hand-picked two Australian-designed outfits to wear during the Royal tour — only to reject them at the last minute.

In a process that was months in the making, Kate Middleton selected styles from Scanlan Theodore and Megan Park but sent them back.

Ms Park said she was notified in January that Middleton was keen to wear her designs.

The article shows a Megan Park dress, but I’m not clear if that is the actual frock sent to approval. We show the one from the article below left, on the right is the designer’s Kaleidoscope Georgette frock, described as being “…silk georgette dress features the digitally printed geometric ‘kaleidoscope’ design of green and pinkish tones,” it seemed as good as any others to show the designer’s work.

Megan Park

Megan Park

Back to Prue Lewington’s story in the Daily Telegraph.

“Her assistant sent an email randomly to our store, it looked quite official with a royal letterhead and she said they were interested in the collection for Kate,” she said.

After viewing the look book, they chose a geometric silk dress which was hand-delivered the package to Buckingham Palace for a private fitting.

Last week the dress was returned, with a note explaining that the Duchess loved it but would not be wearing it on the tour. The other designer interviewed for the story, Scanlan Theodore.

Sydney brand, Scanlan Theodore couriered new stock to London for the fitting two months ago but last week the palace advised that unfortunately the look wasn’t right.

They promptly arranged the return of garments to the brand.

Again, I don’t know if the photo below left is the specific style sent for approval or not, on the right we show the Camoflage Dress.

Scanlan Theodore

Scanlan Theodore

As noted in Ms. Lewiston’s piece, learning the Duchess won’t be wearing your design must be disappointing. You may read the entire article by clicking here.

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A brief follow-up on the bracelets being given to William and Kate: they seem to be wearing them, look at the Duke’s “stack”!

For those unfamiliar with the bracelets, they are *wildly* popular, at least in the US. This link has a make your own guide for anyone so inclined. I will keep an eye out to see if the Duchess is wearing any of the bracelets.

We’ll be back tonight (US time) for the day’s engagements, we leave you with one more photo from last night.

SCHEDULED EVENTS

  • 10:30am / 8:30pm EDT / 5:30pm – PDT Easter Sunday services at St. Andrews Cathedral in Sydney, the oldest cathedral in Australia
  • The couple will sign the ‘First Fleet Bible,‘ the bible used in Australia’s first Christian service in 1788
  • 2pm /12am EDT/ 9pm PDT -  The Taronga Zoo, located on the shores of Sydney harbour.
    • Their first stop at the Zoo is a Bilby enclosure that will actually be named after Prince George. The enclosure is to be named after the young Prince as part of the Prime Minister’s gift on the occasion of his birth. It is possible Prince George may also enjoy this portion of the day, he may join his parents at the zoo.
    • There is more of the zoo to see, including the famed Taronga giraffes, tree kangaroos, and other creatures indigenous to this part of the world
  • Travel to Australia’s capital, Canberra, staying at Government House

 

  20 Responses to “Kate in Beulah London at the Rugby + Re-Stocking Updates & Designers That Didn’t Get Picked”

  1. Pippa just wore Kate’s scarf in France.

  2. I enjoy this blog very much and relish the opportunity to so closely follow Kate’s fashion choices.

    Being from the US, I am not intimate with royal procedures but am nonetheless surprised that the designers whose clothing was “rejected” (what a harsh word) would be so forthcoming with their story. I would have expected them to be discreet.

  3. I found it! There were clearer pictures in the Daily Mail article, but she wore the bracelet on 10/04 with the blue Alexander McQueen coat, you can see it on the 9th picture in the article on WKW when she’s shaking someone’s hand.
    http://whatkatewore.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Royal-Tour-Blenheim-Wreath-Laying-Blue-McQueen-Belted-Utility-Coat-Kate-greeting-fans-kiwiMrsmac-twitter-.jpg

  4. I saw Kate wearing a pink and orange(?) version of the green and black bracelet William is wearing in the picture. I can’t remember whether I saw it on this site or on the Daily Mail’s website and unfortunately I can’t find a picture, but I’m absolutely sure I saw her wear one! It was just one bracelet, not a ‘stack’ like William’s.

  5. They both seem so comfortable and relaxed. I saw a picture of Kate laying her head on Wills’ shoulder. I’m so glad they got a low key date night whilst on this busy tour!

  6. Glad to see the royal couple getting some downtime, I thought they were looking a little down in the mouth once or twice lately. That is one punishing schedule they are on.

    Am impressed as ever at the fashion detective ID’s, Kate knows how to wear a scarf well and sneakers must be heaven to wear after all those smart shoes.

    Glad also the two designers can still get a plug for having been consulted by the Duchess, both look like most interesting names. I think your picks are more Kate than the ones in the original article, though I prefer the dark blue Megan Park to the one you found which seems to tally with the description of what Kate saw.

    I find that geometric dress too reminiscent of the kind of Beulah dress I find wishy-washy! The dark blue, of course, looks a bit more boho-chic than Kate generally goes for, and other dresses on the site also look a bit droopy, though the prints are gorgeous. The prints work well on some of the tops, though I’m impressed — if that’s the right word — that a simple tee can command up to a five-figure sum.

    The Scanlon Theodore look really original and edgy, I love those outfits, and others on the website are mouth-watering, with elegance and innovation combined. But again Kate doesn’t seem to want to experiment quite that much — so far !

    Thank you SO much, Susan, for churning out a total of four post in about 24 hours. No idea how you keep on top of it all. You deserve a medal!!

  7. Who are they sitting and talking to in the corporate box? Are those staff members or friends?

  8. I agree with Stephanie. The Duchess should have worn more clothes by Australian designers – not only as tribute but also because Australia does pay for the trips that the Royals make to Australia. This would help the economy and would be a good gesture. Anyway, the trip is not yet over so there is still a chance Kate could oblige.

  9. I love that kids keep giving her Rainbow Loom bracelets. My 7-year-old daughter loves her Rainbow Loom bracelets. They are indeed popular in the U.S. and obviously in Australia as well! Thanks for the updates on all Kate’s outfits and accessories. Your coverage has been great!

  10. In my opinion, and I think I have said it before, very few of the Aussie or NZ designers have shown anything that I would consider good enough or pretty enough for the Duchess to wear on this tour. Most of the clothes from local designers shown on this site in the weeks leading up to the tour were quite ugly, poorly designed and, frankly, unfit to be worn by the Duchess. She wore the designers she knew would make her look good and she has glowed on this tour. I’m not saying ALL designers. Some. That Zimmerman dress was fantastic but I can’t imagine the Duchess in either the Park or Scanlan designs shown above. Hideous. I can imagine her seeing them in person and recoiling in horror.

  11. Kate and Wills look so happy and cute together thanks Susan! Happy Easter!

  12. How wonderful that they got a chance to let their hair down, so to speak. William in spectacles is a hoot.

    I’m on record as not being thrilled with the Beulah label, but my problems largely concern the outdated and matronly silhouettes the designer seems to offer, not their beautiful prints, so I’m happy to say that I love this scarf. It looks comfortable and I love the detail of the print; it looks very dreamy and slightly Monet-ish to me (I’m no expert, so if Lili is reading my comment and shaking her head, I do apologize!).

    How hearbreaking to have your label so close to being chosen. Bessie is right that I’m sure the research and planning that goes into selecting a wardrobe for a tour of this significance and duration must be exhaustive. I hope the designer benefits from the publicity of almost being selected! Both of the examples you have selected display ample talent.

    I’m so excited for tomorrow! My bet is on McQueen, but I do think there is a chance the Duchess may surprise us and opt for another local designer. I will be eagerly refreshing WKW as we get closer to Easter morning, Australian time.

  13. I think the navy blue Megan Park dress shown here is quite lovely and would look wonderful on Kate. Too bad it wasn’t meant to be!

  14. If those outfits pictured are indeed ones that Kate rejected, I for one am glad she did. They would have been too somber looking and far too warm. It just proves what a perfect sense of style Kate has. She has looked so fresh and vibrant in what she has worn thus far in Australia and the weather has been truly amazing; one would not want to look drab and gloomy.

  15. I noticed a picture of Catherine with a friendship bracelet on

    http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/catherine-duchess-of-cambridge-smiles-as-she-attends-a-ww1-news-photo/483698417

    I am glad that they took some time for themselves.

  16. Minor correction: the bracelets they’re being given are Rainbow Loom (http://www.rainbowloom.com) bracelets; they’re actually made of tiny rubber bands linked together, not the embroidery thread kind we used to make as kids. I have an elementary school aged daughter and she comes home with new ones all the time, so we are experts here. They are indeed all the rage. :) Kate put one of them on the day she wore the blue McQueen coat dress, you can see it in this photo:

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-CxxapS_BMwk/U0XkhR73J4I/AAAAAAAAoks/kNz_02LOxW4/s1600/beanie.jpg

  17. My goodness. I am surprised to see that they went out last night after their day in Brisbane yesterday! The scarf is lovely, such a versatile pattern.

  18. It must be quite a process to decide on the clothing. Thanks for the added details, and the photos – they do look relaxed!

  19. I love seeing “Casual Kate”– and I love Beulah scarves! They are beautiful.

    I do wish we had seen Kate in more Australian designers, instead of LK Bennet or DVF. It would have been a great way to pay tribute to her host country.

    • Stephanie I agree! I was kind of surprised, and this article (along with your comment) makes me feel like I was not in fact crazy for thinking so! She certainly looked beautiful in everything she wore but I expected to see more Australian designers as well, Collette Dinnigan at the very least. I feel so sorry for the designers in this article. Obviously Kate was under no obligation to wear their clothing but I cannot imagine the crushing disappointment they must have felt after thinking she would and then finding out so close to the start of the tour that she had changed her mind for whatever reason.

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