Feb 132017
 

We are back with a few newsbytes we thought you would enjoy. The first involves the Heads Together documentary being shot to air around the time of London Marathon. William, Kate, and Harry were seen out and about today shooting the doc.

From Rebecca English’s story:

Kate, 35, joined her husband Prince William and brother-in-law Prince Harry at St Mary’s university to film a warm up and running for their mental health charity.

They met with DIY SOS presenter Nick Knowles who is working with the royal trio on a new show for the BBC called Mind Over Marathon.

The Duchess was wearing the same ensemble seen on the 5th when the three royals took part in a Marathon training day (shown below).

©Robin Nunn/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

©Robin Nunn/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

Kate’s Perfect Moment jacket remains available in very limited sizing at Net-a-Porter, and in a good mix of sizes at Perfect Moment. The New Balance/Sweaty Betty sneakers are available in some sizes at Sweaty Betty ($145) and also available to order with a 2-week wait. I‘ve not been able to find licensable images from today’s taping but will keep looking.

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Now to the day’s big news: Kensington Palace announced this morning that Kate and William will travel to Paris for two days in March. The announcement was made via social media.

Kensington Palace @KensingtonRoyal

Kensington Palace @KensingtonRoyal

The couple will have multiple engagements on Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18, including a black tie dinner. Rebecca English reports in her Daily Mail story the duo will undertake about eight engagements. More from the Palace news release:

…the itinerary will include a reception for young French leaders from a variety of fields, a formal dinner at the residence of Her Majesty’s Ambassador and attendance at the Wales v France Six Nations test at the Stade de France.

Background on the genesis of the trip from Richard Palmer’s story for The Express:

The royal couple, who have enjoyed several holidays in France, were initially invited to Paris by the Welsh Rugby Union – William has just taken over from the Queen as the WRU’s patron – but the Foreign Office then asked Kensington Palace to build an official visit around the match.

Other tidbits:

  • We can look for a party frock at the dinner, although we don’t know which day the dinner takes place.
  • We do know the day and time for one of the engagements: the France vs. Wales Six Nations Rugby Match at the Stade de France is on Saturday, the 18th. The match begins at 2:45 local time, that is 8:45 am ET/ 5:45 am PT. We will see a more casual ensemble for this event; my guess is the Duchess will not be wearing skinny jeans for this event.
  • The reception with young French leaders may well involve a program started last year by former PM David Cameron and French President François Hollande, the Franco-British Young Leaders. The project is designed to “…deepen Franco-British understanding and collaboration at the highest level and establishes a give back / give forward ethos at its core.”

Reports say the Duke and Duchess are expected to stay with the British Ambassador to France, Edward Llewellyn, at his official residence, Hôtel Charost.

British Embassy, France

British Embassy, France

More about the Embassy from a 2016 Guardian story:

…the Hotel de Charost.. was built in the 1720s, but much of its furniture and interior decor was installed by one former owner, Pauline Borghese – Napoleon’s sister – nearly 100 years later.

Below left, the dining room; on the right; a Greek-style bed that belonged to Pauline Borghese.

UK in France

UK in France

This is certain to be an important trip. Back to Richard Palmer’s story:

The couple, who have both visited France on private trips in the past few years, are being sent by the Foreign Office to Paris to bolster Anglo-French relations ahead of tricky negotiations for Britain’s exit from the European Union.

There will be extra attention on Kate’s wardrobe for this visit, as is often the case for women on official visits to Paris. We have had a few questions asking if this means Kate will not be handing out shamrocks to the Irish Guards. I imagine she will either be in Paris, or on her way there when that event takes place. We will update Kate’s Calendar here on the site and also on Facebook as more details are released.

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Also today, we are in the middle of NY Fashion Week. A number of Kate-centric designers have shown their 2017 fall collections, including Diane von Furstenberg. This is the second full season designed by creative director Jonathan Saunders. Below, a quick reminder of pieces the Duchess has worn by Mr. Saunders when he operated his eponymous label.

©Splash News

© i-Images / i-Images / Splash News

A few looks from fall’s ready to wear collection.

Diane von Furstenberg

Diane von Furstenberg

A portion of Vogue’s review:

Saunders is turning his attention to ensemble dressing for Fall, where his playful mix-and-match approach stands. Though it’s famously the home of the wrap dress, he considers DVF a textile house, and there was a panoply of vivid textures, colors, and patterns on offer.

DVF

Diane von Furstenberg

You can see individual pieces Kate might wear, although the majority are too fussy or busy for her taste.

Diane von Furstenberg

Diane von Furstenberg

The Vogue piece notes the spring collection by Mr. Saunders sold very well.  The brand is doing a fashion week ‘see now buy now’ dress, a style shown on the runway that is available for purchase. Below, the Asymmetric Sequin Dress ($1498). This appears to be very popular, it is sold out in several sizes.

Diane von Furstenberg

Diane von Furstenberg

J. Crew’s presentation (the company doesn’t do a runway show) has also taken place. As with the DVF collection, you can see Kate possibly wearing a specific item, like the blazer or jacket.

J. Crew Courtesy Photos

J. Crew Courtesy Photos

From Maya Singer’s Vogue review:

…that classic J.Crew looks such as the rugby shirt and rollneck sweater have been brought back after a lengthy retirement…the go-to blazer was given a more languid re-tailoring. The general effect was to sand off some of that preppy J.Crew crispness and replace it with a look more dishabille…

J. Crew Courtesy Photos

J. Crew Courtesy Photos

Ms. Singer referenced the struggles the once-popular retailer is facing:

One did catch an undercurrent of anxiety here—not anything to do with the events in the news that have fed that mood at other shows, but rather an identity crisis specific to J.Crew. This collection was trying to be a lot of things—a supplier for low-slung camos, a source for baroque pleated evening skirts, a home for trim tuxedo looks, and so on. What does the J.Crew customer want from this brand?

J Crew Courtesy Photos

J Crew Courtesy Photos

A designer Kate introduced to her wardrobe last year, Altuzarra, showed yesterday. Below, several looks from the fall collection.

Altuzarra

Altuzarra

The Altuzarra Vogue review may be seen here and the British Vogue review is here.

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Our final note today is about the popular Kate coloring books. “Colour in Kate” is a fundraiser for Historic Royal Palaces. It is £5.99.

Historic Royal Palaces (Click photo to go to HRP gift shop site)

Historic Royal Palaces (Click photo to go to HRP gift shop site)

From a Daily Mail story about the book:

Cashing in on the craze among both adults and children for such books – not to mention the global interest in the Duchess of Cambridge’s fashion – the Colour In Kate book is apparently flying off the shelves.

The Daily Mail

The Daily Mail

Inside it says: ‘Colour in Kate, a modern style icon. From beautiful ball gowns and formal dresses to casually chic outfits – complete these stunning scenes and add colour to Kate’s wonderful wardrobe.’

Colour in Kate‘ is available from HRP, where it is £5.99.  It is also offered at Amazon, where it is $8.99.

There is another coloring book, this one is from Dover Publishing in the US. “Kate the Duchess of Cambridge Royal Fashions Coloring Book” is $3.99 at Amazon.

Amazon

Amazon

You may recall that William told an OBE recipient that Kate likes adult coloring books. More from a People story:

Prince William revealed that Princess Kate is aboard the adult-coloring trend while awarding one of Queen Elizabeth’s  honors to illustrator Johanna Basford at Buckingham Palace. She was given the OBE for services to art and entrepreneurship.

“Prince William actually said that his wife likes to color in Secret Garden, which was really sweet,” Basford told the Press Association after the ceremony of her bestseller.

This is the coloring book being referenced, Ms. Bashford’s Secret Garden.

Amazon

Amazon

Secret Garden is also carried at Amazon where it is $15.95

We’ll see you tomorrow (Tuesday) for Kate’s RAF Air Cadets engagement.

  5 Responses to “Kate & William Paris Trip Announced, Fashion Week, & Those Kate Coloring Books”

  1. Oh please, Kate, please – never wear the Asymmetric Sequin Dress!

    Also, William’s character on the colouring book is so funny lol!

  2. Thank you for bringing us a glimpse of the NY fashion week. I can see the Duchess in those J. Crew high-waisted slim cut trousers!

  3. Oh I can’t wait for the trip to Paris! All of their official visits to France until now have been related to war commemorations, therefore took place in the countryside. This time I might get a glimpse of them closer to home. I doubt Kate would Chanel or Dior, her style veers towards younger brands such as Chloé and Paul&Joe which we have already seen her sport. In the same vein, I could picture her in Claudie Pierlot for example. Or she might stick to promoting British designers and show us froggies how McQueen does it!
    A side-note: the rugby game takes place at the Stade de France, not Stade de Paris :)

  4. Happy news about the French trip, just the thing to brighten up cold March days and the Hotel Charost looks like the overnight base par excellence for Paris. The visit will clearly have extra resonance for William and it’s too bad if all his appearances are dogged by references to his late mother.

    So I’m glad he’s got Kate along with him, and will be as happy as anyone if she takes her pick of Chanel or Dior. It also annoys me when attempts are made to tie the visit in with UK politics, the date of the trip being determined by William’s role as patron of Welsh Rugby and not by events elsewhere.

    So glad to see Saunders back in action and completely at home with his take on fabrics and colours. I’d agree it’s pretty hard to see any actual garment Kate could go for but there are some great colour combinations there an maybe there could yet be some handy little dress or coat Kate might unearth by him.

    Those colouring books look fun, I can see them selling out fast!

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