We are back with a glance at preps for the Paris trip that starts tomorrow, as well an overview of an autumn/winter 2017 collection from one of Kate’s ‘go to’ brands, Erdem. But, because most of us are *really* eager to see spring styles, we’ll also focus on LK Bennett’s s/s collection.
We start with a Kensington Palace post on Twitter.
The Ambassador also tweeted a look at work inside the residence, saying, “We are in full preparation for the #RoyalVisitParis at the Residence.” I imagine this is where the reception will be tomorrow.
Here is an updated view of the Cambridge’s itinerary for the trip. A reminder – the day begins with the Duke and Duchess at the Irish Guards for the traditional St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock events.
- Friday, March 17:
- Upon arrival, they will meet with French President François Hollande at the Élysée Palace. There have been unconfirmed reports saying this will be around 4:30 local time. (11:30 am EDT/8:30am PDT)
- The Duke & Duchess will then go to a reception at the British Embassy honoring the cultural ties between the UK and France
- Following the reception, Kate and William attend a black-tie dinner hosted by the British Ambassador to France, Edward Llewellyn
- It is expected the couple will stay with the Ambassador at his official residence, Hôtel Charost.
- Saturday, March 18:
- The Duke and Duchess visit Les Invalides (also known as Hôtel National des Invalides), a group of monuments and museums related to the history of the French military. The couple will learn about contemporary treatment of veterans; they will also meet those affected by the terrorist attacks at the Bataclan Theatre in Paris and the lorry attack in Nice on Bastille Day last year. (I don’t have a firm time for this.)
- William and Kate attend the France vs. Wales Six Nations Rugby Match at the Stade de France. William is vice-patron of the Welsh Rugby Union; he will be its Patron, it is one of many HM is turning over to other family members. . The match begins at 3:45 local time, that is 10:45 am ET/ 7:45 am PT.
I’ll update with any more details that become available.
Now to something much easier to envision (because, as noted above, it is really difficult, at least for yours truly, to ponder pieces for next fall when there is still snow on the ground from this winter), the LK Bennett Spring collection.
Let’s begin with one of my favorite pieces in the collection, the Astrala Tweed Jacket ($495); in the center, we show the Saskia dress in a new color ($395); on the right, the Harri Ponte Dress ($295).
If the Duchess is looking for more fit and flare silhouettes, there’s no shortage. From left to right we show the Rosie in cream ($425); Darly Dress in navy ($395); on the right, the Carrie Dress ($525).
A major colorway for the spring line is ‘putty,’ a shade that looks like a very pale salmon or coral when viewing it online. Below, the Vivi Dress ($425); Heather Tweed Jacket ($495); and the Mia Silk Top ($275).
There are plenty of pieces with polka dots, commonly known as ‘spots’ on the far side of the pond. The Pernila Spot Print Dress ($495) in Sloane Blue; the Penny Silk Dress ($495); and the Laury Dress in cotton ($345), also in Sloane Blue.
Should Kate decide she needs to add to her selection of frocks in the floaty chiffon she favors, she has plenty of options: on the left we show the Magda Silk Dress ($525); in the center, a solid color, the Coral Shirt Dress ($525) in Bottle Green silk; on the right, a piece many will recognize, the Addison Silk Printed Dress ($525) that Kate wore for dinner with President and Mrs. Obama, now back in stock.
The metallic element in the Elowen Dress qualifies it for dressier occasions. It is offered in 2 colorways, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Kate in one of them.
There are some fabulous jackets in bouclé and tweed. Below left, the Vetti Tweed Jacket ($495); in the center, the Eline Dress ($395); on the right, a piece only available in the UK at this point, the Charl Cream Cotton Jacket, also offered in black (£295).
BTW, I finally sorted out the difference between bouclé and tweed: tweed is a specific type of weave, the way the fibers are woven. Depending upon your source, bouclé is a yarn, something that would be used in a tweed fabric. However, there are some references online saying it is both a fiber and a fabric.
In the accessory department we see the return of the Fern heels in Kate’s Trench color ($345); the Floret is back as well, with its lower 3.3″ heel ($325); there is also a new entry in this same Nappa leather, the Florisa, with its 2.5″ heel ($295).
There are offerings for dressier occasions as well: on the left, the Fern in an eye-popping Mirror Metallic material (I think you could use this as a mirror if needing to touch up your lipstick or powder your nose); the Nina Box Clutch in gold textured leather ($325); and the Nina in silver metallic leather (£195), only available in the UK.
I hope I have all the style names correctly referenced. My brain got a little addled, in part because there is a Rosie Dress and a Rosie Coat (but it isn’t rose in color, it is putty); a Harrie dress and a Harri dress; and, the Coral dress isn’t coral, but “bottle green”.
Do any of the pieces strike you as being ideal for the Duchess? Are there any favorites you would love to have?
Now to Erdem’s fall collection. Background on the designer’s inspiration for the collection comes via Suzy Menkes in British Vogue:
“It was important to strip the set back for this collection – which is quite a personal one – the story of my two grandmothers and their improbable meeting,” the designer explained. “It’s about two women – one from my mum’s side, married to my great grandfather who was in the Royal Scots Regiment and died in World War One; and on my father’s side a background in Turkey, near the Syrian border. I wanted to imagine what would have happened to those women had they met.”
Three dresses, the first two in fabrics I could see being used in a bespoke piece for the Duchess. The scale of the print on the far right looks too big to work for her.
Back to the Suzy Menkes British Vogue review:
On the runway the dresses, which dominated the show, seemed mainly for late afternoon onwards, although there were some trouser suits and marginally daytime dresses, both using the mix of flowers and Islamic shapes. A cut-out teardrop at the breast gave out a perfume of sensuality.
The collection included several designs in a mauve shade.
This is from Samantha Conti’s piece for WWD:
It was one fertile fantasy, and the result was an opulent and romantic patchwork of pattern, texture and delectable colors such as saffron, eggplant, emerald and chocolate.
The English side of the Erdem identity — camel coats, florals, tea-dresses and guipure lace — is the more familiar. Yet, most beautiful of all the cross-pollinations was the meld of English flowers and Islamic miniature painting, which created a patchwork of prints on lovely silk velvet dresses.
Several of the panne velvet pieces.
From Ellie Pithers in British Vogue.
…the dresses, as ever, were the stars. Any actresses looking to make a meaningful red carpet statement during Oscar season know exactly where to come.
You can view the entire collection by clicking here.
We’ll see you tomorrow for the St. Patrick’s Day shamrock ceremony.