Mar 162017
 

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.

Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal)

Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal)

The British Ambassador to France, Edward Llewellyn, posted this photo on Twitter. The flowers are at the Ambassador’s official residence, Hôtel Charost, where William and Kate are expected to stay.  

British Ambassador Ed Llewellyn

British Ambassador Ed Llewellyn

The Ambassador also tweeted a look at work inside the residence, saying, “We are in full preparation for the at the Residence.” I imagine this is where the reception will be tomorrow.

British Ambassador Ed Llewellyn Twitter

British Ambassador Ed Llewellyn Twitter

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.

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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).

LK Bennett

LK Bennett

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).

LK Bennett

LK Bennett

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).

LK Bennett

LK Bennett

More styles in the colorway, from the left: the Evie Peplum Jacket ($395); the sleeveless Harrie Dress ($345); a cold shoulder style, the Marnie Dress ($525); and the Rosie Coat ($495).

LK Bennett Spring 2017 4 Putty Separates Dresses

LK Bennett

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.

LK Bennett

LK Bennett

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.

LK Bennett

LK Bennett

Three more styles: below left, the Phia Silk Dress ($595); in the center and on the right, the Ally Dress ($595), offered in both a blue and a maroon print.

LK Bennett Spring 2017 3 Chiffon Dresses Mar 15 2017 copy

LK Bennett

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.

LK Bennett

LK Bennett

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).

LK Bennett

LK Bennett

The Vetti Tweed also comes in a Blue Coat ($695); we pair it with the Lorna Top ($95) in Sloan Blue and Eden Green; the Vetti Tweed Skirt ($295).

LK Bennett

LK Bennett

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.

For those waxing nostalgic, the‘Judi’ separates are now available in black; the jacket runs $395, and the coordinating skirt is $295. (The ‘Judi’ in Evergreen replaced Kate’s ‘Jude’ jacket.) 

LK Bennett

LK Bennett

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).

LK Bennett

LK Bennett

The block heel is a key design this spring: the Seline Suede Sandal in dark pink ($425); Helena Suede Sandal in navy ($350); and Sersha Suede Block Heel in black suede ($275).

LK Bennett

LK Bennett

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.

LK Bennett

LK Bennett

And the wedge remains a popular offering: On the left, the Angeline Wedge Sandal in navy ($325); the Kiki Wedge in Trench ($325); the Zella Wedge in leather and jute ($325);

LK Bennett

LK Bennett

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?

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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.

Erdem

Erdem

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.

Erdem

Erdem

The collection included several designs in a mauve shade.

Erdem

Erdem

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.

Erdem

Erdem

From Sarah Mower’s Vogue review:

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.

Erdem

Erdem

Several of the panne velvet pieces.  

rdem

Erdem

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.

Erdem

Erdem

You can view the entire collection by clicking here.

We’ll see you tomorrow for the St. Patrick’s Day shamrock ceremony.

  16 Responses to “Paris Preps, LK Bennett’s Spring Collection & Erdem A/W 2017”

  1. I was pretty sure I recognized that Erdem dress on the left of the three at the very bottom of the post – Felicity Jones wore it to an Oscars after-party!

  2. That mirror finish shoe could be quite…er, reflective of territory underneath a flared skirt!

  3. Love the Evie Peplum Jacket and the Elowen gown. (but wish it was full length) Could picture Catherine looking stunning in both.

  4. I wonder if the Duchess will wear French labels during her trip. It seems an ideal opportunity for her to wear Chanel and Dior. I would love to see her in a beautiful couture evening gown.

  5. I would love to see Kate in the green Coral Shirt Dress.

  6. Off topic. Given all the chatter over red jackets and black skinny jeans; check out Queen Letizia wearing exactly that on steroids..

  7. I love all of the LK Bennett stuff, it’s so cute and professional. I actually own the Sersha shoe in black. It’s the most comfortable heel I’ve ever had, and I’ve worn them on many many occasions and there’s no sign of wear. They have a nice rubber sole, which makes them good for being in all day as well as traction. Maybe I will have beat the Duchess to purchasing them.

  8. Les Invalides is best known for housing the tomb of Napoleon. It’s on the Left Bank, in between the residential section of the 7th Arrondisement, which is home to many American and British ex-pats, and the 6th Arrondisement, which is home to St. Germain and lots of lovely cafes and shops.

    Re the clothes, the L.K. Bennetts look kind of unimaginative, and the Erdems are busy. Past Erdem collections have been more subtle and graceful. But I could see some of the Erdems being appropriate if the Cambridges go somewhere on tour.

  9. I think many of the Erdem fabrications would translate to Kate’s style, though the styles would need quite a bit of tweaking.

    I thought LK Bennett was a complete yawn. It looks like Jones New York to me. Much better in seasons past.

  10. Wow, I love Erdem. Someday I’m going to own an Erdem dress.

    The Magda dress is AWESOME

  11. From Erdem’s collection, I can see so many of these pieces being modified for Kate or as you mentioned, bespoke garments made from the fabrics. I very much think most of those prints scream “Kate” especially for evening wear.

  12. Isn’t March 17 on Friday?

  13. Beautiful collection. Thank you for all the hard work put into this post, Susan. I could see the Duchess wearing the panne velvet dress on the far right of the column. It would be very interesting.

  14. Thanks for a super post. The ambassador’s residence looks sumptuous and I can see potential for Special Outfits in the itinerary, maybe as many as four one day — looks like we could be catching up into the middle of the next week.

    You have a fine set of picks from the collections here. The LKB offerings remain sensible and work-friendly and right up Kate’s street. The Astrala jacket looks a real classic.

    I love the Erdem, a really captivating mix of prints and textures. Like the Jenny Packham we looked at previously there seems to be a more accessible level of mix rather than some heavier combinations from last autumn, I’m thinking back to the more sombre of the ‘granny chic’ that was about. These are more feminine and wearable and I would just love for Kate to feel brave enough to dip her toe in.

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