Apr 072017
 

We are popping in for a quick update on styles Kate has worn recently at private engagements. The first is a casual ensemble seen yesterday as Kate was leaving the west London house where her sister, Pippa Middleton and fiancée James Matthews live.

Most news coverage suggests Kate was helping with plans for Pippa’s wedding May 20. Click here to go to the Daily Mail story and photos. Kate was in the ‘Deborah Waffle Knit, or Egg Knit, sweater by Jonathan Saunders.

Both Photos @Stephen Lock/i-Images

Both Photos @Stephen Lock/i-Images

The Duchess wore the sweater in New Zealand during the 2014 tour.  More about the garment from our original post:

The aqua, white and blush sweater is 100% cotton, but it is sold out. It has been something of a staple for the designer, offered in a wonderful variety of colors over the years.

©Jonathan Saunders

©Jonathan Saunders

Kate wore designs by Mr. Saunders several times. Unfortunately, he shuttered his label in late 2015. The Scottish designer was hired last May by another Kate favorite, Diane von Furstenberg; he is the company’s first Chief Creative Officer. Kate also had on her Superga Cotu Classic Sneakers, initially seen during the Canada tour last fall. Nordstrom does have the Cotu in stock ($64.95) The retailer also offers a style on sale that is almost identical ($48.71). The distinctions are minor; one pair has white eyelets like Kate’s, and the other does not; one pair has a colored logo tag, while the other is monochrome. (These are *really* minor differences, the sale price would look pretty good to me if I were purchasing the style.)

Superga/Polaris

Superga/Polaris

Other retailers with the shoe in stock include Shopbop, along with DSW, LL Bean and Athleta. The price is $65 at all four retailers. The other ensemble we want to cover was worn March 30th when Kate and Willliam were dinner guests of Pippa and James Matthews.

The Daily Mail

The Daily Mail

This was also at the couples’ Kensington home. More from The Daily Mail:

With her own big day just seven weeks away, the bride-to-be hosted a pre-wedding summit to introduce sister Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and husband Prince William to future in-laws David Matthews and Jane Parker. Pippa and Kate’s brother James Middleton, 29, also attended the South Kensington party, as did James Matthews’s brother, reality TV star Spencer, 27.

Kate was in the Peony Off the Shoulder Dress ($128) from Alice Temperley’s Somerset line for John Lewis. The dress is an off-the-shoulder design, although the Duchess pulled the garment up over her shoulders.

John Lewis

John Lewis

Thank you to Middleton Maven for her ID of Kate’s dress. There are other pieces in the pattern, including the Tie Neck Shirt ($89.50).

John Lewis

John Lewis

And a midi Peony Skirt ($102.50). The fabric is 100% viscose, and all pieces can go in the washing machine.

John Lewis

John Lewis

There are also Peony pieces with a white background.

John Lewis

John Lewis

Over the years there have been several items from the Somerset collection I liked. These are not my favorites.

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Today the BBC released details about its TV special focused on the London Marathon and Heads Together, the mental health charity started by Kate, William and Harry. The organization is the London Marathon’s Charity of the Year. There are hundreds of runners on the Heads Together team; they will be running “…to raise money and awareness for the inspiring mental health charities that provide practical support to those who need it.” The BBC broadcast follows several runners as they train for the April 23rd race. William, Kate and Harry are featured in the program as they take part in a team training day. The program is called Mind over Marathon; it airs on BBC One April 27th.

BBC

BBC

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Kate & William are being honored with the Tuvalu Order of Merit.  From Richard Palmer’s story in The Express:

Discussions are under way for William and Kate to be invited to an investiture in London to each receive the Tuvalu Order of Merit in recognition of their 2012 visit to the Polynesian nation of nine tiny islands  Tuvalu’s honorary consul in London, Dr Iftikhar Ayaz, confirmed that the couple have now been honoured almost five years later to recognise the joy that their visit brought to Tuvalu. The Queen approved the honour on the advice of her government ministers in Tuvalu

Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire

Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire

Orders are worn affixed to a ribbon.

Nunn Syndication/POLARIS Images

Nunn Syndication/POLARIS Images

Here is a screen grab of the ribbon for the Tuvalu order as shown on the Worcestershire Medal Service Ltd website.

Worcestershire Medal Service Ltd

Worcestershire Medal Service Ltd

There are two terrific primers on royal orders at the Royal Order of Splendor.  Click here for the first and here for the second.   A side note: thank you everyone who was so patient & supportive when the site was inaccessible yesterday. Because it went down while we were at the airport frantically trying to salvage a vacation following a flight cancellation, we weren’t immediately aware of the problem. It looks we’re back to 100% functionality.

  19 Responses to “Kate in Jonathan Saunders and a New Alice Temperley/Somerset Dress”

  1. The off the shoulder dress is so pretty!

  2. Can anyone tell me whose jeans she is wearing? It’s so hard to find low-rise jeans these days and these are great…thank you!

  3. Love the way Kate keeps it simple in everyday life. The whtie top teamed with black skinnies and lace-up slip-ons is a great choice!
    xo, Jess | https://styledebates.com

  4. IMO, both of these casual looks are rather ugly and unflattering. The waffle knit is too big and bulky and too young as “styled”. The designer look fits much smaller and shorter and the more sophisticated skirt balances it. The 70s hippie Temperley dress is just awful. Sorry.

  5. Thanks for this very interesting information about how Kate dresses when she is off duty and about the orders.

    I went to the links you provided and learned a lot. I had always wondered why Royals wear those sashes and ribbons with pictures pinned to them. As someone else mentioned, they seem to always be worn at gala events and I agree seem to detract from all the finery, but I understand now that it is a form of tribute and acknowledgement of their status and not merely a fashion thing.

  6. I really like the Somerset dress. It’s a bold print, but she is wearing it casually and it reminds me of her pre-marriage style.

  7. She looks fabulous in anything she wears.

  8. That dress………….. Kate looks so old. Even her own mother would not wear it. Carol does have a sense of style, not this daughter of hers!

  9. I’m always saddened when we are obliged to try and make anything out from smudgy snatched photos like these but it’s good to get an overview of what’s been worn. I’m impressed the pretty Jonathan Saunders jumper has kept well in store, it looks like a handy item.

    I have to confess I’m now the proud owner of not one but two cotton knit jumpers as a direct result of first seeing Kate in this. I could never get on with knitted cotton before as the jumpers were always needed when weather was cool and showery and I had too much trouble getting them dry.

    Mine both came from UK high street chain Marks & Spencer so as not to risk too large an investment at trying them out again and I’ve been much surprised at how much easier to care for they are this time around. No doubt they’re doing crafty things with yarns these days which they’re not owning up to on labels which claim to be 100% cotton.

    I’m no fan of the Temperley dress, such a crowded print, and probably best kept to the blouse. On which alas I don’t like the tie bow, but that’s just me. I don’t feel right about judging the outfit since Kate is off-duty here and this is unquestionably an off-duty look. On top of which of course murky indistinct photos are no way to assess the overall impact.

    Thanks for the post to brighten up the weekend!

  10. The off the shoulder dress looks so much better… well, off the shoulder. Pulling it up on the shoulders takes away the freshness and make it frumpy.

  11. I love that sweater—the combo with the skinny jeans is something I would and do wear myself on the weekends/casual wear, but I don’t care for those Superga sneakers/trainers—they are jarring when combined with the rest of the look IMO. I also didn’t care for them when she wore them in Canada. The print of the dress is just too busy for me, but I am not really a fan of floral prints any time so that is more of a personal preference kind of thing. I really didn’t care for any of the Somerset pieces shown in the post.

  12. Anyone else notice that the fan in her hand says “Cathleen” Whoops!

  13. I’ve never been too excited about the Saunders sweater as it reminds me of a longjohn’s top . I do like the Peony print, however because I like floral on black especially in this particular color palette. Floral still life paintings of Dutch Golden Age artists anyone? Anyway, I think Kate’s dress is nice. It’s hard to find a summery off the shoulder dress that doesn’t scream teenager and this one fits the bill. It needs to be styled differently though.

    • Thanks for the art reference, that shows the print up in quite a different light — I feel much more generous towards it now. You’ve also reminded me that I too often prefer floral on black, and even possess one or two. Looks like I shall have to eat the words from my earlier post :-D

  14. Will Kate wear her orders now for formal occasions or only when she is visiting or being visited by the issuing country?

    • Patty, I’m not sure about the protocol for wearing “Orders.” If I were in the position to have this honour, I would cringe when it came time to wear it. I really think the sash and the often large pin(s) detract from the style and colour of a dress. They are usually worn with ball gowns and seem like an accessory that spoils the total look. But I suppose in these cases, tradition and honour overshadow fashion.

  15. It’s good that Kate and William can take time to visit family and go in fairly casual dress. The Peony off the Shoulder dress (not worn off the shoulder by Kate) has a fun print and a fun style.

  16. I have loved the casual cream sweater since we saw it on Kate the first time. This seems to be Kate’s off duty uniform and she wears it well. The sweater or striped T, skinny jeans, and either boat shoes or sneakers. I really can’t complain because I have a closet full of the same. It is just so practical and comfortable.

    The dress is also very Kate. She clearly loves flower prints and this loose, gathered styles suits her well.

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