Apr 252017
 

We have some followups from the last several days’ engagements we want to share, but before we get to that, a new engagement for Kate’s Calendar.

  • Wednesday, May 3: The Duchess visits Farms for City Children. The program is an intense, hands-on experience offering urban children the “opportunity to live and work together for a week at a time on a real farm in the heart of the countryside.”

Now to the first ‘thing we missed,’ it involves what Kate wore for her visit to BBC Radio 1 last Thursday with Prince William. As many of you mentioned on Facebook and Twitter and in your comments, it looked like Kate was in something other than skinny jeans. It is tough to see in this photo, but Kate’s definitely wearing trousers or denim with a flare at the hem. You can also just see that her shoes appear to be a point-toe style.

BBC Radio 1

BBC Radio 1

That is quite a shift for the Duchess! Hopefully we’ll see more in the weeks to come.

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Now to update Kate’s ensemble for the marathon. We did receive confirmation from Regatta that the jacket Kate is wearing is the brand’s Softshell Print Perfect Jacket (available at Amazon US for $27.45).  Sarah notes in a comment that she tweeted Heads Together to ask if they will be making jackets for sale to the public; they suggest signing up for their mailing list to be kept up to speed on anything that may be happening.  We also updated info on the top worn beneath the jacket; it looks like the Duchess wore a top by MiH first seen in a Heads Together video.  

Regatta / MiH

Regatta / MiH

(The post itself has been updated with this info, but I know not everyone revisits a post after initially reading it.)

London Marathon organizers announced totals for the race.

London Marathon

London Marathon

39,487 runners crossed the finish line, making this the biggest race in Marathon history.

London Marathon

London Marathon

There are several photos that didn’t make it into the post. Some will, but I thought I’d share all of them here because that post is already pretty lengthy. It was sunny enough Sunday that at some points Kate wore her Ray-Ban folding sunglasses.

©James Whatling

©James Whatling

Two of your average water station volunteers.

©James Whatling

©James Whatling

Sunday we saw William pointing his air horn at Kate; it turns out she was armed with her own.

Heads Together (Click photo to visit Heads Together Facebook page)

Heads Together (Click photo to visit Heads Together Facebook page)

One of my favorite things about races, whether running them or watching, is the costumed runners. Heads Together shared these pictures on Twitter. On the left you see the mascot for Well Child, in the center it’s the mascot for Mind, one of the eight primary Heads Together charities (who also looks a little like Olaf from Frozen), and on the right, Save the Rhino.

Via Heads Together

Via Heads Together @Heads_Together

It was a touchy-feely kind of day.

©Chris Jackson/WPA Rota/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

©Chris Jackson/WPA Rota/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

Some of the royal protocol standards were loosened.

London Marathon

London Marathon

Or dispensed with altogether.

Heads Together @Heads_Together

Heads Together (Click photo to visit Heads Together Facebook page)

One more hug.

London Marathon

London Marathon

We’ll leave this portion of the post with one of my favorite photos from Sunday, it was taken by James Whatling, a wonderful photographer many of us license images from.

© James Whatling

© James Whatling

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Now to our other topic today: We are just tickled to welcome back Madderson London as a sponsor here at WKW. Most readers will recall Kate’s distinctive Madderson London dress, worn when she was expecting Charlotte.

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Sara Madderson and Helen Hughes continue as heads of the popular label, creating timeless, sophisticated styles in exclusive fabrics.

Madderson London

Madderson London

This spring’s collection typifies those characteristics. It is inspired by the French Riviera, and it has a distinctly nautical vibe. Below, the Reagan Jacket is worn atop the Rosanna Dress. The waistband on the fitted jacket plays perfectly with the pleated skirt on the dress, made of an elegant French tweed.

Madderson London

Madderson London

Another view.

Madderson

Madderson London

The color palette for spring is quintessentially nautical, featuring red, white and navy designs. Below, a classic chain link pattern is used for the Josephine Shirtwaist Dress as well as the Lottie Shirt. Both are crafted of silk twill and are versatile pieces that can be dressed up or down.

Madderson London

Madderson London

The textiles used for this collection are just exquisite, with some of the blues evocative of the waters of the Mediterranean.

Madderson London

Madderson London

Those fabrics shine in the Avery Dress shown below left, a new style for Madderson. Its A-line silhouette and patch pockets showcase the French tweed perfectly. On the right, the Savannah midi dress is a stunning variation of the red, white and blue theme.

Madderson

Madderson London

A closer view shows the detailed weave of the material.

Madderson London

Madderson London

Full disclosure: your trusty scribe has long been a fan of nautical styles (I mean, a *long* time), so I was already predisposed to like this collection. There’s not much more nautical than a classic Breton stripe; we all know how much Kate loves her striped tops. Here is a dress in that pattern, the Katie, made in a thick ponte jersey with two pockets. On the right, the Marisa Tunic. (BTW, look at the green earrings worn by the model on the right; Madderson was ahead of the curve on this style, it is the same Kate Spade pair worn by the Duchess a few weeks ago.)

Madderson London

Madderson London

The Cecily has that fit and flare silhouette the Duchess frequently wears. We show it below left with nautically influenced French tweed at the collar; on the right, the Adeline, in premium Italian jersey with a green, gold and white tweed hem.

Madderson London

Madderson London

The Ophelia brings a lot to the table. Ideal for workwear, it can easily transition to occasions ranging from a cocktail party to the theater. On the left we show it with its jaunty nautical stripe waistband; in the center, with a gold Italian macrame waistband; on the right, in navy with that Italian waistband. One FYI: the navy with gold waistband is only available in sizes 12/14 right now, but it will be fully stocked in late May.

Madderson London

Madderson London

A classic Madderson design returns this spring, the Millie Jacket. The cropped cut and fitted silhouette combine for a crisp, clean look.

Madderson London

Madderson London

You may recognize this next piece; it is the spring version of the Naomi, the dress worn by Kate. On the left it is accented by a jaunty navy stripe; on the right, you see it with white tweed at the hem. One note about the Naomi: the product description notes the dress is about 2.5″ longer than see in the photos.

Madderson London

Madderson London

The Leonie Shell continues to be a mainstay. We show it in navy/ivory, in a blush pink, and also in black.

Madderson London

Madderson London

The luscious prints in the collection are the work of Caroline Taylor, Madderson London’s in-house print designer.

Madderson London Blog

Madderson London Blog

More from the brand’s blog:

British flora and fauna are a major source of inspiration for Caroline, having grown up in the rugged Welsh countryside, and is a unifying thread running through her portfolio. Caroline’s botanical prints have featured in several Madderson collections to date, depicting everything from hydrangeas to acanthus and from peonies to dragonflies. 

Madderson London

Madderson London

The green and white cheese plant print is an ideal design for summer months.

Madderson London

Madderson London

A classic blue and white seersucker conjures visions of sunny skies and blue water.

Madderson London

Madderson London

We switch gears a bit to look at styles ideal for special occasions. When Sara and Helen were sending photos of the spring and summer styles, I went a little gaga over this pink. The fabric is a wool crepe, and my guess is that it’s flattering on just about any skin tone. It is perfect for this frock with its seaming details.

Madderson London

Madderson London

It is also used in this terrific coat, seen atop a pink and gold jacquard shift dress. Both pieces would be ideal for a summer wedding or graduation party.

Madderson London

Madderson London

We see the material one more time, as used in the Orla culottes.

Madderson London

Madderson London

There is a lot to love in this collection, so many pieces that would work well in just about any wardrobe. If wondering about the fabulous chapeaux worn in many of the photos, they are by Camilla Rose Millinery, a brand I’d love to see the Duchess try.

Madderson London is offering an outstanding deal for WKW readers: take 10% off with promo code WhatKateWore10. There is also a wonderful shipping update for US shoppers since we last wrote about the brand: they now use DHL for shipping. The rate for Express service (1 – 3 business days) to the United States is $16. (Click here to see all shipping details.) And it’s worth a reminder that Madderson also has a maternity line for any pregnant readers looking for stylish options for work and special occasions.

You can stay up to speed on all Madderson London news by following them on Instagram, as well as Facebook, along with Twitter and Pinterest.

  25 Responses to “Things We Missed in The Past Week & Madderson London Spring 2017”

  1. Glad to hear of a new engagement, Kate is certainly keeping us busy these days.

    Thanks for the overview of the Madderson London spring collection. There are some lovely fresh, wearable styles here and I share your enthusiasm for the pale pink wool crepe dress — it looks a real classic.

    Other picks I liked were the tweed-effect Avery dress which was a less relentless combo of red white and blue, which seems to be all over very other collection I see at the moment. I think the Naomi updates are also smart and fresh, a sixties twist on an accommodating style. The price ranges are also helpfully accessible.

  2. Too bad Madderson does not appear to be in the shoe or purse business from looking at their website…I quite like the blue pointy tasseled loafers and the red purse (from the same photo). Particularly since I am not skinny enough to fit in their clothes :-p

    • I’m surprised to see comments here about not being trim enough to wear these clothes as Madderson focuses on upmarket maternity wear, and I’d have said there were one or two on offer here that look as if they could comfortably skim over all sorts of minor problems!

      • Well, they top out at an American size 10, whereas the average American woman is 14/16. So it should not be terribly surprising. Garments don’t skim when they don’t fit, and I think none of us who are not pregnant are interested in wearing maternity garments.

        • I’m sorry to hear UK maternity sizing is not helpful enough as I can’t believe pregnancy leaves anyone much smaller on either side of the pond. I was surprised to see how low the sizing was and begin to see how Kate fans were snapping up styles for general wear.

          • Maternity wear is only larger around the abdomen, if it’s made properly then all the other dimensions should be the standard dress size. It’s not really suitable for anything other than pregnancy!

          • Well that’s what I always thought Claire – and haven’t tried using msternity for regular wear. Even so, these sizes are only shown up to UK 14 which seems a bit trim for an awful lot of pregnancies.

  3. I can see Kate wearing The Ophelia and the pink dress toward the end of the post. It will be fun to see if she chooses something from the line.

  4. I like the photo of William either kissing her hair or whispering to her and of Harry standing there with his hand on Kate’s back. He has deep affection for her. Love the clothes. Kate would look wonderful in all.

  5. Madderson London has some gorgeous pieces! Their model is quite Kate-like with her glorious brunette tresses.

  6. I agree with you – I have a long love of nautical themes in clothes!!! So I love the Madderson collection highlights you posted – and their other things as well (which is surprising, because I definitely did not like that Madderson dress Kate wore already).

  7. I do wonder how the older royals view these younger ones, who inject so much of themselves into their activities. Hopefully HM and the Duke of E. are pleased with the excellent PR the Royal Three are creating. WIlliam, Kate and Harry have shown us warmth and involvement, not seen before from royalty. Their human touch endears them to us.

    The Madderson fashions are funky and fun. They seem to be for the younger crowd and not something that I would wear….being a senior. But I can appreciate their style. I agree with Rosetwig, saying that it is nice to see models smile. Indeed it is! Also, I liked the variety of shoes that were worn with the outfits.

  8. These Madderson designs are so young and fresh, and really wearable. But – I particularly like the fact that the models actually smile! Too often models in fashion “blurbs” have tightly skinned-back hair and a sullen or bored expression – these models look as though they are actually enjoying wearing their clothes! Bravo!

  9. Though Kate herself is quite svelte, it would be nice if these companies had something for the less svelte among us. Lovely collection, though.

  10. Awww, love that photo of the three royals from behind. I look forward to the day when Meghan Markle joins them. :)

    I”m also really digging that Savannah midi dress from Madderson.

    • Please stop with the Megan Marble nonsense. He dated Chelsy Davy and Cressixa Bonas far longer and there too many reasons that this relationship will not lead to a marriage.

      • Most of us, who read this blog, have affection for Prince Harry. The younger ones might see him as excellent boyfriend material and for we older ones, he brings out our mothering instinct. We all want Harry to be happy and for many that means finding true love.

        Whether or not Meghan is that person is not for us to say. The only one who can make the decision in choosing his life partner, is Harry. Therefore, and given the respect that is always shown on the blog, I don’t think we should have an opinion about whether or not Meghan is suitable. Let’s not speculate about any of that. The tabloids have covered this ad nauseam.

    • I agree with you about Meghan! Not counting my chickens before they hatch, but all signs point to yes. I loved her since the first season of “Suits”. When I found out she was dating Harry, I was so excited!

  11. Wow! I love all these new Madderson styles, I definitely will be using the 10% off code. :)

  12. The first part of today’s post may be one of my all time favourites. We get to see a real side of the trio, and the hugs— you can see pure joy in their faces. You also want to do a silent fist pump in the air for the deviation of royal protocol. This is what makes you loves these three!

  13. LOVE the photo of the three young royals, taken from behind. Just lovely.

  14. I Tweeted at the Heads Together folks, who said that while no merchandise is currently available to purchase (including Kate’s jacket), if you sign up for their email list, they’ll let you know when/if anything happens. I’d prefer the Heads Together logo jacket over the plain version :)

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