Sep 032015
 

We are back with some news updates, a special honor for the Duchess, and some sale information.

We begin with the possibility that William and Kate may actually do not one, but two tours next year; the news comes via a Hello! story this week. While speculation has been consistent the Duke and Duchess are likely to visit the Caribbean next year, we’ve not yet seen the possibility of two tours being mentioned. The Hello! piece *is* in sync with recent reports that contrary to some news stories, George and Charlotte are unlikely to accompany their parents on any tour. More from the piece, quoting a senior palace official.

“It was a one-off to take George to Australia and New Zealand last year and it is looking highly unlikely they will take their children with them on their next tour,” the Palace aide told HELLO! magazine.

“We are looking at either spring or autumn, but have not ruled out the possibility of them doing both.”

Looking at the Cambridges short-term plans, the family of four is expected soon at the Queen’s Scottish estate, Balmoral.  While there William and Kate are expected to join HM for dinner on a historic day, September 9th; that is when the Queen becomes the longest reigning monarch in British history. The record she surpasses is that of her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria. How will HM spend the day? Like many others, with an official engagement, opening a new railway line. More from The Telegraph:

In a choice of engagement bound to invoke parallels with the reign of Queen Victoria, she will travel by steam train from Edinburgh to Tweedbank near Galashiels on September 9 to formally open the new Borders Railway, reviving a rail tradition dating back to the 1840s.

The journey, accompanied by the Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, will also be a powerful visible reminder of her love for Scotland on the day she surpasses her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria’s record for the longest reign.

The dinner on September 9th is a private family affair, I do not expect to see photos unless one or two official images are released. At this point I would put that possibility on the “Unlikely to Happen But I Would Love to Be Wrong” list. However, there is a chance we’ll see a photo of Kate and William driving to church while at Balmoral, see our photo below with the duo on their way to Crathie Kirk in 2013, that is where the royal family worships when at Balmoral.

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We have an update on the Katherine Hooker dress worn by the Duchess wore to launch the EACH Nook Appeal last November.

All photos by James Whatling/Splash News

All photos by James Whatling/Splash News

The frock is now available in the same color worn by the Duchess.

Katherine Hooker/i-Images

Katherine Hooker/i-Images

Previously offered in navy and black, the Ascot now also comes in a navy/brown check.

Katherine Hooker

Katherine Hooker

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We also have an update on a Moloh coat in Kate’s closet. You may recall Kate first wore the Workers coat when visiting Glasgow with Prince William in April 2013.

Kate Moloh Workers Coat Glasgow

Splash News/Moloh

She was seen wearing the coat again when attending church services at Crathie Kirk that September.

IKM /SplashNews.com

IKM /SplashNews.com

The coat has been updated, it is offered in black wool crepe with navy/silver trim.

Moloh

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Next, a story we shared on Facebook Saturday, it regards a royal order for Kate. Many are familiar with photos showing royals at formal functions wearing sashes adorned with pins, buttons and other ornamentation, as well as brooches with miniature portraits in them. More from the Royal Order of Splendor:

Sashes are part of the insignia that accompanies membership in an order of chivalry or merit. Most countries, even ones that don’t have a monarchy, have some sort of honors to bestow. Each order has its own specific rules regarding who can award it, what it can be awarded for, and who can receive it.

Below, HM fully accessorized with royal orders at a state dinner in October.

Michael Dunlea/Rota/GoffPhotos.com/Polaris

Michael Dunlea/Rota/GoffPhotos.com/Splash News

A closer look shows HM wearing the Royal Order of King George VI (pink ribbon) and King George V (white ribbon).  The Queen is the only surviving recipient of the Royal Family Order of King George V.

Goff Photo/Splash News

Goff Photo/Splash News

The miniature portraits are worn atop a silk ribbon. Here you see the royal family orders for (left to right) George IV, Edward VII, George V and George VI.

Medals.org

Medals.org

How does this all relate to Kate? The Daily Mail reports Her Majesty is honoring Kate with her royal order.

Kate will receive the Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II – the highest honour that can be bestowed upon a female member of the family.

The 33-year-old Duchess is the only senior member not to wear a family honour.

It is surprising to see this covered in the media before it happens, a story like the Mail‘s is highly unusual. That is because the bestowing of orders isn’t something the Palace publicly announces; it isn’t an official event or occurrence, but a personal symbol of esteem. Historically the only way one knows if someone has received an order is when they are seen wearing it. More on the practice from the British Monarchy website:

The Orders are now worn on formal occasions by female members of the Royal Family only. The Queen and her late sister, The Princess Margaret, were given their awards by their father, George VI, and both wore them as young girls at the coronation of their parents in 1937.

The Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II is worn on a chartreuse yellow ribbon as seen here on Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.

Robin Nunn/Nunn Syndication/Polaris Images

Robin Nunn/Nunn Syndication/Polaris Images

Sophie, Countess of Wessex has also received this honor. Below you see her wearing it when attending the wedding of Sweden’s Princess Madeleine and Christopher O’Neill with Prince Edward in 2013.

Aasta Borte/Robin Nunn/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

Aasta Borte/Robin Nunn/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

A better look.

Nunn Syndication/POLARIS Images

Nunn Syndication/POLARIS Images

Princess Anne and a very few others have received this honor from the Queen, including Diana, Princess of Wales. Presuming the story is accurate we can expect to see Kate wearing in October at the state dinner for China’s Xi Jinping.

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Two quick Sales & Savings tidbits, the first about the Dune Karley wedges, the brand’s replacement for the Imperia style worn by Kate; the style is on sale at Nordstrom.

Nordstrom

Nordstrom

The shoes are a great buy, discounted by 40%, from $98.95 to $59.37.

And there are some great bargains for US and Canadian LK Bennett shoppers, the retailer has an early jump on Labor Day sales, offering an extra 40% off sale merchandise.

LK Bennett

LK Bennett

Use the code LD40 at checkout to receive the discount.

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Aug 272015
 

We are back with a few news tidbits about Kate-favorite French Sole and a look at Zara’s fall line.

First, the French Sole capsule collection with iconic British brand Liberty of London.

French Sole/Liberty of London

French Sole/Liberty of London

The collection launched in July.

Jane Winkworth Blog

Jane Winkworth Blog

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Aug 212015
 

We are back with some product updates and a look at fall styles on the less expensive end of Kate’s fashion spectrum. First, news about popular products, beginning with the Diane von Furstenberg Zarita gown.

Jeff Moore, Splash/Ben Stevens, i-Images/Ben Stevens, i-Images/

Jeff Moore, Splash/Ben Stevens, i-Images/Ben Stevens, i-Images/

The gown has been restocked in almost all sizes on the DVF site, where it is $898.

Kate's Diane von Furstenberg Zarita evening gown

Diane von Furstenberg

I know a number of readers liked the shorter version of the dress; that style is also well-stocked again. Below you see the longer version of the dress in two colors that were mentioned the most in messages/email I received: black (l) and navy (r). You also see a ‘midnight’ color in the center that is presumably a deeper navy, unfortunately I wasn’t able to distinguish between the two navys on my monitor; perhaps it is easier to see in person. This version of the dress sells for $368.

Diane von Furstenberg Zarita Lace Dress Knee Length version

Diane von Furstenberg

Some also liked the shortest version of the frock; we show it below in the black, midnight and navy colorways ($348), along with a new scoopneck style ($365).

Diane von Furstenberg Zarita lace dress short length

Diane von Furstenberg

Those seeking a more vibrant look might enjoy the sunny, summery colors now on sale: hot rose, lemon gold, spring green and hot coral are all half-off, priced at $174.

Diane von Furstenberg

Diane von Furstenberg

Also back in stock in all sizes, the ASOS Maternity Skater dress worn when the Duchess visited Brookhill Childrens Centre this past March.

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Ben Stevens, i-Images, POLARIS/Ben Stevens, i-Images/Splash News

The dress has been a favorite of many Kate fashion fans, it remains priced at $63, the same amount as when Kate first wore the frock.

ASOS

ASOS

And finally, ME + EM have Kate’s Breton Tip in white with blue stripes in XS and XXL.

i-Images.co/ME + EM

i-Images.co/ME + EM

The Cobalt with White Stripes remains a pre-purchase item, with shipping expected September 25th. We have had a number of comments about the nautical look tops, including this from Val: “I received my cobalt stripe Breton top the next day after it was shipped and I am very happy with the top. The color is very vivid. Customer service from ME & EM to the US is excellent.”

Kate Cobalt Breton with White Stripe ME EM top Polo Whatling Splash

ME + EM

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We move now to our look at fall styles from a brand Kate has worn several times, Topshop. A quick review of two memorable Topshop styles we have seen her wear includes the polka dot dress first noted at the Warner Brothers Studios tour in April of 2013.

All photos © James Whatling/SplashNews.com

All photos © James Whatling/SplashNews.com

There is also the Contrast Collar Dress worn when visiting the UK’s Child Bereavement Center with William in March of 2013.

Paul Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire

Paul Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire

Many readers will have seen some of the Topshop fall campaign images featuring Gigi Hadid.

Topshop

Topshop

In pondering the advertising images one sees nothing that makes sense for Kate.

Topshop

Topshop

Nor do we see much that looks Duchess-friendly when surveying product pictures; this is particularly true with some of the “Little House on the Prairie in the West Village” styles.

Topshop

Topshop

However, because Topshop updates its merchandise mix at least twice weekly, that rapid turnover means we’re seeing only a tiny part of the fall/winter collection, as very little will have arrived at stores. Having skimmed through the current styles there are only a very few pieces I noticed that offered the remotest possibility for Kate’s walk-in; one is the Daisy Midi Dress in black ($95) is one.

Topshop

Topshop

Seeing this on the Duchess is still a stretch, at the least she would shorten the dress considerably.  For the more heavily textured and/or embellished styles of this type Kate has really migrated to Temperley London and other high-end designers.

Another possible piece, the Wrap Midi Dress ($80); it has similarities to the Reiss Shola, including the color and snug fit. Again however, Kate has tended to look elsewhere for tailored pieces, migrating to retailers like LK Bennett and Reiss.

Topshop

Topshop

The Notched Blazer ($95) has the clean lines Kate favor.

Topshop

Topshop

One fall product that may be jarring for some: Topshop’s Moto Mom Jeans.

Topshop

Topshop

From the product page:

…our MOTO Mom jeans come in an authentic rigid-look denim. Cut with a high-waist and a tapered leg, they come in an ultra wearable mid-blue wash with multiple pockets and classic trims. Wear them folded at the cuffs to keep them looking cool.

The higher waist and longer rise are obvious when looking at the images, a deep departure from the skinny jeans we have been seeing for years and years. Above we show them in the mid-blue rinse; they are also offered in a broad variety of other colors and rinses.

Topshop

Topshop

The jeans are £40/$70. Does anyone think the Duchess might don a pair?

One other Topshop denim note, the Moto Maternity blue skinny jeans Kate has worn are back in stock ($70).

Topshop

Topshop

In sum, there was almost nothing in Topshop’s fall styles that jumped off the page shrieking “Kate-friendly!” In fact, there was very little that even whispered that sentiment.

Next week we’ll focus on retailers offering pieces that look a little more Kate. With that we send out hopes that everyone enjoys a splendid weekend.

EDITOR’S NOTE: I removed the portion of the post regarding the Zarita on sale at Rue La La when the sale ended Saturday, August 22 at 3pm.

 

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