Sep 182014
 

Kensington Palace announced this morning that Kate would not be traveling to Malta as planned. From the Malta Department of Information news release:

The Duchess of Cambridge will no longer visit Malta this weekend. The Duke of Cambridge will undertake the visit instead.

Her Royal Highness continues to suffer from the effects of Hyperemesis Gravidarum. The decision not to travel was taken by the Duke and Duchess on the advice of the Duchess’s doctors.

The Duke is honoured to represent Her Majesty The Queen on the visit, which commemorates the 50th anniversary of Malta’s Independence.

As is now the practice, Clarence House released the statement via Twitter, in addition to standard methods for news release distribution.

Clarence House Twitter Feed

Clarence House Twitter Feed

The delay in making a decision speaks to Kate’s desire to undertake her first solo overseas trip, where she was to represent the Queen at Malta’s celebration of its 50th anniversary of independence from Britain. More from Rebecca English’s story in The Daily Mail:

The Cambridges made their decision last night in consultation with Kate’s doctors.

The illness, which affects 3.5 out of each 1,000 pregnancies, causes severe vomiting and can lead to dehydration, weight loss and a build-up of toxins in the blood or urine, called ketosis.

Below, a frame from the promotional video made promoting “50 Years of Independence: The Greatest Spectacle Ever,” Saturday night’s gala celebration that William will now attend.

Malta Department of Information

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We briefly continue our coverage of Fashion Week Month. New York and London are over, we’re in the middle of the Milan shows, and Paris Fashion Week rounds out the month, it begins on the 23rd.  Roksanda Ilincic showed her collection for next spring at London FW. It was bright and vivid, just plain awash in saturated color.

Roksanda

Roksanda

From Style:

As usual, the color palette was electric. Lilac, mint, rose, sherbet, fire orange, and royal blue all had somewhat of a neon tint.

Roksanda

Roksanda

Here is where your trusty correspondent shows her ignorance when it comes to maternity clothes: would any of the loose, floaty tops seen below work for someone in their second or third trimester?

Roksanda

Roksanda

From the Women’s Wear Daily review:

Ilincic offered a softer take on her arty approach. A sleeveless silk dress with fluid skirts was inset with colored shapes in mint, orange and blue, while a navy organza gown was embroidered in textured velvet with a scribblelike pattern.

Roksanda

Roksanda

If the dresses on the outside (above) were lined it wouldn’t be difficult to imagine the Duchess in them, especially the frock on the right. More on those specific designs from Style.

Also of note were Ilincic’s closing looks: sheer organza dresses embellished with squiggly lines that were one part Jackson Pollock, one part Silly String. Ilincic referred to the velvety embroidery as “eyelashes.”

More squiggles.

Roksanda

Roksanda

A portion of British Vogue’s review:

….everything about this collection was strong and bold: the hyper-neon colours; the sharp folds on stealthy silhouettes; boxy boyish tailoring; techno shirts; geometric prints; and sculptural detailing.

Roksanda

Roksanda

A look at the Duchess wearing this designer: Kate wore a bespoke version of the Ryedale dress when arriving in Australia this April; she wears the ‘Peridot’ dress at a July 2012 reception (the dress was also worn in Los Angeles during the 2011 tour); the Duchess wore a custom version of the Lovina dress in Australia this April.

L: James Whatling/Splash C: PA Wire R: Stephen Lock/I-images

L: James Whatling/Splash C: PA Wire R: Stephen Lock/I-images

Some may recall the Ryedale also came in a navy and mint green color combination. That version of the frock is on sale at Matches Fashion, discounted by 50% to $720.

Matches Fashion

Matches Fashion

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Our final item is a brief update on the poppy installation at the Tower of London. You can see the progress that has been made in this aerial view taken Sunday by the Metropolitan Police on Sunday.

MPS in the Sky Twitter

MPS Helicopters Twitter (@MPSinthesky)

Readers will remember that 888,246 ceramic poppies are being ‘planted’ at the Tower, each one representing a member of the British forces who died during World War I. The art installation is part of Centenary commemorations of the Great War, and titled “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red.” Below, a recent photo from the Tower.

Historic Royal Palaces

Historic Royal Palaces

This image shared by Simon Mason on Twitter is from September 11th.

Simon Mason (@WineBoar) Twitter Feed

Simon Mason (@WineBoar) Twitter Feed

Dr. Jill Biden planted a poppy when visiting London for last week’s Invictus Games.

Andrew Lassman (@lassmanac) Twitter Feed via US Embassy London

Andrew Lassman (@lassmanac) Twitter Feed via US Embassy London

This photo shows how far out from the Tower the poppies now reach.

The Cogency Twitter Feed

The Cogency Twitter Feed

The Roll of Honour continues to be read nightly at the Tower, with names of Commonwealth forces killed in the War, and the Last Post is played.  This photo from last night’s ceremony shows a Grenadier Guard, the image was shared by one of the “Beefeaters” from the Tower, Bill Callaghan.

Billy Callaghan (@BillyBeefeater) Twitter Feed

Billy Callaghan (@BillyBeefeater) Twitter Feed

Ceramic artist Paul Cummins designed the original poppy, then an army of volunteers helped create each one by hand. Another army of volunteers has been planting the poppies. Kate, William and Harry visited the project in August, each planting a poppy.

Andrew Parsons / i-Images / Polaris

Andrew Parsons / i-Images / Polaris

Historic Royal Palaces (the group oversees the Tower of London) has posted an outstanding video, “Installing the Poppies – The Tower of London Remembers Project,” showing just how the poppies are being planted at the Tower.  

Historic Royal Palaces You Tube

Historic Royal Palaces You Tube

Artist Edward Waite has completed an original painting of the scene at the Tower, sharing a look at the piece via his Twitter feed.

Edward Waite Twitter

Edward Waite Facebook

Mr. Waite will be doing series of 5 original paintings on the installation but only selling 4; the 5th painting will be donated to the Royal British Legion.

 

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Sep 172014
 

An announcement has been delayed regarding Kate’s planned trip to Malta this weekend, where the Duchess is scheduled to represent the Queen at the country’s celebrations of 50 years of Independence.

Kate’s schedule continues to be impacted by illness accompanying her second pregnancy; she is being treated at Kensington Palace for hyperemesis gravidarum. The Palace was to announce a decision this afternoon explaining whether or not Kate would be able to make the trip, and if not, who would replace her. It was early evening (London time) before the Palace alerted reporters that there was no decision. Richard Palmer explained that Kate and William will make a decision this evening.

Richard Palmer, The Daily Express Twitter Feed

Richard Palmer, The Daily Express Twitter Feed

The Daily Mail’s Rebecca English noted Kate’s interest in the trip.

Rebecca English, The Daily Mail

Rebecca English, The Daily Mail

The British High Commissioner, Robert Luke, used Twitter to thank those awaiting a decision.

Rob Walter Twitter

High Commissioner Robert Luke Twitter Feed

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Sep 152014
 

We are back with a few fashion-related updates, as well as a look at Prince Harry’s Invictus Games, as they are being called.

We begin with word that there really isn’t any news about how the Duchess is doing. Following last Monday’s announcement of her second pregnancy and accompanying illness Kate’s immediate engagements were canceled with the exception of Wednesday night’s Invictus Games Opening Ceremony. Unfortunately that also had to be canceled because the Duchess was simply too ill to attend. At this point she continues being treated at Kensington Palace. The Malta trip remains a question mark, Palace officials will announce this Wednesday whether or not Kate is able to make the trip. (My gut instinct is she will not be able to go to Malta and officials need the time to decide which royal will go in her place.)

It is that odd time of year when it is just beginning to get colder and the runway styles being shown are for warmer temps. Designers are now showing their spring/summer 2015 collections: New York Fashion Week concluded last Thursday and London FW kicked off on Friday. As one might expect, there’s plenty of discussion about which styles could work for Kate with a focus on those that might make brilliant maternity wear.

Kate-favorite Jenny Packham shows in New York, she posted photos from her runway show on her Facebook page. Her inspiration for the spring collection was Marilyn Monroe.

Jenny Packham Courtesy Photo

Jenny Packham Courtesy Photo

More from Style.com’s review of the show:

“It’s blatantly Marilyn Monroe,” Jenny Packham said of her Spring muse. “She’s been there all my life, but I’ve rediscovered her again.” The designer took her research quite seriously this season, poring over images, visiting Monroe’s bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel, even traveling to Jersey to glimpse a private collection of Monroe’s dresses. “She’s still so relevant,” said Packham. “What she wore doesn’t date.”

Jenny Packham

Jenny Packham

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