Nov 012013
 

Today we have several quick tidbits to share, what we often call ‘bits and bytes’. We begin with updates to Kate’s Calendar:

  • Thursday, Nov. 7: Kate and William will meet volunteers who are supporting London Poppy Day.  This is part of the annual Poppy Appeal, the event will take place at Kensington Palace.
  • Sunday, Nov. 10:  Kate’s participation at Remembrance Sunday was never confirmed, I’ve not seen confirmation that she will or won’t be taking part this year.

Kate is shown at Remembrance Sunday in 2012 (left) and also in 2011 (right).

Splash News

Splash News

At the top of the news list, a fourth official photo was released of Prince George’s christening last week, shown here on the cover of People‘s special issue. It is by far my favorite of the four images.

People Magazine

People Magazine

Special commemorative issues of magazine are in abundance, this is the cover of Hello! Canada.

Hello! Canada

Hello! Canada

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Kate was out and about last Friday, seen shopping at Zara Home. We don’t have a license to post any photographs (they can all be seen here, at PopSugar), but can share what Kate wore.  The Duchess was in her skinny jeans and a blouse purchased more than a year ago, the ‘Debarn’ by British-based retailer Jack Wills.

Kate Jack Wills Debarn Blouse product Pic

Jack Wills

At the time of the purchase Jack Wills tweeted about the purchase, and even shared a photo of an employee in their Glasgow store wearing the blouse.

Jack Wills Glasgow

Jack Wills Glasgow

It looked like the Duchess was in another garment that was purchased more than a year ago, the Zara Long Cashmere Cardigan we showed in this post.

Zara

Zara

Kate was also wearing her Mint Velvet sneakers.

Mint Velvet

Mint Velvet

And carrying her Mulberry Polly Push-Lock handbag.

Mulberry

Mulberry

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There was sad news for Collette Dinnigan fan this week, with word she is closing down the majority of her business. The designer shared the news in a handwritten note via social media.

Collette Dinnigan Facebook

Collette Dinnigan Facebook

More from the Sydney Morning Herald:

By year’s end Australia’s most internationally acclaimed fashion designer will have closed her eponymous boutiques in Sydney, Melbourne and London and stopped producing the high-end bridal and evening attire on which her reputation has been built and which she now sells worldwide.

Kate wearing a Collette Dinnigan design in 2007.
SplashNews.com

SplashNews.com

Back to the Herald story:

Unlike the long list of those in the industry who have hit the skids, Dinnigan insists that she is not in financial trouble. The business is profitable and there is no debt, she says.

Rather, the 48-year-old’s time was the crunch point. She needed more of it after giving birth to her second child last November, a son, Hunter, who joins nine-year-old Estella and husband Bradley Cocks, whom she married in mid-2011.

Below you see the designer with a model on the catwalk at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week.

Collette Dinnigan Facebook

Collette Dinnigan Facebook

As one might imagine, the response on Twitter and Facebook from fans was vocal. Ms. Dinnigan used those channels to thank people for their support.

Collette Dinnigan Facebook

Collette Dinnigan Facebook

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It is boot season and we have a few updates on specific styles. The Zipkin boot by Stuart Weitzman is back in stock; we show the Duchess wearing it in Denmark for a UNICEF event.

Mirrorpix / Splash News

Mirrorpix / Splash News

The boot looks like it is available in all sizes from 4.5 through 11.5 on the Weitzman website.

Splash News/Stuart Weitzman

Splash News/Stuart Weitzman

We want to update everyone on another pair of boots, the Bally shown below.

eBay/SplashNews.com

eBay/SplashNews.com

Intrepid WKWer Lucy got in touch with Bally about the footwear, she was told the boot’s style name was the “Thrall,” it was from the spring/summer 2007 collection. Since our original post on the boots we have been told about a number of repliKate options. Below left, the Cole-Haan Air Cara at Nordstrom ($299.90), the original boots are in the center, and the Naturalizer Larissa is seen below right, it is on sale for only $56.99 at 6pm.com.

Nordstrom/eBay/6pm.com

Nordstrom/eBay/6pm.com

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A reminder about our Aquatalia by Marvin K. giveaway: entries close at midnight tonight (Friday, Nov. 1, 2013), you can see the nifty prize being offered and learn how to enter here.

Screen Shot 2013-10-25 at 1.13.42 PMWe will announce the winner early next week.

Oct 242013
 

We have something fun to share amid all of the christening news and tonight’s gala at Kensington Palace!

Over the years our friends at Aquatalia have been more-than-generous in partnering with us on giveaways, and we’re back with another one. This time it is for something entirely different, the winner gets to select any pair of shoes from the “Marvin K.” collection. Below we see an elegant pump from the line, the ‘Carrie‘.

By Marvin K. 'Carrie'

By Marvin K. ‘Carrie’

Marvin Krasnow, known as Marvin K., started the brand in 1989 with his late wife, Joy. Below we see Mr. Krasnow in a formal photo, and enjoying a visit to Nordstrom.

Aquatalia.com/Aquatalia Facebook Page

Aquatalia.com/Aquatalia Facebook Page

(Many Kate fashion followers know that Nordstrom stocks a healthy selection of Aquatalia footwear, including Kate’s Rhumba boots.)

More on the Marvin K. line:

The Fall 2013 Collection answers the needs of the fashion consumer who craves comfort without sacrificing her fashion sense. Inspired by the modern muse who is effortless and directional in her approach to fashion; Marvin K. appeals to a new generation of Aquatalia consumers who seeks a bit more adventure in their footwear.

There is a sizable group of wedges. Below we see the Gatsby, and the Gina.

Aquatalia 'Gatsby' and 'Gina'

Marvin K. Aquatalia ‘Gatsby’ and ‘Gina’

Another style of pumps, this is the Bubu.

Marvin K. 'Bubu'

Marvin K. ‘Bubu’

Two more styles, the Lucianna pump and Lauren t-strap.

By Marvin K Lucianne & Lauren

Marvin K. Lucianne & Lauren

A different take on the classic smoking shoe: on the left, the Adrianna, and on the right, the Angelica.

By Marvin K. 'Adrianna' and 'Angelica'

Marvin K. ‘Adrianna’ and ‘Angelica’

There are a number of booties in the Marvin K. Collection, including the Fiona and the Gabby.

Marvin K. 'Fiona' and 'Gabby'

Marvin K. ‘Fiona’ and ‘Gabby’

Repeating the details, one lucky winner will win a pair of shoes/boots of her choosing from Aquatalia’s Marvin K. collection.  Here is how to enter, please note the first two bullet points are required to qualify for the prize:

  • Sign up for Aquatalia’s mailing list by clicking here
  • Leave a comment telling us the name of your favorite Marvin K. boot style
  • For an additional entry follow Aquatalia on Facebook (if you already do just leave us a comment saying that)
  • For an additional entry follow Aquatalia on Twitter (if you already do just leave us a comment saying that)
  • Share the contest on your social media feeds (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc.(and leave comments letting us know you did)

Other particulars:

  • You can leave a single comment listing us the different ways you qualified, it’s not necessary to do a separate comment for each item.
  • Entries will be open until midnight on Friday, November 1st

We’ll see you later today with our post on the official christening photos (they are being released at 5pm EDT) and the 100 Women in Hedge Funds dinner at Kensington Palace.

 

 

 

 

 

 Posted by at 10:30 am
Aug 262013
 

We are back with something I know readers will enjoy, an opportunity to win a pair of the stunning Aquatalia boots Kate is known for wearing so frequently.

But first, a spot of background on why we’re doing the giveaway: Aquatalia has generously donated another pair of Rhumba boots to help us boost awareness and $$$ (or £££ or €€€, whatever currency works where you are) for the Baby Cambridge Fundraiser. The fundraiser is being done by royal/fashion bloggers with all proceeds going directly to one of Kate’s patronages, EACH, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices. Below, a little one receiving care at an EACH hospice.

East Anglia's Children's Hospices

East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices

Here we see Kate visiting another EACH facility in March of 2012.

Courtesy EACH

Courtesy EACH

We are wrapping up our primary fundraiser efforts, and would be ever-so-grateful if you would consider donating even $2 or £2 (anything you can) by visiting our Just Giving page. We have exceeded our goal, but would love to put a little icing on the fundraising cake, so to speak.

JustGiving.com

JustGiving.com

Now we move on to the really fun part of today’s post, the boot giveaway. Below we see the Duchess sporting her Rhumba boots on a trip to Saint Andrews University with William in February of 2011.

Mirrorpix/Splash News

Mirrorpix/Splash News

For that engagement in Scotland Kate paired her Rhumbas with a Luisa Spagnoli dress/jacket.  Below we offer a better look at the boots.

Aquatalia/PA Wire

Aquatalia/PA Wire

Kate has been a fan of Aquatalia for some time, here she wears another pair of the brand’s boots.

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That is the style known as the ‘Royal,’ in the UK it is sold as the Ruby Dry at Russell & Bromley, where Kate purchased her pair. Below you see the updated Royal, now renamed the “Royalty“.

Aquatalia

Aquatalia

It is identical to Kate’s pair and last year’s Royal, with one exception: the hardware. Below we show the Royalty and the Royal side-by-side. The materials, construction, upper, everything is the same, the hardware is just a touch more distinctive.

Aquatalia Royalty

Aquatalia Royalty/Royal

Saks now offers the Rhumba as well as other Aquatalia styles; Nordstrom continues to offer a selection of Aquatalia footwear, they still have a solid selection of the Royal available in the leather version (and it is on sale!), but only a very limited range of sizes in the suede style worn by Kate, and just large sizes in the black Rhumba. And Zappos also offers a solid selection of Aquatalia.

The change in seasons means Aquatalia is launching its Pre-Fall 2013 collection, offering new designs across the board. We’ll look at a few from the “Marvin K.” group, a line targeted at those “seeking a bit more adventure in their footwear”.  Below, new smoking-style shoes, both in soft suede: on the left we see the Adrianna, and on the right, the Angelica.

Aquatalia By Marvin K.

Aquatalia Adrianna/Angelica

Dressier styles include the Lucianna pump and Lauren t-strap pump, both with 4″ heels. (Eep!)

By Marvin K. Lucianne/Lauren

By Marvin K. Lucianne/Lauren

More casual fall shoes from the standard Aquatalia line, the Alicia in waterproof suede, and the Alanna.

Aquatalia

Aquatalia Alicia/Alanna

Both are from Aquatalia’s Sacchetto collection, a group that sounds comfy but also looks über-stylish.

Developed in Italy, our unique Sacchetto collection molds to the foot and offers unmatched flexibility while maintaining shape….the lining gently encloses the foot like a glove. We also add a high tech compression-resistant cushioning which is sewn directly into the lining and foot bed for a supportive fit with every step.

The result is the most comfortable and lightweight fashion shoe ever to meet your feet.

Below we see the Paige style from this collection.

Aquatalia

Aquatalia

Also from the Sacchetto line, the Urla in weatherproof stretch suede.

Aquatalia Urla

Aquatalia Urla

And the the Utopia2 Stretch Mini-Wedge.

Aquatalia Utopia2

Other Sacchetto styles include the Silly and the Stelli.

Aquatalia Silly/Stelli

Aquatalia Silly/Stelli

There are also new boots to enjoy this fall, below we show the Opulence (left two pair) with a 2″ stacked heel, and the Open (right two pair), the Open has just 1″ heel.

Aquatalia O/Open

Aquatalia Opulence/Open

On to our giveaway. The prize is a stunning pair of Aquatalia Rhumba boots in this fall’s newest color, anthracite.

Aquatalia

Aquatalia Rhumba

The Rhumba now comes in six colors: taupe, anthracite, espresso, wine, navy and black.

Aquatalia Rhumba

Aquatalia Rhumba

This pair offers all the great design and construction elements found in Kate’s Rhumbas, beginning with that stretchy suede upper that is weatherproofed, making for a more comfortable fit. There is an inside zipper, slip-resistant rubber sole, and 2.5″ walking height (3.25″ stacked leather heel with 0.75″ platform). Like all of Aquatalia’s footwear, the boots are made in Italy.

The contest runs from Monday August 26 through 11:59pm on September 2nd. We will announce the winner on the 4th. This particular giveaway is open only to residents of Canada and the 48 states of the Continental US and the District of Columbia. Here’s how to enter:

1) Click here to sign up for Aquatalia’s mailing list. (This step is required to enter the giveaway.)

2) For additional entries, use the widget below to:

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Congratulations Cathleen Plaza!

Aquatalia

Aquatalia

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