Dec 122015
 

We have a very brief post to share with a look at what Kate wore when out shopping at one of her favorite retailers today, Peter Jones.

Daily Mail Twitter

Daily Mail Twitter

I am unable to license the photos, but you can see them in this Daily Mail story.

Everyone will recognize Kate’s coat, it is the Reiss Rubik Houndstooth Coat, worn for yesterday’s engagements at the Action for Addiction Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies. 

©i-Images/POLARIS

©i-Images/POLARIS

Updating the coat’s availability since yesterday’s post was published shows the coat is becoming scarce:

Mary Smith, a WKW Facebook friend shared that she stopped at Bloomingdale’s to have a look at the coat in person; she tells us it is “gorgeous & the fit is amazing.”  Mary saw it at the Bridgewater, NJ store in sizes 0, 6 & 8; there were also quite a few at the Short Hills Bloomies.  

The Duchess was wearing black tights, and had on a black turtleneck dress, or it might have been a top she would have paired with a skirt.

Kate’s boots are a style first noticed when she attended a SportsAid workshop in November of 2014.

S/POLARIS/

POLARIS/SPLASH/POLARIS/

She is wearing the “HalfNHalf Stretch Rider” by Stuart Weitzman for Russell and Bromley . The boots have a stretch panel on the back and suede on the front; the photo lower right is digitally lightened to better show the difference between front and back.

BOTH: Nunn Syndication/POLARIS

BOTH: Nunn Syndication/POLARIS

The HalfnHalf is still offered at Russell and Bromley (£395).

Russell & Bromley

Russell & Bromley

In the US Stuart Weitzman carries a similar style called the 50/50. The biggest difference is the front of the boot, with that front panel reaching to the knee; the heel is also a bit shorter. A comment from Tara notes the 50 50 has come in two heel heights; below right you see the higher heel on a gray and black pair at Lane Crawford.

Stuart Weitzman/Lane Crawford

Stuart Weitzman/Lane Crawford

With thanks to Brenda for the tip, we have a great repliKate to share: the Lands’ End Women’s Stretch Suede Tall Boots, also carried under the name School Uniform Suede Tall Stretch Boots

POLARIS/Lands' End

POLARIS/Lands’ End

You can read more about the boot on our repliKate Footwear page or pop over to Lands’ End and have a look at the boots.

Kate carried her Tod’s D Style bag in grey leather, a piece she has had for a long time. We show the contemporary version of the bag at Farfetch ($1609) in the medium size.

Farfetch

Farfetch

Tod’s has the glossy grey in small ($1995), as well as several other colors.

Tod's

Tod’s

The D-bag is actually named in honor of Diana, Princess of Wales; she carried the original tote and the Italian leather goods firm renamed if for her.

Tod's

Tod’s

More from The Handbag Concept:

Though it has been updated in style since its launch, with rounded corners and a zip, the style hallmarks are still there – quality leather, exposed stitching and a clean, classic design that screams luxury without flaunting an obvious designer label.

The Daily Mail’s story may be seen in its entirety here.

A quick retail update: the John Lewis cashmere cardigan Kate wore when out shopping in 2012 is back in stock in ‘toast,’ that is the color name. The ribbed band at the waist on this version of the cardigan is thinner than Kate’s, our thanks to Rochelle for pointing out this distinction.

John Lewis

John Lewis

This eBay auction has an image of Kate wearing the sweater. Our thanks to Jennifer and Sandra on the WKW Facebook page for the info on the sweater.

Our final tidbit this evening is related to Kate’s shorter hair. People has an interview with Richard Ward, who does Kate’s hair, offering possible reasons why she opted for the new length. From Monique Jessen’s story:

“It’s much easier to look after and takes half the time to blow dry,” says Ward…

“It’s a practical style and a great option for a mom who has had long hair, who has a busy life and is short on time,” the royal mom’s longtime hair dresser … tells PEOPLE. “It’s slightly more sophisticated but with all the benefits of long hair.”  

We will see you Tuesday when Kate returns to the Anna Freud Centre for the organization’s annual Christmas party. 

 

Aug 142015
 

As promised, here is Part 2 of our special report on flash sale shopping, with the emphasis on buying brands Kate wears, or specific items she has been seen wearing.

In Tuesday’s post we spoke about the increasing competition flash sale sites are encountering, including retailers doing their own ‘flash’ specials. Below you see a graphic from Kate favorite GOAT Fashion, announcing their own flash sale just this Monday.

GOAT Fashion

GOAT Fashion Facebook

One of our favorite sponsors, Beulah London, has also offered flash sales.

Beulah London Facebook

Beulah London Facebook

We see more and more retailers using this technique to move merchandise. It’s a savvy tactic, allowing stores to go directly to the consumer without any middleman like Rue La La or Ideeli. The term has become overused in some cases; technically, a flash sale requires two elements: lower prices or a discount offered only for the event, as well as a specific, limited time frame for the sale.

After reading Tuesday’s post it might appear I think so poorly of flash sales there simply aren’t any bargains to be found at them; that’s not the case. Tuesday’s information serves as a cautionary note, reminding us all to think carefully before saying goodbye to our hard-earned $$$ or £££ or €€€. There have been, and will continue to be, savings opportunities at the sites. Some brands Kate favors are frequently (if not constantly) available on the flash sites, while others appear less often and some are never seen.

Labels I’ve not seen, and wouldn’t expect to find available at the flash sites include GOAT Fashion, Katherine Hooker, Beulah London, Jenny Packham, Catherine Walker, Moloh, ME+EM, Amanda Wakeley, Emilia Wickstead, Hobbs, Joseph, Paule KaRussell and Bromley, Reiss, Jaeger and Mint Velvet.

On to our quick review of labels Kate likes that we have seen at flash sale sites, beginning with Temperley London. As best I recall the brand has only been offered once, that was July of this year at Gilt.

Gilt July 22 2015

Gilt July 22 2015

Stuart Weitzman is seen only occasionally; this is from a Rue La La sale in April 2015.

Rue La La April 15 2015

Rue La La April 15 2015

Another rarely seen brand, Tod’s; this was a Rue La La sale sometime in the summer of 2014, unfortunately I did not keep track of the specific date.  NOTE: After publishing this post I saw that Tod’s will be on Rue La La Tuesday, August 18, at 11am.

Rue La La 2014

Rue La La 2014

I don’t think of Tory Burch clothing as a regular on the sites.

Rue La La March 31, 2015 (via Milled.com)

Rue La La March 31, 2015 (via Milled.com)

Other Kate-related labels that are seen infrequently: Aquatalia (left) and Mulberry (right).

LEFT: Rue La La Aug 25 2014  RIGHT: Gilt June 4 2014

LEFT: Rue La La Aug 25, 2014 RIGHT: Gilt June 4 2014

Max Mara is available several times a year; we show it at Ideeli (as the site was previously called) last year, and also at Rue La La.

Ideeli/Rue La La

Ideeli/Rue La La

Diane von Furstenberg products have appeared with some regularity (Rue La La is featuring the brand Wednesday, August 19, at 11am), as have LK Bennett’s. In most instances the LK Bennett events are for footwear only.

LK Bennett Gilt June 6 2015

Gilt June 6 2015

But there have been some sales incorporating shoes, clothing and accessories.

LK Bennett Flash Sale site Rue La La March 27 2015

Rue La La March 27 2015

Other brands seen several times a year include Rebecca Taylor, Hudson, and J. Brand (shown below at Haute Look).

Haute Look January 27, 2014

Haute Look January 27, 2014

And then there’s Longchamp, shown at Ideel in May.

Gilt May 16 2015

Ideel May 16 2015

Or were you looking for Longchamp at Gilt?

Gilt October 5 2014

Gilt October 5 2014

Perhaps you prefer Beyond the Rack when shopping the brand?

Beyond the Rack

Beyond the Rack August 4 2015

To say ‘frequently available’ on the flash sites would almost be an understatement. Not unlike Jimmy Choo.

LEFT: Rue La La October 26, 2014

LEFT: Rue La La October 26, 2014 RIGHT: Ideel July 20, 2015

Here’s a look at Jimmy Choo flash sale availability, along with Hall of Famers Longchamp and LK Bennett. To the best of my recollection most, if not all, of the appearances were brand specific events, items weren’t part of a larger themed event. This is not a comprehensive list; rather, dates tracked when I remembered to write them down. One other note: I believe LK Bennett has cut back dramatically on its participation in flash sales.

Word Doc Flash Sale Appearances Choo LK Bennett Longchamp

It’s great knowing you can find certain brands on the flash sites, but how good are the deals they offer? Let’s look at a Longchamp Le Pliage black bag, the large tote with long handles, a piece we know Kate carries. It is $145 at the Longchamp site. That is also the price at Nordstrom and at Bloomingdales. If shopping the Gilt sale you would have been able to purchase the bag for $119, not an inconsequential savings.

Longchamp Le Pliage flash sale Gilt

Longchamp/Gilt July 1, 2015

You will generally see large totes on the flash sites marked down to that $119 price point; the medium nylon totes are usually $90 – $99, with small size totes going for about $80. The trick is being able to snag the size and color you want before it is sold out. It can be tempting to purchase the piece in another color or size; that’s a good time to step back and consider if it’s a combination you will really use.

Next, shopping Jimmy Choo. Below you see the Cosmic in black suede selling in February 2014 for $549, about 20% off the regular $695 retail price. That was a rare occurrence, it may have been the lone flash sale appearance of the Cosmic in black suede.

Gilt February 23, 2014

Gilt February 23, 2014

You could certainly find other Choo styles on the flash sites.

Flash Sale Jimmy Choo Shoes Ideel

Ideel April 16, 2015

The discount is roughly the same regardless of who is hosting the sale: just about 20%.

Rue La La Jimmy Choo Flash Sale

Rue La La August 12, 2014

It’s unusual to find jewelry Kate has worn in the sales. Much of what she wears is from designers that don’t participate in the sales: Kiki McDonough, Mappin & Webb, Tiffany. There are exceptions, like the Kenneth Jay Lane earrings worn in New York last December.

Jackson Lee/Splash News

Jackson Lee/Splash News

They were offered in a Rue La La sale this July, at a savings of $85.

Rue La La RIGHT:

LEFT: Rue La La July 11, 2015  RIGHT: CZ by Kenneth Jay Lane

Tip #1: Pay attention to those themed sales the site runs where they aggregate merchandise under a common theme, occasionally brands the Duchess wears may be included. Some apparel/accessory examples: “Little Black Dresses,” “Summer Lights: Ivory and Beige Looks You’ll Love,” “Fierce Flats,” “Shoes From Nude to Black.” Items may also be grouped by price/discount: “Jewelry and Watch Picks Under $50,” “Calling All Kids – Extra 20% off,” “Accessories From $19.99.” It can be a good idea to explore themed sales, like Rue La La’s “The Duchess’ Style” from this January.

Rue La La January 2015

Rue La La January 2015

The majority of the merchandise was like that seen in this screen grab from the sale: nice, but not quite the same as what Kate wore.

Rue La La January 9 2015

Rue La La January 9 2015

Included in that sale: the Shilo. Oddly, the Shilo was selling for $99.99 in that Duchess’ Style event, and it was simultaneously offered at Rue La La in a separate LK Bennett sale, but at double the price: $199.99.

Rue La La

Rue La La

Tip #2: Always run a price check. This graphic demonstrates why it is so vital to smart shopping: the Aquatalia ‘Diane’ boot was selling for $201.99 at 6pm on August 25, 2014. That same day the boot was included in a flash sale at Rue La La, but at a much higher price, $349.99-that’s $148 more than the 6pm price.

6pm/Rue La La

6pm/Rue La La

Tip #3: if you see an item at a lower price than what it is selling for on one of the sites, let the site know; most (if not all) will honor that lower price. The best method I’ve found for dealing with this is via Twitter or Facebook, but I imagine it could also be done via a telephone call. Try the same thing for regular sites; in a comment to Tuesday’s post Mary noted that Overstock may also have a price-matching policy.

Tip #4: the search function is your friend. Inputting brand or item names into the search box can offer surprising results. At Gilt a search for LK Bennett brought up 187 products, including the Sledge in limited sizing and colors, priced at $199 and $219. (They really look like 2 different shoes in these photos, no?)

Gilt.com

Gilt.com

At Ideel 62 results were found when searching Longchamp, 29 results for Diane von Furstenberg and 62 products for Jimmy Choo. Unfortunately Rue La La does not offer a search function.

Tip #5: Check the ‘upcoming sales’ info so you can plan ahead and be ready to pounce if need be. A quick look at Rue La La’s upcoming sales reveals that Longchamp will be offered today starting at 3pm.

Tip #6: Consider shopping the discount sites: Bluefly, The Outnet (Net-a-Porter’s discount arm), Sierra Trading Post (owned by the same company that owns TJ Maxx), Overstock and Amazon are all good options. A cursory search at Bluefly revealed Kate’s Corkswoon wedges selling at $304 (but only in size 10), as well as a medium Le Pliage priced at $77.59, in fuchsia.

Bluefly.com

Bluefly.com

Tip #7: Use one/some of the price-tracking sites that notify you when items are marked down. There are also apps that do this for your mobile devices. Here’s what Nancy shared in a comment on Tuesday’s post:

A website called camelcamelcamel.com gives historical prices charged by amazon and will notify you if the price drops by a percentage you can specify. Ebay shows historical pricing data if you check the “sold” or “completed listings” boxes on the left hand side of the screen.

Brenda and ElizaMo both shared their fondness for Amazon’s price checking tool. This is from Brenda’s comment:

My go-to price comparison site is Amazon.com. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve checked RueLaLa and Haute and other specials against Amazon, to find that the flash sale price is not a bargain at all.

Here’s a link to Amazon’s CamelCamelCamel, Shop Advisor is here, Lyst is here, Price Zombie is here,  and Rack It Up is here. Apps available include Nifti, and Shoptagr. If you use a price-tracking site or app, please let us know so we can include it in our list.

As is obvious, I did keep a fair amount of data for this post in the last 16 months, but not everything. My perceptions about the frequency of a company’s availability on flash sites could be flawed; if you have input please don’t be shy about letting me know.

Following are links to the primary flash sale sites in the US that we listed in Tuesday’s post. Full disclosure: many of the links use my ‘invitation,’ if you ultimately purchase something I receive a merchandise credit. Knowing the way I excoriated the ‘private club’ and ‘members only’ aspect of the sites, this may appear disingenuous, it isn’t intended to be. If you prefer *not* using these links, it is almost as easy to simply go to the sites and sign-up there.

CLOTHING/ACCESSORIES SITES:

SPECIALTY SITES:

  • One Kings Lane: offers home goods, decor, furniture, art, books & more
  • Joss and Main: also specializes in home décor items & is owned by home goods giant Wayfair
  • Zulily: specializes primarily in women’s/children’s merchandise

 

Jun 232015
 

We are back with a very few updates and a look at the history of a classic style the Duchess favors.

Our first update involves a very brief story in The Daily Mail reporting Kate and William will be attending Wimbledon next week. The information has not been confirmed. If it turns out to be true it’s unlikely there will be any announcement until the morning of the event. Should it be confirmed we will post on our Very Latest page, as well as adding it to Kate’s Calendar.

Next, the ‘mystery jeans’ Kate wore to the Festival of Polo on the 14th of this month. With thanks to everyone who shared input here via a comment or email, as well as on the WKW Facebook page, we are going to leave that topic as it stands, with no specific resolution. My instinct says they are by Topshop and the company simply isn’t claiming them, but it’s entirely possible they are from another brand. Since I wrote this we have an update: Topshop now ackowledges the jeans are their merchandise.

©James Whatling/Splash News

©James Whatling/Splash News

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