Apr 282015
 

Hello, we are back with a quick briefing on the latest from the Lindo Wing and several updates.

We begin with something new, The Very Latest here on the blog. I started the page because frequently there are little tidbits or newsbytes in between posts that merit sharing, and this seems an easy way to keep everyone up to date on that sort of thing. We will include notes and links that may not warrant their own full-blown post, like retail updates (items back in stock, sales, copyKates, etc.), or items we want to get published right away that we’ll expand upon in a later post. It has actually turned out to be very handy as we await the birth of Kate and William’s next child, but it will remain a permanent fixture here on the blog. From today’s Very Latest updates:

  • While there was quite a flurry of activity at the Lindo Wing today it turns out Kate was nowhere near the hospital. Apparently the Duchess had gone for a swim with Prince George at Buckingham Palace. Rebecca English’s story in The Daily Mail has more: “Accompanied by up to five bodyguards, the royal mother-to-be drove herself in through the gates, with her son and what appeared to be his nanny, Maria Borrallo, in the rear of the car. The Duchess parked her vehicle discreetly around the side of the palace in order to get George from the car and left around an hour and a half later.” The entire story is here.
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  • There was a special treat this morning for all of the royal fans who have been camped out at St. Mary’s Hospital, a surprise that came straight from the Duke and Duchess. From Victoria Murphy’s Daily Mirror story: “In a show of their appreciation for the fans who have been camped out for days waiting for a new royal baby to be born, the royals sent pastries and 10 hot drinks to the campers. A palace source said: “They saw they’d been camped out and wanted to send them breakfast.”
 James Whatling/Splash News

James Whatling/Splash News

  • Readers are no doubt aware, but it bears repeating: if the baby is born tomorrow it will arrive on Kate & William’s wedding anniversary. Four years ago tomorrow this was the scene at Buckingham Palace. Happy Anniversary to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge!
Splash News

Splash News

We will keep everyone updated on Kate’s situation via Facebook, Twitter and our Very Latest page right here on the blog.

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Moving on to the other topics, we have quite a few IDs that have been made in the last week, including one that resolves perhaps the Ultimate UFO here at WKW. Can you guess the item I’m referencing? Here is a visual clue.

Splash News/PA Wire

Splash News/PA Wire

Yes, it is the clutch that Kate has carried (and carried, and…well, you know the drill) for years, crafted in black suede with a petite grosgrain bow. Above we show the Duchess carrying the bag on a night out in Mayfair with William in 2012, as well as at the Order of the Garter in 2008. Here is a wide shot of Kate with the clutch on that 2012 night out.

SplashNews.com/Weir Photo-SplashNews.com

SplashNews.com/Weir Photo-SplashNews.com

Many of us looked and looked, and then looked some more for the bag’s maker. Yet we were never able to determine who made the clutch, it has remained a mystery all these years. That’s until last week, when Brittany from the Repli-Kate It page on Facebook shared this post:

Repli-Kate It Facebook page

Repli-Kate It Facebook page

That is Kate’s bag in another color, discovered via an auction on eBay for a pink version of the handbag, that is where these photos are from. (The auction is over, it ended on the 23rd.) The bag is by Mascaro, it measures 8″ x 4.5″, with a concealed snap closure on the inside of the flap.

eBay

eBay

A huge Tip of the Tiara to Brittany for solving the mystery, you can visit her Repli-Kate It page here, she is a whiz at putting together outfits, locating great repliKates, and more.

Mascaro is a brand whose accessories Kate has used for some time; below you see her carrying a Mascaro bag for the 2012 War Horse premiere, and wearing the brand’s heels at the 2011 wedding of Harry Aubrey-Fletcher and Louise Stourton. (We were fortunate that the inimitable Lizzie Darcy identified the heels several years ago.)

Splash News

Splash News

Next, the necklace Kate wore to a youth reception and barbecue during the 2011 North American tour. We knew the Duchess was wearing the Logo Leaf Earrings by Vinnie Day, but the necklace hadn’t been identified. We now know the necklace is also by Vinnie Day, the company got in touch with Anna of My Small Obsessions to let her know it was a bespoke piece made especially for Kate.

Canadian Heritage/Allpix-SplashNews.com

Canadian Heritage/Allpix-SplashNews.com

Also identified, the jacket Kate wore to the wedding of Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly in May 2008. (In all candor, not my favorite look on the Duchess.) Again, the information came via MSO. The photo below is not from the Phillips/Kelly wedding, but from the wedding of Charlie and Lucy Savoy.

My Small Obsessions Facebook

My Small Obsessions Facebook

A Tip of the Tiara to Poppy Golightly on Facebook for making the ID and sharing the info with My Small Obsessions.

eBay

eBay

It seems Sanimi is no longer in business. From what I could glean online the company was located in North Kensington, it appears they specialized in party frocks, especially silk pieces, and perhaps lingerie. (Sources for items below: Pinterest, Clothes AgencyPinterest.) Perhaps one of our readers will be more familiar with the brand, and can fill us in via a comment or email.

Pinterest/Poshmark

Pinterest/Poshmark

One more item, it regards the jacket we have seen Kate wearing frequently and commonly thought to be by Barbour. Most recently the Duchess was seen wearing it when enjoying a playdate with George at Snettisham Park. It turns out the jacket is not by Barbour. Anna of My Small Obsessions contacted Barbour and they advised her it was not their piece.

Also today, Madderson London has released the maternity version of Kate’s ‘Naomi’ shift dress(£230), made of a lighter weight ponte jersey knit, and with only one set of the decorative flaps. The Duchess wore the Naomi in standard sizing (£450), it is a more robust weight, made of 100% wool.

Madderson London/Splash News/Madderson London

Madderson London/Splash News/Madderson London

Kate’s Wrap Skater Dress in Polka Dot ($63) from the ASOS Maternity collection is back in stock. The Duchess wore the frock in March for her visit to the Brookhill Children’s Centre in London.

UPDATE: This dress is slightly different from Kate’s, despite ASOS calling it the “Kate” dress. Out thanks to Lisa, she left a comment alerting us to the distinction, so we put the two dresses side-by-side to better highlight the difference between the two, it’s the way the polka dots are placed. In the original frock the dots are scattered randomly with no seeming pattern; in the new ‘Kate’ (ahem) version the dots are more organized, almost in rows.

ASOS Kate Middleton dress

ASOS

We are fortunate to have some photos from a WKW Facebook friend wearing the dress. Rachael Tagg (who is not expecting), is one of many Kate fashion followers who purchased the frock. Rachael very much likes the dress, and I can see why – it’s a great fit on Rachael!

Courtesy Rachel Tagg

Courtesy Rachael Tagg

Also back in stock: Seraphine’s Natasha cashmere blend coat ($349).

Nils Jorgensen/i-Images and Seraphine Courtesy Photo

Nils Jorgensen/i-Images and Seraphine Courtesy Photo

And one more retail note, this one from Target,. where two Kate-favored brands have combined for a small capsule collection. We’re talking about Orla Kiely and Aden and Anais; they have come up with a selection of Swaddle-Plus 4-Packs ($39.99) and Little Bib 3-Packs ($15.99) .

Orla Kiely for Aden and Anais at Target

Orla Kiely for Aden and Anais at Target

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We will be watching the goings-on at St. Mary’s Hospital almost around the clock, and will continue to update as warranted.

Mar 092015
 

Kate was in Alexander McQueen and Jane Taylor for today’s Commonwealth Day church service at Westminster Abbey.

John Stillwell/PA Wire

John Stillwell/PA Wire

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Feb 102015
 

We are back with a few quick updates and a look at a brand that may be new for some readers.

William, Kate, George and the Middletons have returned from their Mustique vacation. The Duchess dived back into work today with a visit to a school in southeast London; word of the visit was shared on Twitter.

Press Association Twitter

Press Association Twitter

The Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital school caters to students who are patients at either Bethlem Royal Hospital or Maudsley Hospital; both facilities specialize in mental health services.  As the tweets above note, Kate was at the school in her role as patron of Place2Be. More from a Press Association story in The Daily Mail:

“This visit was arranged through Place2Be, of which HRH is Royal Patron, after learning about their work during the Place 2 Reflect conference last year to further develop her knowledge of the sector.”

Kate had listened to the school’s headteacher Dr John Ivens, an educational psychologist, speak at the Place2Be conference on children’s mental health in June.

Students at the school range in age from 4 years old through the teen years, up to age 19. A parent with a child attending the school shared this on Twitter:

Sam Twitter Feed (@Saml77)

Sam Twitter Feed (@Saml77)

There is an art gallery on the grounds of Maudsley Hospital, the Maudsley Long Gallery. There is also a gallery at Bethlem, the Bethlem Gallery.  More on the gallery’s ties with the hospital from the Museum’s website:

The Bethlem Gallery primarily exhibits work by artists who have had contact with South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust’s services. One exhibition a year is dedicated to work outside of this remit that has relevance to mental health, the hospital site or our historic collection.

The Duchess has shared her belief that art can play a key role in treating a broad spectrum of illnesses. One of her patronages, The Art Room, specializes in art therapy. When looking at the varying elements, the hospitals’ mental health focus and art galleries, as well as Kate’s charitable interests, one sees how today’s school visit fits right in.

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UPDATED FEB 11:  Kate had another private engagement, this one on Wednesday, February 11th. She attended a reception on behalf of the Royal Foundation. Once again we turn to the Press Association’s Twitter account for information.

Press Association

Press Association

If additional details about the function are released we will update the post.

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Many readers may have seen the photos of the Duke, Duchess and Prince George as they boarded a British Airways flight for the trip back to London from Mustique; if not, those images can be seen here and here. There have been suggestions Kate may have been in the crochet-collar top she was seen in when expecting George, as shown on this cover of Hello! magazine. I’ve not seen photos large enough, or with high enough resolution, that allow identification of what Kate wore at the airport.

Hello!

Hello!

In the airport photos Prince William is carrying a bag by British brand Joules.

Joules Stopover Overnight Bag

Joules

Many initially thought it was a Cath Kidston piece, but that was not the case. William was carrying the Joules ‘Stopover’ in the overnight size, the pattern is called Bluposy.

The bag is sold out in that pattern, but I thought it offered a good opportunity to introduce readers unfamiliar with the brand to Joules. It’s a retailer I wrote about with some frequency when authoring a blog focused on preppy style. Joules was launched in 1989.

Joules

Joules

Initially Tom Joules sold merchandise at country shows and festivals, much the way Really Wild Clothing and others market their merchandise. It makes sense, many styles fit well in a country setting.

Joules

Joules

There’s a slideshow on the Joules website offering info on the company’s history, it is filled with some fun factoids, including this one.

Joules

Joules

Joules is long popular with some favoring a preppy style aesthetic in the US, a not-too-distant-relative to the look attributed to a British Sloane. Below, a Joules fieldcoat from the a/w 2014 line.

Joules

Joules

When asked over the years to describe the brand I usually said it was something like a blend of LL Bean and Lands’ End, with a touch of Orvis, definitely some Boden, and a good dose of local country outfitters.

Joules

Joules

Joules brand offers pieces in cottage prints, heritage tweeds, florals, and waxed cotton solids.

Joules USA

Joules USA

Several Joules coat styles have been been popular with WKW readers, especially the quilted looks. Below left we show the Marcotte, below right, the Moredale, one of our more popular ‘CopyKate Clothing’ pins (and long since sold out), a good stand-in for those seeking the look of a quilted Barbour.

Joules

Joules

The company’s wellies were part of the original product line, and then equestrian items were added to the merchandise mix. Boots remain big sellers, in the USA they’re priced anywhere from $42 to $167.

Joules

Joules

One of the nicer things about Joules is its sense of whimsy – the company doesn’t take itself too seriously. Below, sweaters in the USA outlet, now selling at $51, discounted from $120.

Joules USA

Joules USA

Spring 2015 sweaters.

Joules

Joules

There’s a knit top that looks like a splendid repliKate for the Breton strip tops worn by the Duchess…until one realizes the piece is actually a cardigan. (It looks like a splendid sweater nonetheless!)

Next.co.UK

Next.co.UK

Joules has an online outlet carrying discounted merchandise. Below we show an infant’s Zip Through Fleece Top ($32, was originally $45), women’s Bilson Cashmere Sweater (originally $154, now $102) and the Jaws Mittens (initially sold for $23, now $14).

Joules USA

Joules USA

Joules produces a broad range of handbags, totes, and luggage. Below we share 2 spring items, the Carrie Shoulder Bag and Kembry Weekend Bag, both are in the French Navy Garden design, shown at Bell Shoes.

Bell Shoes, UK

Bell Shoes, UK

Two leather styles: the Lycett (l) and the Witnell (r), both as shown at Country Attire.

Country Attire

Country Attire

The retailer has a good selection of menswear.

Joules

Joules

(That jacket is actually a look I’m not crazy about, it looks awfully short.)Below, a rugby shirt and quilted vest.

Joules

Joules

The following styles are shown at Jarrold, in Norwich (UK). The sweater in the middle is reminiscent of an iconic LL Bean piece, Bean’s Norwegian sweater.

Jarrold

Jarrold

Joules also carries clothing and accessories for the younger set, with merchandise for newborns/infants, plus baby boys and girls.

Joules

Joules

Along with regular children’s sizes.

Joules

Joules

In addition to clothing and accessories, Joules UK sells items for the home, like bedding.

Joules

Joules

The UK site also carries kitchen goods.

Joules UK

Joules UK

NOTE: While writing this post the UK, USA and Germany Joules sites went down, evidently for scheduled work. It appears the sites will all be offline until Wednesday evening. However, there is an upside to the outage: the company is offering 10% off orders from Wednesday evening until midnight Thursday. In the USA use promo code USFEB15, in the UK the code is FEB15, in Germany it is DEFEB15.

Joules

Joules

UPDATED FEB 11: The sites all appear to be back up and running, but you can still use the discount code until midnight tomorrow.

Boutique and specialty shops stock the brand, including Country Attire. It is also carried by some department stores, like House of Fraser and Next in the UK. In America the wellies are carried by Target (thanks to Sue B Do for that tip!), Nordstrom has a small sampling of wellies, the brand is also offered on Amazon in the US.

We’ll see you Thursday for Kate’s Portsmouth engagement.

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