Feb 262014
 

We are back with a look at several collections by designers the Duchess wears, including some current season styles (a bit of resort, but primarily spring), as well as pre-fall and fall looks from recent runway shows. We’ll also share updates on discounts that make Kate-related items more pocketbook-friendly.

Our first group is by Paule Ka.

Paule Ka

Paule Ka

These are all from the designer’s spring/summer collection.

Paule Ka

Paule Ka

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Aug 112013
 

We begin with a few updates, the first involving Prince William’s return to work in Angelsey…. or not.

There were multiple reports last week that William returned to work at RAF Valley in Wales, while at least one other story claims William remained with Kate and her family in Bucklebury.  Regardless, there seemed to be general agreement that the Prince spent this weekend at a bachelor party in honor of his friend James Meade, who will marry Lady Laura Marsham September 14. It is expected both Kate and William will attend the wedding.

William and friends visited Saunton Sands Beach in Devon (in southwestern England), known for its favorable surfing conditions.

Saunton Sands Beach

Saunton Sands Beach

William is definitely expected back in Wales for his Wednesday appearance at The Anglesey Show.  More from the Daily Post:

Excitement is building after it was announced that the Duke of Cambridge will attend the Anglesey Show on August 14 to say a big thank you to the community before he departs the island after more than three years.

On his visit Prince William will be presented with a gift by show organisers, and will also meet young farmers.

The event, which is the largest two-day agricultural show in North Wales, will feature a collection of livestock of up to 300 cattle and 800 sheep. There will also be 350 trade stands featuring agricultural products, clothing, crafts and vehicles.

And there are expectations Kate will join him at some point before his tour of duty at RAF Valley ends in September. More from the Express:

However, a royal source has said that the mother and child will join Prince William at the farmhouse that the couple rent very soon.

The Express story notes that Kate, William and Prince George are expected to join the Queen in Scotland at some point during HM’s annual visit to Balmoral:

The family are due to holiday in Balmoral in the next few weeks, where Prince George will meet his great-grandad Prince Philip for the very first time.

In Bucklebury reaction to the Prince’s arrival remains positive. A store where Kate and her family have shopped, L. Interiors, is offering these in honor of the newest Royal.

L. Interiors Twitter

L. Interiors Twitter

And Bucklebury Parish is offering a mug in honor of Prince George, this one created by Emma Bridgewater.

Bucklebury Parish

Bucklebury Parish

Our thanks to Bucklebury Farm Park for the tip on this item. The mug is also available for pre-ordering at Emma Bridgewater.

Emma Bridgewater UK

Emma Bridgewater UK

The company has also created Prince George Crown in the same motif.

Emma Bridgewater

Emma Bridgewater

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Next, the Banana Republic Issa collaboration, the collection launched online and in-store last week.

Banana Republic

Banana Republic

For many the most anticipated piece in the collection was the blue wrap dress modeled after Kate’s engagement dress. Unfortunately there was a bit of a hiccup, the dress color was mislabeled.

Banana Republic Facebook

Banana Republic Facebook

Above, a Banana Republic Facebook post about the dilemma. Below, the graphic accompanying that post.

Banana Republic Facebook

Banana Republic Facebook

The good folks at Racked put an image from the Lookbook next to the product listing on BR’s site, where the color was originally listed as “tulum turquoise”.

Racked.com

Racked.com

You can understand the confusion; comments on the company’s Facebook page reflected customers’ consternation, here is a small sampling:

  • “…just purchased the “blue” color at the downtown Seattle store this evening, but it looks nothing like the color in this picture. The actual color is more turquoise. I still love the style but would definitely prefer the dress in a true “Royal Blue!”"
  • “My store told me they got the turquoise but did not get the royal blue. Only select stores did.”
  • “The dark royal blue dress does exist! I purchased it at the San Francisco flagship store!”
  • “It’s quite lovely but it’s not the same or even similar to Kate’s engagement dress – not in design or in tailoring and not even in color, it’s really not “Royal blue| by any means.”
  • “I saw the wrap dress at my local BR yesterday. The color is a warmer blue than Kate’s dress and would great on neutral or warm skin tones.”

Several WKW friends tried on and/or purchased the dress, they were kind enough to share some of their photos with us. Below we see Jessica Reinis of CNN in the dress, she tried on the frock at the Lincoln Center store.

Courtesy Jessica Reinis

Courtesy Jessica Reinis

The dress is not silk like the original Issa, at $130 I wouldn’t expect it to be. It is a blend of 50% Rayon, 28% Lyocell, 19% Cotton, 5% Spandex. Below, WKW Facebook friend Veronica Aliaga in the frock.

Courtesy Veronica Aliaga

Courtesy Veronica Aliaga

As of this writing it appears the blue “Three-Quarter Sleeve Wrap-Tie Dress” (as the dress is named) remains available online in a Small only is sold out online. The availability online and in-store is better for the Merlot version.

Banana Republic Issa Collection

Banana Republic Issa Collection

‘The Lady and the Rose’ on Twitter tried on the dress in both the blue and merlot, posting these photos on twitter.

The Lady and The Rose Twitter Feed (@ElegantRoyal)

The Lady and The Rose Twitter Feed (@ElegantRoyal)

Things that do remain available online include other frocks, like one that is a solid repliKate for the black dress Kate wore shopping just days before her wedding. The original style remains available at the Issa London site, we show it below.

Banana Republic/Issa London/SplashNews.com

Banana Republic/Issa London/SplashNews.com

Accessories also seem to be in healthy supply.

Banana Republic Issa Collection

Banana Republic Issa Collection

Good luck to all those hunting for pieces from the Banana Republic/Issa collaboration. (To see why I don’t believe we will ever see Kate wearing Issa again, click here.)

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We have very big news about our Baby Cambridge Fundraiser. And this one calls for a drum roll.

JustGiving.Net Baby Cambridge Fundraiser

JustGiving.Net Baby Cambridge Fundraiser

As you can see, we have met exceeded our goal!! Thanks to each and every one of you who donated, we are ever-so-excited about the news. The beneficiary of your generosity is EACH (East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices), one of Kate’s patronages. For newer readers, the Fundraiser is a joint effort of five online royal fashion and news bloggers (British Royals, Kate Middleton Style, HRH Duchess Kate, A Petite Princess and yours truly).

There have been a number of giveaways and promotions designed to help draw attention to the Fundraiser since our launch several months ago. Today we have an update on the lucky winner of our most recent giveaway here at WKW; some may recall that particular promotion was sponsored by the fabulous folks at Style Rocks.

Style Rocks

Style Rocks

Knowing Kate’s affinity for citrine, Style Rocks donated an enormous citrine cocktail ring for the giveaway. Alese T., the winner, was kind enough to share photos of the beautiful ring.

Courtesy Alese T.

Courtesy Alese T.

How beautiful is it on Alese?!

Courtesy Alese T.

Courtesy Alese T.

That isn’t the end of our promotional efforts, the Fundraising effort runs through the end of August, we would love to exceed our goal by as much as possible.  Stand by for a remarkable giveaway this week.

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We also have an update on our polls asking for your favorite maternity style worn by Kate. I don’t think too many readers will be surprised by the results.

©2013 What Kate Wore

©2013 What Kate Wore

With more than 2500 votes, the #1 choice among all of Kate’s maternity styles is the Polka Dot dress by Topshop, shown below when Kate first wore it to the Warner Brothers Studio Tour in late April of 2013.

Splash News/Warner Brothers Studio/Splash

Splash News/Warner Brothers Studio/Splash

Many thanks to everyone who took part in the voting!

We’ll see you in just a few days with that exciting giveaway we mentioned.

 

 

Jul 312013
 

While things remain fairly quiet on Planet Kate, we do have a few updates to share.

  • Once again Kate has been named to Vanity Fair’s International Best Dressed list. The Duchess joins actresses Kerry Washington and Charlize Theron, model Gisele Bundchen, entertainer Justin Timberlake, Princess Letizia of Spain and others.
Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

Here is how the story citation reads.

Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

  • It is believed there will be an official photo taken of William, Kate and Prince George before the Duke returns to Anglesey from paternity leave. If that is the case the pictures will need to be taken within the next week to ten days before William heads back to Wales. More here in Hello! magazine.
  • William is expected to play polo with Harry this weekend, his first official appearance following the birth of Prince George. The match is in Ascot, not at all far from the Middleton’s house where Kate, William and the baby have been staying. This event is a benefit for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and Skillforce, two charities supported by Prince William.  Below we see Kate and William during a visit to Royal Marsden in 2011, the duo were on hand to officially open the hospital’s Oak Centre for Children and Young People.
Royal Marsden Hospital

Royal Marsden Hospital

  • The Prince is also slated to make an official visit to The Angelsey Show August 14.  The Show is the largest agricultural and livestock event in North Wales, William’s paternity leave will have ended and he’ll be back to work at RAF Valley by then.

As always, we’ll update when we have more information.

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We share great news for those fond of Kate’s Aquatalia Rhumba boots: the company has added more colors to the mix for this fall. Here we see Kate pairing the boots with her Moloh ‘Workers’ coat in Glasgow this April, as well as at the opening of St. George’s Park last October.

Splash News

Splash News

Arguably Kate’s favorite pair of dress boots, the Rhumba features a stretchy suede upper that is also waterproof, she wears them in black suede. Aquatalia has just released their fall colors, and one of the new hues is an elegant wine.

Aquatalia Rhumba in Wine Suede

Aquatalia Rhumba in Wine Suede

One of the most appealing design elements for the boot is its non-slip rubber sole, a big plus when slogging through ice and snow, the kind of conditions we are used to here in the Midwest.

Today we share the perfect confluence of Kate, charity and fashion: Aquatalia has generously donated a pair of the Rhumbas in this new color to our Baby Cambridge Fundraiser. They are allowing us to auction the boots on the eBay Giving Works site, 100% of the proceeds go directly to EACH (East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices), one of Kate’s patronages.

eBay Giving Works Auction

eBay Giving Works Auction

The boots retail for $698, but we have started the bidding lower, it is a stellar opportunity to snag a pair of Rhumbas while also helping out one of Kate’s charities. The boots are available in any size, and Aquatalia has graciously agreed to ship internationally! Now is not the time to be shy ladies, direct your fingers to do the walking over to eBay so you can take a gander at these beauties.

From left to right we show the Rhumba in three other spectacular colors, Navy, Anthracite and Taupe suede.

Aquatalia Rhumba in Navy, Anthracite, Taupe

Aquatalia Rhumba in Navy, Anthracite, Taupe

There are several other new Aquatalia styles yours truly finds more-than-desirable, especially some of this year’s booties. Below we see the the Rosette in stretch suede, the Famous style, and the Royce.

Aquatalia Rosette,

Aquatalia Rosette,

Many, many thanks to Aquatalia for their generosity with this donation!

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As is obvious with the Aquatalia fall looks seen above, we have reached that point in the fashion calendar when retailers are starting to showcase and stock fall merchandise.

We begin with a few pieces Reiss is showing: the label’s Board Overcoat (we show it belted as Kate would be prone to wear it, the garment runs $660), the Gilda Speckle Print dress ($230) and the Ainsley dress ($285).

Reiss

Reiss

Below we share three fall styles from Oasis, with a dress by Warehouse on the far right. The lacy red frock could be a nice stand-in for those hoping to repliKate the red Collette Dinnigan dress worn by the Duchess to a wedding last summer.

Oasis/Oasis/Oasis/Warehouse

Oasis/Oasis/Oasis/Warehouse

Some may have noticed the clutch in the Warehouse photo on the right, it is a very good repliKate for the DVF Lytton clutch Kate has carried.

Warehouse

Warehouse

Zara has started getting fall merchandise in as well. On the left we show the Hooded Wool Coat ($139), the mostly-wool Zip Up Coat ($189) a Sleeveless Dress with an odd fit at the bodice ($69.90) and a new style of Skinny Fit Jeans ($59.90).

Zara

Zara

Also today, we dip a little later into the fashion calendar with a look at the ALICE by Temperley Cruise 2014 collection.

Courtesy Photos

ALICE by Temperley

Icy blue is a color that has worked on Kate previously, although it looks a shade or two lighter than the hue we have seen Kate wear.

Courtesy Photos

ALICE by Temperley

The three photos below left show next spring’s Poppy dress, on the right, two versions of the ALICE Petipa dress.

Courtesy Photos

ALICE by Temperley

A group with sheer black overlays, intricate detailing and varied design elements.

Courtesy Photos

ALICE by Temperley

Four diverse styles.

Courtesy Photos

ALICE by Temperely

Our final looks. On the far left we see three separate pieces, including the Umberto Blouse and Venus Lace Trousers, on the right, the Geranium Poncho.

ALICE By Temperley Courtesy Photos

ALICE By Temperley Courtesy Photos

To see all of the ALICE by Temperley Cruise 2014 styles click here. For anyone interested in some outstanding bargains at Temperley, click here, there is a wonderful sale underway.

Temperley London 3 Sale Styles

Temperley London

Above we see the Brooke dress, the Laurel Halter Neck gown and the Mia Lace frock, all discounted by at least 60%.

We leave you with a link to our final poll on Kate’s Maternity Style, pop in and vote if you haven’t already, we close the poll shortly.

Aquatalia Courtesy Image/Seraphine/Splash News/PA Wire

Aquatalia Courtesy Image/Seraphine/Splash News/PA Wire

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