Aug 212014
 

We are back with some fashion notes and a follow-up to our previous post discussing Kate’s position in the fashion zeitgeist, more specifically, asking if she is a style icon. The thoughts you shared on the topic were outstanding; watching the discussion unfold and reading the varying perspectives on what constitutes a fashion icon and/or a style icon has been a delight.

There were several comments about the specific terms that are part of today’s lexicon. Here is a brief sampling:

  • Lili: “I do think part of the problem with the term “style icon” and whether it applies to any given person is the slipperiness — the malleability — of the definition.”
  • TMM: “To me, fashion refers to what’s new and popular and trendy in the world of clothing and accessories. A style icon, however (in my mind), is one who takes a look and makes it uniquely their own.”
  • ElizaMo: “I’d have said that Kate was a style icon and not a fashion icon as for me there’s a clear distinction: it’s perfectly possible to have a consistent style without having fashion come into it.”
  • Miss Maddox: “I do think the Duchess is a style icon; and for me that is very different then being a “fashionable” woman. I would never suggest that Duchess Kate was a “fashionable” woman. Style icons are the women who choose to be above fashion!”
  • Erin: “Is Kate a stylish woman? YES. Is she a style icon? NO. There is a difference.”

While fond of Kate’s fashion choices and style , some felt it is just too early to make pronouncements or confer titles:

  • Judith (via Facebook): “Personally I think that Kate is not a fashion icon…yet. Her style now is very suitable for her place as the wife of the second in line. But these are early days.”
  • Lauri: “Kate certainly would have made the Hall of Fame, in the future, but to include her this year is much too soon.”
  • Sampson (via Facebook): “I think it’s way too early to tell. She dresses beautifully, but give her time. She’s made an effort to not be defined by her clothing choices, so I think we should let her WOW us on her terms.”
  • Ashleigh: “I agree it’s too early to tell whether Kate’s normality and what some refer to as formulaic dressing will cement her iconic fashion status. Only time will tell…”

For many others, there’s no more time needed, Kate is iconic. And regardless of the terms used, many expressed thoughts on the positive impact Kate’s style choices have had on their wardrobes:

  • Amy: “I don’t know if Kate should be defined as a style icon, but I’ve certainly adopted her as MY style icon!”
  • Melissa: “She’s the only person I look to for what is appropriate/looks put together, precisely because I know that I can replicate her look almost exactly.”
  • Lulu (via Facebook): “I think that she is an Icon for the very reasons that her critic note: she does things her way & breaks rules & wears what she likes & feels comfy in rather than what the style experts might approve of.”
  • Adrienne: “I’m 33 and never really knew how to dress… Until I saw Kate wearing the nude pumps I never thought to buy some. So I did. She influenced my personal style….I’m not afraid to wear a dress to work anymore”.
  • Rachel: “When I was younger, I wasted a lot of money on “fast fashion”, buying whatever was trendy at the time that was cheaply made and wasn’t necessarily flattering. Kate has taught me that investing in well made pieces, and paying attention to fit goes a long way…”
  • Jennifer (via Facebook): “I don’t find her a groundbreaker, but I find her an icon as well as a source of returning style and class in clothing as opposed to what so much of what youth and young women are seeing in the media. Thank goodness there is this alternative to show…”

In a somewhat related note, a recent story in The Telegraph offers a smidgen of insight on how Kate looks at fashion. The article profiles Sara Parker Bowles, associate editor at Harper’s Bazaar UK and senior editor at Town & Country UK. From that Telegraph story:

Of the Duchess of Cambridge, she will only say: “We’ve talked about designers we admire in the past and she’s always very complimentary about what I wear but, clearly, she feels she’s got more important things to think about – and that’s what makes her so endearing.”

You may recognize the name because Ms. Parker Bowles is married to the Duchess of Cornwall’s son, Tom Parker Bowles.

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Next, our look at some of the new fall styles at Temperley London. These pieces are all from the label’s pre-fall collection.

Temperley London

Temperley London

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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.