Aug 302013
 

Kate wore familiar pieces for her appearance with William at the Ring of Fire ultra-marathon in Anglesey.

James Whatling / Splash News

James Whatling / Splash News

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Jul 272013
 

Now that some of last week’s frenzy has diminished it seems a good time to share a few updates and also wrap up our polls on what Kate wore during her pregnancy.  We begin with our newsbriefs.

Upcoming engagements:

  • It’s believed Kate, William and Prince George continue their stay in Bucklebury at the Middleton’s 18-acre estate. William has a week+ remaining of his paternity leave before he returns to RAF Valley in Anglesey.
  • There are no formal engagements on the calendar, but there has been chatter about a possible photocall with selected media to allow pictures of the newborn and his parents.

Christening:

An autumn christening continues to be the expectation, after the Queen and Prince Philip return from the couple’s annual two-month trip to Balmoral. The precise location remains unknown; Richard Palmer’s story in the Express offers more information.

Prince William was christened in the Music Room at Buckingham Palace and Prince Harry was baptised at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

Those two venues remain a possibility but other options under consideration, according to sources, are the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace and the Queen’s Chapel across the road.

We’ll keep you updated on the plans for this, as well as any other events.

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Next, news sure to please those who like to ‘repliKate’ styles seen on the Duchess. An abbreviated lookbook for the Issa-Banana Republic collaboration was released this week, and there are several dresses that will hold appeal.  One design sure to delight many, a frock very similar to that now-iconic blue engagement dress.

Courtesy Photo/ /Courtesy Photo

Courtesy Photo/ /Courtesy Photo

With apologies to those who already read all of this on our WKW Facebook page last Thursday, the Banana Republic version shown above will sell for $130. There are two other dresses in the collection with very similar lines: a short sleeved style in blue and a maroon piece with three-quarter sleeves.

Courtesy Photos

Courtesy Photos

Banana Republic released a photo via its Facebook page of Naomi Watts wearing a wrap dress from the line.

Banana Republic Facebook Page

Banana Republic Facebook Page

The collection launches August 8 online and in Banana Republic stores. The marketing thus far includes efforts to capitalize on the Issa connection to Kate. Below, a snippet from an Elle interview with BR’s creative director, Simon Kneen.

Elle Magazine

Elle Magazine

Below, another image from the BR Facebook page.

Banana Republic Facebook

Banana Republic Facebook

It’s more-than-unlikely Kate will wear anything from this collection, or any other Issa creation, past, present or future.

Not only has the label’s founder, Daniella Helayel, left the company, but prior to her departure she sold a controlling interest in the brand to Camilla al-Fayed. Why should that matter? Because her father, Mohamed al-Fayed, previous Harrod’s owner, has been vocal in his belief the Royal Family is responsible for the death of his son, Dodi al-Fayed, along with Princess Diana. That topic is the subject of a film he financed, Unlawful Killing. In the movie the Queen is referred to as ‘a gangster in a tiara’ and Prince Philip is called a psychopath.

Regardless of that baggage, it appears there could be a lot to like in the upcoming collection, with price points sure to please many a pocketbook.  To see several more styles, click here to visit She Finds.

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One other quick shopping update of note: Nordstrom is holding its semi-annual Anniversary Sale, one of the few times I see Aquatalia discounted. Below, the Royal boot, it is on sale for $298, 25% off its regular price of $398. Sale prices run through August 4.

Aquatalia Royal Bootie Nordstrom

Aquatalia ‘Royal’ at Nordstrom

The style is known as the Ruby Dry at Russell & Bromley, where it is priced at £245, roughly $380 at today’s exchange rates.  There are other Aquatalia designs on sale, but not all are marked down. Nor do I see Kate’s Rhumba boot available at Nordstrom, known as the Hi & Dry on the far side of the pond .

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Next, a look at results from those polls that kind of got lost in the shuffle of all the goings-on this past ten days, as well as one final survey to determine the most popular style worn by the Duchess during her pregnancy.

I don’t think anyone will be surprised by the look you selected as your favorite for Kate’s first trimester. Capturing almost 24% of your 3049 votes, the runaway winner was Kate’s McQ by Alexander McQueen Black Watch Coat, worn for a visit to her old prep school in November of last year. The blue blue plaid Simyonette coat by Diane von Furstenburg Kate wore when released from the hospital received the second-highest number of votes.

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Moving to styles seen in Kate’s second trimester, after 2700+ votes the look you liked the most is the By Malene Birger teal coat worn when the Duchess joined HM and Prince Philip for a trip to Baker Street Station this March.  In second place, the MaxMara Studio wrap dress worn to Hope House.

©2013 WhatKateWore.com

©2013 WhatKateWore.com

We divided the voting in Kate’s third trimester into two categories. The first involved pieces worn at formal events where we had clear photographs of what the Duchess was wearing. In this voting you selected the Topshop Polka Dot dress worn for the Warner Brothers Studio in late April. The blue Emilia Wickstead came in with the second greatest number of votes.

©2013 WhatKateWore.com

©2013 WhatKateWore.com

Our fourth poll included looks worn on occasions when we had poor photos, or none available that I could license for the site. The big winner in this case is the Séraphine Wrap Dress with Tie.

We have combined these four ensembles into our final poll on Kate’s maternity style. Here are visual reminders of your top choices, beginning with the McQ Black Watch coat and Aquatalia boots.

PA Wire / Aquatalia Courtesy Getty Images Courtesy Photo

PA Wire / Aquatalia Courtesy Getty Images Courtesy Photo

Kate in her By Malene Birger coat and Whiteley hat.

Transport for London / PA Wire

Transport for London / PA Wire

The Topshop Polka Dot dress and Ralph Lauren jacket.

Sophie Sulehria, The BBC / SplashNews.com

Sophie Sulehria, The BBC / SplashNews.com

And the Seraphine Wrap Dress with Tie as seen (barely) on the cover of Australia’s Woman’s Day magazine (photo is in lower left corner of magazine).

Woman's Day/Séraphine

Woman’s Day/Séraphine

And our poll.

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Today’s final note, a mention of our current Baby Cambridge Fundraising auction currently underway on eBay. All proceeds from the auction go directly to one of Kate’s patronages, EACH (East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices). This is an amazing auction, with a bit of a twist for us (the four bloggers running the Fundraiser): we are showcasing items and brands Kate’s younger sister is fond of, although they are sure to hold equal appeal for anyone who enjoys beautiful jewelry and elegant apparel!

eBay Giving Works Auction (Ends at midnight Sunday night)

eBay Giving Works Auction (Ends at midnight Sunday night)

The auction includes a dress not even available for purchase yet from a brand Pippa is frequently seen wearing, Logue London. The garment is 100% silk jersey, crafted in a shirtdress style that is part of the label’s upcoming fall/winter collection.  Also part of the auction, an item that is available now and something Pippa has been seen wearing: the Peapod Necklace by jeweler Argent of London.

Logue London & Argent of London

Logue London & Argent of London

The third item is an autographed copy of Pippa’s book “Celebrate”. This copy is actually signed by Pippa herself, originally purchased from a stock signing at Foyles for Books, and kindly donated by Pippa-Middleton.co.uk. We want to thank Carly of Pippa Middleton Style, along with Argent of London and Logue London for their generous donations!

We are making great progress, as of this evening (Saturday, July 27) more than $6100 has been donated via our Just Giving page.

Baby Cambridge Fundraiser page at Just Giving

Thank you to everyone who has so generously donated thus far.

Jul 242013
 

It is another busy day for the William Kate and their newborn baby. Before we get to the day’s activities, we want to share the baby’s name, it was released this afternoon.

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Clarence House Twitter Feed

Clarence House Twitter Feed

Quick notes on the significance of the names:

  • King George VI (1936-1952) was the most recent monarch with the name, it is also the name of England’s patron saint
  • Alexandra is one of the Queen’s middle names
  • Louis is after Lord Louis Mountbatten, Prince Philip’s uncle, someone Prince Charles was very, very fond of & it is also William’s fourth name (William Arthur Philip Louis)

Prince George met his great-grandmother today when Queen Elizabeth paid a visit to Kensington Palace.

Mirrorpix / Splash News

Mirrorpix / Splash News

Prince Harry also stopped in to meet his new nephew, and then the Duke and Duchess headed to Bucklebury with the newest royal.  They are going to be staying with Kate’s parents at the family’s home.

There were celebrations in the village yesterday, as seen in a picture shared by Dan Cooper of Newbury Today,

Dan Cooper, Newbury Today Twitter Feed

Dan Cooper, Newbury Today Twitter Feed

There are photos of Kate and William leaving the Palace, but I am not licensed to use them, the best can probably be seen here in the Daily Mail’s story.

Kate wore a dress by British maternity brand Séraphine.

Séraphine

Séraphine

She chose the Short Sleeve Knot Front Dress in Lavender. The dress is rayon with a touch of elastene for stretch. Séraphine’s description:

The lavender floral print follows on from this season’s penchant for bold designs in a purple palette making it trouble free to work the aesthetic. Deep V-neckline enhances your new cleavage and provides easy breastfeeding access post birth.

You can better see the print design in these pictures.

Séraphine

Séraphine

The frock retails at $85 in the US, £50 in the UK.

Kate was also wearing the Givenchy sunglasses we have seen previously.

Givenchy SGV 773

Givenchy SGV 773

They are available at the Zappos US site ($375).

Kate’s hair was up in a very simple ponytail; she looked happy and relaxed. The dress is a pretty design and seems ideal for a casual day in the car and at her parents.

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I wanted to address some of the emailed/tweeted questions regarding the Prince’s blankets. While this will not become What Prince Cambridge Wore, this is simply the fastest & easiest way for me to respond. (I am beyond buried in work at my ‘real job’.)

The white blanket used when the baby was brought out to meet the media is the Superfine Merino Wool Christening Shawl by G.H.Hurt and Son. More from Roya Nikkah of the Sunday Telegraph.

Roya Nikkah Twitter Feed

Roya Nikkah Twitter Feed

This is a classic British brand, products are made in the company’s Nottingham factory.

G.H. Hurt & Sons

G.H. Hurt & Sons

The company’s understated response to its sudden increase in popularity was appealing.

Due to a well publicised event demand for this item has increased. Lead times may be slightly longer with this beautiful shawl, but we are doing our very best to deliver to time

The other blanket used is from the Aden and Anais Jungle Jam set of cotton muslin swaddles. (The baby’s was the design on the very far left.)

Aden & Anais

Aden & Anais

And the car seat was a Britax B Safe.

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In terms of what’s next for the new family:

  • The Duke and Duchess are expected to stay with Kate’s family in Bucklebury for some time, William has just started his two weeks of paternity leave. The Queen has invited them all to Balmoral (including Kate’s parents) but it isn’t known yet if anyone will accept the invitation.
  • A Kensington Palace spokesperson has said “This is now private and quiet time for them to get to know their son.”
  • There is word we may see a more formally organized photocall for the Prince in about two weeks, obviously I will update when we have more details.
  • The christening could take place within the next 90 days. Prince George will wear a replica of the Honiton lace robe used since 1841 for royal babies. The original was made for Queen Victoria’s oldest daughter, but after 30 christenings over the years it became too fragile for use and a copy was made in 2008. Many think the christening will take place after the Queen and Prince Philip return from Balmoral.

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A quick note on charitable endeavors. Yesterday we mentioned that William and Kate requested that anyone thinking about sending a gift instead make a donation to the Imperial College Healthcare Charity. It reminded me to mention we are approaching the last month of our Baby Cambridge Fundraiser, with all donations going to EACH (East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices), one of Kate’s patronages.

EACH Baby Cambridge Fundraiser

EACH Baby Cambridge Fundraiser

Your generosity has helped us generate $5819+ in donations, many, many thanks to everyone who has donated!  We are getting very close to our goal but still have a ways to go. Every little bit helps, if you are able to donate even $2, click here to visit our Just Giving page.

Finally, there is a program airing tomorrow night about something we’re familiar with, often called the Kate effect. “Kate’s Baby Bounce” airs on ITV’s ‘Tonight’ program at 7:30pm BST, it is hosted by Laura Kuenssberg, the network’s business editor. The show will look at how the Kate effect could impact the British baby industry, and also looks at Kate’s popularity in the US. And…. it’s possible someone you’re familiar with could be part of the broadcast….as well as a few Kate fashion fans from the Michigan area. (I know, I’m a terrible tease.)

For all of our friends who can see ITV, that is Thursday night at 7:30pm on the Tonight program. For those of us unable to see the show we will effort a link to online viewing or You Tube or whatnot.

 

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