Jan 272017
 

We are back with word of several new engagements for Kate, as well as a few polls. First, a look at an updated version of Kate’s Calendar:

  • Sunday, February 5: Kate, William & Harry will take part in a Heads Together training day for the London Marathon. They will join 150 runners who are taking part in the Marathon. “The runners are fundraising for the eight Heads Together Charity Partners or the campaign itself and there will be a session to support their efforts in raising funds for the services and support giving vital help with mental health, day in, day out.”
  • Monday, February 6: As part of Children’s Mental Health Week Kate and William take part in an assembly at Mitchell Brook Primary School. The event is part of the Big Assembly, Place2Be’s effort asking schools across the UK to take part in sharing a little kindness with pupils, families, and staff. The couple will also present the first Place2Be Kindness Cup to a pupil “who has shown exceptional kindness in their school community and beyond.”
  • Monday, February 6: The Duke and Duchess and Prince Harry will attend a Guild of Health Writers conference. “The Duke and Duchess will meet members of the Guild of Health Writers, along with leaders of the Heads Together Charity Partners. After listening to the Heads Together runner speak at the conference, the Duke will give a short speech. The Duke and Duchess will then listen to the presentations of four experts on the conference theme.”

The BAFTA Awards will mean an evening gown for the Duchess. Many will remember the Alexander McQueen dress Kate wore when attending a 2011 BAFTA dinner in Los Angeles with Prince William.

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© Splash News

That gives us a nice segue to our next poll as it focuses on formal styles worn by the Duchess in 2016.

We begin with the Saloni London dress worn to a Palace reception in advance of the India/Bhutan tour. Kate wore the label’s Mary Flocked Chiffon gown, also called the ‘Mary Illusion Dot Dress.’ The frock featured a high ruffle neck on the front with a plunging vee in the back, nipped-in waistline, and sheer sleeves.

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Victoria Murphy, The Daily Mirror / i-Images

During the spring tour of India and Bhutan, we saw several formalwear looks. The first was this hand-beaded Jenny Packham gown and matching shawl/cape worn for a gala fundraiser.

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All ©Splash

For a party celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday at the High Commissioner’s New Delhi residence, the Duchess opted for separates by Temperley London. The Delphia cropped top and skirt both featured “opulent embroidery motifs of Indian Chintz and lattice.”

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©Nunn Syndication, Polaris / i-Images / Nunn Syndication, Polaris

Kate surprised many of us with a dress by American designer Anna Sui when arriving at Kaziranga National Park in India. The floral Crinkled Silk Chiffon and Twill Dress had multiple panels defined by dimensional embroidery; it was from the designer’s a/w 2015 collection.

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©i-Images/Rebecca English, The Daily Mail / i-Images

The next full-length dress we saw the Duchess wear on the tour was a Tory Burch piece. Referred to as the “Floral Mesh Gown” by Tory Burch, the style was called the “Embroidered Tulle Gown” at Net-a-Porter. The dress showcased “retro-inspired florals in shades of sky-blue, orange, green and brown,” with an embellished neckline, sheer sleeves, and a side slit.

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©Polaris / Polaris / Splash

Kate returned to a favorite label for an evening reception in Bhutan, wearing the Juliet by Beulah London. The gown showcased an abstract poppy print; the national flower in Bhutan is the Himalayan Blue Poppy.

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All ©Nunn Syndication/Polaris

The Duchess sported another royal blue gown last year, a ‘cold-shoulder’ style by Roland Mouret. At a Kensington Palace SportsAid party in June Kate wore the ‘Nansen’ gown from the Resort 2016 collection. The dress showcased a mermaid silhouette, multiple darts, tucks and fabric inserts.

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©Splash/i-Images/

Many enjoyed seeing the blush pink Jenny Packham gown make a return appearance at the EACH black tie dinner in June. From the designer’s spring 2011 ready to wear collection, the frock was first seen at a June 2011 fundraising dinner.

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All © Pool / Splash News

We saw the Duchess debut another new designer at a November film premiere when she wore the Pleated Crochet Maxi Dress by Self Portrait. The dress showcased guipure-lace on the bodice and sleeves, high neck, and shutter-pleated crepe skirt with a high slit.

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In December at the Queen’s Buckingham Palace Diplomatic Reception Kate brought back the bespoke lace and chiffon Jenny Packham gown first worn to the China State Dinner in 2015.

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©i-Images / REX-Shutterstock

Now it’s time to pick your favorite!

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We also have a poll for the cocktail dresses worn by the Duchess last year. For a July awards presentation, Kate debuted another off the shoulder design, this one by Barbara Casasola.

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For William and Kate’s debut at Royal Ascot, we saw another lace dress from Italian design duo Dolce and Gabbana, the brand’s Cotton Blend Lace Dress. The piece showcased a fitted bodice, sheer sleeves and full, tiered skirt.

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©Polaris/Polaris/i-Images/Splash News

In July the Duchess was in a lace dress for somber events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. The dress is attributed to Jenny Packham, and it features a Peter Pan collar, peplum detailing at the waist, and three-quarter sleeves.

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All Photos ©Nunn Syndication/Polaris

As many will remember, Kate wore the Finella dress by British luxury label Preen for a reception at Government House during the Canada tour.

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All Photos © James Whatling/Splash News

The Duchess wore the black version of the Finella for November’s Place2Be Wellbeing in School awards. The black Finella dress is also made of matte stretch fabric, and features the same asymmetric neckline, draped bodice, and box pleated skirt. (Both the red and black Finella dresses remain available in limited sizes at Net-a-Porter.)

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I was really torn about including the See by Chloé dress worn to the children’s party in Canada, as well as the McQueen worn for Princess Charlotte’s christening that we saw at Trooping the Colour in June. Ultimately I decided not to include them, but I can certainly understand if some feel they should be part of this poll.

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Now to our look at the new coats worn by the Duchess in 2016. The first was a distinctive Erdem design worn for the annual Commonwealth Day church service in March. The garment is a customized version of a style from the pre-fall 2015 collection.

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In June the Duchess wore Catherine Walker for a church service honoring the Queen’s 90th birthday. The collarless coatdress was made of a soft blue wool crepe and featured a hand-applied lace border.

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©Polaris/Polaris/i-Images

Kate chose a piece by M Missoni for one of the Somme commemorations in June. The Long Snake Stitch design showcased the distinctive Missoni zig-zag motif, accented by metallic threads in the fabric.

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For a day of engagements in Manchester Kate was in an Erdem coat from the designer’s 2016 Resort collection.

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© i-Images / Polaris / Polaris

Kate debuted a new coat from Temperley London at the annual Festival of Remembrance in November. The Duchess was in a piece from the 2014 pre-fall collection, the Callas Evening Coat, a fit and flare design crafted from a jacquard fabric.

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© Polaris / Polaris / Splash

It will be fun to see what you think of all these different looks from last year!

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Jan 192017
 

We are back with some news and our first polls looking at Kate’s 2016 wardrobe, beginning with one of my favorite topics: shoes. First, today’s confirmation by Kensington Palace that Kate, William, Prince George and Princess Charlotte will be based in London starting in the autumn.

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Kensington Palace

From the statement:

Their Royal Highnesses love their time in Norfolk and it will continue to be their home.

From this autumn, however, the Duke and Duchess will increasingly base their family at Kensington Palace. As they have in recent years, their royal Highnesses are keen to continue to increase their official work on behalf of the Queen and for the charities and causes they support, which will require greater time  spent in London. 

Prince George will begin school in London in September and Princess Charlotte will also go to nursery and eventually school in London as well.

The release also notes that Prince William will be giving up his duties as a Pilot with East Anglia Air Ambulance,

It has been a huge privilege to fly with the East Anglia Air Ambulance. Following on from my time in the military, I have had experiences in this job I will carry with me for the rest of my life, and that will add a valuable perspective to my royal work for decades to come.”

We will stay with the story and update as appropriate.

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Before we get to the polls, a big ‘thank you’ to everyone commenting on our posts taking a broad view of Kate’s clothing last year. The first (“2016: The Year Kate Amped Up Her Working Wardrobe“) looked at styles from the many new designers/brands the Duchess patronized last year. The second post (“Designs that Packed a Punch in 2016“) focused on style statements that came from designers the Duchess had previously worn, and all of the input was terrific. It was fascinating to see what you would have included/omitted from the lists.

Now to the shoes. We saw the introduction of 18 new pairs of dress shoes last year, and five pairs that were more casual in design. It was difficult deciding how to break up the different styles, hopefully putting some in the ‘casual’ category won’t seem terribly odd.  We start with the Rupert Sanderson ‘Malory’ ($675) in navy suede, worn to a February service in honor of the RAF Air Cadets.

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©Rupert Sanderson / Polaris / Rupert Sanderson

Rupert Sanderson’s ‘Winona’ ($655) in gray suede was worn to the Commonwealth Day church service in March.

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©Rupert Sanderson / /Rupert Sanderson

The Prada ‘Pointy Toe’ style in navy suede was first seen at the March opening of an EACH resale shop.

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©Polaris / Prada / i-Images

The Duchess was in a new pair of LK Bennett Fern Pumps ($345) in the ‘trench’ (nude) colorway when arriving in India at the start of this spring’s tour.

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LK Bennett / Splash News

Also in India, the debut of the Prada Wavy Strap Sandal in black suede ($750), accessorizing a Jenny Packham gown at a glamorous Bollywood fundraiser.

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Bergdorf Goodman / Splash News

The Duchess opted for a new pair of heels to go with a new Emilia Wickstead dress while in India, the Rupert Sanderson Calice in ‘pink lady crack‘ ($675).

UK in India/Rupert Sanderson

UK in India/Rupert Sanderson

At a party celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday Kate wore the Gianvito Rossi Sisely Suede Sandals in Black ($777), also called the Criss Cross Sandals.

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Kate wore a new pair of flats when visiting a New Delhi charityRussell and Bromley’s Xpresso (£175).

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Russell & Bromley/Splash

When taking part in welcoming ceremonies in Bhutan, Kate wore the Florete ($325), also in trench and also by LK Bennett, but with a slightly lower heel measuring 3.3″.

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At a May garden party, the Duchess was in a new pair of Gianvito Rossi heels, the Signature 105 pumps ($675) in the ‘Praline’ colorway.

Net-a-Porter / Polaris Net-a-Porter

Net-a-Porter / Polaris / Net-a-Porter

At Order of the Garter ceremonies in June, the Duchess sported another pair of Gianvito Rossi Signature heels ($675) in a rich red hue.

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In July Kate watched tennis at Wimbledon, wearing a new pair of nude Rupert Sanderson Malory pumps.

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©Splash News/Rupert Sanderson

At the Art Fund Award announcements in July, we saw a new shoe brand for the Duchess, as she wore the ‘Dollie’ sandal ($180) by Brazilian-based Schutz

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©Splash News/The Outnet

On the second day of the Canada tour, Kate wore Russell and Bromley’s Pinpoint (£175) suede heels.

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© i-Images/Russell & Bromley

Also debuting on the tour, the Tod’s Fringed Leather Pumps ($645), paired with a CH Carolina Herrera coat in Whitehorse.

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Tod’s / Polaris

For a series of engagements in Canada on the last day of the tour, we saw the Duchess in a new pair of shoes by J. Crew, the brand’s Avery design ($278) in a plaid tweed fabric

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For a children’s tea party at the Natural History Museum Kate wore the Hugo Boss “Staple P90-L” in embossed leather, another new brand for Kate’s footwear collection.  

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Hugo Boss/Polaris/Hugo Boss

Our final new pair of heels was worn to the Place2Be Awards in November when the Prada Wavy-Cut Suede Pump ($750) was worn with the Preen Finella dress in black.

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Nordstrom / Polaris / Prada

We saw several new casual footwear styles last year. We begin with Russell and Bromley’s loafers, the ‘Chester’ style (£185), worn when Kate was out shopping in January.  

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For a cricket match on the India tour, Kate wore a new pair of wedges, the Monsoon Fleur (£45) in taupe. 

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In pictures released showing the family on a ski trip, the Duchess was in a pair of Sorel boots, the brand’s 1964 Pac2 snow boots in curry with contrasting natural faux fur.

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Sorel / Polaris

For America’s Cup events in May Kate was in a new pair of sneakers, the Adidas Pure Boost in black and shock green ($120).

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On Day 5 of the Canada tour, Kate debuted a new pair of boots by R. Soles, the Virgi Chocolate Suede style ($385).

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R. Soles/i-Images, Polaris

We saw the Duchess in a new pair of sneakers during the Canada tour, when she wore the Superga 2750 Cotu Classic in white canvas while aboard a tall ship in Victoria Harbour.

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Superga/Polaris

We’ll see you early next week!

Oct 202016
 

We are back with a few fashion tidbits, as well as our poll asking for your vote on the ensemble Kate wore during the tour that you liked the most.

First, a followup to a topic raised in comments and on social media regarding ‘resort’ collections. This was prompted by references to the Alexander McQueen dress Kate wore for Tuesday’s Team GB reception as coming from the label’s “Resort” collection. (I should more accurately describe the frock as “based on a dress from that collection,” or as “made with fabric used for other pieces in that collection.”)

For decades “resort”collections, also called “cruise collections,” were just what they sound like: upscale clothing and accessories appropriate for warmer climes, purchased by those fortunate enough to be escaping the winter blahs. The collections generally were in-store in October, featuring styles in lighter weight fabrics and brighter color palettes. But as the popularity of ‘fast fashion’ goods offered by H&M, Topshop and Zara has grown, so has shoppers’ appetites for “buy now, wear now” merchandise.

These days pre-spring and pre-fall collections generate far more revenue for fashion houses and retailers than the standard “spring” and “fall” collections do. Pre-collection merchandise is on the selling floor for a longer period of time than items from the spring/summer and autumn/winter collections, and as a rule, markdowns are not taken as quickly for the pre-collections as they are for spring and fall merchandise. The pre-collections provide fresh editorial fodder for fashion sites and magazines, and offer consumers transitional clothing that can usually be worn when it is purchased.

The Alexander McQueen dress the Duchess wore in Canada is modified from a piece in the pre-spring 2017 collection.

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Alexander McQueen / i-Images

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