We have several updates to share, beginning with news many readers may have already seen, Kate has been out and about running errands and doing some shopping.
Above we see the Duchess in London last Wednesday.Â Kate is wearing her plaid cape, debate continues as to whether it is a 2010 Zara piece (below right), or a contemporary item from Orvis, the company has a strong UK presence.
This one brought no surprises, the McQ by McQueen Black Watch came out a clear winner.Â When voting on previously worn outerwear you selected another McQueen item, also by a sizable margin. The white Samurai tiered coat was another obvious favorite.
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Unfortunately yours truly neglected to mention two dresses, the Jonathan Saunders Evelyn (below left) and Temperley Beatrice (below right), both worn on the Royal Tour. They were key looks but neither came up terribly high on the polls we did right after the Tour.
L: Splash News / Jonathan Saunders R: Arthur Edwards-PA Wire/Temperley London
Two other quick notes of interest, the first involving our friends at Links of London.
Also, retailers are starting to stock spring styles. That’s no surprise, but definitely a welcome sight nonetheless. We thought we would share just a few, beginning with these LK Bennett looks from the retailer’s early spring lookbook.
I thought it would be fun to share two different coat styles as well. The first is by Alexander McQueen in a rayon satin weave.
The Duchess was in an older-season dress by Oasis for her solo visit to Liverpool on Valentine’s Day 2012. Â The always-on-top-of-things Kate Middleton Style Blog says the knit dress is an older piece, the most we can add is that the turtleneck dress has long sleeves, and it is knee length.
We saw another Kiely dress in March when Prince Charles and Kate visited the Dulwich Gallery. The dress has a floral motif applique at the front neck, full pleated skirt, three-quarter sleeves and a self-belt.Â It was part of the brand’s autumn 2011 collection.
For her first public speaking engagement in March Kate wore a rich blue dress by Reiss to The Treehouse, a new children’s hospice being opened by EACH. The ‘Trina’ is from an older season, Kate’s mother, Carole Middleton, is said to have worn the dress to Ascot in 2010.Â It is double-breasted with an elaborate, oversized collar, scoop pockets at the hip and horizontally pieced fabric about 8 inches above the hem.
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Kate wore Amanda Wakeley’s “Sculpted Felt Seamed dress” when visiting the Imperial War Museum with Prince William in April of last year. The fitted dress has three-quarter length sleeves, a slash neck and seam detailing. It came in three colors when originally released, the Duchess was in the Oatmeal version for an engagement at Royal Marsden Hospital in September 2011. The dress gets its name from its “felled seams,” a tailoring technique for a more polished finish on seams.
Many Diamond Jubilee events were in June of last year, our next item is from the Jubilee Concert on June 4th. Photographs were minimal (at best), Kate was in the ‘Bella Body Conscious Dress’ by Whistles.Â The fitted dress is shirred at the waist and has an exposed metal zipper on the back; it is mostly silk although the lining is primarily polyester.
Kate wore a Stella McCartney dress in July for an appearance at the National Portrait Gallery, the designer’s ‘Ridley’ stretch dress. The most distinctive feature of this piece: the darts on the outside of the garment, usually they are concealed inside a garment. The form fitting dress is is from the fall 2010 collection, it is made of a viscose/acetate blend with a touch of elastane for stretch, and features short sleeves and a hidden back zipper frock.
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In July Kate joined Harry & William for the announcement of a new charitable initiative, she wore the ‘Wessex’ dress from Hobbsâ€™ spring/summer 2012 collection. The piece has a modified boat neck, short sleeves, fitted waist, and full skirt.
Lewis Whyld/PA Wire - Hobbs - Rebecca English/Daily Mail/Mail Online
While visiting the Solomon Islands on the Royal Tour the Duchess went with a sunny yellow Jaeger dress for a busy morning of activity. The dress was knee length, with cap sleeves, a button front, shirt collar, fitted top, full skirt, and a self-belt.
World Vision/Jaeger/Rebecca English, The Daily Mail-Mail Online
Another dress we saw during the tour: Mulberry’s knee-length, sleeveless style in ‘midnight navy’.
For our look at “dressier” pieces (that was the best term I could come up with) we begin with a dress initially worn when Kate and William traveled to Denmark in 2011 for UNICEF. It was worn again when Kate visited Newcastle in October, and then once more at the unveiling of her portrait (shown below). We’re talking about the â€˜Sofie Raeâ€™ dress by Whistles: 100% silk, with a deep vee neckline and what some call a â€˜granddad collar,â€™ there is also significant fabric gathering at the waist and shoulder.
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Next, the Matthew Williamson Kate wore to the AprilÂ premiÃ¨re of African Cats, a fundraiser for the Tusk Trust.Â The dress is originally from Mr. Williamsonâ€™s pre-fall 2012 collection, additional embellishment of the ornate beadwork was added to the neckline on Kate’s version. This piece also has an exposed zipper in the back and that peplum detailing Kate is so fond of.
Splash News/Matthew Williamson Courtesy Photo
In May we saw Kate wear a soft pink dress by Emilia Wickstead for two different functions. The first was the Sovereigns’ Luncheon on May 18 (center & right photos), the second a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on the 29th. Kate’s dress was knee length with a full pleated skirt. It also features a fitted bodice with concealed off-center closure and an inset waistband above the skirt.
For the Queen’s Jubilee River Pageant in June Kate wore aÂ bright-red crepe dress Alexander McQueen dress from the pre-fall 2011 collection. The dress is 100% wool, featuring a fitted top with cut-out front hem, pleated skirt and a hidden back zipper. (Kate’s version had sleeves added.)
Kate wore another piece by McQueen for the solemn Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving The knee length dress showcased exquisite lace atop a white or ivory base, long sleeves, a modified boat neckline, and satin ribbon or sash detailing at the waist.
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There were more ceremonial events in June of last year, including Trooping the Colour on the 16th. The Duchess chose a silvery grey frock by Erdem, a fully bespoke piece created especially for her. The dress was based on the designer’s classic sheath profile, incorporating several of Erdemâ€™s signature design elements: a gored bodice, seamed waist, three-quarter sleeves.
When attending the wedding of her close friend, Alice St. John Webster, Kate went to a label she has worn previously, Beulah London. She wore the Blossom Dress, made ofÂ 100% silk chiffon, with pleating on the shoulders and cuffs, there is also a thin tie around waist.
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The Royal Tour showcased several styles that were more formal in line and fabric, including Kate’s first look in Singapore, it was created by Jenny Packham. The dress for welcoming ceremonies and a visit to the famed Botanic Gardens was pale pink, showcasing hand-painted orchids, a kimono inspired neckline/waist detailing, as well as three-quarter sleeves.
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Kate returned to Erdem for another Tour frock, this one worn to a reception at Eden Hall, the British High Commissionerâ€™s residence.Â The Duchess’s dress was a modified version of a piece from the designerâ€™s spring collection, crafted of silk chiffon with a pleated skirt, exposed back and flyaway sleeves. (The sleeves were the element added to Kate’s frock.)
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Kate returned to Jenny Packham for another custom frock on the Tour, this one for a solemn visit to the Kranji War Memorial. The dress featured a button front bodice, lace overlay on the bodice and sleeves, a full, pleated skirt, done in ‘duck egg blue’ color.
James Whatling - Splash News/WKW Facebook Friends Sarah & Phil
We enjoyed another elegant look when the Duchess donned a style byÂ Alice Temperley for tea at the British High Commissionerâ€™s residence in Kuala Lumpur. The piece is from the designerâ€™s fall 2012 collection, it features that exquisite white embroidery contrasting with an almost Wedgwood blue lining, bateau neckline, flared skirt and sheer three quarter sleeves.
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One of the more challenging items to identify this year was the dress worn underneath an elegant black dress coat that Kate wore for an evening out in October. After much detective work it turns out Kate was wearing another piece from Reiss, a dress dating back to 2009, the â€œRozaliaâ€.Â With apologies for the less-than-stellar photos, it’s all I can find, but I felt I should include this one.
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Our final piece in the ‘dressy dresses’ category is another Temperley, the Esmeralda. Kate wore a version of this style to the Buckingham Palace reception for Team GB members in late October, clearly, her garment was embellished with sequins and lace.
That wraps up our new styles, it’s time to vote.
Now we move to our final category, dresses Kate has previously worn. Our first is the iconic blue Zara dress Kate wore the day after she married William, then reprised for the church service of thanks to celebrate the 90th birthday of Prince Philip. In 2012 Kate wore it for engagements in Nottingham, you can just a bit of it peeking out from behind the M Missoni coat in the photo below left.
We saw Kate bring back her Reiss ‘Peacock’ dress, wearing it for Order of the Garter ceremonies in June.Â She first wore this piece to the Epsom Derby in June of 2011 (shown below right).Â The dress was tough to spot under Kate’s much-loved McQueen coat (below left), but fashion fans were able to discern it was the Peacock. The style has corded embroidery on the bodice, a round neck, cinched-in waist, and full skirt that is heavily lined.
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Kate repeated her Alexander McQueen ‘Sailor Dress,’ although it is actually separates it seemed more appropriate to include it with the dresses category.Â The dress was first worn on July 4 of 2011, in Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island (seen below right), part of the North American Tour. This time the Duchess wore it to watch tennis at Wimbledon in early July (left & center photos).
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For Kate’s second trip to Wimbledon last summer she brought back another frock first seen on the 2011 Tour, Joseph’s ‘Vanessa’ dress.Â The piece was described this way: “sleeveless scoop-neck dress features grosgrain banding and ruching at the waist. Vertical grosgrain banding at hidden back zip. Serged edges at neckline and at arm openings, lined skirt.”
PA Wire/Joseph/Canadian Heritage
We also had another look at the Roksanda Ilincic ‘Peridot’ dress, initially worn for Kate and William’s arrival in Los Angeles in 2011, seen last year for a GREAT Campaign reception. The dress is described as ‘light blue-grey with cap sleeves, a draped neck to one side with pleats downÂ to waistband, pleated skirt, white tulle neckline and cuff trim, exposed centre back zip and beige grosgrain front tie.”
AP Photo/Sang Tan/UK Press Association
Our final ‘previously seen’ dress was worn to the Natural History Museum last November when Kate was on hand to officially open a new gallery.Â It is the ‘Full Pleated Shirt Dress’ from Mulberry, featuring a Peter Pan collar, pleats just about everywhere, and long sleeves gathered at the cuff. The 100% silk material has Mulberryâ€™s â€˜Peace and Loveâ€™ pattern woven into it, and the color is officially called â€˜cabbage’.
Via Paul Harrison, Sky News (@SkyNewsPaul)
I am eager to see how the voting turns out on all three of these groups.
We are back with a few more of our 2012 polls, Our first poll looks at Kate’s “old,” or previously seen footwear. We’re doing this one because I think favorites may change or differ from last year’s choices after having an additional year of seeing Kate wear the shoes in different settings with different outfits.
We begin with the Jimmy Choo “Cosmic,” part of the brand’s 24:7 capsule collection of handbags, shoes and boots. It features a towering 5″ heel atop a 1″ closed-toe platform. Kate’s version is black suede, selling for $695 at Jimmy Choo, as well as Net-a-Porter. (There are many other finishes available, including patent and glitter.)Â though.Â Here is an example of Kate wearing the Cosmic with a shorter dress, providing a good look at the shoe.
Jimmy Choos Cosmic
Kate’s grey Rupert Sanderson “Malone” shoes were back this year, the Duchess paired them with her blue M Missoni coat when visiting Fortnum & Mason with HM and Camilla in March. The grey suede heels feature a rounded toe and 4â€³ heel, they were previously seen in 2011 for Order of the Garter.Â The shoe is shown in stock at the company’s website, but only in black patent, it is Â£375 (about $600).
Not to be overlooked, the much loved Sledge by LK Bennett, seen many times in 2012. (If ever I thought anÂ inanimate object deserved its own parody Twitter account, the Sledge would be it.) The patent leather shoe has a 4.5″ heel, 1″ platform and rounded toe. The color worn by Kate is Taupe, the shoe comes in many other colors. The Sledge is available at LK Bennett for Â£195/$345 and also $345 at Nordstrom.
Paul Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire - LK Bennett
Kate’s black Prada pumps were seen several times last year, the distinctive ‘curved’ heel distinguishes them from other styles, as does the black PradaÂ heel and gold logo.
We have separated out boots from other footwear, the styles and purposes are so different it didn’t make sense to have them grouped together. In the boot category we begin with Kate’s “Charge It” boots from Russell and Bromley, shown most recently when Kate was discharged from the hospital in December. Unfortunately this style is no longer available.
Aqutalalia’s high-heeled “Rhumba” boots were seen on many occasions. The boots have a stacked heel, rubber sole, half zipper and weatherproofed suede with a bit of stretch to it, one reason they are so comfortable. (And popular.) The Rhumba is available for $698 at Aquatalia, in *very* limited sizes atÂ half-price at Neiman Marcus.
Kate’s other Aquatalia footwear was also seen with some frequency, her “Royal” booties (called the “Regal” at Aquatalia) were worn several times. The shoe has a cushioned footbed, elastic stretch panels, and a 3.5″ heel with a 1/2″ platform. Nordstrom offers the bootie it in many sizes and colors for $398, although Kate’s ‘Espresso’ suede seems to be sold out. Aquatalia has the bootie in several colors as well, it is $425.
Splash News/Aquatalia by Marvin K.
Our next pair of boots is more practical, Kate’s Le Chameau wellies appeared again in 2012, shown below on a “roughing it” camping program in June.Â She wears the â€˜Vierzonord,â€˜ a style designed to protect against cold temperatures that is also “100% waterproof”.Â The boots remain available in many sizes at Philip Morris UK, the US version of these are the Ladies Vierzon Nord, we show them at Orvis, they seem to have most sizes in stock.
At the April wedding of Kate’s friend Hannah Gillingham she wore a hat attributed to Madeleine Millinery by the Daily Mail. Unfortunately we have no photos of the event, neither of the picture services I use have images.Â You can see pictures from the Mail here, or visit Pop Sugar for 60+ photos. (It will be included in our poll.)
The Duchess spruced up a previously seen Emilia Wickstead dress with a new pink hat for the Buckingham Palace Garden party in May.Â The hat is byÂ Jane Corbett, featuring a broad brim, lace trim on the underside and a bow detail atop and below the brim.
June brought a panoply of hats, we saw yet another during Garter Day events. The piece by milliner Jane Corbett showcased aÂ creamy sisal base topped by an elaborate bow.Â I believe Kate wore the same hat to the June 30th wedding of her friend Alice St. John Webster, our limited photos of that event are here.
Jane Taylor Millinery/Rebecca English, The Daily Mail-Mail Online
When attending the wedding of longtime friend Thierry Kelaart in late September Kate sported a new hat once again I don’t have photos, and suggest you visit this story in the Mail. It was a soft grey straw trimmed with organdie, embroidered to match the embroidery on Kate’s silvery gray Erdem dress worn for Trooping the Colour.
Our final hat from 2012 is a repeated item, seen during Remembrance Sunday ceremonies in November. Kate brought back the distinctive black Philip Treacy style worn for Williamâ€™s passing out ceremony at Sandhurst in 2006.
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We’ll have our final surveys (on Kate’s dresses) within the week.