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 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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©WhatKateWore.com

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 162013
 

We are back with our third and final poll on Kate’s maternity styles.

Before we start that portion of the post, a quick update on things at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s from our friend Mark Stewart (@RegalEyes), a locale he has dubbed “Camp Kate”.

Royal Photographer Mark Stewart Twitter (@RegalEyes)

Royal Photographer Mark Stewart Twitter (@RegalEyes)

First and foremost, it is hot: 85°+ in London. Today and Thursday are supposed to be even warmer. The “Great Kate Wait” is a term resonating with media and civilians alike, that one comes via Paul Harrison of Sky News.

Silly Season has clearly arrived at St. Mary’s. There is an increasingly wacky parade of odd characters, hangers-on, promoters and lookalikes engaged in a variety of behaviors. This morning it was a Prince Harry lookalike accompanied by a teddy bear.

Danielle Leigh, NBC News Channel (@NewsDanielle)

Danielle Leigh, NBC News Channel (@NewsDanielle)

The media has little else to shoot,the lookalike & bear get facetime.

Jon Stuart Milne Twitter (@JonnyMilne)

Jon Stuart Milne Twitter (@JonnyMilne)

After the requisite photo in front of the Lindo Wing this duo moved on to Buckingham Palace.

Jon Stuart Milne Twitter (@JonnyMilne)

Jon Stuart Milne Twitter (@JonnyMilne)

Of course, yours truly has now engaged in sharing Silly Season. (Smacks head against wall. Stops. Repeats.)

Kate is said to have spent the weekend at her parents home in Bucklebury, William played polo nearby on both Saturday & Sunday, more from Sunday’s Mirror:

Initially, Wills was in two minds over whether to play and volunteered to go to Bucklebury instead.

But Kate persuaded him he should continue with his plans, which he’d agreed to last year long before he knew Kate was pregnant with their first child.

The matches were at Cirencester Park Polo Club, below we see William smiling at a little one just before the match got underway

James Whatling / Splash News

James Whatling / Splash News

Discussion and debate over the wee royal’s arrival continues to fill the media. Over the weekend more US news anchors made the journey to London, more from Brian Stelter in the NY Times:

NBC and ABC, on the other hand, are sending over anchors. The “Today” news reader Natalie Morales flew to London on Sunday. The “Good Morning America” weekend anchor Bianna Golodryga has been there for nearly a week, and she will be joined sometime soon by a regular on the weekday edition, Amy Robach.

Martha MacCullum of Fox News and other on-air talent also made the trip to London this weekend.  For anyone at the hospital who struggles with the difference in London time and Eastern time, two clocks are now set up on the NBC News pillar, as seen in this photo from Paul Harrison.

Paul Harrison/Sky News (@SkyNewsRoyal)

The bigger news is that yesterday’s Daily Mail carried a story from Rebecca English noting something that the Duchess of Cornwall shared: “Camilla told crowd in Cornwall that royal baby is expected this week”

Chatty Camilla let slip the royal secret during a visit to Little Harbour children’s hospice at Porthpean, near St Austell, Cornwall.

As she gave an impromptu speech to the assembled guests, she said: ‘We are all just waiting by the telephone. We are hopeful that by the end of the week he or she will be here.’

A Clarence House spokeswoman later confirmed the comment.

As you can imagine, this little tidbit is making headlines in papers other than the Mail, this is the front page of  the Daily Express today.
The Daily Express

The Daily Express

A final note, we want to send out congratulations to Victoria Murphy of the Daily Mirror. Some may recall that Victoria, who is the Mirror’s royal reporter, discovered she was pregnant around the same time Kate did.

The MIrror

The Mirror

On Saturday Victoria delivered Isobel Aoife.

The Daily Mirror

The Daily Mirror

Isobel weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces; she was actually three days early.

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Moving on to our final poll, we begin with Kate’s April engagements.

For the couple’s visit to Scotland Kate wore the Workers Coat by Moloh for the first day of the trip, seen below when arriving at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow with William on April 4. The next day saw a return of the red Armani coat first noted at William’s passing out ceremony from Sandhurst back in 2006; the button at the waist was moved a touch to allow more room. She accessorized with the Strathearn Tartan scarf seen at the Jubilee River Pageant and the Order of the Thistle  When in Scotland Kate’s official tartan is the Countess of Strathearn.

Splash News/Moloh/PA Wire/Armani

Splash News/Moloh/PA Wire/Armani

We saw a new coat on Kate for the annual Scouts Parade at Windsor Castle, the Frayed Coat in mint tweed by Mulberry, along with her Whiteley Cappuccino beret-style hat. When visiting the Willows School in Manchester Kate returned to another favored designer, Erdem, wearing the Sophia dress.

Rebecca English The Daily Mail & Mail Online/PA Wire/Paul Ellis PA Wire/

Rebecca English The Daily Mail & Mail Online/PA Wire/Paul Ellis PA Wire/Splash News

April 24th Kate wore an icy blue Emila Wickstead dress for an Art Room event at the National Portrait Gallery, a customized version of the this year’s “CZ dress”.

All Photos by Splash News

All Photos by Splash News

Later in April the Duchess visited the Warner Brothers Studios wearing a polka-dotted Topshop frock and black Ralph Lauren jacket. For an engagement at Naomi House children’s hospice Kate selected a peach coat by Tara Jarmon atop a dress by “an independent dressmaker”.

All Photos James Whatling/Splash News

All Photos James Whatling/Splash News

Kate had fewer engagements in May. She repeated the Topshop dress seen just above at the wedding of William van Cutsem and Rosie Ruck Keene on the 11th. For one of the Queen’s garden parties at Buckingham Palace we saw a new piece by Emilia Wickstead, the Marella coat in a sunny yellow print. The Duchess also brought back a Jane Corbett hat, and the oft-carried Park Avenue clutch by Russell & Bromley.

Courtesy Tilly Pudwell/PA Wire/PA Wire

Courtesy Tilly Pudwell/PA Wire/PA Wire

In June Kate wore a new ensemble by Jenny Packham for the church service honoring the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation. The hat may look familiar, it is the same worn to last year’s Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving.

Sean Demspey - PA Wire/Matt Keeble - Splash News/Weir Photos - Splash News

Sean Demspey – PA Wire/Matt Keeble – Splash News/Weir Photos – Splash News

The ceremony officially christening the Royal Princess ship was a bit of a departure for Kate, she wore an animal print dress by Hobbs, the Dalmatian Print Mac.

James Whatling-SplashNews.com/Steve Dunlop-Princess Cruises/Steve Dunlop-Princess Cruises

James Whatling-SplashNews.com/Steve Dunlop-Princess Cruises/Steve Dunlop-Princess Cruises

Kate went with Alexander McQueen for her final formal appearance at Trooping the Colour, a pink coat featuring a wide collar and oversized pearl buttons.

Splash News/PA Wire/Splash News

Splash News/PA Wire/Splash News

We have an interesting dilemma for this poll: there were several occasions in this last trimester when Kate was photographed but photos of these events are very poor quality, or completely unavailable via the agencies I use for licensing. So I am doing these in a separate poll, with links to the sites that have licensed photographs.

  • In April Kate did some shopping in North Norfolk wearing a Really Wild vest, Ralph Lauren purple sweater and and skinny jeans. These photos are by Emma Walker as shared with ITV News Anglia. There has been debate about which vest Kate was actually wearing, many of us believe it to be the piece worn when she spent time ‘roughing it’ with kids taking part in a Widehorizons program in June of 2012.
Emma Walker Pictures via ITV News Anglia

Emma Walker Pictures via ITV News Anglia

Woman's Day Australia/Ser

Woman’s Day Australia/Seraphine

Now! Magazine/Ser

Now! Magazine/Seraphine

Without further verbiage, here is our first poll.

And here is our second poll.

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