William and Kate attended a wedding today in the idyllic setting of Ewelme, in Oxfordshire. Their good friends, William van Cutsem and Rosie Ruck Keene were married, Royal photographer Mark Stewart reports that William was an usher, so Kate came to the wedding with friends.
Topshop Florence Maternity Dress (no longer available)
After loads of input via comments on the original post, Facebook comments and email, it looks like Kate is wearing the Florence. While I am a seamstress, I’ve not worn maternity apparel and it it makes sense to listen to those with more experience on the topic.
As mentioned, Kate paired the dress with her Ralph Lauren jacket from several years ago.
She also carried her black clutch and Episode ‘Angel’ pumps.
The Duchess did wear a smart new fascinator, we don’t know the maker yet, and will update if we do learn more about the piece.
UPDATED: The kind folks at Vivien Sheriff messaged me Tuesday to let me know Kate was wearing a piece they created.
Our next item involves Kate wearing a different brand of shoes. There have been multiple posts on Twitter this past week by people who say they have seen Kate out and about in Anglesey. One such tweet was posted Friday by Matt Steele, he even noted the brand of footwear Kate was wearing.
Matt Steele Twitter Feed
The brand originated in Spain, the shoes are made in factory near the small town of Arnedo.
Initially I was taken aback someone could note a shoe label so easily, until the savvy WKW Facebook crew pointed out that it can be easy to spot Flossys, they have a distinctive tag at the heel.
Kate might like the pair shown above, they are done in broderie anglaise, or eyelet, a favorite fabric for her. Some say Flossys are akin to the US-based brand TOMS: both brands are made of fabric, lightweight, and easy to slip on and off.
The frock is a classic DVF wrap dress showcasing a rich paisley pattern. Kate has had the dress for more than a decade however, she wore it to a party at St. Andrews in 2002, and again in 2005 for dinner with Prince William, a photo of the latter instance can be seen here.
The dress is 100% silk in a v-neck style with self-belt. There is pink piping at the cuffs of the three-quarter sleeves, pockets, collar and vertical front seaming detail. I believe the identification was made almost simultaneously by eBay Sellers CopyKate and Logman, many thanks to Franciele for sharing this information.
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This morning St. James’s Palace released news that Kate and William are headed to Scotland the first weekend of April. We thought it would be fun to share a look at the couple’s itinerary and chat about possible brands Kate might wear.
Kate and William (known as the Earl and Countess of Strathearn in Scotland) are to visit Glasgow, Dumfries House during their time in Scotland, along with Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria. Below, a scenic view of Dumfries House.
The House was built between 1754 and 1759. In 2007 Prince Charles headed a consortium that actually purchased the House so it could remain open and accessible to the public. Work continues on the House and grounds today with many improvements on the drawing board.
Now to itineraries, here is the plan for Thursday, April 4:
The couple will visit the Quarriers Stopover project, a service helping single homeless people aged 16-25. More from a news release:
When many of the young people arrive at Stopover they have drug or alcohol addiction problems or experience mental health issues. Staff at the project work intensively to support them in addressing head on the challenges they face.
Current and past residents supported by Quarriers Stopover Service will get a chance to talk to Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge about their experiences of being homeless in Glasgow.
The day begins when Kate and William join Prince Charles (known as the Duke of Rothesay in Scotland) in opening the new Tamar Manoukian Outdoor Centre at Dumfries House.
The three Royals will be welcomed by children from the uniformed youth services represented by Youth United. Youth United is “a network of the UK’s largest and most established voluntary and volunteering youth organisations” according to the group’s website.
One of the group’s taking part in the function is the Sea Cadets of Ayrshire, more from that organization’s home page:
Our cadets are part of another Royal gathering in April 2013 for the grand opening of Dumfries House Resource Centre for Uniformed Youth Groups of Ayrshire
The Royals will watch units taking part in activities followed by a fly past of 3 Typhoons from 6 Squadron RAF Leuchars, bound to be a treat for everyone.
RAF/Ministry of Defence
RAF Leuchars is actually fairly close to Saint Andrews, on the east coast of Scotland.
William and Kate will also visit the Astute-class Submarine Building at BAE Systems in Barrow-in-Furness. Below, one of the submarines.
Photo by Mike Vallance/BAE Systems
We will share more information about the Scotland visit as it becomes available.
A word or two about Scottish fashion labels, with the obvious caveat that some of the labels mentioned might be more practical for the Duchess when there are no concerns about sizing for her third trimester, I think that is roughly where she will be by the first week of April.
One of the most obvious choices is Glasgow-born Christopher Kane. The Duchess wore a bespoke piece by the designer last summer for the London 2012 Opening Ceremony.
Dominic Lipinski (L) & Michael Kappeler (R)/Press Association Images
The designer’s spring pieces would be too lightweight for what is likely to be chilly weather. I’m not sure what we would see from Mr. Kane on the trip, unless Kate opted for one of the line’s sweaters, like this mohair and wool piece. (And the itinerary doesn’t seem to offer many, if any casual events.)
Jonathan Saunders is another designer with Scottish roots, Kate wore one of his frocks on last year’s Tour, the “Evelyn” dress.
James Whatling/Splash News
Mr. Saunder graduated from the Glasgow School of Art, he is particularly skilled with creating and using prints. Below, looks from his Fall 2013 and Pre-fall collections, styles that *might* work with significant tailoring.
Jonathan Saunders Courtesy Images
Should Kate elect to wear a hat on the trip I wouldn’t be surprised to see her select one by Scotland’s William Chambers, his studio is in Glasgow and last year he was named Scottish Designer of the Year for the second time. Milliner extraordinaire Stephen Jones was even quoted in Scotland’s Herald as recommending Mr. Chambers to either or both Middleton sisters.
“He is a fantastic milliner… He makes things that are classically beautiful in an elegant way but he makes things that are wearable. If I was Pippa or Kate I would be looking to someone like William Chambers because he has that modern edge.”
We move to labels that would make sense now, beginning with Pringle of Scotland, the storied knitwear company founded almost 200 years ago. Here we see two spring ensembles by Pringle.
Pringle of Scotland
I’ve made no secret of my fondness for the brand, below, another photo of the spring line, this one from Pringle’s presentation at Fashion Week.
Pringle of Scotland
Tilda Swinton and Princess Caroline of Monaco at the launch of Pringle’s Princess Grace exhibit, the late Princess of Monaco was a loyal customer.
Pringle of Scotland Facebook
Our final looks from Pringle come from the a/w 2013 Ready to Wear collection. All have elements that would work for Kate with modification.
Pringle of Scotland
The one other heritage brand I wanted to quickly mention is Harris Tweed. Below, Ben Affleck in a Harris Tweed sportcoat, worn by his character in the film Argo.
Harris Tweed Hebrides
More on the unique nature of the textile, actually protected and defined by an Act of Parliament.
The definition of Harris Tweed contained in the Harris Tweed Act of 1993 clearly defines Harris Tweed as follows: “Handwoven by the islanders at their homes in the Outer Hebrides, finished in the Outer Hebrides, and made from pure virgin wool dyed and spun in the Outer Hebrides.”
Some Kate fashion fans have recognized the material in pieces by Katherine Hooker, below we show one of the designer’s coats in mint green, grey herringbone and barley weave Harris Tweed.
Harris Tweed Authority
Other brands that Kate wears using Harris Tweed include Alexander McQueen and Mulberry. Below, an exquisite coat in the material.
Harris Tweed Hebrides
There are plenty of accessories made using Harris Tweed.
We are back with the long-overdue dress polls. In an effort to keep them as manageable as possible we have divided the dresses into three categories:
more casual dresses
previously worn garments
I did the best I could trying to sort them into appropriate groups, hopefully everyone will be comfortable with how things are categorized.
We begin with the more casual styles. In February Kate opted for a dress by Jesire when visiting the National Portrait Gallery. The double-breasted dress had an exaggerated shawl collar, three-quarter sleeves and full skirt. There was a bit of chatter after Kate’s appearance that the defunct label might be revived, that no longer seems likely.
The Duchess was in an older-season dress by Oasis for her solo visit to Liverpool on Valentine’s Day 2012. 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. 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. It is double-breasted with an elaborate, oversized collar, scoop pockets at the hip and horizontally pieced fabric about 8 inches above the hem.
Anthony Devlin – PA Wire/Fat Girls Like Nice Dresses Too Blog
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.
While Kate and Lupo watched William and Harry play polo she wore a Libelula dress, the Rebecca mermaid blue and brown petal. The knee-length dress is 100% silk, it has contrasting trim at the collar, waist, cuffs and buttons.
James Whatling / Splash News
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. 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.
In July Kate joined Harry & William for the announcement of a new charitable initiative, she wore the ‘Wessex’ dress from Hobbs 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 Sofie Rae dress by Whistles: 100% silk, with a deep vee neckline and what some call a granddad collar, there is also significant fabric gathering at the waist and shoulder.
John Stillwell/PA Wire
Next, the Matthew Williamson Kate wore to the April premiere of African Cats, a fundraiser for the Tusk Trust. The dress is originally from Mr. Williamson’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 a 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.
UK /UK Armed Forces Facebook
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 Erdem’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 of 100% silk chiffon, with pleating on the shoulders and cuffs, there is also a thin tie around waist.
Beulah London/Official Freyja Twitter (@OfficialFreyja)
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.
Splash News/The Straits Times Facebook/Splash News
Kate returned to Erdem for another Tour frock, this one worn to a reception at Eden Hall, the British High Commissioner’s residence. The Duchess’s dress was a modified version of a piece from the designer’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.)
James Whatling/Splash News
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 by Alice Temperley for tea at the British High Commissioner’s residence in Kuala Lumpur. The piece is from the designer’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.
Arthur Edwards-The Sun-PA Wire/Rebecca English, The Daily Mail/Mail Online
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 Rozalia. With apologies for the less-than-stellar photos, it’s all I can find, but I felt I should include this one.
Splash News/eBay UK
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. She first wore this piece to the Epsom Derby in June of 2011 (shown below right). 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.
Splash News/Reiss/Splash News
Kate repeated her Alexander McQueen ‘Sailor Dress,’ although it is actually separates it seemed more appropriate to include it with the dresses category. 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).
PA Wire/AELTC Facebook Page/Canadian Heritage
For Kate’s second trip to Wimbledon last summer she brought back another frock first seen on the 2011 Tour, Joseph’s ‘Vanessa’ dress. 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 down 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. 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 Mulberry’s Peace and Love pattern woven into it, and the color is officially called cabbage.
Via Paul Harrison, Sky News (@SkyNewsPaul)
I am eager to see how the voting turns out on all three of these groups.