Dec 152015
 

Kate brought back a favorite piece for today’s engagement at the Anna Freud Centre.

Splash News

Splash News

The Centre specializes in children’s mental health. Here is more info from the Centre’s website:

…The Anna Freud Centre is working to reduce the burden of mental health difficulties of children and young people. The Centre provides a range of clinical services, specialist teaching and training for practitioners and pursues a programme of cutting edge research.

Some may recall Kate’s first solo engagement after Charlotte’s birth was at the Centre’s Family School in mid-September.

Richard Palmer, The Express/Kensington Palace

Richard Palmer, The Express/Kensington Palace

Today’s activities were more lighthearted as Kate took part in the Centre’s annual Christmas party. The fun included a session on the bongo drums. From Rebecca English’s Daily Mail story:

The future Queen, hilariously, played Queen, tapping out the band’s anthem We Will Rock You‎ during a session on West African goatskin Djembe drums at the Anna Freud Centre in Islington, North London.

Chris Jackson/WPA-Pool/Splash

Chris Jackson/WPA-Pool/Splash

But there can be bongo drum issues when wearing a dress; more from Gordon Rayner’s story in The Telegraph:

Holding a bongo drum between your legs is all but impossible in an Alexander McQueen dress, so the Duchess of Cambridge invented her own “sidesaddle” technique as she joined children at a Christmas party today.

Capone Duggan-Samuels, 12, who sat to her left, said: “Unfortunately, it wasn’t easy for her to hold the drum properly because she was in a dress. She was holding it by her side. But she was making the right sounds.”

Nunn Syndication/POLARIS

Nunn Syndication/POLARIS

At the engagement Kate chatted with a young man about favorite football teams. The Daily Mail story reveals he learned something interesting during that conversation:

The Duchess is not thought to be a keen football fan but when she visited the same pupils in September, some of the pupils came away with the impression she followed the same team as her husband, Prince William: Aston Villa.

But when Rjay‎ Bryan, eight, chatted with her today about William’s support for Villa, the Premier League’s basement team, he then asked which team Kate favoured.

‘We high fived because she supports Chelsea and I support Chelsea. I love people who support Chelsea,’ he said.

Kate also worked with the children on making paper hands. The hands were used to make a Christmas tree collage on the wall. 

Nunn Syndication/Polaris

Nunn Syndication/Polaris

This was one of those engagements where Kate very much in her element, relaxed and enjoying herself.

©Chris Jackson/WPA Pool/Splash news

©Chris Jackson/WPA Pool/Splash news

As it came time for Kate to leave one young man shared a hug.

©Chris Jackson/WPA Rota/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

©Chris Jackson/WPA Rota/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

More on the visit from The Daily Mail:

Kate, who has launched a crusade to improve children’s mental health with early intervention from experts, praised the children for their achievements while at the school.

‘Thank you everyone. It’s been so fantastic to see you all again doing amazing things. Keep it up and have a really happy Christmas,’ she told them before she left.

Now to what Kate wore. We first saw this McQueen frock for the Jubilee River Pageant in June 2012, and again for a dramatic arts event at Buckingham Palace in February 2014.

James Whatling, Splash News/PA Wire/Mirrorpix, Splash News

James Whatling, Splash News/PA Wire/Mirrorpix, Splash News

The dress is a custom version of this style by Alexander McQueen.

Neiman Marcus

Neiman Marcus

Some may recall several celebrities wore the off the rack dress style, including Kim Kardashian and pop star Tulisa.

The festive red was the perfect color for today’s engagement.

©Nunn Syndication/POLARIS

©Nunn Syndication/POLARIS

Kate accessorized with her trusty ‘Power’ pumps from Stuart Weitzman. While the black suede version is no longer available in the US, Russell and Bromley still carries the style, it is called the Plunge (£185, about $275 at today’s exchange rates). The info about R&B still carrying the shoe comes via a comment on FB message, I apologize for not remembering just who shared that information.

UPDATE Dec 23: We have heard from another reader that the Plunge is *not* the same as the Power pump, it is actually a style created jointly by Stuart Weitzman and Russell & Bromley. The shoe is priced much lower than the Power was: it is £185 versus £235 for the Power. Our reader also notes there are clear quality distinctions: the Plunge sole is synthetic leather as opposed to the real leather used for the Power sole. One other note: our reader says the plunge is a great repliKate with differences that wouldn’t be visible when the show is worn.

Russell & Bromley/SplashNews.com

Russell & Bromley/SplashNews.com

The Duchess wore her Kiki McDonough ‘Lauren’ earrings.

Nunn Syndication/POLARIS

Nunn Syndication/POLARIS

With apologies for the brevity of the post, I am racing out the door and will update with more photos and info this evening. We leave you video of the event , it even includes the bongo drumming!

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Oct 272015
 

Kate selected a floral print dress by Erdem for this evening’s 100 Women in Hedge Funds annual dinner.

Ben Stevens/i-Images

Ben Stevens/i-Images

The event was at the V&A, more from The Daily Mail:

It was a stylish affair: before Kate arrived a string quartet welcomed guests inside the main entrance of the museum in South Kensington.

The 33-year-old Duchess is a patron of 100 Women in Hedge Funds’ Philanthropic Initiatives.

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Jun 052015
 

We are back with a rather important addition to Kate’s Calendar and a look at one of Kate’s favorite fabrics.

First, the new engagement. Kensington Palace announced today Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana will be christened Sunday, July 5th, at St. Mary Magdalene Church.

princess Charlotte Leaving Hospital

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The Church is located on the grounds of Sandringham, the Queen’s estate in Norfolk. This is also where Anmer Hall  is located.

The Princess will be in the same gown worn by Prince George when for his October, 2013 christening.

John Stillwell/PA Wire

John Stillwell/PA Wire

The service will be a private event; here is a reminder of how small the group was at Prince George’s christening, via this BBC story.

…christening was private, with only senior royals, four members of the Middleton family, the seven godparents and their spouses among the 22 guests.

It is expected Prince George will be on hand for the occasion.

We can look for the Duchess to be in a new ensemble.

PA Wire/Splash News

PA Wire/Splash News

Likely designers include Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen, who created the suit Kate wore for George’s christening, Jenny Packham and perhaps Emilia Wickstead. My guess would be a new design from Ms. Burton.

St. Mary Magdalene is a smaller, more intimate setting than the Chapel Royal at St. James’s Palace, where George’s service was held.

Sandringham Estate

Sandringham Estate

The Telegraph reports the church was chosen because of the royal family’s connection to it, as well as its proximity to Prince William’s job as an air ambulance pilot. More from the story:

Princess Charlotte will be the most senior member of the Royal family to be christened outside a royal residence for 120 years.

The Queen’s father, George VI, was christened in the same church in 1895, but for the next three generations Royal palaces were used for the christenings of all senior members of the Royal family.

The late Diana, Princess of Wales was baptized at St. Mary Magdalene. (Diana was born on the grounds of Sandringham, at Park House; it is where her family lived for several years.)  A bit more about the church:

St Mary Magdalene, Sandringham, is a country church of exceptional historic interest, with memorials to many members and relations of the Royal Family from Queen Victoria onwards.  It is used regularly as a place of worship by the Royal Family and Estate staff.

Sandringham Church is considered to be one of the finest carrstone buildings in existence, and dates back in its present form to the 16th century.

Sandringham Estate

Readers are familiar with the church; it is where HM, the Duke of Edinburgh and other royals attend Christmas services. Below we see the Duchess walking to Christmas services in 2011 with Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

Ian Jones/Splash News

Ian Jones/Splash News

It isn’t just Christmas Day when members of the royal family are seen at the historic church; it is Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s parish church when they are at Sandringham. Below we see HM following services this February at St. Mary Magdalene.

Robin Nunn/Nunn Syndication/POLARIS

Robin Nunn/Nunn Syndication/POLARIS

Portions of the estate are open year-round to visitor, including the grounds, gardens, and parts of Sandringham House. St. Mary Magdalene church is open April through October. There is no admission fee to visit the Country Park, which is open all year.

Just as at Christmas, it is expected some members of the public will be allowed to gather at the church, although not the enormous crowds seen during the holidays. Below, Kate following last year’s Christmas service.

©Robin Nunn/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

©Robin Nunn/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

We will keep you updated on any changes to the christening plans.

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Our other topic today is a look at one of Kate’s favorite fabrics, broderie anglaise. The idea for the post came from a slide show in The Telegraph this week showcasing items made of the material.

The Telegraph Fashion

The Telegraph Fashion

We’ll get the technical element of the discussion out of the way first, starting with the definition of the term: ‘Broderie anglaise’ translates to ‘English embroidery,’ although the material is frequently referred to as eyelet. I am often asked what the difference is between broderie anglaise and lace. Perhaps the best way to describe it is that broderie anglaise is work adorning an existing fabric, whereas lace is a material created from scratch. Broderie involves making cuts into a fabric and adding decorative stitching around those cuts. Here is a look at both: the broderie is on the far left, followed by the lace and then a plain piece of cotton fabric.

Mad Mudskipper Bunting

Mad Mudskipper Bunting

The Duchess has shown a fondness for the fabric, especially when on tour. From left to right: Alexander McQueen separates worn in Singapore during the Jubilee Tour in 2012; a midnight blue dress from Mulberry, also seen on the Jubilee Tour; and the primrose yellow dress created by an “independent dressmaker,” initially worn on the Jubilee Tour, then again for a visit to the Taronga Zoo in Sydney during last year’s tour.

Andrew Parsons, i-Images

The UK in Singapore/Chris Jackson, Pool, PA Wire/Andrew Parsons, i-Images

Below we show closer shots of the material.

James Whatling Splash

©James Whatling/Splash News

Another look at those Alexander McQueen separates during the couple’s visit to Gardens by the bay in Singapore.

© The UK in Singapore

© The UK in Singapore

This image taken by Rebecca English of The Daily Mail offers a view of those McQueen separates from the back.

Rebecca English, The Daily Mail & Mail Online

Rebecca English, The Daily Mail & Mail Online

Kate’s ‘Roamer Day Dress’ by Australian brand Zimmermann also featured the material. The frock was seen at Wimbledon in July of last year, but before that we saw the Duchess wearing it in April during the Royal Tour.

Both Photos ©Andrew Parsons/i-Images

Both Photos ©Andrew Parsons/i-Images

These photos offer different angles of the dress.

Andrew Parsons, i-Images/Stephen Lock, i-Images/Stephen Lock i-Images

Andrew Parsons, i-Images/Stephen Lock, i-Images/Stephen Lock i-Images

A closer look.

©Stephen Lock, i-Images/SplashNews.com

©Stephen Lock, i-Images/SplashNews.com

A number of Kate-favored designers are using the textile in this spring’s collections, including Zimmermann. Spring and summer styles include the label’s Ceramic Broidery Dot Top ($360) and matching Dot Shorts ($295); the Ryker Broderie Day Dress in navy ($530), with a silhouette similar to Kate’s Roamer dress; and the Hyper Eyelet Flip dress ($480).

Zimmermann

Zimmermann

Erdem also has items in the textile, below we show the Victor Jacket in a dramatic geometric design as opposed to the more common floral motifs.

Erdem

Erdem

Here is a better look at the design.

Erdem

Erdem

Alexander McQueen is showing just one piece in the fabric, the Broderie Anglaise Mini Dress ($5375). It is from the pre-fall collection, in a cotton/wool/silk blend.

McQueen Broderie Anglaise Mini Dress pre Fall 2015

Alexander McQueen

This image better shows the intricacy of the embroidery.

Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen

At Temperley London there are several styles featuring the textile. In the Caspian Long Sleeve Shirt the material is used as a bib insert (£325, about $500).

Temperley London

Temperley London

On the London Summer Shirt ($£295, approximately $450) the decorative stitching shows quite well.

Temperley London

Temperley London

It remains a popular material for children’s apparel, especially girls. But it is used in pieces for both sexes; below, the Unisex Baby Crawler with Little Collar ($33) at Kate-favored Petit Bateau.

Petit Bateau

Petit Bateau

JoJo Maman Bébé also has several items in the material, including the Broderie Anglaise Baby Sun Hats in white and pink (£10, roughly $15).

JoJo Maman Bebe

JoJo Maman Bebe

ChildrenSalon has several hats in eyelet: on the left we show the Navy Broderie Anglaise Sun Hat from Tommy Hilfiger ($29.11), on the right it is Mayoral’s Broderie Sun Hat in pink and also in white ($16.85).

Childrensalon

Childrensalon

ChildrenSalon offers this Kenzo dress for Girls sizes 4 Y to 16 Y, it is on sale for $79.67.

ChidlrenSalon

ChidlrenSalon

While not a store where the Duchess shops (that we know of), Lord & Taylor has several broderie anglaise items, including this Little Me romper ($16.80).

Little Me/Lord & Taylor

Little Me/Lord & Taylor

Nordstrom offers some Mini Boden pieces in the material, including a ‘Fifties Summer Sleeveless Cotton Dress‘ in sizes ranging all the way from toddler (1-1/2Y) to big girls (12Y), the style is $48 in all sizes. On the right we show the ‘Broderie Tunic, Bloomers and Hat‘ for baby girls size 3M to 24M, it is $44 – $48. The three-piece set also comes in white.

Mini Boden at Nordstrom

Mini Boden at Nordstrom

I expect we’ll see Princess Charlotte in the material, if not Prince George as well.

 

LINKAGE:

  • Learn more about Sandringham at the estate’s official website, visit the St. Mary Magdalene page here, see the hours various elements of Sandringham are open here, and purchase tickets to visit the estate here
  • Archbishop Justin Welby’s statement about performing the ceremony is here
  • Victoria Murphy’s story about the christening in the Daily Mirror is here, Monique Jessen’s People magazine story is hereThe Telegraph’s story from Gordon Rayner is here, and the Daily Mail’s story by Rebecca English is here.
  • A 1981 story about Broderie anglaise may be seen here,