Nov 232012
 

We have several quick updates to share today, beginning with a follow-up to our story about several of Kate’s photographs being posted on the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge website.  If you struggled to see the images you weren’t alone, below we show a screen grab from the site.

DukeandDuchessofCambridge.org

There was so much traffic part of the site was offline for several hours. The message was updated to recommend that visitors visit the Monarchy’s Flickr page to view Kate’s photographs, here is another screen grab.

DukeandDuchessofCambridge.org

The site wasn’t offline for long, it was completely functional after several hours, click here to visit the page. Below, one of the photographs by Kate that people were trying to see, this one shows a jungle clearing in the Borneo rainforest.

©HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, 2012 DukeandDuchessofCambridge.org

I imagine there may be a few chuckles over the holidays about Kate “breaking the internet”.

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We have resolution on two UFOs (Unidentified Fashion Objects), the first is the bag carried by Kate in October of last year to the wedding of Harry Aubrey-Fletcher and Louise Stourton.

SplashNews.com 8/1/2011

That is LK Bennett’s Delilah suede clutch with bow, our thanks to WKW Facebook friend Victoria Emily Cooper-Morrison, she alerted us to the bag’s origins. We also thank Tatiana’s Delights on Facebook, she purchased the aubergine version of the bag and shared this photo of the bag (top image), the black version is also shown in an image from an online auction site.

eBay Auction/Tatiana's Delights Facebook Page

Additionally, the bag came in red.

eBay Australia

Our second ID involves a pair of shoes worn by Kate on the recent Tour.

LK Bennett/Splash News

Many of us believed they were by LK Bennett, the company’s Sledge in off white.  It turns out we were wrong; as some suspected, Kate was actually wearing Russell and Bromley’s Park Avenue.

Russell & Bromley

A big tip of the tiara on this one to Ashley Marie, she was tenacious in pursuing her belief the shoe was this style from Russell and Bromley, she stayed with the search until she received confirmation from the company that Kate was wearing their Park Avenue, our thanks to her for that effort. (LK Bennett said Kate purchased their Sledge in off-white, if that is the case then the Duchess is well-stocked with off-white heels.)

Our final item for discussion tonight is Kate’s UFO clutch from the Jubilee Tour.

James Whatling/Splash News

This is also by Russell and Bromley, it is the label’s Park Avenue clutch, now we know why it went so well with the off-white pumps, the two items were made to go together. Below, better images of the bag via My Small Obsessions.

Splash News/My Small Obsessions

Both the bag and shoes retail at £165. Many thanks to My Small Obsessions for additional photos of the bag.

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A quick update on our Links of London giveaway: the Grand Prize winner is Brittany S. of Decatur, Goergia, the Second Prize winner is Nadia A. from Lake Worth, Florida. Congratulations to both lucky ladies, and an enormous note of thanks to Links of London for offering such generous prizes.

If you entered but did not win any of the prizes, here’s a wonderful promotion Links is offering:

Links of London

To receive a special 15% discount on the entire Hope Collection, enter promo code WKW15 at checkout.

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A reminder, tomorrow Kate and William are expected at the rugby match between the Welsh Red Dragons and New Zealand’s All Blacks, the match starts at 12:15pm ET. The match is being played in Cardiff (Wales) at Millennium Stadium.

 

Sep 292012
 

We are back with our third and final Royal Tour poll, this one looking at accessories: bags, shoes, jewelry and a few miscellaneous items. Many of the items will look familiar, there are also few new pieces in the mix we think everyone will enjoy seeing again. The post is broken into four polls; one on handbags, another for shoes, a third for jewelry and a final mini-poll on things that stand on their own.

Bags:

Our first item is the clutch carried for the couple’s arrival in Singapore when Kate was in the pink Jenny Packham dress, it was also carried for the Solomon Islands arrival, accessorizing the Jonathan Saunders Evelyn. Some believe this is a Jimmy Choo Cosma bag.

PHOTOS: James Whatling – Corbis – Splash

With her Erdem dress at the Eden Hall reception in Singapore Kate carried another UFO (Unidentified Fashion Object) clutch.

Splash News

We saw the return of the Anya Hindmarch Bespoke Maud, it was seen at the State Dinner in Singapore, Kate was wearing her Prabal Gurung dress for that event.

Anya Hindmarch Maud Clutch

The Wilbur and Gussie ‘Charlie’ also made another appearance, it was carried to the State Dinner in Malaysia, accessorizing Kate’s Alexander McQueen gown.

Wilbur and Gussie

We saw the Russell and Bromley ‘Muse’ return in Singapore, accessorizing the white broderie anglaise McQueen suit.

Rebecca English, Daily Mail/Splash News

LK Bennett’s Natalie was back for the tour, including Kate & William’s visit to the Mosque in Malaysia, as well as the British-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

LK Bennett Natalie

During the trip to Sabah in Malaysia we saw Kate with one of her many Longchamp Le Pliage totes on the helicopter.

Medium Le Pliage Tote at Selfridges

Shoes:

Kate started the tour in her LK Bennett Taupe Sledge pumps, seen in Singapore.

LK Bennett Sledge in Taupe

Kate’s Stuart Weitzman Corkswoon wedge was seen on multiple occasions, including the couple’s day in Singapore.

Stuart Weitzman Corkswoon

There was an addition to the ‘Sledge family,’ we saw Kate wear the Sledge in Off White.

LK Bennett Sledge in Off White

The LK Bennett Harper was back, worn with the Erdem dress to the reception at British High Commissioner’s residence in Singapore, more in this post.

LK Bennett Harper

For the formal dinner in Malaysia Kate brought out a new pair of Jimmy Choo heels, the Dart. (With thanks to WKW Facebook friend Sarah for identifying these.)

Splsah News/Jimmy Choo

Kate’s black Prada heels returned, worn with the creamy white and purple Prabal Gurung dress for the State Dinner in Singapore.

Splash News

For the day in Borneo’s rainforest, Kate opted to wear her Brasher Hillmaster GTX boots.

Brasher/Simon Amos – Brasher Facebook Page

The Stuart Weitzman Minx returned.

Chris Jackson/PA Wire

We briefly saw Kate wear her trusty Pied a Terre Imperia wedges when departing Kota Kinabalu and journeying to the Solomon Islands.

Pied a Terre ‘Imperia’

And that covers the footwear.

JEWELRY:

Annoushka Pearl Drops set  in 18K gold Created in 18ct yellow gold and pearl, these Pearl Earring Drops look stunning on our Eclipse 18ct yellow gold and diamond Porcupine Hoop Earrings.

Annoushka/Splash News

Diamond Drops with Aqua-ish/Blue-ish prong set center stone, possibly a custom version of the Kiki McDonough earrings shown below.

Kiki McDonough/UK Press Association

Once again we saw the diamond and sapphire earrings that were re-fashioned from a pair of Princess Diana’s, below we show them (barely) during the couple’s time at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore.

Gardens by the Bay Facebook

For the State Dinner in Malaysia the Duchess wore pieces by Catherine Zoraida, including the artisan’s Double Leaf Earrings.

UK Press Association/Catherine Zoraida

Kate also wore the Scales (Spread Your Wings)Bracelet by Ms Zoraida.

UK Press Association/Catherine Zoraida

Also new to the mix, Kate’s Red Sponge Coral earrings by Serretta, worn with the TAV pacific dress for the Governor General’s dinner in

Serretta Red Sponge Coral Earrings

Kate reprised her Kiki McDonough Citrine Drop earrings to go with the yellow Jaeger dress worn throughout the day in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

Kiki McDonough

We saw another new pair of earrings on the tour, Kate wore the Azuni Disc Studs with Drop Stone from the company’s Athena collection.

Azuni

That concludes our look at jewelry.

Miscellaneous Accessories: A few items stood out as meriting another look, either because they were unusual, or their inclusion in another category really didn’t make sense.

The parasol carried after the wreath laying at the Kranji War Memorial in Singapore, as William and Kate toured the Cemetery following the ceremony.

James Whatling/Corbis

The Jane Taylor bespoke hat worn for the Solomon Islands arrival with the Jonathan Saunders Evelyn dress.

Jane Taylor Millinery/Rebecca English, The Daily Mail-Mail Online

Kate’s elegant pearl hair accessories wowed many of her fashion followers.

Rebecca English, The Daily Mail – Mail Online Twitter

At the gala dinner in Tuvalu Kate was given a traditional skirt to wear atop her ALICE by Temperley Beatrice dress.

PA Wire

Kate wearing a traditional Tuvaluan Fou, a floral head dressing, at Funafuti.

Loia M. Tausi – TuvaluIslands.com/Andy Explores Blog

We’ll be back shortly with a look at Kate’s outing to a friend’s wedding today, a giveaway and an app update, there is another one that is now available.

 

Sep 242012
 

Hello once again, we now have the promised poll looking at less formal styles worn by Kate on the just concluded Jubilee Tour. We structured things in two polls to try and keep this from being an excessively lengthy post, following are the daytime looks, the voting for those styles worn primarily to dressier, ‘invite only’ events is here.

Here we go with the less formal looks.

Singapore Jenny Packham Silk de Gournay – The first look in Singapore for Kate was by one of her go-to designers, Jenny Packham. Kate’s dress for airport welcoming ceremonies and Botanic Gardens visit was pale pink, showcasing hand-painted orchids, a kimono inspired neckline/waist detailing, as well as three-quarter sleeves.

Splash/Straits Times Facebook/Splash

Singapore Alexander McQueen White Eyelet (Broderie Anglaise) suit – Kate started the day on Wednesday the 12th in a custom piece by Alexander McQueen for an appearance at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay, as well as the Rolls Royce Factory, the two-piece look had a fitted top with cuffed short sleeves, a deep vee neck, self belt and full skirt.

Gardens by the Bay Facebook/Rebecca English The Daily Mail

Raoul separates: Queenstown, Singapore – For Kate’s next activities on Wednesday she changed from the white McQueen into a Singaporean brand, Raoul. Both pieces featured a red and black cube print on ivory silk, the Tara top is now sold out, while the skirt remains available, it has a black waistband with a hidden side zip fastening.

Splash News/Rebecca English The Daily Mail & Mail Online

Jenny Packham, Singapore War Memorial, Hospis Malaysia Speech – On Thursday the 13th, Kate returned to Jenny Packham for another bespoke frock, this one for the couple’s 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 a duck egg blue color.

James Whatling – Splash News/WKW Facebook Friends Sarah & Phil

Beulah London Malaysia Mosque visit, Chamber Lunch – Kate went for another bespoke piece on the 14th, by a label she likes, Beulah London. She wore the Sabitri, the custom version of Beulah’s Blossom dress (now available in limited numbers) in a lustrous silk, with Beulah’s billowing signature sleeves, button front, pintucks and self belt.

Splash News/Beulah London/Carly Watson ITV Twitter/Splash

Casual Look Sabah, Malaysia Borneo Rainforest Hike – Kate was casual for the couple’s visit to Danum Valley on Saturday (the 15th), it is located in Sabah, one of two Malaysian states in Borneo. That made sense, she and William were spending much of the day exploring the rainforest. Kate’s top has been shown to be an older season Zara piece and the boots are by Brasher (for more on the blouse & boots, our post is here), the trousers remain unidentified.

UK in Malaysia Facebook/Sunshine Su Lin Twitter/Samantha P. Siow Twitter

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia Departure – This is the dress (tough to see, I know) wore for the departure ceremonies as the couple left Malaysia for the Solomon Islands. As noted in the post, Kate has previously worn the pink and navy (or black) print dress in 2002, again in 2005, many have noted it has the signature elements of a DVF wrap dress, a style we know the Duchess is fond of.

Honaria Arrival Jonathan Saunders – Kate selected Scottish designer Jonathan Saunders for the next Tour dress, choosing his Evelyn dress. The piece was another diplomatic nod to the host country, the dress colors are very similar to those found in the Solomon Islands flag. The Evelyn is a cotton/viscose blend, with short sleeves, a self-belt to cinch in the waist, side pockets and a veed back neckline.

Splash News/Rebecca English The Daily Mail, Mail Online/Simon Perry People Magazine

Honiara, Solomon Islands Jaeger Dress – For a busy day in the Solomon Islands’ capital city, Honiara, Kate wore a sunny yellow Jaeger dress. The dress was knee length in 100% cotton, with cap sleeves, a button front, shirt collar, fitted top, full skirt, and a self belt Kate tied in a vertical position as opposed to the more standard horizontal bows we see.

World Vision/Jaeger/Rebecca English, The Daily Mail-Mail Online

Flight to Marapa, trip to Tavanipupu Mulberry Navy Blue – Kate returned to what became a significant element in Tour dresses, a frock of broderie anglaise (or eyelet) fabric, this one by Mulberry. The knee-length dress is sleeveless, with a defined waistline, full skirt and zipper back, in Mulberry’s ‘midnight blue’. It is from the label’s Resort 2012 collection.

Svpply.com/Chris Jackson-PA Wire/Mulberry Courtesy Photo

Honiara Airport, Yellow Independent Dressmaker – For the couple’s return flight from Tavanipupu and flight to Tuvalu Kate was in another yellow dress, this one described as “primrose yellow” by St. James’s Palace. The above knee length piece was also in broderie anglaise material, with a boat neckline, full short sleeves that were unlined and self belted waistline.

Rebecca English, The Daily Mail-Mail Online/James Whatling, Splash News-Corbis

Brisbane Airport #1, Project D Penelope Dress – Kate went with a Project D dress for the first portion of the long trip home, the ‘Penelope’ features a fold-down collar, cuffed short sleeves, box pleats and an invisible zipper on the front.

Splash News/My-Wardrobe.com

Brisbane Airport #2 Casual Look – Kate switched out of her dress and into more casual attire for yet another long flight, donning her skinny jeans, white jumper knit top, and brightly colored Temperley scarf, in the Lotus Leopard print ($385).

Brisbane Airport Facebook Page

I’m also thinking about one last poll with accessories, jewelery, etc.,….thoughts?

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