Favorite Brands – Clothing

 

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN: Having survived the 2010 death of its founder, Lee Alexander McQueen, the fashion house is prospering under the guidance of Sarah Burton. Her talent and skill have played a vital role in the label’s continued operation. Here is McQueen on Twitter, the company’s Facebook page is here.

Clearly Alexander McQueen belongs in this category, and not just because this is the house that did Kate’s wedding gowns.  Above we share three key McQueen pieces worn by the Duchess since the couple’s wedding. From left to right, the white double-breasted coat worn in June of 2011, the Sailor Dress worn on Prince Edward Island in June, 2011 during the couple’s North American tour (also the only garment that Alexander McQueen would have been involved with, it dates back to at least 2006; the others would be by Sarah Burton), and the the purple gown worn to the formal BAFTA dinner in Hollywood in July 2011.

Kate also wore the designer for several Diamond Jubilee functions. The red wool crepe dress seen for the River Pageant is modeled on a 2011 dress, the white broderie anglaise (eyelet) suit was worn in Singapore on William and Kate’s Diamond Jubilee Tour to the South Pacific and Far East.

Press Association/UK in Singapore Facebook/Gardens by the Bay Facebook

JENNY PACKHAM: This British label celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2013 with Jenny Packham still designing and managing the brand. The company’s website is here, its Facebook page here, and its Twitter feed here. Ms. Packham is as well known for her bridal gowns as she is for her red carpet-ready formalwear.  She is very much a favorite of the Duchess;below you see Kate wearing her designs for three important events: the Queen’s 60th Coronation Anniversary church service in 2013, the ARK Dinner in 2011 and a Team GB pre-Olympic gala in 2012.

Photos: All by Splash News

Photos: All by Splash News

Four different frocks by the designer worn on official tours.

Canadian Heritage/Jenny Packham/Splash/Splash

Canadian Heritage/Jenny Packham/Splash/Splash

LK BENNETT: Not only is Kate fond of LK Bennett footwear, she also favors LK Bennett apparel. The company’s website is here, its Facebook page is here. Below we show Kate in the brand’s Davina Dress & Jude Jacket in March, 2012.

Via LK Bennett Press Archive

Kate has shown her fondness for the company’s outerwear, below left we see her in the Darwin Jacket Christmas Eve 2011, on the right she wears the red Ami Coat in November 2011.

Via LK Bennett Press Archive

TEMPERLEY LONDON: A British fashion house, the company was founded by Alice Temperley, it encompasses bridal, Alice by Temperley and Temperley London. Below we see Kate on the far left in the Temperley Amoret lace gown, the Moraiah dress worn to Wimbledon in 2011, a blouse worn to the Calgary Stampede, another dress and Kate in another blouse by the company. The company’s website is here, Facebook page here, and Twitter feed here.

Splash News/Temperley/Canadian Heritage

BEULAH LONDON: Founded in 2009 as an ethical fashion company, Beulah is committed to creating elegant fashions while also helping victims of India’s sex trafficking trade. The brand’s website is here, its blog may be read by clicking here, its Facebook page is here and Twitter feed is here. Below we show Kate at a 2011 function wearing the red Sarai gown; on the right she wears the Sabitri dress in powder blue silk, worn during the 2012 Jubilee Tour. Not shown, Kate in Beulah’s Blossom dress, worn to a summer 2012 wedding.

PA Wire/Beulah/Beulah/Carly Watson ITV Twitter

PA Wire/Beulah/Beulah/Carly Watson ITV Twitter

EMILIA WICKSTEAD: This New Zealand born designer is also a product of the storied Central St. Martin’s school, her tailored designs have rapidly become favorites for many in the UK’s upper class, several guests wore pieces by Ms. Wickstead to Kate and William’s wedding. Below we show the Duchess wearing a coat dress on St. Patrick’s Day for a visit to the Irish Guards, the designer’s signature pleats are seen on a dress Kate wore for both the Sovereigns’ Luncheon and a Buckingham Palace garden party, and the coat dress worn for the Order of the Thistle functions.

Press Association/Press Association/Splash News

KATHERINE HOOKER:  Referred to as a blend of “East Coast prep and contemporary English style” by the Telegraph (here), Katherine Hooker offers timeless classics in wool, cashmere, and genuine Harris Tweed. She has a shop in London, but also does trunk shows and fairs. To visit the Katherine Hooker Facebook page click here, the Twitter account is here.

Kate initially discovered the label in 2005. Below, the Alexander Jacket as seen on the Duchess in 2007 (at Cheltenham).

Katherine Hooker/Reuters/Katherine Hooker

The brand has grown significantly, now offering RTW (ready to wear) in addition to its bespoke service.  Below, another of Kate’s more notable choices, the London Contrast Coat.

Katherine Hooker

WHISTLES: Another UK-based retailer with almost 40 stores offering womenswear and accessories, Whistles does ship to the USA, as well as many other countries. (Check here for the list.) The Whistles Facebook page is here, its Twitter feed is here. Perhaps the most noteworthy Whistles piece worn by Kate is the blouse seen in one of the couple’s two formal engagement photos.

Whistles

Other items item seen on the Duchess include the Whistles Jersey Knit Jacket (center right above) seen in February 2011, and the Bella Body Conscious Dress on the far right, worn to the Diamond Jubilee Concert in June 2011 and the Closing Ceremony for the London 2012 Games in August.

REISS: Considered a premium ‘high-street’ store (some find it comparable to DKNY or Club Monaco), Reiss offers contemporary styles with a classic influence. The British brand has multiple US stores in the NY market, as well as shops in Boston, Los Angeles and Florida. To visit the Reiss Facebook page click here, the Twitter account is here, Pinterest account is here and the retailer’s blog is here.

Many style watchers were unfamiliar with Reiss until the couple’s formal engagement photos were released, showing Kate in the “Nanette” dress (above). The dress sold out almost immediately, and was re-issued by the company, with that second lot of inventory disappearing even more rapidly than the original release.

Another headline-making Reiss piece is the “Shola” dress worn for the Kate & William’s meeting with President & Mrs. Obama in May of 2011. (For more, click here to read our original post.) The Duchess wore the brand’s “Peacock” dress in white to the Epsom Derby in June 2011, and brought back an older piece for her first speaking engagement in March 2012, wearing the rich blue “Trina” dress from 2008.

Official White House Photo/Reiss/Teiss/Anthony Devlin-UK Press Association

ISSA LONDON: Issa is designed by Daniella Helayel, a Brazilian-born designer. The brand is carried in many upscale shops, the brand launched its own ecommerce site in the fall of 2012. Its Facebook page is here, and Twitter feed is here.

Kate wore the brand for many years before her engagement to Prince William, although many immediately think of the iconic wrap dress worn for the engagement announcement when hearing this designer’s name. The blue silk jersey knit dress has been re-issued and is available at multiple outlets internationally, as well as in the US and also Canada.

Issa London Facebook Page/Matches Fashion

Kate has worn the label’s knit gowns to many formal events. Below she is also seen in Issa at a friend’s wedding in October, 2010, the Bird Print dress seen the night before her wedding to Prince William (and on many other occasions) and in Canada on the Royal Tour in 2011.

Splash News/Splash News/ISSA London Facebook Page

Another dress re-issued by the label, the black silk V-neck Kate wore when shopping just a few days before her wedding.

Issa London Facebook Page/My Theresa

It is doubtful the Duchess will be seen wearing the brand again; Camilla Fayed joined the business as Chairwoman in 2011 and now owns a controlling number of shares, Ms. Fayed’s father and the Queen are on very poor terms.

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  65 Responses to “Favorite Brands – Clothing”

  1. HI! Does anyone know where I can find the cornflower blue brocade coat by Jane Troughton? It’s my absolute favorite, and I can’t find any leads anywhere. :-(

    Here it is:
    http://coolspotters.com/clothing/jane-troughton-tailored-brocade-coat

  2. Does anyone know where I can get a replica of the pink Jenny Packham dress that Kate wore on her visit to Malaysia? I believe it was dubbed the orchid dress, as it looked oriental and had 3/4 sleeves. I love this dress but can’t find anything remotely similar. Thank you.

  3. Nice list! I would consider adding Jenny Packham and Smythe to favorite brands.

  4. I would like to ask if you could possibly suggest specific shops which offer similar designs to Kate’s clothes? It would be extremely appreciated as I am adamant it is possible to present yourself in an immaculate manner, without spending as much as the Duchess does herself

    • You can find the bird print dress at Dorothy Perkins.
      The brand is Billie & Blossom. Just check on the DP website.
      It is not exactly the same, but at least it is close.

      Hope this will help.

  5. I’m sorry, but I find it a little selfish/juvenile that just because the Queen and Ms.Fayed’s father aren’t on good terms that Catherine won’t likely be wearing that label anymore. Do people honestly care about stuff like that? I don’t believe that it says anything about Catherine. She was wearing the label before she met/dated/married Prince William so why should it matter now? There are more important things in life to worry about/be concerned about than who now own or is chair of a certain label/company.

    • Her father called the entire royal family something akin to a gang of thugs and blamed them publicly for the death of his son and Diana, in addition to burning the coat of arms that was in Harrods. Now, I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t give anyone in that family free press or money by wearing their brand. The Duchess gave Issa a huge boost by wearing the brand, so much that they were nearly overwhelmed by demand.

      You can say that she wore it before she got married, but that has little to do with the argument. They are now majority held by a family that is openly hostile to the Royal Family. It just makes sense for her not to boost their brand anymore.

    • It’s not because of what people will think of her, it’s out of respect for the royal family.

  6. Which brand is the navy jacket from the charity forum ?
    Thanks

  7. one of kate’s outfits looks like one of the von trap family singers from the sound of music outfits. I love her style but man. no and no. And some of the floral prints remind me of things my grandmother had. It makes her look oolllddd.

  8. i love kates style!! <3 inlove

  9. Kate is such an amazing character!
    She can wear almost any thing and it all looks beautiful on her!
    By the way? Does anyone know why the ‘iconic looks’ tab isn’t working?

  10. I Love this website so much I thank you so much for creating it. The duchess is a fantastic role model for women of all ages and I enjoy how your showing her off :)

  11. What company makes Kate Middleton’s Hats?

    • Kate uses a number of milliners, including Sylvia Fletcher for Lock & Co., Vivien Sheriff, Rachel Trevor-Morgan, Jane Corbett, Gina Foster and Philip Treacy. Hope that is helpful. :)

  12. How about the Roland Mouret gown, stunning!!!! Can I buy it?
    Thanks

  13. Has anyone purchased a Katherine Hooker dress, specifically the Jackson dress? I’d love to know what you think of it. I absolutely love the photo on the site where the dress is shown in front of the concrete wall, but the other photos make me a little hesitant. Thanks in advance for any feedback.

  14. I wanted a dress similar to Kate’s Issa engagement dress, but not expensive, and I found it! I went to Dillards.com (it’s a department store in the US) and searched for Jersey dresses in blue. There were a few replicas!

    Here you go:
    This is the one I bought. “Jessica Howard Ruched-Waist Matte Jersey Dress.” The only difference I noticed was the 3/4 sleeve length as opposed to Kate’s long sleeves. This item isn’t available anymore… BUT

    Dillard’s offers another “knock-off” dress….it’s quite beautiful, and very similar, too! It’s the “Antonio Melani Lindsey Tie-Waist Knit Dress” ($95.00 US). Happy shopping!

  15. If you are looking for LK Bennett in the Boston area. Stop by Bloomingdales at the Chestnut Hill Mall and Colette and Leslie will be happy to help you. We look forward to seeing you soon.

  16. Hello ladies! If your looking for any L.K. Bennett items, contact Kelly or Kara at the L.K. Bennett in King Of Prussia Mall.

    Phone number is 610-337-6384

  17. Well I have only seen two outfits that I have disliked which is pretty good…Before she was engaged it’s interesting seeing her opt for the lower plunging neckline and now she chooses more conservative items. I would not wear any of the clothes she does but they look great on her figure.

  18. I love those navy blue shoes Kate wore with the navy military coat and sailor dress. Does anyone know where I can get those?!?!

  19. Kate looks beautiful in Issa! There is a similiar designer from Australia called Leina Broughton and her dresses would look beautiful on Kate as well.. Ohh to have the wardrobe of a princess….

  20. does anyone know where one can find / purchase Kate’s grey Kensington dress – she wore it for the tree planting in Ottawa at Government House; it is beautiful and my fav!!!

  21. I am amazed at the amount of white/cream the Duchess wears. I guess it can be compared to the amount of black city people wear in the US. I am convinced that the Duchess owns several pairs of the same LK Bennett shoes. They always seem to be in perfect condition

  22. i really hope Issa re-issues the Lucky dress.

  23. WHERE CAN I FIND THAT WONDERFUL SHRUG SWEATER KATE WORE FOR THE EVENING/??

    I JUST LOVE IT

  24. I love the Issa dresses Kate has worn, for their simplicity and modesty, but when I go on the website I don’t see a single piece that even approaches what she wears. This is so disappointing. I can understand making couture items specifically for Kate, but what about those of us who want to copy that elegant style? Offer something similiar, for goodness sake! Otherwise, why would we shop the brand ourselves?

    • If found an elegant, yet simple silk jersey dress here: http://www.JillBraun.com. I just love their blue wrap dress. Next, I will order the red cocktail dress for festive season. Or maybe the black one, I am not sure yet.

    • Recent Issa designs have been very different. That blue dress she wore for the engagement announcement wasn’t made especially for her — she bought it off the rack — but the most recent Issa collections have taken a somewhat different turn.

  25. Kate you’ve got a stunning figure, one which dwarfed even Hollywood A-listers! You can carryoff any ensemble and look ravishing in it! But you looked much younger, prettier and sexier (face part) before you lost weight. Now your cheeks have sagged and you look too thin, and that loud eye-make up makes you look even more older! Wish you wud put on a little more weight and soften your eye make up! everything else about you is simply wonderful-your poise, your grace and confidence!

  26. I know many of you were not happy with other Erdem-inspired Blue Lace dresses on line and in stores. This Erdem-inspired dress that Kate wore may change your minds. Check out the link below:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=290596103704&ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT#ht_499wt_1185

  27. Hi! I literally google Kate Middleton everyday! I have a problem. I would love to buy the blue and creme lace erdem dress Kate wore getting off the plane to Canada. I just die for it. I’m not sure if it would look good on my body type. I know you said we could pre order it but I can’t seem to figure out how to do that. I’ve visited the website but I can’t get to the pre order part. Do you even know how expensive the dress is? I want it so bad but I have to be realistic.

    • OMG are my long lost twin!? lol I do the exact same thing every-freaking-day and I’ve been looking for that dress everywhere!

      I also looked for a look alike… but they’re all so cheap looking!

      :(

  28. i love this site and also the kate middleton style blog…what happened to it? did it crash? it won’t come up anymore….i hope it comes back soon!

  29. It’s really good to see that the dutchess of Cambridge hv a goood sense of cloths with which she looks beautiful & gorgeious.

  30. I love this site and I love Kate’s clothes. I think she’s awesome and its great to see a site celebrate someone in a positive light instead of trashing them in the usual celebrity format. I love her shoes, her purses everything. I’ve gotten my friends hooked on this site too. Long live Queen Catherine!!!

  31. Celebrity worship syndrome (CWS) is an obsessive-addictive disorder in which a person becomes overly involved with the details of a celebrity’s personal life !

  32. I’m more concerned with that diet she is on. She has lost all of her body fat and it’s going to age her fast. Hopefully by some cosmic grace someone will tell her she is too thin and to start gaining a little weight back. I know better than most what losing too much weight does to your looks. In 2006 I went on the same type of diet and lost all of my shape, but the part that scared me back to good health was how my face started to sink in. I guess the face is the last place you lose weight, so her time will come, unless again she gets off that dukan diet. By the way, all protein diet is very bad for the kidneys. Three years after getting off the diet, I had a kidney problem (ok now) but it could have been life threatening. Kate, you looked much much better before and I agree with the woman who asked you not to lose any more weight.

  33. This is great site! I love her style. As a young professional I often find it difficult to find cloths/outfits that create that classic timeless look. Kate’s style just seems that! Living in Canada it’s nice to have a site that has all the information of the brands she is wearing.

    • i am from venezuela .. i whint your wedding day i the it was so butieful i love you kate and william.i like london .my house fould with photos kate and william i have so much loves and kisses .right me some back place . ilove london to life .

  34. great site and commentary- only thing I would like to point out is that her clothes make her look much older than she is- like a well preserved/maintined 40 year old. and she’s not even 30!! She needs a stylist asap- some decent shoes- throw those frumpy wedges out!

  35. Princess Kate is beautiful and she would look great in a potato sack. Love, love both Kate and William.

  36. Thank you so much for this site. As a Canadian I’m unfamiliar with many of the UK’s clothing distributors, and this is a wonderful place to find the details behind Kate’s impeccable style.

  37. First, thank you, thank you, for this web page. I have been able to find many items w/o staying up half the night trying to locate. Most of it goes so quickly.

    I think the Duchess looks wonderful. She has such a terrific figure that anything she wears is going to look absolutely fantastic. She looks better than most Models. I haven’t seen a style I didn’t care for except for the hat she wore to races. She is terrific in Canada. Perfect.

  38. what would you experts say are the US equivalent brands to these british brands? thanks.

    • Thats a good question! In my opinion I think that some of the Anthropologie dresses remind me a lot of her style.
      We have Zara in the US, there is a huge one in downtown Chicago.
      I also think that Kate might wear some J.CREW when she comes to the US, just because of the affordability and classicalness of their clothes.
      And I think Ann Taylor Loft has some comparable pieces to Whistles.
      Hope this helps, good luck shopping!!
      xx

    • Designers who do clothes similar to Issa’s are David Meister, Tadashi Shoji, and Diana von Furstenberg. All are sold via Neiman Marcus among others. I own a blue Tadashi dress that is virtually identical to the purple Issa that the Duchess wore in Canada, and I have three Furstenberg wrap dresses in silk jersey. Meister works in synthetics with interesting draping and ruching effects.

      I agree that J Crew and Ann Taylor probably best offer the “high street” look that the Duchess often wears. I’m a regular customer of both. However, I also shop Reiss via their website. My favorite piece purchased from them is a fawn-colored fitted knee-length coat in wool and angora.

      I also bought the silk-velvet Dulwich coat from Libelula via THEIR website. I had to pay international shipping fees, but it was worth it.

      Zara has opened here in Chicago where I live, and Topshop is on the way.

    • I believe that I read somewhere that Kate likes Banana Republic. Even if she hasn’t shopped there I could see items there being very similar to her style.

  39. I just want to say “well done” on such a great up to date blog on the beautiful Duchess Kate. I’m an aussie and just love everything Kate.
    It’s a shame I cant seem to get any help with purchasing items from many UK brand websites as they do not deliver here eg; LK Bennett or warehouse or whistles.
    Many thanks for your blog.

    • If you have a good friend in Europe get them to do the order then send it on to you in oz. I have thought about this for bimba.lola (beautiful Spanish brand) who also don’t send to oz.

  40. omg i would just die for that Reiss Peacock dress….just die!
    Look at the pictures of Kate next to the model, clearly the Duchess wears it better <3

  41. Hello : I would really like to know how I can purchase this Contrast Coat. I live in the United States but I do not mind at all having i t shipped to me. Please send me more information to my e-mail explaining more about this fabulous coat and how i could buy one. Thank you so much !!!! Here’s my e-mail address nurseyr29@yahoo.com .Looking forward to a response.

  42. Ha, the camel Whistles jacket at the end here was also worn by Pippa yesterday, with a Whistles dress & a pair of L.K. Bennett Maddox wedges… It’s uncanny how alike the girls’ wardrobes are!

  43. You can add the brand Paola Frani.
    Kate Middleton wore a beautiful red suit of this label.

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