Sep 222016
 

With the royal tour of Canada just 48 hours away there’s lots of little info nuggets to share, but first we’ll look at plans for the Duchess’s trip to the Netherlands. 

Ten days after returning from the Canada tour Kate will undertake her first overseas engagement on her own. More from The Telegraph:

The one-day trip, planned for October 11, will be a royal milestone for the Duchess as she will be travelling abroad by herself without the Duke.

A tour of Malta in 2014 was scheduled to be Kate’s first solo trip but she had to cancel as she was suffering from acute morning sickness while pregnant with Princess Charlotte.

She is going to have a busy schedule:

  • When she arrives Kate will pay a courtesy call on His Majesty King Willem-Alexander at the royal residence, Villa Eikenhorst.
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The Royal Collection

  • Following the Museum engagement Kate heads to the British Ambassador’s residence for a roundtable discussion about addiction, intervention, family and mental health. Participants from two of Kate’s patronages, the Anna Freud Centre and Action on Addiction, will take part in the conversation. There will also be professionals from the Trimbos Institute (the Netherlands Institute of Mental Health and Addiction).
  • Kate will go to Rotterdam to Bouwkeet, described by The Telegraph as “…a community initiative that provides a public workshop in an economically deprived district, with its facilities aimed at teenagers. Residents pay by sharing their skills with others, providing education, skills and positive role models within the neighbourhood.”

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Now to our look at the “lady in red.” Not only is it one of Canada’s national colors, it is a shade Kate wears well. It’s likely we’ll see the Duchess don a piece or two in this color, be it an accessory like a scarf or shoes, or perhaps a coat, a dress or other garment. We begin with a look at two different Catherine Walker ensembles in the color, both outfits debuted when Kate was on tour.

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Above left you see Kate in a look created for the launch of the 2014 tour of New Zealand and Australia, worn when arriving in Wellington, New Zealand at the start of that tour. In the center the Duchess wears another red coat and dress ensemble from the brand as she leaves Canada in 2011; those pieces were worn again this year for Order of the Garter (r).

There are many different shades of the color we’ve seen Kate wear, but we’re not thinking so much of the tones shown in the following montage with the (left to right): Glamorous maxi dress worn in April on the tour of India and BhutanGOAT Fashion’s Scarlett dress, seen at a July 2014 MPACT school visit; the Eponine London skirt suit worn to a March 2016 XL Mentoring event; the suit by Paule Ka seen at an October 2012 engagement; or the Whistles Sofia Rae frock we saw when Kate’s portrait was unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery in January of 2013.

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We’re focused on the rich red seen in the Luisa Spagnoli suit Kate has worn several times: for the Queen’s Christmas lunch in 2015 (l); in Christchurch, New Zealand, during that 2014 tour (c); and for one of Kate’s first formal appearances following the announcement of her engagement to Prince William, a University of St. Andrews visit in 2011 (r).

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It’s the same shade seen in the LK Bennett Eugenie dress the Duchess sported for a Heads Together engagement in August; the Cayla dress worn to Wimbledon in 2015, also by LK Bennett; an Alexander McQueen bespoke dress first seen at the Jubilee River Pageant in 2012; and the Ascot dress by Katherine Hooker, worn for a November, 2015 EACH engagement.

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Kate’s fondness for the color is also evident in her outerwear choices: from left to right, the red Zara jacket seen at the Queen’s birthday spectacular at Royal Windsor in May; Kate’s Armani coat worn for a Scotland visit in April of 2013; the Jonathan Saunders Athena coat seen on a different Scotland trip, that visit taking place in May, 2014; and the red LK Bennett Ami we have seen multiple times, beginning with a 2011 UNICEF engagement in Denmark.

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The Duchess opted for the color when attending her first State Dinner last October, wearing a Jenny Packham gown.

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It is also the color of two Beulah London evening gowns we’ve seen the Duchess wear. Below left, Kate in the Juliet gown at a reception in Bhutan during the April tour; on the right we see the Duchess in Beulah’s ‘Sarai’ dress, worn to the 100 Women in Hedge Funds Dinner in October of 2011.

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We have a quick note about Beulah: the luxury retailer is offering WKW readers a 10% discount off everything. The promotion runs through Saturday, be sure to use promo code WKWB10 to receive the discount.

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What do you think, will Kate wear a red dress or coat…? Or will she stick to smaller doses of the red, if she wears it at all? Do you think Kate’s red Gianvito Rossi heels will make an appearance? (The heels are back in stock at Net-a-Porter.)

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Now to our tour updates, starting with the schedule for Saturday.

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I will be making graphics tonight and tomorrow for the other days of the tour and and will add them to this post, and also share them on our Canada Tour pages and on the WKW Facebook page. In the interim, it looks like this site has all of the engagement times.

There are several news stories you might enjoy looking at:

The Duchess of Cambridge is known for her diplomatic fashion choices, and support of homegrown talent. The last royal tour to India and Bhutan, for example, saw Kate mix Indian designers, such as Anita Dongre, with the best of British, like Alexander McQueen. Next week’s trip to Canada promises to be no exception.

The public’s fascination with the duchess extends not only from the fairy tale story of marrying into the Royal Family, but also her appearance of being approachable and authentic, said Noreen Flanagan, editor-in-chief of Fashion Magazine. “She has brought a grounded realness to the Royal Family,” Flanagan said.

Seeing how Kate dressed George for that tour offers insight into how both children will be attired on this trip.

I don’t believe Kate intends to have Charlotte echoing her brother’s style, she’ll want the princess blazing her own path with her own identity. I can see her opting for designs a little softer and more feminine.

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Sep 162016
 

Kate debuted a new label today, wearing a dress by Altuzarra for her visit to Stewards Academy with Prince William. 

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Kensington Palace

The school engagement was a joint Heads Together and Place2Be function.

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Place2Be

There was a bit of a to-do as the couple arrived; the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Essex, Jonathon Douglas-Hughes, slipped on the wet pavement and fell. Prince William and others quickly stepped in to help the gentleman, who was not seriously hurt, although he bruised a wrist.  

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The focus of today’s visit was helping pupils deal with the pressure of starting at a new school. Below, Kate and William hear from parents how their children coped with the stress associated with a school change. 

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More from The Daily Mail:

The couple spent two hours touring the school, which has just over 1,000 pupils aged between 11 and 16, and couldn’t hide how impressed they were at what they saw.

The school works with one of the Duchess’s charities, Place 2 Be, and offers a buddy system and extensive counselling to ensure that children are well supported emotionally as well as academically.

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Kensington Palace

Prince William published a blog post today on the Heads Together site, the following is from that post:

“The truth is, for many young people, the changing schools or starting a new academic year is really difficult to deal with.”

“The sooner children learn in life that asking for help is okay, the better.”

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Kensington Palace

The rainy weather didn’t dampen the spirits of students, staff and parents.

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Now to what Kate wore.

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She has added another US brand to her closet, wearing ‘Altuzarra’s ‘Aimee’ from the designer’s pre-fall collection. The sky blue fabric (officially called Regatta by the label) is a stretch crêpe in a blend of viscose and nylon, with a touch of spandex to provide the stretch.

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Neiman Marcus

The dress was featured in a Wall Street Journal piece:

“To create the print, we superimposed polka-dot patterns from the ’30s and ’60s,” said New York-based designer Joseph Altuzarra.

The frock has gathers at the shoulders, as well as the front and back yoke.

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The front yoke is so deep it creates a bib-effect on the bodice.

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Other design elements include a vee neck, button-front, and half-sleeves that are ruched. The dress is still available in limited sizes at Neiman Marcus ($2150); it was also offered at Matches Fashion, but it appears to be sold out.

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More about the choice of designer from Emma Spedding’s fashion story for The Telegraph:

Throughout her time as a senior royal the Duchess of Cambridge has stayed loyal to a number of British designers and labels, such as Alexander McQueen, Jenny Packham and L.K. Bennett, but every so often she surprises and ventures beyond her usual realm of comfort…. for her back-to-school look the Duchess has had a wardrobe refresh, turning to New York-based designer Altuzarra.

Monique Jessen of People magazine noted that actress Margot Robbie has also worn the dress.

 There is a sheath version of the dress, it is also carried at Neiman Marcus ($1495).

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Neiman Marcus

The fabric is used on other items in the collection: the Kelly top ($895) and Ross Trousers ($995), both are shown at Matches Fashion.

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Matches Fashion

The Duchess accessorized with her Nina box clutch (£145, about $200) from LK Bennett.

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And wore her Fern heels ($345), also from LK Bennett. 

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LK Bennett

We saw the return of Kate’s Mappin and Webb Empress earrings and pendant. 

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Judging by online feedback, this was not a universally applauded look. Many didn’t care for the fabric; it reminded one person on the Facebook page of an apron (pinny), while another found it reminiscent of the material used for hospital gowns. Others didn’t think the color was flattering on Kate, while some thought the slit on the dress was too high. I like the color and the polka dots didn’t bother me, although I concur with those suggesting the side slit could have been shorter. While there *is* a lot going on with the dress, it had a bright, fresh look. It wasn’t as flattering as other dresses we have seen Kate wear, but I didn’t have that visceral, “Oh, dear. Oh, my.” reaction experienced with other pieces.    

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On a related note, this week Kate was named as the “UK’s Most Influential” icon by Rakuten Marketing. This is the same group that recognized Prince George in the same way this July in the toddler category. More from The Daily Mail

Her wardrobe isn’t exactly cutting edge but when it comes to style icons, Kate Middleton is the fashionista women in the UK most want to emulate.   Research by Rakuten Marketing found that some 29 per cent of women aspire to dress like Kate.

The study results were released earlier this week,timed with the opening of London Fashion Week. The Mirror has a story listing 6 reasons why she is so influential.

Kate is a girl after our own heart and loves a bit of high street. Her favourite labels include Reiss, LK Bennett, Zara, Gap, Monsoon, Topshop and Hobbs. Kate has done more to champion high street sales than any other celebrity.

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One other tidbit, this one related to the tour: our 2016 Canada Tour page is now online.  The home page has an abbreviated version of the schedule, links and social media accounts you may want to follow. There is also a page with the detailed itinerary.

We’ll leave you with a quick video of Kate and William leaving the school.

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Sep 122016
 

This morning Kensington Palace released a detailed itinerary for the Canada Tour.

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Kensington Palace

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