Feb 142017
 

For today’s engagement with the RAF Air Cadets, the Duchess wore a jacket from Philosophy by Lorenzo Serafini.

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Sep 062013
 

Hello and happy weekend to everyone. We have several updates to share, and they all involve boots.

We begin with the case of the UFO (Unidentified Fashion Object) Boots, something that has stymied many of us for years. The object of our confusion? The boots worn by Kate in this 2007 photo; the future Duchess is seen leaving Raffles nightclub with younger sister Pippa.

Matt Keeble/PA Wire

Matt Keeble/PA Wire

 

Identification of the boots has proven perplexing, many a search was undertaken to determine who made them and several times it was thought we had discovered the answer. At one point it seemed they might be by Hobbs, another time it looked like they could be Banana Republic, Sara Wellman did a significant amount of groundwork, contacting companies.

Fortunately, a friend from the WKW Facebook Community has finally solved the puzzle. Behold, Kate’s boots.

eBay/Courtesy Rachel Beasley Nesbit

eBay/Courtesy Rachel Beasley Nesbit

They are by a storied Swiss brand, Bally. Credit for resolution of the boot debate goes to Rachel Beasley Nesbit, also known as Rachel N. Wales on the WKW page. Here is another look at Kate in the boots, this time at Coworth Park for a May 2009 polo match.

SplashNews.com

SplashNews.com

While the photo enlargements are a little blurred, you can see that Rachel’s boots are the same as what Kate wore.

eBay/Splash News

eBay/Splash News

Another angle.

Courtesy Rachel Beasley Nesbit/Splash News

Courtesy Rachel Beasley Nesbit/Splash News

An interesting note, the boots were described as “BALLY Burgundy Dark Red Coated Leather Double Buckle” boots, I would not have pegged the color as burgundy. A look from another angle.

eBay/PA Wire

eBay/PA Wire

No doubt some readers will recognize the Bally name, the company has been around since 1851.  Bally makes shoes and accessories for both men and women. Below, an image from the brand’s fall advertising campaign, Bally continues to offer women’s boots.

Bally Facebook

Bally Facebook

The new campaigns may be beautifully staged and photographed, but some of us fondly recall the older Bally advertisements, like these.

Via Vintage Venus, Australia

Via Vintage Venus, Australia

The company did well for more than a century. In 1977 family members sold their share of the company and shortly afterward Bally encountered problems. Since then it has changed hands more than once, it is now owned by Labelux Group, the same firm that owns Belstaff and Jimmy Choo.

Back to Kate’s boots, here you see Kate wearing them at those same polo matches.

Splash News and Pictures

Splash News and Pictures

Bally has a store in Mayfair, right on Bond St., it’s possible this is where Kate purchased the boots. I doubt we’ll ever know precisely where they were bought; Bally has stores around the world, many of them in locales Kate has visited over the years. The company does mark its hardware, we show the ‘Bally’ name on a contemporary shoe alongside a clasp on the boots Rachel purchased.

Bally/Courtesy Rachel Beasley Nesbit

Bally/Courtesy Rachel Beasley Nesbit

Bally designs for men can be found at upscale venues like Saks, but not the women’s products; an online search shows products at Bally’s website, but also at discounters like DSW, and Sierra Trading Post. Below, an image from the Bally website.

Bally.com

Bally.com

Those familiar with Kate’s jewelry will recognize the Patrick Mavros ‘Ndoro’ earrings she is wearing in the 2009 polo photos.

Splash News/Patrick Mavros

Splash News/Patrick Mavros

The Ndoro design is a classic motif; Mr. Mavros describes its Zimbabwean history and his use of the design here. The earrings are still available at the jeweler’s website, they are approximately $235, or £150.

Kate’s top is a French Connection bird-print piece, we thank Anna and My Small Obsessions for this information.

Splash News/My Small Obsessions Facebook

Splash News/My Small Obsessions Facebook

Kate is also seen carrying her trusty Prada bag; I have not had time to look for the maker of her black jacket (sweater?), nor her jeans.

For those curious about Kate’s attire in the 2007 photo with Pippa, the blazer is by British label Fenn, Wright & Manson.

eBay CopyKate Auction via My Small Obsessions

eBay CopyKate Auction via My Small Obsessions

The silk velvet jacket is single-breasted with curved lapels and flap pockets, our thanks again to My Small Obsessions for this info, Anna also says Kate is wearing a’ Silk Grecian Style Tunic Top’ in the photo, by one of her go-to labels, Reiss.

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Our other update, involves another pair of boots, only these were identified some time ago.

Russell & Bromley

Russell & Bromley

Russell and Bromley have re-issued Kate’s Charge-It boots, now called the Charge-It2. Here is how the boot is described:

The classic zipped riding boot in luxurious black suede is elegant and sophisticated for easy chic all day long. Multiple elastic inserts add to the detail, elongate the leg and allow for flexible width fittings. Wear over skinny trousers or with dresses for chic Winter style.

Here we show Kate wearing the boots when shopping in February, 2012 and a closeup from when she was released from the hospital in December of 2012.

Kind Permission of IKON Pictures/Splash News

Kind Permission of IKON Pictures/Splash News

The boots sell at Russell and Bromley for £275, approximately $430 at today’s exchange rates. LK Bennett has also re-issued the Darwin Shearling Jacket the Duchess is wearing above left, it now retails for £795, roughly $1250.

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Our final note today is also about boots, in this case Kate’s favorite Rhumba boots by Aquatalia, the prize in our giveaway showcasing our fundraiser for EACH, one of Kate’s patronages.  The lucky winner is….

Aquatalia

Aquatalia

Cathleen Plaza wins a pair of the Rhumba in this year’s new color, Anthracite. Our thanks to Aquatalia for their generosity in sponsoring the giveaway.

Oct 092012
 

Kate brought back pieces we have seen before for her visit to St. George’s Park today with Prince William.

James Whatling/Corbis

The couple was on hand for the official opening of the Park, a spectacular new facility and campus for the Football Association.

The Football Association

Here you see Prince William with the England team.

England Football Association Facebook Page

The Duke and Duchess chat with Phil Jagielka, via Official Everton’s Instagram feed.

Everton Football Club Instagram

Located in Burton upon Trent, the facility is an enormous investment in the Football Association and its future. As part of the grand opening, William delivered a brief speech, some may recall he is President of the Football Association.

St. George’s Park Twitter Feed

More from today’s story in the Daily Mirror:

Wills also make a joke at his brother’s expense at the end of his speech to mark the opening of the new National Football Centre.

He said: “I feel tempted to cry God for Harry, England and St. George but I really don’t want to lower the tone by bringing my brother into it.”

Below, Kate and William in the training center, the Football Association website shares background:

Costing £105m and home to 24 representative England teams, St. George’s Park is a genuine haven of learning, training and self-improvement. It is the practical and spiritual home of FA Learning, the educational arm of The FA.

The Football Association

Kate selected the Reiss ‘Angel Fit and Flare’ coat, it is a piece from the fall 2010 collection, our thanks to WKW Facebook friend Therese McCloskey, she identified the piece for all of us.

Reiss

Reiss verified the information on its Facebook page and also shared info about the belt Kate was wearing.

Reiss Facebook Page

A closer look at the belt, it was priced at £69, about $110 at today’s exchange rates.

Splash News

As you can see in the photo below, the coat collar can be worn up partially up and buttoned.

James Whatling/Corbis

The ‘Angel’ is a coat Kate has worn previously, many readers will recognize this image.

Ian Jones/Splash News

That is Christmas Day last year at Sandringham, Kate is seen on her way to a church service with Beatrice and Eugenie, we were unable to identify the coat at the time. Below, better product shots, they also show the collar in two different positions.

Reiss/ASOS

The knee length coat features wide, top-stitched lapels, front pockets, multiple gores, and a hidden front fastening. It is a blend, 80% wool and 20% polyamide.

The Angel was originally priced at £325 ($510 USD), but a Kate style blog reported last November the Duchess purchased the coat at one of her favorite shopping haunts:

REISS representatives confirmed that Kate purchased the “angel fit and flare coat” in fawn at their bicester village outlet store in October

Kate also brought back her Aquatalia boots, she is wearing what is now called the Rhumba.

Aquatalia/Splash News

The boots are weatherproofed stretch suede with a 3.4″ stacked heel (the platform is almost an inch, so the walking height is said to be 2.6″), they also have Aquatalia’s slip-resistant rubber sole. The Rhumba can be found at Bergdorf, as well as Neiman Marcus, at Nordstrom, along with Aquatalia, the price is $698 at all sites.

As an FYI, this boot was originally called the Rhumba, minor modifications were made to the style and the name of that boot was the Flinch, the style and name is now the Rhumba again. (Don’t ask. For more, click here.) By the way, there are a number of Aquatalia events at Nordstrom stores this month in the US, representatives will be on hand and there is also a free gift of some kind involved, click here for a schedule.

Underneath the coat Kate wore a print dress we haven’t previously seem, a small floral pattern on black. She carried her trusty black clutch. It’s possible today’s ensemble is a complete repeat of her Christmas look, she is also wearing the earrings many believe to be a gift from Prince William, first seen on Christmas. We show the image below from Kiki McDonough only so readers can see the green amethysts, these are not Kate’s earrings. (Technically known as prasiolite, or quartz.)

Splash News/Kiki McDonough

It was a solid look for Kate, well suited to the event with its inside and outside venues. We leave you with this photo of a plaque unveiling, via the Football Association’s gallery.

The Football Association

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