Jul 272013
 

Now that some of last week’s frenzy has diminished it seems a good time to share a few updates and also wrap up our polls on what Kate wore during her pregnancy.  We begin with our newsbriefs.

Upcoming engagements:

  • It’s believed Kate, William and Prince George continue their stay in Bucklebury at the Middleton’s 18-acre estate. William has a week+ remaining of his paternity leave before he returns to RAF Valley in Anglesey.
  • There are no formal engagements on the calendar, but there has been chatter about a possible photocall with selected media to allow pictures of the newborn and his parents.

Christening:

An autumn christening continues to be the expectation, after the Queen and Prince Philip return from the couple’s annual two-month trip to Balmoral. The precise location remains unknown; Richard Palmer’s story in the Express offers more information.

Prince William was christened in the Music Room at Buckingham Palace and Prince Harry was baptised at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

Those two venues remain a possibility but other options under consideration, according to sources, are the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace and the Queen’s Chapel across the road.

We’ll keep you updated on the plans for this, as well as any other events.

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Next, news sure to please those who like to ‘repliKate’ styles seen on the Duchess. An abbreviated lookbook for the Issa-Banana Republic collaboration was released this week, and there are several dresses that will hold appeal.  One design sure to delight many, a frock very similar to that now-iconic blue engagement dress.

Courtesy Photo/ /Courtesy Photo

Courtesy Photo/ /Courtesy Photo

With apologies to those who already read all of this on our WKW Facebook page last Thursday, the Banana Republic version shown above will sell for $130. There are two other dresses in the collection with very similar lines: a short sleeved style in blue and a maroon piece with three-quarter sleeves.

Courtesy Photos

Courtesy Photos

Banana Republic released a photo via its Facebook page of Naomi Watts wearing a wrap dress from the line.

Banana Republic Facebook Page

Banana Republic Facebook Page

The collection launches August 8 online and in Banana Republic stores. The marketing thus far includes efforts to capitalize on the Issa connection to Kate. Below, a snippet from an Elle interview with BR’s creative director, Simon Kneen.

Elle Magazine

Elle Magazine

Below, another image from the BR Facebook page.

Banana Republic Facebook

Banana Republic Facebook

It’s more-than-unlikely Kate will wear anything from this collection, or any other Issa creation, past, present or future.

Not only has the label’s founder, Daniella Helayel, left the company, but prior to her departure she sold a controlling interest in the brand to Camilla al-Fayed. Why should that matter? Because her father, Mohamed al-Fayed, previous Harrod’s owner, has been vocal in his belief the Royal Family is responsible for the death of his son, Dodi al-Fayed, along with Princess Diana. That topic is the subject of a film he financed, Unlawful Killing. In the movie the Queen is referred to as ‘a gangster in a tiara’ and Prince Philip is called a psychopath.

Regardless of that baggage, it appears there could be a lot to like in the upcoming collection, with price points sure to please many a pocketbook.  To see several more styles, click here to visit She Finds.

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One other quick shopping update of note: Nordstrom is holding its semi-annual Anniversary Sale, one of the few times I see Aquatalia discounted. Below, the Royal boot, it is on sale for $298, 25% off its regular price of $398. Sale prices run through August 4.

Aquatalia Royal Bootie Nordstrom

Aquatalia ‘Royal’ at Nordstrom

The style is known as the Ruby Dry at Russell & Bromley, where it is priced at £245, roughly $380 at today’s exchange rates.  There are other Aquatalia designs on sale, but not all are marked down. Nor do I see Kate’s Rhumba boot available at Nordstrom, known as the Hi & Dry on the far side of the pond .

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Next, a look at results from those polls that kind of got lost in the shuffle of all the goings-on this past ten days, as well as one final survey to determine the most popular style worn by the Duchess during her pregnancy.

I don’t think anyone will be surprised by the look you selected as your favorite for Kate’s first trimester. Capturing almost 24% of your 3049 votes, the runaway winner was Kate’s McQ by Alexander McQueen Black Watch Coat, worn for a visit to her old prep school in November of last year. The blue blue plaid Simyonette coat by Diane von Furstenburg Kate wore when released from the hospital received the second-highest number of votes.

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Moving to styles seen in Kate’s second trimester, after 2700+ votes the look you liked the most is the By Malene Birger teal coat worn when the Duchess joined HM and Prince Philip for a trip to Baker Street Station this March.  In second place, the MaxMara Studio wrap dress worn to Hope House.

©2013 WhatKateWore.com

©2013 WhatKateWore.com

We divided the voting in Kate’s third trimester into two categories. The first involved pieces worn at formal events where we had clear photographs of what the Duchess was wearing. In this voting you selected the Topshop Polka Dot dress worn for the Warner Brothers Studio in late April. The blue Emilia Wickstead came in with the second greatest number of votes.

©2013 WhatKateWore.com

©2013 WhatKateWore.com

Our fourth poll included looks worn on occasions when we had poor photos, or none available that I could license for the site. The big winner in this case is the Séraphine Wrap Dress with Tie.

We have combined these four ensembles into our final poll on Kate’s maternity style. Here are visual reminders of your top choices, beginning with the McQ Black Watch coat and Aquatalia boots.

PA Wire / Aquatalia Courtesy Getty Images Courtesy Photo

PA Wire / Aquatalia Courtesy Getty Images Courtesy Photo

Kate in her By Malene Birger coat and Whiteley hat.

Transport for London / PA Wire

Transport for London / PA Wire

The Topshop Polka Dot dress and Ralph Lauren jacket.

Sophie Sulehria, The BBC / SplashNews.com

Sophie Sulehria, The BBC / SplashNews.com

And the Seraphine Wrap Dress with Tie as seen (barely) on the cover of Australia’s Woman’s Day magazine (photo is in lower left corner of magazine).

Woman's Day/Séraphine

Woman’s Day/Séraphine

And our poll.

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Today’s final note, a mention of our current Baby Cambridge Fundraising auction currently underway on eBay. All proceeds from the auction go directly to one of Kate’s patronages, EACH (East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices). This is an amazing auction, with a bit of a twist for us (the four bloggers running the Fundraiser): we are showcasing items and brands Kate’s younger sister is fond of, although they are sure to hold equal appeal for anyone who enjoys beautiful jewelry and elegant apparel!

eBay Giving Works Auction (Ends at midnight Sunday night)

eBay Giving Works Auction (Ends at midnight Sunday night)

The auction includes a dress not even available for purchase yet from a brand Pippa is frequently seen wearing, Logue London. The garment is 100% silk jersey, crafted in a shirtdress style that is part of the label’s upcoming fall/winter collection.  Also part of the auction, an item that is available now and something Pippa has been seen wearing: the Peapod Necklace by jeweler Argent of London.

Logue London & Argent of London

Logue London & Argent of London

The third item is an autographed copy of Pippa’s book “Celebrate”. This copy is actually signed by Pippa herself, originally purchased from a stock signing at Foyles for Books, and kindly donated by Pippa-Middleton.co.uk. We want to thank Carly of Pippa Middleton Style, along with Argent of London and Logue London for their generous donations!

We are making great progress, as of this evening (Saturday, July 27) more than $6100 has been donated via our Just Giving page.

Baby Cambridge Fundraiser page at Just Giving

Thank you to everyone who has so generously donated thus far.

Apr 262013
 

For today’s engagement at Warner Brothers Studios Leavesden Kate wore a Topshop dress.

Adam Binnie/Waterford Observer Twitter

Adam Binnie/Waterford Observer Twitter

Prince William and Prince Harry were also part of the day’s events, this image comes via the BBC’s Sophie Sulehria.

Sophie Sulehrai, BBC

Sophie Sulehrai, BBC

Kate’s polka dot dress seemed in keeping with the majority of the day’s more lighthearted activities.

James Whatling / Splash News

James Whatling / Splash News

Once inside the studios the three were welcomed onto a Harry Potter set, all eight films were made here.

Warner Bros Studio Tour

Trying out props from some of those movies was clearly a high point.

Via Rebbecca @Beck_WatfordObs /Gordon Rayner

Via Rebecca Perring-Waterford Observer/Gordon Rayner-The Daily Telegraph

Warner Brothers has made a £100 million+ investment into Leavesden Studios, an immense facility housing a permanent production facility as well as the Studio Tour.

Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden

Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden

Today was the official inauguration of the studios.

Sophie Sulehria/BBC Twitter

Sophie Sulehria/BBC Twitter

Prince William was acting in his role as the President of BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts), below a portion of his remarks:

“The journey to today began most obviously with the now legendary story of an aspiring author – J K Rowling – translating her phenomenal imagination onto paper in the form of the Harry Potter series.

New BAFTA scholarships were announced today, the Prince William scholarships will assist those doing graduate-level work in film studies.
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Below, the young royals on the Diagon Alley set from the Harry Potter Films.
Chris Jackson/WPA Rota/ PA Wire

Chris Jackson/WPA Rota/ PA Wire

There was plenty of the back and forth ribbing between William and Harry, here is one of William’s salvos as shared by Max Foster from CNN:

Max Foster, CNN

Max Foster, CNN

There were 500 guests on the Making of Harry Potter Tour from the charities for which William, Kate and Harry serve as Patron.

Warner Brothers You Tube Video

Warner Brothers You Tube Video

The sets and costumes were obviously high points for everyone on the Tour, royals and guests alike.

Warner Brothers Studio Tours

Warner Brothers Studio Tours

All eight of the wildly successful films Harry Potter films were shot at Leavesden. Kate looked short in contrast to Rebeus Hagrid.

Warner Bros Studio Tour

Warner Bros Studio Tour

Here we see William and Harry giving Mr. Weasley’s flying Ford Anglia a try.

Warner Bros Studio Tour

Warner Bros Studio Tour

William can be seen trying out the Batmobile, Kate had a look at Batman’s costume.

Rebecca Perring/Waterford observer Twitter Feed

Rebecca Perring/Waterford observer Twitter Feed

William also seemed to like Batman’s means of getting around.

Valentine Low/The Times Twitter

Valentine Low/The Times Twitter

Naturally there were baby comments, Richard Palmer from the Express shared this one:

Richard Palmer, The Express

Richard Palmer, The Express

Harry Potter author JK Rowling joined the royals, it was the first time she had seen the studios. She was also in polka dots, and a pair of what could be the LK Bennett Sledge pumps Kate is so fond of. (Or is the platform too high for these to be the Sledge?) a pair of what savvy commenters have pointed out are the Jimmy Choo Cosmic, something yours truly should have recognized.

Warner Brothers Studio Tour

Warner Brothers Studio Tour

The Tour looks like something almost anyone would enjoy, other films produced at Leavesden include Sherlock Holmes, Inception and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. As the trio was departing Kate posed for photos with a few youngsters.

Sophie Sulehria/The BBC

Sophie Sulehria/The BBC

There was also more serious business on the day’s agenda, Harry, Kate & William chaired a meeting of their Charities Forum in the Great Hall set used for the Potter movies.

The Duchess was in a polka dot dress from Topshop.

James Whatling / Splash News

James Whatling / Splash News

Many think she wore the Polka Dot Skater dress in a tall size.

Topshop at Nordstrom

Topshop at Nordstrom

While others think it was a piece from Topshop’s maternity line, the brand’s Florence dress.

Topshop Maternity 'Florence' Dress

Topshop Maternity ‘Florence’ Dress

To be honest, I cannot tell which dress it is. The ongoing debate over which frock Kate is wearing is indicative of how similar they are. An observant WKW Facebook friend noted that the dots on Kate’s dress are spaced at regular intervals, the dots on the white version of Florence dress are not symmetrical, they overlap at points.

Topshop

Topshop

However… that is on the US site. The Florence dress on the UK site is shown with dots that are symmetrical, so I think it could be either at this point.

What To Expect

What To Expect

Many will recognize Kate’s black jacket.

mmmm

Many of us first noted Kate wearing the jacket as a ‘going away’ piece atop her blue Zara dress the day after the couple’s wedding, almost two years ago.

PA Wire

PA Wire

She has worn it on several occasions, including a Gary Barlow concert in December of 2011.

Splash News

Splash News

Kate accessorized with her black Episode angel pumps, the UFO black suede clutch and Annoushka pearl drop earrings.

Splash News

Splash News

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We have significant news we want to share, no doubt it will please many of you who saw our Tweets and/or Facebook mentions about what we mysteriously referred to as #BCF.

Drum roll……

EACH

Baby Cambridge Fundraiser

It stands for the Baby Cambridge Fundraiser, a joint effort from a coalition of royal bloggers raising money for EACH, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, one of Kate’s patronages. We’ll have more about this on Monday including a fabulous giveaway.  We hope readers who are on Facebook will join the Baby Cambridge Fundraiser page…..

Baby Cambridge Fundraiser Facebook Page

Baby Cambridge Fundraiser Facebook Page

And if you are on Twitter we hope you follow BCF on that site as well.

BCF (@Royal Fundraiser) Twitter Page

BCF (@Royal Fundraiser) Twitter Page

But more importantly, we hope you will consider making even a small donation, be it £1, $2, every little bit helps a very worthy cause.

Kate’s next engagement is Monday, she will spend part of her 2nd wedding anniversary visiting the Naomi House Children’s Hospice.

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