Sep 222013
 

Kate and William continue their stay at Balmoral, joining other royals at church this morning.

IKM / Splash News

IKM / Splash News

The service was at Crathie Kirk, perhaps best known as the Royal Family’s place of worship when at Balmoral. More from the Parish website.

The Parish of Braemar and Crathie is one of the largest, highest and most remote in Scotland. It is set in the magnificent Cairngorms National Park

Braemer and Crathie Parish

Braemer and Crathie Parish

Balmoral is the Scottish home to the Royal Family, it is where the Queen has her annual holiday. It is the most private and personal of the Queen’s homes. Most senior royals are invited to spend time there with Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh during the Queen’s 2-month stay at the Estate. Kate, William and George flew up last week.

Balmoral Castle & Estate

Balmoral Castle & Estate

Sunday services are a tradition for the Royals. The Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Camilla also were at Crathie Kirk.

Splash News

Splash News

Kate was in her Workers Coat by Moloh, the ‘Fairy Tale’ hat by Lock and Company, and her oft-worn Kiki McDonough Citrine Drop earrings.  Below we see Kate in the hat today and on the far right, back in March of 2012 when visiting Leicester with Her Majesty & Prince Philip. It is the company’s Fairy Tale style, no longer available for purchase.

Splash News/Lock & Co./De Montfort University Twitter Feed

Splash News/Lock & Co./De Montfort University Twitter Feed

Many will recall the first time we saw Kate in this coat, during the couple’s trip to Scotland in April of this year, seen below.

James Whatling/Splash News

James Whatling/Splash News

The coat remains available at Moloh’s website, but only in a size 6.

Kate Moloh Workers Coat Glasgow

Splash News/Moloh

Kate’s Citrine Drop earrings by Kiki McDonough remain available online, retailing for £495, about $800 at today’s exchange rates.

Kiki McDonough

Kiki McDonough

Also visiting at Balmoral this weekend, New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key, his wife Bronagh, their daughter Stephanie and son Max. Below, the prime Minister meeting with the Queen.

John Key Facebook Page

John Key Facebook Page

It is quite an honor to be invited to the Castle, few foreign dignitaries or leaders are asked to join the royals at their Scottish retreat.  It can also be somewhat intimidating, more from the New Zealand Herald:

Mr Key said the family had asked for as much information as possible on Balmoral etiquette to avoid faux pas.

Bronagh Key and daughter Stephanie had invested in floor-length frocks for the formal dinner, Mr Key and son Max had bought the required formal suits.

“Tea is at 5 o’clock, you have to attend, don’t be late. The first dinner is a black-tie dinner so a long frock for Bronagh and Steffi. The next night will almost certainly be a barbecue and apparently they’re quite casual.

Mr. Key said they brought some “really top” wines from New Zealand to enjoy at this weekend’s barbecue.

As we have shared previously, a Tour of Australia and New Zealand next year is in the works for Kate, William and Prince George. Apparently that topic was on the agenda this weekend, Radio New Zealand has more:

Mr Key says he discussed the possibility of a visit to New Zealand by Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George, who were also at Balmoral.

According to the Daily Mirror, Prince George’s passport has already been ordered.

Visiting the Queen can be quite a daunting undertaking task, the New Zealand Herald story is a delightful read, filled with tidbits about how the morning alarm clock is sounded, how one addresses Her Majesty and other insider tips.

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On a slightly related note, it turns out another royal is wearing one of Kate’s favorite maternity labels.

James Whatling / Splash News

James Whatling / Splash News

Zara Phillips wore a Seraphine maternity dress to last night’s Boodles Boxing Ball, an event Kate attended for several years. Zara was in Seraphine’s Colour Block Silk Maxi Gown.

Seraphine Maternity

Seraphine Maternity

The two-tone silk frock retails at $365, the aqua and blue were beautiful with Zara’s coloring. Below we see Kate at the 2008 Ball, she was wearing an Issa London gown.

Boodles Boxing Ball

Boodles Boxing Ball

Kate clearly enjoyed herself at the event.

Courtesy Boodles Boxing Ball 2008/2012

Courtesy Boodles Boxing Ball 2008

Last night’s black tie affair was wildly successful, raising a record-setting £200,000 for Starlight Children’s Foundation, a group granting wishes to seriously and terminally ill children. The event is sponsored by James Amos and Boodles Jewelry.

Bobby Rich Twitter Feed (@MrBobbyRich)

Bobby Rich Twitter Feed (@MrBobbyRich)

The gala at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Mayfair was attended by other royals, including Prince Harry, as well as Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice. Kate’s sister Pippa also attended.

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 LINKAGE:

  • The Balmoral Castle website is filled with information and photos, the Castle & Estate Facebook page is here,
  • Learn more about Crathie Kirk at this website, or the Royal Deeside page
  • Visit the Boodles Boxing Ball website here, or the Starlight Children’s Foundation’s UK website here, the Foundation’s US website is here.
  • Read the entire New Zealand Herald story about the Key family’s visit to Balmoral here
Sep 202013
 

We are back with a look at the spring 2014 collections from some of Kate’s “go to” designers.

We begin with Temperley London. Below, an Instagram shared by Alice Temperley just days before the show, as final touches are being made to the collection.

Alice Temperley Instagram

Alice Temperley Instagram

The show rundown backstage.

Alice Temperley Instagram

Alice Temperley Instagram

There was no shortage of celebrities on hand to see the collection. Below, actress Anna Kendrick (L) and Peaches Geldorf (R). Ms. Kendrick wears the Primrose shirt and skirt from the Cruise 14 collection, Ms. Geldorf was in the Aya dress from this fall’s collection.

Temperley London Facebook

Temperley London Facebook

Also enjoying front row status, singer/songwriter Gabrielle Aplin and actress Rose Leslie; on the far right we see model Yasmin le Bon. All three women are sporting Temperley and/or ALICE by Temperley designs.

Temperley London Facebook Page

Temperley London Facebook Page

This trio of photos by LDN Fashion offers a splendid overview of looks for next spring.

LDNFashion Twitter

LDNFashion Twitter

Two images from the Temperley Facebook page also offer perspective.

Temperley London Facebook

Temperley London Facebook

The first looks down the runway were crafted in a lush pink and maroon/burgundy palette.

Temperley London

Temperley London

For critical reaction to the collection we turn to British Vogue.

Princess pretty, and proof – if it were needed – that pink will still be going strong as a trend next summer, Temperley began with a tiered dress of raspberry, plum and blush – its voluminous silhouette setting the tone for much of the collection.

The next group featured more muted tones but the feeling remained elegant and luxurious.

Temperley London

Temperley London

More reaction via Women’s Wear Daily:

Alice Temperley delivered a charming, retro and very English interpretation of la dolce vita. The prints said it all — leopard spots mingling with a tumble of pink or mauve orchid blossoms — as did the pale Wedgwood colors, applied to Sixties couture shapes in heavy silks.

Temperley London

Temperley London

Some of the leopard sports referenced by WWD.

Temperley London

Temperley London

The black, purple and lavender group was effective.

Temperley Lodnon

Temperley London

The palette made for striking pieces.

Temperley London

Temperley London

Back to the British Vogue review:

Leopard print broke up the girliness though – a fabulous full-length skirt fell from a lilac appliquéd upper in a moment that spawned an immediate waiting list. Another mint green bejeweled tunic proved that Temperley knows her customer and gives them just what they want.

Temperley London

Temperley London

From the Style.com review:

Key pieces included trapeze shapes and a new way to deliver a bolero jacket, with sleeves that were structured and flowy at the same time. But, as always, it was the surface details—the rose damask fabrics, the complete symmetry of the embroidered flowers on organza, the crystal embellishments, and the cherry-blossom prints—that seduced. Temperley has such a sure hand, she even made a leopard print mixed with a lilac floral look good.

Temperley London

Temperley London

These were three of my favorite looks, they typify what I perceive to be a significant part of the Temperley aesthetic: light, floaty, and feminine designs.

Temperley London

Temperley London

The detail work on some of the garments is exquisite.

Temperley London

Temperley London

An even closer look.

Alice Temperley Instagram

Alice Temperley Instagram

Some of the handwork is so delicate, work on it required a magnifying glass.

Alice Temperley Instagram

Alice Temperley Instagram

Another look via Temperley’s Communications Director, Madeleine Macey.

Madeleine Macey, Temperley Communications Director

Madeleine Macey, Temperley Communications Director

There were a very few styles that didn’t work for me. The white ensembles seen below were somehow reminiscent of vintage honeymoon lingerie, although the satin coats are clearly beautiful pieces that would stand on their own merit. And as much as I love pink and satin, the two styles below reminded me of prom dresses, the satin borders in combination with the pink flowers detracted from the overall look.

Temperley London

Temperley London

The wrap-up from Women’s Wear Daily’s review:

What the clothes sometimes lacked in youth and modernity, they made up for with dazzling workmanship and gentility.

Three final styles.

Temperley London

Temperley London

It was a beautiful collection, I was surprised by how appealing the leopard paired with the floral motifs looked.

Temperley London

Temperley London

As with any collection from this designer, it is always fun to think of what Kate might wear; this is the closing line from British Vogue’s show review:

It’s going to be fun watching the Duchess of Cambridge take her pick of this selection next summer.

There are any number of garments that are ideal for Kate’s style, making a short list would be quite a challenge.

One note for those fond of Kate’s Odele sheepskin coat by Temperley, the piece is back in stock for fall.

Courtesy of Facebook Friend Sandra/Temperley London

Courtesy of Facebook Friend Sandra/Temperley London

For those unfamiliar with the coat, here is the product description.

Made of luxuriously soft sheepskin, it has the suede side of the skin facing out and is lined with flat haired sheepskin allowing a snug and flattering fit. The cut is feminine and sharp with a nipped in waist. Leather trim and gold metal hardware complete the look. -

Be advised this one will take a toll on the pocketbook, it retails for $3280.

Also today, a look at new designs by Alice Temperley for her very successful Somerset collection offered exclusively at John Lewis. But these styles are not for adults – the collection is expanding to include girls’ sizes. Below, a pink knit sweater (jumper) and acorn print separates.

Courtesy Photos via British Vogue

Somerset Girls by Alice Temperley for John Lewis

More from British Vogue:

….will feature dresses and separates that echo pieces in the womenswear collection – and the designer hopes that her new mini customers will love them just as much.

Somerset for Girls #3

Somerset Girls by Alice Temperley for John Lewis

One needn’t look far to see Girls’ designs echo that their grown-up counterparts. Below, the women’s Pine Cone Dress and Sequin Detail Jumper.

Somerset Collection John Lewis

Somerset by Alice Temperley for John Lewis

It isn’t difficult to spot some of the designer’s signature touches.

Somerset for Girls #1

Somerset Girls by Alice Temeprley for John Lewis

There is a total of 16 pieces in the debut Girls collection, designed for ages four to twelve.

Somerset for Girls #2

Courtesy Photos via British Vogue

The collection launches this Thursday, September 26.

Somerset Girl by Alice Temperley for John Lewis

Somerset Girl by Alice Temperley for John Lewis

Many fall styles in the women’s collection are available in-store and online, including accessories. Below, the Puxton Ankle Boots and Clover Medium Cross-Body Bag.

Somerset by Alice Temperley for John Lewis

Somerset by Alice Temperley for John Lewis

For US residents interested in the collection, John Lewis does ship to the US.

Our other looks today are from the Topshop Unique runway, one of the retailer’s boutique lines. There was also a celebrity-filled front row at this venue, including Anna Wintour, Sir Philip Green (owner of the retail powerhouse) and Kate Moss.

Topshop Pinterest

Topshop Pinterest

Some of the models backstage.

Topshop Pinterest

Topshop Pinterest

One of the key color palettes included a rich blue and deep green, used in geometric patterns.

Topshop Pinterest

Topshop Pinterest

Most looks were decidedly casual with relaxed silhouettes.

Topshop Pinterest

Topshop Pinterest

One has to work harder to imagine Kate in pieces from this show, the clarity of vision isn’t quite so obvious.

Topshop

Topshop

To see all of the show looks on the runway, click here to visit Topshop’s Pinterest page.

We will be back in just a few days with more runway styles and an exciting giveaway!

 

Sep 122013
 

Kate chose a Jenny Packham gown for tonight’s inaugural Tusk Conservation Awards.

Splash News

Splash News

The glittering event took place at the Royal Society in London, CNN’s David Wilkinson shared this photo of guests arriving on the red carpet.

David Wilkinson, CNN (@DWilkinsonCNN)

David Wilkinson, CNN (@DWilkinsonCNN)

William has been Tusk’s Royal Patron since 2005, below he is seen with Prince Harry on a 2010 trip to visit Tusk projects in Botswana.

Tusk Trust

Tusk Trust

Prince William spoke about the couple’s night away from Prince George in his remarks at the podium:

“As you might have gathered, Catherine and I have recently become proud parents – of a baby who has a voice to match any lion’s roar.

“This is actually our first evening out without him, so please excuse us if you see us nervously casting cheeky glances at our mobile phones to check all is well back home.”

More on tonight’s Awards from The Telegraph:

The winners of the two awards – Lifetime Achievement Award and the Conservation Award, the latter for an “up-and-coming conservationist” – receive cash contributions to their projects of, respectively, £30,000 and £15,000, as well as the trophies presented by the Duke of Cambridge.

Investec Asset Management helped sponsor tonight’s awards, they shared a photo of Prince William presenting Clive Stockil the Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in Zimbabwe, where Mr. Stockil has worked on conservation efforts for more than forty years.

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Investec UK Twitter Feed

The Conservation Award went to Tom Lalampaa for his work with the Northern Rangelands Trust in Kenya.

Tusk Awards

Tusk Awards

More about Mr. Lalampaa’s work from a Tusk news release:

…his outstanding work brokering peace through conservation amongst feuding tribal groups in northern Kenya. Lalampaa has been key to creating a conservation area of 3 million acres under the Northern Rangelands Trust, benefiting over 150,000 people. The NRT is recognized as the leading model for community conservation in Kenya.

Kate as she arrived at the event.

Doug Peters/PA Wire

Doug Peters/PA Wire

We had quite a time with Kate’s gown. Once we knew that it was by Jenny Packham the search began to see precisely which dress it was. Initially we thought it was this gown from 2011, but then decided that was not the case. Jenny Packham says this *is* the dress, please see update below.

Jenny Packham

Jenny Packham

Then we thought it was a No. 1 Jenny Packham for Debenhams dress. No. 1 is the designer’s diffusion line for the retailer, a collection we have written about previously. Here is a look at the front of the Debenhams frockand Kate’s dress.

Kate Tusk Awards Side by Side No 1 Jenny Packham Debenhams Sequin Dress Splash

Debenhams/Splash News

And the back.

Debenhams/Splash News

Debenhams/PA Wire

The No. 1 dress is described this way:

This gold designer maxi dress from No1 by Jenny Packham is embellished with sequins and beaded patterns at the front of the high waist.

The dress is polyester with a boat neckline and concealed zipper in the back. It originally retailed for £225 (about $350) and was then discounted by 20% USD.

However, there is an obvious distinction between the Debenhams embellishment and what was on Kate’s dress just below the bust. Kate’s more closely matches this ornament, seen on the 2011 gown.

Lyst

Lyst

At this point we don’t know precisely which dress Kate is wearing, or if she is wearing an entirely bespoke piece from the designer. I can’t imagine Kate (or a Palace seamstress) attaching the ornamentation from the older gown to a $350 dress, so we’ll have to wait for the definitive answer from Jenny Packham. As soon as we hear we will update.

UPDATED 9AM FRIDAY 9-13:

Us Weekly has information about Kate’s dress in its story on Thursday’s event:

Although similar to an existing design, the Duchess’ dress was custom-made, and costs approximately $6,300 in U.S. currency.

NEW UPDATE 11AM FRIDAY 9-13:

From the Jenny Packham Facebook page:

London, England – The Duchess of Cambridge attended The Tusk Conservation Awards wearing a full length pale gold sequin evening gown with crystal motif.

Jenny Packham Facebook Page

Jenny Packham Facebook Page

Anna of My Small Obsessions posted a question on the page asking what specific style the dress is, here is the response:

This dress is not bespoke and was available to buy, however it sold out before The Duchess of Cambridge wore it last night.

When asked on the Facebook page if it was the dress shown below (and also above), Anna was told “yes,” it is this dress.  You can just see a hint of the nude fabric insert in the photo on the right.

Lyst.com

Lyst.com

The dress description included these details: “All-over sequin embellishment, bateau neckline, figure-hugging silhouette, floor length with a brooch-accented empire waist and back keyhole detail.”

Many noted the nude panel under Kate’s arms.

PA Wire

PA Wire

Fortunately WKW Facebook friends shared why the panels are there: as a way of minimizing or preventing the skin irritation that comes from being continually rubbed against the sequins. That is something I did not know. It is immensely sensible, although I can’t imagine the nude inserted fabric is meant to be this visible. UPDATE: Some comments note the fabric inserts on the side seams are meant to be this visible.

The Duchess accessorized with her Vamp sandals by Jimmy Choo.

Doug Peters/PA Wire

Doug Peters/PA Wire

They remain available at Jimmy Choo for $795. Kate also wore the diamond bracelet we have seen previously & the matching earrings, although it was difficult to see because of her hair.

Splash News

Splash News

She did not carry a handbag this evening.

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Earlier in the day there was big news from the Palace, with an official statement that after 7-1/2 years of service, William has left the military.

He will continue to support the work of The Queen and the Royal Family through a programme of official engagements, both at home and overseas, with The Duchess of Cambridge.

The Duke will continue to work with his charities on issues relating to children and young people, veterans and serving members of the Armed Forces. The Duke is currently considering a number of options for public service, a further announcement on which will follow in due course.

This does not mean Kate and/or William are going to become full-time working royals, officials are referring to it as a “transitional year” for the Duke. It was a bit of a surprise as many thought William would be leaving his position in Anglesey with the RAF to take up another position in the military, a part-time position. The Palace also said the couple will be moving into their Kensington Palace apartment in the next few weeks.

There was another Palace announcement almost immediately, revealing that Prince William is now heading up a newly formed coalition of influential conservation organizations called United for Wildlife. Participating groups include the World Wildlife Fund and the Nature Conservancy.

United for Wildlife

United for Wildlife

This Sunday (the 15th) both CNN and ITV will air documentaries showcasing Prince William’s conservation concerns and work, as well as accomplishments of tonight’s Tusk Award nominees and winners. CNN’s Max Foster says the show will also look at William in his newest role, that of a father.

Tusk

Tusk

Prince William’s Passion: New Hope, New Father” airs on CNN this Sunday (the 15th) at 10pm EDT. More in a review from TV By The Numbers:

In the film, Prince William recalls how his love for Africa was born, remembering his late mother Princess Diana when she returned from her trips: “She would come back with all these stories and full of excitement and just passion for what she had been doing and I sort of used to sit there, quite a sort of surprised little boy at the time, taking it all in.”

CNN has released a portion of the program, click here to view the video. Below, one more photo of William and Kate, this is as they are leaving the function.

Splash News and Pictures

Splash News and Pictures

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Also today, a taste of what we have been seeing at Fashion Week. New York’s week just wrapped up, London Fashion Week officially gets underway tomorrow. We’ll be sharing news and spring 2014 styles by Kate’s favorite designers, tonight we share styles from the Jenny Packham collection just shown in New York.  Jessica Vince of Grazia caught up with the designer in New York, asking about her reaction when learning Kate wore one of her designs when leaving the hospital with Prince George. More from her story:

‘I was in Japan on holiday at the time,’ Packham told us backstage at her show. ‘It was the middle of the night when I first saw pictures of her in the dress so I was frustrated not to there and be a part of it.’ But that doesn’t mean the Brit designer didn’t celebrate like the rest of us. ‘I was very excited and it was such a lovely moment to involved in. It was quite surreal, actually’. We can imagine!

James Whatling/Splash News

James Whatling/Splash News

Just before things got underway Grazia tweeted this picture of actress Christina Hendricks arriving for the runway show, she is best known for her role in Mad Men.

Grazia Live

Grazia UK Twitter Feed

Jenny Packham posted a Facebook photo of the actress with TV presenter Louise Roe. Ms. Roe is said to be wearing a sugar pink tea length skirt from this fall’s collection, along with an embellished top from spring 2013. Ms, Hendricks is in a beaded cocktail in montera blue, on the right we show what looks like a full-length version of that frock currently shown at Stylebop.

Jenny Packham FB/Stylebop

Jenny Packham FB/Stylebop

Fashion and style blogger Sydne Summer posted several photos from the show on her Instagram feed, noting the number of chartreuse garments she has seen this week at a variety of shows.

Sydne Summer Instagram

Sydne Summer Instagram

She also shared this picture, noting “Definitely see Kate Middleton in this Jenny Packham fit-for-a-princess gown”.

Sydne Summer Instagram

Sydne Summer Instagram

The Fashion Adroit tweeted “With only one super chic muse, uhhh uhhh, princess in mind!!!” as the caption for these three styles.

Diana Pereira/The Fashion Adroit

Diana Pereira/The Fashion Adroit

The Grazia story reports that inspiration for the spring collection is a 1975 Australian film “Picnic at Hanging Rock.” Below, four styles as they came down the catwalk.

Jenny Packham Courtesy Photos via Grazia

Jenny Packham Courtesy Photos via Grazia

Signature touches were evident throughout the collection: floaty, light, almost weightless fabrics, intricate beading and lines designed to flatter.

Jenny Packham Courtesy Photos via Grazia

Jenny Packham Courtesy Photos via Grazia

The retro feel could be seen in the big bows and full skirts.

Jenny Packham Courtesy Photos via Grazia

Jenny Packham Courtesy Photos via Grazia

It definitely isn’t for everyone, but I am a fan of the Hollywood waistline seen on the trousers below, reminiscent of Katherine Hepburn’s understated elegance.

Courtesy Photos via Grazia

Courtesy Photos via Grazia

There are many more looks for next spring I think you will enjoy seeing, click here for the entire Grazia story.

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