Jun 152014
 

Kate was casual today as she brought Prince George to watch his father play polo.

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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.

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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!