Nov 282011
 

Tonight Kate opted for another emerald green dress, selecting Mulberry for tonight’s press reception at Buckingham Palace.

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The gathering was hosted by the Queen, she welcomed journalists to the Palace who are expected to cover her Diamond Jubilee next year. Other senior royals attending the party included Prince Philip, Prince William, Prince Charles & the Duchess of Cornwall.  More from Richard Palmer’s story in the Express:

The royals chatted with journalists, broadcasters and bloggers about the final preparations for five months of nationwide events beginning in February to mark the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.

Prince William looks well following intense rescue work this weekend, he and his crew helped rescue two Russian sailors in the sea off the Welsh coast.

Via SkyNewsRoyal Twitter Feed

Here are better images of Kate’s frock.

Mulberry Shirt Dress in 'Cabbage'

The dress showcases Mulberry’s ‘exclusive Peace and Love’ jacquard (meaning the motif is woven into the fabric, not printed or appliqued onto the material) pattern. The “Full Pleated Shirt Dress” is 100% silk and the color is called ‘cabbage’.  The dress features a Peter Pan collar, pleats just about everywhere, and long sleeves gathered at the cuff, it is $2200.

Here is how the dress looked on the runway, it is from Mulberry’s fall RTW (ready to wear) collection, we also show it as seen in the company’s print ad campaign.

Elle.com/Mulberry

The dress remains available on the US site, but only in Size 2 as of this writing. As an aside, Mulberry has oodles of things in the ‘Peace and Love’ or ‘Love and Peace’ motif, much like the company’s Polly Push Lock collection. Items available include jewelry, apparel and accessories.

The Mirror’s Gilly Ferguson was quite taken with the frock in this story titled “Kate Middleton Fashion Verdict: Boho Mulberry Peace dress is her most trend-led yet”

It’s arguably her chicest dress to date (Sarah Burton wedding gowns not included). Full-length photo or not, it’s the details that mark this dress as the dress that gave Kate fashion kudos.”

We don’t think of this as one of Kate’s chicest looks. While it is difficult to make a determination without seeing better photos, we respectfully disagree with Ms. Ferguson’s analysis. The color is a lovely green, the detailing looks exquisite, and I’m sure the dress is more-than-pretty on Kate, very flattering with her coloring, but über-chic? No, not in my opinion. Judging by many of the comments from the WKW Facebook Community, few would categorize the dress as anywhere near one of Kate’s “chicest” looks.
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Victoria Arbiter of CBS News shared some insight about a possible motive for the Peace & Love motif, suggesting perhaps the Duchess selected it with tongue planted firmly in cheek:

Victoria Arbiter Twitter Feed

Her Majesty looked lovely in shimmering green and aqua tones.

Our thanks to Richard Palmer (that same Express columnist whose story we quoted up above) for alerting us early on in the evening that Kate was in a green Mulberry dress, that made identification relatively simple. We also want to thank WKW FB friend Sara for reminding us to look at Elle’s runway photos from the spring.

The other fun part of the evening involved the Palace’s creation of a “Tweet Suite,” an area specifically set up so journalists might tweet from the reception.

Via Rory Cellan-Jones Twitter Feed

From what we read online, many of those in attendance were enjoying themselves so much they really didn’t want to leave the party.

Via Tony W Twitter Feed

As noted in today’s earlier post, I love seeing the Monarchy embrace social media as a way of getting its message out.

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Tonight’s other function was the British Fashion Awards; Kate was not named Britain’s most stylish, Alexa Chung was given that honor for the second year in a row. However, Sarah Burton was named Designer of the Year, and Tabitha Simmons received the Emerging Talent Award for accessories.

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One final note, we thought some might enjoy this Slate story about Fashion icons, the always-wonderful Simon Doonan includes Royal Fashion Icons in the article.

Royal Style Icons. These gals deserve their own group. Though they tend to be restrained and sometimes even downright turgid in their personal style, they are often hugely influential. In the ‘80s the ordinary woman on the street switched allegiances to Princess Diana. Now Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, is the go-to royal. Their discreet and excessively scrutinized fashion choices must reflect a sense of appropriateness while simultaneously communicating self-denial.”

To read the entire piece, click here.

Nov 282011
 

Today we take an opportunity to revisit several topics we haven’t had time for of late, although there are two functions tonight of note, one where Kate & William are expected .

We begin with the identification of a handbag we have seen Kate carry with some frequency, the slim black clutch.  First, a refresher showing The Duchess carrying the bag during the couple’s visit to Copenhagen in support of EastAfricaCrisis.org.

The British Monarchy

Here is a better look:

Once again those savvy stylistas on the WKW FB page have come up with what we think is the answer. Fashion-forward Kristen deserves the credit for this identification, she suggested it is Stuart Weitzman’s Raz Clutch, we think she is spot-on. Below we show the bag as recently seen for sale on Amazon.

Stuart Weitzman

The dimensions shown for the bag make sense: 10.5″ long x 3.75″ high x 2″ deep. It very much looks like Kate’s bag, it also makes sense as Kate is clearly a Weitzman fan, wearing the company’s “Zipkin” boots (more in this post) for that UNICEF Copenhagen trip.

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Also today, an ID on a blouse Kate wore during the couple’s North American tour this summer. Below we see William and Kate touring the devastation left by an enormous fire in Slave Lake, Alberta.

Canadian Heritage

The top generated quite a bit of discussion at the time; below we show the Lauren by Ralph Lauren chiffon ruffle blouse as seen at House of Fraser. Our thanks to WKW FB friend Clare for making this ID.

Via House of Fraser

Sadly the blouse is no longer available, it is a cute piece. (It is possible others may have suggested this was the piece when we were all tracking it this summer, if so, let me know so you may also receive credit.)

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A few product updates we think you might find of interest, starting with the Sebago Bala, it is back in stock on the Sebago UK site.

Sebago UK

The shoe is priced at £80 (approximately $125 USD at today’s exchange rates), there is very limited stock available as of this writing. We hope to have an update for you shortly regarding the shoe’s availability on the Sebago US site.

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There are two events this evening (Monday, 11.28) that will interest Kate fashion followers, the highest profile function is a reception at Buckingham Palace for journalists expected to cover the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee next year. More from the UK Press Association:

Senior royals will also be mingling with the press including the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

In honour of the guests the palace’s East Gallery will be renamed the Tweet Suite for the night – for those who want to post online messages – and the space will also contain displays about the Queen’s Golden and Silver Jubilees.

We love the way Buckingham Palace continues to embrace social media as a way of communicating “The Firm’s” message. Tonight’s event is not formal, we expect to see Kate in a dress and heels, however, it is not the sort of function where a hat is expected.

Also this evening, the British Style Awards, we will have more on that event should Kate be named as Britian’s most stylish.

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US television viewers might want to mark their calendars for Tuesday, December 13th, that is when NBC airs Inside the Royal Marriage.

NBC.com

Here is more on the show from TBI, an industry site:

The show taps into the enormous interest in the young couple. “They are doing things their own way,” explains executive producer Matt Drury. “Whereas previous generations of royal newlyweds have just cut ribbons and shaken hands with people, they have a clear idea what they want.” He adds: “The biggest challenge is that there is blanket media coverage of everything that they do, but we wanted to cover things not revealed before and add value to the stories people already know.”

The program has been produced by the same company that did Inside the Royal Wedding, Spun Gold TV.

Spun Gold TV

The UK production company has done a number of programs showcasing royal topics, including Prince William’s Africa, and How to Nab a Prince.

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Finally today, two flash sales that may be of interest to Kate followers, both at ‘members only’, (cough-cough) sites. The first is a sale on Hudson Jeans beginning today (Monday) at 3pm ET on Rue La La. (Click here if you need an invite.)

Hudson Jeans at Rue La La

The second is tomorrow at Gilt.com, another Kate fave, J. Brand Jeans will be on sale beginning at 12 Noon.

Gilt.com

If in need of an invite for Gilt, just click here. (The ‘cough-cough’ reference up above is because we look askance at the phrase “members only” because anyone with an email address can join, it is not quite as exclusive as sometimes portrayed.)

 

EDITORIAL NOTE: We have received multiple emails asking why we haven’t posted about Kate’s most recent shopping trip to Tesco in Anglesey. Those are not photos we care to share, they cross the line into the intrusive category.  Pictures of Kate in the parking lot are fine in my opinion, she knows there may be photographers on hand. But once inside a store I think she should be entitled to some level of privacy, and shouldn’t have to worry about the public knowing precisely what she purchased right down to the brand of potatoes.