May 162012

With this brief respite between appearances we though it a good time to share a few tidbits.

We begin with a reminder about the next scheduled appearance for William and Kate, it is this Friday, May 18, at the Queen’s Sovereigns’ Luncheon. The Telegraph has more on the event in a piece by writer Harry Mount.

If you happen to be in the Windsor area on Friday, it’s advisable to wear sunglasses. As part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, the Queen is hosting a lunch for sovereign monarchs, and the assorted tiaras, gems and diamonds the size of gulls’ eggs may cause major sun glare problems…

As this is the Queen’s Jubilee year the function takes on more significance and becomes a bigger draw for other monarchs. Back to Mr. Mount’s story:

It’s the biggest gathering of monarchs – outside royal weddings and funerals – for a decade. The last time there was such a big reunion was 2002: once for the funeral of the Queen Mother and, again that year, at the Queen’s Golden Jubilee dinner for European sovereign monarchs.

Those European monarchs – who are also Knights of the Garter – get together occasionally at Garter services but, still, never in such numbers as on Friday. The crowned heads of Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Spain will be among those there, joined by Emperor Akihito of Japan, though the Palace does not publish guest lists in advance. And the full cast of our own Royal family will be on hand to greet them, from the Duchess of Cambridge to Princess Alexandra.

For those who have been wondering, we do not anticipate seeing Kate in a tiara. Nor do we expect to see Kate and William at Friday’s dinner, Richard Palmer of the Express shared the following on Twitter.

Richard Palmer/Daily Express Twitter Feed (@RoyalReporter)

The dinner is officially hosted by Prince Charles, Richard says that event is a smaller, more intimate function.


We have news about special coverage of the Queen’s Jubilee from one US network, ABC.  The alphabet network will air two 2-hour specials, here are details from ABC’s news release:

ABC News will air two exclusive primetime broadcasts anchored by Katie Couric, including the only American interview with her grandson TRH The Duke of Cambridge Prince William, who pays a personal and poignant tribute to his grandmother and also speaks candidly about his mother Princess Diana and his wedding – and an interview with Prince Harry, as well as the American broadcast of the most star-studded event of all – the “Concert for the Queen”.

ABC also has exclusive rights to that huge Jubilee concert with Elton John, Kylie Minogue, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Tom Jones,  and many more stars. HM, Prince Philip, William & Kate, Harry and other Royal Family members are expected to be in attendance for some, or all of the concert.

Specifics on the specials and other ABC Jubilee programming:

  • Tuesday, May 29, 9-11 pm: “The Real Queen: By Her Own Royal Family with Katie Couric”
  • Tuesday, June 5, 9-11 pm: “Concert for The Queen: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration with Katie Couric”
  • Good Morning America will report live from London on Monday, June 4 and Tuesday, June 5.
  • World News and Nightline will also cover events surrounding the Jubilee weekend from June 2 – 5.


Kate has landed on a new crop of magazine covers following Friday’s Olympic dinner (more on that here).

Hello! Magazine

The teal Jenny Packham gown stands out on the covers, above we show the May 21 issue of Hello!, below, People magazine’s cover.

People Magazine

There are several more, a quick check at your local newsstand is likely to yield other magazine covers.


We also mentioned an early look at some of the Aquatalia by Marvin K. styles for fall, we begin with an Aquatalia classic, the ‘Regal’.

Aquatalia by Marvin. K 'Regal'

If this looks reminiscent of Kate’s oh-so-popular ‘Rouge’ (or ‘Royal,’ as it is called at Nordstrom), you are right, the style is being renamed the ‘Regal’ for the fall. The distinctive strap and buckle detailing are now showcased in an updated color palette, including a navy – wonderful news for those of us who have encountered challenges finding shoes in that hue of late.

Another new style for fall, the ‘Quiz’ knee-high boot.

Aquatalia by Marvin K. 'Quiz' boot

Previously Aquatalia offered a style by this name, however, that version was more of a bootie, this one looks like it could be another classic for the company.

Next, the ‘Pop’ bootie, looking warm and snuggly.

Aquatalia by Marvin K. 'Pop'

The ‘Quaint’ from this fall’s lineup of elegant styles.

Aquatalia by Marvin K. 'Quaint'

Our final offering from Aquatalia’s Fall 2012 collection is an entirely new style for the company, say hello to the ‘Pippa’ boot.

Aquatalia by Marvin K. 'Pippa' Boot

Our thanks to Chrissy for her gracious assistance with the fall preview pieces!

BTW, Aquatalia happens to be running a fun contest “Discover Your Shoe Personality,” the winner will receive a $400 gift certificate, click here for more.


Our final tidbit today is a last-minute reminder to get entered in our Great Kate $500 Giveaway from Shop It To Me.

Shop It To Me

To learn more about the contest, read this post, or scan the following abridged bullet points:

  1.  Sign up for Shop It To Me (either at or
  2. Leave a comment on this post telling us your favorite Kate-inspired clothing brand.
  3. For an extra entry, tweet this and let us know you did: “Hope I win the @WhatKateWore @ShopItToMe $500 Kate Middleton-inspired shopping spree! To enter, RT and visit

Entires close at midnight tonight, we’ll let you know the winner tomorrow!

May 082012

While we have a little break in appearances we thought it a good time to peruse some of the spring and summer looks from designers/retailers the Duchess is fond of wearing.

We begin with a few styles from Reiss; I’m not convinced we will see Kate in loads more from this retailer (she seems to be leaning toward other designers), but I do think she will continue to wear the brand. Below we show the Carine dress.

Reiss Carine Dress

The Carine shows a number of design details Kate favors, including the ‘fit and flare’ silhouette, as well as the embellished bodice. Another frock with style features that Kate likes, the Nerissa, with a lacy look and once again, that wrapped waist and neckline detailing.

Reiss 'Nerissa' Dress

Here is a dress combining multiple elements of Kate’s Reiss Shola & Peacock dresses, the skirt is also reminiscent of the blue Zara dress wore the day after her wedding.

Reiss Kana Dress

That is the Kana Dress from Reiss, it also comes in a sunny yellow similar to Kate’s Jenny Packham dress, more than almost any other Reiss frock this one seems to exhibit features the Duchess looks for in a dress.

More Reiss dresses, from left to right, the Forella in stone, the Hetty in white (perhaps Wimbledon?), and the Edina.


Some Reiss items that carry a ‘Kate-ish look’ from the front are not-quite-so-Kate once the back of the garment is seen, like the Heidi.

Reiss Heidi

Two more possibilities, the Reiss Brandy and Magda dresses.

Reiss Brandy & Magda Dresses

Our final group from Reiss includes (from left to right) the Carlie in teal (offered in graphite as well, a very Kate-like color), the Bridge in firebrick (it also comes in fawn and black, the fawn seems a possibility) and Sophie in indigo.


There are several other things that would work for the Duchess, we’ll have to wait and see if she chooses any of them!


No one will be surprised to see pieces by LK Bennett featured in this space, we begin with the Cleo dress.  I doubt we will see Kate in the Raspberry or Maya Blue (turquoise), the purple seems like a possibility.

LK Bennett 'Cleo' Dress

One consideration, there is a matching jacket for the Cleo.

LK Bennett Cleo Jacket

LK Bennett launched its Black Ribbon line this spring, comprised of pieces considered a bit more upscale in construction and material, a touch more sophisticated in design.  From that new collection we show the ‘Kay‘ & ‘Ivina‘ Dresses, both have the side ruching detail Kate is so fond of, as well as necklines that are a step removed from more common designs.

LK Bennett 'Kay' & 'Ivina' Dresses

As an FYI, the new collection is exclusively available online and through Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge and L.K.Bennett stores in the UK. Below, the Errina jacket and Hallie blouse, both styles that seem ‘very Kate’.

LK Bennett Errina Jacket & Hallie Blouse

Other possibilities include the new Bello Cardigan and Dellio Top

LK Bennett Bello Cardigan & Dellio Top

Another dress in the new collection is the “Hiley,” below we see it on literary agent Felicity Blunt, she was at LK Bennett’s party last week celebrating its new store in the city. (More on that in a moment.)

LK Bennett/Scott Rudd -

As promised, we have a quick glance at LK Bennett’s brand new flagship in New York.

LK Bennett

The new store is located in the Time Warner center, it officially opened last month.

LK Bennett

Women’s Wear Daily reported on the party last Wednesday celebrating the store’s opening:

British accessories brand L.K. Bennett has gotten a bit of a bump in the last year thanks to the Duchess of Cambridge’s occasional favoring of its preppy — make that Sloaney — wears. It makes sense, then, that the retailer has made its way to New York as part of a wider U.S. rollout. On Wednesday night, a handful of Brits and American Anglophiles toasted the brand’s New York flagship…

If a trip to the city isn’t on your itinerary and you aren’t close to any of the other free standing US stores (Atlanta, Chicago, Houston), don’t give up hope, Fashionista offers this:

Robert Bensoussan, LK Bennett’s executive chairman, told the publication, “We think we could go to 20 stores in the US very quickly.”

If interested in seeing more photos of the new store, visit the LK Bennett Facebook page.


We move to our last group of things we believe Kate might wear, again looking at a brand the Duchess clearly likes, Links of London.  Most readers are familiar with some of the Links pieces Kate is frequently seen wearing, below we see her on one of the many occasions she wore the Hope Egg earrings.

Canadian Heritage/Links of London

Imagine my surprise when Anna of My Small Obsessions and WKW Facebook Friend Keriane shared word that the Duchess has been wearing the Hope Ring by Links of London.

Links of London

Like the earrings, the ring is sterling silver, awash in sparkling white topaz stones. Both ladies believe Kate has been wearing the ring for several years.

There is also a coordinating pendant, as well as Hope pieces without the white topaz, like the earrings on the right.

Links of London Hope Collection

Another style seen with some regularity, Kate’s Effervescence Bubble Stiletto earrings.

Canadian Heritage/Links of London

I didn’t realize how many other pieces there are in the Collection, including this matching bracelet.

Links of London Effervescence Bubble Bracelet

The piece has the same lavender iolites as those seen in the earrings.

It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Kate wearing pieces from the company’s London 2012 collection (Links is the creator of the Official Jewellery Collection for the London games this summer). Below we see the official Team GB Olympic and Paralympic Games charms.

Links of London

We know Kate will wear cause-related jewelry, as she did for the EACH function back in March (more on that here), sporting the group’s fundraising bracelet.

Press Association/EACH

So many people wanted to purchase the bracelet after seeing Kate wear it, the sales frenzy briefly knocked the EACH site offline. (It was merely a temporary issue, the site is fine and the bracelets are still available for only £10, EACH will ship them worldwide.)

That is why it wouldn’t be a stretch for Kate to be seen wearing the Links Official Team GB Band.

Links London Team GB Band

The bracelets are available here.


A couple of quick updates to your Kate Calendars:

  • William and Kate are out tonight, celebrating the Duke’s 30th birthday with a dinner at the exclusive Thirty Club at Claridge’s. William will speak to the group of advertising and media executives, as his mother did, and Prince Philip. (We’ll do a new post if there are photos from tonight’s event.)
  • This Friday, May 11, we’ll see the couple in their roles as Olympic Ambassadors as they attend the “Our Greatest Team Rises” concert at Royal Albert Hall.
  • a new appointment is on the schedule for the Duke & Duchess, they will join almost all the other royals for the Sovereigns’ Luncheon on May 18 at Windsor Castle, a very big deal with monarchs from all over the world, more on this function from the Windsor Express: “Buckingham Palace has announced they will join the Queen and other royals at the historic gathering of crowned heads from reigning monarchs from around the globe.  Those expected to attend include the Emperor of Japan, the King of Tonga, President Khalifa bin Zayed of the UAE, the Sultan of Brunei, and the Emir of Qatar.”


We’ll be back with another post before Friday’s gala, one that I think you’ll like, it involves a *fabulous* giveaway.

EDITOR’S NOTE: While we are proud to have Links of London as a WKW blog sponsor, they do not influence blog content. They did not ask me to write about their jewelry, nor have they ever done so.