Feb 192013

For Kate’s return to public engagements this morning she chose a past season MaxMara Studio dress, opting to go coatless under London’s sunny skies. Below, Kate arriving at Hope House.

Via Robert Jobson Twitter Feed (@theRoyalEditor)

The Duchess was visiting Hope House Treatment Center in south London.  The program is part of Action on Addiction, one of Kate’s patronages, and works with women recovering from substance abuse and compulsive disorders.

Neil Warner / Splash News

Some may recall that this is actually Kate’s second visit to Hope House. She spent time there in the fall of 2011 as she was researching different groups to support as a Royal Patron. Shortly after that visit to Hope House the announcement was made that Action on Addiction would be one of those charities she would work with.

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Kate’s dress is from the 2011 collection. Officially the garment was called the ‘grey long sleeved dress,’ it was part of the MaxMara Studio fall line.

Max Mara Studio via Lyst.com

The design is one Kate favors, a v-neck wrap style with long sleeves and self belt. Kate elected to wear the belt tied in the front, as opposed to the back. A bit down in the post we share several other contemporary styles Kate could be wearing from MaxMara.

Via Action on Addiction Twitter Feed (@ActiononAddiction)

More on today’s visit from the Prince of Wales website:

During the visit, The Duchess was taken to the centre’s kitchen and watched as a lunch of chicken and bacon pasta with salad was prepared by some of the clients.

Some of the ingredients for the meal – packs of chicken and bacon and packets of brown pasta – were laid out on a table and Her Royal Highness asked one of the women who was chopping mushrooms: “Do you like the menus and do you enjoy the cooking side?”

She got the reply: “I find it very therapeutic.”

The Duchess looked rested and healthy.

Neil Warner / Splash News

Victoria Murphy of The Mirror is also pregnant and due in July. She spoke with Kate about her pregnancy.

Victoria Murphy Twitter Feed (@QueenVicMirror)

Kate accessorized with her Annoushka Pearl Earrings, we have a better view of them from a photo taken during the Royal Tour.

Annoushka / Splash News

She also wore her Asprey Button Pendant.

Splash News/Asprey

There has been significant discussion on Facebook and elsewhere regarding the ring on Kate’s right hand, I am adding a photo for everyone’s benefit.

Splash News

The Duchess also repeated her Episode Angel heels.

On a related note, there is word that Action on Addiction and 100 Women in Hedge Funds (one of William’s charities) will be working together on a number of initiatives to raise money for Action on Addiction. The partnership kicks off March 14 with a party at the Jimmy Choo New Bond Street boutique.  I wonder if perhaps this is a result of Kate getting to know the shoe designer when they met at the British High Commission Residence in Malaysia, that was the location for an elegant high tea party. (One FYI, neither William nor Kate are expected to be in attendance for the function on the 15th.)


Next today, news about another series of engagements being added to Kate’s calendar. Tuesday, March 5 the Duchess will spend her day in the seaport community of Grimsby in Lincolnshire.  Places Kate will visit include:

Havelock Academy

More on Kate’s visit to the community from Victoria Murphy’s story in the Mirror:

During her trip to the fire station she will meet people on a course run by her father-in-law Prince Charles’ charity The Prince’s Trust – the first time she has carried out an engagement for the cause.

In contrast to rural Berkshire where Kate, 31, grew up, Grimsby has one of the highest levels of youth joblessness in the country, with around one in three young people struggling to find work.

A reminder that you can always check for upcoming appearances by looking at the “Calendar” page up at the top of the blog.


As mentioned, we have been looking at possible non-maternity styles for Kate to wear, it happened that several we pulled are by MaxMara. Below left, the Abate dress in a poly/elastene blend that provides some stretch, the belt is optional and can be removed to provide a more forgiving fit, the boat-neck and 3/4 sleeves are accents Kate favors. We show the frock at Matches fashion ($501). On the right is the Aceto ($409), also a jersey knit, the pleated neckline is a touch Kate would like; this would obviously require a sweater or jacket if Kate were to be outside for any length of time.

MaxMara Studio ‘Abate’ and ‘Aceto’ dresses

Two more possibilities, these by Diane von Furstenberg at Matches Fashion. On the left we show the Jeanne Two ($482) in a stark chain link print, the cut is DVF’s classic wrap style in silk jersey. On the right we show the same style, the Jeanne Two, this time in a dark green grass print, Shopbop offers it at $365.

Diane von Furstenberg ‘Julian’ and ‘Jeanne Two’

There are also many pieces that would work for the next month or two by Roksanda Ilincic, a designer Kate has worn several times. Below, the Pemberton, a cut that would be forgiving, it also offers design elements Kate likes, detail at the waist, the exposed zipper, it is available in three colors including the navy we show.

Roksanda Ilincic ‘Pemberton’

Below left, Roksanda Ilincic did a Swing Coat coat ($710) exclusively for Matches Fashion. The lines are elegant, but it may be too bold for Kate. Another spring outerwear option is seen below right, Erdem’s Whitley tweed coat ($3780), a 50′s silhouette in blend of fibers. It bears a strong resemblance to Kate’s M Missoni coat, it’s unlikely anyone would have such similar pieces in their closet.

Matches Fashion

There have been statements in the media that Beulah London is making maternity wear for Kate. There are several styles they currently offer that would work, including the Ondria dress (£425, approximately $650 USD at today’s exchange rates), depending on where the waist hits Kate.

Beulah London ‘Ondria’

Other possibles include (from left to right) the Brionna, Luanne, Andra and Naomi top on the far right.

Beulah London

More reasonably priced options can be found in the Alice Temperley Somerset Collection for John Lewis.

Somerset by Alice Temperley for John Lewis

Above left we see the Navy Jersey Dress (£99, about $150 USD), on the right, the Contrast Trim Silk Top (£79, roughly $125).

We’ll see you again later this week with a look at fall styles from several of Kate’s favorite designers.


Sep 292012

We are back with our third and final Royal Tour poll, this one looking at accessories: bags, shoes, jewelry and a few miscellaneous items. Many of the items will look familiar, there are also few new pieces in the mix we think everyone will enjoy seeing again. The post is broken into four polls; one on handbags, another for shoes, a third for jewelry and a final mini-poll on things that stand on their own.


Our first item is the clutch carried for the couple’s arrival in Singapore when Kate was in the pink Jenny Packham dress, it was also carried for the Solomon Islands arrival, accessorizing the Jonathan Saunders Evelyn. Some believe this is a Jimmy Choo Cosma bag.

PHOTOS: James Whatling – Corbis – Splash

With her Erdem dress at the Eden Hall reception in Singapore Kate carried another UFO (Unidentified Fashion Object) clutch.

Splash News

We saw the return of the Anya Hindmarch Bespoke Maud, it was seen at the State Dinner in Singapore, Kate was wearing her Prabal Gurung dress for that event.

Anya Hindmarch Maud Clutch

The Wilbur and Gussie ‘Charlie’ also made another appearance, it was carried to the State Dinner in Malaysia, accessorizing Kate’s Alexander McQueen gown.

Wilbur and Gussie

We saw the Russell and Bromley ‘Muse’ return in Singapore, accessorizing the white broderie anglaise McQueen suit.

Rebecca English, Daily Mail/Splash News

LK Bennett’s Natalie was back for the tour, including Kate & William’s visit to the Mosque in Malaysia, as well as the British-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

LK Bennett Natalie

During the trip to Sabah in Malaysia we saw Kate with one of her many Longchamp Le Pliage totes on the helicopter.

Medium Le Pliage Tote at Selfridges


Kate started the tour in her LK Bennett Taupe Sledge pumps, seen in Singapore.

LK Bennett Sledge in Taupe

Kate’s Stuart Weitzman Corkswoon wedge was seen on multiple occasions, including the couple’s day in Singapore.

Stuart Weitzman Corkswoon

There was an addition to the ‘Sledge family,’ we saw Kate wear the Sledge in Off White.

LK Bennett Sledge in Off White

The LK Bennett Harper was back, worn with the Erdem dress to the reception at British High Commissioner’s residence in Singapore, more in this post.

LK Bennett Harper

For the formal dinner in Malaysia Kate brought out a new pair of Jimmy Choo heels, the Dart. (With thanks to WKW Facebook friend Sarah for identifying these.)

Splsah News/Jimmy Choo

Kate’s black Prada heels returned, worn with the creamy white and purple Prabal Gurung dress for the State Dinner in Singapore.

Splash News

For the day in Borneo’s rainforest, Kate opted to wear her Brasher Hillmaster GTX boots.

Brasher/Simon Amos – Brasher Facebook Page

The Stuart Weitzman Minx returned.

Chris Jackson/PA Wire

We briefly saw Kate wear her trusty Pied a Terre Imperia wedges when departing Kota Kinabalu and journeying to the Solomon Islands.

Pied a Terre ‘Imperia’

And that covers the footwear.


Annoushka Pearl Drops set  in 18K gold Created in 18ct yellow gold and pearl, these Pearl Earring Drops look stunning on our Eclipse 18ct yellow gold and diamond Porcupine Hoop Earrings.

Annoushka/Splash News

Diamond Drops with Aqua-ish/Blue-ish prong set center stone, possibly a custom version of the Kiki McDonough earrings shown below.

Kiki McDonough/UK Press Association

Once again we saw the diamond and sapphire earrings that were re-fashioned from a pair of Princess Diana’s, below we show them (barely) during the couple’s time at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore.

Gardens by the Bay Facebook

For the State Dinner in Malaysia the Duchess wore pieces by Catherine Zoraida, including the artisan’s Double Leaf Earrings.

UK Press Association/Catherine Zoraida

Kate also wore the Scales (Spread Your Wings)Bracelet by Ms Zoraida.

UK Press Association/Catherine Zoraida

Also new to the mix, Kate’s Red Sponge Coral earrings by Serretta, worn with the TAV pacific dress for the Governor General’s dinner in

Serretta Red Sponge Coral Earrings

Kate reprised her Kiki McDonough Citrine Drop earrings to go with the yellow Jaeger dress worn throughout the day in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

Kiki McDonough

We saw another new pair of earrings on the tour, Kate wore the Azuni Disc Studs with Drop Stone from the company’s Athena collection.


That concludes our look at jewelry.

Miscellaneous Accessories: A few items stood out as meriting another look, either because they were unusual, or their inclusion in another category really didn’t make sense.

The parasol carried after the wreath laying at the Kranji War Memorial in Singapore, as William and Kate toured the Cemetery following the ceremony.

James Whatling/Corbis

The Jane Taylor bespoke hat worn for the Solomon Islands arrival with the Jonathan Saunders Evelyn dress.

Jane Taylor Millinery/Rebecca English, The Daily Mail-Mail Online

Kate’s elegant pearl hair accessories wowed many of her fashion followers.

Rebecca English, The Daily Mail – Mail Online Twitter

At the gala dinner in Tuvalu Kate was given a traditional skirt to wear atop her ALICE by Temperley Beatrice dress.

PA Wire

Kate wearing a traditional Tuvaluan Fou, a floral head dressing, at Funafuti.

Loia M. Tausi – TuvaluIslands.com/Andy Explores Blog

We’ll be back shortly with a look at Kate’s outing to a friend’s wedding today, a giveaway and an app update, there is another one that is now available.


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