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.

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

Loia M. Tausi – 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.


Sep 122012

Kate made two more changes of clothing today, changing out of her McQueen suit into separates by Singapore’s Raoul.

James Whatling/Splash News

After this morning’s activities the Duke and Duchess visited Queenstown, the first government housing estate built in Singapore, it is named after Her Majesty.

Rebecca English/The Daily Mail Twitter

Kate again acknowledged the Jubilee Tour host country by wearing a brand based in Singapore.

Rebecca English/The Daily Mail Twitter

Raoul is a label we predicted/hoped Kate would wear, it embodies so many design elements she favors: clean, classic lines, minimal “frou-frou” or distractions, timeless styles. Kate wore pieces made exclusively for Matches Fashion, the silk “Tara” top and matching skirt.

Raoul Exclusively at Matches.Fashion

The top sold for $221, it is described this way:

“a red and black cube heart print is reminiscent of vintage 70s styling…”

The skirt was $300, here is that description:

“…ivory silk print pleated skirt by Raoul puts a retro-cool slant on ladylike new-season dressing. This ivory silk knee-length pleated skirt has a mid-rise, a red and black cube print and a black waistband with a hidden side zip fastening.

Raoul at

As one would expect, both pieces are now sold out and unavailable.

The brand is a good one for Kate, this is a simple, refined look that worked well for the afternoon events. More about the label from Refinery 29‘s story “Singaporean Label Raoul is About To Take Over The World“:

Singaporean label RAOUL might not be a household name just yet, but it definitely deserves to be. Nearly 10 years old, RAOUL is the beautiful child of Douglas and Odile Benjamin, and grew from a menswear shirting company to two full ready-to-wear labels for men and women.

With a bit more information about the afternoon’s events, the Daily Mail:

And, as the pair made their way through an upmarket housing estate in Queenstown, a thousand camera phones emerged from handbags and pockets to capture the historic moment.

Despite it being a steamy 36 degrees, both Kate and William looked unflustered as they shook hands and posed for pictures with the crowd who were waving Union flags and carrying ‘Kate is great’ banners.

Rebecca English, whose story we quote from above, shared this picture of Kate meeting a young admirer.

Rebecca English/The Daily Mail Twitter

Kate and William seemed to be in their element, enjoying their duties despite the heat, described as “searing” by several UK journalists.

Rebecca English/The Daily Mail Twitter

Another photo by Rebecca English.

Rebecca English/The Daily Mail Twitter Feed

Kate brought back her trusty LK Bennett Sledges, and reprised the Annoushka pearl drop earrings.

Splash News

Kate and William proceeded to their next engagement, a visit to Rainbow Center, a school and community center for children with special needs. The Center is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, students were eager to see the Duke and Duchess.

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Kate took part in an art class with children, while William did physical educational activities with the kids.

UK in Singapore Facebook

We leave this segment of the day’s coverage a lovely photo by Emma Branch.

Emma Branch Twitter (@EmmaBranch)


Kate and William returned to their hotel before heading out for tonight’s reception at Eden Hall, the British High Commissioner’s residence.  Kate changed again, this time donning Erdem, a modified version of a piece from the designer’s spring collection.

James Whatling/Corbis

Tonight’s event included prominent Singaporeans, as well as members of the British and international expatriate communities. Kate has demonstrated her fondness for Erdem, wearing two dresses by the designer on last year’s Royal Tour of North America. Below, the Cecile.

Canadian Heritage/Erdem

And the Jacquinta from that Tour.

Candian Heritage/Erdem/Canadian Heritage

Kate also wore bespoke Erdem for this year’s Trooping the Colour ceremonies.

James Whatling / Splash

There were several Team Singapore Paralympians just back from London at the gala, below we see Prince William greeting Laurentia Tan, a Paralympic equestrienne.

UK in Singapore Twitter

Richard Palmer of the Daily Express shared details on Twitter about the dress, as provided by St. James’s Palace:

“… chiffon Erdem outift as blue and white with red detail, Oriental styling… a pleated skirt, exposed back and loose-fitting sleeves. She is also wearing four-inch beige (does he mean nude?) heels.”

It is an altered version of a piece from the spring/summer 2012 collection.

Splash News/Erdem

The bodice is lined, and sheer, flyaway sleeves have been added in deference to local custom and protocol.

Ian Vogler/Daily Mirror/WPA-Rota/Press Association Images

Kate accessorized with a pair of suede heels, the LK Bennett Harper in light taupe.

LK Bennett ‘Harper’ Shoe

The shoe has a concealed platform, its heel height is almost 4-1/2″, it retails at £195, about $315 at today’s exchange rates.

The Duchess also carried a grey clutch we’ve not previously seen.

James Whatling/Splash News

And we saw a new pair of earrings as well, My Small Obsessions thinks they are a different version of these Kiki McDonough gemstone and Diamond Earrings , I tend to agree with her.

Kiki McDonough/Press Association

All three of today’s looks were excellent, I enjoy seeing Kate wearing local designers along with safer, more familiar labels. Hopefully we’ll see more new names, possibilities in Malaysia include Zang Toi, my friend Wendy Brandes introduced me to his work years ago, or perhaps we’ll see something by Bernard Chandran.

Here is a look ahead at tomorrow’s schedule (tonight’s actually, it is already the 13th in Singapore.)

  • 9:30AM (9:30PM EDT): The day begins with a visit to Kranji Commonwealth War Cemetery, there is a wreath laying at the War Memorial in the Cemetery and the couple will meet veterans and active military from Singapore, Britain, Australia and New Zealand armed forces
  • William and Kate leave Singapore, boarding a scheduled flight to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where they will be met at the International airport
  • The pair’s first engagement is a lunch hosted by the Prime Minister Dato Sri Najib Tun Razak at Seri Perdanaat, his official residence. The lunch will include a musical performance by young people
  • Following lunch Kate and William visit Hospis Malaysia, this is where the Duchess will give a short speech to patients and staff, ‘drawing on her own growing experience of the hospice movement in the United Kingdom.’
  • Thursday evening the Duke & Duchess attend an official dinner given by His Majesty The Agong at his official residence, the Istana Negara


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