Jun 222012

We are very excited to share news about another fabulous giveaway with our friends at London Sole. (You may want to pay particular attention to the flats shown in the upper left of this picture.)

London Sole Blog

Many readers know of the brand started by Jane Winkworth, she is described by VOGUE magazine as “The Queen of Ballet Flats”. Loved by royals, celebrities and ‘just plain folks,’ the footwear is increasingly popular.

London Sole

More on the brand from the Daily Mail:

The Duchess of Cambridge ordered some new pairs just last month. Kate’s sister Pippa and mother Carole are big fans too – as are Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, not to mention a host of A-list celebrities including Madonna, Angelina Jolie, Katie Holmes, Helen Mirren, Sarah Jessica Parker and Emma Watson.

Kate wears the Pirouette and Henrietta styles, below we show the Quilted Henrietta.

Quilted Henrietta

From the London Sole website:

London Sole

Back to the Daily Mail’s story:

Now Jane’s most famous customer is the woman who would have been Diana’s daughter-in-law. ‘I am very lucky that the Middletons wear my shoes without me even asking,’ she says.

‘Carole wore them first and then the girls followed. The Duchess was in a few weeks ago picking up some pairs. She likes the Henrietta style.’

One FYI: the company is called French Sole around the world with the exception of the US, where it is London Sole.

Ms. Winkworth shared these thoughts about the Duchess’s style:

When she wears my shoes, we have sold out of that style within two hours. We take calls all day long and emails from around the world wanting the shoes she has worn. She has model good looks, perfect manners and style, she is gracious and compassionate, she has the best legs on the planet and could wear a bin- bag and look sensational. She is helping British fashion and retail right back onto its feet and we love and applaud her for it.

Here we see another of the Middletons in the brand, Pippa Middleton wears the Pirouette Red Nubuck and Pirouette Beige Leather with Black Trim.

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Another fashionista recently spotted in the shoes, Olivia Palermo, below we see her wearing the Henrietta leopard flats.

London Sole Facebook

It is wonderful to see the company’s growth on both sides of the pond, those interested in following London Sole on Twitter can do so in the following ways:

But we have strayed from our primary purpose, I apologize. Back to the contest, the lucky winner will win a pair of these fabulous flats.

London Sole Henrietta UK Flag Design

That is the London Sole Henrietta UK Flag style, something the company sold out of almost as soon as they received them earlier this year.

The Henrietta is the ultimate in luxury ballet flats, our most popular style! Spanish made, rubber soles, leather lining, and leather insoles – all with fully adjustable laces.

Now the shoe is back in stock, but once again flying out the door.

With the gracious assistance of London Sole, we will be giving away one pair of these. Here is how to enter:

  • For one entry, leave a comment with your favorite shoe style from London Sole *other than* the Henrietta or Pirouette;
  • For a 2nd entry become a London Sole fan on Facebook & let us know you did. If already a fan, just include that info in your comment so you receive this additional entry;
  • For a 3rd entry, post the Giveaway on your blog, Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter page & leave a comment telling us you did;

You can leave a separate comment for each entry, or put them all in one, whatever works for you. We’ll keep track on an Excel spreadsheet and pull the winner using a random number generator. A few more details:

  • You do not need to live in the United States to enter, London Sole is generously allowing us to open the contest to international entries.
  • We will accept entries until midnight on Wednesday, June 27th, and then announce the lucky winner in a post next Thursday.

Have fun!

Aug 122011

Once again the lull in activity on Kate’s part allows time for a few tidbits and updates we hadn’t been able to get to previously.

We begin with comments made earlier this week by actress Anne Hathway. USA Today has the story:

“Can I tell you how grateful I am to Kate Middleton?” said Hathaway. “Because she is such an advocate for dressing like a lady.

The actress was speaking with the paper about her new film, One Day, and the topic moved to fashion.

Today she calls Kate’s ladylike wardrobe inspiring. “I’m just very grateful to Kate Middleton for making looking appropriate really fun again,” she says. “So right now my fashion choices are all about Kate Middleton.”

These sentiments contradict some of the more negative comments made of late about the Duchess, expressing an opinion shared here: that we are seeing a return to more appropriate, classic styles and Kate is very much part of that trend.

Next, a few of those tidbits we mentioned, the first is something that came out just after the North American tour, a ‘revelation’ that Kate’s favorite color is white. A People magazine story written shortly after the tour carried a series of quotes from the tour, including this:

“I don’t know if I have a favorite color. What’s yours?” Kate, to William

“Definitely blue” William

“I think mine is white” Kate, on a question that nearly stumped the newlywed

There’s no question the Duchess favors white.

Also new, Grazia has admitted photoshopping that controversial cover photo making Kate’s waist even tinier than it actually is.  From the Press Gazette: “Weekly magazine Grazia has admitted to digitally manipulating a front-page image of the Duchess of Cambridge which had the effect of making her look thinner than she is.” Here is one look at the reality and the altered image.


Jezebel shows that the Australian version of the magazine used an unedited image on its cover:

Via Jezebel

Following our post about Kate’s shopping trip last week several kind commenters and Facebook friends let us know the London Sole ‘Pirouette’ shoe in Brown Croc was back in stock online. We didn’t find it in stock as the ‘India‘ or ‘Henrietta‘ at the French Sole site (the UK arm of the company, and where Kate actually shops) but there are many similar colors in both styles available at French Sole. The Aquascutum Club Check scarf is also available, but only in the navy check pattern, still on sale at £50 (approximately $81 USD at today’s exchange rate).

Kate’s diamond Button Pendant by Asprey (more here) is being re-issued and will be in stock in September, a Twitter friend was given that information by Asprey, it will run approximately $4500 USD (£2800) according to the info from The Duchess Style.

Via Diana’s Jewels

Those hoping to buy a pair of the Links of London Bubble Stiletto earrings Kate wears frequently will need to go to a physical store to purchase them. Facebook friend Brittney spoke with the company about buying a pair and was told she needed to contact her local store and have her name put on a waiting list. That is backed up by what another FB friend, Elske, shared from Links of London:

“Unfortunately we are not expecting anymore stock online of these, however to find out if your nearest store has these stunning earrings, it would be best to contact them directly.”

We move on to our next item, Kate’s shopping expedition earlier this week.  The Duchess was seen at her local Wilkinson, a discount department store, on Monday.

Since our initial post about the sweater we have received conflicting information about its origins: below we share a Tweet we received.


We know Kate was seen shopping there, our pals at Kate Middleton Style blog have a photo of her doing just that, and on Facebook Ashley shares that she was told by a Ralph Lauren store employee it *is* their sweater.

EDITOR’S NOTE 8.13.2011: The sentence above has been corrected to reflect the Ralph Lauren employee stated the purple cable sweater is theirs, I mistakenly wrote that they told Ashley it was not.

As we mentioned, Kate’s most recent look is very similar to that seen when she was doing the marketing a week ago Monday. (For our post on last Monday’s styles, click here.)

Why would she wear almost identical clothing and accessories? Many think it is an attempt to deter the paparazzi, a theory I ascribe to, it is a practice celebrities have used for years.

Some believe the new photos were taken the same day Kate and William were photographed going for a walk in Holyrood Park, and others have emailed or commented asking when we’ll write about that look. We haven’t posted those pictures and won’t. I think the couple had expectations of privacy when they took their walk. That isn’t the case when Kate does the marketing, she knows it is likely there will be photographers on hand, and she also has her police protection close by, I don’t think that was the case with the Holyrood stroll.

Aug 042011

Kate did some shopping earlier this week, many of you have already seen photos and are familiar with what she wore.  I apologize for the tardy nature of this, we have been buried in work and tonight is the first free moment I have to cobble together a post.

The Duchess mixed old and new pieces for her trip to her local grocery store.

One of the new items, or at least new to most Kate fashion-watchers, is the purple sweater. I recall reading that it was fairly cool in North Wales on Monday, the temperature was about 60-65° Fahrenheit, so the heavier sweater makes sense.  At any rate, the wise eyes from the fabulous Kate Middleton Style Blog believe the Duchess was in Ralph Lauren’s Black Label Slim Fit Cashmere Sweater.

Ralph Lauren

The sweater retails in the US for $398 and remains available on the PRL site as of this writing (Thursday 8.4.2011).

The other new item is the denim jeans worn by Kate. They are by Paige Denim, the company’s Skyline Ankle Peg jeans in Beachwood.

Paige Denim ‘Skyline Ankle Peg’

This particular style runs $189, it is available in a number of different rinses. The company has a fascinating back story, started by former model Paige Adams-Geller, who overcame struggles with anorexia and decided to start a jeans company based on the belief no one should have to be a size 0 to look great in jeans. The company is headquartered in Los Angeles, where the jeans are also manufactured, but its products are available internationally at a wide variety of retail outlets.

Those familiar with Kate’s accessories during the Royal Tour will recognize her Aquascutum scarf, we show her wearing it below in an Aquascutum promotional graphic.


Some were not entirely convinced the scarf was by Aquascutum when it was worn in Canada, one way you can always tell with Aquascutum:


Kate also brought back a pair of her favorite ballet flats, the French Sole ‘India,’ worn by the Duchess for another grocery trip back in May. The brand is known as London Sole in the US, and this particular shoe is called the Pirouette. It is $165, sold out in Kate’s brown croc color, but available in many other colors and patterns.

Thank you for being so understanding about the work pressures!