Dec 272011
 

We’re back with another of our year-end polls, but first we want to share two quick updates on items recently worn/carried by Kate. The first is about the shoes worn by the Duchess to Christmas services this weekend.

Mascaro, who made the heels at Kate’s request, tells me they are being re-issued mid-January. The platform pumps will sell for £169, or about $265 USD.  Additionally, Mascaro’s sister brand Pretty Ballerinas is re-issuing the black velvet clutch carried by the Duchess to last week’s Sun Military Awards.

Pretty Ballerinas Black Velvet Clutch

The bag will be sold at UK Pretty Ballerinas stores starting in mid-January, it is expected to retail for about £185 (roughly $240 USD at today’s exchange rates). Two pieces of good news from Mascaro and Pretty Ballerinas.

We now move to our poll, this one seeks your opinion on the evening gowns Kate has worn in the last year.  To help jog your memory, our mini refresher course starts with the Jenny Packham Pearlescent Rose Sequin Gown worn for the June ARK Gala.

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The Grecian style Alexander McQueen gown seen in July at the Hollywood BAFTA dinner.

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The red Beulah London dress worn for the Child Bereavement Society fundraiser at St. James Palace in mid-October.

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The aqua Amanda Wakeley gown seen at Kate’s first solo appearance, also in October.

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Paul Burns/Splash News

The silvery asymmetric Jenny Packham evening dress seen at November’s National Memorial Arboretum appeal.

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Lefteris Pitarakis/SplashNews.com

And a late entrant, last week’s black velvet Alexander McQueen, worn last week to the Sun Military Awards.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry attend the 'Millies' in London, UK

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Don’t forget to vote on your favorite Kate Coat, click here to do that (or to see which style is leading the votes).

Dec 262011
 

As previously discussed, we are doing a series of polls in an effort to ascertain some favorite items among those Kate has worn (or carried) in the last year. We begin with outerwear, coats we have seen the Duchess wear in the preceding twelve months.

Here are a few quick reminders: the Katherine Hooker coat worn for the lifeboat christening in Anglesey.

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The Burberry worn when visiting Belfast in March.

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The military style Alexander McQueen worn for the Irish Guards ceremony.

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The white Alexander McQueen for Trooping the Colour in June.

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The navy Ted Baker trench coat seen in Canada during this summer’s tour.

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The LK Bennett red ‘Ami’ coat worn to Copenhagen for the EastAfricaCrisis.org UNICEF event in November?

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Kate’s black Diane von Furstenberg was very much a hit for Remembrance Sunday this November.

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A few notes on how these were selected as the ‘finalists’:

We’ll keep each of these open for several days, we hope to do jewelry and formal dresses tomorrow.

Dec 252011
 

We have a brief post to share about what turned out to be a rather unusual Christmas morning for the Royal Family, it is the first time anyone can remember that Prince Philip wasn’t on hand to join everyone for services at St. Mary’s. The 90-year-old Duke has been hospitalized since Friday as he recovers from what is believed to have been a heart attack, followed by surgery to implant a cardiac stent. The church is located on Sandringham property, it has long been a tradition for members of the Royal Family to greet well-wishers along the way to and from church on Christmas.

There were actually two trips to St. Marys today, for the first Kate was seen wearing a gray coat and her Aquatalia boots, she did not have a hat on or seem to carry a handbag.

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For the second walk the Duchess was in a rich mulberry or aubergine coat with an elegant funnel neck and princess seaming. (You can see also see Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall just ahead of Kate and William in this photo.)

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The coat is said to have been made by “an independent British designer,” more from Richard Palmer’s story in the Sunday Express:

A royal spokesman said: ‘The Duchess is keen to use independent British dressmakers, whose skills and craftsmanship she admires.’

The coat also showcased a hidden placket with decorative pick stitching and angled front pockets. It was an outstanding look for Kate, the tailoring was impeccable and the shade ideal with her coloring.

UPDATED SHOE INFORMATION: We have heard from a spokesman for the company who made Kate’s elegant black suede heels, they were created at her request by Mascaro. Some readers may recall the brand name from our previous reference to the company, Mascaro is also responsible for the black velvet clutch Kate carried to the Sun Military Awards, that bag was a design from sister brand Pretty Ballerinas. (More on the clutch here.)

While not the same, Kate’s shoes are similar to this pair of open toed Mascaro platform pumps.

Mascaro Black Suede Pumps

The good news for Kate fashion followers is that the Daily Mail reports the shoes will be re-issued, no timetable for this is provided.

Jane Corbett created the Duchess’s matching hat, a modified trilby with ruffled accents cascading on the back and the back and piped edges.

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Kate completed the look with a matching clutch in the same material as her hat.

UPDATED: Also new today, drop earrings that appear to be bezel set clear stones suspended from gold or gold-tone hoops that WKW FB super sleuths My Small Obsessions and Thea L. have identified as Kiki McDonough jewelry. The primary stones are green amethysts (also known as prasiolite, or heat-treated amethyst), the other stones shimmering in the sun are indeed diamonds, all set in 18K gold. The earrings are not currently available, originally they were £1900, just under $3000 USD at today’s exchange rates.

Below we show a pair of Kiki McDonough earrings in the same design as Kate’s, made with citrines instead of green amethysts, on the very far right we have a different style of Kiki McDonough earrings shared only to provide an idea of the color in the earrings seen on Kate yesterday.

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Thanks also to WKW FB friend Mallory, she suggested the stones might be green amethysts, and Ayvee of Diana’s Jewels, who was able to give Anna of My Small Obsessions information about Kiki McDonough stocking earrings in green amethyst earlier this fall.

Following church and lunch today William and Harry, Peter and Zara Philips, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice visited Prince Philip in the hospital; most presume spouses didn’t join them in an effort to avoid tiring out the patient and also minimize crowds at the hospital.

We’ll be back tomorrow to kick off the first of our “pick your favorite_____” polls.