Sep 242012

Hello once again, we now have the promised poll looking at less formal styles worn by Kate on the just concluded Jubilee Tour. We structured things in two polls to try and keep this from being an excessively lengthy post, following are the daytime looks, the voting for those styles worn primarily to dressier, ‘invite only’ events is here.

Here we go with the less formal looks.

Singapore Jenny Packham Silk de Gournay – The first look in Singapore for Kate was by one of her go-to designers, Jenny Packham. Kate’s dress for airport welcoming ceremonies and Botanic Gardens visit was pale pink, showcasing hand-painted orchids, a kimono inspired neckline/waist detailing, as well as three-quarter sleeves.

Splash/Straits Times Facebook/Splash

Singapore Alexander McQueen White Eyelet (Broderie Anglaise) suit – Kate started the day on Wednesday the 12th in a custom piece by Alexander McQueen for an appearance at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay, as well as the Rolls Royce Factory, the two-piece look had a fitted top with cuffed short sleeves, a deep vee neck, self belt and full skirt.

Gardens by the Bay Facebook/Rebecca English The Daily Mail

Raoul separates: Queenstown, Singapore – For Kate’s next activities on Wednesday she changed from the white McQueen into a Singaporean brand, Raoul. Both pieces featured a red and black cube print on ivory silk, the Tara top is now sold out, while the skirt remains available, it has a black waistband with a hidden side zip fastening.

Splash News/Rebecca English The Daily Mail & Mail Online

Jenny Packham, Singapore War Memorial, Hospis Malaysia Speech – On Thursday the 13th, Kate returned to Jenny Packham for another bespoke frock, this one for the couple’s visit to the Kranji War Memorial. The dress featured a button front bodice, lace overlay on the bodice and sleeves, a full, pleated skirt, done in a duck egg blue color.

James Whatling – Splash News/WKW Facebook Friends Sarah & Phil

Beulah London Malaysia Mosque visit, Chamber Lunch – Kate went for another bespoke piece on the 14th, by a label she likes, Beulah London. She wore the Sabitri, the custom version of Beulah’s Blossom dress (now available in limited numbers) in a lustrous silk, with Beulah’s billowing signature sleeves, button front, pintucks and self belt.

Splash News/Beulah London/Carly Watson ITV Twitter/Splash

Casual Look Sabah, Malaysia Borneo Rainforest Hike – Kate was casual for the couple’s visit to Danum Valley on Saturday (the 15th), it is located in Sabah, one of two Malaysian states in Borneo. That made sense, she and William were spending much of the day exploring the rainforest. Kate’s top has been shown to be an older season Zara piece and the boots are by Brasher (for more on the blouse & boots, our post is here), the trousers remain unidentified.

UK in Malaysia Facebook/Sunshine Su Lin Twitter/Samantha P. Siow Twitter

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia Departure – This is the dress (tough to see, I know) wore for the departure ceremonies as the couple left Malaysia for the Solomon Islands. As noted in the post, Kate has previously worn the pink and navy (or black) print dress in 2002, again in 2005, many have noted it has the signature elements of a DVF wrap dress, a style we know the Duchess is fond of.

Honaria Arrival Jonathan Saunders – Kate selected Scottish designer Jonathan Saunders for the next Tour dress, choosing his Evelyn dress. The piece was another diplomatic nod to the host country, the dress colors are very similar to those found in the Solomon Islands flag. The Evelyn is a cotton/viscose blend, with short sleeves, a self-belt to cinch in the waist, side pockets and a veed back neckline.

Splash News/Rebecca English The Daily Mail, Mail Online/Simon Perry People Magazine

Honiara, Solomon Islands Jaeger Dress – For a busy day in the Solomon Islands’ capital city, Honiara, Kate wore a sunny yellow Jaeger dress. The dress was knee length in 100% cotton, with cap sleeves, a button front, shirt collar, fitted top, full skirt, and a self belt Kate tied in a vertical position as opposed to the more standard horizontal bows we see.

World Vision/Jaeger/Rebecca English, The Daily Mail-Mail Online

Flight to Marapa, trip to Tavanipupu Mulberry Navy Blue – Kate returned to what became a significant element in Tour dresses, a frock of broderie anglaise (or eyelet) fabric, this one by Mulberry. The knee-length dress is sleeveless, with a defined waistline, full skirt and zipper back, in Mulberry’s ‘midnight blue’. It is from the label’s Resort 2012 collection. Jackson-PA Wire/Mulberry Courtesy Photo

Honiara Airport, Yellow Independent Dressmaker – For the couple’s return flight from Tavanipupu and flight to Tuvalu Kate was in another yellow dress, this one described as “primrose yellow” by St. James’s Palace. The above knee length piece was also in broderie anglaise material, with a boat neckline, full short sleeves that were unlined and self belted waistline.

Rebecca English, The Daily Mail-Mail Online/James Whatling, Splash News-Corbis

Brisbane Airport #1, Project D Penelope Dress – Kate went with a Project D dress for the first portion of the long trip home, the ‘Penelope’ features a fold-down collar, cuffed short sleeves, box pleats and an invisible zipper on the front.

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Brisbane Airport #2 Casual Look – Kate switched out of her dress and into more casual attire for yet another long flight, donning her skinny jeans, white jumper knit top, and brightly colored Temperley scarf, in the Lotus Leopard print ($385).

Brisbane Airport Facebook Page

I’m also thinking about one last poll with accessories, jewelery, etc.,….thoughts?

Sep 162012

It has been a busy 24 hours for William and Kate as the Jubilee Tour departed Kota Kinabalu and headed to the Solomon Islands. For the couple’s departure Kate brought back a dress from many years ago, it dates back to at least 2002. Kate also wore her Pied a Terre Imperia shoes.

Via Marny

Kate wore the piece to a party at St. Andrews in 2002, and again in 2005 for dinner with Prince William at Archipelago, a photo of that instance can be seen here; Kate also wore her Imperia wedges.

Our thanks to WKW Facebook friend Elizabeth for remembering the dress and sharing info about earlier instances of Kate wearing it along with Julie, as well as Patricia for pointing out the Araline.

Then it was back in the air for the couple and on to Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands, located on Gaudalcanal Island. When they arrived William and Kate were welcomed with traditional orchid garlands, the Duchess in a Jonathan Saunders dress.

James Whatling/Corbis

And treated to a traditional “fearsome warrior dance” at the airport.

Rebecca English/The Daily Mail Twitter Feed

Richard Palmer’s story in the Express explains this tradition:

Father Henry Teho, an Anglican priest and tribal elder wearing a traditional mat skirt made from grass, tree bark, and pandanus leaves explained: “When you used to come to the Solomon Islands it was a challenge that we’ll kill you and eat you but now it’s just a challenge saying you are from a different culture.”

Below, Father Henry as photographed by Simon Perry of People magazine.

Simon Perry, People Magazine Twitter

Here we see Kate watching William as he expects an honor guard comprised of the local police force, the Solomons have no military.

Rebecca English/The Daily Mail Twitter Feed

In the photo above by Rebecca English you can see Kate’s Jane Taylor hat. In this photo from Simon Perry you can see the back of Kate’s dress.

Simon Perry/People Magazine Twitter

Then it was time for a bigger welcome as the Duke & Duchess were driven through town in an open vehicle decorated like a traditional war canoe.

James Whatling/Corbis/Splash

Crowds were enormous, estimates range from 50,000 to 70,000 as seen in this photo by CNN’s Max Foster.

Max Foster/CNN Twitter

The final destination was the Church of Melanesia cathedral in Honiara for a thanksgiving service honoring the Queen, you can see some of the 10000+ crowd at the service.

Georgina Brewer/ITV News Twitter

Max Foster of CNN shared this picture outside the Cathedral.

Max Foster/CNN

The couple were also given traditional floral headdresses as seen in this picture from MrsRegalEyes on Twitter.

MrsRegalEyes Twitter Feed

Kate chose a UK designer we have long hoped she would wear, Scotland’s Jonathan Saunders. The Evelyn dress is a forest green/aqua/white print, made of a cotton/viscose blend. It is lined in cupro bemberg, considered one of the finest lining materials made, although it can be difficult to find and the mark of a finely crafted garment.

Jonathan Saunders ‘Evelyn’ Dress at Net-a-Porter

The dress remains available at available at Net-a-Porter in a few sizes, it sells for $1490. It can also be found at several other upscale retailers, including Matches Fashion and Fashions2Us where it is shown for $596/£382. We appreciate HRH Duchess Kate for the heads-up on the specific dress!

Kate accessorized with her LK Bennet Sledge pumps in the off-white color, as well as the UFO clutch we have seen her carry. (UFO = Unidentified Fashion Object)

Splash News

Kate then needed to change once again, this time for a reception hosted by Governor-General Frank Kabui, we thank MrsRegalEyes on Twitter for this photo. (Does it look to anyone else like William is checking his watch?)

MrsRegalEyes Twitter Feed

Below, a scene from the Governor General’s banquet as shared by Georgina Brewer of ITV, the function was held outdoors as is the tradition.

Georgina Brewer/ITV Twitter Feed

Here we have another look at the lushly colored floral dress.

Chris Jackson/Getty Images/Press Association

This was not the dress Kate planned to wear, a story in the Daily Mail from Rebecca English reveals she planned to wear a frock purchased in London for the occasion.

She made the switch just half an hour before the banquet when she walked into her room at the hotel in Honiara and discovered that the government had left her a strapless dress with a bright pink and orange batik design.

“She tried it on, she loved it and she is wearing it,” said a royal aide. The dress came from a shop called Island Print.

The material is hand dyed batik, a closer look reveals the motifs include flowers, fish, vines and other designs.

Chris Jackson/Getty Images/Press Association

It turns out William’s shirt was also a gift, but not a surprise, back to Rebecca’s story:

The Duke was clearly taken with his new blue shirt. In a formal visit on the Governor-General, Sir Frank Kabui, the Duke told him: ‘I have my shirt on. What do you think? Looks OK?’

UPDATED: Both William’s shirt and Kate’s dress are by Tav Pacific NZ, the company is based in New Zealand but all of the pieces are printed in Rarotonga, Cook Islands. More from the company’s website:
…the brand represents the romance and escapism that is the mood of the Pacific by utilizing traditional motifs, such as sea life, flora and fauna patterns in print designs…
Below, a dress very similar to Kate’s, or identical (it’s tough to tell) but in another colorway.

Tav Pacific NZ Facebook

Another very similar style is shown on the company’s website.

Tav Pacific NZ Resortwear

It is priced at NZ$ 475, roughly $400 USD. Kate accessorized with the Catherine Zoraida ‘Spread Your Wings‘ bracelet worn earlier this week.

Catherine Zoraida Spread Your Wings Bracelet

UPDATED: Kate’s earrings are by Serretta.

Serretta Red Sponge Coral Earrings

The earrings are described this way:

These stunning red sponge coral earrings by Serretta are a gorgeous statement piece. The lipstick red sponge coral Earrings are accented with a rolled gold chain tassle.

They are £36, about $60 at today’s exchange rates and available here.

She also wore her Stuart Weitzman Minx Espadrilles again; Stuart Weitzman & Nordstrom seem to be sold out, it is also available at Jildor for $205, and also at for $236.

Chris Jackson/Getty/Press Association

A very busy day with three very different looks.

Tomorrow’s schedule is even busier:

  • Their Royal Highnesses begin the day with a call on Prime Minister and members of the Cabinet at the Prime Minister’s Office.
  • The Duke and Duchess travel to a cultural village in Honiara, the couple will view performances by the nine provinces that make up the nation.
  • The Duke and Duchess will go separate ways, the only time they are scheduled to do so during the Tour: William will be awarding six Duke of Edinburgh gold awards while Kate attends a reception for Solomon Island women’s groups.
  • The couple will then travel to a Coast Watchers memorial in Honiara, they’ll lay a ceremonial wreath and meet veterans of the Coast Watch.
  • Kate and William then attend a lunch reception hosted by the Prime Minister in aid of Solomon Islands charities, including representatives of the Diamond Jubilee Trust.
  • Kate and William fly to Marau, “The welcome ceremony has been developed entirely by the local people and promises to be a very special and memorable moment for Their Royal Highnesses in such a remote and beautiful location.”
  • The Royal couple will proceed by boat to the island of Marapa, where they will first visit a village before traveling on a traditional war canoe the short distance between Marapa and Tavanipupu.
  • Upon arriving on Tavanipupu William and Kate will be met with a musical and dance welcome, they will spend the night at the private resort.

NOTE: Post has been corrected to remove erroneous Mulberry bag reference, a moronic mistake on my part.

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