Feb 282013

We are back with a mix of topics, beginning with a glance at Kate’s visit to Kensington Gardens earlier this week. Our thanks to Jennifer K, a wonderful What Kate Wore Facebook friend, she got in touch Tuesday to let us know her sister had seen Kate out for a walk, and shared this photo of Kate in Kensington Gardens. If you look to the far left you can see Royal Pooch Lupo is accompanying the Duchess, it appears she was chatting with a friend of hers, Trini Foyle.

Courtesy WKW Facebook Friend Jennifer K.

Kate was in familiar pieces, many will recognize her LK Bennett Darwin jacket, now sold out everywhere to the best of my knowledge.

Courtesy WKW Facebook Friend Jennifer K.

The footwear will also look familiar to Kate fashion followers, she is wearing her oft-seen Le Chameau Vierzon Nord boots. Even though the picture is a little fuzzy it appears Kate is in her pink cashmere John Lewis jumper (sweater), we show Kate wearing it at Clarence House just days before her wedding.

Splash News/John Lewis

Our thanks again to Jennifer and her sister for their generosity in sharing the photo with us all.


Many readers are aware Paris Fashion Week is underway. It is the last of the four major fashion weeks featuring fall 2013 collections. Today we’ll sample the styles shown by two designers Kate is fond of, beginning with Emilia Wickstead’s show at London Fashion Week.

Below, dusty pink ensembles, with modifications many of these would work for Kate. The mini-dress on the far right looks “very Kate” to me, obviously length is an issue.

Emilia Wickstead Courtesy Photos

It’s no secret I am a fan of this line, the clean lines and tailored styles are elements I like in apparel. But I’d rather we hear from a professional, this insight is from Vogue UK’s review:

To begin came checks and plaids and houndstooths (ticking the seasonal trend boxes too), which you’d think should look heavy but worked into dainty dresses or bracelet-length jackets via wisps of fabric for the former and sleek lines for the latter were entirely feminine and the tailoring at no point felt abrupt or confrontational.

Another collection of styles, some look like they would work for Kate right now. The red coat seems particularly appropriate, it has a very forgiving silhouette.

Emilia Wickstead Courtesy Photos

From the Women’s Wear Daily show review:

The designer showed an accomplished and polished collection of demure dresses, coats, and trousers that should prove popular with her well-heeled clientele.

While not a fan of the mustard color seen in several pieces, the tailoring looks outstanding. Early in her career Ms. Wickstead worked at Giorgio Armani and Narciso Rodriguez, those influences can be seen in her designs. I can envision Kate next fall in the coat-dresses seen below, but the trapeze top in the center photo is another garment that could work very well for her right now.

Emilia Wickstead Courtesy Photos

More from Vogue UK:

YOU have to be a certain type of woman to fit into Emilia Wickstead’s wardrobe bracket. She’s a designer that does elegance through and through. But what you think is conservative always gets turned on its head to conjure up collections that are always innately feminine.

Emilia Wickstead Courtesy Photos

Vogue UK:

She gave us rose prints for romantic moments and compounded her point with peach-nude shades of lace in column gowns dotted with pearls. A more youthful version came by way of a swingy Sixties shift in teal plaid, punctuated with beads.

“You just want to be that woman,” summed up Vogue fashion features director Sarah Harris.

Emilia Wickstead Courtesy Photos

The lines on all three pieces seen above are very pretty, but somehow both dresses in the peach fabric look heavy. Weighted. It’s probable they appear much different in person, it is difficult to grasp fabric nuances when only viewing a photograph.

Below, more of the oversized plaid motif and a beautiful blue shade used in the center dress.

Emilia Wickstead Courtesy Photos

It isn’t hard to imagine Kate in many of these pieces next fall, it will be fun to see if she elects to wear any.


We move on to Orla Kiely for next fall, this year’s show was based in an imaginary office setting from the 1960s.

Morgan O’Donovan for the London Fashion Week Daily via Business of Fashion

Several looks from the collection.

Orla Kiely Courtesy Photos

I enjoyed the notion of the young women of the secretarial pool working together, but seeing the styles in a less distracting environment made it easier to appreciate the clothing.

Orla Kiely Courtesy Photos

This is another designer I like, although I don’t believe the majority of her creations are ideal for Kate. Some can be overly “girlish” or cute.

Orla Kiely Courtesy Photo

Reaction to the presentation from the Irish Times:

The Orla Kiely installation reminded me slightly (only slightly) of 9 to 5, the Dolly Parton musical that recently showed at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. Girls in prim pastels, knitted jumpers and textured and patterned jackets tapped away at vintage typewriters for the assembled press and buyers. It was a cute touch, but perhaps too Orla Kiely for even Orla Kiely.

Orla Kiely Courtesy Photos

While it is enjoyable to have a sneak peek at what fall fashion will look like, I think many of us are eager for spring styles. Below, a glance at several Orla Kiely styles available now. These are from the designer’s pre-spring collection: the Crepe Blend Sleeveless Dress ($458 ), Little Galleon Print Shirt Dress in midnight ($428), and the Half Milano Coat in navy ($388).

Orla Kiely Pre-Spring Collection

We’ll have more fall styles to show in an upcoming post.

A reminder about upcoming shows of interest: Roland Mouret is tomorrow (Friday 3.1.2013) morning. One element we have advance photos of: the designer’s handbag collection, it launches at PFW.

Roland Mouret Courtesy Photos

Stella McCartney is Monday, Elie Saab is Wednesday. There is no Alexander McQueen runway show this year, as Sarah Burton is on maternity leave.  However, there is supposed to be “an intimate presentation,” the PFW schedule has McQueen on the schedule Tuesday.


Finally, an update on Tuesday’s visit to Grimsby, only the second official engagement Kate has had since her pregnancy was announced. I believe this is the order of events:

The Grimsby Telegraph is collecting messages to be compiled into a presentation for Kate:

Send us your messages for Kate, which will be presented to her on the big day, by e-mailing newsdesk@grimsbytelegraph.co.uk, tweeting us using #gykate, or commenting on any story on the Royal visit at www.thisisgrimsby.co.uk.

This is Grimsby will be live streaming Kate’s arrival at the Fishing Heritage Centre, I would keep an eye on the paper’s website for updates on how one can watch the live stream. We’ll update Kate’s schedule and share more details as soon as they become available.


Jan 052013

It is time for us to launch our series of year end opinion polls on what Kate wore in 2012. We begin with the coats Kate wore last year, including what I would consider “coat dresses,” pieces that do not seem to have any garment underneath. We have broken this up into two polls, one for pieces that we hadn’t previously seen the Duchess wear, as well as those worn before. We are not including blazers or dress/suit jackets, they’ll be in a separate poll.


February 14 Kate journeyed to Liverpool for a number of engagements, she wore her Hobbs Celeste coat, purchased back in September of 2011.

PA Wire/Hobbs

March 1 it was M Missoni for Kate as she joined HM and Camilla for a visit to Fortnum and Mason’s flagship store in Piccadilly.  The Duchess also wore the coat for a June trip to Nottingham with William and HM.  The collarless coat featured multiple panels in the back, exposed seams, and fringe trim at the neck and down the front placket.

Toby Melville, Ian Jones Photography/Splash News

The annual visit to distribute shamrocks to the Irish Guard on March 20 brought an Emilia Wickstead coatdress.

PA Wire/Emilia Wickstead

For Kate’s appearance at Prince William’s installation into the Order of the Thistle she wore her third Emilia Wickstead piece, a yellow-gold raffia fabric from the brand’s spring/summer 2012 collection.

James Whatling / Splash News

At July 27th’s Opening Ceremonies for the London 2012 Games Kate wore a coat or coatdress by UK designer Christopher Kane. (Some think the Duchess had a dress on beneath the coat, I wouldn’t be surprised if she merely wore a thin camisole underneath, it is difficult to tell.) The bespoke silk satin piece showcased multiple gores, a covered front placket, slanted pockets, self-belt and peak lapels.

Dominic Lipinski (L) & Michael Kappeler (R)/Press Association Images

For a night at a private club in Mayfair this past October Kate was seen in an as yet unidentified black dress coat. This remains the clothing item yours truly would most like to see identified. The sleek lines and fringed placket are very appealing.

Weir Photos / Splash News

For a November stroll in Kensington Gardens we saw Kate sporting a new coat from Temperley, the Odele Coat.

WKW Facebook Friend Sandra/Temperley

When Kate and William traveled to their namesake city of Cambridge at the end of November, we saw the Duchess in a new coat from Max Mara Studio.  The style name is “Belli,” the coat features a funnel neck, hidden buttons, pick stitching and on-seam front pockets.

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For Kate’s return to her old prep school, Saint Andrew’s, Pangbourne, she chose a custom McQ by Alexander McQueen coat (or coatdress) in the label’s Black Watch tartan.

Photos – L: Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire (L) – R: WPA Pool/Getty Images (Courtesy Photo Provided by Aquatalia)

When Kate was released from the hospital December 6 she wore Diane von Furstenberg’s “Simyonette” from the company’s fall/winter 2010 collection. The navy and black plaid coat is double-breasted with slip pockets on the front and ruffled trim at the cuffs, shoulder and back.

Jeff Moore/Splash News

The poll allows other answers (I think), so if I forgot something, by all means, please add it to the list.


We saw Kate wear her LK Bennett Darwin coat on numerous occasions, in this instance it was while out shopping.

Photo L: Used With Kind Permission of IKON Pictures

At the June 6 wedding of Prince William’s cousin Emily McCorquodale Kate brought back her Katherine Hooker Buxton silk coat, seen below left. It was first seen at Order of the Garter ceremonies in 2011 (below right), the raw silk piece is done in a color the designer calls “ash”.

James Whatling – Splash/Katherine Hooker/Splash

In June Kate wore her Barbour Ladies Defence Jacket for a walk with Lupo and her brother James.

Country Attire/Jocelyn Laidlaw Twitter

June 18th’s Garter Day ceremonies saw the repeat of a much-loved Kate style, the Alexander McQueen coat with its tiered “Samurai skirt.”

Paul Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire/Press Association Images

In August Kate wore a piece seen on several previous occasions by Danish Label DAY Birger et Mikkelsen, this time worn for the Paralympics Opening Ceremonies. The coat was first seen at the 2006 wedding of Laura Parker Bowles to Harry Lopes (below left), then again in 2010 for another wedding (Mel Nicholson and Oli Baker at St. Andrews) and once more for the wedding of Zara Phillips (below center) and then July 2012 (far right).

Splash/Splash/Paralympic Sport TV

For October’s opening of St. George’s Park Kate wore a coat that technically we had seen before, it was just never identified. It’s the “Angel Fit & Flare” coat by Reiss, previously seen on Christmas Day of 2011. The coat has wide, top-stitched lapels, front pockets, multiple gores, and a concealed front fastening.

Ian Jones/Splash – James Whatling/Corbis

October 11 brought the return of another Christmas Day piece, the Aubergine coat by an independent dressmaker, worn by the Duchess for her trips to Newcastle and Stockton.

Splash News/Kind Permission WKW Facebook Friend Alyssa Phillips

Remembrance Sunday of 2012 Kate wore the same coat seen for the solemn occasion 2011, a 2008 style by Diane von Furstenberg. The double breasted piece has distinctive soutache trim on the detachable collar and cuffs and decorative buttons.

Splash News/Splash News

Also in November, Kate repeated her red LK Bennett Ami coat in support of Wale’s rugby team, known as the Red Dragons, for a match at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

Michael Steele – WPA Pool/Getty Images

I believe that is it for repeated coats, but if not, do write in anything I left out.


Today’s other item, the winner of our Cornelia James glove giveaway.


Congratulations to Heather B, she will receive a pair of Kate’s Pure Wool Glove with Side Bow! Many thanks to Jodie at Cornelia James for making this one a breeze!

Feb 212012

Kate chose Irish designer Orla Kiely for her engagements in Oxford today.

James Whatling/Splash News

James Whatling/Splash News

The Duchess was greeted by cheering crowds at Rose Hill Primary school and Oxford Spires Academy, she was visiting both on behalf of The Art Room, one of her patronages.

Georgina Brewer ITV Twitter Feed (@GeorginaITV)

More on the organization and its work from The Telegraph’s story:

The Duchess, who studied history of art at university, chose The Art Room as one of the first four charities to which she has given her patronage, as she is a firm believer in the power of art to help build self-esteem.

The charity helps to fund art teachers who give children intensive sessions in a specially-designated part of each school, where they create objects they can take home and keep

The students created an apron for Kate, much like those worn by their Art Room teachers.

Mark Stewart (@RegalEyes)

Here we see Kate with one of the young artists at Rose Hill, watching students paint their interpretations of the famous Edward Lear poem “The Owl and The Pussycat.”

British Monarchy

After her time at Rose Hill Kate moved on to Oxford Spires, where students eagerly awaited her arrival.

Twitter Feed (@MaxFosterCNN)

Below we see Kate being presented with flowers as she arrives.

The British Monarchy

The dress is officially called the Birdie Shirt Dress, crafted of a wool jacquard.  The dress originally retailed at £325 ($485), but was on sale for £162 ($242), a discount of 50%.

Orla Kiely Birdie Print Dress

It features 4 oversized buttons on the front bodice, deep pleats at the waist front and back, pockets on the side seams and a self-belt.

Orla Kiely

The UK site offered the piece in Walnut and Turquoise, while the US site also carried it in Slate, all sizes at all online sites now appear to be sold out.

Orla Kiely

This talented designer is best known for her distinctive prints, her products have been sold handbags, stationery and other paper products, housewares and tabletop pieces, she also did a line for the Tate. You can visit the Orla Kiely shop here, and have a peek at her spring styles. If you would like a look at many of the Kiely style’s shown for London Fashion Week, they are in our previous post here.

Some US residents may have been first introduced to her work via her collaboration with Target in 2009.


She has even designed for cars and other motor vehicles, like this bus.


There is also an Orla Kiely yoga mat created as a fundraiser for another of Kate’s charities, Action on Addiction.

Action on Addiction/Orla Kiely – Yoga Matters

Many will recognize Kate’s booties, they are the Aquatalia Rouge, originally noted by fashion fans when the Duchess joined her fiance at the time, William, for an appearance in Anglesey.

Via Aquatalia Passport to Style

The booties are now sold only at Nordstrom, they have been renamed the “Royal,” and appear to be available in all sizes as of this writing.

Kate also carried her black clutch and wore her Kiki McDonough Grace earrings.

Kiki McDonough

To learn more about the Art Room, visit its web page here, or its Facebook page here, or visit the group’s online shop.

For more on what Kate wore, the Mirror’s story is here, the Daily Mail piece is here, and the Telegraph’s is here.

The Telegraph

The BBC also has a video story up, as well as a slide show with wonderful (and large) photos, and The Independent’s stories (print & video) are found here.


Also today, a quick look at several style by designers at London Fashion Week.

McQ by Alexander McQueen held its first London show in quite some time, below we share two pieces well-suited to the Duchess, in a silhouette she seems to like.


If one added several inches in length to either of the red McQ frocks they would appear almost tailor-made for Kate.

NOW Fashion

Showing in London yesterday, Erdem.


The designer’s signature touches were evident: the lace overlays, circumspect hem lengths, along with sophisticated suits and dresses.


Simply put, the collection exuded a ladylike aesthetic, one Kate appreciates.


Today’s final note involves Kate and William’s dog, Lupo. That’s right, today it was revealed the four-legged family member has been named Lupo.