Jul 132011

If there’s one Kate-related issue that is polarizing it is this: pantyhose.

The pantyhose debate (or tights as they are called in some locales) continues to gain traction. It’s been a topic of conversation previously in this space and we thought it might be a good time to revisit the issue *and* get your opinions. The stories have been everywhere, from The Daily Mail to People magazine.

From ABC News:

For the fashion forward Middleton, sheer pantyhose may seem like a throwback to the 1980s.

More than likely, Middleton, who pairs the shiny hose with her dresses for official appearances, is following royal protocol than making a fashion choice. But like everything else she touches that turns to gold, Middleton’s embrace of sheer pantyhose has them flying off the shelves in her native U.K.”

From Jezebel’s story asking “Can Kate Middleton Bring Back Pantyhose?

“The Duchess’ fashion choices are purposely conservative, but now many are complaining that her fondness for nude pantyhose is hopelessly old fashioned.”

The People story lists several brands, as does The Daily Mail’s article. Here are some of those brands, along with brands mentioned in comments to the blog and by WKW Facebook friends.

Below left, the Wolford Satin Touch 20 ($24.50, or £16 at John Lewis), on the right we show a pair from the Pretty Polly Naturals line.

From the People story:

“The Duchess seems to have embraced the sheen of sheer pantyhose, a throwback to the 1980s that went the way of the mullet.”

What do you think, is it good to see hose again? Or is it merely nice to know you don’t have to worry about Palace protocol? To say the issue ignites heated discussion would be an understatement; don’t be shy, let us know your thoughts. :)

Below is our latest poll, we’ll post the results Friday.

Jul 092011

For today’s polo match in Santa Barbara Kate went back to a familiar designer, Jenny Packham.

The handpainted silk dress in muted tones featured cap-sleeves, gathers at the shoulder and piping at the waist.

It is the first time we have seen Kate in an open toe shoe, it also looks like she opted for bare legs, the first time we have seen this during the tour.  The Duchess stills looks fresh and relaxed as the couple approaches the last day of their first official tour, a grueling nine day event.

The frock is described as a “de Gournay silver and marble grey hand-painted chinoiserie silk dress,” de Gournay did the exquisite fabric used in the dress.

Jenny Packham

Thanks to our Twitter friend @RegalEyes for alerting us to a Telegraph story about this spring’s collection by Ms. Packham.

“…using silks, satins and chiffons in dusky shades of peach, sage and blue, interspersed with hand-painted “Chinoiserie” designs by De Gournay.”

And a tidbit about de Gournay from its website:

“de Gournay hand paints wallpapers, fabrics and porcelain at the very top end of the decoration market. de Gournay has traditionally specialised in 18th century Chinoiserie and 19th century French designs.”

Jenny Packham is a favorite of celebrities, including Angelina Jolie, Hayden Panettiere and Jennifer Lopez.  Here is a quick refresher on the three Jenny Packham dresses recently worn by the Duchess.

Kate also showcased a new pair of LK Bennett shoes, the “Sliver Sandal,” part of the company’s ‘Signature Collection.’ Our thanks to @mbowling26 for the rapid ID of the shoe style, and to the always helpful @AtTheBlueBarn for the early alert on the open toe shoes!

LK Bennett “Sliver” Sandal

No one will be surprised to learn the shoe is sold out in the taupe worn today by the Duchess; as of this writing the shoe remains available in black suede and black patent. We did see the return of the Kiki McDonough Citrine Drop earrings and the LK Bennett Natalie Clutch, very much “go-to” items for Kate on this trip.

While not a terribly exciting dress, it is well-suited to Kate’s preference for understated design and colors.  The third time wearing Jenny Packham may be a charm, as William’s team won the match. More than handily. Because Kate’s assignment for the afternoon included awarding the trophy to the winning team, she was able to congratulate her husband.

For many fashionistas the BAFTA gala tonight brings the most-anticipated dress of the tour, it is a black tie affair; we’ll be back with more on that dress as soon as we have the information and pictures.


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