Nov 282011
 

Today we take an opportunity to revisit several topics we haven’t had time for of late, although there are two functions tonight of note, one where Kate & William are expected .

We begin with the identification of a handbag we have seen Kate carry with some frequency, the slim black clutch.  First, a refresher showing The Duchess carrying the bag during the couple’s visit to Copenhagen in support of EastAfricaCrisis.org.

The British Monarchy

Here is a better look:

Once again those savvy stylistas on the WKW FB page have come up with what we think is the answer. Fashion-forward Kristen deserves the credit for this identification, she suggested it is Stuart Weitzman’s Raz Clutch, we think she is spot-on. Below we show the bag as recently seen for sale on Amazon.

Stuart Weitzman

The dimensions shown for the bag make sense: 10.5″ long x 3.75″ high x 2″ deep. It very much looks like Kate’s bag, it also makes sense as Kate is clearly a Weitzman fan, wearing the company’s “Zipkin” boots (more in this post) for that UNICEF Copenhagen trip.

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Also today, an ID on a blouse Kate wore during the couple’s North American tour this summer. Below we see William and Kate touring the devastation left by an enormous fire in Slave Lake, Alberta.

Canadian Heritage

The top generated quite a bit of discussion at the time; below we show the Lauren by Ralph Lauren chiffon ruffle blouse as seen at House of Fraser. Our thanks to WKW FB friend Clare for making this ID.

Via House of Fraser

Sadly the blouse is no longer available, it is a cute piece. (It is possible others may have suggested this was the piece when we were all tracking it this summer, if so, let me know so you may also receive credit.)

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A few product updates we think you might find of interest, starting with the Sebago Bala, it is back in stock on the Sebago UK site.

Sebago UK

The shoe is priced at £80 (approximately $125 USD at today’s exchange rates), there is very limited stock available as of this writing. We hope to have an update for you shortly regarding the shoe’s availability on the Sebago US site.

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There are two events this evening (Monday, 11.28) that will interest Kate fashion followers, the highest profile function is a reception at Buckingham Palace for journalists expected to cover the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee next year. More from the UK Press Association:

Senior royals will also be mingling with the press including the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

In honour of the guests the palace’s East Gallery will be renamed the Tweet Suite for the night – for those who want to post online messages – and the space will also contain displays about the Queen’s Golden and Silver Jubilees.

We love the way Buckingham Palace continues to embrace social media as a way of communicating “The Firm’s” message. Tonight’s event is not formal, we expect to see Kate in a dress and heels, however, it is not the sort of function where a hat is expected.

Also this evening, the British Style Awards, we will have more on that event should Kate be named as Britian’s most stylish.

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US television viewers might want to mark their calendars for Tuesday, December 13th, that is when NBC airs Inside the Royal Marriage.

NBC.com

Here is more on the show from TBI, an industry site:

The show taps into the enormous interest in the young couple. “They are doing things their own way,” explains executive producer Matt Drury. “Whereas previous generations of royal newlyweds have just cut ribbons and shaken hands with people, they have a clear idea what they want.” He adds: “The biggest challenge is that there is blanket media coverage of everything that they do, but we wanted to cover things not revealed before and add value to the stories people already know.”

The program has been produced by the same company that did Inside the Royal Wedding, Spun Gold TV.

Spun Gold TV

The UK production company has done a number of programs showcasing royal topics, including Prince William’s Africa, and How to Nab a Prince.

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Finally today, two flash sales that may be of interest to Kate followers, both at ‘members only’, (cough-cough) sites. The first is a sale on Hudson Jeans beginning today (Monday) at 3pm ET on Rue La La. (Click here if you need an invite.)

Hudson Jeans at Rue La La

The second is tomorrow at Gilt.com, another Kate fave, J. Brand Jeans will be on sale beginning at 12 Noon.

Gilt.com

If in need of an invite for Gilt, just click here. (The ‘cough-cough’ reference up above is because we look askance at the phrase “members only” because anyone with an email address can join, it is not quite as exclusive as sometimes portrayed.)

 

EDITORIAL NOTE: We have received multiple emails asking why we haven’t posted about Kate’s most recent shopping trip to Tesco in Anglesey. Those are not photos we care to share, they cross the line into the intrusive category.  Pictures of Kate in the parking lot are fine in my opinion, she knows there may be photographers on hand. But once inside a store I think she should be entitled to some level of privacy, and shouldn’t have to worry about the public knowing precisely what she purchased right down to the brand of potatoes.

 

 

Sep 052011
 

We wanted to share a few items we haven’t yet covered here in the blog, some readers may have already seen a few of these posted on the WKW Facebook wall, hopefully there won’t be too much repetition.

We begin with a few quick merchandise updates:

  • Our thanks to Anna Marie for alerting us on FB that Burberry is re-releasing the trench Kate wore to Northern Ireland this March. In correspondence the company told her the coat will be available this fall, as Anna Marie recalls, the retail price is in the $1200 range.

PHOTOS: Reuters (L) and AP (R)

  • Saks still has the DVF Maja dress in green available in sizes 10 & 12, and is taking pre-orders on other sizes
  • The Reiss boutique at Bloomingdale’s opened last month, those not able to get to any of the Reiss stores in the city can visit the boutique inside Bloomie’s flagship store on 59th Street. One heads-up, don’t look for Reiss merchandise online at Bloomingdale’s site, the 700 square feet inside Bloomingdale’s is leased by Reiss as part of an effort to build brand awareness in the United States.

We have an update about the display of Kate’s wedding dress and accessories at Buckingham Palace (more here), there were multiple reports this week that the exhibit is bringing in record numbers.

PA/Landov via People Magazine

From a story in People magazine:

“At this rate, by the time the exhibit and tour close down on Oct. 3 some 500,000 visitors are expected to have filed by the gown.

As The Express reports, the number of people visiting the exhibits at this year’s Summer Opening is much higher than usual.

“This is up by 20 per cent on last year and a record for the period, said the Royal Collection. Usually all the money from the summer opening goes to the Royal ­Collection for the maintenance and conservation of the collection. But this summer’s takings will include a donation to ­William and Catherine’s wedding charity fund – which has already topped £1million – and will benefit 26 good causes.

The exhibit runs through October 3, tickets are still available, the cost is $28 USD, £17.50. Purchasing ahead of time is the best way to ensure you are able to get in, visit the Royal Collection to learn more.

Next, Kate covers another issue of Hello! magazine.

Hello! Magazine

In this issue the topic is “Kate’s Wardrobe Secrets”. For those who don’t subscribe and are unable to purchase a copy of the magazine at a newsstand, you can download a digital issue.  The price is only £2, a little over $3 in the US.

Two more celebrities have weighed in on Kate’s style, speaking about The Duchess’s appeal from a fashion perspective. In an interview with New York magazine’s The Cut blog, Queen Latifah shared her appreciation for Kate’s style.

I think she has a great fashion sense. I think she has a great sense of taste, and she seems just like a girl’s girl, and she knows how to have fun with the boys. I don’t think she should change anything about what she’s done and just be herself and not worry too much about what everyone thinks because that’s when you start making the wrong choices.

When asked how she would style Kate, here’s what the Queen said:

I’d probably give her a pair of my skinny moto jeans and a fresh moto jacket with a cool tank, and I’d probably get her a nice pair of Ralph Lauren boots, throw her on a cool-ass motorcycle and tell her to go. But that’s just me. I’m standing in New York, looking over the city, and I like to see a little ruggedness.

Also sharing her fondness for Kate’s style, Sarah Jessica Parker, albeit *very* briefly. Here is the mention from a live Twitter interview with Glamour magazine. When asked “Do you have a style icon?” the actress responded:

So many. Ingrid Bergman & the way Kate Moss dresses & the Duchess of Cambridge.”

One more item we also neglected to talk about previously, Kate’s appearance on Vanity Fair’s International Best Dressed list.

For the first time as a member of the British royal family, Kate Middleton makes her way onto the International Best-Dressed List—her inaugural appearance came in 2008, and a whirlwind of fashion successes since has earned her a nod this year. She’s captivated the world with her signature mix of high and low fashion.

Not only is she on the list, the Duchess is at the top of the list.

For those unfamiliar with Vanity Fair’s presentation of its Best Dressed lists, the story is always presented as data points with one’s name, occupation, etc.; here is how Kate was shown in the magazine.

H.R.H. The Duchess of Cambridge

OCCUPATION: Wife of the future King of England. RESIDENCES: Anglesey, Wales; Kensington Palace. SIGNATURE ITEMS OF CLOTHING: Issa wrap dresses, Alexander McQueen wedding gown, Reiss Nannette dress worn in engagement-portrait session with Mario Testino. SCENT: White Gardenia Petals, by Illuminum. JEWELRY: Sapphire engagement ring, originally worn by Prince William’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. STYLE PREDECESSORS: Princess Grace, Princess Diana. CAUSE: Starlight Children’s Foundation, which provides entertainment, education, and family activities for seriously ill children.

Next, a reminder sure to please most Kate fans in the USA: Zara’s online store for US shoppers opens this Wednesday. Below, two styles from the fall season.

Zara.com

Zara’s US website looks just the way its overseas pages appear.

Zara US

One item of note, the two-tone skirt Kate purchased in July is shown on the site.

Zara "Two Tone Skirt"

The skirt is a polyester/rayon blend with 2% elastane for stretch, it is priced at $49.90 USD.

Since we are speaking about some of Kate’s favorite brands, we want to share a special savings opportunity for WKW readers, especially for those fond of the Hudson jeans Kate wears.

Hudson Denim at Jeanography

Premium denim boutique Jeanography is giving our readers a 10% discount on all merchandise, not just its Hudson denim collection. Below we show two pair of Hudson jeans Kate has been seen in, on the left the Collin Signature Skinny in the Stockport wash, on the right, the Carly Flap Pocket Straight Leg in the Black Ice wash.

Jeanography.com

The company has both styles in a broad range of sizes. To receive the discount use promo code KATEWORE at checkout. Jeanography is based in the UK and offers free shipping to customers there, but they do not yet ship to the US or Canada; the company recommends customers in those locations use a service that expedites shipping to other countries, like Forward 2 Me.

 

 

Jun 112011
 

Kate’s look for her first appearance at Trooping the Colour, the official commemoration of Queen Elizabeth’s birthday. (Also the first time Prince William has taken part riding in the event.) So many fashionable friends emailed, tweeted, or left comments on the WKW Facebook page about Kate’s coat-dress it is difficult thank everyone, but it looks like LiltingLimes’s tweet was an early tip-off to the designer, Alexander McQueen.

Robin Nunn/Polaris Images

Robin Nunn/Polaris Images

McQueen’s ‘Cotton and wool-blend pique coat‘ was available at Net-a-Porter, but that is no longer the case. Here is how the piece is described:

“White cotton and wool-blend pique coat with a softly pleated tiered Samurai skirt. Alexander McQueen coat has a short collar and lapels, accentuated padded shoulders, long sleeves with button-fastening cuffs, button fastenings through double-breasted front and is fully lined. 71% cotton, 29% wool; lining: 74% acetate, 26% silk. Dry clean.”

The coat was priced at $3845 USD.

Robin Nunn/Nunn Syndication/Polaris Images

Robin Nunn/Nunn Syndication/Polaris Images

It is interesting that once again she opted for white, this is the third time in recent weeks we have seen her go for a solid, monochromatic look.

UPDATED 7.16.2011: A helpful commenter asked about the hat, noting that many outlets are saying it is by Lock & Company, a firm known to most WKW readers. We tend to think that TH, the person kind enough to leave the comment, is correct, it is a Sylvia Fletcher creation by Lock and Company.

The tidbits of information readers so kindly shared proved especially helpful, as word came that details of what (or whom) The Duchess is wearing will not be released by Clarence House; here is what our friend @RegalEyes re-tweeted from @AdamLeePotter earlier today:

“Clarence House oddly refusing to reveal who designed Kate’s outfit.”

It is possible the Palace doesn’t want too much focus on Kate (we would never suggest such a thing) attention paid to Kate’s apparel and accessories; in reality however, that train has left the station.  The fact is the fascination with what Kate wears and ensuing frenzy will only intensify moving forward, it is something the Palace cannot control.

While Kate looked lovely for the ceremony, this was not our favorite look from her; the coat was a little too frou-frou, despite it flattering her slim figure and healthy glow.  We know many sophisticated observers are probably delighted to see a more fashion-forward statement from the Duchess, it is merely not a style we are fond of.  Most assuredly not a miss, just not the best we’ve seen.