Apr 252017
 

We have some followups from the last several days’ engagements we want to share, but before we get to that, a new engagement for Kate’s Calendar.

  • Wednesday, May 3: The Duchess visits Farms for City Children. The program is an intense, hands-on experience offering urban children the “opportunity to live and work together for a week at a time on a real farm in the heart of the countryside.”

Now to the first ‘thing we missed,’ it involves what Kate wore for her visit to BBC Radio 1 last Thursday with Prince William. As many of you mentioned on Facebook and Twitter and in your comments, it looked like Kate was in something other than skinny jeans. It is tough to see in this photo, but Kate’s definitely wearing trousers or denim with a flare at the hem. You can also just see that her shoes appear to be a point-toe style.

BBC Radio 1

BBC Radio 1

That is quite a shift for the Duchess! Hopefully we’ll see more in the weeks to come.

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Now to update Kate’s ensemble for the marathon. We did receive confirmation from Regatta that the jacket Kate is wearing is the brand’s Softshell Print Perfect Jacket (available at Amazon US for $27.45).  Sarah notes in a comment that she tweeted Heads Together to ask if they will be making jackets for sale to the public; they suggest signing up for their mailing list to be kept up to speed on anything that may be happening.  We also updated info on the top worn beneath the jacket; it looks like the Duchess wore a top by MiH first seen in a Heads Together video.  

Regatta / MiH

Regatta / MiH

(The post itself has been updated with this info, but I know not everyone revisits a post after initially reading it.)

London Marathon organizers announced totals for the race.

London Marathon

London Marathon

39,487 runners crossed the finish line, making this the biggest race in Marathon history.

London Marathon

London Marathon

There are several photos that didn’t make it into the post. Some will, but I thought I’d share all of them here because that post is already pretty lengthy. It was sunny enough Sunday that at some points Kate wore her Ray-Ban folding sunglasses.

©James Whatling

©James Whatling

Two of your average water station volunteers.

©James Whatling

©James Whatling

Sunday we saw William pointing his air horn at Kate; it turns out she was armed with her own.

Heads Together (Click photo to visit Heads Together Facebook page)

Heads Together (Click photo to visit Heads Together Facebook page)

One of my favorite things about races, whether running them or watching, is the costumed runners. Heads Together shared these pictures on Twitter. On the left you see the mascot for Well Child, in the center it’s the mascot for Mind, one of the eight primary Heads Together charities (who also looks a little like Olaf from Frozen), and on the right, Save the Rhino.

Via Heads Together

Via Heads Together @Heads_Together

It was a touchy-feely kind of day.

©Chris Jackson/WPA Rota/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

©Chris Jackson/WPA Rota/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

Some of the royal protocol standards were loosened.

London Marathon

London Marathon

Or dispensed with altogether.

Heads Together @Heads_Together

Heads Together (Click photo to visit Heads Together Facebook page)

One more hug.

London Marathon

London Marathon

We’ll leave this portion of the post with one of my favorite photos from Sunday, it was taken by James Whatling, a wonderful photographer many of us license images from.

© James Whatling

© James Whatling

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Now to our other topic today: We are just tickled to welcome back Madderson London as a sponsor here at WKW. Most readers will recall Kate’s distinctive Madderson London dress, worn when she was expecting Charlotte.

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Sara Madderson and Helen Hughes continue as heads of the popular label, creating timeless, sophisticated styles in exclusive fabrics.

Madderson London

Madderson London

This spring’s collection typifies those characteristics. It is inspired by the French Riviera, and it has a distinctly nautical vibe. Below, the Reagan Jacket is worn atop the Rosanna Dress. The waistband on the fitted jacket plays perfectly with the pleated skirt on the dress, made of an elegant French tweed.

Madderson London

Madderson London

Another view.

Madderson

Madderson London

The color palette for spring is quintessentially nautical, featuring red, white and navy designs. Below, a classic chain link pattern is used for the Josephine Shirtwaist Dress as well as the Lottie Shirt. Both are crafted of silk twill and are versatile pieces that can be dressed up or down.

Madderson London

Madderson London

The textiles used for this collection are just exquisite, with some of the blues evocative of the waters of the Mediterranean.

Madderson London

Madderson London

Those fabrics shine in the Avery Dress shown below left, a new style for Madderson. Its A-line silhouette and patch pockets showcase the French tweed perfectly. On the right, the Savannah midi dress is a stunning variation of the red, white and blue theme.

Madderson

Madderson London

A closer view shows the detailed weave of the material.

Madderson London

Madderson London

Full disclosure: your trusty scribe has long been a fan of nautical styles (I mean, a *long* time), so I was already predisposed to like this collection. There’s not much more nautical than a classic Breton stripe; we all know how much Kate loves her striped tops. Here is a dress in that pattern, the Katie, made in a thick ponte jersey with two pockets. On the right, the Marisa Tunic. (BTW, look at the green earrings worn by the model on the right; Madderson was ahead of the curve on this style, it is the same Kate Spade pair worn by the Duchess a few weeks ago.)

Madderson London

Madderson London

The Cecily has that fit and flare silhouette the Duchess frequently wears. We show it below left with nautically influenced French tweed at the collar; on the right, the Adeline, in premium Italian jersey with a green, gold and white tweed hem.

Madderson London

Madderson London

The Ophelia brings a lot to the table. Ideal for workwear, it can easily transition to occasions ranging from a cocktail party to the theater. On the left we show it with its jaunty nautical stripe waistband; in the center, with a gold Italian macrame waistband; on the right, in navy with that Italian waistband. One FYI: the navy with gold waistband is only available in sizes 12/14 right now, but it will be fully stocked in late May.

Madderson London

Madderson London

A classic Madderson design returns this spring, the Millie Jacket. The cropped cut and fitted silhouette combine for a crisp, clean look.

Madderson London

Madderson London

You may recognize this next piece; it is the spring version of the Naomi, the dress worn by Kate. On the left it is accented by a jaunty navy stripe; on the right, you see it with white tweed at the hem. One note about the Naomi: the product description notes the dress is about 2.5″ longer than see in the photos.

Madderson London

Madderson London

The Leonie Shell continues to be a mainstay. We show it in navy/ivory, in a blush pink, and also in black.

Madderson London

Madderson London

The luscious prints in the collection are the work of Caroline Taylor, Madderson London’s in-house print designer.

Madderson London Blog

Madderson London Blog

More from the brand’s blog:

British flora and fauna are a major source of inspiration for Caroline, having grown up in the rugged Welsh countryside, and is a unifying thread running through her portfolio. Caroline’s botanical prints have featured in several Madderson collections to date, depicting everything from hydrangeas to acanthus and from peonies to dragonflies. 

Madderson London

Madderson London

The green and white cheese plant print is an ideal design for summer months.

Madderson London

Madderson London

A classic blue and white seersucker conjures visions of sunny skies and blue water.

Madderson London

Madderson London

We switch gears a bit to look at styles ideal for special occasions. When Sara and Helen were sending photos of the spring and summer styles, I went a little gaga over this pink. The fabric is a wool crepe, and my guess is that it’s flattering on just about any skin tone. It is perfect for this frock with its seaming details.

Madderson London

Madderson London

It is also used in this terrific coat, seen atop a pink and gold jacquard shift dress. Both pieces would be ideal for a summer wedding or graduation party.

Madderson London

Madderson London

We see the material one more time, as used in the Orla culottes.

Madderson London

Madderson London

There is a lot to love in this collection, so many pieces that would work well in just about any wardrobe. If wondering about the fabulous chapeaux worn in many of the photos, they are by Camilla Rose Millinery, a brand I’d love to see the Duchess try.

Madderson London is offering an outstanding deal for WKW readers: take 10% off with promo code WhatKateWore10. There is also a wonderful shipping update for US shoppers since we last wrote about the brand: they now use DHL for shipping. The rate for Express service (1 – 3 business days) to the United States is $16. (Click here to see all shipping details.) And it’s worth a reminder that Madderson also has a maternity line for any pregnant readers looking for stylish options for work and special occasions.

You can stay up to speed on all Madderson London news by following them on Instagram, as well as Facebook, along with Twitter and Pinterest.

May 022015
 

With throngs of well wishers crowded at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital, Kate, William and the newest royal, the Princess of Cambridge, met the media and the public.

James Higgins / Splash News

James Higgins / Splash News

For those who weren’t able to follow the live blog we’ll do a quick recap of things, beginning with word from Kensington Palace that the Duchess had been admitted to the hospital at 6am London time, 1am EDT.

Kensington Palace Twitter

Kensington Palace Twitter

Media and the public started descending on the Lindow Wing.More from Gordon Rayner’s story in the Daily Telegraph:

In a virtual re-run of her hospital admission in July 2013, the Duchess, in a silver Mercedes estate car (Range Rovers and Jaguars are the usual royal vehicles), arrived at 6am, just 15 minutes later in the morning than she had done with Prince George, and slipped unseen into the aptly-named Cambridge Entrance.

Many media had been at the hospital all week, if not longer.

Roya Nikkah Twitter Feed (@RoyaNikkah)

Roya Nikkah Twitter Feed (@RoyaNikkah)

Less than three hours later came word (again via the Kensington Palace Twitter account) that Kate and William were the parents of a baby girl.

Kensington Palace Twitter (@KensingtonRoyal)

Kensington Palace Twitter (@KensingtonRoyal)

Prince William was said to be with the Duchess when the Princess was born. As the day wore on more media came to the hospital, international interest in the event was extremely high.

Ben Stevens/i-Images Picture Agency

Ben Stevens/i-Images Picture Agency

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Apr 212015
 

We are back with several updates and a bit more analysis of Kate’s most recent maternity wardrobe. First, the updates:

  • There is a new photo on the cover of today’s NY Daily News showing Kate out with Prince George; I expect many readers will have already seen it by this point. In the picture Kate appears to be wearing her maternity jeans, possibly the J. Crew Maternity Broken in Boyfriend Jean, or perhaps one of the Topshop pairs seen with Prince George’s pregnancy. It also looks like she is wearing her Mint Velvet sneakers. Prince George looks to be wearing Start-Rite’s Flexy Soft Sneaker (£40) and a pair of Petite Bateau’s Baby Boy Dungarees (£46). From what is visible in the photo it appears George *might* be in a Harris Tweed jacket, a fabric we have written about previously (including this post), and long hoped to see the Duchess wearing. It would be grand if young master Cambridge was in a jacket made from the traditional Scottish fabric, manufactured only in the Outer Hebrides. Our thanks to the Prince George Pieces folks for speedy IDs on the jeans and sneakers. (If you’ve not seen the image, it is viewable here.)
  • OK! magazine has published the photos seen last week of Kate and George spending time at Snettisham Park, you can see all of the pictures on the OK! website.
  • Kensington Palace reports that Prince William finished the current segment of his air ambulance training early, and he is now in London with Kate and Prince George. They also released news that the Prince will take his two weeks paternity leave, followed by several weeks of unpaid leave, allowing him to spend time with Kate, George and the new baby.
  • Activity at the hospital is picking up. Rebecca English reports in The Daily Mail that “Police were making their final security checks outside St. Mary’s Hospital today…..officers were out in force, pulling lamp posts apart as they scoured the area for anything troubling.”
  • Journalists have been allowed to stake out their places in the press pen at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital. Below, Rhiannon Mills and Rose Hughes (both stellar folks to follow on Twitter ) of Sky News are seen setting the network’s broadcast position at the Lindo Wing.
Via Rhiannon Mills, Sky News (@SkyRhiannon)

Via Rhiannon Mills, Sky News (@SkyRhiannon)

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