Sep 112012
 

Tonight the Duchess chose a Singapore-born designer, Prabal Gurung, again showing respect for the host country on this first leg of the Jubilee Tour.

James Whatling/Splash News

The function was a State Dinner hosted by the President of Singapore, Tony Tan Keng Yam, at his residence, the Istana. Below we see the Honor Guard awaiting Kate & William’s arrival.

Rebecca English/The Daily Mail Twitter Feed

The first order of business was a formal inspection of the troops, below we see William and President Tan inspecting the Guard of Honor.

Paul Harrison/Sky News Twitter (@SkyNewsRoyal)

An official salute was next.

Paul Harrison/Sky News Twitter

The Straits Times shows guests as they are about to toast in this Twitter photo.

The Straits Times Twitter Feed

William also gave a speech this evening, speaking on behalf of the Queen. More from Channel News Asia:

“What you have done and become is admired around the world” – Prince William speaking at the Istana – saying he & his wife are fortunate to see the great Singapore success story.

Kate’s dress is a blend, 53% wool – 47% silk, lined in silk. It’s most distinctive feature is the engineered print on the front and back.

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The garment is knee length with a bateau neckline, three-quarter sleeves, and a concealed zipper.  The dress remains available at a very few places. At Browns Fashion the frock was originally £1,770 (about $2800 USD), but is now discounted to £710 (roughly $1100 at this morning’s exchange rates).

Prabal Gurung at Browns Fashion

StyleMeTv also has the dress. The piece is from the spring/summer 2012 line, more on that collection from Women’s Wear Daily (subscription req’d.):

A series of photographs titled ‘Sensual Flowers,’ by the Japanese artist Nobuyoshi Araki, inspired Gurung’s engineered prints in shades of purple, teal and black. They were arranged symmetrically down the front of georgette dresses, the patterns matching up like Rorschach images, with a debt to those highly distinctive prints from the last full collection by Alexander McQueen.

The McQueen reference is interesting, we all know Kate’s fondness for that fashion house. Below you see elements from the spring runway show show that ultimately made their way into the RTW (ready to wear) collection.

Via Style.com

I think the designer is a stellar choice, it’s someone we previously suggested Kate might wear on the Tour. Mr. Gurung was born in Singapore and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal. His creations are seen on a broad range of celebrities, including Michelle Obama, Sarah Jessica Parker, Lady Gaga and Oprah Winfrey.

Prabal Gurung Facebook Page

He offers an edgier look than many of the designers and retailers Kate generally wears, this was a bit of a risk for the Duchess.  Mr. Gurung was more-than-excited upon learning Kate was wearing a frock from his collection.

Prabal Gurung Twitter Feed

Belinda White at The Telegraph liked the choice:

…the perfect fit for the Duchess’ edgier alter ego (we call her Kate Cambridge, nee K Middy).

His designs always have femininity at their heart, but cater to the girl who’s not content to just stand around looking pretty.

…eye-catching yet elegant, it’s infinitely more exciting than yet another drippy dress from one of Kate’s high street favourites.

Kate reprised her black Anya Hindmarch Bespoke Maud Clutch (£450, approximately $720 USD at today’s exchange rates).

Anya Hindmarch ‘Maud’ Clutch

The item is now called the ‘Jubilee Bespoke Maud in Black Satin,’ apt for this Jubilee Tour, although that was not the name of the bag when Kate originally purchased it. The Duchess also brought back her black Prada pumps.

The evening did not offer the much-discussed tiara sighting many hoped for but there was a spot of glitter.

James Whatling/Splash News

That is the diamond bracelet we first saw at last year’s BAFTA gala in Los Angeles, a stop during last year’s Royal Tour. It looks like Kate also wore the diamond earrings we first saw on that Tour, the pair worn for the Canada Day concert.

Canadian Heritage

While the design was jarring or too busy for some, I thought it was a very good look. The choice of designer made a solid statement to the couple’s Singaporean hosts. While not understated, the frock is sleek and elegant, bold without being overpowering; the accessories were ideal for the occasion. Kate looked lovely for the event, although I’m sure she and Prince William have to be exhausted from the 14-hour flight and time difference.

Tomorrow’s agenda is a busy one:

  • 9:45AM (9:45pm EDT) Kate and William visit Gardens by the Bay, at Colonial Gardens the duo is expected to do a tree planting
  • 11:45am (11:45pm EDT) The Duke & Duchess then travel to the still-new Rolls Royce aircraft engine factory in Seletar, they will unveil the first operational engine made the plant & William is expected to make a brief speech.
  • 2:45PM (2:45 AM EDT: In the afternoon it’s off to Strathmore Green, a precinct in Queenstown, a residential area in Singapore; the area was chosen because it was named after Queen Elizabeth II. The couple will view a cultural performance that will showcase the three main cultures of Singapore: the Chinese, Malay and Indian communities. The couple will also view children’s games and meet local residents.
  • 3:15pm (3:15am EDT) Staying within Queenstown, the pair visit the Rainbow Center, a school and community center for children with special needs. (The Center is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.) William goes to watch phys ed activities while Kate meets children in art therapy classes
  • In the evening, Kate and William attend a reception at Eden Hall, the British High Commissioner’s residence, for prominent Singaporeans and members of the British and international expatriate communities. Entertainment will be provided by Musicity, a program blending British, Singaporean and other musical genres.

LINKAGE:

To see this morning’s post sharing what Kate wore for the couple’s arrival in Singapore and Botanic Gardens visit, click here.

Aug 122011
 

Once again the lull in activity on Kate’s part allows time for a few tidbits and updates we hadn’t been able to get to previously.

We begin with comments made earlier this week by actress Anne Hathway. USA Today has the story:

“Can I tell you how grateful I am to Kate Middleton?” said Hathaway. “Because she is such an advocate for dressing like a lady.

The actress was speaking with the paper about her new film, One Day, and the topic moved to fashion.

Today she calls Kate’s ladylike wardrobe inspiring. “I’m just very grateful to Kate Middleton for making looking appropriate really fun again,” she says. “So right now my fashion choices are all about Kate Middleton.”

These sentiments contradict some of the more negative comments made of late about the Duchess, expressing an opinion shared here: that we are seeing a return to more appropriate, classic styles and Kate is very much part of that trend.

Next, a few of those tidbits we mentioned, the first is something that came out just after the North American tour, a ‘revelation’ that Kate’s favorite color is white. A People magazine story written shortly after the tour carried a series of quotes from the tour, including this:

“I don’t know if I have a favorite color. What’s yours?” Kate, to William

“Definitely blue” William

“I think mine is white” Kate, on a question that nearly stumped the newlywed

There’s no question the Duchess favors white.

Also new, Grazia has admitted photoshopping that controversial cover photo making Kate’s waist even tinier than it actually is.  From the Press Gazette: “Weekly magazine Grazia has admitted to digitally manipulating a front-page image of the Duchess of Cambridge which had the effect of making her look thinner than she is.” Here is one look at the reality and the altered image.

Via AOL UK

Jezebel shows that the Australian version of the magazine used an unedited image on its cover:

Via Jezebel

Following our post about Kate’s shopping trip last week several kind commenters and Facebook friends let us know the London Sole ‘Pirouette’ shoe in Brown Croc was back in stock online. We didn’t find it in stock as the ‘India‘ or ‘Henrietta‘ at the French Sole site (the UK arm of the company, and where Kate actually shops) but there are many similar colors in both styles available at French Sole. The Aquascutum Club Check scarf is also available, but only in the navy check pattern, still on sale at £50 (approximately $81 USD at today’s exchange rate).

Kate’s diamond Button Pendant by Asprey (more here) is being re-issued and will be in stock in September, a Twitter friend was given that information by Asprey, it will run approximately $4500 USD (£2800) according to the info from The Duchess Style.

Via Diana’s Jewels

Those hoping to buy a pair of the Links of London Bubble Stiletto earrings Kate wears frequently will need to go to a physical store to purchase them. Facebook friend Brittney spoke with the company about buying a pair and was told she needed to contact her local store and have her name put on a waiting list. That is backed up by what another FB friend, Elske, shared from Links of London:

“Unfortunately we are not expecting anymore stock online of these, however to find out if your nearest store has these stunning earrings, it would be best to contact them directly.”

We move on to our next item, Kate’s shopping expedition earlier this week.  The Duchess was seen at her local Wilkinson, a discount department store, on Monday.

Since our initial post about the sweater we have received conflicting information about its origins: below we share a Tweet we received.

Twitter

We know Kate was seen shopping there, our pals at Kate Middleton Style blog have a photo of her doing just that, and on Facebook Ashley shares that she was told by a Ralph Lauren store employee it *is* their sweater.

EDITOR’S NOTE 8.13.2011: The sentence above has been corrected to reflect the Ralph Lauren employee stated the purple cable sweater is theirs, I mistakenly wrote that they told Ashley it was not.

As we mentioned, Kate’s most recent look is very similar to that seen when she was doing the marketing a week ago Monday. (For our post on last Monday’s styles, click here.)

Why would she wear almost identical clothing and accessories? Many think it is an attempt to deter the paparazzi, a theory I ascribe to, it is a practice celebrities have used for years.

Some believe the new photos were taken the same day Kate and William were photographed going for a walk in Holyrood Park, and others have emailed or commented asking when we’ll write about that look. We haven’t posted those pictures and won’t. I think the couple had expectations of privacy when they took their walk. That isn’t the case when Kate does the marketing, she knows it is likely there will be photographers on hand, and she also has her police protection close by, I don’t think that was the case with the Holyrood stroll.