Jan 192017
 

We are back with some news and our first polls looking at Kate’s 2016 wardrobe, beginning with one of my favorite topics: shoes. First, today’s confirmation by Kensington Palace that Kate, William, Prince George and Princess Charlotte will be based in London starting in the autumn.

Kebsington Palace

Kensington Palace

From the statement:

Their Royal Highnesses love their time in Norfolk and it will continue to be their home.

From this autumn, however, the Duke and Duchess will increasingly base their family at Kensington Palace. As they have in recent years, their royal Highnesses are keen to continue to increase their official work on behalf of the Queen and for the charities and causes they support, which will require greater time  spent in London. 

Prince George will begin school in London in September and Princess Charlotte will also go to nursery and eventually school in London as well.

The release also notes that Prince William will be giving up his duties as a Pilot with East Anglia Air Ambulance,

It has been a huge privilege to fly with the East Anglia Air Ambulance. Following on from my time in the military, I have had experiences in this job I will carry with me for the rest of my life, and that will add a valuable perspective to my royal work for decades to come.”

We will stay with the story and update as appropriate.

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Before we get to the polls, a big ‘thank you’ to everyone commenting on our posts taking a broad view of Kate’s clothing last year. The first (“2016: The Year Kate Amped Up Her Working Wardrobe“) looked at styles from the many new designers/brands the Duchess patronized last year. The second post (“Designs that Packed a Punch in 2016“) focused on style statements that came from designers the Duchess had previously worn, and all of the input was terrific. It was fascinating to see what you would have included/omitted from the lists.

Now to the shoes. We saw the introduction of 18 new pairs of dress shoes last year, and five pairs that were more casual in design. It was difficult deciding how to break up the different styles, hopefully putting some in the ‘casual’ category won’t seem terribly odd.  We start with the Rupert Sanderson ‘Malory’ ($675) in navy suede, worn to a February service in honor of the RAF Air Cadets.

©Rupert Sanderson / Polaris / Rupert Sanderson

©Rupert Sanderson / Polaris / Rupert Sanderson

Rupert Sanderson’s ‘Winona’ ($655) in gray suede was worn to the Commonwealth Day church service in March.

©Rupert Sanderson / /Rupert Sanderson

©Rupert Sanderson / /Rupert Sanderson

The Prada ‘Pointy Toe’ style in navy suede was first seen at the March opening of an EACH resale shop.

©Polaris / Prada / i-Images

©Polaris / Prada / i-Images

The Duchess was in a new pair of LK Bennett Fern Pumps ($345) in the ‘trench’ (nude) colorway when arriving in India at the start of this spring’s tour.

LK Bennett /

LK Bennett / Splash News

Also in India, the debut of the Prada Wavy Strap Sandal in black suede ($750), accessorizing a Jenny Packham gown at a glamorous Bollywood fundraiser.

Bergdorf Goodman / Splash News

Bergdorf Goodman / Splash News

The Duchess opted for a new pair of heels to go with a new Emilia Wickstead dress while in India, the Rupert Sanderson Calice in ‘pink lady crack‘ ($675).

UK in India/Rupert Sanderson

UK in India/Rupert Sanderson

At a party celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday Kate wore the Gianvito Rossi Sisely Suede Sandals in Black ($777), also called the Criss Cross Sandals.

Kate Gianvito Rossi Criss Cross Strap Sisely with Temperley Delphia Separates

My Theresa / Polaris / My Theresa

Kate wore a new pair of flats when visiting a New Delhi charityRussell and Bromley’s Xpresso (£175).

Russell & Bromley/Splash

Russell & Bromley/Splash

When taking part in welcoming ceremonies in Bhutan, Kate wore the Florete ($325), also in trench and also by LK Bennett, but with a slightly lower heel measuring 3.3″.

Kate LK Bennett Florete Bhutan Arrival Official Welcome i-images

LK Bennett / i-Images

At a May garden party, the Duchess was in a new pair of Gianvito Rossi heels, the Signature 105 pumps ($675) in the ‘Praline’ colorway.

Net-a-Porter / Polaris Net-a-Porter

Net-a-Porter / Polaris / Net-a-Porter

At Order of the Garter ceremonies in June, the Duchess sported another pair of Gianvito Rossi Signature heels ($675) in a rich red hue.

© /Net-a-Porter/

©Polaris / Net-a-Porter / Polaris

In July Kate watched tennis at Wimbledon, wearing a new pair of nude Rupert Sanderson Malory pumps.

©Splash News/Rupert Sanderson

©Splash News/Rupert Sanderson

At the Art Fund Award announcements in July, we saw a new shoe brand for the Duchess, as she wore the ‘Dollie’ sandal ($180) by Brazilian-based Schutz

©Splash News/The Outnet

©Splash News/The Outnet

On the second day of the Canada tour, Kate wore Russell and Bromley’s Pinpoint (£175) suede heels.

© i-Images/Russell & Bromley

© i-Images/Russell & Bromley

Also debuting on the tour, the Tod’s Fringed Leather Pumps ($645), paired with a CH Carolina Herrera coat in Whitehorse.

Tod's/

Tod’s / Polaris

For a series of engagements in Canada on the last day of the tour, we saw the Duchess in a new pair of shoes by J. Crew, the brand’s Avery design ($278) in a plaid tweed fabric

J Crew/Polaris/J Crew

For a children’s tea party at the Natural History Museum Kate wore the Hugo Boss “Staple P90-L” in embossed leather, another new brand for Kate’s footwear collection.  

Hugo Boss/Polaris/Hugo Boss

Hugo Boss/Polaris/Hugo Boss

Our final new pair of heels was worn to the Place2Be Awards in November when the Prada Wavy-Cut Suede Pump ($750) was worn with the Preen Finella dress in black.

Nordstrom /  / Prada

Nordstrom / Polaris / Prada

We saw several new casual footwear styles last year. We begin with Russell and Bromley’s loafers, the ‘Chester’ style (£185), worn when Kate was out shopping in January.  

Russell Bromley Chester for Emily

/Russell & Bromley

For a cricket match on the India tour, Kate wore a new pair of wedges, the Monsoon Fleur (£45) in taupe. 

Kate India Tour WEdge Espadrilles Cricket Water Tower Monsoon Fleur Taupe April 10 2016

In pictures released showing the family on a ski trip, the Duchess was in a pair of Sorel boots, the brand’s 1964 Pac2 snow boots in curry with contrasting natural faux fur.

Sorel / Polaris

Sorel / Polaris

For America’s Cup events in May Kate was in a new pair of sneakers, the Adidas Pure Boost in black and shock green ($120).

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© Splash News / Adidas

On Day 5 of the Canada tour, Kate debuted a new pair of boots by R. Soles, the Virgi Chocolate Suede style ($385).

R. Soles/i-Images, Polaris

R. Soles/i-Images, Polaris

We saw the Duchess in a new pair of sneakers during the Canada tour, when she wore the Superga 2750 Cotu Classic in white canvas while aboard a tall ship in Victoria Harbour.

Superga/Polaris

Superga/Polaris

We’ll see you early next week!

Aug 252016
 

Kate sported a new LK Bennett dress for an engagement this morning with Prince William. The couple visited the YoungMinds Parents Helpline, a project under the Heads Together umbrella.

©Nunn Syndication, Polaris/Splash News

©Nunn Syndication, Polaris/Splash News

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Mar 162012
 

The day started with a surprise appearance by Kate, she visited London’s Olympic Park to visit with the Team Great Britain Hockey teams. (Some readers are more likely to refer to this sport as ‘field hockey’.)

London 2012 Home Page

The Duchess is now showcased on the Team GB home page, there is a story about her visit to the team. Some may recall that Kate is more-than-familiar with the sport, she was the captain of her hockey team while at Marlborough College, as she is also an official Olympic Ambassador, this visit makes perfect sense.

Kate arrived wearing coral skinny jeans, there is vigorous debate on the WKW Facebook page as to whether they are J Brand, Oasis, Zara, or something altogether different.

Via Alex Danson Twitter Feed (@AlexDanson15)

The photo above is from team member Alex Danson, he shared this thought about Kate’s visit:

Alex Danson Team GB Hockey Team Twitter Feed

USA Today reports Kate requested the meeting:

Kate, 30, had specifically asked to meet with the hockey team as part of her role as an Olympic ambassador. Together with Princes William and Harry, she will make an effort to see and be seen at the London Olympics and to cheer the home side on.

Kate paired the bright jeans with a white tee and Team GB scarf, thanks to Lia Hervey of Sky News and WKW Facebook friend Inge for letting us know it is the official Paralympic scarf in the large size.

The larger scarf is available for £10, £5 in the smaller size, proceeds from sales go to the British Olympic Association. The always stylish Carly from Kate Middleton Style blog ordered hers yesterday and has already received it, so delivery is speedy for those in the UK.

Here is a better look at Kate’s ensemble, we thank Lia Hervey of Sky News again. (@SkyNewsOlympic on Twitter.)

Lia Hervey, Sky News Twitter Feed (@SkyNewsOlympic)

The Duchess was in her navy LK Bennett Art court shoes.

LK Bennett ‘Art’

We originally noted these when Kate wore them to Darwen Academy almost a year ago.

LK Bennett Press Archive

The maker of Kate’s blazer was very difficult to sort out, in this photo with Team GB’s David Faulkner you have a better look at it.

Lia Hervey, Sky News Twitter Feed (@SkyNewsOlympic)

Fortunately for Kate fashion fans, Ayvee of Diana’s Jewels put her sleuthing skills to work determining who made the jacket.

Emilio Pucci

It turns out the piece is an Emilio Pucci creation, it features classic double-breasted styling, peak lapels, double vents, gold buttons on the front and cuffs. The previously mentioned Carly found a similar Pucci blazer available at Selfridge’s, the Punto Milano version is £1,145, roughly $1800.

Kate switched to Adidas trainers and grey Team GB sweatshirt for the actual ‘workout,’ we don’t know the precise style name or number of the shoes.

More from the USA Today story:

The team seemed to appreciate that she was willing to risk embarrassing herself to help promote their sport. She chatted with U.K. coaches, trainers and players, asking about training.

“Do you still get bananas and oranges at halftime?” she asked.

The visit seemed to evoke a time when she was just Kate, not a duchess, not the wife of a prince, not someone whose wedding was watched by millions around the world.

More on the Ambassadorial role from Andy Hunt via this story on the Team GB website:

“The Ambassadors provide our athletes with a tremendous source of inspiration and it was great to see HRH wearing the official supporter’s scarf of Team GB and ParalympicsGB.”

Kate polished off the look with her Kiki McDonough Grace earrings, glistening in the bright sunlight.

She also posed posed with the Team Great Britain Women’s team in these photos shared by Andy Hunt, who heads up the Team GB efforts.

Andy Hunt, Team GB Twitter Feed (@AndyHunt_TeamGB)

And the Team GB Men’s team.

Andy Hunt/Team Great Britain Twitter Feed (@AndyHunt_TeamGB)

To learn more about the London 2012 Games, click here, for more on Team GB, click here, and here for the Team GB Hockey page. For NBC’s video with Kate playing hockey, click here.

The bright colors were wonderful to see, and the blazer an elegant look. While not opposed to heels with skinny jeans, this chunkier heel didn’t work for me, it seemed to throw off the proportions. But overall this was a fun, patriotic ensemble that looked lovely on the Duchess.

Kate was a quick change artist, switching to a more business-like style for her afternoon appearance with Prince Charles and Camilla at the Dulwich Picture Gallery on behalf of Children and the Arts, one of the Prince’s patronages.

Dulwich Picture Gallery

The Duchess chose another dress by Irish designer Orla Kiely, this one from the autumn 2011 collection.

Orla Kiely

The frock features a floral motif at the front neck, a full pleated skirt, three-quarter sleeves and a self-belt. Kate accessorized with her Links of London Hope Egg earrings and Tiffany Diamonds by the Yard bracelet.

Links of London/Tiffany

On her feet, the past season Episode ‘Angel’ platform shoes in suede worn last week for the trip to Leicester.

Polyvore

Above we show the shoe in leather, our thanks to Shellie Bells on Twitter for sharing the photo link with us.

One vision greeting visitors to the Gallery yesterday, these masks, part of the Great Arts Quest featuring work from school children in South London.

Dulwich Picture Gallery Facebook

More on the Quest from its website:

An appreciation of the visual arts is not innate, it is acquired. Exposure is the first step towards its appreciation. Great Art Quest is that first step for many of its participants.

Here you see one of the masks and children working on them, via the Gallery website.

Dulwich Picture Gallery

The Royals joined children who were drawing pictures of Queen Elizabeth to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.

The Daily Telegraph

For The Telegraph’s video story on the visit, click here.

There is a rather humorous BBC video of Kate and Prince Charles working with irons, this one has had many a viewer in stitches, it seems one of them was more familiar with the household appliance than the other.

BBC

To learn more about the Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts click here, for more on the Great Arts Quest, click here.