Sep 242012

Hello once again, we now have the promised poll looking at less formal styles worn by Kate on the just concluded Jubilee Tour. We structured things in two polls to try and keep this from being an excessively lengthy post, following are the daytime looks, the voting for those styles worn primarily to dressier, ‘invite only’ events is here.

Here we go with the less formal looks.

Singapore Jenny Packham Silk de Gournay – The first look in Singapore for Kate was by one of her go-to designers, Jenny Packham. Kate’s dress for airport welcoming ceremonies and Botanic Gardens visit was pale pink, showcasing hand-painted orchids, a kimono inspired neckline/waist detailing, as well as three-quarter sleeves.

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Singapore Alexander McQueen White Eyelet (Broderie Anglaise) suit – Kate started the day on Wednesday the 12th in a custom piece by Alexander McQueen for an appearance at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay, as well as the Rolls Royce Factory, the two-piece look had a fitted top with cuffed short sleeves, a deep vee neck, self belt and full skirt.

Gardens by the Bay Facebook/Rebecca English The Daily Mail

Raoul separates: Queenstown, Singapore – For Kate’s next activities on Wednesday she changed from the white McQueen into a Singaporean brand, Raoul. Both pieces featured a red and black cube print on ivory silk, the Tara top is now sold out, while the skirt remains available, it has a black waistband with a hidden side zip fastening.

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Jenny Packham, Singapore War Memorial, Hospis Malaysia Speech – On Thursday the 13th, Kate returned to Jenny Packham for another bespoke frock, this one for the couple’s visit to the Kranji War Memorial. The dress featured a button front bodice, lace overlay on the bodice and sleeves, a full, pleated skirt, done in a duck egg blue color.

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Beulah London Malaysia Mosque visit, Chamber Lunch – Kate went for another bespoke piece on the 14th, by a label she likes, Beulah London. She wore the Sabitri, the custom version of Beulah’s Blossom dress (now available in limited numbers) in a lustrous silk, with Beulah’s billowing signature sleeves, button front, pintucks and self belt.

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Casual Look Sabah, Malaysia Borneo Rainforest Hike – Kate was casual for the couple’s visit to Danum Valley on Saturday (the 15th), it is located in Sabah, one of two Malaysian states in Borneo. That made sense, she and William were spending much of the day exploring the rainforest. Kate’s top has been shown to be an older season Zara piece and the boots are by Brasher (for more on the blouse & boots, our post is here), the trousers remain unidentified.

UK in Malaysia Facebook/Sunshine Su Lin Twitter/Samantha P. Siow Twitter

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia Departure – This is the dress (tough to see, I know) wore for the departure ceremonies as the couple left Malaysia for the Solomon Islands. As noted in the post, Kate has previously worn the pink and navy (or black) print dress in 2002, again in 2005, many have noted it has the signature elements of a DVF wrap dress, a style we know the Duchess is fond of.

Honaria Arrival Jonathan Saunders – Kate selected Scottish designer Jonathan Saunders for the next Tour dress, choosing his Evelyn dress. The piece was another diplomatic nod to the host country, the dress colors are very similar to those found in the Solomon Islands flag. The Evelyn is a cotton/viscose blend, with short sleeves, a self-belt to cinch in the waist, side pockets and a veed back neckline.

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Honiara, Solomon Islands Jaeger Dress – For a busy day in the Solomon Islands’ capital city, Honiara, Kate wore a sunny yellow Jaeger dress. The dress was knee length in 100% cotton, with cap sleeves, a button front, shirt collar, fitted top, full skirt, and a self belt Kate tied in a vertical position as opposed to the more standard horizontal bows we see.

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Flight to Marapa, trip to Tavanipupu Mulberry Navy Blue – Kate returned to what became a significant element in Tour dresses, a frock of broderie anglaise (or eyelet) fabric, this one by Mulberry. The knee-length dress is sleeveless, with a defined waistline, full skirt and zipper back, in Mulberry’s ‘midnight blue’. It is from the label’s Resort 2012 collection. Jackson-PA Wire/Mulberry Courtesy Photo

Honiara Airport, Yellow Independent Dressmaker – For the couple’s return flight from Tavanipupu and flight to Tuvalu Kate was in another yellow dress, this one described as “primrose yellow” by St. James’s Palace. The above knee length piece was also in broderie anglaise material, with a boat neckline, full short sleeves that were unlined and self belted waistline.

Rebecca English, The Daily Mail-Mail Online/James Whatling, Splash News-Corbis

Brisbane Airport #1, Project D Penelope Dress – Kate went with a Project D dress for the first portion of the long trip home, the ‘Penelope’ features a fold-down collar, cuffed short sleeves, box pleats and an invisible zipper on the front.

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Brisbane Airport #2 Casual Look – Kate switched out of her dress and into more casual attire for yet another long flight, donning her skinny jeans, white jumper knit top, and brightly colored Temperley scarf, in the Lotus Leopard print ($385).

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I’m also thinking about one last poll with accessories, jewelery, etc.,….thoughts?

Sep 192012

Kate’s dress choice for yesterday’s Tuvalu events and the couple’s return home demonstrates once again her fashion savvy. Knowing they would be changing planes in Brisbane, Kate wore a label founded by an Australian, Dannii Minogue, and the UK’s Tabitha Somerset Webb, Project D London.

Below we see William and Kate in Tuvalu, there were official departure ceremonies in Tuvalu.

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Kate’s dress needed to work for another ride on the thrones created for the pair.

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Then it was off to Australia for a change of planes. Here we see William and Kate on the tarmac in Brisbane. The image is significant, it is the first time Kate has set foot in Australia as a member of the Royal family.

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Kate wore Project D London, selecting the ‘Penelope’ dress in ‘Pale Powder Pink’ in silk crepe de chine, a good weight for the day’s activity in Tuvalu’s heat and humidity. Many thanks to WKW Facebook friend Sarah for identifying the dress and sharing the info with us.

Project D London Penelope, Photos via Lyst

The Penelope features a fold-down collar, cuffed short sleeves, box pleats and a detachable self belt. As you can see in the next photos, the garment also has an invisible zipper on the front.

Project D Penelope Dress

The dress originally sold for $515 at My Wardrobe (about£315), subsequently it was discounted to $433 and then $215. Project D is carried at several shops Kate frequents, including Austique and Moda Rosa.

The dress is a spring 2012 release, it also came in the label’s ‘Bluebird’ pattern. If that design looks familiar it may be the result of seeing Kate’s sister Pippa wearing the Phope Peplum dress in Bluebird when she and Kate were at Wimbledon.

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The Duchess wore a pair of earrings with the dress that were new to us, the Azuni Semi-Precious Drop Earrings, a tip of the hat to Caroline for locating the earrings and alerting us all on Facebook about their identity. The earrings are shown at John Lewis, where they sell for £22.50 (and international delivery is available), that is roughly $37 USD.

John Lewis

They are described as “ethnic inspired drop earrings feature a textured 24ct gold plated brass disc and semi precious stone drop.” If sold out at John Lewis, Azuni’s website and Facebook pages are options, they have said on Facebook the earrings may be ordered.

Azuni London

The designer, Ashley Marshall is a fascinating man, he studied in South America and Central America, his work is also influenced by Native American culture. (Mr. Marshall was previously a chef for more than 10 years at notable establishments like the Dorchester, he is clearly more-than-talented.) Some of those influences are clearly seen in his work, we recommend a visit to the company’s website.

At the airport Kate changed into her standard skinny jeans for the next flight.

Brisbane Airport Facebook

She wore a white jumper (sweater) or knit top, and a brightly colored Temperley scarf, in the Lotus Leopard print ($385), many thanks to WKW Facebook friend Tammie for identifying the scarf so quickly.

Brisbane Airport Facebook/Temperley London

The scarf is one of Temperley’s standard prints (the Lotus), the fabric is 90% modal and 10% cashmere, a nice blend.

The Duchess remained true to form when it came to footwear, wearing her LK Bennett Sledge pumps for both segments of the journey. She also carried her Longchamp Le Pliage tote, a good choice for traveling, the nylon fabric is durable, it takes a beating well and somehow still looks good.

Longchamps Le Pliage at Neiman Marcus

This is the medium size (with the short handles), it runs $118 just about everywhere, including Neiman Marcus in the US, in the UK it is £67 at Selfridges and many other outlets.