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.

James Whatling/Splash News

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.

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

Dec 172011
 

Greetings, we hope everyone is surviving the holidaze (yes, that is how we occasionally refer to this time of year), we have an abundance of news to share! Readers will no doubt be familiar with several of the stories, but in an effort to provide a comprehensive overview, we’ll cover as many as we can.

First and foremost, Kate and William will be on tour again next year. They are heading to Malaysia, Singapore, the Solomon Islands, and the tiny nation of Tuvalu. Tuvalu is the third smallest nation in the world, second only to the Vatican and another island nation, Nauru.  The Telegraph spoke with the country’s consul to the UK about the trip:

“We will give the Duke and Duchess a traditional way of welcome. The first surprise they will have will be when the arrive on the shores of Tuvalu.

“They will sit in a canoe and the young men of the island, dressed in skirts of coconut fibre, will carry the canoe on their shoulders.”

This form of welcome won’t come as a surprise, it’s likely Kate and William will have seen photos of a previous royal visit to the island, below we see none other than Her Majesty on Tuvalu, back in 1982.

The trip is part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, almost all of the royals will be touring next year. The Daily Mail has a good map illustrating where the tours will be taking place.

The Daily Mail

Dates have not yet been announced for Kate and William’s tour, the Jubilee is formally marked by multiple celebrations the weekend of June 2-5, although there will be events throughout the year. For the news release detailing all of the tours, click here. To learn more about Jubilee Events, click here.

Obviously there is interest in what Kate will wear on the tour, she will be in hot and humid conditions, to be sure. One designer she may well be looking at is Bernard Chandran. Below, pieces from Mr. Chandran’s fall 2011 collection.

Vogue.UK

Not only is the designer Malaysian, he has a boutique in Knightsbridge, so Kate may already be familiar with him.  Below, styles from the Bernard Chandran Spring 2012 collection, via British Vogue.

Vogue UK

Mr. Chandran offers angular, exaggerated silhouettes in many pieces, as well as outsize embellishments on others (obviously not shown in these photos, we tried to edit the looks to share some with ‘Kate appeal’); celebrities spotted in his creations include Lady Gaga, Tori Amos and Rihanna. While that may seem to contradict Kate’s design aesthetic, I think there is plenty he offers that she would find attractive.

We’ll be showcasing other designers we might see the Duchess wear on tour moving forward, but brevity is needed today as there is a plethora of other news.

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Other quick headlines:

  • Monday the Duke & Duchess will attend the Sun Military Awards, known as the Millies in some circles; This is a formal occasion, we’re expecting a party frock from Kate
  • Wednesday the couple will be at homeless shelter Centrepoint for a cooking session and to also watch a talent show, “Centrepoint’s Got Talent.”  William is Centrepoint’s patron, but he was introduced to the charity by his mother, Princess Diana, she was long a patron of the facility. To learn more about Centrepoint or donate, click here; for those on Facebook, the Centrepoint page is here. Below we see Princess Diana at the facility, and William spending a night sleeping out on the streets of London.

Via Centrepoint

  • An update on EastAfricaCrisis.org, the UNICEF efforts to feed the hundreds of thousands of malnourished children affected by famine in the region. The Daily Mail reports a joint appearance by William and Kate and Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary helped raise more than £1,000,000 (about $1,550,000) to help those most severely impacted by the crisis.

It’s the time of year when we see all manner of lists. You know the kind: best dressed, worst dressed, best wedding, best hair, etc. Because we know many of these hold interest we are sharing a few of them, beginning with Maclean’s naming the couple Newsmakers of the Year. From the story by Anne Kingston:

“In a year riven by political turmoil, economic malaise and rioting in the streets, a young, fresh-faced couple formally titled the duke and duchess of Cambridge (but affectionately known as Will and Kate) provided ongoing romantic relief—and distraction. The photogenic pair delighted the masses and were a boon to the media that tracked their every move, real and speculative.

To read the entire story, click here. We’ll also be offering more ‘best of’ lists with Kate in the next ten days.

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As mentioned above, it’s the time for lists and we’ll be trying to ascertain your favorite Kate looks starting next week, but we need a spot of insight from you before we launch the polls. At this point we plan to have three clothing categories:

  • favorite casual look
  • favorite day dress (short dress, for lack of a better term)
  • favorite formal style, gown

We’re also planning to vote on favorite jewelry, favorite handbag and favorite footwear. If your trusty scribe is up to it, we’ll also try and look at favorite hat or fascinator.

We would love to hear from you about the styles you would like to see included in any and all categories, just leave a comment(s) with your input. The WKW Facebook Community has weighed in, but we want to hear from everyone.

 

 

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