Oct 082012

Kate was in deep burgundy for today’s quick visit to London’s Middle Temple where she and William were meeting with law students.

Chris Jackson/PA Wire

The pair were not only meeting recipients of existing Scholarships memorializing HM, Princess Diana and the Queen Mother, today’s event also marked the launch of the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge Scholarships. Prince William was made an an honorary barrister at Middle Temple in 2009.

PHOTO via Middle Temple Hall

More from the Middle Temple website.

He was not only called to the Bar to be made an honorary barrister, but also called to the Bench, the Inn’s governing body.

The Prince is the sixth member of the Royal Family to be called to the Bench as a Royal Bencher and follows in the footsteps of the Queen Mother and his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, called in 1988.

More from Conference News UK:

The event took place in the Prince’s Room which was renamed after Prince William was called to the bar.

Via Conference News UK

Kate’s separates are by Paule Ka, a French ready to wear brand founded by designer Serge Cajfinger.

Via The National (UAE)

More on Mr. Cajfinger’s design aesthetic from this story in The National:

“My favourite fashion decade is definitely the Fifties, for the style and the elegance,” Cajfinger tells Alexandria Gouveia. “The cinema of that time inspires me and my style. I like Cary Grant and Fred Astaire. Mad Men is very close to the Paule Ka fashion. I love it.”

A look at the label’s website:

Paule Ka

Below, three of the label’s Black Carpet pieces for this fall’s collection.

Paule Ka Black Carpet Fall 2012

For a complete list of Paule Ka boutiques, click here.

Kate’s double breasted jacket is a shorter cut with a shawl collar, two patch pockets, a slanted breast pocket and modified peplum detailing at the waist.

Chris Jackson/UK Press Association

We have not yet the skirt found online, With thanks to Anna, Carolyn and Andrea, a more detailed look at the skirt.

Paule Ka Skirt

On the Paule Ka Facebook page the color is referred to as ” Burgundi”. Underneath the jacket Kate wore a black lace or crochet-style top.

PA Wire

Many thanks to WKW Facebook friend Lurdes for helping us find additional images of the jacket. We believe the pieces date to at least the fall 2011 collection, My Small Obsessions‘ Annie N. thinks this is the same ensemble worn to last year’s pre-Christmas luncheon at Buckingham Palace December 19. (There were no official photos of that function, only fleeting images, some may be seen here.)

Kate accessorized with her black Episode ‘Angel’ heels, although Kate’s are black suede. (Past season & out of stock, a similar pair by Episode may be found here.)

Episode ‘Angel’ Shoe

The Duchess did not carry a bag today, but it did look like she was sporting a new pair of earrings. It was solid look in a lovely fall color, the jacket was very flattering, but the skirt seemed a trifle shorter than might be optimal for someone in Kate’s position.


One quick update, it turns out that Kate will be doing all of Wednesday’s events solo, William will attending the funeral of Olga Powell, the longtime nanny he and Harry shared growing up. More from the BBC:

The Duchess of Cambridge will visit Gateshead, Newcastle and Stockton as planned on Wednesday.

She will meet community groups and charity staff during her stay in the region.

For more on these events, Chronicle Live has a detailed article with times and a map of events.

Chronicle Live UK

We’ll see you tomorrow with a post on the couple’s visit to St. George’s Park for the official opening of the new football facility, a quick preview of the event via the Football Association:

The Royal Party will be accompanied by many special guests from the football and sporting world for the official opening of England’s new £100m training home.

The Duke of Cambridge, who is the Honourary President of The FA, will officially launch the new national facility after enjoying a tour of the site and meeting senior figures from The FA, local community figureheads and young grassroots players.



Oct 072012

We are back with results from the various Tour polls we did, along with a few more updates.

We start with the two dress questions, you may recall we broke this into two parts, those dresses worn to the less formal functions and those we dubbed the party frocks,” pieces Kate wore at evening and invitation-only events.

First, the pieces seen at the not-quite-as-dressy events. There were 7958 individual votes cast, the dress you selected as your favorite is this Jenny Packham, worn for the “couple’s arrival in Singapore and trip to the Botanic Gardens.

Splash News/The Straits Times Facebook/Splash News

This was a tight vote with the white McQueen suit running a close second, better seen below in the bar graph with results showing the top 5 choices.


Our second dress poll involved those dressier styles from the Tour. There were no surprises, after 8,489 votes the winner is Kate’s Temperley dress, seen at the tea held at the British High Commissioner’s residence in Kuala Lumpur.

Arthur Edwards-The Sun-PA Wire/Rebecca English, The Daily Mail/Mail Online

The results were fairly definitive in this poll with a solid margin between the Temperley and the second choice piece.


We move to accessories now, beginning with your favorite pair of shoes from the Tour: you chose the Jimmy Choo ‘Dart’ heels that accessorized Kate’s bespoke McQueen dress at the Malaysia State Dinner.

Jimmy Choo ‘Dart’ Sandal

And the results.


When it came to the bags Kate carried during the trip, the favorite stood out clearly, the black Longchamp Le Pliage tote in the medium, with shorter handles.

Le Pliage Medium Tote (Short Handles)

Fewer votes were made in the accessory polls, 3570 took part in the handbag voting, here are the top three results.


The jewelry options encompassed a broad range of styles and prices, from glittering precious gems to gold plated pieces. Your favorite? The “Unknown Prong Set Bluish-Green Stone Drop Earrings” took first place.


And our final Tour poll involved more unorthodox choices, we sought your opinion on several non-standard accessories. Once again, the results were not surprising.

Rebecca English, The Daily Mail – Mail Online Twitter

With 3429 unique votes, the #1 choice by a wide margin were the faux pearl accessories Kate used to style her updo with the blue Temperley dress.


Many thanks to everyone who took part in these. While non-scientific they *are* fun, it’s always fascinating to see how personal preferences stack up against popular opinion.


Also today, the lucky winners of our “A Royal Pain” book giveaway, the almost-published novel by author (and friend) Megan Mulry. Initially we were just giving away my ARC (Advanced Readers Copy), but Megan has been extremely generous, and is adding three actual copies of the book to the stash, so we have four winners. The first name is for the ARC, and the other three will receive the book in its final version.

1) Shannon in Australia

2) Jessica Lynne

3) Anna Marie

4) Mandy (Email begins with mcmc)

If all four could email me (Susan @ WhatKateWore.com) we’ll sort out details to get your goodies to you. Many, many thanks to Megan for being such a delight to work with!


Finally today, a reminder that Kate and William have multiple appearances this week, including one added to the schedule for tomorrow (Monday, the 8th). The Monday function remains a mystery, if we receive updated information we’ll pop it into the post straightaway.
UPDATE: Reports say the couple will meet with law students at Middle Temple in London.

Tuesday: Kate and William are in Burton for the official opening of St. George’s Park, the new home to the Football Association and its National Football Centre.

Wednesday: We do have more specific times for most of Wednesday’s events in Newcastle.

I do not have a time for Wednesday’s final event at CRI Stockton Recovery Service, located in Stockton-On-Tees.