Oct 112011
 

There are quite a few bits and bytes we want to share today, beginning with word of a special fashion collaboration I think you will like.

Via Sophie Hallette

Famed French lacemaker Sophie Hallette has selected Enchanted Atelier to create a new line of bridal accessories made of the same lace design used for Kate’s gown. Many readers will recall Kate’s lace was crafted in France and then sent to London for sewing on the gown by the Royal School of Needlework. More on Sophie Hallette and the wedding dress lace:

“Everybody from the factory floor to the designers was thrilled when the news spread that our lace was on the dress,” said Romain Lescroart, CEO of Sophie Hallette. “Our laces have adorned haute couture creations and luxury goods worldwide for 127 years, but this certainly marks a crowning achievement in our history for which we draw great pride.”

A reminder of the lace as seen here on Kate’s Alexander McQueen shoes. (For our post on the dress exhibit, shoes, etc., click here.)

The Royal Collection

Now the Enchanted Atelier Collection will offer accessories in that very same Leaver’s lace pattern. (So called because the lace is made on Leavers looms more than 100 years old.) The new line will have opera length and driving length gloves, cage and traditional length veils, a bolero jacket, flowers, and sash using this very special lace. Below, just one piece from the Collection.

Duchess of Cambridge Collection by Enchanted Atelier

The collection debuts at New York Bridal Week this weekend. In a few weeks you will be able to see and purchase pieces at Enchanted Atelier and online. (Can we talk about the bolero jacket in this, how gorgeous will that be?!) We will share more photos from the shows as they become available this weekend on Facebook, Twitter and a new post.

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As mentioned in the post title we have news about Kate fave Katherine Hooker, actually several pieces of news, all of them good.

  • the company is launching menswear, two men’s styles of custom jackets will be offered in a variety of materials and cuts.
  • there will be a Katherine Hooker popup shop in New York City at the end of the month, October 28th to be precise. Our thanks to WKW Facebook pal Ashley Margot, she alerted us to this item.
  • the designer has launched a ready to wear collection; as always, you can continue to order bespoke pieces, or off the rack. RTW jackets are all priced at £530, or about $825 at today’s exchange rates, coats are £595 or $925.

Additionally, visitors to the Katherine Hooker website will be treated to a new look, with improved graphics and easier navigation. And the RTW side of the business has its own online site, Katherine Hooker Now.

Katherine Hooker Now

All of the company’s styles are available, along with accessories. Perhaps more importantly, there are multiple photos of each piece, important for those not able to try on garments in person. Below, the ever-popular Alexander, a jacket Kate has been seen in on multiple occasions.

Katherine Hooker ‘Alexander’ Jacket

There are new items available at Katherine Hooker Now, including the Jackson coat, elegantly understated.

Katherine Hooker ‘Jackson’ Coat

Returning favorites include the classic Hacking Jacket.

Katherine Hooker Hacking Jacket

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An update on the “E! True Hollywood Story: Kate & Pippa” show.  (I can’t help myself, here is where I have to interject a comment from my pal Vicki: “True Hollywood story: Kate and Pippa”, isn’t that an oxymoron?”

E! True Hollywood Story

It airs tomorrow night (Wednesday, the 12th) at 10pm EDT. For those capable of operating your DVR (or with flexible schedules) our friend Ralisa shared that the show will be with repeated on Thursday the 13th from 1-2am and 3-4pm. Unfortunately E! does not air its shows online at this point, so those are your best bets if interested in the program.

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Next, another magazine cover for Kate, this one from Canada’s Chatelaine, the magazine’s special Women of the Year Issue.

Chatelaine Magazine

The magazine isn’t widely sold on newsstands outside Canada, if interested in acquiring a copy our contact suggests visiting the website (French version here) or giving the magazine a call at 905-946-0084.

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Good news for bride’s to be interested in creating a repli-Kate dress, as well as for those who were fond of Pippa’s MOH gown, Butterick patterns for similar frocks are now available. The pattern to re-create Kate’s wedding gown is Butterick pattern #5731.

Butterick Pattern #5731

Here is more from the actual description:

Lined dress has raised neckline, close-fitting, underlined bodice and under bodice, boned under bodice, underlay, pleated skirt with side front seams and back zipper, button/loop closing and pleated, underlined bustle.

Butterick Patterns

This pattern is currently selling at the Butterick site for just under $4 USD. There is also a Pippa dress pattern being offered by the company.

Butterick Pattern #5710

While sewing on the bias isn’t for the faint of heart, this frock also looks manageable. (To be honest, it isn’t really the sewing that creates the challenge, it is more often the fit and accompanying drape. If bias-cut dresses don’t drape properly they don’t look too fabulous.)

Butterick Patterns

Butterick pattern #5710 is also selling at just under $4 USD. Our thanks to WKW Facebook friend Stella Rothe for the tip on this!

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Finally today, an update on the boots Kate has often been seen wearing, most recently here, identified by many readers as the Cookie boot, correctly so. Aquatalia tells me their closest boot to the no-longer-available Cookie is their Crystal.

Aquatalia ‘Crystal’ Boot

The boot may be purchased for $495 online in the US, it is available in black calf leather in every size as of this writing.

Jun 022011
 

This little lull in public appearances by the Duchess of Cambridge seems a good time to look at the remarkable impact she is having on the apparel and accessories industry.

Leading up to the wedding many columnists and fashion insiders played down the significance of the Duchess’s clothing and accessory choices, minimizing her potential as any kind of legitimate style influence. Some began to acknowledge there might be something there (ahem) as both dresses worn for the engagement pictures rapidly sold out; the intense interest in pieces Kate wore for official events brought even more weight to bear on the topic.

A recent story from Page Six (the NY Post’s gossip/style/nightlife columns) about Kate’s style selections quotes J. Crew’s design chief:

She’s not putting herself up on a pedestal and alienating herself from people who can’t afford the extreme high-level designers. She’s breaking the rules where she needs to,” says Marissa Webb, the head of women’s design for J.Crew.

From ABC News:
While Diana famously drew from designers and fancy gowns, Middleton has gone for more affordable and accessible wear, including a Burberry trench coat that sold out as quickly as photographs of her in it surfaced.
A story in today’s Daily Mail also underscores her financial impact, referencing a Harvard Business Review study of First Lady Michelle Obama’s influence:
They estimated that just a single appearance could generate up to $14million for a brand or its stockist.
Multiply that $14 million by just the number of appearances the Duchess will be making in the next month, and you’re talking about what titans of industry refer to as “real money.” Another way of looking at the math comes via Fashionista:
According to a Reiss spokesperson, traffic to their site was up 500% the day Kate wore the camel bandage dress, and a dress sold every minute.
The demonstration of Kate’s ability to move product is clear-cut, we’re guessing that the CEO of Whistles (a store included on our Kate’s Favorite Clothing brands list) has probably changed her mind since telling The Telegraph in March that the Princess had no impact:
“I don’t think Kate’s made a difference to sales: maybe a few hundred pounds. A pretty dress is a pretty dress; it’s going to sell, regardless.”
There is increasing debate about whether or not Kate should be receiving some assistance from a stylist, a topic we’ll look at in the next several days. There is also chatter about whether or not she should be showcasing more of Britan’s couture designers. Back to that NY Post article:
“And while Middleton has championed the midpriced designer line Issa and bespoke coats by Katherine Hooker, the only occasion when she’s worn a high-end designer was her wedding… Still, fashion watchers anticipate that Middleton will tap a top couturier when she starts attending black-tie galas in the future.”
We’ll find out about that shortly, next week the couple makes their first appearance as a married couple at a fundraiser for ARK (Absolute Return for Kids), a black-tie gala that runs £10,000 per person (roughly $16,500).