Oct 202011

We have a delightful surprise to share this morning: we are doing a giveaway for (insert drum roll) a pair of London Sole shoes! Most readers are familiar with Kate’s fondness for this company’s ballet flats, she has been seen wearing them on many occasions.

So when the company got in touch and asked if readers might be interested in winning a pair of the Duchess’s fave flats you can imagine my reaction, I almost crawled through my monitor with glee!

To be more specific about the prize, one lucky lady (or gentleman) will win her choice of either a pair of Pirouette or Henrietta flats. Below, the Pirouette is shown in Burgandy Croc patent leather.

London Sole ‘Pirouette’

The Pirouette is one of the brand’s more popular styles, a classic ballet flat with working drawstring ties, retailing at $165. Below we show it in an uber-elegant Grey Patent with darker grey trim, Leopard Ponyhair with red trim and Black Patent.

London Sole ‘Pirouette’

Here are two pair of Henrietta quilted flats, the shoes on the left are what Kate is seen wearing up above (the chocolate croc in patent leather) on the right we see the black croc in patent, these are both wonderful basics that can be worn time and again.

London Sole Quilted ‘Henrietta’

The Henrietta is made in Spain, it actually provides more support than the Pirouette, has a leather bottom and adjustable laces – think of it as an all-day trip to the spa for your feet. This style retails anywhere from $195 to $255.  Below, the Henrietta in Quilted Black with Gold Stud detail, Red Double Stitched Patent in the center and Platine Leather on the right.

London Sole Henrietta

Some of the Henrietta styles come with a rubber sole as opposed to the more standard leather sole, the Ginger Blue Croc shown in the center is one such shoe, that pair is flanked by the Multi Glitter Fabric on the left and Silver Sequin Fabric on the right. (Can you say fun party shoes?!)

London Sole ‘Henrietta’

One editorial note, something that almost always comes up when chatting about this brand: in the UK the brand is French Sole, for those of us on this side of the pond the name is London Sole, the company is the same.

Okay, enough blathering We admit to being excited about the Giveaway; it is crisp and cool outside, time for a little fun and frivolity. Here is the scoop on how to enter.

  • For one entry, leave a comment with your favorite shoe style from London Sole *other than* the Henrietta or Pirouette;
  • For a 2nd entry become a London Sole fan on Facebook & let us know you did (If already a fan, just include that info in your comment so you receive this additional entry);
  • For a 3rd entry, post the Giveaway on your blog or Facebook page & leave a comment telling us you did;
  • For a 4th entry, Tweet about the Giveaway on Twitter & let us know you did (we’re on Twitter & love it);
  • For another entry, become a What Kate Wore or Shop Kate’s Closet fan on Facebook & let us know you did (If already a fan, just mention that in your comment know so you receive this additional entry!)
  • For multiple additional entries, tell a friend! For each friend leaving a comment that mentions your name (or your blog or email or other means of identifying you) you receive two additional entries!

You can leave a separate comment for each entry, or put them all in one, whatever works for you. We’ll keep track on an Excel spreadsheet and pull the winner using a random number generator. You do not need to live in the United States to enter, London Sole is generously allowing us to open the contest to international entries. We will accept entries until midnight on Wednesday, October 26th, and then announce the lucky winner in a post next Thursday.

Have fun!

Aug 122011

Once again the lull in activity on Kate’s part allows time for a few tidbits and updates we hadn’t been able to get to previously.

We begin with comments made earlier this week by actress Anne Hathway. USA Today has the story:

“Can I tell you how grateful I am to Kate Middleton?” said Hathaway. “Because she is such an advocate for dressing like a lady.

The actress was speaking with the paper about her new film, One Day, and the topic moved to fashion.

Today she calls Kate’s ladylike wardrobe inspiring. “I’m just very grateful to Kate Middleton for making looking appropriate really fun again,” she says. “So right now my fashion choices are all about Kate Middleton.”

These sentiments contradict some of the more negative comments made of late about the Duchess, expressing an opinion shared here: that we are seeing a return to more appropriate, classic styles and Kate is very much part of that trend.

Next, a few of those tidbits we mentioned, the first is something that came out just after the North American tour, a ‘revelation’ that Kate’s favorite color is white. A People magazine story written shortly after the tour carried a series of quotes from the tour, including this:

“I don’t know if I have a favorite color. What’s yours?” Kate, to William

“Definitely blue” William

“I think mine is white” Kate, on a question that nearly stumped the newlywed

There’s no question the Duchess favors white.

Also new, Grazia has admitted photoshopping that controversial cover photo making Kate’s waist even tinier than it actually is.  From the Press Gazette: “Weekly magazine Grazia has admitted to digitally manipulating a front-page image of the Duchess of Cambridge which had the effect of making her look thinner than she is.” Here is one look at the reality and the altered image.


Jezebel shows that the Australian version of the magazine used an unedited image on its cover:

Via Jezebel

Following our post about Kate’s shopping trip last week several kind commenters and Facebook friends let us know the London Sole ‘Pirouette’ shoe in Brown Croc was back in stock online. We didn’t find it in stock as the ‘India‘ or ‘Henrietta‘ at the French Sole site (the UK arm of the company, and where Kate actually shops) but there are many similar colors in both styles available at French Sole. The Aquascutum Club Check scarf is also available, but only in the navy check pattern, still on sale at £50 (approximately $81 USD at today’s exchange rate).

Kate’s diamond Button Pendant by Asprey (more here) is being re-issued and will be in stock in September, a Twitter friend was given that information by Asprey, it will run approximately $4500 USD (£2800) according to the info from The Duchess Style.

Via Diana’s Jewels

Those hoping to buy a pair of the Links of London Bubble Stiletto earrings Kate wears frequently will need to go to a physical store to purchase them. Facebook friend Brittney spoke with the company about buying a pair and was told she needed to contact her local store and have her name put on a waiting list. That is backed up by what another FB friend, Elske, shared from Links of London:

“Unfortunately we are not expecting anymore stock online of these, however to find out if your nearest store has these stunning earrings, it would be best to contact them directly.”

We move on to our next item, Kate’s shopping expedition earlier this week.  The Duchess was seen at her local Wilkinson, a discount department store, on Monday.

Since our initial post about the sweater we have received conflicting information about its origins: below we share a Tweet we received.


We know Kate was seen shopping there, our pals at Kate Middleton Style blog have a photo of her doing just that, and on Facebook Ashley shares that she was told by a Ralph Lauren store employee it *is* their sweater.

EDITOR’S NOTE 8.13.2011: The sentence above has been corrected to reflect the Ralph Lauren employee stated the purple cable sweater is theirs, I mistakenly wrote that they told Ashley it was not.

As we mentioned, Kate’s most recent look is very similar to that seen when she was doing the marketing a week ago Monday. (For our post on last Monday’s styles, click here.)

Why would she wear almost identical clothing and accessories? Many think it is an attempt to deter the paparazzi, a theory I ascribe to, it is a practice celebrities have used for years.

Some believe the new photos were taken the same day Kate and William were photographed going for a walk in Holyrood Park, and others have emailed or commented asking when we’ll write about that look. We haven’t posted those pictures and won’t. I think the couple had expectations of privacy when they took their walk. That isn’t the case when Kate does the marketing, she knows it is likely there will be photographers on hand, and she also has her police protection close by, I don’t think that was the case with the Holyrood stroll.