Nov 282011

Today we take an opportunity to revisit several topics we haven’t had time for of late, although there are two functions tonight of note, one where Kate & William are expected .

We begin with the identification of a handbag we have seen Kate carry with some frequency, the slim black clutch.  First, a refresher showing The Duchess carrying the bag during the couple’s visit to Copenhagen in support of

The British Monarchy

Here is a better look:

Once again those savvy stylistas on the WKW FB page have come up with what we think is the answer. Fashion-forward Kristen deserves the credit for this identification, she suggested it is Stuart Weitzman’s Raz Clutch, we think she is spot-on. Below we show the bag as recently seen for sale on Amazon.

Stuart Weitzman

The dimensions shown for the bag make sense: 10.5″ long x 3.75″ high x 2″ deep. It very much looks like Kate’s bag, it also makes sense as Kate is clearly a Weitzman fan, wearing the company’s “Zipkin” boots (more in this post) for that UNICEF Copenhagen trip.


Also today, an ID on a blouse Kate wore during the couple’s North American tour this summer. Below we see William and Kate touring the devastation left by an enormous fire in Slave Lake, Alberta.

Canadian Heritage

The top generated quite a bit of discussion at the time; below we show the Lauren by Ralph Lauren chiffon ruffle blouse as seen at House of Fraser. Our thanks to WKW FB friend Clare for making this ID.

Via House of Fraser

Sadly the blouse is no longer available, it is a cute piece. (It is possible others may have suggested this was the piece when we were all tracking it this summer, if so, let me know so you may also receive credit.)


A few product updates we think you might find of interest, starting with the Sebago Bala, it is back in stock on the Sebago UK site.

Sebago UK

The shoe is priced at £80 (approximately $125 USD at today’s exchange rates), there is very limited stock available as of this writing. We hope to have an update for you shortly regarding the shoe’s availability on the Sebago US site.


There are two events this evening (Monday, 11.28) that will interest Kate fashion followers, the highest profile function is a reception at Buckingham Palace for journalists expected to cover the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee next year. More from the UK Press Association:

Senior royals will also be mingling with the press including the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

In honour of the guests the palace’s East Gallery will be renamed the Tweet Suite for the night – for those who want to post online messages – and the space will also contain displays about the Queen’s Golden and Silver Jubilees.

We love the way Buckingham Palace continues to embrace social media as a way of communicating “The Firm’s” message. Tonight’s event is not formal, we expect to see Kate in a dress and heels, however, it is not the sort of function where a hat is expected.

Also this evening, the British Style Awards, we will have more on that event should Kate be named as Britian’s most stylish.


US television viewers might want to mark their calendars for Tuesday, December 13th, that is when NBC airs Inside the Royal Marriage.

Here is more on the show from TBI, an industry site:

The show taps into the enormous interest in the young couple. “They are doing things their own way,” explains executive producer Matt Drury. “Whereas previous generations of royal newlyweds have just cut ribbons and shaken hands with people, they have a clear idea what they want.” He adds: “The biggest challenge is that there is blanket media coverage of everything that they do, but we wanted to cover things not revealed before and add value to the stories people already know.”

The program has been produced by the same company that did Inside the Royal Wedding, Spun Gold TV.

Spun Gold TV

The UK production company has done a number of programs showcasing royal topics, including Prince William’s Africa, and How to Nab a Prince.


Finally today, two flash sales that may be of interest to Kate followers, both at ‘members only’, (cough-cough) sites. The first is a sale on Hudson Jeans beginning today (Monday) at 3pm ET on Rue La La. (Click here if you need an invite.)

Hudson Jeans at Rue La La

The second is tomorrow at, another Kate fave, J. Brand Jeans will be on sale beginning at 12 Noon.

If in need of an invite for Gilt, just click here. (The ‘cough-cough’ reference up above is because we look askance at the phrase “members only” because anyone with an email address can join, it is not quite as exclusive as sometimes portrayed.)


EDITORIAL NOTE: We have received multiple emails asking why we haven’t posted about Kate’s most recent shopping trip to Tesco in Anglesey. Those are not photos we care to share, they cross the line into the intrusive category.  Pictures of Kate in the parking lot are fine in my opinion, she knows there may be photographers on hand. But once inside a store I think she should be entitled to some level of privacy, and shouldn’t have to worry about the public knowing precisely what she purchased right down to the brand of potatoes.



Sep 272011

Once again we have a number of updates to share, as well as some new images of Kate, so we’ll jump right in with this Us Weekly story about Kate visiting the hair salon last Friday.

Kate was sporting a winter white v-neck sweater with horizontal ribbing, black skinny jeans; it seems the change of seasons has brought the return of her black suede boots. She also carried the navy Mulberry bag we have seen previously, most recently on the runway as she boarded a flight to Canada back in June. The Polly Push Lock in midnight navy is available directly from Mulberry, priced at $1300.

Mulberry ‘Polly Push Lock’

From the story:

The 29-year-old royal stopped by her go-to hair haven, Richard Ward Hair and Metrospa, in London’s stylish Chelsea neighborhood where she sat all afternoon for a series of services including getting her hair colored with an organic vegetable-based hair dye.

There is another photo of Kate that seemed a little intrusive, so we aren’t sharing it, click here to see it and read the entire Us Weekly article.


Next, we have an exciting story to share about another Kate style blogger who actually saw Kate in London yesterday! Ashlin at Get What Kate Wore was in Topshop and noticed someone in line ahead of her who looked familiar…guess who?!  In her post on the event, Ashlin says the Duchess appeared to be wearing the very same jeans and boots as those seen above in the Us Weekly story.

From what Ashlin shares Kate is said to have purchased a skirt that is now sold out, the Polka Dot Pencil skirt in green with black dots, it was £38.00.

Topshop Pencil Skirt

She is also thought to have bought the Velvet Trim Boucle Jacket in a beautiful cobalt blue. (I like this style quite a bit.)


The jacket remains available online in both the UK (£65) and the US ($130).


Next, the debate about whether or not Kate should pose for Vogue magazine, the US publication. That story first surfaced online late last week, and it gained traction when the NY Post published this piece:

Anna Wintour is still quietly but persuasively campaigning to land the new Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, for the cover of US Vogue.

Sources tell us that Wintour has been appealing to famed photographer Mario Testino, a close friend of the British royals, to reach out to the elegant newlywed to shoot her for the fashion bible.

The rumors have been squashed, Richard Palmer, the Royal Correspondent for The Express tweeted the definitive word from the Palace yesterday.

Via RoyalReporter on Twitter

Richard went on to add:

Via RoyalReporter on Twitter

In the wake of the rumors there has been a spot of fun with Photoshop, someVogue covers appeared, here are two of our favorites.

The Cut/

The image on the right is via Royal Photos on Twitter, the image on the left is from the creative folks at The Cut, one of our favorite blogs. We like it because they also came up with some fake stories to tease:

  • “Do You Have Tiara Neck?”
  • “Special Report: Everything You Need To Know About LK Bennett Wedges!”
  • “Sheer Pantyhose: We’re All Wearing It”

The image on the right is from the very talented Charlotte at the Duchess Kate blog.

On a more serious note, this blog post in The Telegraph makes a case for Kate declining any such offers:

The Duchess of Cambridge should avoid Anna Wintour and US Vogue like the plague

From the blog post by Cristina Odone:

Anna Wintour, scary-wary editrix of American Vogue, is determined, by all accounts, to get to the Duchess of Cambridge.

A few more bullet points from the story:

  • “Cover girls are celebrities. The Duchess of Cambridge should be something much more.”
  • “She may kindly condescend to her photo appearing in a mag, “but she must never look like she’s in cahoots with that media lot.”
  • “To date, the Duchess of Cambridge has played her role perfectly: charming, caring, glamorous  and regal.”
  • “Leave Pippa to deal with the glossies, Your Royal Highness,“ you’ve got history to make.”

This one really has provoked quite a debate in the What Kate Wore Facebook Community, and to a lesser degree on Twitter. What do you think? Is it time to bring back the intrepid WKW online poll?

We will be back soon, at the very latest on Thursday when Kate & William have a scheduled appearance, if not before.