The Duke and Duchess made a surprise appearance at Wimbledon today, coming out to watch Andy Murray battle France’s Richard Gasquet.
Kate continued her more fashion-forward and upscale style statements, with Temperley’s Moraiah dress in white, a wise choice for many reasons, not the least of which was minimizing the impact of the hot temperatures.
The white also could be seen as an homage to Wimbledon, the only grand slam event requiring players to dress in white; the piece also offered a bit of tennis dress styling as well, a sort of dressier take on a tennis dress. We received confirmation on the designer via the brand’s Facebook page:
The dress features tiers of pleated fabric with intricate detailing at the shoulder and an exposed metal zipper on the back. Here is a closer look at the Duchess.
It is very difficult to locate, although we did find it at the CSee Boutique for £395.00, roughly $630 USD at today’s conversion rates.
If anyone is interested in a black version of the dress it is available online as of this writing (at least in the US), on sale at $660 USD.
The dress is described at the US Temperley site this way:
This cocktail dress is a perennial, classic waist-nipped shape with a sexy, structured bodice, hand-embroidered straps and a tiered skirt.
UPDATE 6.28.11: As far as Temperley re-stocking or re-issuing the dress, this was posted on the company’s Facebook page this morning.
The link takes you to the Temperley USA shopping page, with the black dress, so we are presuming the white dress is not being re-stocked or re-issued. If we learn differently we’ll update, as always. As far as accessories go, once again the Duchess opted for her trusted LK Bennett Sledge2 pumps (our link is to a pair in the highly shined light taupe leather). Her bag appears to be another envelope clutch, possibly snakeskin or lizard.
Kate also carried a chocolate brown jacket, it looks from what little we have seen as though it might be a woven piece with patch pockets and a zipper. She also wore the fairly new earrings created from Princess Diana’s sapphire and diamond earrings.
Perhaps of most interest to Kate fans, we see the intriguing link bracelet once again.
One ancillary note, we have previously noted Kate’s affinity for white. Some of her more notable looks include her Reiss engagement dress, the Epsom Deby ensemble and her McQueen coat at Trooping the Colour, to name a few. It is a distinctive look and style but we *do* hope the Duchess also continues to shine in bright jewel tones and other shades.
We’ll continue our hunt for the handbag, jacket and most importantly, the bracelet and update when we have more information! Clearly the big find of the day was the Temperley dress, a tip of the hat to Diana Remembered on Twitter for making that identification.
BTW, Kate might be considered a good luck charm for Mr. Murray, he won his match handily.
UPDATE 6.29.11: The more-than-amazing Ayvee solved the bracelet mystery on Facebook, explaining the charm has Camilla’s cipher on the other side (Kate’s is on one side), making it likely this was a gift to Kate from Camilla.Â Click here to see Ayvee’s post (if a FB member) with the news, if not a Facebook member, click here for Richard Palmer’s story incorporating Ayvee’s info.
NOTE: The post has been edited to correct an error on my part, the dress is by Temperley London, not Alice by Temperley as the post originally stated. Many thanks to Sarah for pointing that out!