Kate returned to a favorite designer for today’s visit to Royal Marsden Hospital with Prince William.
The Duchess wore the designer’s Sculpted Felt Seamed dress in Oatmeal.
Our thanks to Kate’s Wardrobe for the rapid identification of the dress.
The item description describes the garment as a “knee-length fitted dress with 3/4 length sleeves and a slash neck. Features seam detailing.” There is also a Matching Jacket, additionally, the dress comes in two more colors, gunmetal and black. The gunmetal and black are shown with sizes 10-14 in stock.
It turns out Kate purchased the dress at the Amanda Wakeley store on London’s Fulham Road, that information comes via our friend Monique Jessen on Twitter. The dress sells at £450, approximately $700 in the US; the jacket is the same price. The dress remains available in UK sizes 10, 14 & 16 as of this writing (noon Thursday, Sept. 29).
Prince William had to be exhausted, he went without sleep last night; his search and rescue unit was involved in a number of missions overnight and he hadn’t been to bed.
He and Kate spent more than 2-1/2 hours visiting patients and staff inside the hospital. It doesn’t show, however, as he and Kate greet children at the hospital.
Royal Marsden is an institution very close to William’s heart. He became the cancer hospital’s president in 2007; his mother Diana, Princess of Wales was long a patron of the hospital.
The Duke and Duchess were on hand today to officially open the Oak Centre for Children and Young People at Royal Marsden, if interested in learning more or donating, click here.
Another WKW Facebook friend points out that there may be linkage between Kate’s dress selection and the fact it was worn to a cancer hospital, Laure reminds us that Amanda Wakeley has long chaired the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer fundraising effort.
Kate fashion fans will recognize the accessories and jewelry selected for today’s function, we have seen the LK Bennett Sledge2 pump and Natalie handbag on many occasions. (Our link is to the Sledge shoe in taupe patent, and we don’t link to the handbag as it is out of stock.)
Kate also repeated her Kiki McDonough Grace earrings and cross pendant necklace.
The earrings are currently available in white topaz and diamonds for £695, roughly $1135.
The 29-year-old spent the afternoon touring the contemporary collection downstairs with a small group of curators, an onlooker tells Us Weekly exclusively.
“She was dressed all in black — she must have been boiling because it was a really hot day in London — in knee-length black boots, black tights and a slim-fitting black dress,” the onlooker says. “She had her hair up, completely pulled up into a twist at the back.”
According to onlookers Kate briefly looked at Prince Harry’s and Prince William’s portraits on the way, smiling as she did so. Read the entire article here. Thank you to our friend Lilting Limes on Twitter for alerting us to this story.
We also have identification news to share, beginning with the top Kate wore when shopping at Peter Jones back on the 5th of this month, she was in a Warehouse top from the retailer’s spring/summer 2009 collection.
The Warehouse Lace Kimono top is 100% silk (of course the lace is cotton), originally it sold at ASOS for Â£50.Â WKW commentor Chloe gets credit for alerting us to the maker and season, WKW Facebook friend Melissa alerted us to the ASOS link providing the name for the piece. Intrepid Kate fashion fan Brittney shared photos of the top she purchased on eBay.
Next on the ID list is that Burberry trenchcoat worn by Kate back in March when she and William visited Belfast. WKW Facebook friend Anna Marie let us know the official name of the coat is “Littleton”. Anna Marie also shares the longer name is “Wool Trench Coat with Frilled Hem,” Kate wore the Shell color and it retailed for $1195. It is possible the coat will be re-issued, we will let you know if we can get this verified.