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Kate in a Paper Bag, Bits & Bytes, Fall Fashions

We’ll use this lull between appearances to share a few updates along with fall styles from two of Kate’s favorite retailers.

It’s that time of year, media are putting together lists; best, worst, most, least, etc., like the Bazaar UK ‘Best Dressed Britain’ list that Kate topped. (Covered in this post.) Now there is news that Bazaar UK also recognized Sarah Burton, awarding her with its Designer of the Year award.

Below we see one of the designer’s sketches for Kate’s gown, via The Mirror.

Additionally William and Kate have been named to the Evening Standard’s list of Most Influential Londoners. More from the story:

Almost a year to the day when their engagement was announced, William and Kate were chosen as the most influential royals in the fifth annual edition of the Evening Standard’s The 1000 list.

The panel of judges said the influence of the Duke and Duchess, both 29, had grown hugely since their April wedding.

To see that entire story click here. Also new today, Hollywood Life reports that designer Tory Burch thinks very highly of the Duchess.

How highly?

“I do like her style and I like who she is, more importantly,” Tory told us last night. She also said she would jump at the chance to dress the designer! “Of course I would, I love her style.”

While not ground-breaking, essentially adding Ms. Burch to the growing list of designers who would love to create for Kate, the story is fun.

There’s no denying the fact that Kate has a fabulous figure, but what would you have her wear if you had the chance to dress the Duchess? “She would look good in anything, even a paper bag,” Tory joked when we asked what she would craft for Kate!

The fun folks at The Cut have even gone so far as to offer their illustrated version of the Hollywood Life story.

The Cut

Their caption: “Of course, Kate would pair this with her trusty L.K. Bennett wedges.”


Also today, confirmation about the makeup worn by Pippa and Carole Middleton for the wedding, not quite confirmation on Kate’s however. In the November Vanity Fair Bobbi Brown had this to say when asked “If there’s one thing you would suggest to Kate Middleton, what would that be?”

“Well, I know exactly what makeup she uses.”

When asked “So she uses your makeup?” Ms. Brown answered:

“She has, way before her current world, come to the counters. She does kind of look like a Bobbi girl. One of my head makeup artists in London was there working with Pippa and her mom the day of the wedding, so that was pretty cool.”

Back in May we posted about the makeup on our sister site, sharing the tutorial below that was posted on the Bobbi Brown Facebook wall shortly after The Wedding.

Via Bobbi Brown Facebook Page

Here is a quote that was also on the Bobbi Brown wall:

We are proud to confirm that Bobbi Brown Cosmetics makeup artist Hannah Martin provided makeup artistry assistance to members of the bridal party for the Royal Wedding. We wish to respect the privacy of all those involved, and therefore will not be releasing further details.

Click here to see a People magazine story with the ‘how to’ diagrams for both Kate and Pippa’s looks. As an FYI, Bobbi Brown products are being featured on flash sale site starting at noon ET tomorrow (Wednesday).

From a long-term perspective there is even better news from Gilt, the company announced it will start shipping to more than 90 countries beginning next month, wonderful news for international shoppers. (If in need of an invite to the Gilt site, just click here.)


We thought readers might enjoy this link from UNICEF, it is their video on Kate & William’s visit to Copenhagen last week.(The quality is vastly superior to my screen grab, I promise.)

UNICEF Television


Finally, a quick look at fall fashions, we have pulled several looks from stores Kate favors, items we think speak to her aesthetic. The first such piece is the Davina dress from LK Bennett.

LK Bennett Davina Dress

The side gathers running from the bustline to high hip and detailed neckline look ‘very Kate’. Next, the Jude jacket, also by LK Bennett. The gathered waist and kick pleat on the back of the jacket seemed to shriek ‘Kate,’ the neck detailing and self-covered belt only added to that perception.

LK Bennett Jude Jacket

The jacket is wool, it runs £295 ($475), there is a matching skirt. Below, a dress we thought might work if under a coat or jacket, that was before I saw the length. Ummmm….no.

Reiss “Katie” Dress

Below are three dresses we thought could work on the Duchess, all three are from Reiss. From left to right we show the Carlie dress in oil blue (£175/$280), the Livia in night sky (also £175, or $280), and the Julie in steel blue (£159/$255).

Riess Carlie, Livia, Julie

The first two are very appealing, I vacillated about including the Julie, it just doesn’t look terribly attractive. I ended up keeping it in the mix based on the premise it might be one of those frocks that is vastly improved once it comes off the hanger and is actually tried on.

Three coats we also discovered while grazing researching things at Reiss.

Reiss Honor, Cherie, Gabriella

From left to right we show the Honor in sapphire, the Cherie Coat in kingfisher, and the Gabriella in midnight, the Gabriella is my favorite for Kate. I struggle seeing her either of the other two, but wouldn’t be stunned to see her carry her love of blue tones to a coat or jacket.

We thought this Maddox dress (how appropriate, considering the popularity of LK Bennett’s Maddox shoe) at Reiss looked like something Kate would sport.

Reiss ‘Maddox’ Dress

The Maddox retails at £175, or $280 at today’s exchange rates. We also found footwear at Reiss that seemed to have a Kate look, the Hemmingway Chelsea booties.

Reiss ‘Hemmingway’ Booties

These have elastic on the sides and a 3″ heel, they are £179, about $290.

We’ll see you later this week!


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Friday 2nd of December 2011

Bought the Davina dress in fuschia! It's an amazingly flattering cut!


Saturday 12th of November 2011

I have bought the Davina dress in navy blue!


Thursday 10th of November 2011

Love that Gabriella coat!!


Thursday 10th of November 2011

I found an article on William and Kate's latest outing: Can you validate the info?


Thursday 10th of November 2011

The Mail is actually wrong, it is not a Temperley gown, tonight's post explains it is by Jenny Packham. :)


Thursday 10th of November 2011

I was wondering if you think that Kate and William will make an apperance for Armstice day? I think a saw a new picture of Kate in a dove grey evening gown, but it was only a "thumbnail" picture for an article at the Telegraph. She and William were wearing poppies but I can't tell if the picture is new.

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