Many thanks for your kind messages while recovering from our little desktop disaster. We have managed to locate most data and get it moved over to a new Mac, so calm prevails once again here at WKW HQ. We are back with several additions to Kate’s calendar and a look at styles for next spring from a few designers whose work Kate wears.
First, the engagements added to Kate’s calendar:
- October 18th she will be taking part in a SportsAid workshop in London. The Duchess is Patron of the organization, and at “her first visit as SportsAid’s Patron, the engagement will provide the Duchess with an opportunity to meet the athletes and their parents and get a detailed insight into the challenges they face.”
- William and Kate will host their first gala at Kensington Palace on October 24th: the 100 Women in Hedge Funds dinner benefits Action on Addiction, one of Kate’s patronages. NOTE: Because I have had a few inquiries about this, I wanted to share that official events like those listed above are held in the State Apartments, technically not the couple’s “home”. That is why I am refraining from writing that Kate and William are hosting an event at “their home,” as it really isn’t the case.
- A story by Richard Palmer in the Express notes another gala is in the works, one featuring entertainment by Bon Jovi and benefiting Centrepoint, Prince William has been the organization’s Patron since 2005. This event is tentatively slated for Nov. 26. (Please note this is tentative only and not confirmed.)
On Monday Prince William hosted the first-ever football (aka soccer in the US) match at Buckingham Palace. He told players and fans he was excited to be playing football on his grandmother’s lawn, but advised that “… if anyone breaks a window, you can answer to her.” Below we see William with Hannah Gunn; Miss Gunn shared this photo on her Twitter account. The match was one of many events marking the 150th Anniversary of the Football Association, of which William is president.
Prince William and players during a coaching session on the grounds of the Palace.
Also today, an overview of several spring collections by designers Kate wears.
It should be noted that few collections offered immediately embraceable designs. The majority were too dramatic, showcasing the “press pieces” created to create buzz resulting in editorial space on influential websites and fashion magazines. This is the case with one of Kate’s go-to labels, Alexander McQueen. From Sarah Burton’s show notes:
It doesn’t matter what the perceived theme of a collection is when the work is amazing, as it was in the case of Sarah Burton’s spring Alexander McQueen collection.
Kilts, leggings, biker jackets, boxy coats and tunic tops all feature with a nod to uniform and sportswear. Shoulders are relaxed. Inner structures are absent and garments are finished with laser cutting so that they are eased and light.
Most critics raved about the collection. From Women’s Wear Daily:
Certainly the collection harkened back to the harder, stricter side of Alexander McQueen’s aesthetic, which Burton has eschewed in favor of the more romantic. Here, she showed she can be as incisive with the tough stuff as McQueen
Two more looks.
First thing to say: The work in these clothes is so intensely elaborate—from the textiles, which looked like checkered tweed but are actually formed from feathers and beads, down to the minutely lacy cropped leggings smothered with even more minuscule beading—that the full impact of its stunning quality can hardly be appreciated from even a few steps away. “It was about getting back to the love of making clothes, really,” said Burton.
With the styles below if one visually remove the cloche headwear and distraction of the shoes it is possible to see the outline of garments Kate could arguably wear. I use the qualifier because the volume of fabric seems too much for Kate’s taste and would require modification.
Back to Vogue’s review:
…it was a relief to see Burton inserting more wearable ideas into her collection, too. Crocodile harnesses and hard leather jackets may be all very “signature” for McQueen, but in there amongst them, were glimpses—coats, swishy flared skirts, flocked track pants, a pair of summery printed cotton shorts with a matching bra top—of how this collection can translate to daily life.
Some of Kate’s most stunning evening gowns have been from Alexander McQueen. As far as gowns in this collection go, there were really only two. WWD.com noted: “The details were incredible, worked with such flourish as to project strength, raw sensuality and fragility….”. Below, one of the full length pieces and a detail shot.
Those images underline that runway styles highlight design elements a label is known for, reinforcing the brand’s identity. They are not usually the pieces seen in the OTR (off the rack) commercial collections sold in stores and online. Obviously what is seen above are merely loose templates of what the House of McQueen could create for Kate.
One need only look at some of the fall frocks by Alexander McQueen styles to know that in most cases pieces are toned down dramatically for consumption by the general public. Below, two gowns from this fall’s line: the black ‘Glory’ Embellished Floor Length Gown and the Asymmetric Bustier Gown in red.
If interested in seeing all next spring’s Alexander McQueen looks, click here.
Mouret explored his showier side with bold color play, from black-and-white stripes on a leather coat to a skirt with a turquoise inset. These, along with many other looks, had an early Eighties feel — think Debbie Harry. The use of gaffer’s tape details as straps on a dress or appearing to hold together different fabrics for a top added a punkish, but polished, DIY vibe.
Above, the Rowan coat, Tamarix top and Tupelo skirt are shown on the left; the model in the center wears the Shumardi top and Aspen skirt, the latter constructed of rubber print viscose, geometric net and stretch. On the far right we show the Willow dress in “eel skin and basket weave material.”
From Vogue‘s review:
Although Mouret is perhaps best known for a sexy, figure-hugging silhouette, this season the easier pieces actually felt more him. They were very pretty, less aggressive in color and shape, and overall easier to wear.
The garments are much busier than the Mouret gown Kate wore in 2012.
One completely non-scientific way I gauge popular reaction to designer styles is via the WKW Pinterest Boards. Following are four Roland Mouret looks I pinned on the Kate Designers: Spring/Summer 2014 board. Not one received a single “like” or a “repin,” where someone puts the image on one of their own Pinterest boards.
Above, the Jerah Jacket and Tupelo skirt in magenta crepe, Layan dress in monochrome basket weave, Aralia dress in magenta lacquered satin and the black Magnolia dress in embossed silk jacquard, stretch double crepe and honeycomb tulle. With modification to the skirt on the far left, it isn’t difficult to visualize Kate in a suit like the shocking pink. I could see the Duchess in the dress second from left with a jacket atop the garment, but have a tough time seeing the pink lacquered frock re-worked for Kate. There are no difficulties in that regard when it comes to the black Magnolia dress on the right.
It is easier to see Kate in some of this fall’s pieces by Mr. Mouret, like the Sibony black crepe gown with the lace insert on the back, the teal Breccia Folded wool dress, or the Serizzo stretch knit dress (classic LBD)
For backstage video, show looks and more, click here to visit the Roland Mouret site.
Our final designer: Max Mara, where the story involved single-color ensembles, the brand’s iconic coats and its classic understatement.
It isn’t difficult to envision Kate in one of the pencil skirts, coats or jackets (with a belt) and possibly one of the slip dresses. The Duchess does love her neutrals as well as very tailored pieces like those made by this brand.
We’ll be back next week with more spring styles by some of Kate’s favorite designers, fall styles available now and a giveaway.
- Learn more about Kensington Palace and the venues available there that can be rented for events.
- Read the entire news release from SportsAid about Kate’s engagement by clicking here. Visit the SportsAid Facebook page here, you may follow its Twitter feed here.
- Visit the 100 Women in Hedge Funds website here, you can follow the group’s Facebook page here.
- Action on Addiction