We are back with several updates, along with a look at designers that are obvious favorites for Kate to wear on the upcoming tour.
First, the new engagements added to Kate’s Calendar:
- Tuesday, Feb. 11: Kate attends a black tie event at the National Portrait Gallery, the annual “Portrait Gala”. Photographer David Bailey, Olympic gold medalist Katherine Grainger and others will also attend the event. Prior to the dinner Kate will attend a private reception.
- Friday, Feb. 14: In her role as Patron of The Art Room, Kate will officially open The ICAP Art Room at Northolt High School, Ealing, London.
We also have a number of restocking updates to share, beginning with good news for those hoping to buy the Really Wild Clothing Company scarf Kate wore on Christmas Day. The scarf is going to be back in stock in March.
From Really Wild’s email:
Thank you for joining the waiting list for our Cashmere Mix Wrap in Claret, following The Duchess of Cambridge wearing the item on Christmas Day at Sandringham, and looking elegant.
We are now expecting them to be in stock at the end of March.
Please reply to this email if you would no longer like to be on the waiting list for our Cashmere Mix Wrap in Claret. Otherwise we will be in touch once we have received the wraps and we will put one aside for you.
If so inclined, you may sign up for Really Wild’s newsletter here.
Also, Boston-area Kate fans will now be able to shop at a standalone LK Bennett. The new store at Copley Place is among many other designer labels, including Tiffany, Bally, Dior and Jimmy Choo.
We have two items regarding Amanda Wakeley. The first is that the designer’s new flagship store in Mayfair is now open.
The second involves the recent launch of the Atelier collection, described as a semi-bespoke line.
From the collection, the Aphrodite Feathered gown.
More from Amanda Wakeley:
I wanted to offer something unique to my customer… semi bespoke… styles that could be ordered in a choice of colours and embellishments… pieces that have longevity, relevance and my Clean Glam aesthetic… Each dress is named after a powerful woman or Goddess… as that is precisely how I want the wearer to feel…
Ireland Baldwin (daughter of Alec) in the Aurora Beaded Dress.
Prices for these styles run £4,000 – £9,000, or $6,500 – $14,000. You can see the entire collection here.
Moving now to designers Kate might wear on the upcoming Tour. There are several brands that might be deemed “no brainers,” obvious good choices. The two that fall into this category are Emilia Wickstead and Collette Dinnigan; I would expect to see the Duchess wear at least one style from each.
Ms.Dinnigan makes sense for two reasons: 1) the designer was raised in New Zealand & her company is based in Australia; 2) Kate has worn pieces from this brand multiple times. Below left Kate is seen at a book launch in 2007, we believe she wore the same dress to Zara Phillip’s wedding in 2012. Both Kate and her mother have worn another dress by the designer, you can see photos of Kate in that frock here.
Below, several looks from Collette Dinnigan’s Resort 2014 collection.
Here we show pieces from the s/s 2014 “Both Sides Now” collection, all would work for the Duchess. From left to right, Noir Corded Lace Flounce Sleeve frock, the Diamonte Flowers Dress in white, and the Magical Vine Fitted Lace Dress.
These are some of the last Collette Dinnigan pieces to be made, you may recall that in October the designer announced she is closing her business. The Collette by Collette Dinnigan diffusion label will continue to be offered by Australian retailer David Jones will continue to be manufactured. This is the more youthful, less expensive line.
There is also every possibility Kate will repeat one of her Collette Dinnigan dresses. One FYI, shipping to the US is not offered by Collette Dinnigan, but Net a Porter stocks the brand. You can also see a list of brick and mortar stores in the US that carry Collette Dinnigan, click here for that information.
Our other designer in this group is Emilia Wickstead. She was born in New Zealand, raised in Milan and now lives in London, where her company is based. We have seen the Duchess wearing multiple pieces from the label, the brand is listed on our Kate’s Favorites page.
Three looks from the s/s 2014 collection via Moda Operandi.
Four more styles.
Many pieces shown here would work for Kate. I could see her in the white coat above, as well as the red dress (sans the long sleeve top worn underneath), and white dress. The same could be said for most styles, although some would require modification.
Finally today, something that I think will make you smile.
Many of you may have already read seen this, but for those who have not, the Daily Mail’s dug up an old video of Kate playing Eliza Doolittle in a school production of My Fair Lady.