We are back with a look at several collections by designers the Duchess wears, including some current season styles (a bit of resort, but primarily spring), as well as pre-fall and fall looks from recent runway shows. We’ll also share updates on discounts that make Kate-related items more pocketbook-friendly.
Our first group is by Paule Ka.
These are all from the designer’s spring/summer collection.
It isn’t difficult to envision Kate wearing many of these pieces.
Multi-brand retailer YOOX carries a broad selection from the company, including a solid offering of pieces on sale. Neiman Marcus has some of the styles in stock, it is taking pre-orders for others. This Ruched Matter Jersey dress looks ‘very Kate’.
A note for those in the city (or who may be visiting the New York area), the first Paule Ka store has opened.
Elegant and inviting.
Paule Ka also released images from its pre-fall collection, we’ll share just a few looks.
One reason I wanted to look at some of these styles? So I could share a snippet from the Women’s Wear Daily review:
With a youthful Marianne Faithfull as inspiration, a Swinging London air breezed over Paule Ka’s pre-fall collection.
While the volume in short dresses and skirts referenced Mary Quant, the old-school couture elements, like twisted and draped belts in pastel-hued lace and satin, were more fit for an English queen.
I thought that last sentence might make a few readers grin.
Next, styles by Erdem; these are from the designer’s Fall 2014 Collection. The dress on the far left looks like it is laser cut, with a lining it might be doable for Kate; I am convinced the black is prettier in person, it looks busy in this runway photo. The two dresses on the right could work quite well with modifications.
This better shows the opulence of the textiles in the collection, the embroidery on the gold fabric is particularly striking.
While there are some amazing looks for fall, it is the designer’s pre-fall collection where many pieces appear almost ready-made for Kate.
From Women’s Wear Daily review of the collection:
The designer took unexpected fabrics and melded them together in silhouettes that ran from prim to glamorous.
Vogue‘s review offered this:
Anyone can copy an old dress, but an Erdem is an Erdem—that’s the trick.
The upshot? Well, young girls look their age in Erdem, and older women don’t look overly done up in it. It’s a particularly happy cross-generational convergence no one else in London quite achieves. Basically, he’s London’s answer to New York’s Oscar de la Renta or Rome’s Valentino—but independent, a fraction of the age, and already addressing the world.
Somewhat reminiscent of the navy lace frocks worn on the North American tour, the dress shown below would be lovely on the Duchess.
More from Vogue:
This season, you’ll see these things in the hint of something veering toward the mid-to-late-sixties formalwear going on—a certain whiff of that moment of debutantes and dinner dances, Empire-line dresses, jewelry, and evening gloves.
This offers a closer look at the fabric and embellishment.
Back to the WWD review:
Meanwhile, a proper white silk collar popped at the neck of a floor-length, long-sleeve dress in diaphanous navy blue organza, richly embroidered with deep blue-and-pink flowers and black crystal beading.
Four more pre-fall styles, several I could see Kate wearing.
Another set with multiple photos so we can better see the extraordinary textiles.
Many of these would work well on a tour, I would expect to see the Duchess wearing Erdem at some point in April. For anyone interested in looking at all of the pre-fall styles, you may see them here.
Now we move to some sales and savings opportunities, starting with Bobbi Brown’s Friends and Family sale.
I sometimes forget that not everyone has been following Kate’s style as long as many of us, clarity on the topic often comes in the form of email inquiries: there have been several recently asking about the makeup Kate wore on her wedding day, and/or wears now. For newer readers, Kate used Bobbi Brown cosmetics for her wedding. From Bobbi Brown:
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.
This is a chart the company released showing product details for those interested in achieving Kate’s look.
Full disclosure, I am a longtime fan of the company’s products, so the 20% discount is a great way to save on something I use daily. For those not as familiar with Bobbi Brown, shipping is free on orders totaling $65 or more; the company also offers free returns on foundation, powder and concealers.
Also today, the Nordstrom shoe clearance is underway. There are several Sledge ‘copyKates’ on sale, including the Cole-Haan ‘Chelsea’ pump on the far left below (originally $298, now $199.90), favored by many who want the look of the Sledge but with a lower heel; in the center we show the Vince Camuto ‘Desti’ pump ($59.90); LK Bennett’s Sledge is not on sale in Kate’s light taupe, however, the Tortoise Shell is 50% off, bringing the price down to $182.49.
There are also discounted Aquatalia styles in the Nordstrom sale, but the Rhumba, New Dry and Royal are not marked down. The Aquatalia Roma bootie is considered by some a good stand-in for the Royal; it is marked down from $450 to $314.98.
Aquatalia’s Rhumba is on sale at Zappo’s, offered in black, anthracite and taupe suede. The boots are discounted to $489 from $698, available in larger sizes only from what I can see.
Two quick FYIs:
- One apparel FYI: the LK Bennett UK website is still showing the Detroit Dress as available in limited sizing.
- A final note for any WKWers in the Los Angeles area: Brittany Davidson is hosting a fun event this Thursday night at the Beverly Center LK Bennett. Drawings and 20% off the spring collection!
We’ll be back in a few days, with more designs from Australian and New Zealand labels.