We begin with an ID on an accessory of Kate’s dating back to 2008. We’re talking about the handbag she carried to the 2008 Boodles Boxing Ball, it accessorized her salmon or peach Issa gown. I do not have any licensed images showing Kate carrying the bag, but if you look here, the first photo shows the clutch.
With thanks to a simply lovely individual (who wishes to remain anonymous), we can tell you the piece is from John Lewis.
Next, we take a quick peek at one distinctly Australian item we wondered about Kate wearing come April.
That is Kate at Gatcombe in 2005, wearing a classic Aussie look: the Australian bush hat. Kate’s was actually made by a company called the Australian Bush Hat Company, it is the brand’s “Indiana” style.
From the product description:
Their hats are designed in Australia from top quality full grain leather with a UV protection of SPF 50+. This Indiana hat is made from distressed leather giving it the unique authentic vintage look!
We move to our series of reports looking at designers with New Zealand and/or Australian ties that the Duchess might wear in April.
One first is Yeojin Bae. The Korean-born Australian designer is known for using strong prints and intricate trim. In addition to her eponymous collection, there is also a diffusion line, YB J’aime. Perth Fashion’s Michelle Forrest says many of the designer’s garments have hallmarks of a “Kate dress”:
Think Erdem meets Collete Dinnigan. Yeojin Bae would be a brilliant choice for Kate to wear as she is a young fresh, still relatively unknown designer whose dresses are sophisticated, classic, and elegant with a modern edge.
The talented designer was awarded the Tiffany and Company Young Designer of the Year award for 2007. From an Australian Vogue profile:
Her often tightly-edited collections revolve around ladylike yet innovative garments involving vintage prints, strong colours and intricate trims.
Next, a look at Zimmermann Australia.
Based in Sydney, the label is run by sisters Nicky and Simone Zimmermann. More from Women’s Wear Daily:
Nicky Zimmermann studied design at East Sydney by day and designed dresses in her parents’ garage at night, which she sold at the Paddington markets in Sydney on weekends. Her sister Simone joined the business in 1991. The swimwear features floral and paisley patterns, optic prints, contrasting ruffles and hardware. Prices range from $60 for a bikini bottom to $1,250 for the Independent lace splice dress.
A look at elements from this year’s Resort/Swim Collection. There are pieces in just about any style one might desire, casual dresses in multiple lengths, silk frocks and tops, swimwear from bikinis to one-pieces, footwear, and bags.
There are multiple ways the Duchess could go with this brand if so inclined: she might opt for one of the label’s casual cotton dresses, choose from among the more tailored pieces, try a silk top, there are countless possibilities. Our final Zimmermann looks reminded me of cotton candy, a delightful group of pretty pastels.
In addition to its Australian flagships and other outlets, there are also stores in the USA: one in Beverly Hills and the other in New York. The word is the Zimmermann sisters are planning more stores in the US, with an eye on adding to its New York footprint. If in the US and interested in the brand, click here for the US site, prices are in US dollars.
Veronika Maine’s vision is to create clothes for creative, contemporary women who dare to be different.
Quality and design are foremost, brought to life by fabrics and trims sourced from around the world and inspired by a bygone era.
There is a variety of tailored outerwear looks, many of which would work on the Duchess. I can envision her in the jacket on the far right, although it is unlikely Kate would have any other garment hanging from underneath the jacket.
The company does ship to the US; they are offering $20 flat rate shipping to the United States through the end of March.
We’ll see you Monday (if not before) for Kate’s engagement at the Irish Guards.