We are back with several updates, starting with a new family photo showing the family looking out the window of their new home, Apartment 1A at Kensington Palace .
Prince George wears a personalized jumper (sweater) in the new picture from Jason Bell, who also shot the christening pictures. Kate wears a blouse we saw during the Calgary Stampede, the Temperley (aptly named) Rodeo Shirt.
The silk and cotton blouse originally sold for $660, our photos come via Net-a-Porter, where it was described as “Cut from a gossamer silk and cotton-blend and trimmed with lace, Temperley’s ivory shirt will instantly soften every look.”
In other news William, Kate and Harry all attended the wedding of Lucy Meade and Charlie Budgett in Marshfield, Gloucestershire, about two hours west of London.
Kate wore her Whistles Bella dress for the occasion, she is seen wearing it below at the London 2012 Closing Ceremony.
Both the bride and groom were guests at William and Kate’s wedding. The bride’s father is Olympic equestrian Richard Meade, her brother James is a close friend of William’s dating back to the boys’ days at Eton. The groom is what as known as a bloodstock agent, that is someone who buys and sells thoroughbred horses. Kate accessorized with the John Lock & Co. Fairy Tale hat we have seen previously, as well as her suede Mulberry clutch.
The Duchess also wore her Episode ‘Angel’ shoes and Cassandra Goad earrings.
Kate has worn her M Missoni tweed coat on multiple occasions, we show her wearing the piece for a March, 2012 visit to Fortnum & Mason (l) and again in 2012 for a trip to Nottingham (c) with William and HM.
It turns out Kate wasn’t the only one wearing that Missoni coat for today’s nuptials, another guest also sported the tweed garment. (A tip of the tiara to Niraj Tanna of Ikon Pictures for noting the additional guest in the Missoni coat.)
Also today, news that British retailer Hobbs, a brand Kate wears regularly, is now being offered in the USA at 5 Bloomingdale’s stores. Below, the Hobbs area at the Chestnut Hill Bloomies.
Hobbs has even devoted a Pinterest board to this week’s launch. Hobbs launched its US website last year, standard shipping is a flat $5 within the US. A quick look at some of this spring’s Hobbs styles.
In other Duchess-related fashion news, another story examines the impact celebrities can have on retail sales, including brief discussion of what is often called the Kate Effect. The article is in the Bath Chronicle:
When the Duchess of Cambridge stepped out on Valentine’s Day in that electric blue Detroit L K Bennett dress, the store saw an enormous spike in sales.Fashion coverage of both the Middleton sisters is relentless and the fact that they champion affordable high street fashion has been hugely beneficial to brands like Whistles, Reiss and Hobbs.
Thanks to JB on Twitter for linking to the story.
We move now to news about the upcoming New Zealand and Australia tour. This week’s issue of The Australian Women’s Weekly showcases the upcoming tour. The publication shared covers showing both Prince George (l) and Prince William (r) as infants. William’s photo dates to 1982.
The magazine’s deputy editor, Juliet Riedan, wrote the issue’s cover story on the upcoming tour. Included in her piece are thoughts about the royal visit from Australia’s Prime Minister, Tony Abbot:
- When asked if Prince George might become the tour’s major attraction, Mr. Abbott responded “Quite possibly.”
- Mr. Abbott reminded people that “It’s not the British monarchy, it’s the Australian monarchy.”
The New Zealand Governor-General’s office has released an updated itinerary for the tour, including specific times for a few events. We have updated our Kate’s Calendar page to include this information.
In a sign of the times, New Zealand’s Governor-General has announced there will be a social media reporter for the his country’s portion of the tour, posting this graphic on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. I don’t know if everyone will adopt the #RoyalVisitNZ hashtag (a way to track certain topics on social media), they can take on a life of their own.
The Governor-General’s office will be providing information this Monday about the best locations to see the royals. That info will trickle out on an hour-by-hour basis, the graphic below shows the times information will be released. (A reminder that Wellington is 17 hours ahead of EDT, 20 hours ahead of PDT.)
Also on Monday, tickets will be distributed for some venues William and Kate will be visiting, including Regal Rugby Fun Day in Dunedin, located on the country’s South Island.
Finally today, a quick survey of spring/summer 2014 styles at LK Bennett. But first, we want to let readers know the Duchess’s rich blue Detroit dress is still available in several sizes on the LK Bennett UK site.
Also, if you are a US shopper trying to make a decision about purchasing something, the LK Bennett US site is discounting everything by 20% through Sunday night, the 30th, at midnight.
We begin with the Bally dress done in a wool/silk blend ($475) and featuring added emphasis at the waistline with its tabbed detailing.
Next, a dress that seems to shriek “Kate,” LK Bennett’s Marina Fitted Dress ($395) in either ‘barley,’ or ‘dark navy’.
The Dallas Sleeveless Striped dress ($345) is mostly linen with a touch of polyamide.
Below left, the Marissa Zip Detail Dress ($695), with many design elements Kate likes: it is fitted with multiple darts, it has both a slit and an exposed zipper. On the right, the company’s Dali Square Neck dress ($425), also with many features the Duchess likes.
Next, several white or off-white frocks from LK Bennett. From left to right: Annai Lace Flared Dress in 100% cotton (£245 and only available on the UK website), the Embu Embellished Sleeveless dress (£345 – also shown only on the UK site), the Jama Flared Skirt dress ($425).
When it comes to spring footwear styles there is no end of options and wedges remain a strong part of the selection. From left to right: the Zella Patent Leather Wedge with a 2.5″ heel ($325); the Estela, a peep-toe style with 3.5″ heel ($335), and the Paige Patent Leather Wedge, its heel height is 3″ ($385).
I did discover a 2014 style that is quite similar to the Sliver sandal worn on 2011’s N. America tour for the polo match in Santa Barbara. We show the Sliver on the far left, next to it is this year’s Sandy style. One other notable shoe is the Harper, worn by Kate in light taupe for a July 2012 reception. We show the Harper in black, only because LK Bennett’s website says “As seen on the Duchess of Cambridge,” and I don’t recall her wearing this particular shoe in black. (As an FYI, the UK site shows the black suede on sale for £115, about $195 but it is not on sale at the US site where it is priced at $345.) I have long thought this style a decent copyKate for the Corkswoon.
As always, there’s no shortage of heel heights for simple pumps, from left to right: Amy has a 4″ heel ($445), the Alice heel is 3″ ($325) and both are from LK Bennett’s Black Ribbon collection, the brand’s higher-end shoe group. The diminutive Florisa is more of a kitten heel, measuring just 2.5″ ($325).
There are plenty of party shoes in the spring/summer lineup: the Sophia Crystal Mesh Heel ($795) is covered with glittering Swarovski crystals, the Paige again, but in metallic silver ($385), while the Addie is a fun sandal with a heel just under 3″ ($345).
A reminder, the US-only LK Bennett sale runs through Sunday night, the 30th. Use promo code FF20 for your 20% discount.
We’ll be back with another post in just a few days.
- the New Zealand Governor-General’s website is here, its Facebook page here, its Twitter page here and Instagram account is here
- StyleList Canada has a slide show with predictions on what Kate will wear during the tour
- the Daily Mirror has an interesting backgrounder on Dunedin, where the Duke & Duchess will spend most of the day Sunday, April 13th