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American Designer(s) for Wildlife Reception & NBA Game UPDATED: Earring & Denim Info

This evening the Duchess elected to wear an American designer, Tory Burch.Andrew Parsons/i-Images

Kate and William started their evening at a reception celebrating the work of the Tusk Trust and United for Wildlife. Simon Vigar shared this picture of Kate and William arriving at the British Consul General’s residence, meeting Hillary and Chelsea Clinton.

Simon Vigar, Channel 5 Twitter

Simon Vigar, Channel 5 Twitter

The Clinton Foundation co-hosted this evening’s event, the foundation has partnered with several organizations to stop elephant poaching and United for Wildlife’s primary goal is ending the illegal wildlife trade. More from Rebecca English’s story in The Daily Mail:

 …the Duke chatted to supporters of wildlife charities in a room so packed the guests were standing shoulder to shoulder. The reception was co-hosted by the Duke and Duchess’s Royal Foundation and the Clinton Foundation.

Kate and William leaving the Consul’s residence.Stephen Lock / i-Images / Polaris

The royals then headed to the Barclays Center for tonight’s NBA game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Brooklyn Nets. The evening’s business purpose was to announce a partnership between the Royal Foundation, United for Wildlife and the NBA.  Josh Haskell of ABC posted this photo of Kate and William with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.


Josh Haskell, ABC News Twitter Feed

If you’ve ever wondered how everyone knows where to stand, note the yellow line marking places at the bottom of Simon Perry’s photo.

Simon Perry, People Magazine Instagram

Simon Perry, People Magazine Instagram

The new initiative comes under the NBA Cares public service umbrella. More from The Daily Mail:

…to mark a unique partnership between the National Basketball Association and the couple’s Royal Foundation.

The NBA will support the charitable foundation’s work with United For Wildlife. It also plans to work with the Royal Foundation’s Core Coach program, an initiative which aims to help young people join the next generation on inspirational coaches.

Here you have a good look at the coat from the front. Kate is standing next to former player Dikembe Mutombo, who will be a United for Wildlife Ambassador.Robin Nunn/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

After spending the first half of the game having dinner, Kate and William moved courtside, accompanied by huge cheers from the audience. The British Consulate posted these images of Kate and William.

British Consulate in NY (@UKinNewYork)

British Consulate in NY (@UKinNewYork)

The pair obviously enjoyed themselves.James Whatling/Splash News

During a break between quarters, William and Kate met Beyonce and Jay-Z as Rule Britannia played.James Whatling/Splash News

We move now to specifics on what Kate wore this evening. As noted, she was in a Tory Burch piece, the Bettina coat. Below we show it at Lane Crawford, where it remains available in just one or two sizes.

Lane Crawford

Lane Crawford

The coat originally retailed at $595, most recently selling on the US site at $357, where it is now sold out. The Bettina is available in very limited sizes at the Tory Burch UK website, although it is not discounted on the UK site, selling at £515, roughly $800.

One of the more distinctive elements of the coat is its “belted” collar.

Tory Burch Bettina Bodice Product Shot Collar Fabric

This photo shows Kate’s collar just a bit. (You can also see a hint of the new earrings she is wearing.)©i-Images

The fabric is described as “a cotton blend, woven with bouclé, slubbed and metallic yarns — updates the look of classic tweed with a horizontal-stripe effect and a hint of shine.” This is the second piece Kate has worn on the trip that is constructed of heavily textured fabric. It works well on her frame. You get a sense of the metallic fibers in this

This same fabric is used in other Tory Burch pieces. Below we show the Deandra dress at Bloomies, as well as the Jane jacket, both at Bloomies in limited sizing.

Tory Burch/Bloomingdales


Many readers will recall that Kate wore Tory Burch for Prince George’s playdate during this spring’s tour. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Tory Burch become a staple in her wardrobe.James Whatling/i-Images/Pool,

The Duchess carried her black Mulberry clutch again and wore her Stuart Weitzman ‘Power’ pumps.

Kate was in a pair of black skinny jeans that we have not identified, as well as a black knit top or sweater that haven’t been IDed. Nor have we been able to get any traction in terms of identifying the new earrings. I have hunted and hunted for photos better showing them but have come up empty-handed.



Melissa J on the WKW Facebook page wondered if perhaps Kate is wearing a pair of Patrick Mavros Crocodile Stud earrings. I think she may be on to something. The photo below left offers a different perspective than that shown above, and Kate has worn the brand before.i-Images/Patrick Mavros/Patrick Mavros

Perhaps most importantly, thematically the earrings would sync perfectly with the evening’s mission and message. The jeweler is based in Zimbabwe and he is a strong supporter of wildlife conservation.

As always the post will be updated if/when we have better info/photos of the yet-to-be-identified items.

UPDATED 7pm Dec 9, 2014:

  1. Kate was wearing Patrick Mavros earrings last night.
  2. It’s said she was in J. Crew denim at the reception and game. From a post on the WSJ Speakeasy blog by Elizabeth Holmes (quoting Ms. Lyons, Crew’s president): “I was told she wore J. Crew jeans last night to the game. I was so excited. You couldn’t tell, but that’s okay. At least I know that fact.” It’s possible Kate was in the Maternity Toothpick Jean, or perhaps the Maternity Minnie Pant.


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Ilona Roelsgard

Wednesday 14th of January 2015

Do you think the earrings are the small or large version?


Saturday 3rd of January 2015

The Power pumps in black leather are on sale for 50% on the SW website.

I loved the tweed, the black skinny jeans and the heels.


Thursday 11th of December 2014

Thanks for helping out, great info. "The laws of probability, so true in general, so fallacious in particular." by Edward Gibbon.


Thursday 11th of December 2014

I love this outfit! When I first saw photos I thought she was overdressed, then saw that Beyonce was just as dressed up down to the heels. Black pants can be dressed up or down so well and I think Kate struck a good balance here. I completely understand keeping the coat on. I used to go to NHL games all the time back when I lived in Canada (NHL and NBA teams in the same city usually use the same arena) and while there are obvious differences from basketball, namely the lack of ice, those arenas are still freezing considering they're made of concrete and barely heated due to the sheer amount of people inside.

Hope we see these pieces again!


Tuesday 9th of December 2014

Yes, I would guess the one given to him on his Calgary trip.

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