We’re back, hopeful that all of you experienced splendid holidays, perhaps even enjoying time that was relaxing and restorative. Once again it’s time to seek your input on what Kate wore in the preceding year, asking you to vote in our non-scientific polls. At this point we’re planning to do the same categories used in previous years:
- Favorite daytime wear (dresses, and the occasional suit/separates)
- Semi-formal and formal dresses
- Coats, there was quite a collection this year!
- Probably hats, and perhaps jewelry
Some background on how the polls are structured, including what pieces are and are not included this year:
- Because we voted on tour pieces in May it didn’t make sense to list them all out again (we’d be scrolling for days), so they are not included in these first two year-end polls. Once votes are in for these two polls we will take the top few choices and combine them with the tour poll results for a ‘super poll,’ for lack of a better term.
- There is one exception for inclusion in these initial polls: repeats. If Kate debuted a piece during the tour that we saw again in the course of the year, it is being included in the “repeats” category. Likewise, if Kate wore something in New Zealand or Australia that was worn prior to the tour, it is in the repeats category.
We start in February when Kate wore a new frock from LK Bennett for an Art Room opening. It is the ‘Detroit’ dress, a look that quickly became a favorite among the WKW crowd. The dress is a poly/rayon blend with a touch of elastene for stretch and comfort. The knee-length dress has a silhouette Kate is fond of, with a cinched waist, additional darts at the waist and shoulders, notched collar and sleeves.
Also in June, Kate’s visit to the Maritime Museum for an America’s Cup event; she wore Jaeger’s ‘Crepe Dress with Trim’ for this event. The piece is from the s/s 2014 collection, it is a basic sheath trimmed in navy at the neckline, shoulders and waist. (It is still available in the Jaeger outlet for £99.)
For Trooping the Colour Kate wore a new suit by Alexander McQueen. The jacket featured a peplum waist, hook and eye front closure, both pieces were made of a jacquard fabric that subtly showed off the brand’s popular skull motif.
We’re going to do something that may not make a lot of sense: include a dress that we have no photos of Kate wearing. It’s the Tory Burch ‘Chrissy’ dress, worn for a Place2Be conference in London. To see photos of the Duchess wearing the dress, click here. The piece is a jersey knit with a placed print, detachable belt, and bracelet-length sleeves.
The first of July Kate visited a school to look at how the M-PACT (Moving Parents and Children Together) program was working. For this function she wore Goat Fashion’s ‘Scarlett’ pleat front dress, in the label’s ‘geranium’ color. The piece is described as a “…feminine pencil dress in fine Italian wool crepe with self belt and pleats at front.”
Our next frock is the the Budding Hearts tea dress by Suzannah, seen in the official 1st birthday photos of Prince George released in July. Kate wore it beneath her green Erdem coat for several engagements in New Zealand, and also for the Tour de France race start. (Because the Duchess kept her coat on over the dress for those two occasions, this is the most we have seen of Kate in the dress. It seemed logical to include it here.)
Once again we have to turn to product images to illustrate what Kate wore, this time for the Hobbs Animal Print Dress first worn for that November trip to Wales (below left), and then again under Kate’s Christmas coat (below right).
We have one more instance where we must rely upon product images for a look at dress Kate wore. In this case it’s the BCBG Max Azria Tuxedo Ruffle Front dress worn beneath Kate’s coat on Remembrance Sunday. The frock dates all the way back to 2008. Identifying this was such an amazing piece of detective work we want to once again thank Dawn M. and Poppy G. on the WKW Facebook page for their efforts.
Kate was in a new frock by Goat Fashion for a November SportsAid workshop, the company’s Vreeland dress. Made of a lightweight wool crepe, the dress buttons down the front, has a self-belt, and concealed side zipper. The color is called ‘Iris.’
In late November Kate was in a rich red dress by Katherine Hooker for the launch of an EACH fundraising campaign. The ‘Ascot’ dress is a “classic shift dress with a high neck that works perfectly for a daytime or evening look.”
While in New York the Duchess wore a new piece by Seraphine Maternity for an afternoon reception honoring British creativity, part of the GREAT program. Kate wore the ‘Vanessa’ dress, done in a heavy knit fabric, with an a-line silhouette and curved empire waistline.
In February, we had another look at the red Alexander McQueen dress worn for the Jubilee River Pageant in June of 2012. The Duchess wore it for a dramatic arts reception at Buckingham Palace that she attended with the Queen.
When visiting Christchurch and Canterbury during the spring tour of New Zealand and Australia, the Duchess wore her red Luisa Spagnoli suit once again.
When visiting historic Bletchley Park in June the Duchess repeated distinctive separates from Alexander McQueen. Many will recognize them from the first time they were worn in August of 2011, when the Duke and Duchess visited Birmingham.
We saw Kate repeat another dress in early June when attending the Gentlemen’s Quarter Final match at Wimbledon with Prince William. The ‘Roamer Day Dress’ by Australian label Zimmermann was worn for several engagements during the April Tour of New Zealand and Australia.
When at the Commonwealth Games at the end of July Kate repeated a dress that has been worn on multiple occasions, the Stella McCartney ‘Ridley Stretch Cady’ dress. It was most recently seen when Kate, William and George arrived in Canberra, Australia, during the April tour. Prior to that it was worn for a National Portrait Gallery event in July of 2012, then again in August 2012 during the Olympic Games. (Kate is also wearing her One Button Blazer by Smythe.)
There are a couple of stories from the past week that may be of interest, here is a quick rundown.
- Elle has a cute piece looking at The Best Faces Kate Made in 2014. Some of the captions are entertaining.
- Sunday’s Daily Mail has a story about a topic we have previously discussed in this space, the Duchess waiting to wear items until they are no longer available. From the piece by
“The Mail on Sunday can reveal ‘hoarding’ is now a deliberate strategy by the Duchess, who is keen to avoid causing fashion stampedes or, perhaps, coming face-to-face with women in the same outfit. So she often waits months, or even years, before wearing purchases.”
- StyleList has a fabulous slide show of everything the Duchess wore in 2014. Click here to have a look.
We’ll see you in a day or two with Kate’s coats from 2014 and her formal looks.