We are back with some headline updates as well as our nonscientific poll looking at the coats Kate wore in 2014. We begin with several engagements added to Kate’s Calendar that were announced yesterday and this morning.
- Thursday, January 15: Kate will officially open a new Art Room at Barlby Primary School. During the visit Kate will meet staff and students and take part in a discussion about the Art Room and its work. (This is an event originally scheduled for October that was canceled because of Kate’s illness.)
- Friday, January 16: Kate takes part in an event hosted by the The Fostering Network to celebrate the work done by foster carers. The Duchess will learn about the work done by foster carers and then attend a reception with those involved in foster care.
- Monday, January 19: The Duchess will have several engagements today, all in the Kensington area of London. She starts the day with a morning coffee at Family Friends, a group that “recruits, trains and matches volunteers with parents, children or adolescents”. Next Kate formally opens Kensington Aldridge Academy, a new school that has a focus on performing and creative arts, as well as growing students’ entrepreneurial skills. Kate’s final engagement is the official opening of the Kensington Leisure Centre.
Now to our poll. As with the dress polls, here is our rational regarding which coats are in what category:
- 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.
In January there were no public engagements and February’s did not involve a coat. The first outerwear we saw Kate wearing in 2014 was that chosen for the St. Patrick’s Day appearance with the Irish Guards, the ‘Persephone’ coat by Hobbs. Constructed in a rayon/wool blend, the coat features all of the classic trench elements: epaulets, storm flaps, and double-breasted styling. The official color name for this item is ‘pine’.
In May William and Kate visited Scotland. The Duchess wore a vibrant coat by Scottish-born designer Jonathan Saunders, his ‘Athena’ style. The garment is constructed of a jacquard weave in a wool and mohair blend, with a notch collar, single breast pocket and two flap front pockets, and a back vent.
For the Singapore State Visit in October the Duchess debuted another bespoke piece by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. The plaid coat featured a fitted bodice, nipped in waist and full skirt, flared sleeves at the wrist, a chest besom pocket and angled pockets at the hip.
Kate returned to designer Matthew Williamson for a November visit to Wales with Prince William. She wore the brand’s ‘wool blend coat’ in a very pretty color officially called Pacific Opal. The piece has a fitted silhouette with double-breasted styling, two flap pockets on each side, peak lapels and bright silver buttons.
We also Kate in a new coat for November’s Remembrance Sunday observances. It was another piece by Alexander McQueen, although an off the rack style: the ‘Flared Wool Coat’. It came in white as well as black, featuring a full skirt, oversized notched lapels, one set of double-breasted buttons at the waist, button cuffs and slash pockets.
Our next coat was also worn on the New York trip, Goat Fashion’s ‘Washington’ style. Kate wore the coat for a visit to the Northside Center for Child Development in Harlem. It is all wool, in a heavy black crepe fabric, with ivory trim at the neckline, center back and cuff straps, and a concealed front button placket.
For an evening reception in the city and an NBA game the Duchess opted for a Tory Burch piece, the company’s ‘Bettina’ coat. The garment is made of material that is a “cotton blend, woven with bouclé, slubbed and metallic yarns…the look of classic tweed with a horizontal-stripe effect and a hint of shine.” The Bettina features a hidden placket with concealed snaps on the front, as well as slit pockets.
On Kate and William’s final day in New York we saw another new coat, Mulberry’s Double Breasted Coat in ‘cerise,’ a vibrant pink made of a wool/silk blend, described as having “been given extra lustre,” with front flap pockets and oversized black buttons.
Our final new coat this year is the Moloh worn by the Duchess for Christmas Day services. Made of a nubby tweed, the piece has an oversized stand collar, small lapels, epaulets at the shoulder and cuff, and slanted flap pockets.
June brought D-Day remembrances. Kate and William were at ceremonies in Normandy, where the Duchess was in a custom Alexander McQueen piece previously worn to the Blenheim War Memorial in New Zealand in April.
Don’t forget to vote for your favorite new and repeated dress styles from 2014, just click here to do that!