We return with another poll looking for your vote, as well as some news headlines.
Some background on how this poll is structured, including what pieces are included this year:
- While we did not include tour pieces in our previous polls, the two semi-formal looks Kate wore during the tour are covered in this one. There are so very many dresses in the tour dress polls, breaking out these two styles seemed to make sense.
- There is one repeat included in this poll: the inky blue evening gown by Jenney Packham worn in February and again in December. Because many of us consider an ensemble’s overall impact (taking into account jewelry, accessories, hair style, jewelry) when deciding how we feel about a style, it made sense to vote on the gown. The hair and jewelry were significantly different for the two engagements.
There were no January appearances. In February we saw Kate in that classic Jenny Packham evening gown for the Annual Portrait Gala at the National Portrait Gallery. The Duchess also wore the Nizam of Hyderabad diamond necklace, loaned to her by the Queen.
For the official State reception in New Zealand Kate wore a bespoke cocktail dress by Jenny Packham. The knee-length dress had long sleeves, a modified bateau neckline, and embroidered embellishment in the shape of a fern. The fern is considered a symbol of the country.
The other tour style we are including in this poll is the off-white Lela Rose ‘circle lace dress’ worn for an evening reception hosted by Australia’s Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove. The dress features sleeves and a peplum constructed of lace circles. For anyone still interested in purchasing the frock it is deeply discounted at Net-a-Porter (from $1595 to $478).
In October the Duchess debuted a stunning Jenny Packham gown at the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year gala. The most distinctive design element was the high-low hemline created by a draped overskirt covering a shorter skirt.
Also in October, a new dress by Temperley London for the Action on Addiction Fall Gala. Inspired by stained glass ironwork, the Emblem Flare dress is covered in cutout panels atop a nude lining, with long sleeves and a deep vee back.
Many thought Kate knocked it out of the park at November’s Royal Variety Performance, when she wore Diane von Furstenberg’s Zarita evening gown. The floor-length dress showcased three-quarter lace sleeves, a square neck on the front with deep vee on the back, concealed zipper and full skirt. (The knee-length version of this is now available for pre-ordering at DVF.)
We saw Kate in semi-formal separates this year, the event was a Kensington Palace reception for the Place2Be Wellbeing in Schools Awards. The Duchess wore a top by Hobbs, the ‘Emilia,’ from its Invitation line of occasionwear. She paired it with a Jenny Packham skirt in what appears to be a silk satin weave, the piece is from the designer’s a/w 2013 collection. (To see all of Place2Be’s photos from the event click here to visit the organization’s Facebook page.)
When visiting New York in early December Kate wore a new dress from one of her favorite labels, Beulah London. The Duchess selected the ‘Amara’ dress for a private reception and dinner benefiting the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. The dress has the basic fit and flare silhouette Kate is so fond of, with “intricate lace detailing” in a cotton/nylon blend atop a silk crepe de chine lining.
Our final style is this year’s second appearance of the inky blue Jenny Packham frock, worn to the Saint Andrews fundraiser in New York.
We want to share a quick overview of several Kate-favored retailers with notable Sales and Savings opportunities, beginning with Reiss, where many fall and winter items are discounted substantially. We share three items marked down by at least 50%: from left to right, the Delilah dress (now $180), the Lucy ‘bodycon’ dress (now $143 ), and the Emile coat in burgundy ($234, and a good repliKate for the aubergine coat first worn on Christmas Day 2012).
Many readers know that Beulah London is one of our favorite sponsors. The Beulah sale includes the the Luna Silk Coat (now selling at £295, originally £495), Blaze Tailored Jacket (marked down to £295 from £395), and the Seraphina dress (originally £420, now £350).
There are also great buys at Temperley London. Kate’s Honeycomb Tunic sweater in a color she doesn’t own, wildebeest, is just £190 (more than 50% off); the Temperley Logo Scarf is £215; the Moya Wool Jacket is £280 (from £695).
Bargains also abound at LK Bennett, especially for shoppers on the US site, where you can get an additional 30%off sale prices; use promo code EXTRA30 at checkout for the additional savings. (This is the US site only.) From left to right: the Velli Sequin Dress in black (now $416, from $595, about $292 with the extra 30% off), Lamarie Wrap Dress in navy ($208 with the extra 30% off, originally priced at $425), Crystal mini Kitten Heel in pink (originally $425, now roughly $150 with the 30% off), and the Kareena Suede Block Heels (originally $430, about $225 when using the extra 30% off).
A better look at the new frock: on the left we show last year’s dress in ‘snorkel blue,’ along with three photos of this year’s Lasana dress. The dresses are very similar, but there are differences; among them, the neckline on the Lasana has a gently curved arc in the center front. The fabric composition is significantly changed, last year’s dress was a cotton/rayon blend, this year’s Lasana dress is 98% cotton with 2% elastene for ease of movement.
We’ll be back tomorrow with results of the dress polls and the new ‘superpoll’ (for lack of a better term) incorporating your favorite tour dresses and the ‘fave’ dresses you just selected in one poll.