We are back with a look at some spring and summer styles created by a few of Kate’s favored brands.
Below, the matching Tallulah Metallic Midi Skirt ($1123, also at Matches Fashion) with its deep split up the front.
Another terrific piece (for those with the budget): the Irune Textured Waves Coat. It is sheer, done in an open-weave material, and makes a definite summer style statement.
Next, the Irune Striped Silk-Satin Dress on sale at Matches ($2159, now $1295 at Matches). I do love the clean look of the fabric, but for some reason this piece looks like a coatdress to me, as opposed to a dress. (The length might have some thinking it is a tunic.)
Here, the Pearly Stripe Silk Twill Maxi Skirt, shown at Net-a-Porter ($3302, that is 50% off original $6605 selling price).
At Moda Operandi we show the Presley Silk Long Sleeve Dress (originally $2415, now $1569 ) in a vivid blue and the Emily Sheath Dress with Pockets ($1036, discounted from $2355). The rich blue mini-dress is a nifty piece, but it is difficult to get excited about the silver dress, perhaps it is one of those styles that doesn’t photograph well but somehow looks stunning in person.
Here you have another look at the Presley Dress, this one done in that metallic silvery-grey, ($1937 at Matches Fashion).
Next, the Milly gown at Moda Operandi ($3485, originally it sold for $6115).
Our next frock is the Tallulah Belle Smocked Organza Gown in a silk/acrylic blend at Net-a-Porter. The piece can be worn with or without the pocket belt (without would be my preference), the dress is selling at $2024, 60% off its original $5060 price. At Farfetch it is $2520.
Below, the Silk L Finale dress in a vivid bubble gum pink, this is actually a winter piece, but one I did love, We show it at Stylebop, where it was originally $5838, the dress is now 50% off, selling for $2919. Some may recognize this as the dress worn by actress Allison Williams for the 2014 Oscars.
While not for your trusty correspondent, jumpsuits are popular this summer. Below, Ms. Wickstead’s Satin Jumpsuit in white ($2105).
There are a few other wintertime styles that are bargains at Stylebop: the boxy Wool F Jacket (originally $1798, now $1078) and matching Wool F Trousers, with a high waist and hidden back zip (initially priced at $692, now $484).
Now for a quick survey of Max Mara summertime styles. We begin with a Linen and Cotton Duster in midnight blue (£390) and the Zeo Stretch Cotton Trench coat (£500) in sand, but also available in black.
Next, the Sunny ‘Bray’ Dress in yellow (it is also offered in red), crafted from a silk/linen material in a satin finish, and the Giro Dress in azure. Both frocks are from the Max Mara Weekend collection.
Here is a Georgette Dress (£445) that appears fairly shapeless, but somehow I see Kate liking the pleated portion of the frock and making the style work.
More Max Mara fashions, from left to right: the ‘Dinar’ Wrap Detail Jersey Dress ($695), Agi A-Line Midi Dress ($895) and Valzer Ruched Jersey Dress in light grey ($675), and the Micena Short Sleeve Print Jersey dress ($745). All of these are as shown at Nordstrom.
Also from Max Mara, the bright yellow Cotton Poplin Calmi dress (£305).
Our last style from Max Mara is this white Fiemme Ramie Dress (£405, about $630).
Our final designer is Alexander McQueen. Working from left to right we see the Leaf Crepe Peplum Jacket (on sale for $1604.98, originally $2675) and the Short Sleeve Leaf Crepe Dress in bougainvillea (initially sold at $1985, the dress is now $1190.98). Obviously the pink dress is too short for Kate as it is shown, but as all of her pieces by this brand are bespoke, it wouldn’t be difficult to create a longer version. Next, a deceptively simple Front Zip Leaf Crepe Dress in black ($1935), followed by the Side Ruffle V-Neck Dress ($2385).
At Net-a-Porter McQueen styles include the Ivory Crepe Jacket (originally $3595, now $1348) and Cotton Piqué Shirt Dress in white (selling at 60% off its original retail price of $1975, the dress is now $790).
From the pre-spring/summer collection, this is the Embossed Cut Out Flower Jacquard 1/2-Circle Knee Dress. Originally selling at $2675, the dress is 40% off at Alexander McQueen, now priced at $1605, it is actually a jersey knit. .
Another knit piece, the Contrast Corset 1/2 Circle Knee Dress, from the pre-spring/summer collection at Alexander McQueen. It is the sort of thing the Duchess could have on under a coat that we would be struggling to identify. This item is also discounted 40%, it is now $1485, (its original cost was $2475).
Pieces from the hipper, more youthful (and lower-priced) McQ by Alexander McQueen line include the Printed Body-Con Sheath Dress ($595) and the Pleated Fit and Flare Dress ( $685), both are shown at Saks.
Two LBDs from McQueen: first, the One-Shoulder Peplum Crepe Dress ($3445 at Matches Fashion), unfortunately this one just keeps saying “seat belt” to me.
Our second little black dress from Alexander McQueen is the label’s Ruffled Silk-Chiffon Dress ($4550 at Matches Fashion).
That wraps up today’s look at styles from this spring summer collections.
A reminder that Saturday is Trooping the Colour; many expect Kate to be part of this year’s event. Things officially get underway at 10am in London, that is 5am EDT/2am PDT. There is even some discussion we might also see Prince George on the Buckingham Palace balcony for the fly-past, that happens at precisely 1pm (6am on the East Coast, 3am PDT). Yours truly will be posting late on Saturday as I will be out of town.