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We start with an addition to Kate’s Calendar: Saturday the Duchess joins Princes Harry and William for the England vs. Wales rugby match. The event is at Twickenham Stadium, the same venue where the Rugby World Cup Opening Ceremony was held last Friday. Below, times for Saturday’s match:
- London: 20.00, or 8pm
- EDT: 3pm
- CDT: 2pm
- MDT: 1pm
- PDT: Noon
Some readers are no doubt aware New York Fashion Week wrapped up on the 17th, and London Fashion Week concluded today. Milan Fashion Week kicked off yesterday; Max Mara showed this morning, and there are a few more Kate designers sprinkled throughout the Milan schedule. The party then moves to Paris for that Fashion Week; this is where Alexander McQueen shows (on the 4th), as well as Roland Mouret and Stella McCartney.
The Report forecasts popular colors for the upcoming ready-to-wear season; in this case, next spring’s RTW collections. More on 2016’s top ten colors from Women’s Wear Daily:
Pantone’s Top 10 colors for spring are meant to ease the daily grind. There’s a psychological reason for that, according to Pantone Color Institute executive director Leatrice Eiseman. “The fact that technology has gotten so overwhelming and so 24/7 has really created a great part of the need for these comforting, softer colors.
A look at the colors.
‘Rose Quartz’ is the top color for spring. More on that hue from the Pantone Report:
…a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Like a serene sunset, flushed cheek or budding flower, Rose Quartz reminds us to reflect on our surroundings during the busy but lighthearted spring and summer months.
Women’s Wear Daily story has this to say about the color:
“This really is a beautiful pink that will radiate well on the skin for women as well as men,” Eiseman said. “Women can always be helped along by cosmetics, but guys have to rely on the colors they’re wearing to sometimes make them look a little healthier.”
One of the top five colors caught my eye immediately: ‘snorkel blue.’ Below, more about that shade, including designers who have it in their spring 2016 collections.
Some will recall the color name immediately, but many will not, we’ve not seen it for some time. ‘Snorkel Blue’ is the shade used by LK Bennett in Kate’s Lasa Poppy and Detroit dresses.
Pantone’s executive director offers this about Snorkel Blue:
Eiseman said this shade is “meant to be a bit more fun, less serious than navy, and serve as one of the anchor colors for the spring palette.”
LK Bennett used the color on a sizable number of other pieces last spring and summer.
It is a terrific color on Kate. You can see the Report by clicking here. Pantone is also running an online survey, you can vote for your favorite of the ten colors. Click on the image below and then look for the word “survey”.
As of this writing Snorkel Blue is leading the survey.
From USA Today‘s story about the collection:
Packham, a favorite of the Duchess of Cambridge, and a designer whose creations have been worn by Kate Winslet and Angelina Jolie, says that she was inspired by such androgynous icons as David Bowie and Patti Smith, as well as the words of Susan Sontag.
Flowers were in abundance, thanks to a floral motif that ran throughout the collection. A floral suit, and a sweet, white crepe cocktail dress that sparkled with buds made of crystal, evoked the mood of a very chic English garden party, spring like and colorful.
British Vogue’s review wasn’t as positive about the floral pieces:
While the new emphasis on day-to-night dressing was promising, the androgynous concept didn’t quite translate for many of the looks. The suits were a bit too boxy, and Packham’s clientele relies on her for glitzy embellishments, not wildflower prints.
Someone from that red carpet clientele: American Horror Story star Emma Roberts wearing a Jenny Packham gown at Sunday night’s Emmy Awards.
The Women’s Wear Daily review echoes British Vogue’s sentiments about red carpet styles.
British designer Jenny Packham sent a few fresh and beautiful looks down the runway, but there weren’t as many as one would hope for from a designer who has dressed Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, on multiple occasions.
Much of her evening collection’s more standard fare felt dated — not to be confused with vintage or the latest trendy decade — and some of the embellished numbers weren’t nearly as rich and luxurious as the red-carpet category demands.
Kate in a Jenny Packham dress at the June 2011 ARK dinner.
Kate on the red carpet in another Jenny Packham style, seen at the Greatest Team Rising Pre-Olympic Gala in May of 2012.
Back to next spring’s collection.
Sleeves with volume have been abundant on runways this month.
We return to the WWD review:
What did work, worked well. A crisp and appealing wild-rose-printed blazer and lean pants that, with its matching chiffon shirt, struck just the right balance between masculine and feminine that Packham said she wanted this season.
A gown, in a similar botanical print, featured an embroidered tulle illusion bodice and a swirling, floor-length skirt in double layers of organza
Back to the USA Today piece:
Packham, who was trained as a textile designer showed off that skill with her intricate embroidery, a highlight of a tulle floral gown and a pair of black georgette, gold floral trousers.
Packham emphasized that her clothes are not just for royalty, or those who make their living appearing on the silver screen.
The chartreuse provided a welcome pop of color, while the second style from the left looks like an ideal cocktail dress.
It was fascinating to see how many of us who follow and/or write about fashion chose the same frock as being ideal for the Duchess; we’re talking about the dress in the center below. It went on our “I Could See Kate Wearing _____“ Pinterest board almost as soon as I saw images from the show.
From Us Weekly:
The gown boasts many details that the Duchess… tends to gravitate towards, including a sleeveless bodice, V-neckline, and billowing chiffon.
The Duchess would likely style the piece a little differently—with crown jewels, perhaps, plus her trademark bouncy blowout or an intricate updo, courtesy of her go-to hairstylist Amanda Cook Tucker.
Three very different gowns. The embellishment on the blue and white style looks like it would be exquisite in person. I’m curious how the piece would look when lined, if that would detract in any way from the featherweight look of the garment.
We wrap up with a final note from WWD’s coverage:
Packham’s sleek, midcalf, cap-sleeved sheath in a French-blue floral lace with gunmetal accents was her chicest look — and an indication that talent is there.
We’ll see you Saturday for the rugby match.