Hello and welcome to a mid-August post. We begin with an addition to Kate’s Calendar:
- Wednesday, August 24: Kate and William have several engagements in Luton, Bedfordshire.
- They will visit Youthscape, a charity working on “innovation in youth work” in a facility “with areas for therapeutic and informal work with young people, and also room to train youth workers and professionals from across the UK.”
- The couple will go to Keech Hospice Care, an organization working with both adults and children facing life-limiting and terminal illnesses. William and Kate will meet families, friends and volunteers, and also attend a reception and unveil a plaque to mark 25 years of the adult hospice.
- The final engagement for the day is at Hayward Tyler, a firm manufacturing motors and pumps. The Duke and Duchess will “present them with The Queen’s Award for Enterprise (International Trade) and open their newly built Centre of Excellence.”
Now to the latest on the upcoming Canada trip. This weekend there were multiple reports about the tour, including several saying that George and Charlotte will accompany their parents on the trip. Below, a tweet and glimpse of Roya Nikkah’s story in The Sunday Times (subscription req’d.).
From the story:
…royal sources have indicated that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will take both children on next month’s 8-day tour.
The source added that if the children go, they would join their parents on “some, but not all” of their engagements.
In her Mail on Sunday story Katie Nicholl cites Canadian sources for her information:
A source said: ‘We are told the children are coming and the itinerary is being co-ordinated accordingly. There will be a heavy focus on nature, the outdoors and at least one private day factored into the trip.
‘We’re hearing hiking, walking and outdoor pursuits will feature while the family is in British Columbia.’ It is also understood that Prince William would like to take George fishing.
It very much sounds like the plan is to have Prince George and Princess Charlotte be part of the tour. My guess is that the unpredictability one encounters with children this young is precisely why Kensington Palace (wisely) is not confirming this element of the plans. You can imagine the disappointment if the Palace announced that George and Charlotte were participating and then one/both became ill, or other circumstances arose precluding their inclusion in the trip. You might have noticed the reference to the tour length of 8 days in Ms. Nikkhah’s story, I believe this is the first time we have heard a definitive duration for the event. It is also the first time I recall seeing Whistler specifically noted as an area the Cambridges will visit (in addition to Vancouver and Yukon). It is an ideal spot, a mountain resort area offering world class skiing, and where the alpine events for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics were based. But it is equally inviting year-round, with an enormous amount of off-slope activities.
Also this weekend, as patron of the Anna Freud Centre Kate helped launch a series of podcasts designed to help parents focus on the mental health problems encountered by children and families. From Kate’s statement released in conjunction with the podcast debut:
“Throughout my work with family and child support organisations, one thing that has stood out to me time and again is that getting early support for a child who is struggling to cope is the best possible thing we can do to help our children as they grow up. Knowing this, both William and I feel very strongly that we wouldn’t hesitate to get expert support for George and Charlotte if they need it.
Now to our look at Jenny Packham’s pre-fall collection.
From the Vogue review:
…the designer arrived at her Pre-Fall collection by adapting certain elements from Ang Lee’s celebrated film Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon to her 21st-century princess style. Thankfully, the outcome wasn’t first-degree East-meets-West, or even explicitly Chinese-inflected. And irrespective of the starting point, the impression remained unchanged: Packham’s pursuit of relevance within a rather rarefied niche.
More from Vogue:
Without question, every creation within this tight offering could be described as pretty, particularly the grouping in which intricately embroidered pansies and Swarovski-bejeweled insects emerge from delicate tulle.
Not all of the designs are floor length. Of the gold-sequinned dress second from the right Vogue had this comment:
…some of the dresses suggested a confident equilibrium between embellishment and restraint; for starters, the first look with its bloused top and uniform shimmer.
A closer look at the Bow Sleeve Sheath Cocktail Dress as shown at Neiman Marcus ($2490).
More styles featuring the designer’s signature sequins and embroidery.
The black style second from the left above, and another style shown farther down the page are not dresses, something I completely missed when first going through the collection. The looks are created with separates; pieces include the Floral Embellished Seamless Top ($1585) in black at Selfridges; on the right, the Beaded Floral Applique Tulle Top ($1876) in dusky blue as seen at Harrods.
More in the pale blue group along with some off the dégradé (where colors gradually fade into and out of other colors) pieces from the collection.
For some reason this next group is my least favorite. I’m not sure why, other than the pieces look heavy. I generally think of Jenny Packham’s designs as light and floaty, exuding an easy elegance – a feeling I don’t have with this group.
In this final group the styles on the far left and far right indicate the use of bows as a design element throughout the collection.
As always with Jenny Packham, there are quite a few pieces you can see Kate wearing, either as is, or as a jumping off point for a fully bespoke piece. Are they any that stand out to you as ideal for the Duchess?
Today’s final note involves our repliKate pages: we’ve been updating them and wanted to share just a few examples. In the dresses group, our first style is for the Jenny Packham gown worn to the Tusk Conservation Awards in September of 2012. The repliKate is also by Jenny Packham; it is the Gold Sequin Maxi Dress ($265/£199) from the designer’s No. 1 Jenny Packham collection for Debenhams.
Another is a stand-in for the teal Jenny Packham worn to the pre-Olympic gala dinner in 2012, the Coast Lori Lee Lace Maxi Dress in the ‘kingfisher’ color. We show it at John Lewis (£185) and also at Coast (£179). Thank you to Natasha for letting us know about the dress!
In the footwear category we’ve found a number of styles for different shoes Kate wears, including the a repliKate for the Rupert Sanderson Malory, the ‘Carra’ by Ivanka Trump. We show it at Last Call where it is $87.20; the style is also available at 6pm for $80.99 (Zappos discount site).
The ‘repliKates’ tab and drop-down menu is at the top of the page below the site header. If you have discovered repliKates you want to share we would love to hear about them, just email Susan@WhatKateWore.com.