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Some of the Things We Missed on the Tour & Friday Photo Fun

We are back with a quick calendar update and a look at more tour photos. We’ll also chat about a topic we weren’t able to cover during the tour, and share some fun news from Milli Millu.




Now to a topic that popped up during the Canada tour: seasonal attire and the question “should some clothing be worn only during certain seasons?” This relates not only to the colors Kate wears, but also to the styles themselves, the material they are made of, and the garment’s design elements. 

The dress prompting some of the conversation in Canada was the red and white Alexander McQueen design worn the first full day of the tour. One element of that frock that seemed ‘summery’ is the fabric. It looks like a lighter-weight material, probably cotton. (Broderie anglaise is usually done on cotton or cotton blends, including cotton mixed with linen.) The light color also prompted many to think of days with warmer temps than those seen in Vancouver in late September. Below you see the Duchess with Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, who was wearing what many would consider a more seasonal color. Royal Tour of Canada-Day two

But Christy Clark, the British Columbia Premier, was in a white top and red skirt.Christy Clark, BC Premier @ChristyClarkBC

Kate’s dress looked like it was what I call bright white, not an eggshell or ivory that might be considered winter white. The red and white was distinctive, standing out enough that people could easily see the Duchess, an important factor for engagements like those in Vancouver. It didn’t strike me as being out of place in relation to the weather. If the tour was late October as opposed to late September it might have looked odd, but the dress worked for these engagements. One point I saw made on Twitter (I think that is where it was) suggested that England’s seasons are not as dramatically marked as they are in parts of the United States or Canada, that lines are more blurred in terms of when people wear specific fabrics and color, a theory I’d not previously heard.

The topic of light colors and seasonally-appropriate attire came up again when Kate wore another McQueen dress to the Team GB reception at Buckingham Palace on October 18th. While I don’t believe the dress would have been received any more favorably in the summer months, some comments suggested it would be more appropriate for the summer season.© /Alexander McQueen/Kensington Palace

Most recently the subject arose when Kate wore a white Self-Portrait frock for the premiere of A Street Cat Named Bob.©Pool, Splash News/i-Images, Polaris

Kate is fond of white, it is one of her favorite colors, we see her wearing the color with some frequency. This is a challenging topic because views on the subject are diverse; they run the gamut from “absolutely no white after Labor Day” to “Rules, what rules? The rules no longer apply.” How well white and other bright colors work depends on a number of factors, the most important of which is the context: where and what is being worn should inform decisions more than a date on a calendar. A couple of additional considerations:

  • The material itself is an important factor: ivory wool trousers, off-white corduroy slacks, or a cashmere sweater are all going to look quite different from the same garments in lightweight cotton or silk. An example from the tour that highlights the importance of color is the Pocket Watch Dress by Dolce and Gabbana. The fabric does not look like it is terribly heavy, but the color is one frequently associated with fall. Some questioned the short sleeves, but the sun was shining and Kate seemed quite comfortable in the piece, it worked well. (With the abundance of sleeveless dresses now being worn twelve months of the year, short sleeves almost look like 3/4 sleeves did 20 years ago!)      ©Andrew Parsons / i-Images
  • Accessories will have a significant impact on the look: wearing darker shoes and handbags in colors like burgundy, rust, or olive will point a look toward autumn, just as lighter accessories bring thoughts of warmer temps.
  • Where the item is being worn should be a primary consideration. What is ideal in London in November is quite different from what works in San Diego in November. The red and white tiered McQueen dress would work perfectly well year-round in southern California, but it is going to seem out of sync in colder climates during fall and winter months. This was underscored with the broderie anglaise dress in Canada because Kate was outside a fair amount of the time, whereas the floral McQueen didn’t strike me as being horribly out of step with the time of year (although the fabric looked lighter weight than what I expected), in part because Kate was inside.

Ultimately it comes down to personal preferences. Most of the rigid fashion ‘rules’ many of us grew up with no longer apply and decisions are best based on what is appropriate for specific locations and circumstances.


Now to some of the photos we weren’t able to share during the tour. One of my favorites is this one showing Kate and Charlotte at the children’s party.©

There were a few from the Taste of British Columbia we weren’t able to include in our initial posts.Government of British Columbia

I’m not sure Kate relished whatever she was tasting at this point in the afternoon.Government of British Columbia

This one shows William rowing on the way to Haida Gwaii.Canadian Heritage

The image on the far right shows the intricate lacework on the cuff of Kate’s Somerset by Alice Temperley blouse.kate-haida-gwaii-somerset-blouse-and-cuff-closeup

Two headshots we didn’t have room for.Both Photos ©Canadian Heritage

This image would make for a good caption contest.Canadian Heritage

George looked very sweet here.Canadian Heritage

Charlotte clearly had her eye on something she liked when the family was about to leave Canada.©Pool/i-Images/Polaris

The Duchess fishing during the visit to Haida Gwaii.Canadian Heritage

Two more closeups we weren’t able to include in our initial posts: on the left, you see Kate the last day the Cambridges were in Canada, and on the right, in Whitehorse, Yukon.Both Photos ©Canadian Heritage

There were several from the reception at Government House that didn’t make the original post.Government of British Columbia

Above you see the presentation of gifts to William and Kate by British Columbia Premier Christy Clark.kate-william-canada-unused-pic-reception-gov-house-red-preen-dress-via-can-her-555-x-999

This image is also from the reception.Canadian Heritage

One more from that evening.Canadian Heritage

And leaving Yukon.Canadian Heritage

We still have more to share, including pictures taken by WKWers during the tour. Hopefully, I will get that post finished and published next week.


Also today, an update from one of our sponsors, Milli Millu, the British company offering a beautiful line of luxury handbags. Below, a few of the notable names who carry the bags; Pippa Middleton, Princess Beatrice, and actress Emily Blunt.© /Splash News/

Just in time for holiday shopping, the British brand has launched its new personalization service.Milli Millu

Many Kate fashion followers are familiar with the royal monograms seen on the Duke and Duchess’s luggage.©Robin Nunn/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

A closer look at the distinctive ‘C’ topped by a crown on Kate’s garment bag.©

If thinking about a monogram for yourself, or as a gift for someone else, initials are an obvious choice. But you can also get creative with a short phrase, perhaps a favorite hashtag or other wording. At Milli Millu you can select from three different styles of lettering.

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The last several years we have seen an increase in the number of items that can be monogrammed, reflecting the trend for more personalized products. More from a Racked story:

…. our own names and initials have become the ultimate status symbol.  Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst of consumer behavior and business intelligence company The NPD Group, says “designers are on the waning side, and people aren’t interested in putting logos on. They’d rather put on their own logo — their initials.”

There is no charge for personalization using up to 6 letters; if ordering more than that number of characters there is a fee of £25. Here’s an example with a two-initial monogram, seen on Milli Millu’s Soho Wallet.

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Back to the Racked article:

“In this world of homogeneous retail assortments, everybody is walking down the street looking the same, dressing the same, and wearing the same product,” says Cohen. “Personalized, customized product gives you the ability to look and feel different.”

Below, the word ‘Love’ on a Brooklyn pouch, and on the right, initials on the St Germain wallet, inspired by the Parisian neighborhood of the same name.

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The service is offered on most small leather goods and handbag cross-body straps. This includes the Copenhagen, the Chicago and the Mini Venice.Milli Millu

Here is a better view of initials on a bag strap.Milli Millu

If looking to really make something your own, Milli Millu also offers a fully bespoke service. After selecting the bag style you like, you then choose from four types of leather in more than 60 colors, creating a unique bag you won’t see anyone else carrying. For all of the details on the personalization and bespoke offerings, click here.Milli Millu

The retailer also opened its Christmas shop this week.Milli Millu

In addition to the monogramming service, Milli Millu has lots of other holiday gift options. As always, shipping is free in the UK and Spain (including returns); elsewhere shipping is free both ways with orders totaling more than £200. Milli Millu has a 1-year guarantee on all of its products and the company does free lifetime repairs.

In the unlikely event your handbag needed repair (if something breaks, excludes normal wear and tear) within 12 months of the purchase date; we would arrange the collection, repair it and ship it back to your chosen address free of charge. Should your handbag need repairing after 12 months,  you can ship it to us and we will repair it free of charge… forever!

The company’s elegant packaging is included on all orders.Milli Millu

There is a special treat for WKW readers, Milli Millu is offering a 15% discount on orders with the promo code WKW1511.

We’ll see you Saturday night for the Festival of Remembrance.


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Tracey O

Saturday 12th of November 2016

I saw the "red and white" McQueen dress very up close and personal. :-) It was thick and would have kept her warm, it was rainy and cold when she arrived.


Saturday 12th of November 2016

Thanks so much for a lovely post with cheering pics. God bless the Duchess for keeping our spirits up. And great to have another engagement to look forward to later in the month.

Thanks too for the discussion on fashion rules. For my own part I’d have said fashion probably starts when the rules are thrown out. I’m sometimes surprised at some of these so-called rules which still seem to be held dear over on the other side of the pond, I’ve always thought those of you in the US and Canada were supposed to be more forward-looking than us stuck-in-a-tweedy-rut Britishers!

I don’t have a problem with white being worn in winter and I’ve accepted that it’s a fashion colour for this year. And the advantages of cross-season or resort wear are obvious and simply another current trend, easier on the purse for consumers and prolonging the selling season for fashion labels.

Love those Milli Millu bags. I’m not much of a fan of monograms but these are very discreetly done.

Just a small link here, was intrigued to see another willowy lady in a droopy red-on-white pattern dress with Emma Watson. Our Duchess is right on-trend it seems.


Friday 11th of November 2016

Some of the photos of Princess Charlotte show a family resemblance to her grandmother, the Queen.


Friday 11th of November 2016

Why are the ads now invading half of your web page? It's very annoying.


Friday 11th of November 2016

Thank you for commenting. I wish I had an answer for you, but the page looks the same to me as it has for some time. I checked on a desktop, iPad and iPhone, but am not seeing a change in the ad display, hopefully it is just a glitch that will disappear. :(


Friday 11th of November 2016

The extra photos are lovely, especially some of the headshots. She really is a beauty.

I've made the point about the different attitude to seasonal dressing here before. Commenters who haven't spent time in Northern Europe may not be aware, but the climate in the UK is most similar to that of the Pacific Northwest - i.e. cool summers, mild winters (snow is rare) and a lot of rain year-round. As someone mentioned below, you really do have to select your outfit for a particular day based on what you see when you look out the window that morning - there isn't a custom of packing away all your winter clothes in March, knowing that you won't be needing them for a good six months :) I am always a bit surprised when people cite the Labor Day 'rule' in astonishment - surely nobody would expect that to apply outside of the US? Anyway, I think the red and white McQueen is hideous, but not because it's inappropriate for autumn :)


Saturday 12th of November 2016

I'm glad someone else has problems with that red-and-white Mcqueen. Once or twice I've thought I might be about to 'get' it, but mostly it just jars with me. Something oddly static about that pattern on soft fabric, an odd mix somehow.


Saturday 12th of November 2016

I work on the principle, getup; ope/ blinds to see what season we are having that morning and choose from wardrobe accordingly. However if sun shining always add umbrella and jacket or cardigan.

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