We are back with some news and our first polls looking at Kate’s 2016 wardrobe, beginning with one of my favorite topics: shoes. First, today’s confirmation by Kensington Palace that Kate, William, Prince George and Princess Charlotte will be based in London starting in the autumn.
From the statement:
Their Royal Highnesses love their time in Norfolk and it will continue to be their home.
From this autumn, however, the Duke and Duchess will increasingly base their family at Kensington Palace. As they have in recent years, their royal Highnesses are keen to continue to increase their official work on behalf of the Queen and for the charities and causes they support, which will require greater time spent in London.
Prince George will begin school in London in September and Princess Charlotte will also go to nursery and eventually school in London as well.
The release also notes that Prince William will be giving up his duties as a Pilot with East Anglia Air Ambulance,
It has been a huge privilege to fly with the East Anglia Air Ambulance. Following on from my time in the military, I have had experiences in this job I will carry with me for the rest of my life, and that will add a valuable perspective to my royal work for decades to come.”
We will stay with the story and update as appropriate.
Before we get to the polls, a big ‘thank you’ to everyone commenting on our posts taking a broad view of Kate’s clothing last year. The first (“2016: The Year Kate Amped Up Her Working Wardrobe“) looked at styles from the many new designers/brands the Duchess patronized last year. The second post (“Designs that Packed a Punch in 2016“) focused on style statements that came from designers the Duchess had previously worn, and all of the input was terrific. It was fascinating to see what you would have included/omitted from the lists.
Now to the shoes. We saw the introduction of 18 new pairs of dress shoes last year, and five pairs that were more casual in design. It was difficult deciding how to break up the different styles, hopefully putting some in the ‘casual’ category won’t seem terribly odd. We start with the Rupert Sanderson ‘Malory’ ($675) in navy suede, worn to a February service in honor of the RAF Air Cadets.
The Duchess was in a new pair of LK Bennett Fern Pumps ($345) in the ‘trench’ (nude) colorway when arriving in India at the start of this spring’s tour.
At a May garden party, the Duchess was in a new pair of Gianvito Rossi heels, the Signature 105 pumps ($675) in the ‘Praline’ colorway.
For a children’s tea party at the Natural History Museum Kate wore the Hugo Boss “Staple P90-L” in embossed leather, another new brand for Kate’s footwear collection.
For America’s Cup events in May Kate was in a new pair of sneakers, the Adidas Pure Boost in black and shock green ($120).
We’ll see you early next week!