Hello-hello, we have several quick updates to share and a look at a few runway collections from London Fashion Week. We begin with a new engagement for Kate, presuming she is well enough to attend.
- Tuesday, October 10: Kate, William and Harry are slated to attend a reception at Buckingham Palace on World Mental Health Day. The event “will celebrate the contribution of those working in the mental health sector across the UK.”
More from The Standard:
It will also be the royals first chance to thank those from the sector for the support they provide to so many going through difficult times in their lives.
Guests have been invited from across the country, including by the UK’s leading mental health organisations.
A look at one of the invitations as shared on Twitter by Samuel Carvalho.
Next, Kate’s introduction of a new video from the Anna Freud Centre.
The video was released Monday; it is about the Centre’s new “You’re never too young to talk mental health” campaign focused on supporting mental health in schools.
The campaign kicks off with an animation co-produced by children and teachers and includes an introduction from HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, who is Patron of the charity. The animation is accompanied by free teaching materials designed to help children learn the life-long skills to help them talk about ‘big’ and ‘small’ feelings, and how to listen to their friends when they need to talk.
This graphic offers the text of Kate’s introduction.
It looks like Kate’s part of the video was taped back in January when she visited the Freud Centre. The Duchess was in an Eponine London dress for that engagement; the dress and her hair are the same in the video.
Here is the full 6-minute video.
It seems Christmas has come early for the Duchess of Cambridge with the news that two of her much-loved fashion brands – Preen and L K Bennett – are collaborating
More from Glamour:
The prints featured as part of this capsule are inspired by the work of Scottish watercolor artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh. “We based most of our prints, the graphic lines, and the main color scheme on these which you can see if you view all of the collection garments together,” Thornton explains.
L.K. Bennett x Preen brings together the best of both brands—sophisticated staples (such as long-sleeved party dresses, knee-length skirts, and collared shirts) and sharp, eye-catching details (like graphic prints and asymmetrical hems).
Olivia Palermo was seen at London Fashion Week wearing a dress from the collection. Alongside we show a sketch of a dress from illustrator Jenny Walton via Glamour.
From Women’s Wear Daily:
Highlights include a handkerchief-hem dress and a cold-shoulder, dévoré wrap dress with pink accents.
This photo comes via Harper’s Bazaar UK.
Back to Glamour’s story:
L.K. Bennett x Preen drops in full on October 5, with pieces starting at $295 and capping out at $825. Until then the speculation begins: Which item will the Duchess be placing a personal order for?
Here is a link to a page with an email link, you can send an email expressing your interest in getting updates on the collection.
Also today, a glance at two of the latest runway shows with styles for spring/summer 2018. Temperley London showed at London Fashion Week on Sunday.
From Vogue’s review:
The best of these were Temperley’s sequined jumpsuits and—without a doubt the standout look in the show—her matched sequin-striped wrap top and cropped trouser set in black and silver. The look wasn’t so outré as to be alienating to the core Temperley customer, but it had a confident, tomboyish sexiness that would draw a second glance from a Temperley skeptic.
You can see the entire collection on the Temperley site.
These two graphics offer a brief look at some of the prints being used in the collection.
Now to the Erdem s/s 2018 collection. The inspiration involves Queen Elizabeth II; this is from the show notes:
For the first time Erdem has taken a piece of music as the starting point for his inspiration and the result is a joyful, spirited Spring Summer 2018 collection. It imagines the young Elizabeth embarking on a secret, lifelong love affair with jazz.
From The Guardian’s review:
Almost every piece in this collection had wow factor in spades. This collection showed a sexier side to the Erdem look, thanks to portrait necklines that bared models’ necks and shoulders, a contrast to the high-necked Victoriana he has become associated with.
And from the Vogue review:
There were brocade coats—fitted in front, with Watteau swinging in back—and variations on prim checked tailored coats. Ribbons inspired by royal decorations became fastenings on bustier dresses or shoulder-bows. Pearl and gold embroideries of leeks and flowers imitated the symbols Hartnell planted in the queen’s coronation gown.
There was also a terrific group of styles done in a Prince of Wales check.
Erdem has posted the collection, runway video and backstage looks on its site.
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