We have information on the designer for that green shawl worn by the Duchess last week, along with updates on a number of items being re-issued.
The piece Kate selected to wear for much-documented trip to the grocery store is said to be by American designer Minnie Rose. The company specializes in luxury knitwear, offering elegant, snuggly wraps, shawls and tops, Kate’s shawl is 100% cashmere.
While we haven’t yet found the specific piece worn above, similar items can be found at Saks, or Amazon. And Neimans has a lovely new group in white, lavender and soft coral, but again, not the piece seen here. The majority of items retail at abut $200 and up, although the new cotton group at
Needless Markup Neimans is much less, those pieces are primarily made of cotton.
Minnie Rose does not offer online shopping at their site, but you can find a list of retailers here. Also, People StyleWatch says the shawl is, or was (I would guess past tense is more appropriate, I can’t imagine it is available anywhere at this point) available in the UK at Donna Ida stores.
To learn more about the brand and read an interview with company founder Lisa Shaller-Goldberg, click here.
Next, updates on two shoes worn recently by Kate, beginning with the
Greta Kate wedge from LK Bennett; the shoe will be reissued in June, and the style name is changing to “Kate”. Readers may recall seeing the Duchess wearing the black patent espadrille throughout the day before her wedding, as well as the day after the big event, as she and William departed Buckingham Palace for a quiet weekend.
The black patent espadrille will retail at approximately $265, and may be ordered now, but be advised there is already a wait list. Those lucky enough to be near the only LK Bennett store in the US (Michigan Ave., Chicago) can see the shoe and get their name on a list.
Another shoe receiving a lot of attention, the French Sole flat worn when Kate was attending to the family grocery shopping last week. The company’s Facebook page now says the shoe is the India style.
In other news, the scent worn by Kate on her wedding day “White Gardenia Petals” by Illuminum, is also selling out.
Roullier White offers the item in the UK, and has this message on their site:
“Illuminum, the small independent artisan perfumery, is pulling out all the stops to bottle this incredible fragrance as fast as they can. We will send out deliveries in the order they come in to us, but there will be a longer than usual delay whilst we do so. We thank you for your patience, you will not be disappointed, White Gardenia Petals is well worth the little wait!”
In North America the perfume is sold through Lucky Scent. The smaller (50ml) bottle is $140, and the larger size is $190, both are out of stock until July. However, you can place preorders online at Lucky Scent.
One other tidbit about the perfume, Illuminum is launching a line of hair products that will not only make your hair smell lovely, they are also supposed to have nutrients and help protect it from the sun. White Gardenia Petals is one of four scents included in the July launch, Roullier White is expected to carry the new collection.
A few other tidbits:
- Pelham Robinson will not be making copies of the earrings worn by the Duchess on her wedding day, telling the Daily Mail “We’ve been asked countless times to replicate the Duchess of Cambridge’s earrings, but we won’t be doing this.”
- Several media outlets are reporting that Kate’s younger sister, the oh-so-popular Pippa Middleton, will accompany Kate and William on their Canadian and US visit in JulyÂ From the Daily Star:
“Kate Middleton wants little sis Pippa to be her senior lady-in-waiting when she and Prince William visit California in June. It is a daunting tour for Kate and she wants someone she trusts at her side riding shotgun,” confided one family friend.”
That would add an interesting dynamic to the trip. If possible, it is likely to make the media frenzy even worse.
We close with a look at the remarkable talents of a WKW reader, the amazingly gifted Nicole from Beaufrog. Nicole made her very own version of that Zara dress worn by Kate the day after her marriage, seen up above in the LK Bennett marketing piece. And now… (drum roll please)… Nicole’s version:
Not only did Nicole whip up this fantastic number, she shared a tutorial on her site as well! Way to go, and many thanks from this side of the pond for sharing with all of us!