As most readers are aware there is an abundance of re-issued and ‘copyKate’ merchandise, not to mention other products created ‘in the style of,’ some with loose ties to the Duchess’s style, others with almost no connection at all.
The Ruffle Trim Classic Trench is similar to the Burberry coat Kate wore to Northern Ireland in March. The “in the style of” New York & Co. coat comes in both khaki and black, selling at $89.95.
The collection also includes a rather Catherine Walker-ish gray dress, a navy dress copying elements seen in some of Kate’s, a wrap dress with Issa-like lines done in a Diane von Furstenburg-ish/Pucci-esque print, and a pair of skinny jeans not unlike many we have seen on the Duchess.
The entire collection may be seen online, although we have been told several styles are selling out quickly.
Next, we move to copies of specific dresses, with news that pieces in Lord & Taylor’s “Royal Affair” collection are now available for shipping.Â The dresses are from ABS by Allen B. Schwartz, including this one named “Kate’s Morning Church Gown.”
The gown is $1100, UPS shipping is free. Here is a closer look at the lace:
Of course there is a copy of “Kate’s Reception Dress,” $450.
Other copies of the original Alexander McQueen gowns include the evening reception dress in black, along with copies of Pippa’s dress in several colors, these are priced at $390.
At Nordstrom sales have been booming for their copyKate dresses, I am told the Duchess Gown shown below is already sold out in sizes 4, 14 and 16, and these dresses don’t even start shipping until September 15.Â The price point on the dress may be contributing to its popularity, at $698 for the Nordstrom copy-Kate dress seen below compared to $1100 for the repli-Kate dress shown above, those on a budget wanting a gown similar to Kate’s are likely to go for this one at $698.
JS Collections appears to do the most Kate copies, it is their dress shown immediately above at Nordstrom.
Next, other repli-Kate dresses by JS Collections, many readers will recognize the navy lace dress by Erdem from the North American tour (more here) on the far left below, the “Royalty Inspired Lace Dress” shown next to it is $158 at Dillard’s. One note of caution, this dress isn’t available until at least December 15. (Our thanks to Brittney on FB for the snappy ‘repli-Kate’ term!)
Above right you see Kate in that stunning McQueen gown worn to the BAFTA dinner in Hollywood this July (more on that here), the “Royalty-inspired Chiffon Gown” is $250 at Dillard’s, but like the navy lace frock, this dress won’t be available until December 15.
The dresses *are* offered in a broader range of sizes, 2-16 and 18E-24E, but we have no inkling of the prices for these gowns. If interested, Faviana allows you to search for stores carrying the dresses by zip code or state.
Also this week, word about Kate’s Aquatalia boots, including great news for both US and Canadian shoppers: Aquatalia’s new ecommerce site is up and running, you can now purchase directly from the company in addition to shopping online at Zappos, Endless and other outlets.
More good news, several Aquatalia by Marvin K. styles seen on Kate can now be purchased at Nordstrom, we show the brand’s “Royal” bootie below.
The booties are $398, the style is exclusive to Nordstrom. Those looking for the Rumba boot (previously known in the UK as the Hi and Dry) Kate wore to St. Andrews with her red Spagnoli suit (more here) will also find this style exclusively at Nordstrom.
The boots feature a stacked heel, they are made of waterproof stretch suede and priced at $695.
To make things more confusing, Aquatalia is offering what-used-to-be-called-the-Rumba, but it has been “updated” and renamed the “Flinch” boot. The biggest distinctions between the two styles:
- the Rumba heel is 3″, the Flinch is 3.4″ (but has an 0.8″ inside platform so the actual walking height is actually 2.6″, a very comfy heel)
- both have a rubber sole, the Flinch has that trademark Aquatalia anti-slip sole shown below
Also at the department store, the Kate boot.
The “Kate” is available in brown or black suede, with faux fur lining and cuff at the top that can be worn up, over the knee, they are $395.
One final footwear note that may be of interest (with apologies to those who already saw the WKW Facebook post): flash sale site Rue La La has two events this week offering shoe brands that Kate likes.Â The Aquatalia by Marvin K sale begins at 11am EDT tomorrow (Monday, 8.29.2011) on Rue La La, like all sales on the discount site it runs for 48 hours, but merchandise often sells out within several hours.
For those unfamiliar with Rue La La, it is one of many ‘members only’ (cough-cough) sites that offer deep discounts a limited period of time, the sales are online only. I make the snarky editorial comment about “membership,” because anyone with an active email address may join, if you need an invitation, just click here.