We have some tour updates and a possible new engagement on the agenda for the Duchess. We begin with that second topic; below, our Kate’s Calendar entry:
We are back with a few fashion-related updates, as well as a look at Prince Harry’s Invictus Games, as they are being called.
We begin with word that there really isn’t any news about how the Duchess is doing. Following last Monday’s announcement of her second pregnancy and accompanying illness Kate’s immediate engagements were canceled with the exception of Wednesday night’s Invictus Games Opening Ceremony. Unfortunately that also had to be canceled because the Duchess was simply too ill to attend. At this point she continues being treated at Kensington Palace. The Malta trip remains a question mark, Palace officials will announce this Wednesday whether or not Kate is able to make the trip. (My gut instinct is she will not be able to go to Malta and officials need the time to decide which royal will go in her place.)
It is that odd time of year when it is just beginning to get colder and the runway styles being shown are for warmer temps. Designers are now showing their spring/summer 2015 collections: New York Fashion Week concluded last Thursday and London FW kicked off on Friday. As one might expect, there’s plenty of discussion about which styles could work for Kate with a focus on those that might make brilliant maternity wear.
More from Style.com’s review of the show:
“It’s blatantly Marilyn Monroe,” Jenny Packham said of her Spring muse. “She’s been there all my life, but I’ve rediscovered her again.” The designer took her research quite seriously this season, poring over images, visiting Monroe’s bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel, even traveling to Jersey to glimpse a private collection of Monroe’s dresses. “She’s still so relevant,” said Packham. “What she wore doesn’t date.”
We are back with a look at the spring 2014 collections from some of Kate’s “go to” designers.
The show rundown backstage.
There was no shortage of celebrities on hand to see the collection. Below, actress Anna Kendrick (L) and Peaches Geldorf (R). Ms. Kendrick wears the Primrose shirt and skirt from the Cruise 14 collection, Ms. Geldorf was in the Aya dress from this fall’s collection.
Also enjoying front row status, singer/songwriter Gabrielle Aplin and actress Rose Leslie; on the far right we see model Yasmin le Bon. All three women are sporting Temperley and/or ALICE by Temperley designs.
This trio of photos by LDN Fashion offers a splendid overview of looks for next spring.
Two images from the Temperley Facebook page also offer perspective.
The first looks down the runway were crafted in a lush pink and maroon/burgundy palette.
For critical reaction to the collection we turn to British Vogue.
Princess pretty, and proof – if it were needed – that pink will still be going strong as a trend next summer, Temperley began with a tiered dress of raspberry, plum and blush – its voluminous silhouette setting the tone for much of the collection.
The next group featured more muted tones but the feeling remained elegant and luxurious.
More reaction via Women’s Wear Daily:
Alice Temperley delivered a charming, retro and very English interpretation of la dolce vita. The prints said it all — leopard spots mingling with a tumble of pink or mauve orchid blossoms — as did the pale Wedgwood colors, applied to Sixties couture shapes in heavy silks.
Some of the leopard sports referenced by WWD.
The black, purple and lavender group was effective.
The palette made for striking pieces.
Back to the British Vogue review:
Leopard print broke up the girliness though – a fabulous full-length skirt fell from a lilac appliquéd upper in a moment that spawned an immediate waiting list. Another mint green bejeweled tunic proved that Temperley knows her customer and gives them just what they want.
From the Style.com review:
Key pieces included trapeze shapes and a new way to deliver a bolero jacket, with sleeves that were structured and flowy at the same time. But, as always, it was the surface details—the rose damask fabrics, the complete symmetry of the embroidered flowers on organza, the crystal embellishments, and the cherry-blossom prints—that seduced. Temperley has such a sure hand, she even made a leopard print mixed with a lilac floral look good.
These were three of my favorite looks, they typify what I perceive to be a significant part of the Temperley aesthetic: light, floaty, and feminine designs.
The detail work on some of the garments is exquisite.
An even closer look.
Some of the handwork is so delicate, work on it required a magnifying glass.
Another look via Temperley’s Communications Director, Madeleine Macey.
There were a very few styles that didn’t work for me. The white ensembles seen below were somehow reminiscent of vintage honeymoon lingerie, although the satin coats are clearly beautiful pieces that would stand on their own merit. And as much as I love pink and satin, the two styles below reminded me of prom dresses, the satin borders in combination with the pink flowers detracted from the overall look.
The wrap-up from Women’s Wear Daily’s review:
What the clothes sometimes lacked in youth and modernity, they made up for with dazzling workmanship and gentility.
Three final styles.
It was a beautiful collection, I was surprised by how appealing the leopard paired with the floral motifs looked.
As with any collection from this designer, it is always fun to think of what Kate might wear; this is the closing line from British Vogue’s show review:
It’s going to be fun watching the Duchess of Cambridge take her pick of this selection next summer.
There are any number of garments that are ideal for Kate’s style, making a short list would be quite a challenge.
One note for those fond of Kate’s Odele sheepskin coat by Temperley, the piece is back in stock for fall.
Made of luxuriously soft sheepskin, it has the suede side of the skin facing out and is lined with flat haired sheepskin allowing a snug and flattering fit. The cut is feminine and sharp with a nipped in waist. Leather trim and gold metal hardware complete the look. –
Be advised this one will take a toll on the pocketbook, it retails for $3280.
Also today, a look at new designs by Alice Temperley for her very successful Somerset collection offered exclusively at John Lewis. But these styles are not for adults – the collection is expanding to include girls’ sizes. Below, a pink knit sweater (jumper) and acorn print separates.
More from British Vogue:
….will feature dresses and separates that echo pieces in the womenswear collection – and the designer hopes that her new mini customers will love them just as much.
It isn’t difficult to spot some of the designer’s signature touches.
There is a total of 16 pieces in the debut Girls collection, designed for ages four to twelve.
The collection launches this Thursday, September 26.
For US residents interested in the collection, John Lewis does ship to the US.
Our other looks today are from the Topshop Unique runway, one of the retailer’s boutique lines. There was also a celebrity-filled front row at this venue, including Anna Wintour, Sir Philip Green (owner of the retail powerhouse) and Kate Moss.
Some of the models backstage.
One of the key color palettes included a rich blue and deep green, used in geometric patterns.
Most looks were decidedly casual with relaxed silhouettes.
One has to work harder to imagine Kate in pieces from this show, the clarity of vision isn’t quite so obvious.
To see all of the show looks on the runway, click here to visit Topshop’s Pinterest page.
We will be back in just a few days with more runway styles and an exciting giveaway!