Kate chose Irish designer Orla Kiely for her engagements in Oxford today.
More on the organization and its work from The Telegraph’s story:
The Duchess, who studied history of art at university, chose The Art Room as one of the first four charities to which she has given her patronage, as she is a firm believer in the power of art to help build self-esteem.
The charity helps to fund art teachers who give children intensive sessions in a specially-designated part of each school, where they create objects they can take home and keep
The students created an apron for Kate, much like those worn by their Art Room teachers.
Here we see Kate with one of the young artists at Rose Hill, watching students paint their interpretations of the famous Edward Lear poem “The Owl and The Pussycat.”
After her time at Rose Hill Kate moved on to Oxford Spires, where students eagerly awaited her arrival.
Below we see Kate being presented with flowers as she arrives.
The dress is officially called the Birdie Shirt Dress, crafted of a wool jacquard. The dress originally retailed at £325 ($485), but was on sale for £162 ($242), a discount of 50%.
It features 4 oversized buttons on the front bodice, deep pleats at the waist front and back, pockets on the side seams and a self-belt.
The UK site offered the piece in Walnut and Turquoise, while the US site also carried it in Slate, all sizes at all online sites now appear to be sold out.
This talented designer is best known for her distinctive prints, her products have been sold handbags, stationery and other paper products, housewares and tabletop pieces, she also did a line for the Tate. You can visit the Orla Kiely shop here, and have a peek at her spring styles. If you would like a look at many of the Kiely style’s shown for London Fashion Week, they are in our previous post here.
Some US residents may have been first introduced to her work via her collaboration with Target in 2009.
She has even designed for cars and other motor vehicles, like this bus.
Many will recognize Kate’s booties, they are the Aquatalia Rouge, originally noted by fashion fans when the Duchess joined her fiance at the time, William, for an appearance in Anglesey.
The booties are now sold only at Nordstrom, they have been renamed the “Royal,” and appear to be available in all sizes as of this writing.
Kate also carried her black clutch and wore her Kiki McDonough Grace earrings.
Also today, a quick look at several style by designers at London Fashion Week.
McQ by Alexander McQueen held its first London show in quite some time, below we share two pieces well-suited to the Duchess, in a silhouette she seems to like.
If one added several inches in length to either of the red McQ frocks they would appear almost tailor-made for Kate.
Showing in London yesterday, Erdem.
The designer’s signature touches were evident: the lace overlays, circumspect hem lengths, along with sophisticated suits and dresses.
Simply put, the collection exuded a ladylike aesthetic, one Kate appreciates.
Today’s final note involves Kate and William’s dog, Lupo. That’s right, today it was revealed the four-legged family member has been named Lupo.