Within minutes of Kate's appearance at the Ark charity dinner twitter was all of a.......well twitter about her stunning Jenny Packham powder pink gown from her spring/summer 11 line originally retailing in the UK for £3,835 but available on sale at mytheresa.com for £2,685 (in stock in a UK size 10 & 12, US 6 & 8)
On her feet Kate returned to high street favourite LK Bennett with the Agata Sandal in Rose, retailing for £175
**UPDATE** It has been confirmed that Kate was wearing the Reiss Peacock dress and the LK Bennett Sledge2 shoes. Details below!
On what had to be one of the hottest days of the year here in London, the newlywed Kate stepped out in a white and nude ensemble for the Epsom derby.
Lets face it determining the dress she is wearing is going to be quite the challenge but we are putting forward two potential contenders.....the Reiss Sonia perhaps, retailing for £195?
Why? well the skirt part is very similar, both the fabric and length would match Kates outfit, plus the top part of the dress is fairly revealing which could explain why Kate teemed it with a very modest military style jacket from Joseph, the Nessie Tweed (not available for sale in cream but Selfridges do stock it in the Navy costing £460).
The second contender is the Reiss Peacock also in Cream (retailing for £195)
This has a more modest top to the dress which is in keeping with Kate's style, however, there seems to be a bit more skirt to the dress than the dress Kate is wearing.
We do know that Kate has a couple of Reiss pieces waiting in the wings so could the Sonia or the Peacock be one of them? We will be sure to let you know if we find out!
For her shoes we have two contenders both from LK Bennett
Either the Sledge shoe in Light Taupe patent leather
Or the Sledge 2 also in Light Taupe leather but not quite so shiny!
Both retail for £175.
Kate's clutch was also from LK Bennett the Natalie (now sold out) and retails for £140.
We will be sure to update you once we get confirmation from the retailers.
Continuing her support of the British High Street Kate accessorised her Reiss Shola Bandage Dress with Black pointed court shoes from LK Bennett. The Bella retails for £145 and there are still a few left in stock.
Back fresh from her honeymoon Kate meets the Obamas wearing the beautiful Shola Bandage Dress in Camel from Reiss retailing for a very respectable £175. Her black clutch was the Maud by Anya Hindmarch (not currently available).
Get it while its still in stock! ** UPDATE** Well it was in stock when we took the above screen shot but it is now sold out.....will let you know if they expect to get it back in stock.
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It had us stumped for a while, but it is now being reported that Kate was wearing a cashmere ruffle wrap from a little known American Brand (at least here in the UK!) Minnie Rose.
In the UK the brand only seems available at Donna Ida which happens to have a shop in Belgravia, one of Kates favourite shopping areas. In the US both Saks and Amazon are stockists. Although Kates wrap above is no longer available, we will certainly be keeping an eye out for Minnie Rose's Autumn/Winter collection!
*Update* several readers have noted that Kate's wrap may not be by Minnie Rose as was widely reported by the press. The Minnie Rose website is also not featuring Kate as part of their "media" section so I think we have to assume it is probably not a Minnie Rose (thanks Melissa for the heads up). Never the less we will keep our eyes peeled and hope that the designer of Kates wrap comes to light soon.
PS. If you are a knitter and want to knit your own Kate inspired wrap Ravelry.com are selling the pattern to a Princess Kate Shawl for a very reasonable £3 ($5). Thank you Debbie for finding and sharing the pattern with us!
An update on the French Sole ballet flats that Kate wore for her trip to Waitrose last week. They were the India style in brown moc-croc patent. According to the website the India:
"Suits a narrow to medium width fitting and has an elegant low vamp, which reveals a little toe cleavage, and has a quarter inch heel. An elegant and durable well-balanced ballet flat wardrobe essential."
If you like a little "toe cleavage" then the ballet flats are currently out of stock here. In the US the brand trades under the name London Sole and surprise surprise they are also out of stock here. I suspect these will be back in stock shortly!
LK Bennett wedges
On Friday LK Bennett confirmed that the black wedges Kate wore both pre and post wedding were the Greta from their 2009 range and is sadly no longer available :-(
The good news is that the Greta is being relaunched this season as the Maddox in both Turquoise and Coral for £165.
Will keep you posted when they finally go on sale.
PS. no news on that gorgeous Green Shawl as soon as I get any news I will be sure to share!
Taking her new role as the Housewife Duchess seriously Kate was spotted by The Daily Mail at her local Waitrose in Anglesey.
Sporting skinny black jeans, a cream v neck jumper and a green ruffled shawl it was nice to see Kate in "dress down" mode.
**UPDATE** According to the Daily Mail updated article Kate was wearing a pair of French Sole brown mock-croc ballet pumps (£92) and a pair of faded black Hudson skinny jeans (costing £195, the brand is apparently her favourite).
She’s also wearing the same pair of Hope Egg earrings (by Links of London £275) that appeared in the couple’s official engagement photo taken by Mario Testino.
As Kate and Wills headed off for their mini-moon to an undisclosed location Kate looked ever radiant in a cornflour blue pleated dress from Zara's current collection which retails for the bargain price of £49.99 (paired with those staple black wedges from LK Bennett).
Needless to say by the time the mini-moon was over, the stock of Zara dresses had completely diminished. Heres hoping Zara manage to get some new stock in just in time for summer!
There are no words, which can justly describe Kates wedding dress it was truly fit for a Princes. Classic, elegant, sophisticated and utterly exquisite. As the whole world now knows "that dress" was designed by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen with much input from the bride herself!
The dress had to be "big" to fill the epic space that is Westminster Abbey, it also had to be modest. The current trend for strapless dresses is just not appropriate for the wedding of the future head of the Church of England!
The lace work was genius in preserving her "modesty" but also came across as very modern with the high collar and plunging v-neck.
"The lace appliqué for the bodice and skirt was hand-made by the Royal School of Needlework, based at Hampton Court Palace. The lace design was hand-engineered (appliquéd) using the Carrickmacross lace-making technique, which originated in Ireland in the 1820s. Individual flowers have been hand-cut from lace and hand-engineered onto ivory silk tulle to create a unique and organic design, which incorporates the rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock."
Apparently the needleworkers had to wash their hands every 30 minutes to keep the lace and threads clean!
This is the dress that I suspect will redefine bridal fashion for the next decade!
Arriving at the five star Goring Hotel in Belgravia on the day before her wedding Kate looked amazing in a Navy print summer dress with black wedges.
The designer/make of the dress remains a mystery which is annoying since it is one of my favourite Kate outfits (if anyone knows who it is by please let me know!!). The black wedges are from LK Bennett and retail for £129.99 sadly they aren't available on the website. However, I have spotted these very similar wedges for half the price (£60) at Office!
Once the brand every chav aspired too Burberry has undergone a quiet yet meticulous transformation (think Emma Watson) in recent years finally receiving the (almost) royal stamp of approval in March when Kate stepped out for a pancake toss in the Burberry trench coat.Kate wears it well and the ruffle hem brings a girly touch to what can often be a boring style of coat.
Part of the Spring/Summer 11 collection the Burberry trench coat retails for £650 and predictably is.....sold out......well it was, turns out the coat is back in stock!!! Bravo Burberry.
A blustery February day saw Kate and Will up in Anglesey christening a lifeboat!
Kate wore a fascinator by Wiltshire designer Vivien Sheriff a very close replica of the fascinator, the aptly named Katerina Sisal, is still for sale on Viviens website for £155
According to the Daily Mail the Herringbone coat was designed by Katherine Hooker and has been in Kate's wardrobe for over 5 years (its first outing was at the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2006). Costing £700 the coat has been shortened from a mid calf length to a more fashionable above the knee length. Bravo Kate for your Make, Do and (A)mend approach!
In February 2011, Will and Kate went on their first official engagement back to St Andrews University where they first met. The red suit although not a favourite of mine was designed by Luisa Spagnoli an Italian designer. According to "herdaily" Kate purchased the suit from Hollie de Keyser in Knightsbridge.
Teamed with her staple black knee boots and black accessories Kate has turned what could be quite a frumpy suit into a sweet outfit. The devil is in the detail even her black leather gloves have a red lining!