Thursday, December 29, 2011

Kate Watches Wills Playing Soccer

On Christmas Eve, Kate joined Prince Harry and Prince Charles to watch Wills play a game of soccer (known as football in the UK).

Kate looked fab bundled up in a chocolate brown L.K. Bennett 'Darwin' sheepskin jacket, cream-colored Temperly London 'Honeycomb tunic', blue jeans, a pair of green Wellies (Harry had matching ones!) and a brown, wide-brimmed hat.

The expresso 'Darwin' Jacket (£695) is part of L.K.Bennett Signature Collection. It has a full collar and cuffs with exposed shearling and a nipped waist. Fabric: 100% Toscana sheepskin. As of this writing it is sold out.

The Temperley London 'Honeycomb' Tunic is a lambswool roll neck sweater with an elongated honeycomb knit cuff. It retails for $480 and is currently sold out.

Kate's boots are Le Chameau Vierzonord Wellington Boots (£145).

The description from The Le Chameau website is as follows:

•Adjustable calf for closer fitting.
•Lined throughout with 2mm Neoprene.
•Le Chameau's famous Dual-Density sole.
•LADIES narrower & shaped fitting.

Kate wore a similar cowboy-inspired hat back in 2005 (picture above) to Gatcombe Park

Update 12/31/2011

Photo credit: WKW

Thanks to Melissa, Kate's jeans have been ID'd. They are Twenty8Twelve by S Miller (Savannah Jeans) - Dark Blue (£129.95).

Details about Kate's jeans:
"Distressed dark-blue straight leg jeans from Twenty8Twelve by S.Miller. The dark-blue stretch denim has a low-rise waist with a higher cut at back and features a classic five-pocket styling with welt patch pockets at back, belt loops, gold hardware, yellow stitching, a designer-stamped button and concealed zip fastening at waist. Made in a lightweight, soft and comfortable cotton stretch quality with a faded wash and slight distressing at pockets and cuffs."

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Kate Makes her Christmas Debut at Sandringham

Kate celebrated her first Christmas as a royal family member. She arrived at the St Mary Magdalene Church walking between her husband Prince William and his brother Prince Harry, with her in-laws Prince Charles and Camilla just ahead of them.

They were greeted by 3,000 people who had come to catch a glimpse of them.

After the service the royals stopped to chat with well-wishers. The Duchess, with the Duke at her side, was a crowd-pleaser as she spent 20 minutes greeting well-wishers and accepting flowers.

Kate looked elegant in a simple maroon coat by an unknown independent British designer. Her hat is a bespoke piece by milliner Jane Corbett.

The Duchess accessorized with black tights, black heels, black suede gloves, a maroon clutch and never before seen diamond drop earrings. Her hair looked gorgeous pulled half up with her signature loose curls hanging loose.

Earlier in the day

Earlier in the day, the royals attended an early private Christmas morning service on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk. Kate a grey coat, black suede knee-high Aquatalia boots and black tights.

Update 12/26/2011

I'm thinking that Kate's earrings are Kiki MCDonough. They could very well be a custom/bespoke version of the 18ct gold, citrine & diamond earrings Product Code: 54204 (thanks to WKW for the link). I have posted on the Facebook page and emailed their customer service to request confirmation and information about the stones used in Kate's earrings. I will update if/when I get the info.

Description from the matches fashion website about the earrings:

These diamond pave small hoop earrings are set in 18ct yellow gold with an oval citrine surrounded by diamond pave drops.
For pierced ears.

18ct yellow gold, citrine, diamonds.

Kate's shoes have been ID'd. The Daily Mail is reporting that they were were specially commissioned for the occasion. The black suede heels are by Spanish designer Mascaro, which also produces the Pretty Ballerinas range (£169). The shoes are from a previous season but will be reissued.

Also, thanks to Joanne who posted on DoCS. An almost identical pair are the LK Bennett Black 'Palermo Block Heel Platform Court Shoes.' They were originally £175 now marked down to £145. As of this writing they are sold out.

Info about the shoe:

Heel height: 11cm 

Heel Type:  Block 

Shoe Material:  Fabric 

Shoe Style:  Court Shoes, Rounded toe  

Update 1/3/2012

I have received confirmation from Laura at Matches Fashion that Kate did, in fact, wear Kiki McDonough earrings (she confirmed with Kiki McDonough). See here confirmation below:

"I have received confirmation from Kiki McDonough that the pair of earrings worn by the Duchess are the same style as per our website. The earrings worn by the Duchess were green amethyst and diamonds"
Update 1/23/2013
Thanks to 'My Small Obsessions' on FB, Kate's maroon clutch has been ID'ed! It is the suede 'Bayswater' clutch by Mulberry ($550). The duchess also has the clutch in black suede.
Mulberry/My Small Obsessions on FB

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Kate is Chic but Casual in Ralph Lauren on a Visit to Centerpoint Homeless Shelter

Today, Kate and William paid a visit to Centrepoint’s Camberwell Foyer Center in Camberwell (south east London). As a young boy, William and Harry, were regularly taken by their late mother on private visits to Centrepoint hostels across the capital to better understand the lives of those less fortunate than themselves. The couple is now following in the footsteps of Princess Diana.

Kate looked chic but casual in a Ralph Lauren Blue Label olive green wool sweater (jersey) dress. It cinched at her tiny waist with the black suede belt she wore to the Gary Barlow concert. She also wore blacks tights and her knee length black suede Aquatalia Rumba boots.

Details of the Ralph Lauren Blue Label 'Long-Sleeved Turtle Neck Dress' (Style #4993641) are as follows:
Price: £350
A long-sleeved turtleneck dress rendered in the softest blend of wool and cashmere for.
Self-starting ribbed turtleneck.
Ribbed cuffs, sewn hem.
Falls 23" from the natural waist.
80% wool, 20% cashmere. Dry clean. Imported.


As of this writing only sizes medium and large are still available on the Ralph Lauren Website.

Kate's boots are the Aquatalia by Marvin K 'Rumba' Weatherproof Boot ($695).
Additional details from the Nordstrom website include:

Weatherproof stretch suede fashions a sleek, stacked-heel boot with a partial side zipper. The slip-resistant rubber sole offers excellent wet-weather traction, while the soft microfiber lining keeps feet dry.
Approx. heel height: 3".
Approx. boot shaft height: 16"; 14" calf circumference.
Nappa suede/microfiber lining/rubber sole.

The Duchess kept her jewelry to a minimum and wore her Kiki McDonough 'Grace' white topaz and diamond earrings (£695) as well as her gorgeous sapphire and diamond engagement ring.

The Duke and Duchess also took part in a cooking class making low fat mince pies and gingerbread.

They concluded their visit by watching a performance by the winner of ‘Centrepoint’s Got Talent.' William even participated by showing off some of his dance moves while Kate looked on and smiled.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Kate Sparkles in McQueen at the Sun Military Awards

William and Kate were joined by Prince Harry as they attended the Sun Military Awards at the Imperial War Museum in central London. Also known as 'the Millies' (or Night of Heroes), the annual military awards show recognizes servicemen and women.

Kate walked the red carpet in a strapless, black velvet, full length custom Alexander McQueen dress (£4,995). Her gorgeous dress had a frill trim around the bust and a fishtail-style skirt.

Kate's dress is reminiscent of the black strapless taffeta evening gown (by Elizabeth Emanuel) that Princess Diana wore on her first official appearance after her engagement to Prince Charles.

The Duchess of Cambridge accessorized with sparkly earrings (seen at Zara Phillips wedding and in Canada) and a chunky diamond & ruby necklace and matching bracelet that she received as a wedding gift from a family friend.

She held a matching black velvet clutch and donned Jimmy Choo 'Cosmic' ( £435) black suede platform pumps (heel height 120mm / 4.8"). Kate's shiny brunette locks were styled into loose curls with a side part.

The Duchess of Cambridge presented The Most Outstanding Soldier award to Ryan McCready

Earlier in the Day

Kate and William attended a luncheon hosted by The Queen at Buckingham Palace. The couple were among the close relatives invited.

Update 12/20/2011

Thanks to 'My Small Obsessions' here are some close-ups of Kate's beautiful necklace and bracelet (top two).

Looking through McQueen dresses, this is the closest one to Kate's that was once available off the rack, but now sold out (originally $6,850 reduced when on sale to $3,425).

Description from the Net-A-Porter Website:
Strapless gown
Black velvet
Sweetheart neckline
Boned bodice with underwired cups
Half scalloped trim at skirt
Sheer chiffon lower skirt
Partially lined
Concealed zip fastening along back
60% silk, 33% rayon, 7% cotton; lining: 71% acetate, 29% silk

Kate's clutch has been ID'd (thanks to WKW). It is the black velvet clutch bag by Pretty Ballerina (reduced from £185 to £111). As of this writing, it is sold out.

The following description is from the 'Large Designer Shoes' website:

Pretty Ballerina black velvet clutch bag with oversized bow on the front. Double magnetic clasp fastening. Interior zipper pocket. Lined in Jaime Mascaro logo fabric. Bag measures: 29cm long x 17cm high
Update 1/15/2014
Blogger 'Duchess Kate' has received confirmation from Mouawad ( that they were instrumental in the design and manufacture of Kate's gorgeous necklace and bracelet. They have a piece reminiscent of Kate's displayed on their website called the 'Haute Joaillerie Diamond, Ruby, 18K White Gold Necklace and Earrings Suite.'
Another piece, an 18K white gold, diamond, ruby and pearl set that included a matching bib necklace, bracelet, earrings and ring was worn Najwa Karam (a Middle Eastern superstar) was posted on the Mouawad FB page. The necklace and bracelet have distinct elements seen in Kate's set.
Mouawad FB Page
Thanks to 'My Small Obsessions' and one of her FB followers, we see that Kate's necklace and bracelet are not bespoke. Moroccan singer Samira Said, wore the same set.