Sunday, September 30, 2012

Kate Attends the Kelaart -- Heathcote-Amory Wedding

For the first time since returning home from her South Asian tour, Kate stepped out to attend the wedding of family friends Thierry Kelaart and Patrick Heathcote-Amory in Nettlebed, Oxon.

Joining the rest of the Middleton clan at St Bartholomew's church, The Duchess witnessed the nuptials.

Once again, she shopped her closet for her wedding attire. Kate donned the same pale grey silk dress with an embroidered floral motif by Erdem she wore for the Trooping the Color ceremony back in June.

The Duchess accessorised her outfit by adding a simple, but elegant white hat to her ensemble, a silver clutch (still unidentified) and her favourite beige patent LK Bennett “Sledge” court shoes.

Finishing off the look, Kate wore her Azuni London Semi Precious Stone Drop Earrings (£22.50).

A note on Kate's clutch

There has been wide speculation that Kate's clutch could be a modified version of the Alexander McQueen clutch posted above. I have contacted McQueen and will post any updated information when I received it.

Update 9/30/2012

Kate's hat has been ID'd! It is by Jane Corbett. Per her FB Page:

'How lovely to see HRH The Duchess of Cambridge wearing one of my hats at a wedding on Saturday, a soft grey hat with organdie trim that I embroidered to match the dress.....I so enjoyed making that particular piece!'
Photo credit: Jane Corbett Textile Artist on FB
Update 1/29/2013
Thanks so much to Franciele Ritz who is allowing me to post a picture of her new LK Bennett Sledges.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Kate & William are Given a Grand Send Off

Today, William and Kate said goodbye to their hosts on the tiny island of Tuvalu.

They were taken to their plane the same way they'd been greeted on their arrival to the island, on a throne lifted by local men and escorted by colourful dancers.


After being presented with gifts, including model canoes and a model village depicting life in Tuvalu, they boarded a plane bound for Britain, via Brisbane.

The Duchess arrived in Brisbane wearing a powder pink floral-patterned dress from Project D London by the Australian singer and designer Danii Minogue. The brand is based in London as the other half of the designer duo, Tabitha Somerset Webb lives in the UK.

Photo credit: WKW
Kate's Project D London silk dress is the "Penelope" floral tea dress ($515) from their summer 2012 collection. It features an invisible zipper, short sleeves with turn-up detail and a pleated skirt with a detachable self-tie belt.
Finishing off her outfit, the Duchess wore her off-white L.K. Bennett pumps and new Azuni London Semi Precious Stone Drop Earrings (£22.50 and sold out). The semi precious stone in Kate's earring was aqua chalcedony. They were sold at John Lewis (thanks to 'My Small Obsessions for the ID).
Additional information on the Azuni London earrings from the John Lewis website:
'These sophisticated ethnic inspired drop earrings feature a textured 24ct gold plated brass disc and semi precious stone drop.
Other features include:
5.5cm drop
Silver ear wire post fastening
After entering the international terminal building, the Duke and Duchess delighted travellers by walking through a public area of the departure lounge on their way to a VIP suite where they waited for their connection to London. When the couple to board their flight to London, Kate had slipped into her navy skinny jeans, a white top and a a Temperley London Lotus Leopard Print Scarf ($385)from the Autumn Winter 2012 collection.
Additional information on the scarf from the Temperley London website:
'Made of super soft modal/cashmere blend, the Temperley London Lotus Leopard Print Scarf combines the seasonal Lotus Print - an opulent jewel toned floral -  with leopard print. The result is a beautifully intricate design that is modern with a classic twist. It will brighten up any outfit and lift the face with its irresistibly rich colours.
Fabric Composition: 90% Modal, 10% Cashmere '
In her hand, the duchess carried her trusty Longchamps Le Pliage tote (medium size - $118). It's available for purchase at Neiman Marcus.


The Royal Couple Attend an Informal State Dinner in Tuvalu

On the last night of their South Pacific tour, William and Kate attended an unusually informal ‘state dinner’ hosted by the island chiefs. The couple donned grass skirts and took part in a traditional welcome dance, known as Fatele.

Following the exertion William and Kate were then invited to sit on heart-shaped thrones and enjoy a celebratory meal of local delicacies. The menu included raw slices of paala fish, leg of pork, lobster and fresh clam, with pii, or fresh green coconut juice, to drink.

When Kate removed her skirt she revealed a floor length, flowing dress by Alice Temperley.The 'Beatrice' embroidered crepe maxi ($795 and sold out) creation looked like it could be a designer relic from the 60s or 70s. It featured gold buttons and embroidery on the sleeves, waist and center panel of the dress.

Photo credit: WKW

Photo credit: WKW

Description of the dress from the Net-a-porter website:
'Beautifully bohemian, ALICE by Temperley's cream crepe maxi dress perfectly captures the label's must-have aesthetic. Red and beige embroidery and a sweet keyhole-fastening neckline enhance the chic retro feel.
Product code: 197743
•Sheer sleeves, button-fastening keyhole, button-fastening placket, partially lined
•Concealed hook and zip fastening at back
•100% viscose; lining: 100% polyester
•Dry clean'

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a headpiece of flowers and her Catherine Zoraida earrings - double leaf earrings.


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Day Eight Takes the Royal Couple to Tuvalu

Today, the royal couple flew back to Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands, and after a brief farewell ceremony at the airport, boarded a private jet to take them to the tiny nation of Tuvalu, the final leg on their nine-day tour of south-east Asia and the South Pacific.

Kate wore a pale yellow eyelet dress made by an unidentified independent designer. It features a belted waist, boat neckline and flute sleeves.

Photo credit: Rebecca English
Once again Kate wore her Stuart Weitzman Minx wedges and Kiki McDonough Citrine Drop earrings. She also carried a brightly colored fan given to her by local craftsmen.Her hair was swept back into an elegant up do.

Upon touching down Funafuti in Tuvalu William and Kate were carried on thrones behind a procession of dancers.
The couple took a tour of the local primary school as well as a university and an exhibition showcasing traditional houses and crafts from the islands.