Something we have been wondering about for while is why Kate doesn’t seem to wear Jigsaw anymore. Granted, we don’t see what she wears 24/7, but in public we haven’t seen her wear Jigsaw for a number of years. We’ve seen her wear a number of British high street labels, including Reiss, LK Bennet, Whistles, but no Jigsaw. She used to wear the label all the time, particularly in 2006 and 2007, when she worked with the label.
As most Kate watchers know, Kate worked three days a week as an accessories buyer at Jigsaw from December 2006 until November 2007.
In July 2008 Belle Robinson, co-founder of Jigsaw, was quoted in an article in the Evening Standard regarding her working relationship with Kate.
In the article Belle explains that Kate, “rang me up one day and said: ‘Could I come and talk to you about work?’ She genuinely wanted a job but she needed an element of flexibility to continue the relationship with a very high-profile man and a life that she can’t dictate.” (to read the full article, click here)
We wonder if Belle’s willingness to speak publicly about her arrangement with Kate has resulted in Kate’s reluctance to be seen wearing Jigsaw. However, according to The Daily Mail, John and Belle Robinson were on the guest list for the Royal Wedding.
So, if not for Belle’s interview, perhaps Kate doesn’t wear the label because she wants to prevent a barrage of articles on the topic of her pre-engagement career (when she was criticised for not having a full time job). Or, maybe she simply has grown away from the style and look of the label?
Despite Kate not wearing the label in recent years, Jigsaw has not shied away from profiting from their relationship with Kate. Two days before the Royal Wedding, Jigsaw posted this on their website, advertising the dress seen on Kate above, which was on sale in honour of the Royal Wedding.
Why do you think she doesn’t wear Jigsaw anymore? Let us know in the comments!
What could be more fun than having a good look at the most gorgeous royal wedding dresses? We’ve rounded up our top ten favourites and would love which one you love the most.Disclaimer: We didn’t include the gowns of Lady Diana Spencer or Sarah Ferguson, just because…well, we just couldn’t imagine wearing either. In our opinion, the dresses that made the cut are still timeless and gorgeous so they made the cut.
If you disagree with our choices, please add your vote to the poll and sound off in the comments! All right, let’s get started:
10. Lady Sarah Chatto, London, July 1994
It feels wrong to have this gorgeous dress down at the end of the list but someone had to be #10. Lady Sarah Chatto (nee Armstrong-Jones) is the late Princess Margaret’s daughter and therefore the Queen’s niece. She was also one of Princess Diana’s bridesmaids in 1981. When we first saw pictures of Sarah in this Jasper Conran designed dress back in 1994, it just seemed so ladylike and perfect. 17 years later it still looks timeless. We love the square neck, sheer sleeves, and drape of the fabric. And how lovely are the matching bridesmaids dresses? the corsetry and fastenings up the back are stunning.
9. Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, London, 1960
And here we have another winter wedding! This dress is seasonally appropriate and gorgeous in its simplicity. The gown was designed by none other than Valentino himself. We just love the length of the sleeves, the upturned neck, and how the skirt just grazes the floor just so. Because the dress is so simple, Maxima could really add a lot of style with the ornate veil and tiara. Love.
5. Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, May 2004
Here is another simple but totally gorgeous gown. The Dress was designed by Danish designer Uffe Frank and must have taken quite a lot of time to get just right. The rounded neckline and sleeve length are so flattering, and the folds of the skirt adds some drama and visual interest. Fun fact: in a nod to her Australian heritage, Mary’s bouquet included Australian eucalyptus.
4. Crown Princess Letizia of Spain, Madrid, May 2004
Well, this week marks the start of a new school year, and although it’s been awhile since we have been heading back to class ourselves, we think of early September as a time for fresh starts and new beginnings. It’s also a time to reflect on the last year…
We think it’s remarkable that last summer, Kate was still a private citizen, working at her parents’ company, Party Pieces, in a converted barn in Berkshire, wearing high street outfits and shopping without security officers, without a sapphire engagement ring in sight.
One of our favourite Kate sightings last summer was at this polo match below:
Let’s think about this for a moment. Here’s Kate looking lovely and relaxed, enjoying a day out with friends and William.
Now, let’s compare this sporty outing, to another, below, at the June 2011 Epsom Derby alongside William and Harry.
Admittedly, the Epsom Derby is a more formal affair. However, let’s spot the differences, shall we?
1) Hair: Loose and blow-dried at home vs. Coiffed courtesy of James Pryce, Richard Ward Salon (Kate’s hairdresser)
2) Proximity to William: Prior to the November engagement, Kate was rarely spotted in the same frame as William, especially not at a semi-royal event (more on this in another post). Here, they are happily snapped together.
3) Smile: Prior to the engagement, Kate was papped several times a week. She was often smiling, but rarely full on grinning like this. (more on this in another post)
4) Put together-ness: Overall, her Epsom Derby appearance was an example of Classic-Kate-Princess-Perfection. She looks amazing at the polo as well, don’t get me wrong, but less ‘polished’. Kate is perma-polished now whenever we see her. Not a hair out of place!
So, given that so much has happened this year, what will this new school year bring? We have a few ideas…let us know yours in the comments!
Well, would you look at this….this is what we call a fashion 360!
In June, on the first day of the Royal Tour of Canada, Kate wore this blue lace Erdem dress.
Today, her lovely sister Pippa was spotted in London wearing this cream H&M dress. This H&M dress also comes in blue. I spotted it this past weekend in the Oxford Street, London store and recognized it as a copy of Kate’s Erdem dress.
We love the irony of Pippa wearing the replica, albeit in another colour. I wonder if she and Kate had a laugh about this! How could they not?
The dress, in both cream and blue, is 24.99GBP and in stores now (although probably not for long after a pippa sighting!).
UPDATED: Pippa has also been spotten in a blue version of the dress:
Incidentally, it was also her birthday today. Very Happy Birthday wishes, Pippa!
For a look at another dress Kate wore on the Canada tour, clickhereto see our post on the grey Catherine Walker (one of Diana’s favourite designers) worn on July 2, 2011.
Pippa was also seen recently in this ZARA dress, another Kate replica from the Royal Tour (Kate wore this green DVF dress in LA, below). Too funny. (We love this dress, and, incidentally, we both bought it before Pippa was seen in it and have worn it multiple times! Love the peacock green/blue colour and length of the skirt!)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, or ‘Kate’ as we call her around here, wore Catherine Walker for the first time (publicly, at least) on July 2, 2011 during the Duke and Duchess’ Royal Tour of Canada. This has meaning for several reasons.
First of all, Catherine Walker was Diana’s favourite designer and Kate knew that wearing this dress would automatically invite comparison to Diana. This was a risk she was clearly willing to take and, if anything, it seemed like a real nod to Diana since Kate wore this on July 2, the day after both Canada Day and Princess Diana’s birthday. To add another layer to that, Kate wore this dress to Rideau Hall, the residence of Canada’s Governor General. She and William planted an Eastern Hemlock tree near to the tree planted by the Prince and Princess of Wales on June 21, 1983, which was Prince William’s first birthday.
This all cannot have been lost on Kate, and goes to show how much thought she likely put into choosing this dress. She got some flack for being a tad conservative and for perhaps dressing older than her years, but I think this dress hits just the right note. It could have used some more fun earrings, though. Oversized pearls, perhaps?
Kate has certainly been coming more and more into her own lately, and that transformation began during the pre-engagement days. This post will focus on our favourite five looks from this era.
#5. Laughing at Blenheim Palace, 2004
From what we can understand, Kate posed for these pictures but was somewhat ‘tricked’ into it, believing they were for a company she was helping at the event (if you have any more information on this, please tell us in the comments!). In any case, she looks happy, vibrant, and very ‘country aristocrat’ with Blenheim palace as a back drop. It reminds us of the pictures of Charles and Diana at Balmoral during their honeymoon decked out in tweed.
It’s also interesting to look at this pic knowing how thin Kate has become lately. She looks very nice and healthy here.
#4 Jane Troughton Brocade Coat at Nicholas van Cutsem’s and Alice Hadden-Paton wedding, August 2009
Kate’s appearance at this wedding was her first since a scandal broke out over her uncle Gary Goldsmith (he had undercover reporters to his home in Ibiza and bragged about his relationship with William and Kate as he cut lines of cocaine). It is also the first time we saw this brocade coat by Jane Troughton. She looks lovely, confident, and stylish here despite it all, though we’re not entirely sure about her choice of hat. We would love have a better view of the dress she is wearing underneath the coat, it looks lovely!
#3 DAY Birger et Mikkelson Coat at Laura Parker Bowles and Harry Lopes’ Wedding, 2006
We first saw this delightful coat at the wedding of Camilla Parker Bowles’ daughter Laura’s wedding back in 2006. In turn, Laura’s daughter would be a flower girl at Kate and Williams wedding but we’ll have to discuss that more in a later post.
We think Kate looks fantastic here – fresh and classy. She can also pull off this fun fascinator that might look a little kooky on anyone else. Kate has brought this coat out for Zara and Mike’s wedding, pairing it with a new hat. We believe she is wearing our favourite dress underneath it on both occasions (coming up as favourite #1 below!).
#2 Floaty Green Dress at Polo, 2010
Kate wore this delightful dress on several occasions in the summer of 2010, at times within days of each other (perhaps a ploy to get the photographers off her trail?). It’s a flattering and pretty dress that could either be dressed up or down. Love how she’s paired it here with such oversized sunglasses, a more fashion forward look than we usually see from Kate. We haven’t been able to identify where this dress is from yet, do sound off in the comments if you know!
#1 Brave Face at a Book Launch Party, May 2007
This book launch, for The Young Stalin, took place on May 14, 2007 at Asprey in London. This was well in the thick of Kate and William’s break up. You can see in the picture how sad she looks, like she’s really trying to put on a good show but she’s heartbroken. I really feel for her. Despite the sad face, this dress is my favourite that she’s wore before the engagement and wedding. It is by Collette Dinnigan. She brought it out for other occasions, most recently under her Birger et Mikkelson coat at the wedding of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall in July 2011 and at the wedding of Laura Lopes (Camilla’s daughter) in May 2006 (#3 above). UPDATE – Kate wore another Collette Dinnegan in fall 2010 – click here for more.
Kate clearly loves lace and this dress foreshadowed her choice of wedding gown as well as the lace Erdem dresses she selected for the Canadian tour. I love that she wore it during the break up and then as William’s date in the future. Wish we could tell that sad girl in the picture, “Not to worry. This is ALL going to work out just fine…” Hope we keep seeing this dress along with other pretty lace frocks!
Tell us: did we miss any of your favourite pre-enagement looks? To read more about Kate’s fashion, click on ‘Kate’s Closet’ on the left.
This is it, folks. Kate wore this sheer Issa dress with pink buttoned jacket and black hat to Peter Philips and Autumn Kelley’s wedding at Windsor in May 2008. As she and William revealed in their official engagement interview, this was the first time that Kate met the Queen. No doubt William wanted to bring this up to diffuse the rumours that Kate had met the Queen either at their graduation from St. Andrew’s in June 2005 or at William’s passing out parade at Sandhurst in December 2006. As you may recall, there were some mean spirited comments that when Carole met the Queen she had said, “pleased to meet you” and was chewing gum. Clearly this wasn’t the case.
Of the meeting, Kate said “Well I first met her at Peter and Autumn’s wedding and again it was in amongst a lot of other guests and she was very friendly.” Interesting how she down plays it.
William does, too when he added, “She was very welcoming. She knew it was a big day and everything was going on with Peter and Autumn, she had wanted to meet Kate for awhile, so it was very nice for her to come over and say hello…had a little chat and got on very well.” Very nice of the Queen to come over and meet his grandson’s girlfriend of seven or so years! It really is a different world.
William wasn’t there for what must have been a rather nerve wracking meeting for Kate. William he had already committed to the wedding of close friend Batian Craig in Kenya (brother of rumoured flame Jecca) so was unable to attend his cousin’s wedding. So, Kate had to handle this all of herself and by all accounts did a fantastic job, though I feel that the sheer dress she was wearing was jut not appropriate for a meeting with the Queen. I just can’t imagine ever having chosen it for an occasion where that could happen. Let’s hope she hadn’t taken her jacket off by the time the Queen came by.
Here are some more pictures from Hello magazine which give us a better idea of the outfit. Looks like Kate has taken her hat off…do you think it’s just sitting on her chair? Hmmm….
Kate must have felt quite comfortable with this dress as she pulled it out again this past January for the wedding of friends Harry Aubrey-Fletcher and Louise Stourton (picture below). She wore it under the Libelula Dulwich coat that time. UPDATED: We found the jacket in a London boutique and tried it on. The construction and velvet fabric didn’t actually seem to be the best quality for the price (310 pounds) which was a bit of a surprise. It did have a beautiful silhouette, though.
In any case, Kate really does seem to like the dress so we’ll probably see it again!
If you’d like to read more about Kate’s closet, click on our “Kate’s Closet’ link on the left:)
As you may have heard, famed British designer Vivienne Westwood has spoken out against the Duchess of Cambridge’s style. She told the Sunday Times Magazine, “It seems to me that her image is “ordinary woman” therefore, High Street shopper. And I just think she should be “extraordinary woman”, wherever she gets her clothes from.”
Back in February of 2011 when Westwood was asked if she was designing Kate’s wedding dress. Her response was especially icy: “I would have loved to have dressed Kate Middleton, but I have to wait until she catches up a bit somewhere with style.”
Ok, so is she just making these comments off the cuff or does she know that saying such things will get her lots of press? My guess is she has an “I don’t give a damn what people think” attitude (displayed to perfection in the picture above) and this isn’t a calculated move on her part. After all, she’s a bit of a kook and made similar comments about Diana when she was alive, and like Kate Diana wasn’t running to her for clothing afterwards. This is something that no reporters seem to have cottoned on to yet.
Westwood told Woman and Home magazine, “The princess isn’t a trendsetter. She’s someone ruled by the trends, which is sad because she’s a stunning woman. I hate her shoes – those horrible little pumps that are neither one thing or the other. It’s as though her clothes are supposed to tell you she’s both a feminist and sexy at the same time. It’s a compromise and it’s doesn’t work.”
Having said that, though, she still said of Diana: “Oh, I’d love to dress her. Perhaps one day she’ll come to me. It would be great for her if she did. You’d see some results. I could maker her the most stylish woman in the world.”
To date, Kate hasn’t been seen wearing Westwood and as far as I can tell Diana never wore Westwood either, at least not publicly. So as I said, these comments clearly didn’t help out Westwood’s cause.
Westwood does have Princess Eugenie in her corner, though, which is quite remarkable after the debacle of the Westwood frock she wore to Kate and William’s wedding in April.
She’s turned things around since then with great Westwood dresses that really flatter her figure. For example, the black gown she wore to the pre-wedding dinner at the Mandarin Oriental on April 18th was gorgeous, as was the black corseted dress she wore to Petra Ecclestone’s wedding. She aslo wore a stunning red gown to Elton JOhn’s red tie and tiara ball.
I think Princess Eugenie may just be the sole British royal that Westwood gets her hands on.
I just can’t see Kate going to her anytime soon, especially after her rather rude comments and also since Westwood is now Eugenie’s go to designer.
Have we ever seen Kate in khakis or clam diggers? No. Stretchy exercise pants while out on a boat, perhaps, and many pairs of jeans at polo matches and out and about, but that’s really the extent of it. We haven’t ever seen Kate in a pantsuit – even to board the plane to Canada she was wearing a dress and blazer. It’s all about the skirts and dresses for Kate.
I do love Kate’s lady like style of dressing, but if she chooses to wear a smart, well cut pair of trousers with some killer shoes to an official engagement any time soon, I must say I’d find it quite refreshing. Stella McCartney makes an extremely flattering pant after all and she’s British! I think Kate would just look so nice and comfortable but still sophisticated. And she also wouldn’t have to worry about the wind factor. That yellow dress in Calgary was delightful but she was clearly worried about the skirt up a little too high…and it almost did.
Seeing that picture makes me nervous for the poor girl. I feel her pain.
I understand that in Kate’s mind she must be thinking that she’s got a job to do and that comes with a certain uniform. Fair enough. After all, she wasn’t about to wear a nice pair of slacks to pay a visit to her wedding dress with the Queen now, was she?