Monday, July 23, 2012

William's Birthday Present, LK Bennett Latest + More

Hello Duchess Kate readers,
What do you give the future King of England for his 30th birthday? Prince Charles came up with the perfect answer to this question by having the first portrait of Kate commissioned. The Duchess secretly visited artist Nicky Philips London studio four times to pose for the £25,000 canvas. Kate's first portrait is of great importance to the Royal family. William will be presented with the portrait at his birthday bash in June. (I do so hope we get to see photos) A source said Kate has 'more gifts and treats for William up her sleeve'. The Duchess opted for a low key family dinner to celebrate her 30th birthday, it sounds as if William's will be a more extravagant affair. I expect the portrait will look wonderful!

                                                                      Robert Hannaford


Cover girl Kate features in the current issue of People Magazine. Pregnancy rumours are gone into overdrive lately with magazines claiming everything from 'She's pregnant' to 'Kate's hurt by the pregnancy rumours'. Headlines we will continue to see until the Cambridges do announce they are expecting. 



LK Bennett recently opened a new flagship store in New York. Located on the second floor of the Time Warner Center I have a feeling it's going to become a 'go to' store for New Yorkers and tourists seeking sophisticated, classic pieces. 

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The merchandising and layout of the store is simply impeccable. 

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There is a special treat in store for Kate fans. The 'Kate Middleton Wall' displays all of the shoes the Duchess has worn by the brand. I thought this was a fantastic idea. (ID list from Glamour)

Top row, left to right: The Shiloh shoe in black, dusty rose, and light taupe; the Sledge platform pump in bronze; the Juniper bag in pink coral; the Posy bag in gold; and the Sledge pump again in taupe, red, and black.
Second row, left to right: The patent Petal pump in black, salmon, and coral; the Sandy stiletto sandal in dark taupe; peep toe pumps in black and taupe; and lower-heeled Shilo pumps in black, latte, and taupe.
Third row, left to right: The Blythe shoe in black and latte; the patent Reno moc in latte; the Juniper bag, again, in light taupe; the Peony bag in red; and the low-heeled Bury pump in light taupe, coral, and black.
Bottom row, left to right: The Island sandal in tan; the Suki ballet flats in red, metallic pink, black, and leopard print; and the Sabine skimmer in lizard.
LK Bennett has reissued Kate favourite the Natalie Clutch I expect this decision was made after endless requests from Repli-Kate's The gorgeous clutch is £160.

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And if we didn't need another reason to love the accessible luxury brand, They've also reissued the raffia wedged Maddox shoe. It is available for £175 in black, light taupe and latte.

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Last night I was browsing the Temperly Facebook Page when I saw the stunning Greta V Neck Dress. I think it is very Kate and would be an ideal piece for her to wear to a black tie event. Made of luxurious double silk satin with a waterfall front double layer skirt, it is nipped in the waist providing a feminine silhouette. The dress comes in rose blush and damson. What do you think of this dress?


William and Kate are not expected to attend the annual Easter Service at Windsor Castle tomorrow, however we will be seeing them later this month, when they perform a couple of joint engagements together. A visit to Cambridge is rumoured to be a possibility.

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I conclude by wishing you all a very Happy Easter! Here's a photo of 'Maple' an Easter bunny who took centre stage at the Temperly boutique today :)

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