Happy Anniversary William and Kate

A year ago I was sitting in a caravan in Wales ignoring the sunshine outside, with my eyes glued to a telly screen. I wasn’t alone. Millions, if not billions of people around the World were sitting in apprehension, waiting for the moment when Kate Middleton would step from her car and reveal her wedding dress to the waiting world.

That moment, when it was revealed that the dress was Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, made the fashion world gasp in delight. The dress was everything we dreamed it would be and more, which are words that could be ascribed to Kate, now the Duchess of Cambridge, herself.

Of course, the wedding was a retailers dream, with merchandise of every variety emblazoning everything from Poundland to Liberty. With the 1st anniversary, we are facing the first special occasion in what promises to be a very special Royal year. New items related to Kate and William have, of course, been released. Here are just a few of the gifts and collectors items for lovers of William and Kate.

BARBIE Collector Royal wedding dolls £99.99 click to visit Selfridges

ISSA Silk-jersey dress £495.00

Cath Kidston Royal Stan Pocket Oil Cloth Across Body Bag, Red £30 click to visit John Lewis

Fulton Union Jack Garden Print Umbrella

Jonathon Aston Crown Tartan Print Stockings

Jon Richard Kate Engagement Ring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pippa Middleton – One wedding, one birthday and a whole host of fashionable looks.

It’s been rather a busy week for Pippa Middleton. Whilst sister Duchess Kate is holed up who knows where, Pippa has been spotted enjoying a friend’s wedding, a whole host of shopping trips, and her own 28th birthday. As usual, there was a whole lot of fashion on display. Here is a rundown on some of her latest outfits.

First up, Pippa was spotted showing off her special brand of smart casual on her way to work in London. Black skinny jeans were teamed with a frilled French Connection top and vibrant red accessories, including a rather gorge red Prada bag. I love the splash or red adding red-hot colour to this look.

Next up we have the birthday girl in…wait for it…H&M! This look is so right on many levels. The great bargain bucket of a dress (just £24.99), the smart monochrome colour pallete, and a great way of showing that white lace can make a great, vintage style day look. By teaming this with the knee-high boots, this has a real 1960s vibe, tapping into one of the key trends for Autumn.

H&M lace dress £24.99 click to buy

Pippa is a huge fan of French Connection and is often pictured wearing pieces from their collections. This colour block dress is another great piece for chic daywear, with the darker colour palette perfectly suited to the dull Autumn days we are currently experiencing.

Streaky Stripe Dress £120.00 click to buy

Another day, another really pretty dress and another wearing for that gorgeous red Prada bag. This swan print dress is from Zara, another fave of both Pippa and Kate, and one of my favourite looks of the week. With cute ballerina flats that I think may be French Sole, and the Knomo laptop bag, Pippa looks very cool and fresh as she pounds the London streets.

Swan Print dress Zara

The final look of the week is one which seems to have split some opinions. Pippa attended a society wedding on Saturday (yes..another one!)and wore a dress that some have described as elegant, others as frumpy. I am firmly in the first camp, this Alice Temperley dress is exquisitely pretty and in the hot colour, according to Prabal Gurung, for next season. I love the lace inset, and the little hat is plugging into the Wallis Simpson trend. The only criticism is that this seems  to be the silk  that creases quite badly once you’ve sat in a car, but otherwise,  another flawless Pippa look.

Pippa Middleton – no signs of fashion fatigue!

It is now four months since the Royal Wedding, but there are no signs of any abatement in fashion’s interest in what Pippa Middleton wears. Whether taking a night out with boyfriend Alex Loudon, or just enjoying a shopping trip on her beloved Kings Road, or even on her way to work, Pippa is simply one of the world’s most photographed and talked about women. In the last few weeks, she has been subject to the dreaded ‘who wore it best’ polls after Lindsey Lohan was pictured in a white version of her Alice Temperley wedding reception dress. The, just last week, she was photographed wearing a stunning trenchcoat from the Italian designer Fay, with Kylie Minogue pictured wearing it the next day.That battle seems to have been labelled a draw, and is rather amusing, since it could be seen as a battle of the pert behinds!

I personally loved this coat, but this look doesn’t come cheaply. The Mac is called ‘Metroplitan Glamour‘ and is from Fay’s 2011 Spring/Sumer collection. It carries a heavy-sigh inducing price tag of £800. Pippa accessorised with a RI2K handbag and Russell and Bromley flatties. As usual, the look was effortlessly chic. Pippa had previously shown her  love of a good macintosh when she was pictured out and about on a typical drizzly day in a belted grey trench that is reminiscent of the styles worn by Audrey Hepburn in the 1960s.

 

This look is just one of a whole range of amazing styles that Pippa has worn during the last days of summer. A pretty peach maxi dress was a rather surprising look for a women who usually reveals a bit of leg, but it was both floaty and flattering, and felt like Pippa’s last hurrah to Summer.

Pippa has also shown that black can be worn as a summer staple as it looks amazing against a suntan. I love this all black outfit that is brightened by just a hint of white piping on the jacket.

Pippa has also continued to fly the flag for British Fashion. Last week she was pictured  enjoying a night out with her beau Alex Loudon wearing a great grey leather jacket by Sara Berman. I love the studded cuffs on this jacket that make it perfect for throwing on after a night out.  The outfit underneath shows that Pippa understands how to utilise her wardrobe to make it day-to-night desirable, having been photographed wearing this outfit  on her way to work previously.

One of my favourite things about Pippa is how she wears her smart/casual outfits with aplomb. She is a lover of jeans, wearing grey skinnies as well  as the bootcut variety beloved of big sister Kate. But by adding pretty tunics,  blouses and shirts, she keeps her looks totally feminine. Pippa seems to be one of those girls who always look smart even when dressing down for more casual looks.

 

I think these looks sum up the fashion appeal of Pippa. She sticks to the styles and shapes that flatter her figure, accesorising with neutral accessories. She always looks stylish and ladylike, even on her most casual days. She wears carefully picked designer peices, but also stays loyal to the High Street. And she never looks like she’s trying too hard, which often means that she looks so much better than stylist obsessed celebs. All hail Pippa…we salute your choices!