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A Guide To Kate and Pippa’s Favorite London Shops

A Guide To Kate and Pippa’s Favorite London Shops


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  • <strong>French Connection</strong>French Connection has been reaping the benefits of this sister act for years. In 2007 their striped Tellin dress flew off the shelves after Kate wore it. Now, the world’s most famous bridesmaid, Pippa, has been spotted in two French Connection frocks of late: the Talia’s Tale print jersey dress (paired with her trusty Modalu bag and wedges) and the layered Penny’s Party number. Multiple locations, including: 396 Oxford St., W1C 1JX, 020 7629 7766, <a>frenchconnection.com</a><strong>Look for: </strong>Summery printed sundresses that can be dressed up or down.
    French Connection
    French Connection has been reaping the benefits of this sister act for years. In 2007 their striped Tellin dress flew off the shelves after Kate wore it. Now, the world’s most famous bridesmaid, Pippa, has been spotted in two French Connection frocks of late: the Talia’s Tale print jersey dress (paired with her trusty Modalu bag and wedges) and the layered Penny’s Party number.

    Multiple locations, including: 396 Oxford St., W1C 1JX, 020 7629 7766, frenchconnection.com

    Look for:
    Summery printed sundresses that can be dressed up or down.
    Photo: StyleCaster Media Group
  • <strong>Whistles</strong>Kate donned this chain’s cream, scallop-edged blouse for her Mario Testino-shot engagement photos, offering a ringing endorsement for their effortless, slightly upmarket fashions with a European sensibility. And is it any wonder that the store currently carries blouses named Kate and Pippa? Multiple locations, including: 303 Brompton Rd., SW3 2DY, 020 7823 9134, whistles.co.uk<strong>Look for</strong>: Silk blouses, draped day dresses, and throw-over-everything blazers.
    Whistles
    Kate donned this chain’s cream, scallop-edged blouse for her Mario Testino-shot engagement photos, offering a ringing endorsement for their effortless, slightly upmarket fashions with a European sensibility. And is it any wonder that the store currently carries blouses named Kate and Pippa?

    Multiple locations, including: 303 Brompton Rd., SW3 2DY, 020 7823 9134, whistles.co.uk

    Look for: Silk blouses, draped day dresses, and throw-over-everything blazers.
    Photo: StyleCaster Media Group
  • <strong>Katherine Hooker London</strong>Kate’s Katherine Hooker London Contrast coat  was so nice, she wore it (at least) twice. Originally seen sporting the  Shetland herringbone coat with brown velvet trim in 2006, Middleton had  the garment shortened for her first official royal public engagement in  February. And though Hooker’s classic English bespoke pieces take about  four weeks to be individually crafted in England, Middleton’s example  proves that the coats will last a lifetime—or at least a few years. 19  Ashburnham Rd., SW10 0PG, 020 7352 5091, <a rel="nofollow">katherinehooker.com</a><strong>Look for</strong>: A smart, sophisticated coat that will stand the test of time.
    Katherine Hooker London
    Kate’s Katherine Hooker London Contrast coat was so nice, she wore it (at least) twice. Originally seen sporting the Shetland herringbone coat with brown velvet trim in 2006, Middleton had the garment shortened for her first official royal public engagement in February. And though Hooker’s classic English bespoke pieces take about four weeks to be individually crafted in England, Middleton’s example proves that the coats will last a lifetime—or at least a few years.

    19 Ashburnham Rd., SW10 0PG, 020 7352 5091, katherinehooker.com

    Look for: A smart, sophisticated coat that will stand the test of time.
    Photo: StyleCaster Media Group
  • <strong>Amanda Wakeley</strong>Kate looked feminine, not frumpy, in Wakeley’s “vintage” midnight blue skirt suit for her final official pre-wedding public engagement. Also offering bridalwear and a covetable collection of draped cocktail dresses, the British designer recently teamed up with Maria Francesca Pepe on a collection of metal statement jewelry (just in case Kate tires of those tiaras). 175-177 Fulham Rd., SW3 6JW, 020 7590 9105,<a> amandawakeley.com</a><strong>Look for</strong>: Structured blazers with matching skirts—think power suits with a woman’stouch.
    Amanda Wakeley
    Kate looked feminine, not frumpy, in Wakeley’s “vintage” midnight blue skirt suit for her final official pre-wedding public engagement. Also offering bridalwear and a covetable collection of draped cocktail dresses, the British designer recently teamed up with Maria Francesca Pepe on a collection of metal statement jewelry (just in case Kate tires of those tiaras).

    175-177 Fulham Rd., SW3 6JW, 020 7590 9105, amandawakeley.com

    Look for: Structured blazers with matching skirts—think power suits with a woman’stouch.
    Photo: StyleCaster Media Group
  • <strong>Burberry</strong>One British style icon deserves another, so it was no surprise to see Kate model aclassic belted trench from the quintessential U.K. label. Her Wool Trench Coat withFrilled Hem will set you back about $995, but it’s hard to put a price on ChristopherBailey’s talent, or the longevity of his trenches. (At least that’s what we’ll be telling our accountant.) 21-23 New Bond St., W1S 2RE, 020 3367 3000, <a>burberry.com</a>Look for: Skip the checks and plump for a timeless camel trench.
    Burberry
    One British style icon deserves another, so it was no surprise to see Kate model aclassic belted trench from the quintessential U.K. label. Her Wool Trench Coat withFrilled Hem will set you back about $995, but it’s hard to put a price on ChristopherBailey’s talent, or the longevity of his trenches. (At least that’s what we’ll be telling our accountant.) 21-23 New Bond St., W1S 2RE, 020 3367 3000, burberry.com
    Look for: Skip the checks and plump for a timeless camel trench.
    Photo: StyleCaster Media Group
  • <strong>Jigsaw</strong>Prior to becoming a full-time royal, Middleton cut her fashion teeth as an accessories buyer for this British chain. Known for its affordable womenswear, shoes, and accessories, Jigsaw’s cardigans and floral-print skirts got lots of wear from Kate during her stint there. Multiple locations, including: 9 Argyll St., W1F 7TG, 020 7437 5750, <a>www.jigsaw-online.com</a><strong>Look for</strong>: Office-appropriate day dresses, cashmere cardigans, and printed scarves.
    Jigsaw
    Prior to becoming a full-time royal, Middleton cut her fashion teeth as an accessories buyer for this British chain. Known for its affordable womenswear, shoes, and accessories, Jigsaw’s cardigans and floral-print skirts got lots of wear from Kate during her stint there.

    Multiple locations, including: 9 Argyll St., W1F 7TG, 020 7437 5750, www.jigsaw-online.com

    Look for: Office-appropriate day dresses, cashmere cardigans, and printed scarves.
    Photo: StyleCaster Media Group
  • <strong>L.K. Bennett</strong>Kate’s post-wedding strut in L.K. Bennett’s Greta wedges generated so much demand that the footwear chain decided to reissue the Spring 2010 shoe. Available in June, the patent leather, raffia-wedged heel (now renamed the Maddox) can be found alongside other Middleton staples like the Art navy pump and the Amble clutch in black. Multiple locations, including: 3 Cavendish Sq., W1G 0lB, 020 7637 6700, <a>lkbennett.com</a><strong>Look for</strong>: Wedges and classic, ladylike accessories.
    L.K. Bennett
    Kate’s post-wedding strut in L.K. Bennett’s Greta wedges generated so much demand that the footwear chain decided to reissue the Spring 2010 shoe. Available in June, the patent leather, raffia-wedged heel (now renamed the Maddox) can be found alongside other Middleton staples like the Art navy pump and the Amble clutch in black.

    Multiple locations, including: 3 Cavendish Sq., W1G 0lB, 020 7637 6700, lkbennett.com

    Look for: Wedges and classic, ladylike accessories.
    Photo: StyleCaster Media Group
  • <strong>Issa</strong>It’s the dress that launched a million imitations—and now it can be yours! Issa’s silkjersey dress (in fuchsia, not sapphire blue) is still ripe for the picking at West London’s go-to designer boutique, Matches, which also stocks British designers like Anya Hindmarch, Christopher Kane, Vivienne Westwood, Mulberry, and (ahem) Alexander McQueen. A longtime favorite with Kate, designer Daniella Helayel’s animal-print bikinis and floaty maxi dresses are also worthy of honeymoon in, say, the Seychelles.Multiple locations, including: 87 Marylebone High St., W1U 4QU, 020 7487 5400, <a>issalondon.com</a>, <a>matchesfashion.com</a><strong>Look for</strong>: Silk jersey numbers with a flawless fit.
    Issa
    It’s the dress that launched a million imitations—and now it can be yours! Issa’s silkjersey dress (in fuchsia, not sapphire blue) is still ripe for the picking at West London’s go-to designer boutique, Matches, which also stocks British designers like Anya Hindmarch, Christopher Kane, Vivienne Westwood, Mulberry, and (ahem) Alexander McQueen. A longtime favorite with Kate, designer Daniella Helayel’s animal-print bikinis and floaty maxi dresses are also worthy of honeymoon in, say, the Seychelles.

    Multiple locations, including: 87 Marylebone High St., W1U 4QU, 020 7487 5400, issalondon.com, matchesfashion.com

    Look for: Silk jersey numbers with a flawless fit.
    Photo: StyleCaster Media Group
  • <strong>Alexander McQueen</strong>Your budget may be more A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz than Sarah Burton, but that doesn’t mean you can’t at least pay homage to the label behind Kate’s stunning wedding dress (not to mention Pippa’s curve-hugging, cowl-neck bridesmaid dress). 4-5 Old Bond St., W1S 4PD, 020 7355 0088, <a>alexandermcqueen.com</a><strong>Look for</strong>: If not a princess-worthy wedding gown, then an ivory crepe viscose halter-neck dress that will help you steal Pippa’s thunder.
    Alexander McQueen
    Your budget may be more A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz than Sarah Burton, but that doesn’t mean you can’t at least pay homage to the label behind Kate’s stunning wedding dress (not to mention Pippa’s curve-hugging, cowl-neck bridesmaid dress).

    4-5 Old Bond St., W1S 4PD, 020 7355 0088, alexandermcqueen.com

    Look for: If not a princess-worthy wedding gown, then an ivory crepe viscose halter-neck dress that will help you steal Pippa’s thunder.
    Photo: StyleCaster Media Group
  • <strong>Modalu</strong>Kate’s not the only one with some major sales influence. Pippa’s go-to shark-grayhandbag from Modalu London sold out after she was photographed carrying it onseveral occasions. The label seized the opportunity to reissue the bag (out in August) and rename it (what else?) the Pippa. Pre-order yours now online, or at a stockist like House of Fraser. House of Fraser: Multiple locations, including: 68 King William St.,EC4N 7HR, 084 4800 3718, <a>modalu.com, houseoffraser.co.uk</a><strong>Look for</strong>: The Pippa, or any clean-cut, versatile leather bag with modern hardware
    Modalu
    Kate’s not the only one with some major sales influence. Pippa’s go-to shark-grayhandbag from Modalu London sold out after she was photographed carrying it onseveral occasions. The label seized the opportunity to reissue the bag (out in August) and rename it (what else?) the Pippa. Pre-order yours now online, or at a stockist like House of Fraser. House of Fraser:

    Multiple locations, including: 68 King William St.,EC4N 7HR, 084 4800 3718, modalu.com, houseoffraser.co.uk

    Look for: The Pippa, or any clean-cut, versatile leather bag with modern hardware
    Photo: StyleCaster Media Group

Kate Middleton isnt the only one who has scored a fairy-tale ending. Thanks to the
new Duchess of Cambridge and her kid sister Pippas pro-British, commoner-friendly
shopping habits, Londons high-street retailers are also feeling the love. And while
Union Jack tea cozies and Big Ben snow globes are all well and good, this years must-have London souvenir is a Middleton-approved outfit, which you can safely wear back home in the States. Read on for a roundup of Kate and Pippas favorite London ports of call.

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