KATE MIDDLETON BRINGS BACK L.K. BENNETT DRESS FROM AUSTRALIA VISIT

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Kate Middleton arrives at Youthscape in Luton, England. Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images
Kate Middleton arrives at Youthscape in Luton, England. Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Being the stylish woman she is, Kate Middleton knows what works for her, and despite having near-unfettered access to any major designer (you know, the perks of being a Duchess and all), she's also been known to repeat an outfit or two. No shame there — everyone's got his or her go-to closet item. 

The Duchess of Cambridge made a recent appearance at a charity event for Youthscape, which fosters youth-minded community initiatives in Luton, England, wearing a blue, poppy-printed dress by one of her favorite designers, L.K. Bennett. We've seen the cheery dress before; Middleton wore it back in 2014 during a visit to Australia, with a pair of suede navy pumps and a bright box clutch. For the second time around, she paired the cheery sheath with a pair of nude patent pumps that also look awfully familiar, and may or may not be from the British heritage brand. One thing's for sure: Kate Middleton knows how to make outfit repeating look good. 

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Hermès Garden Party36 Pockets

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This post happened because of my last one, when a reader on Facebook asked aboutGarden Party bags that came with slings, which stumped me for a while. Yes, I’ve seen them online on Instagram, but I wasn’t sure myself if they were vintage or worse, you know, copies with added improvements. Well that mystery is officially solved, and I can now safely tell you that what we’ve been seeing is actually this: Hermès’ Garden Party36 Pockets.

Called Garden Party36 because it measures almost 36 cm from end to end, it also comes with a sling that’s adjustable as well. There are also pockets that go around the exterior of the bag, and if I’m not wrong, 3 on the front and 3 on the back, which makes it a great workhorse as well, one that that offers additional space for your bits and bobs.

Available in a variety of colours on regular canvas and even one that comes striped (they call it Riga canvas), I’ve only seen them offered online so far over on Hermès UK and US sites. Priced at GBP2440 and USD3974 respectively, they should be aroundSGD5000 or so in Singapore, though honestly I haven’t seen any as yet.

Not cheap by any standards yes, but affordable by Hermès’ standards. And one that should fly off the shelves pretty quickly too, given how popular the Garden Party totes already are anyway. Adding a shoulder sling just makes them even more desirable (and user-friendly) if you ask me.

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HERMES DESIGNS A STUNNING SCARF FOR A NOBLE CAUSE

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Even in its philanthropic causes, Hermès continues to create magic with its design. Not that it surprises us. The latest design from the French fashion house is a collaboration with Panthera, the global wild cat conservation organization (founded in 2006 by Tom Kaplan and his wife Daphne Recanati Kaplan), to honor the work of wildlife artist Robert Dallet and raise awareness for eight species of big cats: Tiger, Lion, Jaguar, Snow Leopard, Leopard, Cheetah, Cougar and Clouded Leopard.

The fierce and fabulous Hermès Exceptional Silk Scarf: Carré Couture will feature Robert Dallet’s original sketches as reference. Eight artists worked in tandem to transpose the design to twenty-four individual printing frames which was then used to transfer the images onto silk twill at the Hermès atelier in Lyon, France. The entire engraving process took 1,400 hours of handwork. Following that, they were hand-embroidered with glasswork pearls, crystals and emeralds.

The initiative will include a presentation of Fierce and Fragile: Big Cats in the Art of Robert Dallet at The Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut from January 10 to March 13, 2016 where 75 of Dallet’s paintings, drawings, and sketches will be presented by Hermès and Panthera. The fashion brand will also unveil six handcrafted one-of-a-kind objects to be auctioned off by Sotheby’s during a gala dinner on January 8, with proceeds directed toward the Robert Dallet Initiative for Wild Cat Conservation.

The scarf’s retail price was marked at $48,000, but will be sold to the highest bidder at the gala event.

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8 Reasons Why We’ve Gone Hermes Kelly Crazy

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Although it’s a love that can never be fully explained, PurseBop is going to try to officially explain some of the reasons why #PurseBopsGoneKellyCrazy. Hermes has some bags that we simply can’t get over. We’ve previously explored 8 reasons why the Hermes Birkin is the Ultimate Holy Grail Bag. Today, we’ve got 8 convincing reasons why you should be Kelly Crazy too!

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1. It's a Hermes Masterpiece

Down to every little accessory, Hermes lives up to its reputation of excellence in craftsmanship. However, the Kelly is a paragon of Hermes’ achievements and capabilities. The ingenuity of design and painstaking work put into the making of the Kelly truly has to be appreciated.

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2. It Brings Out Our Inner Grace Kelly

Elegant. Feminine. Classic. The Hermes Kelly is impossibly chic. We can’t help but channel Grace Kelly when toting the bag. Wearing a K makes you feel like you’ve got it all together.

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3. The Kelly is Just Too Pretty

Believe it or not, we don’t mean this in just a superficial way. The beautiful structure, rich colors, and luxe leather of a Kelly make the bag come to life with character. The Kelly speaks for itself and emits its own radiance. But yes, we just love LOOKING at it! Whether it is in  retourne or sellier style, the Kelly stands with striking stature.

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4. The search for the "Elusive Kelly" only intensifies our craze

The Birkin gets the rep for being Hermes’ “needle in a haystack” bag. However, the Kelly is equally, or even more rare in some cases, due to limited quantities and high desirability. Many people get offered Birkins way before any word on their preferred Kellys. It is often a misconception that the Kelly is easier to shoot for in the Hermes game. Hermes SAs are working with limited stock, and above all, are looking to find a great recipient and home for each H bag. The wait for a Kelly can be as long and anxious as a wait for a Birkin. Let’s face it – we all want what we can’t have, so cue more Kelly craziness!

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5. We all love playing the "B or K?" game

When it comes to bags, the Birkin and the Kelly are undoubtedly Hermes’ two shining stars. Due to more media presence, the Birkin has a slightly stronger legacy and more people gravitate towards it as their “ultimate holy grail bag”. However, the Kelly in no way, shape, or form is “second best”. The Birkin is not necessarily the end all, be all, and many fashionistas greatly prefer the K over the B. Embrace your Kelly craziness and claim your spot on TEAM KELLY. That being said, full support and fair play for Team Birkin too – everyone wins in the Hermes faceoff!

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6. Climbing the H Hierarchy: We need the Golden "H" stamp

Even if you’re completely new to the brand or an avid collector, if you’ve had your sights set on your dream K but haven’t found it yet, the thirst unbearably continues. Finally getting your hands on the perfect Kelly is the ultimate Hermes validation, and a battle won in itself in the ever unpredictable H game. A Kelly win feels like an opening to more K and B delights.

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7. The Kelly will be a true gem in your collection

We all love bags, and we all wish for many, many more bags. However, can we make the claim that the Hermes K can be the bag for you? The Hermes Kelly is a classic, and even as one bag alone, can elevate your whole collection. It can be an everyday go-to or brought out for special occasions. Due to its desirability, the Kelly as an investment, can hold its value just as well as a Birkin.

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8. The Kelly Does It All

From formal to casual, the Kelly works for every occasion because it was designed with a woman’s needs and feminine aesthetic in mind.

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Join our craze and explore more Hermes Kelly posts below:

The Hermes Kelly Craze: Let’s Talk Kelly Cut
The Tale of 4 Hermes Clutches
We’re Finally United: Hermes Kelly Reveal
Hermes Kelly Sellier versus Retourne Debate
Hermes Kelly: Anti-It Bag?
Who’s on Team Birkin versus Team Kelly?
Birkin versus Kelly Faceoff

Watch the Making of a Kelly bag up-close in the NY Mag The Cut Feature video.

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Apple Watch Hermès

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I have two very serious addictions (as the hubby and the boy will attest to) — one is Hermès and the other is Apple. I am NEVER without something from either of the brands. My iPhone and Apple Watch are literally extensions of my hands, and well, you know my love of all things Hermès! Though at first a collaboration between companies from such different worlds seems unusual, it actually makes a lot of sense. Both subscribe to the highest standards in craftsmanship and innovation — one in old-world luxury and the other in modern technology. And each one elicits frenzy from fans whenever it announces a new product.

Make no mistake, this watch is as meticulously crafted as anything else from Hermès. The three different styles of leather straps are handmade by Hermès artisans in France, and an Hermès watch face reinterpreted by Apple designers in California comes along with each. When Apple approached the company about the collaboration, they had to bow down to the holy grail of all luxury houses; with Hermès-exclusive faces used, there is no Apple branding visible whatsoever!

Allowing Hermès’ symbols to upstage Apple’s is a first, Apple Design Chief Jony Ive said in an interview with the WSJ. “I’ve been at Apple 23 years and this is conspicuous and singular. I’ve never known anything like this,” he elaborated. The bands are only available when bought alongside a new stainless steel Hermès Apple Watch, so don’t think you can just pick up a new band for your plain old iWatch — you’ll have to go all in. Prices start at $1,100 for a single band, $1,250 for the double tour, and $1,500 for the cuff (price includes the Hermès watch). Available colors are Etain, a deep grey; Fauve, a luggage brown; Capucine, a gorgeous burnt orange/red; Noir; and the classic Bleu Jean. I’m getting the Capucine Double Tour. What about you? Available at select Hermès and Apple stores on October 5th. Get more info on the Apple Watch Hermès here.

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HERMES APPLE WATCH

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The perfect blend – Hermes selling one of the most expensive fashion accessories in the world and Apple…you know, they’re just selling high-ticket technologies. And when these two brands walk arm on arm, you get the Hermes Apple Watch.

Not-so-easy-to-find, like always… these watches are only sold in few of Apple and Hermes retail stores. If you don’t grab one soon, you might miss the bus.

What’s so hot about it? Well, first you get the best technology watch in the world. And it’s so much more than a ticking machine. Then Hermes put a handmade leather strap on it, making it fashionable and trendy. And you know what they say right? Any watch above $50 USD is not a watch anymore, it’s a jewelry.

The price starts at $1100 USD and can go up to $1500 USD. The 42mm single strap option is available in noir and gauvre (black and brown). The Capucine (red) strap is available in size 38mm.

For those hunting for the iconic Hermes double strap, you will be paying $1250 USD. The colors available are teal, red, grey and brown, but they’re only offered with the 38mm size. Another watch with The Cuff, which comes in extra large leather strap for the 42mm size, is priced at $1500 USD.

Read more about it here.

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