Tesco to launch a Kate inspired dress

If you were not one of the lucky few to get your hands on the Reiss Shola dress, you may be interested in the Kate inspired dress that will be released by British brand Tesco next month. Tesco is offering their dress at £30 a pop.

Be aware that it’s not an exact copy. It has a higher neckline and longer sleeves. Tesco has named it The Florence + Fred Limited Edition dress and is playing up the neutral coloring. The dress is set to hit stores on June 13th. www.tesco/clothing

 Jan Marchant, Buying Director at Tesco says: “Our customers love Kate’s look. She is now a true style icon and flying the flag for British high street fashion. Our similar dress is expected to sell-out fast. Many women want to emulate her elegant look and we are delighted to offer Kate inspired pieces at affordable prices.”

Reiss Shola Dress WILL be Reissued!!!!

This just in from the Reiss Blog – Kate’s Shola dress WILL be reissued! The dress is expected to arrive within five to six weeks and will be sold on a first come first serve basis.

     “Due to the extraordinary customer demand we are delighted to announce that the Reiss Shola dress, as worn by the Duchess of Cambridge, will be re-ordered and available to buy from Reiss once again!

     We expect the dress to arrive within five to six weeks and it will be sold on a first come, first served basis as we cannot guarantee any pre-orders.”

Reiss has even created a page to inform it’s customers when the dress is back in stock http://www.reissonline.com/shola

Originally, Reiss released 1000 Shola dresses, it remains to be seen how many they will re-release.

Description of The Shola dress from the Reiss website

‘Shola is a timeless, figure hugging dress that’s sure to catch an eye. It has a box neckline, asymmetric overlays on the skirt and a band around the waist. Shola fastens with a concealed zip at the back. From high shoulder point length is 98.6cm at the front.’

Do You Want to Rent Kates’ Reiss Shola Dress?

If buying a $300+ dress is not currently in your budget you can still get the high street style that is afforded to the new Duchess of Cambridge. To sample Kate’s fashion sense for yourself, the new site http://www.labellease.com/ has just the offer for you.

You can rent a Reiss Shoala Dress for either 3 nights (£69), 5 (£79) or even  a full week (£89). The site allows you to rent up to two dresses at the same time.

Label Lease is offering a 15% discount to new customers using code LLWelcome.

Kate wears a Reiss Dress to meet Mrs. O

Today, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met President and Mrs. Obama in the 1844 room of Buckingham Palace.

Kate looked svelte and tanned as she conversed with Mrs. Obama. She wore a simple figure-hugging $340 (£175) camel, short-sleeved ‘bandage’ dress called the Shola, from one of her favorite brands, Reiss. The Duchess has already made famous one of their dresses by wearing it for her engagement photo. www.reissonline.com

At 9 a.m. this morning the Shola was available online but a mere hour later, the dress is no longer on the Reiss site. (As of this writing, it seems that the Reiss Server has crashed due to the high volume of traffic).

For those of you wishing to make a purchase at Reiss, Glamour magazine has a discount code for all orders to the US for 20% off! Enter Code: GLAMOUR20 thru May 30, 2011.

Kate accessorized her look with a statement necklace, black heels and carried a teeny-tiny clutch bag. She maintained the best-of-British theme witth her Anya Hindmarch’s ‘Maud’ clutch in black silk. http://www.anyahindmarch.com/. The bag can be custom-made in 29 shades of silk and the price starts at £275.

Update 5/25/11: As of today, here are the stores in the UK where you can still buy the “Shola” dress

  • Reiss Regent Street, London: Two size 10s, one 8, one 14
  • Reiss Canary Wharf, London: Two size 8s, one 10
  • Reiss Leadenhall Market, London: Three size 10s

Reiss took to Twitter yesterday to say, “”To all our Shola fans!…The dress has now sold out online and in the US, with very limited stock left in UK stores.”

Unfortunately, the dress will NOT be reissued once the current stock is sold out – this was confirmed today by Reiss

Update 5/26/11The latest on Kate’s shell necklace… it is being reported that it was a momento from her honeymoon in the Seychelles.

Where does Kate Middleton Shop?

Although Kate lives with her fiancée in a rented farmhouse in North Wales, she spends a lot of time in London — mostly in the swish neighborhoods of South Kensington, Chelsea, Knightsbridge and Mayfair.

Kate has been called “the high street princess,” and by high street, we are referring to mainstream chain stores you’d find in the mall. There are lots of high streets in London, but Kate’s shopping strip of choice is King’s Road, is a who’s who of contemporary British fashion boutiques, beginning at the Sloane Square end with Duke of York Square, and heading west all the way to the Bluebird Cafe.

Starting with Whistles, where she bought the scalloped-edge ivory blouse she wore in some of the engagement photos, which is located in the outdoor mall at Duke of York Square, fronting King’s Road. The brand is a bit like Madewell, not sexy but sweet. For spring, that means a smart-looking fluorescent pink knife-pleat skirt ($154), a black tie-shoulder jumpsuit ($406) and a lucky horse print blouse ($138).

Next door is L.K. Bennett, is where Kate goes for her sensible kitten heels and signature boots. The round-toe, 21/2 -inch Sabira heels resemble Christian Louboutin’s Simple pumps but at a fraction of the price, just $147. L.K. Bennett is reminiscent of Ann Taylor pre-makeover — lots of office-appropriate pencil skirts and feminine polka dot blouses (both $203), along with conservative silk jersey dresses ($300) and diamante clutch purses ($276).

Jigsaw London, at the west end of Duke of York Square, is where Middleton worked as an accessories buyer in 2007. It has the prettiness of J. Crew and the bohemian appeal of Anthropologie. For spring, that means $57 Breton stripe shirts, $80 T-shirts with silk rose appliqués, along with fluttery metallic floral dresses ($317) and some very cool-looking Hunter wellies with a distressed finish.

Across the street is Reiss, where Kate scored the sleek cream dress she wore in her engagement photos. Reiss is similar to Club Monaco, with super-chic, modern clothes in the style of Celine and Jil Sander such as a fuchsia silk top with a fluid sleeve ($185), an A-line suede skirt ($365), royal blue silk trousers ($195) and asymmetrical cutout wedge sandals ($295).

Back down King’s Road at Sloane Square, Peter Jones is the Middleton family’s go-to department store. The store, which feels like a Macy’s or Bloomingdale’s equivalent, features some of the same brands found on the high street, along with selected designers, including British accessories brand Mulberry.

The hat department at Peter Jones, which stocks feathered and flowered styles by one of Middleton’s favorite milliners, Whiteley Fischer (about $290) is a big attraction.

Another source for Middleton’s extensive hat wardrobe is Philip Treacy. His salon is east of Sloane Square on Elizabeth Street, along a stretch of retail that could cater to a princess bride’s every need — Jenny Packham for dresses, Peggy Porschen for cakes, and Allegra Hicks for honeymoon beach cover-ups. At Treacy’s shop, floral headbands go from $487 to $1,300 and couture creations, such as the silver starburst hat in the window that was made for Grace Jones, can run well into the thousands.


A short walk north on Sloane Street toward Knightsbridge, and you’ll pass stationery and leather goods store Smythson, the source of Middleton’s leather-bound wedding diary, and upscale department store Harvey Nichols, where she has picked up those famously smoking-hot silk jersey plunge-front gowns by BCBG and Issa.
Beauchamp Place, a swanky street that’s just a few blocks down Brompton Road past Harrods, was one of Princess Diana‘s stamping grounds and is a Kate Middleton hangout as well.

Kate loves a bargain, and on Kensington High Street just a few blocks away from Kensington Palace is TK Maxx, the British version of TJ Maxx. She reportedly enjoys riffling through the racks of last season’s mirrored Lanvin sandals ($291 down from $991), Valentino tops ($242 from $731) and Alexander McQueen dresses ($761 from $2,567).

The Riess Dress

Kate Middleton wore a simple belted Nanette gown by Reiss with a ruffle detail across the front for her official engagement photo taken by famed photographer Mario Testino.

If you are looking to buy the dress, you are currently out of luck as it was from the designers 2009 line. However, the designer is planning to re-release (and raise the price) of the previously discontinued Nanette dress, which originally cost $325.

For more information on the London based Riess Line check out their store at

313 Bleecker St (between Barrow St & Grove St)
New York, NY 10014
(212) 488-2411
or online riessonline.com