Frances Valentine Opens Pop-up, Offers Kate Spade-Inspired Special-Edition Items

Five months after the death of Kate Spade, the company she helped to start, Frances Valentine, is moving forward with its first retail venture — a Madison Avenue pop-up store.
Spade’s suicide in June at the age of 55 shocked the fashion community and the team at Frances Valentine has quietly been trying to carry on. Going into retail was always part of the business plan, according to chief executive officer Elyce Arons.
Asked how the company approaches such a delicate and complicated situation with care and without being exploitive, Arons said, “For us, it is our way of honoring Katy and keeping her spirit alive. We have a really small team in the office and it hit us all really hard. That first week, we had so many customers and friends of the brand write in — people who had known her a long, long time and people we had never met, who said please keep going — you have to keep her designs alive.”
Arons said, “We decided that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to embrace her spirit and the really good things that she brought to everyone. This has been a really happy, good thing. And it wouldn’t

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Kate Beckinsale spotted in Jack Whitehall’s hometown days after their steamy kiss

KATE Beckinsale was in lover Jack Whitehall’s home town today, just days after they were snapped kissing at the weekend.

The movie star, 45, and the comedian, 30, set tongues wagging when they were spotted in a steamy LA nightclub clinch before heading to a hotel to continue the fun.

Kate Beckinsale was today seen filming in London – near to were new love Jack Whitehall lives
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Today Kate was back on British soil to shoot new movie Toff Guys with Hollywood hunk Matthew Mcconaughey.

Dressed casually in jeans and fluffy jacket, the actress looked in good spirits as she met crew on set.

She wore her long hair in a high high ponytail and shielded her eyes with a pair of oversized sunglasses.

But it looks like her trip to London might not be all work and no play, as the stunning actress was just miles from where here new beau Jack lives.

Kate was just a few miles from where her snogging partner Jack lives
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Jack and Kate hit the headlines after they were caught in a romantic tryst at the weekend.

The pair had enjoyed a meal at the restaurant Craig’s, a popular celeb hangout in Hollywood, before heading to the Blind Dragon karaoke lounge, where they were seen snogging.

They were then snapped entering The London Hotel at 3am looking very cosy.

Two months ago Kate, a divorced mother of one, was pictured with on-off American toyboy Matt Rife.

Like Jack, 23-year-old Matt is a stand-up comedian.

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An onlooker said: “No one would expect someone like Jack to bag one of Hollywood’s hottest actresses. You couldn’t get a more unlikely romance.

“They were like a pair of loved-up teenagers and weren’t trying to hide their feelings.

“They were practically sitting on top of each other in the booth of the nightclub and were laughing with each other.

“As the night progressed, he seemed to be growing in confidence and put his arm around her and gave her a hug.

“Then he decided to put his hand around the back of Kate’s neck and pulled her across him, where they started to passionately kiss.”

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Jack split from long-term girlfriend Gemma Chan, 35, star of Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them, last December, after six years together.

Kate’s 12-year marriage to American film director Len Wiseman, 45, ended in 2016 after he filed for divorce.

She shares 19-year-old daughter Lily with her former husband, the actor Michael Sheen, 49, who she split from in 2003.


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Kate Middleton and Prince William threw a secret event in Kensington Palace

And everyone’s getting FOMO.

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With soon-to-be parents Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their royal tour in Australia and Pippa Middleton welcoming a baby just this week, the attention has been off Kate Middleton and Prince William.

In fact, we’ve hardly seen the Duchess of Cambridge this year, with Kate taking a maternity leave after the birth of Prince Louis, returning to royal duties just this month.

But given the attention on other members of the royal family, Kate and William managed to throw a secret party in Kensington Palace this week, with the public and press only finding out after the occasion.

The event in question was work-related – a surprise reception for the finalists of this year’s BBC Radio One’s Teen Hero Awards at their Kensington Palace home.

The couple reportedly welcomed teenage finalists to the reception, talking to them about their work as Teen Heroes of 2018.

‘It was such an honour and privilege to meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace,’ one of the winners, Siena Castellon, explained to HELLO!. ‘They were both genuinely interested in my website, www.QLMentoring.com, which I created to support and mentor autistic students and students with learning disabilities.’

She continued: ’The Duchess was especially interested in addressing autism stereotypes and was saddened to hear about the severity of the disability-related bullying I have experienced. She congratulated me for being a Diana Award holder and for currently serving on the National Youth Board, a role that has given me a national platform through which to share my disability-based bullying experience. They were both incredibly warm, supportive and encouraging. Meeting them was an awesome experience! They have inspired me continue to make a positive difference in my community.’

The BBC Radio One Teen Awards Ceremony will take place on Sunday, hosted by Greg James.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton Are ‘Delighted’ About Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Baby News

Kensington Palace is about to get one more royal resident!

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting their first child this spring, and the royal family is sharing in their baby joy.

Harry’s brother Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton are “delighted” for the couple, the palace says.

Harry and Meghan’s royal baby will join several little cousins around the palace. Will and Kate are the proud parents of Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 3, and 6-month-old Prince Louis.

Queen ElizabethPrince Philip, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, have also expressed their joy over the news. Senior members of the royal family who were in attendance at Princess Eugenie’s royal wedding on Friday were able to congratulate the couple in person.

Congratulations are also starting to roll in from other key figures in the U.K.

Prime Minister Theresa May said in a statement: “My warmest congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the happy news they are expecting a baby in the Spring. Wishing them all the best.”

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who married the couple in St. George’s Chapel in May, also expressed his joy.

“Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their happy news! Prayers for them in the months ahead,” he said.

Harry and Meghan are currently in Sydney, Australia, where they have kicked off the first day of their 16-day tour, which will also see them travel to New Zealand, Tonga and Fiji.

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Fiji and Tonga are among the countries listed as “areas with risk of Zika infection,” according to the CDC.

Harry and Meghan’s tour schedule is not changing and they have reportedly taken advice about the Zika virus, which can cause the birth defect microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects.


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How the Cost of Princess Eugenie’s Wedding Compares to Meghan Markle’s and Kate Middleton’s

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Kate Middleton Is Royal Wedding Guest Chic (Again!) for Princess Eugenie’s Big Day

Once again, Kate Middleton is the epitome of wedding guest chic.

The royal mom arrived at the royal wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank on Friday, shortly after returning to royal duty after taking some time out of the public eye following the birth of her third child, Prince Louis, in April.

Kate wore a burgundy ensemble by her own wedding dress designer, Alexander McQueen, and a matching velvet beret by go-to milliner Philip Treacy.

She and Prince William quickly headed inside after being driven to the chapel door, taking their seats next to newlyweds Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. (The couple, who wed in 2011 and whose children George, 5, and Charlotte, 3, even snuck in some hand holding before the ceremony began!)

Kate, 36, returned to her royal duties following maternity leave on Oct. 2 when she visited the Sayers Croft Forest School and Wildlife Garden. She took a short two-mile drive from her home at Kensington Palace to a recreation ground in Paddington, London, to spend time with local school children and learn how getting their hands dirty in a wildlife garden and outdoor learning helps with their well-being.

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The 36-year-old royal is set to take part in sporadic engagements during October and through to the end of the year. She will return to her usual busy schedule come January.

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Despite her time off from work, Kate has had a busy wedding season. In addition to helping marshal Prince George, 5, and Princess Charlotte, 3, who served in the bridal party at the wedding of her longtime friend, Sophie Carter, last month, she was her usual stylish self to celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle less than a month after Louis’ arrival.

Despite her royal status, Princess Kate has developed a clever trick to avoid upstaging the bride on her big day: Pulling a royal rewear!

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For Sophie’s September nuptials, Kate wore a cornflower blue Catherine Walker & Co coat dress, which she previously wore when she arrived in Berlin with Prince William and their two eldest children during their July 2017 tour of Poland and Germany.

At the May wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan, she appeared to pull an epic royal rewear with an off-white structured-collared coat dress. In July 2015, Kate wore a very similar piece to Princess Charlotte’s christening. She pulled out the ensemble again at the Queen’s official birthday celebrations, Trooping the Colour, in 2016.


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Why Kate Middleton won’t accept gifts during royal visits

It’s pretty important

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We’re pretty clued up when it comes to all things royal. From what goes on behind the scenes Buckingham Palace, to following protocol, we’d say we’re in the know when it comes to their very interesting secrets.

For example, did you know that the Queen has banned this ingredient from the royal kitchens? Or why Meghan Markle often wears black for official duties?

And then there’s the real reason that Prince William and Kate Middleton don’t hold hands in public, but Meghan and Prince Harry do.

But just when you thought you knew all there was to know, we’ve got another nugget of royal wisdom for you.

Kate Middleton won’t accept gifts from members of the public during royal visits.

Why?

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The Duchess of Cambridge recently returned to work five months after giving birth to her third child, Prince Louis. Earlier this week, she attended Sayers Croft Forest School and Wildlife Garden in Maida Vale, London, where she met local school children – and had the sweetest answer when one asked by one child why the photographers were taking snaps of her.

However, royal protocol states that when it comes to receiving presents things can get pretty complicated.

The Royal Family website reads: “Gifts offered by private individuals living in the UK not personally known to the Member of the Royal Family should be refused where there are concerns about the propriety or motives of the donor or the gift itself.”

Reportedly, the royals are only allowed to keep hold of gifts sent by the public if their value is less than £150, and items like flowers and certain foods are permitted.

According to the BBC, all gifts must be used by the Royal Family, used for displays, or given to charity or members of staff.

Just imagine the number of teddy bears they must have collected over the years…

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This ex of Kate Middleton’s made Prince William more jealous than most

Yes, really.

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Kate Middleton and Prince William are one of the most talked about couples in the world, from their happy family life with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, to their relatable day to day habits at Kensington Palace – they’re just like us really!

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge seem so happy in fact it’s hard to remember that there were ever rocky patches.

In 2007 however, Kate and Wills briefly broke up, with Kate even leaving the country to process the split, heading to Dublin with her mum and a group of friends to relax.

It has emerged however that also during their break up, Kate had a brief romance – and it is reported to have annoyed William more than most.

Why? Because it was with one of William’s Eton school friends, shipping heir Henry Ropner.

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It gets even more dramatic as Harper’s Bazaar Australia reported that William once dated Ropner’s ex back in the day.

Drama!

‘We were both very young,’ Prince William explained of the split in their 2010 engagement video interview. ‘It was at university, we were sort of both finding ourselves as such and being different characters and stuff, it was very much trying to find our own way and we were growing up.’

He continued: ‘It was just sort of a bit of space and a bit of things like that, and it worked out for the better.’

Kate certainly seemed to agree, explaining, ‘I think at the time I wasn’t very happy about it, but actually it made me a stronger person.’

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