The Canadian leg of the royal tour came to an end with the Calgary stampede, which saw Duchess Kate in a white leather Stetson, cowboy boots and bootcut jeans. Dressing perfectly to fit the occasion, Kate reminded me of Elizabeth Taylor in Giant as she enjoyed the Calgary festivities.
Kate wore two pretty blouses by Alice Temperley from her resort 2012 collection. The first was a pretty blue and white embroidered blouse with a real Country and Western feel to it. Kate teamed this with a pair of bootcut jeans from Goldsign – the Passion bootcut style that saw a move away from the J Brand skinnies that she seemed to live in during the middle section of the tour. For day two of the Stampede, Kate wore the pretty Temperley ‘Rodeo’ shirt with its gorgeous white lace inserts.
I personally hate the cowboy styling on anyone, but it was entirely fitting for the occasion and I think Kate got it just right with such gorgeous blouses. These looks occurred after two bits of fashion controversy for the Duchess. The first was when Kate wore a dress by Danish designer Malene Birger. This was the first time that Kate had moved away from a British designer,or a British based designer, since the wedding.The dress was very stylish, cream silk and linen, and was teamed with LK Bennett’s platform heels, but it was again criticised for being ‘nice and safe’, and many commentators seemed fed up with the colour pallete of nude shades.
For those desperate for colour, Kate wore a gorgeous Jenny Packham yellow ‘Primrose’ dress when she arrived at Calgary airport. This was a real vintage style dress, similar to the 1950s daydresses in its simplicity and styling. The dress had a real summer feel to it, and looked very fresh, but then Kate had a Marilyn Monroe moment that saw the dress billowing about and almost revealing those royal Golden point knickers! Nobody could’ve accused that of being a boring look!
Kate left Canada in perfect style. She paid a final tribute to their hosts by wearing a beautiful fit and flared coat dress by Catherine Walker in Canadian red. With that Maple leaf brooch on her lapel, she looked every inch the confident royal Duchess, and this outfit was the perfect mix of Kate’s sophistication, and clever knack of styling.
Kate’s next stop is America, and a BAFTA dinner giving the Duchess the chance to outshine Hollywood’s brightest stars.