The fashion parade continued for the Duchess of Cambridge as William and Kate bid a fond farewell to Singapore and then said hello to Malaysia. We saw the first evening dress of the tour, and another who’s who parade of British design with more new dresses that elicited the usual raft of praise and ridicule for the Duchess.
Kate’s final Singapore look was a powder blue shirtwaist-er dress from Jenny Packham. Simple and elegant, this dress has a pleated skirt and a lace bodice. Many have commented that the use of pleated skirts/dresses on this tour could be a device for covering a baby bump, which may well be true, but Kate still looks very slim and the dresses have also been elegant choices. This dress was to a visit to a Military Ceremony, so I was surprised by the criticism of Kate’s look being boring. This was respectful, subdued and unshowy – the perfect look for a solemn occasion.
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Kate and William then travelled onto Malaysia where the Duchess wore a stunning evening dress from Alexander McQueen for a state dinner with the Malaysian Royal family. This dress had two purposes. Obviously Kate looks like a fairytale in this dress, which had a definite boho/ethnic style vibe which is totally unlike anything she has worn before. But the dress also paid tribute to her hosts as it was embroidered with hibiscus, the national flower of Malaysia. The white and gold was a little Princess Jasmine, but all the better for it, Kate is the latest fairytale princess so I can’t see a problem with dressing like one for one night.
For her first visit to a Mosque, Kate turned to another one of her favourite labels, the ethically friendly Beulah London. This dress, the Sabitri dress is available on the Beulah London website as a limited edition, and is again in Powder Blue silk. Kate had to combine this with a matching headscarf to enter the mosque. I think it was again a great look for Kate, engagement appropriate, soft and feminine, and very modest.
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Yesterday Kate unveiled yet another new look, this one from one of my favourite designers, Alice Temperley. This was an exquisite creation that combined a white floral and lace overlay onto an under layer or, you’ve guessed it, powder blue. I think this is one of Kate’s most beautiful looks ever. The dress is just so pretty, and I love the pretty pearl pins she wore in her up-swept hairstyle.
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