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Friday Fashion – Duchess Kate and more looks from the New Zealand Tour

I have to say I am loving the range of looks that Kate Middleton has been wearing on the Royal Tour of New Zealand. Even though, yet again, she has been criticised for playing it safe, and even ‘looking like an air hostess’, I think Kate has been showcasing a great range of British fashion, wearing two of her favourite designers in Jenny Packham and Alexander McQueen. There have also been a nod to trend, with vibrant blue and midi lengths being part of the look.

 

Alexander McQueen

For a visit to the Blenheim War Memorial Kate wore an Alexander McQueen bespoke frock coat in the most gorgeous shade of Periwinkle blue. This is one of my favourite Kate looks of all time, not least because I think her hair looks fabulous in this jaunty, 1950s style pony tail. Once again I think Kate is taking inspiration from the past – this frock coat is has quite a 40s feel, almost a utility style, but in that rich blue shade, Kate looks just beautiful. A total hit from my point of view.

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Kate-Middleton-Alexander-McQueen-coat-600x835I think Sarah Burton and Alexander McQueen are a great fit, although the more fanciful, dramatic elements of McQueen design are toned down for the Duchess. Selfridges has just had a new drop of McQueen styles, some of which would be perfect for Kate, and I do wonder whether we will see any of these looks, albeit in some bespoke, unique form?

Kate could definitely wear these.

 ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Engineered stretch-knit dress £1,125 click to visit Selfridges
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Engineered stretch-knit dress
£1,125 click to visit Selfridges
 ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Two-tone dress £1,265 click to visit Selfridges
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Two-tone dress £1,265 click to visit Selfridges
 ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Monochrome print stretch-knit dress £995 click to visit Selfridges
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Monochrome print stretch-knit dress £995 click to visit Selfridges
 ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Sweetheart crepe gown £1,395 click to visit Selfridges
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Sweetheart crepe gown £1,395 click to visit Selfridges

Jenny Packham

Jenny Packham is another favourite for Duchess Kate, particularly for evening occasions.  For a state reception at Government House, Kate turned once again to the designer. In elegant black and silver, Kate looked stunning. This dress had a boat style neckline, with a silver-embroidered fern across one shoulder. Midi length, this reminded me of styles from both the 1930s Hollywood films, and from the 1970s cocktail hour looks. It also reminded me of a memorable Charlize Theron look.

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Inspiration

Hedy Lamarr
Hedy Lamarr
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Victoria Beckham
Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron
Kay Francis
Kay Francis

Jenny Packham at Debenhams

Designer navy pleated embellished dress £140 click to visit Debenhams
Designer navy pleated embellished dress £140 click to visit Debenhams
Designer dark blue lace sequinned shift dress £130 click to visit Debenhams
Designer dark blue lace sequinned shift dress £130 click to visit Debenhams
Designer navy embellished shoulder midi dress £99 click to visit Debenhams
Designer navy embellished shoulder midi dress £99 click to visit Debenhams

 

What do you think of Kate’s looks so far?


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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