The Royal Tour – My favourite looks from (N)Z to A

The Royal tour of New Zealand and Australia is now officially over, and by any standards, it has been an absolute triumph for Prince William, Duchess Kate and the gorgeous baby Prince George. Kate’s wardrobe, as ever, has been a joy for fashion lovers, with a definite emphasis on something old, something new, jewellery borrowed, and something blue.

Before the tour, there had been lots of speculation about Kate’s wardrobe, with some saying The Queen had asked for more jewellery, more designer wear and longer skirts. I personally think Kate’s wardrobe proved to be a total triumph that stayed true to her fashion roots. There were splashes of High Street with a beautiful LK Bennett dress(featured here on Friday’s celeb post), lots of new designer looks from Erdem, Alexander McQueen and Lela Rose amongst others. But Kate still recycled looks from the past, including the Luis Spagnoli red suit she wore before her wedding, and hats were kept to a minimum, with a lot of bare-headed looks and lots of flowing hair.

With the tour now over, I have spent a leisurely few hours looking at every single look from the two countries. I have chosen my personal favourites from the tour for this post, and would love to know what your favourite look was.

I have also added a few Kate inspired items for a get the look at the end of the post.

Alexander McQueen

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Emilia Wickstead and a Jane Taylor Hat

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Roksanda Ilincic

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Zimmerman Dress

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Alexander McQueen and a Jane Taylor Hat

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Alexander McQueen

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Lela Rose

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Get the look

 Marios Schwab/EDITION Was £135.00 Now £80.00 Now £54.00 click to visit Debenhams

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 Mary Portas The twist dress short sleeve  £69.30 click to visit House of Fraser


Mary Portas The twist dress short sleeve £69.30 click to visit House of Fraser

 Adrianna Papell Cap Sleeve Grupere Lace £170 click to visit House of Fraser


Adrianna Papell Cap Sleeve Grupere Lace £170 click to visit House of Fraser

 Shubette Guipere lace dress with satin dress coat £250   click to visit House of Fraser


Shubette Guipere lace dress with satin dress coat £250 click to visit House of Fraser

 Side Knot Dress £47.20 click to visit Kaliko


Side Knot Dress £47.20 click to visit Kaliko

LISANNE DRESS £125.00 click to visit Coast

LISANNE DRESS
£125.00 click to visit Coast

Designer pale pink belted fit and flare dress £60 click to visit Debenhams

Designer pale pink belted fit and flare dress £60 click to visit Debenhams

Crepe Shift Dress £16.00 click to visit George at Asda

Crepe Shift Dress
£16.00 click to visit George at Asda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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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?


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cream is the colour for Prince George’s Christening

A future king was christened today, and whilst he looked adorable in antique styled lace, it was his ever-stylish mother who all eyes were turned too. And, as ever, she didn’t disappoint with her choice.

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The Duchess of Cambridge chose who else but Alexander McQueen for Prince George’s big day, showing that when it comes to the big occasions (her wedding, the Jubilee celebrations, only evening occasion in the United States tour) it is McQueen and Sarah Burton she turns to. Perfectly complementing George’s Victorian style Christening gown, Kate’s suit was ruffled and romantic, and looked exquisite when teamed with a beautiful pillbox hat with dotted netting. This was designed by Jane Taylor and seemed to be a nod to the hats worn by her late mother-in-law, Diana, Princess of Wales – a nice touch from the Duchess.

Prince-George-2484035Kate’s gorgeous cream outfit was perfectly complimented by the cream wool coat chosen by sister Pippa. This 60s style coat by Susannah was another elegant choice, reminiscent of styles worn by Jacqueline Kennedy in the days of Camelot. The outfit was a nice accompaniment to her sister, totally complimenting the look without upstaging her sister on what was her big day.

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Get the look – cream

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M&S Collection Faux Fur Collar Tweed Coat with Wool £89.00 click to visit M&S

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