Debenhams gives you your own capsule Duchess Kate wardrobe this season

The Duchess of Cambridge has become one of the world’s leading style icons in the year since her wedding to Prince William. She rarely puts a foot wrong stylewise, and whilst some have accused her of being a little boring in her style choices, the truth is that she just chooses pieces that have a classic look that she can revisit and revamp again and again. Her look is sophisticated, flawless and elegant. No wonder everything that she wears proves to be an instant sell out, and that the world’s leading designers are now flocking to dress her. For her recent tour, that has included Alexander McQueen, Prabal Gurung, Mulberry, Jonathan Saunders, Jenny Packham and Erdem amongst others, almost a role call for the recent British and New York fashion weeks.

Debenhams seems to have recognised that this Kate effect is something hypnotic to so many women, and have taken inspiration in their latest ranges. There are elements of Kate’s evening looks, daytime looks and outdoor wear, and in Jenny Packham they have one of Kate’s key designers on board producing Duchess worthy looks for her No1 collection.

Here is some Kate-inspiration from Debenhams

Alexon Was £90.00 Now £72.00 You save £18.00 Red Long Sleeve Grecian Maxi Dress click to visit Debenhams

 

No. 1 Jenny Packham Was £110.00 Now £88.00 Bright blue asymmetric one shoulder maxi dress click to visit Debenhams

Collection Was £50.00 Now £40.00Black bonded lace dress click to visit Debenhams

Planet Was £99.00 Now £79.20 Animal Print Jersey Dress click to visit Debenhams

 

 

Planet £129.00 Contrast Waist Ruched Dress click to visit Debenhams

Alexon £200.00 Red Funnel Coat click to visit Debenhams

Collection £45.00 Also available in petite sizes Red textured double collar jacket click to visit Debenhams

 

Kate’s farewell to Singapore…and Hello to Malaysia

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.

Get the Look – pastel, lace effect dresses

Warehouse Lace Back Dress

Jolie Moi Collared lace dress

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.

Sabitri Dress £895

Get the look – chiffon style dresses

True Decadence Midi pleat belted shirt dress

Cream pleated dress

Vintage embroidered mesh dress

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.

 

Get the Look – lace overlay dresses

alice lace dress £160.00 click to visit Coast

The London Dress £40.00 click to visit French Connection

 

A Kate Middleton Week – Pt 1

What does an average week entail to you? Work, a few drinks at the weekend, a family meal. If you’re me this week it entails Jedward, Total Wipeout and pear cider, but this is my holiday time. If you’re the Duchess of Cambridge it entails Wimbledon, a wedding, a trip to Scotland, and more Wimbledon. And of course she does all of this in totally glamorous style, wearing a bit of McQueen, a touch of Emilia Wickstead, and some Beulah London. Here’s a look back at another stylish week for the Duchess.

A wedding

Kate attended a wedding last week in Bishops Lydeard (just a few miles away from where I am typing this right now), and wore a gorgeous 1970s style retro print dress from Beulah London. This is a ethically friendly label that Kate wore last year when she chose a stunning, long, red wrapover dress. This time around there was a more summery feel to the dress, although the weather was decidedly rainy.

This was a chic and elegant look for Kate, although it does remind me of the sort of dresses my nan wore when I was a little girl in the 1970s. Printed dresses are a great way to get the summer look even when the weather has chosen to ignore the season.

Three of the best – printed dresses

Janey dress £79 

olivia jersey printed dress 

millie dress £75.00 

Wimbledon – Mark 1

Kate attended Wimbledon twice this week, with her first visit showcasing the McQueen cricket style dress that she had worn a year ago during her North American tour. This, of course, has a style that is reminiscent of a 1930s style tennis dress, so I’m sure some will criticise her literal use of clothing again, but this is a dress that does casual and elegance in one foul swoop snd so is perfect for a sporty occasion.

Get the Look – Sporty Knits from Ted Baker

NANNCY – Knitted Cricket jumper – 

IASO – Striped detail sweater 

BEEHI – Pleat detail skirt 

 

That’s the first half of my Middleton run through finished. Pop by tomorrow for part two which includes a trip to Scotland, and a trip to cheer on Andy Murray in the Wimbledon final.