Duchess Kate starts the New Zealand Tour in Catherine Walker Red

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and that gorgeous cutie Prince George have arrived in New Zealand for their much anticipated tour, with Kate totally wowing in bright and vibrant red. On the windiest of days, the Duchess opted for a designer that harked back to previous royal tours of Australia and New Zealand by wearing a design from the design house of Catherine Walker.

Catherine Walker, was, of course, the favourite designer of Diana, Princess of Wales. The press have already picked up on this, with some suggesting this is another tribute to Prince William’s mother. I’m not so sure of this, I think Kate chose red as a vibrant choice that would stand out as she made her first appearance on this tour. Kate is a fan of red, wearing the colour on many occasions, so it is not necessarily such a surprising choice for her to choose red.

1396832704000-GTY-483128967The coat and pillbox hat looked fantastic, the double breasted, almost military style cut was great for Kate, looking chic and elegant. The pillbox hat by Gina Potter reminded me a little of styles that have been worn by style icons of the past – from Jackie Kennedy to Audrey Hepburn, and was a young retro style that suited Kate.


Jackie Kennedy


Audrey Hepburn

Duchess-Cambridge-Prince-GeorgeEarlier, Kate had been photographed at Sydney Airport wearing a different outfit, a Max Mara dress she had worn early in her pregnancy last year. This wrap style dress is a perfect choice for traveling, stretchy and therefore comfortable, but still sophisticated and elegant for facing the World’s press.



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Duchess Kate’s final Canadian looks take a cowgirl twist.

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.

Kate wears Issa and Catherine Walker as the fashion parade continues.

Wow! Am I enjoying this royal tour. As the weather in Canada continues to scorch, the gorgeous Duchess of Cambridge turns the temperatures up even further with her endless parade of perfect looks. This time it was the turn of Kate favourite  Issa, in the shape of a stunning purple jersey style dress. Kate has already worn an Issa swallow print dress, but this purple dress was a new look, and I frankly loved it!

With her elegant upswept hairdo, and accessorising with black Prada heels and another Anya Hindmarch bag, this time a neat clutch , this was an understated look that suited Kate perfectly. I love that she wore the Maple leaf brooch again as this outfit required just a bit of sparkle, and also think that William looked really cool in his tieless look. It’s great that Kate is remaining loyal to labels that she wore before her wedding,  and this dress does have a touch of the blue engagement dress about it.

Next up for Kate was a spot of tree planting and a wonderful dress from Catherine  Walker. This is the Kensington shift dress and it again looked fabulous. Catherine Walker was famously the favourite designer of Princess Diana, and was the design house of choice for Carole Middleton at the royal wedding, and Royal Ascot more recently. This was a chic choice for Kate, although there have been comments that it may have been a bit wintry for such a hot day. Others have also commented that it wasn’t exactly appropriate for tree planting,but aside from wearing trousers, which I can’t remember a British princess ever doing on an official engagement, what  is appropriate for tree planting? Incidentally, I adore the shiny silvertone shoes by Tabitha Simmons, and the nod to the high street clutch bag from Hobbs.

If  you are already gritting your teeth at how fabulous Kate looks all the time, then don’t look at the picture above. Even in chefs whites – she looks absolutely amazing. Not fair is it?

Next up, it was another dress for new royal favourite Erdem, and yet more navy. This strong shade really seems to suit Kate, and this is another truly beautiful dress. With a lace bodice and fitted style, it suits Kate’s figure and it is great that she cleverly accessorised with yet more nude. Erdem  is Canadian born, so Kate cleverly continued to pay tribute to the host nation, whilst supporting the British Fashion Industry.

Kate’s latest look is this Vanessa dress from Joseph which she teamed with a pink jacket, and more nude accessories, this time from LK Bennett. Again, you can only say flawless. Pretty  Links of London earrings complete the look. This is another Kate effect pointer, according to some Kate watching sites, this dress sold out within 8 minutes online after Kate appeared wearing it.