Duchess Kate – More Singapore looks to Savour

I have to say just how much I am enjoying the fashion odyssey currently being undertaken by the Duchess of Cambridge has she makes her way around Singapore. There have been no fashion recycled pieces yet, and with up to three changes of dress in a day, this makes exiting viewing for Kate watchers everywhere. The designer names she has worn so far are almost a who’s who of fashion at this moment, Jenny Packham, Prabal Gurung, Erdem, Alexander McQueen and Raoul have all been showcased to great effect, as the Duchess breezes through the unenviable task of looking stylish and keeping cool in very balmy conditions. (I went to Singapore and couldn’t stop the hair sticking to my head, so much Kudos to Kate for looking so effortlessly beautiful so far).

The first look yesterday was one of my favourite Kate pieces. A gorgeous broderie anglais design from Alexander McQueen, this 1950s belted dress utilized a cotton design and looked both elegant and crisp. My one moan would be the shoes – the navy wedges are great and probably very comfortable, but I think they look a bit heavy for this look -I would’ve love some nude strappy sandals instead.

 

You can get broderie anglais pieces quite cheaply now in the end of summer sales, and it is well worth picking up pieces as this is a timeless look that comes out of the wardrobe every summer. If you are going on a late holiday, just imagine this crisp, pure look against sunkissed skin – absolutely perfect!

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Brand logo L.K. Bennett Tiffany Broderie Anglaise Dress

MADEMOISELLE DRESS

Kate’s 2nd look yesterday was from rising international label Raoul. This was a gorgeous, floaty blouse and skirt in a retro style print that had great flashes of orange running through it.  The skirt had a slight pleat detail and again this seemed the perfect choice for the warm weather conditions – light as a feather and floaty. Both pieces were available on Matches, but as usual with anything Kate wears, they have now sold out!

 

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Oasis Spot Pleated Belted

Acorn Print Pleated Dress

Kate’s final look yesterday was a watered silk lined, pleated dress from Erdem. Again this dress had a decidedly oriental print, this time in soft blues, greys and occasional splashes of coral. I particularly loved the sleeve detail, which was semi sheer, and seemed to have been added to the original design of this dress (The Meryl) especially for Kate.

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LOWLA – Floral pleated dress

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Kaliko Tattoo Pleat Dress

I’m totally loving Kate’s wardrobe at the moment, and looking forward to seeing what each new day brings.

 

Duchess Kate wears Prabal Gurung in Singapore

Just a day after I said that Prabal Gurung was perfect for Kate Middleton, she only goes and wears the designer during the first day of the tour of the Far Eat. Kate chose to wear the Singaporean designer during the stop in Singapore, a beautiful purple flowered design in Prabal’s classic long sleeved shape. Kate now joins the stylish ranks of Prabal fans that include Sarah Jessica Parker, Mila Kunis and Lana Del Rey.

I love that Kate, who doesn’t have a stylist, does her research and pays tribute to the places she visits by wearing a homegrown designer. And although some journalists and bloggers criticise this as style by numbers, it is, in fact, a mark of respect for the host nation, something she has picked up from her late mother-in-law, Diana, Princess of Wales. The original design was much shorter than the one worn by the Duchess, but other than that, the design was pretty much the same, and was, quite frankly, gorgeous!

This sort of long sleeved shift dress is actually a perfect transitional piece from Summer to Autumn. Smart enough for work, dressy enough for a wedding, and edgy enough to attract attention, this is a great look that has a multitude of uses and so is a great item to have in your wardrobe. This is a look you can easily adapt with a variety of similar designs available on the High Street.

Blue and Green Swirl Dress Price: £38.00 click to visit Wallis

Clements Ribeiro for John Lewis Silk Lace Printed Shift Dress, Print £129 click to visit John Lewis

Hoss Intropia Print Tunic Dress, Multi £210 click to visit John Lewis

Desigual Printed Dress, Red £84 click to visit John Lewis

Linea Paisley print tunic dress £60 click to visit House of Fraser

Linea Oversize floral print tunic dress £60 click to visit House of Fraser

 

Duchess of Cambridge arrives in Singapore

The Duchess of Cambridge has arrived in Singapore for the first leg of a Far Eastern tour, and has shown a little touch of Oriental style of her own.

Wearing a pale pink, orchid print dress in soft silk from Jenny Packham, Kate paid tribute to her hosts in a beautiful gown that had a decidedly Far Eastern feel to it. This shows that not only is Kate once again paying tribute to her hosts, but that she firmly has her finger on the pulse of fashion, as Oriental style prints are a big news story for the new season.

Swan by Clements Ribeiro for Evans featured stunning, oriental themed dresses in their latest collection, as well as Japanese style belts.

Swan By Clements Ribeiro Floral Print Djellaba Dress Price: £75.00 click to visit Evans

Swan by Clements Ribeiro Floral Border Kimono Dress £65 click to visit Evans

Swan By Clements Ribeiro Burgundy Waist Belt Price: £15.00 click to visit Evans

Boohoo is another store that is embracing the Oriental trends for the new season.  Kimono jackets, floral printed tops and gorgeous dresses are all featured as part of the new season collection at the online fashion giant. My favourite is the stunning Anita jacket which features a glorious print of yellow flowers – just so pretty.

Anita Oriental Flower Drape Front Kimono £15 click to visit Boohoo

Kaitlin Chiffon Back Oriental Rose Top £15 click to visit Boohoo

Polly Tie Waist Blouse £15 click to visit Boohoo

Kendal Oriental Print 3/4 Sleeve Dress £25 click to visit Boohoo

To view all Boohoo oriental collection, click here.