Duchess Kate – The final looks of a great tour wardrobe

The Duchess of Cambridge is now on her way back to the UK as I write, and has bid farewell to the beautiful islands and destinations that have welcomed both William and Kate so warmly. But before she left there were a few more glamorous outfits to be showcased, along with a wavy, more carefree hairstyle that showed that even those  famous chestnut locks aren’t safe from tropical humidity.

The navy blue, broderie anglaise dress from Mulberry has been a major hit for Kate, possibly because it has such a youthful feel to it, Kate teamed it with her Stuart Weitzman wedges, which matched perfectly. This dress has such a pretty silhouette and with more casual hair, this felt like a very fresh look for the Duchess.

Get the look – Navy blue dresses

Lovedrobe Pleated Detail Pinafore Dress

Navy/Rust sleeveless dress

Yellow is a colour that often makes an appearance in the Duchess’s wardrobe, and it appeared twice in two days on this tour, albeit in different colours. The brighter yellow shirt dress is a High Street find from Jagear. With it’s crisp pleated skirt and sunflower shade, this is almost the epitome of the perfect summer day dress.

The second dress is by an unknown designer, and again has a strong broderie anglaise design. I love the fifties silhouette of this dress, the boat style neckline and the full skirt. This is a very Jackie Kennedy look, complete with the pastel colourway, and again I really liked it, especially when paired with that very elegant upswept hairstyle.

Get the Look – Canary yellow

Almari Almari lace bib dress

 

F&F Limited Edition Prom dress

Ted Baker Aude Seam Detail Jersey Dress

One of the most interesting outfits that Kate was seen in was a beautiful ‘Beatrice’ boho style maxi dress from Alice by Alice Temperley that Kate sported whilst taking part in evening festivities in Tuvalu. This is such an unusual style for Kate, very reminiscent of styles worn by Talitha Getty and the glamorous hippies of the 1970s. The embroidered bodice looked very pretty and eye-catching, and the cheesecloth style made this a glamorous choice which didn’t seem overdressed for this particular occasion. I loved that both Kate and William got into the spirit of the occasion in the grass skirts and floral headdresses, as well as showing their sense of fun with traditional dancing.

Get the look – boho style maxi dresses

Uttam Boutique Freya maxi dress

Aftershock Mardiana sundress

Pink moonlight maxi Was £28.00

For the journey home, Kate wore two separate outfits, landing in Brisbane for a stopover, Kate supported Anglo-Australian design duo Project D. The partnership of Dannii Minogue and Tabitha Somerset Webb has already been worn by Pippa for both evening and daytime occasions, and now Kate chose one of their prettiest silk prints, the Penelope dress, which has brightly coloured florals and lovely birds running through the fabric.

Get the look – Pretty floral dresses

Floral Print Fit and Flare

Collection Floral Printed Prom Dress

 

Floral prom dress

Mela Turquoise Bird Print

Kate was more wrapped up in her other airport outfit. A simple sweater, jeans and a great Longchamp Le Pliage bag was a warm and comfy traveling outfit, given a touch of colour with a bright Alice Temperley scarf. The Le Pliage bag is now a style classic, they can be folded down to nothing and are washable and come in a range of different sizes. I have two myself and am off to dig them out now. Selfridges have a huge collection in every colour imaginable – well worth a look.

LONGCHAMP Le Pliage medium travel bag £67.00 click to visit Selfridges

Blue Floral Print Scarf

 

Friday Shopping Fix – Lustworthy Picks from Selfridges

It’s Friday again, and oh how the months are flying by. Friday on Fashion-Mommy always features a range of beautiful items that you could purchase as a pay-day treat, things that often have discounts or are at sale prices.

But this week I wanted to show you some beautiful, money really isn’t any object pieces I have been dreaming of from Selfridges. Items that I have on a virtual shopping list just in case my Euro Millions ticket comes up tonight. These are my lust objects, my objects of desire – some of my favourite pieces of the moment. And if my numbers come up tonight whilst I’m enjoying some family time in Wales (sans laptop), I will make sure I put an order in first thing on Monday morning.

This Roland Mouret dress is just beautiful with its intricate folds, and could be another perfect choice for the Duchess of Cambridge, who wowed in a Mouret dress last week.

ROLAND MOURET Mirah gown £2,100.00 click to visit Selfridges

This cotton canvas coat is just made for the androgynous angular beauty of Tilda Swinton. Striking in white simplicity, I am quite simply blown away by the beauty of this garment.

MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA Cotton-canvas coat £1,595.00 click to visit Selfridges

Not usually a fan of Barbour jackets, but this just screams Britain, the jubilee and mod culture, all in one fabulous jacket.

BARBOUR Best of British International jacket £215.00 click to visit Selfridges

This Stella McCartney jumpsuit is simply stunning. A definite tribute to Studio 54, Bianca Jagger would’ve looked fabulous strutting her stuff in this in 1978.

STELLA MCCARTNEY Wide-leg jumpsuit £890.00 click to visit Selfridges

The Del Rey has arrived and a bit like the wonderful Lana herself, it is divine. I would love to get my hands on the classic black, and hubby has promised me that if her wins the lottery this week – he will buy it for me.

MULBERRY Del Rey spongy bag 34cm £795.00 click to visit Selfridges

What’s not to love about the Alexander McQueen Marvel peep toe coats. A glorious salmon shade of pink, pretty studded platform, and wonderful and rather cute skull adornment on the front. Tres Magnifique!

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Marvel peep-toe court shoes £615.00 click to visit Selfridges

This Cavalli dress could’ve been made for Gwyneth Paltrow, it is so sleek and sexy. I’ve been a fan of Roberto after I asked him a question on the Vogue website and he not only answered, he tweeted me to say thank you! What a legend!

ROBERTO CAVALLI Open-front embellished gown £1,285.00 click to visit Selfridges

A jubilee souvenir that you will cherish. Penhaligons Jubilee Bouquet was first created for the Silver Jubilee in 1977 and is a gorgeous floral confection of jasmine and green lily.  Very pretty.

PENHALIGONS Anthology Jubilee Bouquet eau de toilette 100ml £110.00 click to visit Selfridges

Asa huge fan of Princess Diana, I am fascinated  by this wonderful replica tiara from Diva Tiaras, based on The Cambridge Lovers knot tiara worn by the Princess.

DIVA TIARAS Replica Princess Diana tiara £99.00 click to visit Selfridges

To view  more beautiful items from Selfridges, click here.

 

 

 

 

Kate shines in Mulberry at Palace Bash

This week saw another appearance from the Duchess of Cambridge, this time meeting the press at a Buckingham Palace engagement hosted by The Queen.

Kate plumped to wear a beautiful jade green dress from iconic British label Mulberry. Kate is known to be a fan, using the Polly Push lock bag on many occasions, and recently sporting a black kilt like skirt whilst out shopping, but this is the highest profile event where she has worn their designs.

The dress in question was the bright Cabbage, Peace and Love dress,that costs a staggering £1,400. The dress was one of those featured in the A/W Mulberry campaign ads and is a demure, retro style shirt dress. With a real 1970s feel, this was a high fashion moment for Kate, although I would’ve liked to have seen the dress worn buttoned up fully.

Click to visit MulberryThis dress is still available on the Mulberry website, but if this is out of your price range, you can get a similar look for a much more purse friendly price. Here are a few options available on the internet, from designer options to High street greats.

marc by marc jacobs Silk bow tie dress

Siyu short dress £69

 

Green flared sleeve dress £15