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

 

Prabal Gurung S/S 2013 – Bird of Paradise

Prabal Gurung is one of the New York based designers that I always look forward to seeing at New York Fashion week. His ultra feminine designs are always a feast for the eyes, and I found much to savour from his new collection, not least the sumptuous use of colour and frill details.

There were many style motifs running through the collection. Floaty cape effects were one which I thought were very successful, in the sheerest of chiffon fabrics, these additions to tops and dresses looked great and totally wearable. I especially loved this effect when added to a swirl effect shift dress.

The use of red and white was another motif that I thought was just stunning. Sleek, elegant silk mixed with bright red cigarette pants were just a fabulous look that called to mind independent icons like Bianca Jagger and Lauren Hutton. But there were dresses too, floaty digital printed designs with the lightest of Spanish ruffles.

There are elements of layering too, something I think is less successful. I adore this powder blue/grey chiffon dress, but would love to see it without trousers underneath.

And, of course, there were dresses. Beautiful gowns with ruffles and frills, feathers and brocade. A feast of fabrics, colours and textures, bringing to mind exquisite birds of paradise. I can’t wait to see these gowns on the red carpet, am hoping to see Prabal fan Sarah Jessica Parker in the white sparkle dress, would love to see Dakota Fanning rocking the red strapless gown, and just imagine Emma Stone in the dove grey dress – sheer perfection.

Rooney Mara – New style crush.

I’m a little obsessed with Rooney Mara at the moment. The star of the American version of ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’, she barely registered on the fashion Richter scale before the start of filming, but now she is frankly blowing me away with her combination of Snow White beauty and her impeccable style choices.

If ever a girl was crying out for black hair, it was this girl. And with alabaster skin, a severe fringe and a wardrobe consisting of baby pink Calvin Klein, Givenchy couture and sigh! Prabal Gurung, Rooney is not putting a foot wrong style wise. And with a slew of Magazine covers under her belt, including US vogue, she is being recognised for her elegance and poise with echoes of Audrey Hepburn and Kiera Knightley amongst others. Expect to see this girl sitting front row at every show come February, and topping best dressed lists in the next twelve months. Definitely one to watch.

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