Friday Fashion – Duchess Kate and more looks from the New Zealand Tour

I have to say I am loving the range of looks that Kate Middleton has been wearing on the Royal Tour of New Zealand. Even though, yet again, she has been criticised for playing it safe, and even ‘looking like an air hostess’, I think Kate has been showcasing a great range of British fashion, wearing two of her favourite designers in Jenny Packham and Alexander McQueen. There have also been a nod to trend, with vibrant blue and midi lengths being part of the look.

 

Alexander McQueen

For a visit to the Blenheim War Memorial Kate wore an Alexander McQueen bespoke frock coat in the most gorgeous shade of Periwinkle blue. This is one of my favourite Kate looks of all time, not least because I think her hair looks fabulous in this jaunty, 1950s style pony tail. Once again I think Kate is taking inspiration from the past – this frock coat is has quite a 40s feel, almost a utility style, but in that rich blue shade, Kate looks just beautiful. A total hit from my point of view.

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Kate-Middleton-Alexander-McQueen-coat-600x835I think Sarah Burton and Alexander McQueen are a great fit, although the more fanciful, dramatic elements of McQueen design are toned down for the Duchess. Selfridges has just had a new drop of McQueen styles, some of which would be perfect for Kate, and I do wonder whether we will see any of these looks, albeit in some bespoke, unique form?

Kate could definitely wear these.

 ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Engineered stretch-knit dress £1,125 click to visit Selfridges

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Engineered stretch-knit dress
£1,125 click to visit Selfridges

 ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Two-tone dress £1,265 click to visit Selfridges

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Two-tone dress £1,265 click to visit Selfridges

 ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Monochrome print stretch-knit dress £995 click to visit Selfridges

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Monochrome print stretch-knit dress £995 click to visit Selfridges

 ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Sweetheart crepe gown £1,395 click to visit Selfridges

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Sweetheart crepe gown £1,395 click to visit Selfridges

Jenny Packham

Jenny Packham is another favourite for Duchess Kate, particularly for evening occasions.  For a state reception at Government House, Kate turned once again to the designer. In elegant black and silver, Kate looked stunning. This dress had a boat style neckline, with a silver-embroidered fern across one shoulder. Midi length, this reminded me of styles from both the 1930s Hollywood films, and from the 1970s cocktail hour looks. It also reminded me of a memorable Charlize Theron look.

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Inspiration

Hedy Lamarr

Hedy Lamarr

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Victoria Beckham

Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron

Kay Francis

Kay Francis

Jenny Packham at Debenhams

Designer navy pleated embellished dress £140 click to visit Debenhams

Designer navy pleated embellished dress £140 click to visit Debenhams

Designer dark blue lace sequinned shift dress £130 click to visit Debenhams

Designer dark blue lace sequinned shift dress £130 click to visit Debenhams

Designer navy embellished shoulder midi dress £99 click to visit Debenhams

Designer navy embellished shoulder midi dress £99 click to visit Debenhams

 

What do you think of Kate’s looks so far?


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kate at the Millies..So stunning in McQueen

I love velvet at Christmas, every year I dig out a vintage black velvet Laura Ashley skirt to wear over the festive season. It just seems the perfect fabric to wear at this time of year – luxurious, expensive and a little bit baroque. So I was overjoyed tonight to see the Duchess of Cambridge chose a black velvet Alexander McQueen gown for The Military Awards.

This is definitely amongst my favourite Kate looks ever. The exquisite gown was strapless, with a fantail style hemline, and had a feel of Lady Diana Spencer at Goldsmith Hall in 1981 to it. Diana was criticised on that occasion for showing too much cleavage and also for wearing black,  a colour the Royal’s often reserve for mourning. But Kate has avoided the Diana cleavage spill, for although the dress is strapless, it is not low fitting, hence saving the blushes.

Everything about Kate was flawless tonight, her hair was glossy and always looks beautiful when worn loose, her make-up was perfect, and the necklace she accessorised with was eye-catching and added just a touch of colour. This is a look that is meeting with universal approval, it just seems so right for the Duchess to end the year with a touch of McQueen.

 

 

Duchess of Cambridge – More ways to get the look!

I am a huge fan of the Duchess of Cambridge, and when browsing on websites I often find myself saying “doesn’t that look like the dress Kate wore for…” Kate’s  style influence seems to be everywhere, from the longer sleeves, more ladylike looks, popularity for the shades of deep red and blue, and an abundance of wrap dresses. Here is a quick look at some of the Kate lookalikes I have found recently, along with a link in case you decide to treat yourself..after all, it is the weekend! Doesn’t that look like Kate’s Issa dress? Remember the purple Issa dress that Kate wore on her tour of Canada…then look at this for a dead ringer. Can you believe this comes from Bon Marche, a high street chain that has recently upped its game with some pretty stylish Autumn additions. The shade is slightly deeper, more Magenta than purple, but still a pretty stylish lookalike.

Bon Marche plain knot front dress Magenta £35 

 

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Doesn’t that look like Kate’s wedding dress? There have been numerous copies of Kate’s Sarah Burton designed wedding dress, but unless you are planning on getting married yourself there will not be many who would copy that look.But there are a whole host of dresses that have keyed into the key themes of lace and satin bodices, with full skirts. And some have been subverted with black the shade of choice, rather than white or ivory. I really like this Debut dress from Debenhams which definitely has a Kate feel.

Doesn’t that look like the Beulah London Dress?

The Beulah London red evening dress was a welcome sight for Kate watchers, as it signified another evening gown to view. This was a very retro feeling dress, complete with 1970s style wrap effect and billowing sleeves. There are so many versions of this sort of dress on the market at the moment, and monsoon has three of the best in a variety of colours.

Monsoon Keiko maxi dress

Monsoon Sapphire dress £180 

monsoon Jacqueline dress £70