I distinctly remember the day of the royal wedding, the 29th of April, 2011, us fashion students had the screening of the wedding in our classrooms, and since that walk down the aisle, we all knew that she was the next big thing in fashion. The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton has had too many moments to keep a count that screams “fashionista”. She follows tradition and her heart the same.
Unperturbed by the eyes of the fashion critics, she is often seen wearing dresses more than once. Well, that’s what I call a true lady of fashion. She was part of the recently named in the Best-Dressed Hall of Fame by Vanity Fair. Over the years, we have the Duchess dressed by the most wonderful designers, out of who she has her favourites, her go-tos, her staples and her every day wear.
Here, we give you an insight into Kate Middleton’s wardrobe and the designers she usually swears by.
1. Alexander McQueen
It’s a no-brainer that her best loved is Alexander McQueen, from the wedding gown that was designed by Sarah Burton to the recent event at the Easter Sunday brunch, she loves her McQueen clothes.
Made out of satin, with an overlay of lace that was brought in from France and Britain, the dress was a stunner. Everyone gasped for breath when the duchess walked down the aisle. For the traditional, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”, she wore the dress that had lace that fulfilled the ‘something old’ , the diamond earrings gifted by her parents for ‘something new’, the Queen’s Cartier tiara as ‘something borrowed’ and a blue ribbon that was stitched on to the dress bodice for ‘ something blue’.
In an embroidered gown by McQueen, Kate attended the Malaysian Gala. She looked sensational with soft curls and hair pulled back with a golden clutch and matching earrings.
For the young Prince George’s christening ceremony at the Chapel Royal at St. James’s Palace, the Duchess looked impeccable as always. The cream colour and the detailing done with ruffles makes the dress one of a kind. Well, she does it every time, better than ever.
The Duchess looks elegant and chic in this gray coat with the Jane Taylor fascinator and pumps by L.K.Bennett.
The floor length forest green colour McQueen gown was a stunner. The dress had a centre slit with construction detailing and the waistline cut which she wore with blue topaz Kiki McDonough earrings. The event she looks so glamorous in was BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards in London. The Duchess was in her first trimester, the glow sure lets that out.
During a visit to Bletchley Park on June 8, Kate Middleton wore her hair nice and flowy with the Alexander McQueen navy blue skirt and the white shirt with detailing. The navy clutch and pumps were just right with the drop earrings that were diamond. Another one of her best moments.
2. JENNY PACKHAM
The British designer is the duchess’s favourites for gala events and formal appearances alike. The designer known for bridal wear makes the duchess always look the beautiful royalty that she is .They are a fashion twin, while Kate loves their bespoke collection, the designer too takes pride over dressing the duchess. You will see Kate dressed in her designs at all the momentous red carpet events.
At a recent appearance in New Zealand for the unveiling of Queen Elizabeth II’s portrait, the Duchess was wearing a black Jenny Packham gown with beautiful silver detailing at the shoulder.
The bespoke dress and coat by Jenny Packham was seen on Kate for the 60th anniversary celebration of the Queen’s coronation at the Westminster Abbey. She pulled another beautiful maternity look for the celebratory affair.
The dress was a spectacular one and looked even more ravishing on the lovely Kate. The dress code for the Portrait Gala 2014 at the National Portrait Gallery in London was ‘black tie with a hint of sparkle’. The Duchess attended the event in her role as the patron. The Nizam of Hyderabad necklace was borrowed from the Queen who had received it as a wedding gift. The midnight blue definitely set the mood for the amazing diamond necklace.
The first from the pictures is from the gala to celebrate the country’s Olympic and Paralympics athletes. The gown was just transcendent. She carried the gown with pulled back hair in a bun and a matching clutch bag.
One of my all time favourites from the 10th Annual ARK Gala, Kate in an onion pink sequin encrusted floor length gown looked magnificent. The first official public engagement that the Duke and Duchess attended after their royal wedding.
The third dress is a sparkling silver number by Jenny Packham that she wore to the gala dinner for the Tusk Conservation Awards at the Royal Society in London. She added to the glitter with matching silver heels.
3. EMILIA WICKSTEAD
Emilia Wiktead is a New Zealand born London based designer whose clothes are another favourite of the Duchess. The teal colored dress was complimented with a pale colour purse and pumps.
In The pale yellow dress, attended a service in Edinburg that felicitated her husband wit the highest award possible in Scotland, a proud moment for the fashionista wife.
The third image is from her visit to The Art Room’s reception at the National Portrait Gallery in London in a blue dress that had her blushing with the pregnancy glow.
Baby bump Style Diva
Decked up in an ivory Goat collarless coat underneath which she wore a Topshop dress, Kate visited the headquarters of Child Bereavement UK.
The leopard print coat dress from the high street store Hobbs was sported by the royal fashionista to dress her baby bump.
The Polka dot dress from Topshop with the Ralph Lauren blazer was attired by the Duchess to attend the inauguration of the new Warner Bros. Studios in London.
The grey patterned dress was a comfortable looking wrap dress by the upmarket label MaxMara.
For now and Forever
The recent events saw the Duchess in different fashionista avatars. On Aug 5, in a deep blue L.K.Bennett dress, Kate Middleton visited the Tower of London to commemorate the 100th year anniversary of Britain’s involvement in World War I. Simple and classy was her way to go in this outfit.
The dress by Jonathan Saunders called the “Evelyn” wrap dress is chic with the accentuation near the waist with the cinching belt. She attended the Wimbledon Championship men’s singles final looking fresh and fashionable. At the Commonwealth Games, Duchess Kate was enwrapped in a blue Stella McCartney dress, navy Smythe blazer with complimenting Stuart Weitzman wedges.