We know by now that any time the Duchess of Cambridge goes on tour, several things will happen. Firstly, that she’ll fly the flag for British fashion by wearing UK brands. Secondly, that she’ll pay homage to the country she’s visiting by wearing designers and colours to flatter them. And thirdly, that her wardrobe will go from casual to dazzlingly glamorous and back again in a matter of hours.
In Ireland this week, Kate hasn’t disappointed, cramming seven looks into three days and taking us from the dizzying heights of her most fashion-forward dress ever (I’m calling it) to giving her army of long-time fans a blast from the past by re-wearing a Reiss coat which she debuted in 2007, when she was still William’s twenty-something university girlfriend. In between, the Duchess has worn all the colours of the Irish flag and dropped a few Irish brands and symbols into her ensembles.
Here’s a look-by-look guide to Kate’s Ireland tourdrobe...
Even if you didn’t know where the Duchess was going, you’d have guessed when you saw this look三级成人视频. It ticks off every imaginable iteration of emerald, from the bespoke Catherine Walker & Co coat, to the Alessandra Rich frock and even her grass-green clutch and bottle-green heels.
As well as exhibiting exquisite soft diplomacy, this look also showed Kate’s new fashion bravery. Where previously she might have opted for simple pieces, here she embraced a coat with crystal buttons and a dress with a bold pattern and vintage silhouette. And by adding a Lele Sadoughi hatband rather than a fascinator, she showed a more modern and fun way to look formal.
All these elements were arguably overshadowed, though, by one of the seemingly subtler elements of the outfit - a new pair of £17,300 ‘Daisy’ diamond earrings by Asprey. A not so understated reminder of Kate’s regal status.
This dress caused major excitement among fashion insiders and I’m not afraid to declare it one of Kate’s best ever fashion choices. The Falconetti design by The Vampire’s Wife - the label founded by Susie Cave, wife of Nick Cave - is the kind of sassy party dress Kate would once have shied away from, but it fits perfectly with her slightly more daring, yet still Duchess-appropriate new strategy. Extra kudos too for it being another Irish green hit.
Longtime royal fashion watchers were treated to a blast from the past when Kate emerged for her second day of engagements in a 13-year-old cream Reiss coat三级成人视频. It’s proof that buying well-made classic pieces can serve you well for decades.
This chic, monochrome look was almost entirely comprised of re-wears including a silk polka-dot blouse by French label Equipment, black skinny jeans from Zara and black suede Russell & Bromley boots.
三级成人视频Only her shamrock earrings, by Lincolnshire-based jeweller Daniella Draper, were a new wardrobe addition, serving as a nod to her Irish hosts.
At a glance, this looks like a typical rural engagement uniform for the Duchess - we’ve certainly seen those 16-year-old Penelope Chilvers tassel boots many times三级成人视频 before. But in true Kate style, there are subtle sartorial signals that show just how carefully she plans each of her outfits.
Take the coat, which is by Dubarry, an Irish heritage brand famed for its waxed cotton jackets. The Alexa Chung for Barbour shirt is also new, an indication that she’s au fait with one of the hottest fashion collaborations of the season.
This vintage Oscar de la Renta dress was my favourite look of the tour so far - not only because it looked sensational, drawing comparisons to a pink polka-dot dress Diana wore back in 1982 - but because it also set a strong new example in how to shop sustainably and still look a million dollars.
Kate teamed the magenta ruffled dress with low-key accessories, black suede high-heel courts and a coordinating clutch, both by Jimmy Choo.
三级成人视频I’m awarding bonus points for those bargain Accessorize earrings, which look far more expensive than their £5 price tag.
It was another all-green look for Kate’s final day in Ireland, a bottle green Alexander McQueen coat we’ve seen her wear before and a new bespoke vintage-inspired Suzannah dress.
The ensemble gave an indication of just how far back the planning of a tourdrobe must begin; once a custom-made piece is commissioned, it can take weeks for it to be made, not to mention the time-consuming process of fittings.
三级成人视频The black suede belt by chic French high street brand Sezane and Ralph Lauren knee-high boots created a polished effect, while a delicate silver shamrock necklace was a further Irish homage.
This was proof that even a ‘sporty Kate’ look can have a dose of fashion cred. Before her flight home, the Duchess tried her hand at curling in a pair of New Balance trainers - a major hit with the street style set at the recent fashion weeks in New York, London, Milan and Paris - with a coral cashmere knit from British brand Really Wild (this may have been to reflect the orange in the Irish flag).
She wore her £29.99 Zara jeans once again, too, clearly Kate travels relatively light, packing versatile pieces she knows she can incorporate into several different looks.