China State Banquet 20 Oct 2015:
For her first state banquet at Buckingham Palace the Duchess wore:
- a bespoke Jenny Packham gown, the Lotus Flower/Papyrus Tiara (more here), diamond drop earrings, the ‘Wedding Gift’ diamond bracelet (a bit more info here in our original post)and a second diamond bracelet made from a choker of Queen Mary’s (more here)
- Kate also carried a red clutch that we have not yet identified (I’m presuming it is a custom piece to match the dress), we do not have photos or video showing her shoes
Princess Charlotte Christening 5 JULY 2015
Blue Issa Engagement Dress: This was the first time Kate was introduced to millions, not everyone has followed her with the same zeal that many of us do.
Here is how the regal style was described on the Issa website (before it was sold out):
“Electric blue Issa dress is sassy, a perfect special occasion dress and the colour is amazing. Issa has built up a reputation for getting the fit perfect to the body, the designer understands the body and an Issa dress will flatter your shape no matter what shape or size you are. With Issa once you understand the twist and drape that works best with your body you will be a customer for life.”
The dress continues to be reissued and has been named the ‘Phylis,’ it is shown at Harve Nichols. Kate stopped wearing the brand after it was sold to a company owned by Mohamed Al-Fayed, father of Dodi Al-Fayed, who was killed in the same crash as Diana, Princess of Wales. Mr. Al-Fayed famously referred to the Duke of Edinburgh as a Nazi in a film about that fatal car crash. To see Kate in more Issa styles, click here for our Favorite Designers – Clothing page, for our original post on the dress, click here.
Libelula Dulwich Coat: Worn to a January 2011 wedding, the silk velvet coat closes with a diamante rhinestone clasp and hits just above the knee.
Reiss Nanette Engagement Photo Dress: No list of iconic Kate Middleton styles is complete without this dress, worn for one of two formal photographs shot by famed photographer Mario Testino.
The dress featured three-quarter sleeves with a cascading ruffle down the front and an exposed zipper, also on the front. As we originally noted in describing the dress, it is unremarkable on the hanger, it definitely is one of those styles that needs to be put on before one can render an opinion on it. Reiss continues to be a brand Kate favors.
The Penelope Chilvers Boots & Really Wild Clothing Ensemble:
Most Kate fans remember this 2004 photograph, Kate posing in front of Blenheim Palace.
For many, the appeal of the photo is in the image it projects, an upscale town and country look that transcends generations. For others, the Really Wild brand clothing Kate is seen wearing holds the greatest interest; still others are intrigued by the Penelope Chilvers boots; learn more about the boots (they’re still available!) on our Kate’s Favorite Footwear Brands page.