Hello and greetings, we are back with the polls we promised on Kate’s Tour looks. But first, an apology to those receiving an email an erroneous post on the topic, that was a finger hitting “publish” when I meant to hit “save”.
In an effort to keep this from being one endless scroll we have divided the dresses into two polls, the daytime looks and those styles worn primarily to dressier, ‘invite only’ events. We begin with Kate’s ‘party frocks,’ for lack of a more descriptive term.
Singapore State Dinner – Kate’s first dressier style was worn on Tuesday the 11th, for a State Dinner hosted by the President of Singapore, Tony Tan Keng Yam, at the Istana, his residence. The Duchess chose a dress by Singapore-born designer Prabal Gurung. The wool-silk blend dress featured a dramatic print, bateau neckline, three-quarter sleeves, and a concealed zipper.
Singapore Eden Hall Reception – For Wednesday night’s reception at Eden Hall, the British High Commissioner’s residence, Kate changed into Erdem. The Duchess opted for a modified version of a piece from the designer’s spring collection in silk chiffon with a pleated skirt, exposed back and flyaway sleeves.
State Dinner Malaysia, Bespoke Alexander McQueen: Kate’s creamy white dress featured a sheer overlay with gold lame embroidery bordering the sleeves, neckline and center of the gown. Other elements included an empire waist, shirred white fabric at the bust, short, sheer sleeves and a full, flowing skirt. In another wise bit of fashion diplomacy, the glittering gold embroidery was done in the shape of a hibiscus, the official flower of Malaysia. This may have been the most-discussed dress of the Tour, it seemed to have a polarizing effect.
Kuala Lumpur Tea Party – Kate chose an elegant dress by Alice Temperley for tea at the British High Commissioner’s residence in Kuala Lumpur. This frock is from the designer’s fall 2012 collection, it features that exquisite white embroidery contrasting with an almost Wedgwood blue lining, bateau neckline, flared skirt and sheer three quarter sleeves. Kate remained in the dress while traveling to Kota Kinabalu, in Sabah, Malaysia, she remained in the dress for the welcoming ceremonies there.
Solomon Islands, Governor General’s Banquet TAV Pacific Dress – Many will recall the lushly colored dress Kate ultimately wore to the evening’s events was *not* what was packed for the function; instead she wore a dress given to her as a welcoming gift. It was an off-the-shoulder piece with multiple tiers and batik print showcasing a design of flowers, fish, and vines; it is by TAV Pacific NZ.
Tuvalu Dinner – Kate returned to ALICE by Temperley, wearing the label’s Beatrice gown for the function hosted by Tuvalu’s Governor General at Vaiaku Falekaupule, the town hall. The Beatrice has a vintage feel, reminiscent in some respects of the frocks worn in the late 1960s and 70s, the embroidery at the neckline, sleeves, center of the dress and hem add to that sense. It is viscose chiffon with a polyester lining, polished gold buttons, banded elbow length sleeves and what is called a scarf neckline.
We’ll also be posting a separate poll shortly with the less formal dresses Kate wore on the Tour. Many thanks in advance to everyone who votes!