Once again, Kate opted for a recycled style with one of her most striking looks, the Reiss Nanette dress, for today’s Canada Day celebrations.
Kate’s fascinator wowed the crowds, the Maple Leaves on top are an excellent way to acknowledge her hosts.
Another view of the couple on Parliament Hill for today’s festivities.
Here is a closer look at what Kate wore for the day’s engagements, beginning with her Reiss dress.
The Nanette is a busy garment with a cascading ruffle down the front, exposed zipper, overlapping petals on the skirt and three-quarter sleeves. As we originally noted in describing the dress, it is unremarkable on the hangar and needs to be tried on to appreciate the detailing. We first saw the dress when it was worn in one of the couple’s official engagement photos. This is not one of our favorite looks; there is simply too much going on. The dress is not terribly flattering, and a length that was fine for engagement photos is too short for a Duchess.
Another look at Kate’s hat, one of several made specifically for the tour by Sylvia Fletcher for Lock & Company.
Another new piece we saw today, the ‘Fan Clutch’ by Anya Hindmarch.
The tri-color bag is made of woven straw and features a zipper pull crafted of wooden bugle beads. If hoping to snag one of these for yourself, it is probably too late: they sold out almost immediately online.
UPDATED 8pm EDT 7.1.2011: We believe the Duchess was actually wearing the Albini Square Cut Court Shoe, as seen at Hobbs London.
The shoe is leather, comes in red or black and
is was very reasonably priced; it is was on sale for £54.00, it was originally £135.00. Unfortunately, the shoe is already sold out online.
Today’s ‘new’ jewelry is the enormous diamond Maple Leaf Brooch.
Of course, the brooch is not a new piece; the Queen has worn it for decades, starting with a 1951 trip to Canada when she was Princess Elizabeth. The Royal Order of Splendor reports the piece “…was given to Queen Elizabeth, the future Queen Mother, by her husband George VI in advance of their wildly successful Canadian tour in 1939.”
A look at the Duchess’s other jewelry.
Thanks to Rose & Nikki on Facebook, blog commenters Nikki & Jessica, Perfect_Sinner, Ella Kay, Channii_Middie, TheDuchessStyle, and Marina for their kind assistance with this one, with a special tip of the sartorial hat to Kate Middleton Style Blog.