Hello-hello, welcome to another post looking at designs worn by the Duchess on the New Zealand/Australia tour.
Before our polls, a quick update via Camilla Tominey’s story in the Express, verifying the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will join HM, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Camilla at events marking the 70th Anniversary of the Allied landing at Normandy, referred to in the USA as D-Day.
Now, the first of two polls, this one covers Kate’s coats and coat-dresses. We start with the custom version of Alexander McQueen’s utility coat worn to the Blenheim War Memorial and Omaka Aviation Heritage Center. It is a mashup of the brand’s Utility Peplum Coat Dress and Utility Coat Dress, done in a blue especially suited to Kate.
Next, Erdem‘s green ‘Allie’ from his spring collection, described as the ‘Teal Allie Woolcrepe Coat,’ although it sure doesn’t look like teal. The Duchess wore this when visiting Rainbow Place children’s hospice, the town of Cambridge, and the Avantidrome Cycling Center.
We saw a second vibrant green style when William and Kate visited Canberra for engagements at the National Arboretum, Parliament and the National Portrait Gallery. This is another Catherine Walker piece, essentially a blending of the company’s Evelyn dress and Lara coat.
The Cambridge’s final day in Australia began with the ANZAC dawn service at the Australian War Memorial. Kate wore her Noa coat from Temperley London, previously seen at last year’s Remembrance Sunday events. (I realize it is almost impossible to see, but felt the piece should be included.)
The Duchess was in a new piece by Michael Kors at the National ANZAC Day service, the designer’s “indigo twill jacquard swing coat,” part of his spring/summer 2014 collection. Kate elected to stick with this piece for the official departure at the airport, as the family boarded their flight to start their trip back home.
We now turn our attention to the ensembles worn by Kate on the tour, suits, and separates. The first look in this category: that red Catherine Walker coat and dress. The ‘Russian Greatcoat’ featured a high collar, double-breasted button detailing on the front with extended buttons on the flared cuffs, and a full skirt. We did not have a look at the dress worn underneath the coat, other than to note it too appeared to have a full skirt.
In Christchurch, Kate wore one of the most-discussed looks on the tour, the Luisa Spagnoli jacket and skirt. The skirt has actually been created by cutting down and altering the dress that was available at the same time as the jacket and skirt. (For a detailed view of the changes visit our original post about the look.)
Easter Sunday Kate returned to a favorite label, Alexander McQueen. The Duchess wore a bespoke ensemble with the brand’s coat atop a matching dress. The coat featured a funnel neck, structured shoulders, inset pockets to the sides, a rear vent and a straight hem.
Our final look in this category is also from Alexander McQueen, a suit comprised of separates done in a custom fabric. The Duchess wore the brand’s Pique Knit Top and what appears to be a mix of the Box Pleat Skirt and Pleated A-Line Skirt for engagements in Adelaide and Elizabeth.
The Temperley Noa & Taylor Sparkle Tweed items are included here as opposed to going in the ‘repeats’ poll we plan later this week, I’m hopeful we can keep that limited to dresses.
One other note regarding our current poll on Kate’s dresses: with thanks to Hannah for raising the topic in a comment, I forgot to include the Lela Rose Circle Lace Trim dress in the ‘Favorite Dress’ poll. I’ll leave this up to you: would you like me to repeat this poll with the Lela Rose dress included, starting it in our next post? Or do you believe the poll results are adequate as they stand now?
Our final note this evening is fun: Stuart Weitzman is offering customized versions of Kate’s Corkswoon.
First, you choose the color suede you would like.
There is quite an array of colors.
Next, select the material you would like for the heel. Below you see Kate’s ‘Nice Blue’ suede, but with a different heel material, a standard espadrille material.
You wrap things up with size and width selections before placing your order. The shoes run $398, the price they have been for some time. As of this writing only the ‘pyrite nocturn’ color seems available off the shelf at the Stuart Weitzman site. It’s not a problem as Kate’s blue suede with cork heel is available via the ‘customize your own pair’ offer.
As an FYI, the custom shoes do not ship until sometime in July.