We are back with a preview of what we might see the Duchess wear on this week’s New York trip. It won’t be long before we see a scene like this at the Carlyle Hotel; that is luggage belonging to Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, being unloaded at the Carlyle back in 2005 when they were visiting.
Members of the Royal Family have to strike that difficult balance of wearing clothes that are attractive and classy without stealing the limelight. They are also expected to wear things that befit their status without being too flashy, and always strive to endorse quality craftsmanship, especially that of British designers.The Queen usually sticks to her own dressmaker Angela Kelly but younger royals often choose a variety of designers or high-street brands and I think that is something that has been highlighted with the huge interest in Kate’s outfits.She sticks to many of the old fail-safe rules – block colours, tailored fabrics and high necklines, but also isn’t afraid to throw in the occasional shorter hem or unusual pattern.
Here’s a brief rundown of guesstimated ‘dress codes’:
- Sunday Arrival: dress and dress coat
- Sunday night reception: cocktail dress
- Monday daytime: working daywear
- Monday night NBA game: casual wear with a dressed up edge
- Tuesday morning: working daywear
- Tuesday midday: it’s possible Kate could choose to change into something a bit dressier for the afternoon’s GREAT receptions
- Tuesday night: major party frock for the Saint Andrews dinner
One factor impacting the wardrobe for this trip: Kate’s changing size as her pregnancy progresses. It’s possible we’ll even see the Duchess turn to a brand worn when she was expecting Prince George, Seraphine. In a recent story on the Fashion ‘n Style site Seraphine founder Cecile Reinaud spoke about what she hopes to see the Duchess wearing:
She’s purchased a couple coats from us, so since it’s freezing in New York I’m hoping we’ll see her in coats! I think she’s going to start wearing quite bump-hugging styles, because she’s got that little tummy. She needs to hug it to make sure people know she’s pregnant, even though everybody knows. She’s bought from us a couple of tight fitting dresses, so we’re really excited to see her in those. They’re actually quite fashion forward prints.
On the luxury front the American designer whose name has been mentioned the most by Kate fans in the run-up to the trip: Oscar de la Renta. Not only does this brand offer styles that are ideal for Kate, the designer’s death last October makes this a sentimental choice for many. Below, daywear from Oscar de la Renta. Understated. Chic.
Next, OdlR cocktail dresses that might appeal to Kate, including two coat-dresses on the outside left and right.
Mr. de la Renta was known for his elegant, feminine evening gowns.
Carolina Herrera is another designer many have said they would love to see the Duchess wear. Below, four dresses from the Pre-Fall 2015 collection.
More from Ms. Herrera, below left you see two styles from the Resort 2015 collection; the dresses seen below right are from Spring 2015 collection. If truly considering any of these in relationship to Kate, the two gowns on the outside would not work well with her changing shape, they are fairly unforgiving in the waistline.
Marchesa is a label that would seem ideal for the circumstances. It was founded by British-born Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, and it is based in New York. Below, several dresses from Marchesa’s Pre-Fall, Fall and Resort collections.
Back to Emily Andrews of The Sun:
It’s not easy maintaining a glamorous look when 19 weeks pregnant, but I’m sure Kate will knock it out of the park!
I would expect to see some faves like Ralph Lauren, Diane von Furstenberg, Alexander McQueen and Temperley, plus some specially made frocks..”
Mr. Lauren’s name has been frequently mentioned as a designer many would like to see the Duchess wear more often. These gowns are all from the fall collection, most with rather unforgiving silhouettes.
Of course, we could see Kate in new styles from US designers she has previously worn: Michael Kors, Milly, Lela Rose, or Tory Burch. Other names fashionistas would love to see the Duchess wear include Kate Spade, Milly, Zac Posen and Marc Jacobs. We should note that one way to offer a sartorial nod to the country one is visiting can come via accessories: a bag, a pair of heels, or even jewelry.
Whenever previewing travel wardobes previously we have generally selected a name unlikely to be recognized by many. In this case we’ll opt for an American designers not (yet) on the tip of everyone’s tongue, Katie Ermilio. Ms. Ermilio grew up in the business; her father owns a mens custom clothing shop where she has worked for years. Her grandfather was Grace Kelly’s personal clothier; he also designed the Eisenhower jacket and those distinctive green blazers worn by the select few who win the Masters Golf Championship. The designer works to “infuse each distinctly feminine piece with sharp tailoring and soft drape.”
What designers would you like to see Kate wearing?
NOTE: Those looking for trip details and specific site locations will want to see this post.