Duchess Kate’s first (stylish) trip to America: gorgeous or boring?
We have twenty million new photos of Prince William and Duchess Kate since they left Canada and flew down to California, so let’s just knock this stuff out in chronological order, shall we? First up: Duchess Kate in this lovely cranberry suit by Catherine Walker, back when she was still in Canada (on Friday, I think). Kate accessorized with the Queen’s Maple Leaf pin, which Kate also wore for Canada day. I love this color on Kate, and I wish she would wear red more often. Also: does anyone else think that Kate might have a button problem? She doesn’t seem to understand that enormous buttons are no longer en vogue.
Next up: this pale lavender/grey/blue by Roksanda Illinic. Kate wore this for her arrival in California, and for her first stop, at a tech conference in Beverly Hills. She and William even appeared on stage, and they were greeted like rock stars by all of the California tech nerds/billionaires. William even made a joke about Kate spending too much money shopping online. I think this is one of my favorites out of Kate’s fashion tour, honestly. I love the simplicity of it, I love the silhouette.
Yesterday, Kate and William headed to Santa Barbara so that William could play polo – it was a fundraising event for his charity. Kate wore a silk dress by Jenny Packham which I’m kind of meh on. Oh, and when someone asked her what she was wearing, she snotted, “I’m sure you know by now.” Well, well, well. Anyway, William’s team won, and Kate got to hand him the trophy and they kissed each other on the cheeks and it was all very racy.
Last look, which is Kate’s dress for last night’s BAFTA event in LA, with a lot of stars in attendance (I’ll get to those fashions later). Kate wore Sarah Burton for McQueen, this pale lilac gown with a full skirt. Too many pale colors all in a row? Perhaps? I’m starting to wonder if these shades of grey-blue-lavender aren’t as much of a style crutch as Kate’s beloved navy/sapphire blues. I like the gown, though. It just would have been more special if it hadn’t followed several pale ensembles. Also: look how tiny her waist is!