Shabby chic: Kate makes unusual style statement with frayed coat meant to look as if it's been ripped at the seams
With glossy locks, manicured nails and flawless make-up, the Duchess of Cambridge is the ultimate poster girl for polished perfection.
So when she was pictured at department store Fortnum & Mason yesterday wearing a frayed blue coat, onlookers were left wondering if Kate was suffering from a wardrobe malfunction – or if the garment was meant to be coming away at the seams.
Kate snapped up the tweed-style design, by Italian label M Missoni, at outlet mecca Bicester Village last year.
Wardrobe malfunction The Duchess of Cambridge wore a M Missoni coat at Fortnum & Mason yesterday
A spokesperson for the label said the wool knit-weave was made to look distressed and worn-out.
And knowing her every move is scrutinised at public engagements, it is unlikely a usually meticulous Kate would have failed to have the coat mended if that were not the case.
The frayed design is from the 2010 Autumn/Winter collection, and she paid significantly less than its original 765 price tag.
The frayed design appeared to be ripped in some places…
A M Missoni coat was recently on sale at my-wardrobe.com with a similar frayed look
Kate, who was out with the Queen and her
step-mother-in-law Camilla, was probably sporting the shabby chic
add a vintage feel to her outfit.
A green wool boucle coat by the Italian diffusion label was recently sold on retail site My-wardrobe.com sporting similar fringing.
Either way, kate's outfit was given the thumbs up.
She navigated the tricky decision of
what to wear for a day out with the in-laws with her usual aplomb, and
looked impeccable alongside her new relatives.
She also wore two daffodils on her lapel
in honour of St Davids day,
stuck to what is fast becoming her signature style, sporting a neat and
simple coat dress which showed off her exceptionally well-toned legs.
Although she sparked some criticism by wearing a European label, she made up for it with a pair of shoes by British designer Rupert Sanderson.
More than 150 people, including former
members of staff, had been invited to the tea party after which the
Queen renamed the store’s restaurant the Diamond Jubilee Tea Station.