The Duchess of Cambridge wows in edgy Prabal Gurung dress, putting U.S. label on the global fashion map
16:23 GMT, 11 September 2012
The Duchess of Cambridge gave an up-and-coming U.S. label global exposure today, by choosing one of his dresses for her visit to Singapore.
Catherine, who is on a nine day tour of south east Asia and the South Pacific with Prince William, looked sensational in a purple-and-white printed shift by Prabal Gurung, to meet
the President of the Republic of Singapore.
Not only was it an elegant and fashion-forward choice, it also paid tribute to her Singaporean hosts, as the designer was born in the city, before spending his childhood in Nepal.
Up-and-coming label: The Duchess of Cambridge looked sensational in a dress by the darling of the New York fashion scene, Prabal Gurung, on her first day in Singapore
Guests of honour: The Duchess and Prince William pose with the President of Singapore Tony Tan and his wife Mary at The Istana on the first day of their Diamond Jubilee tour
The dress was also a step away from the small band of British designers, including Alexander McQueen, Temperley London and Jenny Packham, that she usually favours for formal occasions.
Since launching his label in New York in
2009, Mr Gurung has become the darling of the fashion scene there, and a favourite with the A-list.
On the map: The designer of Kate's dress, Prabal Gurung, pictured being interviewed before his New York Fashion Week show this weekend
The Duchess's dress is from the spring/summer 2012 collection, which was modelled by Victoria's Secret supermodel Candice Swanepoel in the campaign.
Prabal Gurung has become a hot ticket at New York Fashion Week, and
his latest collection, which showed on Saturday, was no different, attended by Hailee Steinfeld, Rachel Zoe and Kate Bosworth.
Today, the designer took to Twitter to express his delight.
'So xctd that I just stopped some strangers on the street n showed them the pic of Kate Middleton in our dress,' he wrote.
Mr Gurung's designs are a particular favourite with
Michelle Obama, who won universal praise after wearing a one-shoulder
chartreuse gown to the 2011 Governor's Dinner last March.
She also wore one of his creations to the White House Correspondents'
Dinner in May, and again at the Concert for Hope in September.
Mila Kunis was spotted in one of his dresses at a charity
benefit, Rooney Mara was seen in a cutout design at the New York
premiere of the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, and Jessica Chastain wore a
deep green gown to the Palm Springs Film Festival.
The Prabal Gurung dress was a second outfit for Catherine, who wore a kimono-inspired Jenny Packham number earlier in the day.
Video: Kate and William in Singapore…
Star power: Victoria's Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel modelled the spring 2012 Prabal Gurung line
The couple visited the Botanic Gardens
where they had a hybrid orchid named after them. They then spent a few
minutes quietly viewing the Dendrobium Memoria Orchid named after
The pair then returned to Raffles,
where they are staying for the three nights in Singapore, to change,
then set off for the Istana, the President's official residence, to
spend some time with Tony Tan and his wife Mary.
New collection: Prabal Gurung's spring/summer 2013 offering, which showed on Saturday at New York Fashion Week, focused on loose, easy shapes and plenty of layering
Prabal fans: The show was attended by actresses Hailee Steinfeld, Allison Williams, Kate Bosworth