Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge’s whirlwind Royal tour of New Zealand and Australia came to an end today, giving us an opportunity to do a scientific nerdy analysis of her wardrobe choices for the visit.
Despite rumours that the Queen was showing more interesting in Kate’s sartorial affairs, encouraging her to make more conservative choices, there wasn’t much evidence of this during the tour, perhaps with the exception of the red coat dress by Catherine Walker & Co that she wore on arrival in New Zealand.
Mostly Kate plumped for British-born or based designers (approximately 65% of her choices were from these isles), with a few chic and diplomatic nods to local labels, including Australian brand Zimmermann and New Zealand-born, London-based designer Emilia Wickstead.
American labels were also well represented, making up approximately 21% of the tour wardrobe, with Kate wearing outfits from Lela Rose, Diane von Furstenberg and Tory Burch that suited her ladylike, timeless aesthetic. We loved that the Duchess mixed her classically designed pieces from Alexander McQueen with more modern styles from Erdem, Roksanda Ilincic and Jonathan Saunders.
British high street labels were well represented too – the L.K.Bennett ‘Lasa’ dress that Kate wore sold out online almost immediately. She also sported accessible pieces from Zara, Gap, Hobbs and Me+Em.
The British fashion media will be encouraged that Kate has developed such strong relationships with home-grown design houses such as Jenny Packham, Alexander McQueen and Roksanda Ilincic. After all, there is no doubting her immediate impact on sales. We also loved to see the bright colours she chose (sunshine yellow and bright turquoise), despite what husband William might say – no bananas here thank you, Wills.
After all those glamorous and smart outfits, we can certainly imagine Kate jumping straight into a onesie and slippers upon her arrival back in Britain. Who can blame her?