As we all know, Kate Middleton has been a fashion inspiration to not only the British nation, but the world, taking on many different well thought out styles and cultural influences in her outfits. The fashionable royal and Prince William recently took their first, seven day tour around India and Bhutan, to take in some of Asia’s fantastic culture.
The royal tour began on April the 10th, and Kate made an impact as she wore a bright red Alexander McQueen peplum dress at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. The dress was matched with LK Bennett Fern nude pumps and a Russell and Bromley clutch bag. It was a very special occasion as Kate and husband Prince William laid a wreath to commemorate victims on the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks.
Later that day she mixed it up, wearing a pink and green patterned midi dress to float flowers at the Banganga water tank in Mumbai. The tunic dress was created by local designer Anita Dongre, and as a result, her website crashed due to high demand! She wore the dress again for a game of cricket, along with a pair of tortoise shell Ray-Bans.
Kate stunned us all once more, with a Jenny Packham, royal blue gown which was hand beaded in India, for a Bollywood charity gala dinner, back at the Taj Palace Hotel. She paired the look with drop down earrings by Indian jeweller, Amrapali, which were framed perfectly by her sophisticated up-do!
On day two of the tour, Kate impressed in an Emilia Wickstead white calf-length, collared dress match with a nude clutch and heels to visit the Gandhi Smriti museum, where Mahatma Gandhi spent the last few years of his life.
Kate chose a modest Temperley London crop-top with matching skirt for a garden party celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday on April 11. The outfit came from the Spring/Summer 2016 collection and was a big hit! Kate wore her hair in a half-up style, emphasising a pair of beautiful statement earrings.
On day three, April 12th, Kate wore a maroon and navy, lace-up maxi dress by Glamorous.com, with pair of nude flats to visit a shelter for homeless children in New Delhi.
Later, the Duchess wore a green lace Temperley London dress when visiting the Narenda Modi, the Prime Minister of India, in Hyderabad House. The princess wore the high neckline and long skirt well, with a pair of nude heels and a matching clutch by L.K. Bennett.
An Anna Sui mismatched dress was the outfit of choice for the mother-of-two to watch dancers during a Bihu Festival Celebration in Guwahati.
We all know that Kate is a fan of high street brands, so it was no surprise when she wore a boho inspired pink dress from Topshop with a pair of comfortable black wedges to visit the Mark Shand Foundation in Guwahati on Wednesday. The floral embroidery on the dress was perfectly matched with a set of chandelier earrings from Accessorize.
Throughout the trip, Kate made embroidery a key theme in her Indian inspired wardrobe and this was particularly evident on April 14 when she had a go at archery. The princess stepping out in wraparound skirt and an embroidered cape jacket finished with a belt from the French label Paul and Joe. The fabric the skirt was made of is hand woven by Mrs. Kelzang Wang Mo of Bhutan, a local seamstress, and then taken to London to be tailored.
At the end of this long and exciting journey through the continent, Kate attended a private dinner with the King of Bhutan, opting for a colourful maxi dress from Tory Burch, an American designer, worth $1,550! Along with this dress, Kate wore a John Lewis orange Pashmina, Gianvito Rossi criss-cross shoes and gold Brora earrings.
With a whopping 37 designers, 17 outfits and $50000 spent on Kate’s wardrobe, we can safely say that she is still on top form as a style icon!
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Text: Afua Aidoo
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