Who could forget the furore Michelle Obama caused when she dared to wear a - quelle horreur! - BRITISH label to an American event earlier this year? Despite the fact her Alexander McQueen gown, created by Sarah Burton for the brand's Pre-Collection, was gloriously stunning, it caused a fash pack backlash, with Oscar de la Renta arguing that the US First Lady should stick strictly to home-grown design talent. Yikes!
Cut to this morning and the world watches as MObama's pal Kate Middleton heads off on an eleven-day tour of California and Canada sporting a very diplomatic ensemble. Having taken note of the aforementioned kerfuffle, Kate plumped for the figure-hugging credentials of London-based designer, Roland Mouret with her elegant tailored frock. So far, so British, right? But over the dress, K-Mid sported a navy wool-crepe blazer with embossed gold buttons from Smythe. What an iiiinteresting choice, we mused. Why? Well, let Grazia Daily explain...
Smythe is a label set up in 2004 by long-time friends Andrea Lenczner and Christie Smythe in - yes, you guessed it - Canada. The design duo are strong believers that the jacket is the most important item in a woman's wardrobe and count Blake Lively, Whitney Port and now the Duchess of Cambridge as fans of their artfully tailored menswear-inspired coverups. It's not hard to see why when you take a browse through their website that's brimming with made-in-Canada jackets and coats featuring feminine nipped-in waists in 'nostalgic' colours, textures and prints.
And THAT is why Middy's latest outfit makes the perfect patriotic statement with just the right amount of recognition for her host country. Bravo!
So what can we expect from Ms Mid's wardrobe as she whizzes through California and Canada, we wonder? Will she be flying the flag for British fashion while mixing in a dollop of Americana? One thing's for sure, Outfit No.1 reminds us that Kate is one savvy sartorialist and for that, we are totally smitten.
- Jessica Vince