23 June 2011

The Grazia Kate Middleton Lookbook: Official Engagements

Grazia Daily knows we're not alone in thinking that Kate Middleton always manages to pull out the stops for her official engagements. Whereas most of us have a working wardrobe that consists of a series of (over used) separates, The Duchess of Cambridge never looks anything less than 100% immaculate when she's on duty.

One of Grazia Daily's favourite Kate Middleton looks comes courtesy of the pale pink sequin and Swarovski crystal dress from Jenny Packham’s SS’11 collection, which Kate wore for the Absolute Return for Kids (ARK) Gala Dinner in June 2011. Kate accessorisedthe look with nude LK Bennett suede shoes, Links of London Effervescence Stiletto earrings, and a satin LK Bennett clutch.

Another favourite was when Kate appeared at Trooping The Colour (the Queen’s official birthday celebrations) for the first time, and chose an ivory Alexander McQueen double-breasted coat with a gathered tail - much like the train of her wedding dress – for the occasion, marking the first time Kate chose to wear McQueen since her wedding day.... >wistful< 

Later that day, Kate attended the wedding of her and Wills’ mate Sam Waley-Cohen, the man credited with getting the couple back together after their split in 2007 - and she appeared to don a whole new outfit for the occasion (or did she just remove the coat? You decide - pictured above left). Kate wore a black and white monochrome patterned dress that she was last spotted in waaaay back in 2007 on a night out in Boujis, pictured above right with her sister Pippa.

Looking luminous next to Michelle Obama in May 2011, Kate keeps it fitted in a simple cream dress by Reiss, which sold out in about five minutes....

... Much like the off-white Reiss dress Kate wore to the Derby, also in June 2011. This time, kate paired the high street label with a waffle jacket by Joseph, an Issa fascinator, LK Bennett pumps and clutch bag, and gold and citrine earrings by Kiki McDonough.

Long before she was attending the races as the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate was developing her formal style in this Jane Troughton brocade coat and Jane Corbett fascinator (above left). The brocade coat was sported by the newly elevated Duchess again at Prince Philip's 90th Birthday celebrations in June 2011 (right).

Another of Kate's long-term favourites is the Issa dress; sporting this silver floor length number at the Saachi Gallery in September 2009 in aid of Starlight Children's Foundation (left) and another Issa dress, this time in cobalt blue for the wedding of Rosemarie Bradford and Harry Meade in Gloucestershire, October 2010 (right).

Kate keeps it chic, simple and British in a classic Burberry tench coat in 2011 (above).

Once mooted as a possible wedding dress designer, Kate has often utilised the skills of Katherine Hooker, a womens outerwear designer who specialises in using geritage fabrics such as tweeds, like this coat with contrasting velvet trim, paired with a fascinator by Vivien Sheriff.

Another designer connected to the wedding was Alice Temperley, who was believed to be designing Pippa Middleton's bridesmaid's dress. Kate chose to wear Temperley London to attend the Teenage Cancer Trust Christmas Spectacular and Reception, on December 18th 2010 - her first official engagement since announcing her enagement to Prince William.

And there was a time when we REALLY thought this was the name of Kate's wedding dress designer; Sophie Cranston. Kate wore a velevet frock coat with diamante clasp from her label 'Libelula' to a friend's wedding in January 2011.

For a trip to St Andrews in March 2011, the university where she met Prince William, the future Duchess of Cambridge opted to wear this scarlet Luisa Spangoli suit.

And for her final official engagement before her wedding, Kate Middleton chose a navy blue Amanda Wakeley suit, which she paired with LK Bennett heels.

- Alex Butt


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