Yay! More military-inspired McQueen for Kate Middleton

19 August 2011

Hold the front page! A new K-Mid outfit has landed!

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Yes, today the Cambridges have been visiting the heart of the Winson Green Community in Birmingham, showing their support after the area was badly affected by the riots last week. And for the occasion, Kate Middleton reinforced her fashion friendship with Alexander McQueen by sporting yet another of the brand’s creations.

This little beauty is from McQueen's Pre-Fall 2011 collection and oozes naval chic thanks to epaulets, military-style frogging and a smattering of gold buttons. The silk-georgette blouse is tucked into a wool-crepe skirt, which has subtle slits at the front, teamed with her favourite pair of Prada shoes. And, of course, the outfit is in DoC’s preferred colour palette: navy blue and white.

Creative Director Sarah Burton described her elegantly smart collection as having ‘a regimental feel with the richness of ceremonial dress’, so it’s hardly surprising it’s become Kate’s go-to collection for official engagements. In fact, since that wonderous wedding gown on 29 April, the Duchess has sported numerous McQueen designs. Burton dressed her for the Armed Forces event, the Trooping the Colour and the Irish Guard Armed Forces Day in June, when she wore a gorgeous navy blue fitted coat from the same collection. And remember that cricket-style cable knit dress that Kate wore on the Candian tour? >wistful<

These choices instantly earn K-Mid serious style miles and prove she isn’t afraid of high fashion or championing British designers. Hurrah for that. And yet there's bound to be another wave of ruffled fashion feathers. As you know, the Great Kate Fashion Debate rages on with critics scoffing at the Duchess’ decision not to use a stylist and consequently ‘dressing by numbers’. Gulp.

Well, Grazia Daily reckons today’s choice is perfectly appropriate for the task at hand. In the words of Karl Lagerfeld, ‘she is chic in a way the position needs’.

But what thinkest YOU of Kate’s latest McQueen ensemble? Is it a yay or a nay? You decide!

- Jessica Vince


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