The Duchess of Cambridge has been in the spotlight even since she got engaged to Prince William in 2010. Ever since, Kate Middletons and her polished sartorial picks have been a topic of conversation. Over the years, her name has become synonymous with understated elegance. Zoom meetings to state affairs, every aspect of her style has been a source of fascination to the fashion world.
It’s not just the silhouettes or designs she picks, Middleton is known to champion homegrown labels and promote re-wearing previously-seen looks in public, rewriting the rules of royal dressing. For tours across the world, Middleton favours designers from countries she visits, like that time she picked an Anita Dongre dress for a quick game of cricket in Mumbai. On the home turf, she is partial to Alexander McQueen, Erdem and Emilia Wickstead, among others. Here, we take a closer look at five labels that have a reserved spot in her wardrobe.
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Kate Middleton’s relationship with Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton goes a long way. It was in April 2011 when the Duchess of Cambridge made history in a McQueen gown when she strode down the aisle of Westminster Abbey. Since then, some of her most standout looks have been from the fashion house, including the black off-shoulder gown she wore for the BAFTAs in 2017, and the blush pink dress she wore for her sister Pippa’s wedding. Middleton even had Burton create some of her pregnancy looks. Case in point: The seashell-white floor-sweeping gown that highlighted her baby bump at a dinner at the Royal Palace, in Oslo.
Another label that has a beloved spot in her closet is London-based Emilia Wickstead. Known for their tailored ensembles, the brand is a celebrity favourite. Fans of Kate Middleton’s style will be quick to notice Wickstead in her closet. Recently, she picked an ivory floral dress for a trip to Wales. On another occasion, she favoured a blue, long-sleeved midi dress featuring a belted waistline as she was spotted at the launch of the National Emergencies Trust in London.
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A round up of Kate Middleton’s collection of British designer labels is not complete without mentioning Erdem. The London-based label is famous for their experimental and playful floral ensembles. Over the years, the label has won the vote of many A-listers such as Michelle Obama, Alexa Chung and Arizona Muse. For a cocktail dinner at the Fotografiska Gallery in Stockholm, she stood out in a midnight blue velvet dress that was reminiscent of an iconic dress sported by her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana. On another occasion she picked an ankle-length bouclé-tweed Erdem look showcasing a burgundy belt and an asymmetrical neckline.
When it comes to her sartorial choices, Kate Middleton loves taking the minimal route. Whenever the occasion allows, the 38-year-old relies on Reiss’ coats and dresses. In 2012, she made a statement in a long khaki coat from the label as she was spotted at the Football Association’s National Football Centre. On yet another historic occasion, the Duchess picked a fitted taupe dress to meet Michelle and Barack Obama.
Every now and then, Kate Middleton turns to high street labels, and Spanish chain Zara is among her favourites. From wearing their breezy dresses to easy-to-style blouses and jeans, she likes to liven up her wardrobe with their easy styles. Even during the lockdown, she opted for a yellow cardigan for a Zoom call.