26 April 2014 - 19:48
Royal Fashion Round-up with Chloe: Australia tour special


Deputy Editor

Continuing from my NZ tour special a few weeks ago, it’s now time to cover the Australia leg of the trip, and we have seen some great pieces from The Duchess of Cambridge! It’s only a shame the tour is over…. but it will only be a few weeks before we have some more fashion to assess on Royal Fashion Round-up with Chloe!

I covered the arrival in Sydney in my last piece, so if you want to recap on that, go to my NZ round-up!

Blue Mountains:

A batik print Diane von Furstenberg dress was chosen for The Cambridge’s first Australian engagement, where the couple met Girl Guides and the emergency services that assisted in last year’s Bush Fires. The ‘Patrice’ dress is a wrap-around style, and has a v-neck with 3/4 length sleeves, tied at the side. The fabric is lightweight and is batik-dyed in blue, flaring slightly from the waist.

The dress received a good reaction, and it sold-out within 8 minutes of Catherine appearing in it, renewing the ‘Kate-effect’, as it has been dubbed.

blue mountain

The dress was matched with Kate’s Stuart Weitzman for Russell and Bromley ‘Coco’ wedges, becoming a fast-favourite of The Duchess on this tour, as well as her ‘Muse’ clutch, tying the blues together.

Her Mappin and Webb ‘Fortune’ necklace was worn, as was her Cartier watch; The Duchess also wore sapphire drop earrings completing the palette of colours. Kate’s hair, perhaps her most famous accessory, was worn more natural – no curls, but waves, something not often seen on The Duchess.

William chose pale blue trousers, a white shirt and a dark jacket, opting for something a little different to his suits.

Sydney:

To the Royal Easter Show and Bear Cottage children’s hospice, Kate wore the ‘Roamer Day Dress’ from Zimmermann, an Australia designer. The white broderie anglaise fabric dress has a high, round neckline, with mid-sleeves and a wide waistband. The skirt flares from the waist and lies at the knee, continuing Kate’s theme of longer hemlines.

Tan coloured Stuart Weitzman ‘Minx’ wedges, worn previously to a polo match that William played in, and her ‘Natalie’ LK  clutch completed Kate’s look. Again, her hair was worn naturally, noticeable by the lack of curls, but straighter than the day before. Kate reused her Anoushka pearl drop earrings and her Cartier watch is becoming a fast-feature on her wrist. Again, William dressed down, in beige chinos, a pale blue shirt and dark jacket, complete with brown loafers.

Brisbane:

In an LK Bennett ‘Lasa’ white and blue poppy print dress, The Duchess met with RAAF families with her husband. The patterned dress features a square neckline with mid-sleeves, and a split at the back of the skirt, with the poppy print centering around the middle and gradually dispersing as it gets further away from the waistband.

via @auscanucksarah

via @auscanucksarah

She teamed her pencil dress with her Alexander McQueen blue suede heels, and we saw a new clutch in Kate’s hands! From Australian label Oroton, the blue ‘Odeion’ hard-case clutch matched Kate’s outfit. She also wore her Cartier watch with her sapphire drop earrings, and Mappin and Webb ‘Fortune’ necklace, which has rarely left the Duchess’ neck.

In the evening, The Duke and Duchess were spotted at a rugby match, and were both in casual jeans and jumpers, Kate choosing what seems to be a floral Beulah ‘Eden’ scarf to keep the chill off over her grey jumper. She wore Mint Velvet plimsolls to complete the evenings ensemble.

Easter Sunday:

Kate wore a custom Alexander McQueen dove grey coat, and Jane Taylor fascinator to St Andrew’s Cathedral for an Easter Sunday service. A dress in the same colour was worn beneath the coat, which had a slight collar, and slightly flared sleeves. For footwear, cream suede L.K Bennett ‘Harper’ shoes were chosen, a lighter tone than her ‘Sledge’ shoes.

For the visit with Prince George to Taronga Zoo, The Duchess repeated a yellow Anglaise broiderie dress worn on South East Asia tour in 2012. This is by an unidentified maker, featuring daisies, a flared skirt and mid-length sleeves. Kate’s Stuart Weitzmann ‘Minx’ wedges and her Kiki McDonnagh citrine drops completed her outfit.

For the couple’s Canberra arrival, The Duchess reused her royal blue Stella McCartney dress. This has previously been worn to an Olympic tennis match as well as other events. Kate’s Alexander McQueen shoes, her Mappin and Webb necklace, and Cartier watch suited for accessories.

Uluru:

We had two (almost) repeats of outfits at the world-famous Ayers Rock in the Outback. Arriving in a Roksanda Illinic ‘Lovina’ dress, the taupe coloured dress was the same as a dove grey dress worn a few times in the past, including on the North America tour.

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It has an asymmetric neckline with folded detailing and a small band around the waist; again it is a pencil style dress, which the Duchess favours. She wore her LK Bennett ‘Sledge’ heels and carried her grey suede McQueen clutch. An Asprey London charm necklace featuring a mushroom, acorn and oak leaf was debuted, two of which feature on the Middleton coat of arms.

To tour Uluru itself, Kate recycled her Hobbs ‘Wessex’ dress with her cream Pied a Terre ‘Imperia’ sling-back wedges, maybe not a brilliant idea with the dark red sand at Uluru, as they were soon stained with the sand. Kate wore her Catherine Zoraida double leaf earrings and a necklace given to her by locals.

William wore khaki for the day; a rolled sleeve beige shirt and slightly darker trousers with walking boots.

Adelaide: 

For a spot of playing DJ and graffiti art with William, Catherine chose an Alexander McQueen baby pink peplum dress, that has been a hit for fashion watchers. The piece has a flared, pleated skirt with 3/4 sleeves, and a deep v-neck, something we don’t often see on The Duchess, however it worked, and wasn’t too revealing. The LK Bennett ‘Sledge’ shoes suited for footwear, and a bag came in the form of Kate’s ‘Natalie’ clutch. A Cartier watch, Anoushka pearl drop earrings were Kate’s jewellery and The Duchess wore her hair in a half ponytail, more simple than her usual half-up do.

Arboretum/Prime Minister’s Reception:

To plant a tree with William at the National Arboretum, the 32-year-old Duchess chose a vivid green Catherine Walker dress coat. With a flared skirt, a chunky belt and a high neckline, the coat fell at the knee, but Kate admitted she was ‘sweltering’ in its heavy fabric due to Australia’s temperate autumns. The infamous LK Bennett ‘Sledge’ shoes made another appearance, firmly topping the chart as Kate’s go-to footwear.

William chose a British designer: Spencer Hart was the label for his suit of the day. A cream tie completed his smart look alongside his wife.

Govenor-General’s Reception: Kate chose an unusual white Lela Rose dress for the evening reception with the Governor General. The designer is a Texan lady, and the dress has loops of material to create the sleeves as well as a peplum at the waist.

Kate’s ‘Cosmic’ Jimmy Choos made another appearance, as did her Mulberry clutch, and her bracelet and earring set from Prince Charles as a wedding gift suited the bill for jewellery. A rare event dawned when we saw Catherine’s hair pinned up in a kind of elegant chignon/bun.

The Duke wore a Richard James mid-blue suit, another British designer. It is reported that William likes the ‘timeliness’ of male British clothing. The suit was paired with a blue polka dot tie.

ANZAC Day:

A surprise appearance at the Dawn Service on ANZAC Day saw Kate wear a black Temperley coat and a cream scarf to keep the early morning chill at bay. This is the same coat she wore to the Remembrance parade a few years ago, with a full-length leather panel to the front featuring stitch details, with smaller panels on the skirt. Beneath the coat a short black dress was spotted, but we have no details on this piece. She also wore her sapphire drop earrings and some leather gloves, and it seems her black Jimmy Choo ‘Cosmic’ pumps were chosen.

William wore his Jubilee medals from The Queen on his dark trench coat, as it was a military event. Both husband and wife wore a sprig of rosemary signifying remembrance, as is tradition in Australia for ANZAC day; rosemary grows wild in Gallipoli, an important site for the contribution of Australian forces in WWII.

For the scheduled engagement on ANZAC Day, Kate chose a Michael Kors coat dress to the National ANZAC Day service. The coat is a twill fabric, in grey and navy tones. It is, again, flared from the waist in a pleated skirt, reaching just below the knee. It also has a v-neck with collar, and 2 front pockets.

Accessories for the day were her Stuart Wietzmann navy clutch and her McQueen navy heels, which have been seen throughout the tour, and a new navy Jonathan Howard fascinator; Howard is an Australian milliner. A poppy brooch appeared on Kate’s coat, which was given to her the evening before by Ben Roberts-Smith’s wife (Roberts-Smith received the Victoria Cross) and Kate’s sapphire drop earrings tied the blues together.

To wrap up their tour, William, Kate and George said a final farewell to Australia before boarding a plane home; Kate had removed her fascinator and brooch, whilst William took off his medals. George wore a red cardigan and white polo, with red and white striped shorts, and his dark pre-walker shoes for the journey home.

Please feel free to leave a comment stating which outfit was your favourite, or via twitter @RoyalsWithChloe !

Featured Photo courtesy of: @britishroyals and @DashRoyal

Photos: with thanks to Lawrence Champness @champy and @702Sydney, and @auscanucksarah



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  • PomDeTerre

    so sad that the royal dictate is turning this beautiful woman into a frump. 2 more inches off the hemlines would be so more made becoming, yet still modest. she is, after all, the most drawing figure in the monarchy. allow her to show her age; she has yet to make a mis paux upon the palace. indeed it is the palace shooting itself in the foot by not allowing her to be herself.


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