Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in Roksanda Ilincic at Sydney Airport

Posted on April 16, 2014

Catherine-Duchess-Roksanda-Ilincic-Sydney-Airport-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLOCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrive at Sydney Airport. Catherine is wearing a Roksanda Ilincic ‘Ryedale’ wool-crepe dress paired with L.K. Bennett heels.





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    • Alicia

      Wish she was wearing Kiernan’s Jimmy Choos.

      • Ginger

        I agree, but I can’t fault the girl for choosing shoes that are clearly as comfortable as heels can be for her since she spends so much time on her feet in them (lack of style in the shoes aside).

        • Alicia

          True. She wouldn’t be casually walking down the stairs with the baby on her hip in pointy Jimmy Choos.

          • Joy

            Although Beyonce probably would.

            • Alicia

              Beyonce wouldn’t be dropping the third in line to the throne!

        • kimmeister

          This would have been an appropriate outfit with which to deploy the same heels, but in white.

        • ALT19

          And at least they’re not aggressively ugly. In her position, I’ll take boring but attractive over clunky and weird any day.

        • hunt3002

          The Queen is also rather particular about footwear choices–so yeah–can’t really judge.

          • Hetha Innis

            what a micromanager that lady is!

      • Crystal

        YES. THIS x100.

    • Danielle

      Can’t hear you over the baby’s delicious chubby hands.

      • Ginger


        Sorry for the all caps. I can’t have children anymore and would a gazillion of them if I could. I LOVE all babies, but chubby babies are my favorite.

      • EveEve

        I’ll say one thing about Cathy – she’s got THE best accessory in the world right now. It’s hard to tear my eyes away from the little chubwhump.

    • Snoskred

      And now Cathy Cambridge is wearing the sun.

      Is wearing the sun a thing, now? :)

      The tour has been incredible and she has worn many awesome things. And now she is in the same state as me! I feel more fashionable just knowing that.. :)

    • zuzu


    • Crystal

      I know a lot of people think her style is boring (and sometimes it is), but I just love her. And I want her hair.

      • marlie

        I don’t think it’s boring (most of the time); I think it’s classic. She’s never going to win any gold stars for innovation, but we know she’s always going to look nice and event-appropriate, and considering who she is, that’s fine with me.

        • Constant Reader

          Agreed 100%.

        • Sophie

          But isn’t this dress more modern than what she usually wears? It has rather interesting colour-blocking and is in a bright shade of yellow. It’s classic, but it’s also fun.

          • marlie

            I wasn’t implying that she can’t wear modern clothes, but this is still a modern interpretation of a pretty classic silhouette. That seems to be her “thing”… spice up something pretty simple with interesting colors or patterns.

            • demidaemon

              For this designer, this is downright demure and underdesigned.

          • Mim McDonald

            Yellow is also one of Australia’s national colours, so it’s diplomatic dressing in action again.

      • MinAgain

        Her hair really is lovely.

      • Cousin_Rose

        I want her legs. Those have to be the loveliest stems in the world.

      • NC_Meg

        I have had hair envy from the day they announced their engagement. Her worst hair days are as good as my best hair days.

    • EmilyMullasWilson

      From a distance, the look is sophisticated, minimalist, and chic. Up close, the fabric is revolting. Wool crepe should really only be used to make curtains in octogenarians’ living rooms.

      • Donna Tabor

        Wool crepe is actually a wonderful, versatile fabric. It’s wrinkle-resistant, absorbent, and stain-resistant–important when traveling with a baby. And in that light color it would be cool to wear, as well. It’s really the perfect travel fabric.

        • Monabel

          Hell yes! and it is wonderful to sew.

        • decormaven

          Hey, anything that can look that good after sitting, standing, and balancing a baby on the hip gets my thumbs- up.

        • oohsparkley!

          I was wondering about the lack of wrinkles, thinking she changed out of her yoga pants right before landing.

        • Stefanie Argudo Mackenzie

          Absolutely. I think it is a fantastic choice. I’m almost feeling it as I’m looking at it. Can imagine sewing it and then pressing it into shape. Wool crepe is brilliant for this kind of style. I used to buy a stunning Italian wool crepe that was an orgasmic dream to touch, look at, sew, and wear. More expensive than sin and worth it at twice the price. You could sit in it all day, stand up, shake a bit, and you were wrinkle free and flawless again. This looks to be similar.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Your post makes me want to drive to the nearest fine fabric store to find a bolt of wool crepe to wrap around myself!

            • Stefanie Argudo Mackenzie

              Just make sure it’s the extra fine Italian variety. Oh, and either take 6 months worth of salary or no type of money at all. Once it hits your body, you’re it’s bitch…I have several suits in my closet right now that are 10+ years old that look like they just came out of an Armani boutique. Colors are still delicious and vibrant, there’s a soft sheen, and NO wrinkles.

            • demidaemon

              From what you are saying, it must be miracle fabric.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              sounds like a dream fabric, for sure.

            • Alicia

              I actually have some gorgeous raspberry wool crepe, a remnant from a designer sale, that I was going to have made into a dress, but my dressmaker moved overseas. I might just drape it around myself and stick a belt on it.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              That sound scrumptious-I confess to having a bit of fabric envy. My dear departed best friend and I used to visit G Street Fabrics in Rockville MD, sometimes to actually buy fabric, but mostly to, as my friend would say, fondle fabric. We also would chat with the salespeople, who knew and loved the stock.

            • Alicia

              My fabric stash is riDICulous for someone who can’t sew! I actually suspect that my dressmaker moved to Germany to get away from it.

            • Stefanie Argudo Mackenzie

              And G Street is another OMG fabric place..I now promise to shut up.

            • Alicia

              If I ever get to the US I have many, many places I want to go shopping!

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              In my younger, slimmer days (sob) I used to sew for myself and went to G Street fabrics to buy fabric for a sleeveless tunic(Burda pattern). I found a gorgeous Chinese brocade, and because it was a different width than any of the ones specified on the pattern, I consulted with the staff at G St and they figured out the yardage I needed, and I went home with that gorgeous fabric-it was red with gold embroidery. I smile thinking of it.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              How fabulous that you had a dressmaker-you must miss her.

    • eowyn_of_rohan

      I love little George’s face in the second pic where he’s trying to break free. “Mum, let me go! I have peons to rule over!”

      • rainwood1

        Or to pee on.

    • Laura Renee

      God damn does she present flawlessly. And I’m glad she reversed the color blocking.

    • lrober03

      I don’t know anything about holding babies, but they’re not holding George in the typical way, correct? It seems like they’re presenting him for the photo op

      • schadenfreudelicious

        Nah, i held my little prince like that all the time :)

        • Kitten Mittons

          Whenever my nephew was fussy, we just turned him facing out like that and went outside. It worked better than a pacifier. He just wanted to take it all in, all the time.

          • Jessica Freeman

            Same. My nephew even as an infant was not having the typical cradle or shoulder hold. He hated anything where he could not see what was going on at all times.

            • Kitten Mittons

              My own son only ever wanted to be on the left hip, or left arm when he was itty bitty. He wasn’t having it any other way.

          • schadenfreudelicious

            Agreed, at that age my son was seriously squirmy always wanting to get a look at everything, carrying him facing forward made keeping a hold of him a great deal easier..

        • Hetha Innis

          I laughed when I saw the 2nd picture of the baby’s arm across her chest and pushing away from her with that determined look on his face. My son was like that. I could never carry him the ‘normal’ way because he’d go nuts trying to launch himself out of my arms. He had to be carried facing outward, otherwise walking with him was impossible.

          • Janet B

            I had a launcher too. If she couldn’t get down at least she wanted to see it all.
            Her uncle still laughs about it.

        • marlie

          I was holding my friend’s baby like that just last night. She was not having it if she couldn’t observe what everyone else was doing.

      • Kristie Cochran

        No, it’s pretty typical. Women like to carry on the hip and men don’t. George us just leaning forward on her so he has both arms forward, instead of one in front and one behind.

      • FrigidDiva

        My son is about the same age as George and at this stage you basically just try to have a good grip on them while they desperately try to get down or get into whatever they see.

      • Sam Smith

        I agree the front hold I think is for the benefits of the camera and baby prince George’s peons. Little George says bow down. He is cutie, love his little outfit.

      • Fanny_Trollope

        He’s obviously a kamikaze baby and, if he had his way, would launch himself headfirst into space. I had one of those, too. Carrying them so they can see everything helps a bit.

        • NC_Meg

          Yea, in some photos and videos (even some on the ones up there) you can see that when she tries to hold him facing her, he tries his very best to turn around.

    • Malibufire

      Love her, and her choices within the limitations of her role. That darling baby is the Birkin bag of babies.

      • teensmom99

        Limitations of the role–exactly! Basically, it’s a uniform and it doesn’t make sense in a fashion-y way but she does it about as well as any one could. No one expects other young women to dress like that (Allison Williams, I’m looking at you).

      • Rhonda Shore

        Well put. I really love this dress. I think it pushes the envelope within the constraints she has to consider.

      • Joanna

        I love her choices because I can actually see myself wearing 90% of her wardrobe at my own workplace. I think she is an excellent role model of style for the professional woman. And I want the baby.

      • Anastasia

        Birkin baby wins you the internet, yesterday AND today!

        • Malibufire

          (She bowed her head modestly as she accepted the applause.)

    • Myra Amler

      Tasteful and event appropriate.

    • kimmeister

      Finally, a Roksanda Ilincic dress that isn’t overly tricky! And that isn’t orange!

      • demidaemon

        So glad it isn’t orange. I think that would class horribly with Cate’s skin tone.

    • tallgirl1204

      this is a woman who, if her baby spits up on her or does worse, has another dress in reserve.

    • ojosazules

      The pairs division champions of all time. Daffodil yellow and little blue sailboats- yes.

      • marlie

        The whole family looks like they could be going to Easter Sunday services. Perfect outfits for this time of year.

    • Kirstin McAulay

      Love that wee George is a ‘let me see’ baby! I may not have my own but I’ve looked after a lot and some just prefer to see the world! Hair half up is soooo much better (did anyone else see pics of baby [nom nom edible baba] pulling on her hair at the playdate – so cute!

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Those pictures from the play date were beyond cute, especially the one of George with his little head on mom’s shoulder….

    • Gloriana Reginata

      I like both the changes with the dress: the colour blocking and the neckline. Makes her look almost casual – to the degree that you can be casual, walking down airline steps to a regiment of photographers. And how old-fashioned is that?? I’m sure I remember Sydney having direct-from-plane-to-terminal landing berths.

    • sagecreek

      Lovely. A bit boring, true, but she has to be in her current position.

    • Jen

      Is it just me, or does George have quite a resemblance to the late Princess of Wales? so cute, bless him..

      • CT14

        He looks like a chunkier Wills, who looked like his momma.

    • CT14

      that little guy is such a buster! Giant baby!

      Reminds me of mine.

    • Dagney

      I get the feeling her “public” style is a canned affair. Not in a bad way. She knows how she “should” look so her dresses reflect a simple, straightforward, neat and clean image. She always wears those same, nude shoes. It’s like she formulated a uniform for her public image and the finishing touch is the shoes, uncomplicated and fast. Makes me wonder if her personal image is much more dramatic and vivacious.

      • Jessica Freeman

        I don’t recall her dressing much different when she dated William. I think she’s always been a pretty conservative gal. I do agree she has definitely figured out her formula.

      • Alicia

        Even when she was first in the public eye, and in that period where they were broken up-ish, her style was very Sloane Ranger.

      • Courtney

        If she’s modeling her approach to the job off of the Queen and not Diana, I think we’re doomed to be disappointed. The Queen wears the same black shoes, earrings, and necklace and carries the same black bag for virtually all public appearances. Wears practically the same dress to every gala.

    • stubbornthoughts


      Yellow looks great on her, and I love the navy on Will. Nice coordination there, Royals.

    • International Model

      Love those pearl earrings.

      Flowers are jewelry for the common people.

    • Julie Chase


      She looks gorgeous. Boring shoes, but we can’t have it all. Well, SHE can.

    • Anne Elliot

      she looks amazing in that dress

    • Jessica Freeman

      I really loved this look with the exception of the little white square at the bottom. Perfect deployment of the nude shoe.

    • Val

      And WIGW (What Is George Wearing)?

    • alyce1213

      Beautiful, all of them. I much prefer the dress the way she has it, yellow/white instead of white/yellow.
      That little George looks just like his dad when he was a baby, but much rounder and (therefore) cuter.

    • Mary Elizabeth Poytinger Baume

      That Baby is the best. SMOCKED JUMPERS FOR ALL!

    • SparkleNeely

      Gosh, he’s super cute. He gives good face! Kate said that William told her she looked like a banana. I’ve heard that from men when I wear all yellow. So annoying. Why are hetero men so clueless about fashion?!

      • Alicia

        And so rude! Can’t they *think* you look like a banana without saying it?

      • Janet B

        Put on a bit of black and my husband will call you a bumble bee.

    • Betsy

      I love it. That is all.

    • MilaXX

      Love her dress and want to squeeze baby G’s cheeks.

    • Coco Cornejo

      Catherine looks lovely, except for her hair. She looks like she was wearing a bump-it.

    • gksp

      Love the dress – the color, the cut and yes, especially the fabric. Very retro and chic. Wish she’d do a more fashionable pointy toe pump – could be low and comfortable.

      • Mousentrude

        Maybe she has wide feet. Makes pointy toes impossibly uncomfortable.

    • LadyVimes

      LOVE this. The color block on the skirt makes it. I will take one with shorter sleeves, please.

    • smayer

      Is it bad that I covet George’s wardrobe more than Kate’s? My little guy NEEDS that smocked jumper (though he has a pants one with anchors on it), those white shoes for his Easter outfit, and that name sweater from a couple of weeks ago.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        smocked baby clothes are completely covetable, even though we know they should be hand-laundered, and will only be worn a few times. Sighing as I puddle again. That baby just makes me want to cuddle him.

      • imakeart

        My sister made smocked clothes for both her kids (boy and girl) until they were about 4 and 6. They were so exquisite. They’re 28 & 30 now…..I wonder what happened to all the clothes.

    • Gail

      I think Prince George’s outfit is splendid. Although a little pop of color in the shoes would have been fun…:)

    • imspinningaround

      George is my dude.

    • Susan

      Love her dress (shoes not so much). Cute baby. Hubby looks nice. Who handed her a bouquet of cacti, really odd thing to give a mother with a baby.

      • surfergirl70

        The Aussies are into flowers like that – I married an Aussie in Australia and those flowers were all over my bouquet.

      • Alicia

        Proteas, banksias and waratahs. We go in for plants with good drought resistance.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I like the yellow version of the dress on Cathy, and that baby is just the cutest accessory ever-look at those chubby cheeks-I”m melting into a puddle of goo….

    • marlie

      I really, really like Catherine’s dress. It’s lovely. And George looks like he’s so over all the fuss.

    • ashtangajunkie

      She looks lovely, always does. I give up on her shoe decisions. You win, Duchess.

    • e jerry powell

      Seems as though George is kind of over all of this.

    • Denise Rambo

      I LOVE George’s little bubble suit! My son’s first birthday suit was exactly like that except it had bunnies in the smocking. I wish more people would dress their baby boys like babies instead of like little men.

    • DeniseSchipani

      I’m dying with that baby. So much like my big boy at that age (he’s now 11). Fat, fat, fat. I love a fat baby. I find I don’t trust skinny babies. :)

    • JR Labrador

      Uh-oh, Little Prince Georgie Ginger Chub-Chub already has an impish Harry-esque look in his eye.

    • Stefanie Argudo Mackenzie

      Absolutely flawless. I adore the fabric. Whoever picked it did a magnificent job.

    • Judy_J

      I love that dress, and I love that they reversed the color from the original. Baby George is just too cute for words.

    • KT

      Adorable dress!! She can really rock a yellow. This is also so much more modern and youthful than some of the other things she tends to wear — what a breath of fresh air.

    • andi56

      Lovely dress! Cute baby! Husband in Turnbull & Asser, holding aforementioned baby! This trio is priceless. : )

    • SuzyQuzey

      Love the little embroidered sailboats on George!

    • Ashleigh

      William, P R O P E C I A . It is almost too late!

    • Malia C.

      Noooooooooo, the putty heels have returned. And the dress is so lovely but then I see those shoes…

    • cocohall

      This is flawless, really. Considering how challenging is must be to travel and present a little fellow with as much cheek as George, she looks fantastic. I realize she has help, but when my kids were little, if I managed to get them to look turned out for a holiday or special event, it was nearly impossible to get myself together and get us all out the door before there was some sort of mishap that required a “rinse and repeat.” I think she dresses perfectly for her role as future queen. Her personal style seems to be classic, but Kate does seem to have acknowledged that every public appearance will be documented and will follow her for years to come.

    • TigerLaverada

      She looks really good, putty heels and all. Hope they got special treatment at Sydney Kingsford. The place does not offer a pleasant airport experience, to put it diplomatically.

    • siriuslover

      They look great, and so happy.

    • Jacob Bowen

      My only thought is that I don’t like that the underarm is white…I don’t want ANY visible white under my arms. This is assuming that a Duchess still sweats.

    • Miss_Magpie

      Normally T & Lo call her “Cathy Cambridge.” This is the first time I can ever remember her being referred to as “Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.”

      I think the Uncles like this ensemble! Nude shoes and all!

    • demidaemon

      I like that she is wearing a different silhouette, but that hem is driving me nuts.

    • helene

      dress is lovely but i would say the sunshine yellow is not her color. it certainly seems to be doing her no favors, colorwise.

    • NBG

      Cute dress, but clearly Grandma Betty is winning the Hemline War. The UK red tops must be so upset to be deprived of the Duchess’ legs.

      ETA: how does anyone get anything done when that adorable baby is around just begging to be tickled?

    • suzq

      I believe the words out of Prince Bill’s mouth were, “Darling, you look like a banana.”

      This is why we don’t let Bill dress our Princess Cathy. She looks brilliant! The cactus corsage is to die for, too!

    • FridaStaire

      It is so sad that Cathy missed our former glamazon Governor General, Quentin Bryce. She was….like Helen Mirren crossed with Blanchett and the most gorgeous older woman in public life of the planet. And her clothes had colour-coded meanings…. Do an google images search!
      Cathy could have learned a lot.

    • OffToSeeHim

      Is the baby pissed because they gave him a Mohawk?