Mrs. Cathy took the occasion of her visit to India as an opportunity to loosen up a bit on the color, pattern and embellishment restrictions she tends to self-impose while on English soil. Which, to be perfectly frank from our decidedly American perspective, strikes us as just a little goofy, if not slightly condescending.
Ooooh, are we ever gonna hear it for that.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge lay a wreath at Taj Hotel, scene of Mumbai terror attacks in Mumbai, India.
This is pretty. It strikes us as perhaps not the best use of the fabric, to cut it into such a basic and business-like dress, but we suppose it could be seen as a good marriage of her own style uniform with a diplomatic tip of the hat to local styles and tastes. But again, “I’m in India, so I can wear paisleys now” may be smartly diplomatic but it shows a somewhat limited sense of what she allows for herself on the regular. We’re big proponents of dressing for the venue, and she’s doing a very good job of it here, but we can’t help thinking how much it highlights how safe she plays it at home.
And we can’t help laughing at the shoe choice. Even when she loosens up a little, you can’t pry a nude pump outta this girl’s hand.
Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge meet children from Magic Bus, Childline and Doorstep, three non-governmental organizations, and watch a game of cricket at Mumbai’s iconic recreation ground, the Oval Maidan, during the royal visit to India and Bhutan in Mumbai, India.
This is really cute. A perfect day dress with a folk costume tone to it – and the kind of thing she tends not to wear when she’s in her home country. The shoes are once again seemingly chosen as if to disguise the fact that her legs end in feet.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrive at a Bollywood Inspired Charity Gala at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel during the royal visit to India and Bhutan in Mumbai, India.
Lovely. Really beautiful. It’s very “her” in the sense that it’s rendered in what has become her signature color thanks to that ever-present ring.
It’s modest and monochromatic in that Cathy Cambridge style, but it’s sparkly, with some vague allusions to non-western shapes and styles. We can’t stand that she matched her earrings and clutch to the dress, but as we said, this is her signature color now. We’d quibble about the style choices but it’s excellent branding.
Alexander McQueen Paisley Print Dress with Peplum from the Pre-Fall 2016 Collection
Cassandra Goad ‘Temple of Heaven’ Earrings
Russell & Bromley ‘Curvy’ Clutch
L.K. Bennett ‘Fern’ Pump
Anita Dongre ‘The Gulrukh’ Tunic Dress
Accessorize Filigree Bead Short Drop Earrings
Monsoon ‘Fleur’ Espadrille Wedges
Custom Jenny Packham Royal Blue Embellished Gown
Amrapali Drop Earrings
Prada Wavy Strap Sandal
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