The Duchess of Cambridge attended Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s wedding at Windsor Castle yesterday. Kate pulled out her Alexander McQueen fashion trick and wore a dress we have previously seen her wear, but in a different colour, as to not upstage the bride.
The Duchess wore Alexander McQueen paper bag waist dress in burgundy. The dress has a higher rounded neck with pintuck details to create a refined elegance to the dress. Peaked puffed shoulders run into long sleeves, with a fitted bodice and waistline, a fit and flare knee-length skirt and rear zip closure. The unique feature of this dress is the ‘paper bag waist’ box pleated folds of that have been sewn over the top of the main body of the dress, with fabric neatly tucked and folded on each side at the front of at the waistline and at the rear of the dress. It gives the illusion of when you scrunch the top of a bag bag. We have previously seen Kate wear this same design but in bubblegum pink for Trooping the Colour in 2017.
Alexander McQueen re-wearing or recycling an old piece for a wedding is what The Duchess of Cambridge is very good at doing to ensure full attention remains where it is supposed to be, in this case, on the bride. We have seen Kate do this for Zara Tindall’s wedding and for a friend when she wore a repeat Erdem dress. However, the Duchess has now mixed up this method a little, by still opting to go for a new dress but to have the dress made in the same style as one she already owns, but in a slightly different hue. This way Royal Fashion watchers will instantly know what The Duchess is wearing without having to search for a new designer or a new dress.
Kate has now employed this method for Harry and Meghan’s wedding when she wore an Alexander McQueen coat in pale lemon yellow we had previously seen her wear in cream for Princess Charlotte’s christening, and now for Eugenie’s and Jack’s wedding. Kate’s dress is bespoke, with the ready to wear version having no sleeves and a shorter sleeve length, therefore it is not available to purchase. You can still view the ready to wear piece here.
We were surprised to see the Duchess in a new pair of Prada ‘Velvet’ heels, retailing for £465. The pointed toe court heels have a rounded vamp and rounded arch sole. The lower heel height makes them a inch or so shorter than the Jimmy Choo heels seen at from the V&A Photography Exhibition Opening just a few days ago. You could be forgiven for thinking that Kate was wearing those Jimmy Choo burgundy velvet heels, but alas it appears Kate now has two identical pairs of burgundy velvet heels but by different designers. You can purchase Kate’s pumps here. Try a more affordable replikate, purchase here.
Kate carried a new clutch. We believe it is the Prada ‘Raso’ box clutch in a matching burgundy velvet. This is a clam shell style clutch with small gold clasp lock. The Duchess also owns this bag in pink satin and black satin.
Kate wore a new fascinator by Philip Treacy. It seems to based upon the ‘OC 485’ in rich burgundy velvet, chosen to match her clutch and heels. The pillbox beret blend has a of large embellishment of burgundy roses and delicate burgundy netting worn over the face. The flowers that adorn Kate’s hat seem to be trimmed down slightly that that of the model and the base is pillbox-style not a teardrop.
Catherine is wearing the fascinator the opposite way around than the model shown in the image. Technically, fascinators can be worn from any angle or side- there is no front or back, or correct side to wear it on the head. It is what looks best on the wearer, but you will notice that the royal women mostly wear them over their right eyebrow. This hat is made to order and you can enquire about it here. Get a replikate here.
Kate wore the Queen mother’s diamond drop stud earrings. On loan from The Queen, these diamond drop earrings have a small chandelier drop and are some of the Kate’s favourite to borrow, as we have seen them a few times. Get a nice replikate here.
You can get Kate’s elegant style here:
with thanks to @HeavenQRF for shoe details