Thursday, 20 September 2012

Poll: Vote For Kate's Best Tour Look

As promised, we're going to take a look at Kate's wardrobe throughout the Royal tour looking at the pieces the Duchess chose and how they worked for her in terms of style and suitability for the engagement she wore them to. Once you've finished reading this post and chosen your favourite please vote in the poll at the top of the sidebar! :)

William and Kate's first engagement in Singapore was a visit to the Botanic Gardens to see an orchid named after Princess Diana and one named in William and Kate's honour. It was very fitting for Kate to select the bespoke silk twill De Gournay hand painted orchid print knee length dress with a kimono inspired collar by the wonderfully talented Jenny PackhamI loved the fact that Kate worked with Jenny Packham to create a dress that not only looked great but paid homage to the Botanic Gardens. Kate completed the look with her Annoushka pearl earrings, LK Bennett Sledge Pumps in off white and a nude clutch.


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On the evening of their arrival, William and Kate attended a state dinner given by the President of Singapore. Kate chose a printed wool silk dress by Singaporean designer Prabal Gurung for the event, another nod to her host country. Kate teamed the stunning dress with her black prada pumps, diamond cluster drop earrings and diamond bracelet.


The Strait Times Facebook/Photo used with kind permission from MEDIA-MODE.COM

Kate's wedding dress designer, Sarah Burton, designed the white broderie anglaise full skirted dress she wore on day two of the tour.

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Kate looked pretty in a print top and skirt by Singaporean label RAOUL during a visit to Strathmore Green, a residential area in Singapore. Given the heat and humidity the ensemble was a perfect choice. Kate spent quite a lot of time with children at the Rainbow Center and needed something light and flowing.

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Kate wore a floral-print Erdem dress for a reception at Eden Hall. The chiffon dress is a modified version of the piece below from the Spring/Summer 2012 Collection.

Erdem

Kate looked lovely in a duck egg pleated shirtdress by Jenny Packham for a visit to Kranji Memorial War Cemetery The Duchess carried a parasol and wore her Sledge Pumps for the visit.

Photo used with kind permission of MEDIA-MODE.COM/Rebecca English Twitter/Mail Online

Channel News Asia put together a composite of Kate's outfits in Singapore.

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The Duchess also wore the Packham dress in Kuala Lumpur where she made her first overseas speech at Hospis Malaysia.

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We had all hoped to see Kate wear a tiara for the official dinner given by His Majesty, The Agong. If there was one aspect of Kate's wardrobe that surprised me it was the absence of any jewellery from the Royal Collection, but Kate didn't need a tiara to shine at the dinner in her bespoke McQueen gown. The dress featured an overleaf of sheer material with embroidered gold hibiscuses, the Malayisan flower. The dress divided opinion. Some loved it, others thought the neckline too low and some simply didn't like the design. What did you think?



Day four of the tour was a busy one beginning with a visit to a mosque before stopping off at Kuala Lumpur Park (KLCC). Kate wore the powder blue silk Beulah London Sabitri dress. The £895 dress was the perfect choice for the day's events.


The Duchess wore another bespoke pieces for the Diamond Jubilee Tea Party, an ice blue Alice Temperly dress with white lace overlay and floral embroidery. Kate chose quite a few bespoke pieces throughout the tour. Kate wore pearl pins in her hair at the tea party, something of a tradition for Malay brides.

Rebecca English Twitter/Mail Online/Galaxie Magazine Twitter

Kate dressed down in a forest green Zara blouse, beige pants and boots for a tour of Danum Valley Conservation Area.

UK In Malaysia

A lovely reader named Alice shared a photo of Kate leaving the Shangri La Hotel in Kota Kinabalu wearing a black and pink print dress she has owned since 2002. The Duchess wore her Pied A Terre wedges to complete the look.


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The couple travelled over 4,000 miles from Malayisa to Honiara where Kate stepped off the plane in the green check-print Johnathan Saunders Evelyn Dress. It was the first time Kate had worn a piece by the British designer and I feel certain it won't be the last. The dress captured the retro-cool 60's vibe and teamed with a cream hat by milliner Jane Taylor it was an altogether very chic look.

Rebecca English Twitter/Daily Mail

Following a colourful welcoming ceremony, William and Kate attended a traditional island feast in Solomon Islands. Kate looked amazing in a vibrant pink print dress given to her by her hosts. The Duchess only tried it on an hour before wearing it and absolutely loved it. The dress is by TAV Pacific. Kate teamed it with her Stuart Weitzman Minx wedges.

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Kate wore a Jaeger shirtdress for a full day of engagements in Solomon Islands.

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Kate wore a gorgeous collared midnight blue Mulberry dress to Marau, before travelling to paradise island Tavinipupu where she and William enjoyed a romantic dinner and went snorkelling in the rain. I thought this look was just beautiful, definitely one of my favourites.



Next we saw Kate wearing a primrose lace dress dotted with flowers by an independent designer for her arrival in Tuvalu. Kate wore her hair in an elegant updo and finished off the look with her Kiki Citrine Drop Earrings.

Rebecca English Twitter/Daily Mail

William and Kate had an unforgettable time in Tuvalu where they danced in grass skirts at a traditional dinner hosted by the Governor-General. What works underneath a grass skirt? Kate chose the Beatrice embroidered crepe maxi dress by Alice Temperly. The whole look was so much fun and it was interesting to see Kate trying boho chic. She looked amazing and more importantly had an amazing time.



On their way back to London, William and Kate made a brief stop at Brisbane Airport where Kate wore the Project D London Penelope Tea Dress. Another new designer for the Duchess and a beautiful piece.

Photo used with kind permission of MEDIA-MODE.COM

Kate changed into skinny jeans, a white lightweight sweater and a Temperly scarf before boarding her very long flight home, probably in anticipation of the British autumn. It is certainly getting cooler here! :)

Photo used with kind permission of MEDIA-MODE.COM

We saw a number of stunning looks over the tour with McQueen and Temperly the most popular designers (Kate wore the British designers twice). I'm looking forward to seeing which looks you all choose. As there were so many looks during the tour you can select multiple answers. While we're awaiting the results please leave a comment and let me know which one you selected. :)

FYI: Blogger is currently experiencing technical problems and a number of comments from the previous two posts disappeared. The links on the menu bar are temporarily not working. I expect it will be fixed shortly. Apologies for any inconvenience!

95 comments:

  1. The primrose lace dress, the ice blue bespoke Temperley - but this was so hard as there were so many more that I loved.

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  2. For me, definately the Beatrice embroidered crepe maxi dress by Alice Temperly. That dress defines the Asian islands tour in such a beautiful way. Kate looks AWESOME in it. So feminine, soft and the detail perfect. Very fitting.

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  3. Hello Charlotte! What a difficult task! But it is done: Ice blue Temperley dress!Huge hug.
    Patrícia from Portugal.

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  4. My faves were the McQueen bespoke gown and the Temperley blue lace and floral dresses.

    With that said, I also love the Prabal Gurung dress and was glad to see both color and patterns on this tour.

    She does a really great job of dressing for the occasion and looked great throughout!

    I'm sad the tour is over. Thanks for such great coverage!!

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  5. Without question, the McQueen gown is my favorite. Stunningly regal. But perhaps it's unfair to compare gowns with dresses. I loved all the dresses with the exception of the Saunders check print and hat which made the outfit look silly, IMHO. The navy mulberry and the Prabal Gurung print were my absolute faves!

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    1. Agree - this hat was so wrong for not only the area of the world but did not work with the dress at all. I figured she thought she needed a hat as they went off directly to church...she was not in England and did not need a hat to be in church.

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  6. I have a clear favourite: the ice blue Alice Temperly dress. Its just perfect!
    I wasn't a big fan of many of her other choices, so I am glad this one was on the list. Definitely a lovely dress for Kate.

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  7. It was hard to pick just one! But the Beulah look with the head scarf was my favorite. So elegant and beautiful. My runners up are the gold and white McQueen gown and the Jonathan Saunders Evelyn dress.

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    1. I agree with your choices!

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  8. This is a wonderful blog post. I enjoyed reading it so much. I am selecting the Prabal Gurung, but if I could pick a second one, it would be the bespoke McQueen gown she wore at the Official Dinner. On a side note, when do you think we will see Kate wear a tiara? I am starting to think she never will. She seems to favor simple jewelry. Maybe when she becomes the Princess of Wales and begins to take part in more State Dinners we will see one.

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  9. Oh dear Charlotte what a challenge! Was it the McQueen in Malaysia or the Temperley for the Tea Party? Perhaps one of the three lovely broderie Anglaise dresses or the locally produced one in the Solomon Isles?
    I could not choose, because everything she wore was just so right for the occasion, so if you don't mind, I'll choose her arrival at Tuvalu in the primrose dress to which was added a crown of flowers--I thought she had never looked more beautiful.
    Jean

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  10. It is too hard to decide, all are superb !!
    I love Kate's classic taste :) :)

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  11. My choice is definitely the one worn to the Diamond Jubilee Party. Blue Alice Temperley dress with white lace. Very regal.

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  12. I'm curious about the consensus on Kate's hair from the trip! Nothing was drastically different from what we've seen before, but it seemed Amanda Cook Tucker gave her own spin on Kate's looks. Sometimes I was a fan, sometimes I wasn't. What was your opinion, Charlotte/readers?

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    1. Loved her hair when up in the back neck bun with the pearls tucked into it with her Ice Blue Alice Temperly dress for the tea. If it had been me, I would have had my hair up 100% of the time due to the heat...but William likes her hair down so she wears it down a ton to please him. Will be interesting to see the day she ends up with a shorter hair do - you know it will happen at some point in her aging process. That is unless she goes for updos a la Audrey and Kate Hepburn did for their older yrs.

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  13. I cannot pick just one!!!! She is so stunning. I love the dresses

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  14. Shantel (@fashionandfaith)20 September 2012 at 15:44

    I am obsessed with the Temperly maxi dress! And I love her look for the flight home...it looks like outfits my girlfriends and I wear all of the time!
    She is just so classic! I know I can't vote for both though so Temperly it is!

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  15. I like them all.. This is tough!!! I'd have to say my first favorite is the the green check-print Johnathan Saunders Evelyn Dress very classy and blends into the culture. The head piece is a beautiful touch. My second favorite is the TAV Pacific dress. I love the colors on her, and how she insisted on wearing it even if last minute! Very respectful to her hosts :)

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  16. I liked the gold and white McQueen gown best. But all the choices, except for the long, embroidered hippy gown, were wonderful.

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  17. I loved the Temperly ice blue dress, it was so beautiful and lady-like! Definitely a very close second for the Sarah burton cream outfit though!

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  18. If there was a vote for best makeup and hair look I'd pick the Singaporean President's State Dinner! When she wore Prabal Gurung! PERFECT hair!!

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  19. Re: Kate not wearing any jewellery from the Royal Collection - I'm not too surprised. If I remember correctly, she debated whether or not to wear a tiara for the wedding. And I could see it going with her personality, which I perceive to be more humble and reserved, that maybe she will hold off on really delving into the jewels and tiaras until she's the Princess of Wales, and be a little more understated while she's still the Duchess of Cambridge.

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    1. My guess is she thinks she looks stupid in tieras. She will have to get used to them in time - starting with a really tiny one and working up. She is 30 now and it's time she move to more adult looks. She has a great figure, but sometimes I think she really clings on to a 20's something yr old look. She got lucky with her aging that 50's shirtwaist dresses are popular - but they will be short lived is my guess.

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    2. I agree that some of the looks are starting to seem young on her, like the blue Mulberry looks pretty girlish to me.

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    3. Agree - liked the blue Mulberry. But with her long legs, long hair - the dress was too short, too high neck, too wide of skirt. She pulled it off because she is thin. But the look & dress are way too young for her now, despite it's a now trend look. But given the fact she was representing the Queen - this was not a private trip, she had a ton of requirements to tow the line for her fashion, hard task. But she does need to stop wearing this style dress ASAP. Because she does not use a stylist, she will keep picking repeats of styles in her comfort zone. But look how many voted so far for the Alice Temperly blue with white lace - no shirt waist dress there. The wrap dresses she has worn since the early 2000's look still OK today. But the baby doll fitting shirtwaist is not going to be OK next yr.

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    4. Isn't it funny that some comments say her outfits look too young for her and some say they look too old for her!? Different opinions make the world go round. It is interesting! :)

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    5. Part of that is the age of the commenter I would hazard a guess. The longer you have been around and seen fashion come back in style (with a twist to new), and also for some, who have worked in design - well it all makes a difference. Kate is a hard one to critique because of her smile and she is trying so very hard to do the job handed her and not screw up.

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  20. I loved the Beulah London dress with the head scarf. I thought it was so appropriate and beautiful on her. The color was something you don't see very often. If I had to pick a second, it would be a tie between both the McQueens. The tailoring of each one is spectacular and real couture. Thanks again for all your wonderful coverage!

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  21. Did we ever see the shoes with the evening gown? I suspect they are the Jimmy Choos but they look gold in colour....any ideas?

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    1. They were definitely thought to be Jimmy Choo, either the Mercury or the Vamp in gold :)

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  22. Kate is so beautiful and looks lovely in all of the outfits. She is such an asset to the Royal family, and their love story is forever. How romantic to snorkel at night in the rain together and have dinner together at the end of the jetty. Hopefully, there were not any invasive photos taken of them. That evening together sounds so romantic and loving and fun. They are a great couple together. Best of everything to both of them forever.

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  23. I love the blue Mulberry. Maybe not the fanciest dress, but I thought she looked so adorable walking barefoot with her hair all in curls to the resort.

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    1. Agree - liked the barefoot look a lot....and not just sans shoes while in the Mosque.

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  24. Difficult question! :) I loved the McQueen gown. IMO that was the biggest surprise and departure from what we've seen on her so far.

    The ice blue Beulah, the "Wedgewood" lace and the navy Mulberry were my favorite dresses.

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  25. The ice blue and white lace Temperly is Perfection! I also like the spontaneous side ponytail during the Conservation Area visit because it is casually elegant.

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  26. I liked the hair style she wore with the gold and white McQueen gown.

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  27. Definitely the midnight blue Mulberry,but she is always beautiful...it doesn't really matter,what she wear. :-)
    Thank you,Charlotte, for your amazing blog.
    Diana

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  28. Definitely the midnight blue Mulberry,but she is always beautiful...it doesn't really matter,what she wear. :-)
    Thank you,Charlotte, for your amazing blog.
    Diana

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  29. I vote for the Prabal Gurung... but i also did love the casual strapless dress she was gifted and wore.

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    1. Even I vote for the Prabal Gurung. That and the ice blue Temperly. But then again theres the bespoke McQueen gown that she wore for the dinner. All three of them are number one for me :)

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  30. Jonathan Saunders Evelyn dress. Overall, the looks were too subdued. And I have to say she needs to cut that little-girl hair.

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  31. The ice blue Alice Temperly dress with her hair up and pearls tucked into it. Hands down - it was the best look. I think she over did the shirt-waist look but then what do you wear when in that heat and feel you need to look royal? I also loved, loved the look she had in the native gift dress...I mean any one of us would wear that in a heartbeat but she looked so amazing in it - and what a great move to wear a gifted dress, doing that change in her wardrobe so last minute when you know her outfits had been carefully coordinated with protocol and precision for months ahead. Wonderful trip - great coverage here - thanks so much.

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  32. I was thinking of doing more polls from the tour after this one as the response has been so positive. Kate's best hairstyle, Best accessory (a fun post including jewellery, headdress and even the parasol) and perhaps the best tour moment.

    I would love to hear you're opinions on whether or not you would like to see it!

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    1. Shantel (@ fashionandfaith)21 September 2012 at 01:10

      Absolutely! More polls would be so fun!

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    2. Sounds like a plan to me! :) And just think of the contribution you'd be making towards keeping us sane during a Kate "dry spell". ;)

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    3. Absolutely. The more, the better.

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    4. I love the ice blue Alice Temperly, but my guess is we will never see it again. That was the dress she wore when she looked so withdrawn and William looked so angry.

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    5. I vote yes for more polls!! :)

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    6. Yes to the polls ! Great fun...
      I voted for my favorites looks : there were several.
      All best, Theresa from Paris

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    7. Yes plese. Thanks

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  33. Charlotte - you did such a great job of recapping all the looks. Personally, I would rather see on of your Kate Loves posts.

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  34. The gold McQueen gown was my favorite. Most royal looking. I also loved the guaze Temperly she wore the last evening. Perfectly fit the island feast. I also loved the ice blue Temperly and the yellow with bell sleeves when she wore her hair up. I, too, wondered about the tiara and agree with the thought she may be waiting until she becomes the Princess of Wales. It will be fun to watch and see!

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  35. Go for it, Charlotte! More polls! And don't forget doing one on William's fashion, or lack thereof.

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    1. I like the idea of looking at William's fashion!!

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  36. Thank you for the feedback on the polls! I think they are a good way of looking back on the tour and adding a poll adds a little more to it. I remember we had a poll last year on the best moment of the tour and it was excellent fun.

    I won't forget the post about William's fashion :)

    Anonymous - I have many more Kate Loves posts in the planning and should be able to fit them in between the polls, any suggestions are most welcome for those posts too :)

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  37. Did I miss a vote for the Jenny Packham kimono dress? Definitely a power dress although Kate looks more at ease in the younger girlish dresses. The McQueen dress is straight out of a fairy tale which may be why some are put off by its sheer gorgeousness. Kate carries herself beautifully in the gown.

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  38. I love the red dress that was gifted to her. Also LOVE her in the jeans and pumps. She looks like the model. I thought her choices were for the most party very conservative and too mature forher. Do you know what she's been up to since she arrived, Charlotte?

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    1. There hasn't been any news since they returned to the UK but I imagine they're settling back into life in Anglesey and no doubt enjoying a much needed rest :)

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    2. I'll bet they have debriefed with the Queen and are lying low until the photos debacle blows over. Hopefully soon!

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    3. Yes, I have watched for any news including something from when their commercial Singapore Air flight landed in London but nothing even for that flight landing. Guess the royals were taken off via private tunnel into VIP arrival zone with no press allowed. Have not heard that William is back 'on duty' with RAF however.

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      The British Monarchy Site records that they arrived Heathrow yesterday.

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    5. Thanks - I missed that one in just a Google search by date for William and Kate or Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

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  39. The ice blue lace Temperley dress with pearls in her hair was my favorite look EVER on Catherine. That dress really elevated her to "Princess Level!" She looked gorgeous in so many of her choices, and I love her 1950's shirtwaist dresses and pleated skirts. Please, Charlotte, more polls.... Especially jewellery!
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  40. Overall, I was pretty disappointed in Kate's sartorial choices for this tour. I expected an improvement from the Canada tour which had quite a number of nice outfits but it seems that for this tour I disliked the majority of the outfits. I don't know what she was thinking when she chose the blue and green checkered number. It was ghastly *cringe*.

    That said, my favorite outfit was definitely the light blue Alice Temperley dress with white lace overlay and the pearl pins in her hair. She looked absolutely lovely. The light blue dress she wore to the mosque was nice as well, as was the matching print skirt and blouse that looked like a dress. The pink dress she wore on the first day with orchids was alright, everything else was a letdown of varying degrees. While I liked the green shirt she wore on the forest expedition, I could not understand why she would choose to wear tight pants in such humid hot weather. Although not part of the tour outfits, I really the scarf she wore for the flight home. I'd love to have it, too bad it's so expensive >.<

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  41. The gold hibiscus McQueen dress is, in my opinion, the most beautiful dress I have ever seen.

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  42. I thought all of the dresses were chosen to complement her hosts and she succeeded to bring a sence of acknowledgement of their culture with each outfit. I think her clothes were selected with this in mind rather than choosing outfits that would make her look like a fashion icon. The whole tour was very different than Canada. Following your site, I began to look for her choice of fabrics, colors and design and the story each would tell of the place she visited.

    My favorite was the lace Temperley and the added pearls in her hair was fantastic look for her.

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  43. It was so hard to chose a favourite, the McQueen gown is in a class by itself and so many of the dresses had subtle detailing, the hand-painting on the kimono dress, the embroidery on that lovely and subtle duck's egg colour Packham dress, the watercolour tones of the Erdem, Project's D's wonderful print. I'm glad Kate doesn't feel a need to stay with primary colours like the Queen and even like Diana much of the time, or go all pale and fluffy like the Duchess of Cambridge. The variety of styles and designers makes Kate's clothes so interesting. I imagine we may see many of these dresses reappear next summer, assuming a pregnancy doesn't interfere.

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  44. She looked so beautiful every day that I'm sad to see the tour end! So exciting to see what she would wear each day...my favorite is the navy mulberry dress--simply embodied the casual, comfortable elegance that is Kate. I also loved the yellow cap-sleeved Jaeger dress and the ivory peplum top and skirt. Her rainforest outfit was amazing too...only Kate could look stylish and appropriate in a rainforest!

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  45. I found this poll so difficult because the dresses she chose suited the situation for which they were chosen. Still I did vote for the Beatrice dress. Although I loved the present dress. I'd love to know what the dress we did't see was going to be!

    I imagine that Kate and Will are busy moving into their new apartment at KP. Also doesn't William have to make up his mind what his future is going to be. So will they be moving to Scotland for a tour of duty? And there is the cottage in Norfolk I wonder whether Kate will be able to do some decorating there?

    Thanks for the fabulous blog

    Donna

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    1. Yeah I'm curious about what is next for the duke and duchess. They've had such a busy year. Hopefully they'll start thinking about having a family soon :)

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  46. Loved the ice blue but she looked beautiful considering everything that was happening in their lives. Hope they can take some time awaY I hope they sue all the publicat

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  47. I chose the navy blue Mulberry, because I loved it from the instant that I saw the picture on your blog. I really liked the Prabal Gurung, but I would have liked it a lot more if Kate would have worn her hair either half up or all the way up. I think the look altogether was a little too busy and I would have appreciated the dress more if her hair had been back. But who am I kidding - she looks good no matter what! I really did not like the Jonathan Saunders dress at all, but I still think she looked fabulous. My honorable mention dresses would be the ice blue Temperly, the yellow Jaeger, and of course the magnificent McQueen gown.

    I absolutely love your blog, Charlotte!! It's so positive and you're always the first one to post! So glad you're able to keep it going!

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    1. Definitely a tough choice, but to me it depends on how the question is asked... for "favorite dress" I would say it's a tie between the McQueen gown for the Malaysia state dinner and the ice blue Temperley for the tea party... but my "favorite overall look" has to be the Temperley maxi dress in Tuvalu once the flower crown and grass skirt were added! ;)

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    2. You said it for me! My 3 favourites, I just love love her hair up, she looks so much better than it all over the place, which unfortunately she did too much of this tour. She looked like the idealised Disney fairy princess in the McQueen. I'm not normally a fan of patterned gowns but I thought that was lovely. The overall 2 best looks in two very different ways were for me the tea party Temperley and the boho chic for the dancing.

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  48. I loved the Beulah dress and the headscarf. Her light makeup complemented the look so well. I thought she looked both regal and demure with a touch of vulnerability in those photos that made her seem so much more like a "normal" person rather than an untouchable celebrity.

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  49. Congratulations "beachgal", you are so right about Kate's over all fashion persona, she must grow up and dress for her position and age. When she is doing a public event, she must look regal, such as the Alice Temperly she wore to the Jubilee Tea, poised, elegant, perfect length, hair UP to show her pretty profile. Compare this look with the Prabal Gurung or the Jonathan Saunders dresses, where the garments were too loud and not letting Kate shine for herself AND the long messy hair hiding her face. She can have a public & private look, I think it is time for her to engage a stylist for her look/wardrobe. Victoria USA

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  50. I live in Israel. Summer here is very hot and humid, but less humid than in the countries that they have been visiting. I wonder how Kate could wear sleeves, and look so fresh. It's impossible here.
    I like every dress that she is wearing. She has superb taste.

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  51. I like the white/blue tea ceremony dress with the pearls in her hair the most. Thank you for all the wonderful pictures. I am a big fan from Germany. :-)

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  52. For anyone who can get British TV---there's a review of the tour at 10:15 pm Sunday on ITV1----right after Downton Abbey.
    There's also a programme at 7:05pm on Channel 5 about William and Catherine---but don't know whether it's the tour.

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    1. Great news! Thanks for the tip off - I wouldn't have known otherwise...

      I did record 'Wills & Kate: Baby Fever' and it had tour footage in it - why they didn't show that on the news I'll never know!

      I think we only saw what we did as a result of the photo saga raising the profile of the tour, which considering it was for Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee was shocking but then the British news didn't really cover the tours that Charles & Camilla and Edward & Sophie did for her either :-(

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    2. The Channel 5 programme was the one you obviously saw before, "Baby Fever"--ridiculous really to be discussing where any child would go to school!
      There were some scenes from the tour though and from the Canadian tour.

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  53. Charlotte, if there is a link to the Tv show, could you post it? It would be fun to go over the tour all over again with all of you'll :) thanks much!

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    1. I will of course, I'm hoping to home in order to catch it myself and I expect it will surface on youtube within a day or two. It looks very interesting!

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    2. Thanx. I am in the US and we only get BBCAmerica...plus Sunday is the US Emmy Awards - Hard night for the launch of season 3 of Downton Abbey. I have my DVR set for Downton Abbey. The ratings will be low in the US for DA. It was not a good move for scheduling....esp with DA being up for the big awards of the night - best drama, best actor in a drama, etc. All the other major TV shows start their new seasons come Monday 9-24.

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  54. My choice: powder blue silk Beulah London. She looked so beautiful in it!!!!

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  55. The McQueen gown with the embroidered flowers. So regal!!! I also loved the pink dress from the feast in the Solomon Islands.

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  56. I also like the Beulah London Dress most! Although all her choices were just wonderful and appropriate.
    While reading an atricle about the wedding of an old friend of Kate's on the MailOnline, I saw a picture of her mother and sister and I was wondering whether Carole was wearing the Beulah London Sabitri dress? It seems to me that it could be the same as the one Kate wore to a friend's wedding in June?

    You do such a great job doing this blog! I really enjoy reading it, thank you so much!
    Best Wishes from Germany!

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  57. The Temperley pale blue with lace overlay- pretty as a Wedgwood teacup and very Great Gatsby I thought

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  58. I think the best thing that the duchess has worn is her grace and humility Knowing that semi nude pictures of her had gone viral. I personally do not think I would have had the strength to continue the tour and for that I have huge respect for Catherine.

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  59. I love the white Sarah Burton dress. Not everyone can wear white, but Kate certainly can. I can see her recycling this piece in the future.

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  60. It goes without saying that the Alexander McQueen evening gown was gorgeous...I really can't compare this with other selections. That being said, the blue with white lace Temperley and the white McQueen broderie anglaise would be my choices. But I have to agree with Blen Carr for the big picture...love Blen's comments'

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  61. I know that I am wayyyy late..but the Beulah London dress did it for me.

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