The fashion-forward Duchess of Cambridge blends British design with Canadian colours

The fashion-forward Duchess of Cambridge blends British design with Canadian colours

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The Duchess of Cambridge in Alexander McQueen Resort 2017 in Vancouver CREDIT: IAN VOGLER/DAILY MIRROR

The Duchess of Cambridge has become remarkably adept at bringing a mixture of labels to her royal wardrobe; one week it’s a £22 pair of trousers from Gap, the next it’s a bespoke designer piece.

It’s a strategy which is masterful in its execution, one moment giving an impression of complete accessibility, the next adding a soupçon of aspiration (think the L.K Bennett dresses she has favoured this summer) and then introducing a look into the mix which serves as a reminder of The Duchess’s dazzlingly glamorous royal credentials.

The Duchess of Cambridge in Alexander McQueen Resort 2017 in Vancouver CREDIT: IAN VOGLER/DAILY MIRROR

For her first day of engagements on this trip to Canada, The Duchess was emphasising the I’ll-be Queen-one-day factor in a bespoke dress by her favourite design house, Alexander McQueen. Landing in a rather rainy Vancouver, Kate immediately drew comments of approval from Twitter-watchers, commending her for an experimental start to the tour.

The Duchess’s chosen dress comes from a look in Alexander McQueen’s Resort 2017 collection. Designer Sarah Burton has discussed the collection’s romantic references, saying she was inspired by the intricately beautiful floral patterns seen painted on gypsy caravans and canal barges in the British countryside.

The dress, which won’t be available to buy until later this year, comes in a mini length with dramatic voluminous layered sleeves and includes a delicate handpainted floral motif.

Needless to say, the version worn by The Duchess today had been somewhat altered; the sleeves took on the guise of a shirt with their slim fit and white cuffs meanwhile the skirt had been lengthened but retained the tiered, gypsy-influenced silhouette. Kate also kept the original buttoned-up feel with a mandarin collar fastened tightly around her neck.

The Duchess of Cambridge is widely expected to nod to local, Canadian designers at some point during her eight-day trip, but today’s look was all about showcasing the best of British design. There was, however, a respectful nod to her hosts with the red and white colour palette of the design echoing Canada’s national colours.
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge-wearing Alexander McQueen- in Vancouver CREDIT: CHRIS JACKSON/ GETTY

Alexander McQueen is the British fashion label most closely associated with The Duchess of Cambridge. Creative director Sarah Burton, appointed following the death of Alexander McQueen in 2010, was chosen to design both the gowns worn by The Duchess on the day of her wedding to Prince William, bringing the exquisite skill for which McQueen is known to unprecedented attention on the world stage.
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The Duke and Duchess alight the sea plane which brought them from Victoria to Vancouver. CREDIT: CHRIS JACKSON/ GETTY

Ever since, The Duchess has leaned on Burton, who has recently given birth to a third daughter, to create bespoke pieces for important occassions, such as the christenings of George and Charlotte. Kate is also a fan of ready-to-wear McQueen pieces; at this year’s Wimbledon final, she wore an unusually decorative ‘Obsessions’ dress by the label, in a print depicting an array of shells, charms and jewels.

Instead of her beloved nude court shoes- always a chic but ultimately safe choice- The Duchess picked out the red hues of the dress with a co-ordinating £640 Miu Miu clutch bag and heels.

During today’s visit, William and Kate will visit Sheway, a charity helping young mothers, the Immigrant Services Society where they will have the chance to speak with people who have moved to British Columbia before finishing the day by meeting some young Canadians of a similar age to them and then finally, calling in on a coastguard station.

One thing’s for sure; that Alexander McQueen dress will lend a suitably regal and glamorous presence to proceedings.

By Bethan Holt, digital fashion editor

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