Joining The Queen and many other members of the Royal Family for Royal Ascot Day 1, The Duchess of Cambridge wowed Royal Fashion watchers in a designer she has never worn before. Kate looked immaculately dressed in a light blue ensemble from Elie Saab and Philip Treacy. The Lebanese designer of luxe high end couture show-stopping feminine gowns, is a global icon sand much loved by fashion savvy women. However, on closer thought, have we already seen this look on The Duchess of Cambridge?
The Duchess wore a modified version of a skirt/top combination from the Elie Saab 2019 Resort Collection. The gorgeous pale blue blouse has a high neck and ribbon tie, long sheer embroidered polka dot sleeves ending in blue satin button cuffs. The skirt features a fitted satin waist band and a long full-flowing skirt in layers of embroidered polka tulle. Absolutely stunning and very Princess Elsa! The dress features macrame crocheted lace panels over the bodice and running along the shoulder and down each side of the sleeves.
The Duchess combined the Elie Saab top and tulle skirt into her signature shirt dress style, with fitted waist, long sleeve and tea-length skirt. The Duchess was the epitome of style and class. View the top here and the skirt here.
Think you’ve seen this style on the Duchess before? Well, you’d almost be right. Can you remember Kate’s baby blue Temperley lace dress with black ribbon accents around the neck and sleeve cuffs? This was worn in October 2017 for World Mental Health Day; there are certainly more than a few shared design features between the dress and the Saab separates.
Kate carried an Elie Saab ‘Leather Clutch’ in silver. The panel clutch features vertical line of studs over each panel, a front flap with a magnetic closure and hidden chain shoulder strap for a cross-body style. This was a very edgy style of clutch for Kate and a huge step away from the normal suede styles she opts for. We love this choice!
Catherine chose a Philip Treacy hat in an ice blue colour-way. The oversized asymmetrical brim hat rises steeply on an angle, with the wider portion of the brim sitting above the head. Three large sized blue roses sit in the design space against the head to create a feminine style. We show a similar style below.
The Duchess had a beautiful and intricate updo, too.
This hat was identical to the pale pink one that Kate wore for Trooping the colour in 2016.
Catherine wore a new pair of silver metallic pumps from Gianvito Rossi. The ‘105 Metallic Leather Pumps’ in silver have a sharp pointed toe and a slightly higher heel height than Kate normally wears, of only 5mm difference. The pumps injected a fashion edge to the otherwise ethereal princess style dress. The heels retail for £545 and you can purchase them here.
Try a more affordable pair here.
The future Queen Consort accessorised with her Kiki McDonough ‘Kiki Classic Blue Topaz and Diamond Drop Earrings in White Gold’, retailing for £3,500. The double drop earrings feature a round blue topaz stud with a halo of pave diamonds, and a cushion cut blue topaz drop also surrounded by a halo of diamonds set in 18ct white gold. You can purchase these earrings here.
Whilst we are very excited to see Catherine branching out into wearing other designers and hope this continues into the future. We also want Kate to experiment with the style of clothing that she choses, otherwise Kate may end up with an entire wardrobe of long sleeve shirt dresses and peter pan collar, round button, fit and flare coat dress in a variety of different colours and materials!
You can get the Duchess’ Royal Ascot Style here:
with thanks to @JapaneseGinger for the top and skirt ID.