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Kate Middleton’s LA fashion romp

Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess

Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, share a laugh during a private reception at the British Consul-General's residence in Los Angeles. (July 8, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

The royals may have caused frenzy in Tinseltown last weekend, but from a fashion standpoint, the Duchess of Cambridge kept it calm, cool and collected, sticking with her arsenal of slim- silhouetted frocks, lovely if not groundbreaking.

She chose to wear only one American designer while on U.S. soil – a body-skimming vibrant green silk number backed with small gold buttons by Diane von Furstenberg, the president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. She carried a leopard spotted hard case clutch, also DVF. Not to be snippy, but we would have been thrilled to see just a few more designers from the States on Kate’s lanky frame.

That said, her choices were fresh and pretty including a pale blue sheath that featured a slightly cowled neckline and zippered back from Serbian-born, London-based Roksanda Ilincic. She reportedly slipped into this on the plane from Canada where she spent the previous nine days. Of note: Michelle Obama wore Illincic on her recent British tour.

For the polo match starring her Prince William, Kate donned a silver- and- gray marble printed silk Jenny Packham dress and later, for the BAFTA ball, swapped it out for a floor sweeping lilac chiffon confection from Alexander McQueen cinched at the waist with a sparkly belt and paired with her raciest accessory, sparkly Jimmy Choo ‘Vamp’ glitter sandals.

It is fair to say that the house of McQueen headed by designer Sarah Burton is the Duchess’ go-to resource as her now fabled wedding dress was of the same label.

In all, a jolly good show by Catherine – all very appropriate, all very royal.


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