Kate Debuts New Oscar de la Renta


At first blush I actually thought that Kate was making her second recycle of the day by bringing back the crimson Paule Ka separates she wore back in 2012. But no! Instead Kate has given us a major designer debut by wearing a plum-colored Oscar de la Renta skirt suit, a brand whose clothes the Duchess has never publicly been seen in before. (In October 2016 she did wear a pair of their earrings with an Erdem coat for an engagement in Manchester.)

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Kate Recycles Luisa Spagnoli for Place2Be Speech


I had a feeling that we would get a fashion recycle today and lo and behold, we did. It’s fairly typical of the Duchess, after debuting a series of new items, to slip in a repeat outfit. In this case, it came in the form of her tried and true red Luisa Spagnoli suit, first debuted during her engagement in 2011 when she and the Duke made a visit back to their alma mater, St. Andrews.

This is actually the suit’s fourth appearance – Kate recycled the suit in 2014 while on the Oz/NZ tour and again for an engagement with Prince Philip in 2015 when he passed on his role as patron of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets. (Fun fact: an engagement with this very organization has been added to Kate’s calendar on February 14.)

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Style Transformation Part One: From Kate Middleton to Duchess of Cambridge (2002 – 2011)


One thing that should really be appreciated about the Duchess of Cambridge is that she’s been in the public consciousness since she was 20 years old and, 15 years later, she’s remarkably light on having put a foot wrong. All things considered, she’s been discreet, good-natured and respectful of not only William, but his family and her own. To be honest, of all of her traits, that’s the one I find the most impressive. I cannot emphasize enough how glad I am that there’s not an extensive digital footprint of my own college or early 20s phase (untagged Facebook photos aside).

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