PSA: The One-Woman Fashion Show is Back on the Road!!

Kate India Bhutan tourI do not use the double exclamation marks lightly – this is probably only the second time in my adult life. Or thereabouts. But! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are on a royal tour of India and Bhutan! Only two places I’ve always wanted to go to.

So far, the fashion does not disappoint. I love the very interesting Alexander McQueen red dress (above picture, left) – peplum and a split skirt, two of my favorite dress elements. Practical, to boot!

The Anita Dongre dress (middle) is both ethnic and contemporary. I love the color. I do wish she had opted for a shalwar kameez – that would have been practical for the cricket bout she’d have in that dress. But pehaps that would be too costume-y, too early, and too Diana-ish. Check out the story on how the dress had been altered and in turn, the altered version being offered by the original designer. What economic power house! *swoon*

The striking blue Jenny Packham evening dress is a lovely if too-safe option, especially considering she’s mingling with Bollywood elites.

For an engaging discussion of Kate Middleton fashion, check out the What Kate Wore Blog – the best blog ever on personal style.

Aaah, it’s going to be an enjoyable week. Bring on more of the one-woman fashion show!

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Another Iconic Look from the Duchess of Cambridge

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The Duchess of Cambridge had a very busy couple of weeks, which is great for her fans and fashion watcher in general. All her fashion choices of the week can be re-lived in Susan’s excellent blog, but I just want to highlight this iconic choice, the Erdem Alouette gown, which I will have to say is my favorite look of hers of all time, in this blog.

This was worn on a visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum (“The World’s Greatest Museum of Art and Design”) to attend a function. As someone who has never been to the UK, I had fun looking over the V&A site, and found this section on the Kimono. People often commented these on Kate’s fashion choices: that it’s not flattering to her body; it’s not princessy enough; it’s too princessy; it’s not season-appropriate, etc. I believe, however, these considerations are not of paramount importance to her, but rather the occasion, and how best she could highlight an event, cause or venue of the moment. If you look at the header of the Kimono section of V&A, and her fashion choice, this consideration is very clear.  Another iconic, perfectly styled look that is educational to boot – that is, if you look beyond the visual aesthetics.

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Welcome, Princess!

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As a self-professed Kate groupie, I will have to also commemorate the birth of William and Kate’s second child on this blog, a Princess! Check the awesome WKW blog for a recap of all the best news, it’s really a one-stop-blog for all my Kate cravings.

Can we take a moment to just ponder how amazing this woman is?  A prince, and now a princess. And 12 hours later (not even an overnight!), she came out looking like …that! *swoon*

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HRH Sighting: Kate wearing Lolita Earings made by a Balinese family

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I’m starting a series called HRH Sightings, HRH being the Duchess of Cambridge aka Kate Middleton. She’s recently spotted wearing a pair of Mirabelle’s Lolita Earrings (see picture above). Mirabelle said that this piece, part of their Mythology Collection, was handcrafted by a family in Bali (who is probably dumbstruck that something made by their hands is being worn by the future Queen of England).

[This is probably the first time the Duchess wears an item known to be made in Indonesia and it’s to her credit that it’s an artisanal rather than a luxury designer piece].

I love it when royalty, international trade and fashion create a story. In the olden days, this would be a remarkable story of Cleopatra wearing an Indian silk sheath, presented to her by Mark Anthony who obtained the cloth from Silk Road merchants, with the  process of harvesting, weaving, transporting and tailoring the fabric probably taking over a few years. It is an everyday fact now, but once in a while a story makes it remarkable again.

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The Little Prince has Grown

prince george3Kensington Palace released a series of photos of the toddle Prince George. So cute. And what he’s wearing sold out even before the official pictures were released.

We should invite them over. Put the three of them in batik, looking over Borobudur/some beach/ some mountain, and whole industries will go into overdrive for years to come. Ah, one can dream.

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Eye-candy Alert: One-Woman Fashion Show Commences!

William, Kate and George Touch Down New Zealand
William, Kate and George Touch Down New Zealand

I am a fan of Kate Middleton’s fashion choices, so I’m excited to be treated to another one-woman fashion show. We’re in for a treat! Some sources I like to stalk: the Cambridges’ website (though usually not terribly up-to-date), ye olde bastion of English chatter, The MirrorHello Magazine UK, and where Kate groupies congregate.

First off, the red ensemble (by Catherine Walker) is a nice surprise. Love the whole Jackie Kennedy vibe. But though the material seems heavy (it is entering autumn in the southern hemisphere, I believe), it is still prone to gusts. What is it with this girl and airport wind? Anyway, I think we’ll be seeing the coat again.

Second off, the expression on the baby! Understandable since it should be around 2 or 3 am UK time!

Zoya Zara nail polish and EACH bracelet (or: How a princess inspires fashion choices)

 

 

East Anglia Children Hospital bracelet worn by HRH Duchess of Cambridge
EACH bracelet worn by HRH Duchess of Cambridge (Source)

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, is one of my girl crushes, and when I saw her wearing the bracelet above, I knew I had to have it. It’s such an unusual color combination, and purple is one of my beloved colors. This piece will go well with a lot of my wardrobe. Closer pictures of the bracelet can be seen in this blog, which follows all Kate’s fashion moments.

The bracelet itself is quite light and, to be honest, a bit flimsy. But that is not why this global citizen bought it. You can order it from here. The cost is £10 (including shipping to anywhere in the world), and proceeds go to the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), of which the Duchess is a patron.

In the pictures below, I paired the bracelet with Zoya nail polish in ‘Zara’, a mid-tone purple with very fine gold shimmer. Zoya is my favorite nail polish brand. One of their signature specialty is infusing a glowing gold sheen into any nail polish colors. You can see this clearly in Zara. It is an understated fun, and I like Zara for those middle-of-the-way occasions at work, where I can get away with a little funky, but not too funky to shock the humans.

East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) bracelet & Zoya Zara nail polish
East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) bracelet & Zoya Zara nail polish
East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) bracelet & Zoya Zara nail polish
East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) bracelet & Zoya Zara nail polish
East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) bracelet & Zoya Zara nail polish
East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) bracelet & Zoya Zara nail polish