As a Princess of the United Kingdom, Kate generally flies the flag for Great Britain. Since it is the 4th of July, Indepdance Day Weekend, however, it is time to look at the moments where Kate has favored the Yanks. The Duchess actually has a real affinity for American labels and has tapped US designers for a number of big moments.
Diane von Fürstenburg
Kate loves Diane von Fürstenberg, and who can blame her? The label is always elegant and sophisticated, and hits a reasonably price point. The princess has been wearing Diane’s famous dresses for years, and has recycled all of these dresses but the print from Australia. I suspect it has gotten some private rewears…
Kate has turned DVF for coats, too. Both these DVF coats have been in Kate’s closet for some years and she has worn them each twice in public. Von Fürstenberg doesn’t sacrifice flattering shape for warmth in her winter wear, and these coats are fan favorites.
I think Kate set more than one American heart aflutter when she wore the stunning “Zarita” to her first appearance at the Royal Variety Performance where she joined Prince William standing in for Her Majesty the Queen. Kate confidently showed off her barely-there-bump in this figure hugging, lace dress.
An American classic, Lauren draws from classical tradition and heritage, so his pieces are in lock-step with the British country chic that Kate has sported throughout her life. She turns to the American giant for tailored jackets and trendy tops. Kate does not generally wear Lauren to official events. She chose a forest green, figure hugging sweater dress to visit Centrepoint with William in 2011, which stands as the most prominent Ralph Lauren wear, although her obvious personal preference for the label, as it pops up in candid shots, assures us the label is a Kate favorite.
Tory Burch & J.Crew
Recently, Kate has been incorporating two more massively popular (for Kate’s classic style genre) American labels: Tory Burch and J.Crew. Pippa Middleton is quite a Tory Burch fan, and it seemed only a matter of time before Kate succumbed. She has worn Tory Burch twice, and while O think it is unlikely to take over the closet, I expect we will see Tory Burch pop up every now and again.
Kate caused a real stir on the last night of the Cambridge’s milestone tour of Australia. I think we all expected either a local label, or for Packham or McQueen to reign at the final evening reception. Instead, Kate stunned in an unusual and quickly poplar cocktail dress from Texan Lela Rose. And people complain that Kate doesn’t keep the fashion world on its toes…
The very next day, at the ANZAC Service and the Airport farewell, Kate stumped fashionistas everywhere in a gorgeous blue tweed coat-dress. Stumped turned to stunned, though, when it was revealed she had worn American again, debuting her first Michael Kors piece!
While our minds immediately go to the feature pieces of an ensemble, the actual clothes, if we consider accessories, Kate turns to American all the time. Stuart Weitzman is an American designer! From the Corkswoons Kate can’t seem to live without, to what I affectionately term her “fleet of Muse clutches”, Kate has a closet stuffed with Weitzman. Below, are four instances where she carried her Muse clutches (nude, chocolate, navy, and black) and in each instance, but the first, she paired the purse with Weitzman footwear.
Kate’s closet includes Tiffany, Sebago, Gap, Ray-Ban, Milly, and more. Browse the complete list here.
Thanks to her recent trip to New York City, Kate has visited both the West and East Coast of the United States.
Kate might be Britain’s Princess, but it’s nice to see her favor the forgotten Colonies every now and again!
A Happy Independence Day to all my fellow Americans.
Our fathers’ God to Thee,
Author of Liberty,
To thee we sing,
Long may our land be bright
With Freedom’s holy light,
Protect us by thy might
Great God, our King.