There are two things that Autumn has become synonymous with: Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and Fashion. While the former can be what the kids are calling “basic” these days, the fashion is anything but. September is when veteran and novice designers alike show their Spring collections to the world, and we get a glimpse into the minds of creative geniuses. Let’s see what Catherine’s favorite designers got up to…
New York Fashion Week
Prabal Gurung-The Duchess of Cambridge has only worn Mr. Gurung’s designs when she and William were on their tour of South East Asia in 2012, but the impact was significant. The designer at the time said he was “Crazily happy” that Kate had chosen to wear his creations while she was in Singapore, and so were we! The Spring 2018 collection featured fringe, ruffles, and blossoming florals. We can’t say for sure if Kate will be seen in Prabal again, but if she looks as good as she did then, she should give him another shot!
Zimmerman- The Aussie brand who opened it’s first European shop in London two months ago, debuted its Resort 2018 collection at NYFW a few weeks ago. For many of us, Zimmerman was introduced to us on William and Kate’s tour of Australia and New Zealand, and has quickly risen to fame. The new line’s color palate is mostly warm- with shades of cream, rust, and gold taking center stage. A spattering of grey-ish blue and black, also can be seen throughout. Zimmerman is known for its relaxed, feminine designs, and this collection is no exception.
Jenny Packham- In the last Royal Fashion Buzz edition, I mentioned that Jenny Packham would no longer be showing at NYFW, however I was delighted to learn that one of Kate’s favorites did in fact have an intimate “show” in her NY showroom. There are truly some stunning pieces in this collection, and no doubt our darling Duchess has had a peek or two!
Victoria Beckham- A guest at William and Catherine’s wedding in 2011, Victoria Beckham has become a powerhouse in the fashion industry and shows no signs of slowing down. Kate has merely dipped her toe in Victoria’s world with one of her handbags, however this is the one designer I would love to see on Her Royal Highness. Mrs. Beckham has become an expert at the tailored look, and I just adore this collection!
London Fashion Week
Amanda Wakeley- We have seen the Duchess of Cambridge in British designer Amanda Wakeley’s clothing in 2011, when she and William first became married, but have not seen much since. I can’t figure out why, because she makes some incredible pieces! A trend I have noticed in all of the collections for Spring have been stripes, and Ms. Wakeley does not shy away from them. Will Kate jump on board with this trend? If her love of Breton tops are any indication, my guess is yes.
Preen- Boy did this collection pack a punch! Inspiration was born from a famed novel, a hot new TV show, and bedtime dressing. Preen first came on the scene for us in 2016, when the Duchess of Cambridge stunned in a red gown with asymmetrical neckline. Kate loved the dress so much, she even wore the same dress in black two months later. Most of the pieces for Spring 2018 are a bit outlandish for Royalty, but I did spy a black striped chiffon number that would look great on our favorite brunette.
Roland Mouret- Mouret is known for his clean cut lines and architectural aesthetic, one that suits the Duchess’ sporty figure quite well. This season however, the designer took a detour from his very controlled designs, and let loose. I was pleasantly surprised that his structural pieces were juxtaposed with free-flowing fabrics and prints, that provided a nice balanced look. Will we see Kate in this iconic designer again? Time will tell!
Temperley- Tempting is an understatement for this English designer’s runway show this season. Personally, this was my favorite collection of all the designers Kate has worn and was pure eye candy. The colors, fabrics, and prints are what every Spring line should aspire to and I couldn’t help but envision Kate in many of the dresses as she has worn on several occasions-bespoke of course!
Roksanda- The Duchess of Cambridge has worn this Serbian born designer’s clothing on a few occasions and the look is always simple and classic with a small twist. This season, Roksanda stayed true to her minimalist look with a sprinkling of fluidity including some dreamy satin, and statement sleeves. Click here to view the collection.
Erdem- OK, I take back what I said earlier about Temperley being my favorite collection this season, because Erdem really knocked it out of the royal park. Not only are the dresses gorgeous on their own, but they have an extra special meaning this time because they were inspired by none other than Queen Elizabeth II herself! Out of all of the collections, I can see Kate gravitating towards this one because of the personal connection.
Emilia Wickstead- I have always enjoyed Emilia Wickstead’s designs, and can certainly see why the Duchess of Cambridge is drawn to them as well. Kate has worn them on several occasions and always looks elegant and polished. The vibe for Spring 2018 was no different, and featured dresses, separates, and coats. Bows were seen throughout the collection which tied everything together nicely.
Milan Fashion Week
Max Mara- If there is one thing that Max Mara does well, it is outerwear. Kate owns a few of their coats, and this collection did not disappoint. The look was urban and chic and the color palate was muted with tons of camel. I especially loved some of the pant suits and am eager to see Kate in a similar look. Will she take the risk? Take a peek!
Gucci- The Duchess of Cambridge has only worn Gucci once, and relatively recently. It was a surprise for many, but we are always happy when she adds a new designer to her repertoire. The purpose of the traditional runway show quite often is to entertain, shock, and show you things that you just wouldn’t see in real life. Gucci’s Spring 2018 accomplishes that-but when you strip away all of the “extras” there truly great pieces that could definitely find their way into a royal wardrobe.
Prada- Kate usually sticks to footwear for Prada, but very recently she wore the “Poppy” dress to a memorial event for Princess Diana. Is this an indication of things to come? If it were up to the new line for Spring, I would have to say no. The look was very bold and had a theme of comic books throughout. This was my least favorite, what do you think?
Paris Fashion Week
Alexander McQueen- The name needs no introduction, and we all know Kate LOVES McQueen, but would she love the Spring 2018 collection? I’m not so sure. The inspiration behind it was the English countryside and the notorious rainy weather which can be appreciated, but can we see the one of these creations on Kate herself? I’ll let you decide.
Chanel- Oh Chanel, you’re such a dream. The colors, and the fabrics never fail to impress and I for one would enjoy seeing Kate in more of this designer. The Duchess of Cambridge has dabbled in Chanel earlier in the year when she was in Paris, and to be honest who wouldn’t? Take this runway show, strip it down, and what you’re left with is true Chanel…elegance and chic.
In other fashion related news…
-L.K. Bennett & Preen joined forces! I was so excited when I heard about this capsule collection and I know Kate would be too. The Duchess is an avid LKB fan, and she has worn Preen for two different events so this is a match made in heaven. The edgeyness of Preen and the demureness of L.K Bennett make for a winning combination, and I hope to see Kate take advantage of this collaboration. Get a jump start and shop the collection below!
-Princess of Prams! This doesn’t have to do with women’s fashion BUT it does relate to a brand Kate loves which is Silvercross. Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece, a designer of children’s clothing, has teamed up with luxury pram company Silvercross for a limited edition collection. Kate has famously used Silvercross when Prince George was a baby, for Princess Charlotte, and most likely for her 3rd bundle of joy coming next Spring!