There was a time when seeing the Duchess of Cambridge wearing an elegant formal coat was normal for the course. But after a year of canceled opportunities, the photographs of Kate in her cream Catherine Walker et al. held at Westminster Abbey on Tuesday was like a blast from the past.
As my colleague Emily Cronin wrote, the cream coloring and lace pattern of the ‘Valeria’ coat was reminiscent of the Cambridges’ wedding day in the same location ten years ago and, more generally, happier and simpler times. where the duchess in the robe was a regular sight on overseas tours, church services and royal events of pomp and circumstance.
After a year of wearing street shopping and old favorites for Zoom appearances and more casual in-person engagements, Kate’s Catherine Walker coat dress was her first new piece for the brand, specializing in designer clothing. classic occasion, since touring Ireland in March 2020. Which may not seem like a remarkable fact. But before the pandemic, Catherine Walker was one of a trio of trusted designers with whom Kate has chosen to work closely over the past decade, often placing orders for multiple items at once to meet the unique demands of ‘a busy schedule.
Zara and Boden may have beaten tailor-made labels in the popularity of Duchess clothing over the past twelve months, but the clues are there that, once life returns to some semblance of normalcy, Kate will return to order. of his favorite designers to create adapted pieces. perfectly on occasion and were made to fit him like a glove.
The first clue that the Duchess would do like Princess Diana, the Queen and many other royal women before her by working closely with a few select couturiers came in the months following her wedding to Prince William in 2011. Her dress Sarah Burton’s wedding dress for Alexander McQueen had been hailed as a triumph with its timeless, understated classicism and even the slightest hint of edge, thanks to the bustle detail at the back.
It was soon clear that the collaboration would continue, as would Her Majesty’s association with Norman Hartnell after her marriage in 1947, with the Duchess wearing McQueen for some of her most defining post-wedding style moments, including a lilac gown. in Greek style at a BAFTA Event in LA and bespoke frock coat for his first Trooping the Color.