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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Get the look: Kate Middleton's Australian style

Aishling Phelan

Published 24/04/2014 | 15:45

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The eyes of the world have fixated on Kate Middleton during her eventful three-week tour Down Under.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with adorable Prince George, have dressed immaculately for every official event.

From recycled favourites to pricey couture garments, Kate stole the limelight as usual, proving she can exercise the ‘‘Kate effect’’ even on the other side of the world.

It used to be only Oprah who could have such an immediate effect on a company's business.

Now once it has the Kate seal of approval, sales skyrocket.

Known to be a fan of the high street as well as high end designers, Kate's look is glamorous yet often affordable.

We dissect her fashion choices and examine her Australian fashion logic.

 

Lela Rose cocktail dress

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The Duchess certainly left her best look until last with her white Lela Rose cocktail dress at the Government House.

Often criticised for her bland and conventional style, Kate stepped out of her usual conservative box and played with shape and design for this outing.

The frock featured intricate circled lattice-work which fell elegantly over her shoulders and a peplum-style layer on her waist.

 

Catherine Walker coatdress

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Kate gave us a punch of bright green, reminiscent of actress Lupita Nyong’o’s memorable fashion moment at the BAFTA’s when she stunned in an emerald green Christian Dior dress.

I’m not sure that injecting this striking colour worked in the same way for Kate at Parliament House because the vivid colour did not compliment the coat’s material. 

She executed the grass green look in a Venetian wool coatdress by Catherine Walker, but it didn’t exude the same elegance as Lupita’s knock-out ensemble.

 

Zimmerman dress

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The Duchess was a breath of fresh air as she strolled along Manly beach in an ivory Zimmerman broderie anglaise day dress.

The elegant embroidery made for the perfect beach look, with the floaty dress being teamed with nude Stuart Weitzman Minx wedges.

Kate gets a thumbs-up for her radiant beach image, complete with sun-kissed pins and loose tumbling locks.

 

 

Emilia Wickstead dress

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The style icon wore an electric-blue frock by one of her favourite designers Emilia Wickstead.

The aquamarine knife-pleated dress could be interpreted as boring because of its old-fashioned design, but the bright blue hue translated it into a young, fresh ensemble.

She added a touch of formality with a stylish matching leaf-headpiece.

 

Catherine Walker coat

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Kate emerged from the plane in New Zealand in a Jackie-O inspired red coat and a matching Gina Foster pillbox-red hat.

She wore the £7000 Catherine Walker buttoned coat as she carried Prince George down the plane staircase.

Unfortunately, the Peter Pan collar combined with the button design made her look more like an airhostess than a fashionable royal.

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