Tuesday 24 October 2017

Kate Middleton wears Reiss to meet Michelle Obama

Duchess of Cambridge meets Michelle Obama at Buckingham Palace. Photo: Getty Images
Duchess of Cambridge meets Michelle Obama at Buckingham Palace. Photo: Getty Images

Hilary Alexander

The Duchess of Cambridge wears a dress from high street label Reiss to meet the Obamas at Buckingham Palace.

The Duchess of Cambridge stayed true to her democratic high street fashion policy when she met America's First Lady at Buckingham Palace today. She chose 'Shola', a pale camel bandage dress by Reiss, one of her favourite fashion destinations.

Admirers of the Duchess's style will recall that that she chose a white shift dress by Reiss for her official engagement portraits, taken by renowned fashion photographer Mario Testino. The high street retailer was quick to pick up on the 'Kate factor' re-issuing the dress, for sale in January 2011.

David Reiss, the founder and managing director of the chain which bears his name, was thrilled that Miss Middleton chose a Reiss dress on that occassion, saying: "Kate has been a customer of Reiss for some time now and we are absolutely delighted that she chose to wear one of our dresses for such a wonderful occasion."

In the days before the royal wedding, the Duchess was spotted on a marathon trawl of high street retailers along the King's Road, picking up clothes for her honeymoon from stores including Warehouse, Banana Republic and Whistles (where she re-bought the ivory silk blouse she had also worn in her engagement portraits).

Mrs Obama, who is in London for a two day visit along with her husbnad, President Obama, stayed true to her courful style wearing a shimmering blue floral brocade 'prom' dress by one of her favourite designers, Barbara Tfank with a metallic pink silk bolero.

The Queen meanwhile, possibly in light of the fact that she was meeting with 'queen of colour' Michelle Obama, eschewed her trademark colour-blocking style, opting instead for a delicate floral print dress by Peter Enrione, Her Majesty's tailor for the last 20 years.

The Duchess of Cornwall recycled a favourite ivory silk two-piece by Anna Valentine which she has worn several times in the past.


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