Good morning and Happy Sunday! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the Sunday service this morning at St. Mary Magdalene and briefly greeted assembled locals afterward. Kate debuted a new blazer and skirt, and used favorite accessories to round it off.
You might remember that when Kate attended the final ANZAC service in Australia she had the entire Kate-watchign community at confused as we searched for to ID her gorgeous, blue jacquard swing coat. This ensemble was a bit of a replay of that hunt and the answer turned out to be the same: Michael Kors.
I am fascinated that Kate has worn Kors a second time. This blazer was described by the designer as having a vintage inspiration, and I agree that Kate looks very Downton Abbeyish in her apparel. Michael Kors is not entirely divorced in style from another American compatriot, Ralph Lauren. Ralph Lauren helps fund Downton Abbey and as you are aware, designed an entire collection inspired by Downton and that era. That creative collaboration was very successful and we have seen the style seep across the runways over the years.
Of course, Ralph Lauren and Michael Kors are drawing this inspiration from a classic, country style that Kate and the British have been championing for some time. This ensemble does remind me very much of some of Kate's earlier outfits, including the very famous ensemble she wore to Cheltenham in 2007. Wills and Kate split shortly after this photo was taken, so the image was used many times in papers and magazines over the summer they spent apart, as the world speculated about their relationship:
This was a classic Kate Middleton ensemble, but you could also just call is simply classic. She had another similar look that I loved very much, also worn to Cheltenham:
This long skirt, tailored blazer, and boots combo has been a favorite for some time. I really like it. Something about it is very elegant, as has been mentioned quite vintage, and I think very chic.
In this photo you can see Kate is wearing a turtleneck with the blazer and is carrying her Bayswater clutch:
With security levels at critical highs all over the world, it was no surprise that those who wanted to get up close to the royals had to be scanned first. Police has metal detectors in addition to manual searches of purses, strollers, and the like.
Verdict. This was a win. I think this ensemble is absolutely perfect for the occasion and location. Certainly Kate might look a little odd strolling King Street in this, but for many of the events that surround her country lifestyle, this is endlessly classic and very elegant. It was very reminiscent of the Kate Middleton of old. I really love the Rhumba boots, too, and am always happy to see them. Check out the full ensemble at Kate's Clothes here.