Kate and William attended a Buckingham Palace garden party today where the Duchess recycled the cream McQueen she wore for Prince George's christening!
Some recycles are more exciting than others, but certainly topping the list of most coveted rewears would be those pieces at which we never actually got a full look. This stunning ensemble from Alexander McQueen certainly is on that list! Thanks to Prince George's beautiful baptismal gown, he obscured a good view of his mother's fashion in every photo we had from the christening.
Today, that fashion injustice was finally rectified and we got a really great look at this creamy peplum perfection. Today also marked a special occasion, as Kate brought along her best accessory. Prince William, handsome in topcoat and tails, was at his wife's side. William has never attended one of the Queen's garden parties; today marked his very first appearance!
This was the final garden party of the season and Rebecca English, who was reporting from the event, Tweeted this photo (below) of the Duchess flanked by Natasha Archer and Amanda Cook Tucker. These ladies help Kate with her hair and clothes, although Natasha's role in choosing Kate's clothes is still a hotly debated topic. It is nice to see that they got to get all dressed up and enjoy the event, too.
Kate's hat is by Jane Taylor and was made specifically for the McQueen ensemble. Usually, I would prefer a new hat, but because the hat, jacket, and skirt are so perfectly paired, I thought this was a fun recycle of the complete ensemble.
This was most certainly a win for me. I like soft shades at the garden parties and this cream hit the spot while also setting Kate apart from the crowd.
Kate loves ruffles and peplum and given her slim frame, she can really pull them off. McQueen incorporates these elements often and I always love to see them on Kate. The only drawback of this ensemble is the ruffle along her waist. It short-waists her just a hair, and given this is a piece that was customized for Kate, that should have been taken into consideration.
That aside, I still love this on Kate. The creamy white is gorgeous against Kate's skin and the fabric looks substantial and luxurious. Seeing this from a distance also highlights the beautiful folds of the skirt and the ruffles of the peplum. Kate again carried her Nina clutch and wore her Annoushka Baroque pearl drops. Her pumps are new and I am still working on an ID.
If you missed the post on Kate and Prince George playing on the police motorbike, see that post here.