Beauty isn't actually in the eye of the beholder, but fashion allows for a range of personal preferences. We all have those special labels that make our hearts beat just a bit faster. My list includes Dior, Oscar de la Renta, and Carolina Herrera. For some time I have been wishing and wishing that Kate would wear the designer, so when she stepped out in frosty Whitehorse this morning in a bright CH coat I thought I would tear up. Granted, what I really want is a Herrera evening gown, but this is a good step toward that ultimate goal (No offense, Jenny P. You are the Queen. )
Kate was arriving at her first stop of the day, the MacBride Museum to learn a little history of the Yukon. Did anyone else play Yukon Trail back in the 90s? It was a substandard Oregon Trail, and yes, it was set in Alaska, not Canada, but it was close. We weren't allowed computer games growing up, but it came free on my dad's computer. I'd play it with him sometimes when I got to visit his office. Mostly we lost our shirts and ended up buried somewhere in the frozen Yukon, but we struck gold a few times.
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Kate's coat looked more substantial than yesterday's Hobbs, which was a good thing since the rest of the schedule in Whitehorse was outside. The couple attended a big street party where they met locals who had come out to welcome them and browsed the art fair that was part of the festive event.
I thought that the day Kate wore Carolina Herrera that fact would eclipse all others, but possibly because this wasn't an evening gown, the part of this ensemble that caught my attention next and held it was not the coat, but the shoes!
Kate has only worn "chunky heels" a few times. She has a pair of L.K. Bennett with a thick heel. You can them and the three times she has worn them here at Kate's Clothes. I didn't love the "Art" heels and still don't. Today's shoes, though, have me scouring the internet for a pair. I absolutely love them.
The pumps are Tod's Fringe Heels and they feature that bold block heel, a buckle and two-toned fringe. Kate decided to accessorize this red coat with deep reds--the shoes and the customized Mulberry clutch. I don't mind the darker shoes, but I have to say that the clutch (which wasn't made to match the shoes and therefore does not perfectly coordinate) against the brighter red wasn't perfect. Kate likes to do this, so it didn't surprise me and it didn't bother me too much, but...it just wasn't perfect.
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Kate wore her Annoushka pearl drops and an expertly executed updo. I don't know how her stylist creates these chignons where not a single whispy strand seems out of place, yet her hair look so soft and product-free.
In this video you can hear the woman who is recording remark how great Kate looks, which reminds me how many people don't track exactly what label Kate wears, or how much it costs, or who designed it, but more simply by how beautiful she looks in it. This is not to say that those of us who do track those things shouldn't, but when we discuss whether her choice to wear American or Italian is giving offense, I think the overwhelming answer is no. People are excited and happy that she is there, in their town, ready to meet them and learn a little about the lives they live.
If you have been waiting for some local designers, and I certainly agree with a comment below that Kate seemed to highlight Indian fashion more when she travelled on tour in April, the next stop should put a smile on your face.