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Duchess Kate Wears Carolina Herrera in Whitehorse

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

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.


Kensington Palace Twitter
There were no 1990s computer games on the Camridges tour, but they did fit in some older technology. The couple got to send the first Telegram to Twitter message. They signed the guest book in morse code, which was then translated to Twitter when they pressed the button together.

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.  

MacBride Museum
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! 

Cheryl Kawaja

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. 


Crown in Canada
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. 

64 comments:

  1. Really disappointed she didn't go with a Canadian designer :(

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one feeling the same way. She's giving us a nod with all the red and the maple leaf brooch being worn twice...but come on, we should have seen at least one CDN design by now. ;-)
      ~A

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    2. Haha she's in a CDN designer coat with a $1,195 CDN price tag.
      ~ A

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    3. Which Canadian designer? And which outfit? I'm curious because I thought this coat was by Carolina Herrera who is a Venezuelan-American.

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    4. A little premature with your complaint me thinks. Coat is Canadian designer, plus have 3 more days for more designer outfits.

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    5. She hasn't yet worn any clothing from a Canadian designer on this particular tour... This coat is by Carolina Herrera, who is not Canadian!! I'm very disappointed she hasn't done anything but the red/white color scheme!!

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    6. The tour is more than half over so I don't think it was premature to make a comment. Very glad she finally did!

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    7. Lizzie, she wore a sweater coat this afternoon by Sentaler, a Canadian designer. Dabney, she wore blue on arrival, green and a tan jacket yesterday and grey this afternoon so she HAS done more than "the red/white color scheme". I am sure she is using the red/white combination as a tribute to Canada. She is British and should also be representing British designers as well as representing the Crown as part of Canada. She has to find a middle ground for both.

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    8. I think that many of those comments were made before the afternoons pics posted. No need to be obtuse.

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    9. Neither CH nor D&G are British Eva B. Zara and Tods aren't either.

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  2. The coat is so pretty!! Red is a lovely colour on Kate and I love the flated skirt and the collar.
    Not sure about the shoes though, I will have to wait for better pictures...
    Is the clutch also new? It looks bigger than most of the clutches she already owns.

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  3. I'm so happy to see new, interesting shoes that I don't care how boring the coat is. As always, she looks great!

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  4. I am so happy to see those shoes! She's venturing out on the shoe front and, as her shoe choices have always been a pet peeve of mine, I couldn't be more excited! The coat is just lovely. She really does pop in a crowd in the reds and the coat is perfect for being up in the chilly air of the Yukon.

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  5. Love this look. Coat is a great color and style. Love her shoes. Can not tell what her purse is quite yet. She looks great.Ali

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  6. Her wardrobe for Canada has actually been quite disappointing. Nice items but boring. Her shoes today remind me of Queen Elizabeths shoes. Niet slecht maar ook niet goed!N xx

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    1. I agree on the shoes! Higher heels than the queen, but otherwise very "old lady" shoes. But others love them so... I think the coat is beautiful where others find it boring.

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    2. Agh, the shoes are just what we wanted. Vintage, darker in colour.. These shoes are the fashion my friends! Love them!

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    3. Her wardrobe on this tour has been spectacular. Royal reporters have been quite impressed. Well done within royal protocol.

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    4. These shoes are totally in fashion right now!

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    5. I am seeing that these are Tods on Twitter.

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    6. Check out @moniquejessen's Tweet: https://twitter.com/moniquejessen/status/781190288664621058?s=09

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    7. You ladies are hilarious! What goes around, comes around in fashion. Have a look at the shoes coming out from Prada and all the other tops designers for fall/winter and you'll see the new trend of sturdy, thick heels is everywhere, so as usual, Kate's right on point. Not sure if I'd wear them but they sure are practical for a walkabout and with her beautiful legs and ankles she can carry them off. Love the coat.

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    8. Chunky heels are coming back...sorry ladies but these are coming (back) into style and will soon be seen everywhere!
      ~ A

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    9. I bought a pair of navy shoes with thicker heels a couple of months ago and they are seriously so much more comfortable than the balancing act the slim heels are. I love them! I've been thinking about getting a pair in brown for the fall/winter and I love seeing these on Kate!

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  7. Lovely coat. Can't quite decide what colour the shoes are, but the shops seem full of shoes with the same sort of heel.
    In my opinion her outfits have been spot on and has sensibly left the Canadian designers to the Governor's wife and Mrs Trudeau.

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    1. I disagree that leaving out Canadian designers is sensible and it would be a first

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  8. Win again! Vintage shoes... thicker and shorter heel. Love it!

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  9. Omg, I'm hyperventilating a little because of her SHOES!!!! LOVING this classic vintage vibe she has going on, these shoes are a modern take on a 1940's pump, that heel, that toe, that color! Gorgeous, cool, chic, a teensy bit edgy but in the most sophisticated way!!! Dying! Plus I love the coat, and am excited to see more of Carolina Herrera on the Duchess! (only quibble is the ill-placed buttons on the bust...a bit "on the nose", as it were, ahem.) But love this!!!

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    1. You took the words out of my mouth! I wouldn't necessarily think to wear this, as it isn't my usual style, but she looks so amazing that it would potentially make me go the vintage route. Kate is at her best (for me) when she's encouraging me to branch out into something new, which she hasn't done as often in the past year or so. Love this, she looks gorgeous.

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  10. Love the shoes and bag but not sure they work with the bright red. I like the coat, I don't love it and I think it would work better if it were slightly longer. The proportions seem a bit off.

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    1. Gosh, I’d thought various reds she’s worn on this tour didn’t always match but a burgundy clutch with a bright coral red coat? The shoes may be burgundy too but they look black on my monitor. I’m really not getting it. But I do like the coat itself well enough although it seems a little tight across the chest (because it wrinkles on the sides.) It’s nice to see her in a situation though where everyone else has on a coat indoors too! I don’t really see the point of *carrying* folded scarves to represent the country though.

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    2. I was be polite! I think the shoes and clutch are burgundy and they just don't go. You're right about the buttons too.

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  11. Awesome shoes! Great change! This coat is very beautiful. But now I'm little tired that seeing same red on her! When I first saw the coat I wasn't sure whether this is a new coat or not! Because we see this colour in lot of her outfits and the structure of the dress is also very common in her coats. So I was feeling like I've seen this before. I think it is ok to wear other colours than red and white in Canada :D . Although the whole outfit of her is gorgeous, I wish she would go for some new colours/ patterns and different structures of coats.

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  12. I think the green Hobbs coat from last night would be been a better choice for today

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  13. Yes, indeed a win. Perfection in the lovely red coat, and she really stands out in the crowd. And love the "new" en vogue thicker heel's.

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  14. Well for those moaning about Canadian designers, the Duchess has changed into a Canadian designer and a Canadian earring designer! Maybe one should wait until the tour ends before lamenting.

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  15. Kate looks lovely. As I look at the pictures of their activities, despite all the wonderful perks of clothes, jewels, attention, etcetera... - I cannot imagine my entire life being composed of such events. It does make me see why Prince Harry has had a lady or two say "no, thank you."

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  16. Loving the shoes - they're fab & definitely on trend!

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    1. Definitely! Nice to see her wear something different and more on trend.

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  17. Although I do not particularly care for those shoes - they are a very welcome change from what she normally wears. The chunkier look is attractive with the cut of the coat. She has definitely rocked a more vintage look this tour. Bravo, Kate!

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  18. Terrible button placement on the top of her coat. Just awful. How could her stylist not have noticed?

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    1. Huh? Not sure why you feel it is "awful". I have seen many coats with a side closure. You may not like it, but I disagree that it is "awful". I really liked the whole outfit.

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    2. Actually, on looking at a different site it is actually a double breasted coat. A very traditional look.
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    3. I think she may be referring to the front buttons. In some photos they seem to do placed, how do I put it, unfortunately... Reminiscent of the pockets on that one dress in India.

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  19. I love it from head to toe. And the shoes are a nice change. The heel is updated yet still feminine and flattering.

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  20. Yes to the shoes, no to the coat. I've liked some of the other red coats she has worn better, and the button placement is unfortunate on this one. Love the color of the shoes, and it's nice to see her in a different style of footwear.

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  21. I think she looks older than she is. This updo for a day in North Canada doesn't look like the right choice. Another red coat on her wardrobe, I don't know, neither it's a great deal. Today she looks boring.

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  22. I'm feeling a bit of a glow right now. After admitting I didn't know much about Canadian designers I looked up a few. As I was searching I decided that Sentaler seemed to design things that Kate might choose and, low and behold, this afternoon she shows up in a gorgeous grey Sentaler coat/sweater. Really nice choice and she looks just beautiful!

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  23. Oh my gosh. New shoes and not the horrid nude pumps (I hope she throws ALL her nude pumps away). I love them. Maybe it's the start of a new shoe revolution ;)

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    1. We can only hope, lol! :) Although I don't hate the nude pumps (they so elongate her perfect legs) I was SO excited to see these gorgeous new shoes! I want to see more!!! :) And hopefully she gets some new comfortable tall boots, those brown ones she has had for 12 years should be kept for home at this point.

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  24. Just delighted she has selected Carolina Herrera. i have often tthought this would be a perfet designerfor her........selections from CH are always so graceful and ladylike. This is a beauttiful coat on Kate and the shoes are just awesome!

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  25. Those shoes with the green dress from yday would have been amazing!

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  26. Kate looks beautiful - the coat has a lovely vibrant hue but the Duchess might of been better to go a size down - looks a little ill-fitting on her in the photos.

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  27. Sorry guys, the whole ensemble is matronly - those shoes are like something I woulda worn going back to school in Autumn about 20 years ago - sorry Kate a miss from me.

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  28. Love the coat. The shoes caught my eye, too. Love them.

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