Saturday, 25 August 2012

Styling Kate Middleton: Red Carpet Event/Awards Ceremony

Hi Style Stealers!

It's the bank holiday, so I thought I would take time out to do a few new blog posts. I've had a think about what I would like to post about over this weekend, and I've decided to do something a bit different and fun (hopefully for you, the readers, too). There will not be any styles to steal today (unless you have an unlimited budget). However, there will be ideas for you to think about applying to your own wardrobe.

So, what's this new idea I hear you shout!! Well, I have decided to pretend to be Kate's stylist, who has been tasked with dressing Kate for various functions. This could have been a very easy task - looking at Kate's favourite designers, including Issa, Temperley, McQueen, picking something royal appropriate,  being frugal, and then just picking a dress by them. But I thought I would have a little more fun with these few posts. There is an unlimited budget, somethings are not typically Kate and some designers are not British. I wanted to take Kate a little way out from her comfort zone and imagine she isn't restricted by her royal status as much.

Today, I will be dressing Kate for a red carpet event or an awards ceremony.

Look 1

Kate Middleton Style
The moment I saw this dress, I fell in love with it. The back - it's main feature, in my opinion - is simply exquisite and the bow detail at the front is the perfect finishing touch. It exudes glamour.
The clutch is delicate enough not to distract from the dress, but works as a very eye-catching accessory - the ultimate evening combination. The shoes won't really be visible under the floor-sweeping dress, but will tease through with every step, offering just enough detail to perfectly coordinate with the rest of the outfit.

Wear with:
Hair: tied up
Make-up: Black eyeliner essential, pink blush, bronzer for a glow, and nude lips
Nails: french manicure and pedicure
Jewellery: simple stud earring

The reason why I think Kate would look amazing in this dress is because of the bow detail. It sits right on the waistline, which would enhance and elongate Kate's slim figure, while creating curves. Plus, we all know Kate loves waist detailing. The dress is also reminiscent of the Alexander McQueen dress Kate wore to the Military Awards, so surely it would be a winner.

Where to buy:
Dress: Burberry Prorsum £2,195
Clutch: Stella McCartney £1,335
Shoes: Diane von Fustenburg £199.56

Kate Middleton at the Military Awards dress in McQueen.

Look 2

Kate Middleton Style
I love the colour of this dress, and that's mainly why I chose it. The design is siren worthy, the silhouette reminiscent of old Hollywood glamour, mostly due to the tail of the dress,  and the crimson colour radiates all around. Like the Burberry dress, there will only be hints of the shoe, so a simple strappy silver sandal will suffice. This also keeps eyes firmly on the dress. Tuck the strap into the bag, to create a clutch, to add a modern touch to an otherwise vintage inspired dress.

Wear with:

Hair: a loose bun
Make-up: very light and natural because the dress is very dramatic (for Hollywood stars, red lipstick is a must)
Nails: French manicure and pedicure
Jewellery: none because of the silver accessories

Again, this dress is reminiscent of the McQueen design, but this time because of the strapless design, so I think Kate would like it. I also think the colour red really suits Kate's skin tone and hair colour, and this is the perfect shade for her. This dress is also cinched in at the waist.

Wear to buy:

Dress: Zac Posen £4,395
Clutch: Jimmy Choo £495
Shoes: Jimmy Choo £350

Please let me know what you think of these designs. Do you think Kate would approve, or have I had too much fun creating these looks? What kind of style would you like to see Kate wear on the red carpet? What has been your favourite look? 

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Tomorrow: Evening drinks with Pippa Middleton


  1. This is such a lovely post. I like the Stella clutch!

  2. Ahh, I love this black ball gown. Truly stunning. I've included it in my top 10 looks from her :)

    Fash Chronicles

    1. Hi Abby! Thanks for your comment. I love the black dress, too. I also like the Burberry alternative I found (but I fear the open back would put the Duchess off wearing it).