Kate Middleton has just stepped out in Leicester wearing a ladylike teal ensemble. We've identified the outfit as consisting of LK Bennett's Jude jacket (£295) worn over LK Bennett's Davina dress (£195). Clearly someone's been reading their Grazia as she's working the peplum trend with aplomb, accentuated with a thick black belt with a gold buckle. As Grazia reported in December, Kate picked up these two items during her pre-Christmas fashion dash. The Duchess has topped off her look with nude tights, black court shoes and a matching clutch. And as the Hat Person of the Year, we're happy to see her sporting such chic black headgear with a floral adornment.
The Duchess of Cambridge was accompanying the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh on a trip to Leicester’s De Montfort University to mark the beginning of the Diamond Jubilee Tour. The trio are at the university to meet students attending the Footwear Design degree – and one of them will get their very own Cinderella moment! Six students have designed shoes for the Duchess of Cambridge and later she’ll choose the pair she likes the best to wear.
Sam Sawkill, Summer Spender, Kay Yeng Cheng, Tabitha Duffield, Becka Hunt and Mei Chun Lai have spent months creating shoes they hope will wow the Duchess. ‘I wanted to reflect Kate’s personality in my design and make it relate to her,’ said Summer of her tartan design, inspired by Kate and Prince Williams’s time at St Andrews.
So will Kate choose the sexy high blue boots, a pair of sculptural grey heels or a sensible-heeled-pair inspired by the year of the dragon…? Whoever gets the nod will certainly see their fashion kudos soar because Kate’s fast being hailed as one of the most influential dressers in the world. Despite – or perhaps because of – sticking to her principles of wearing cut-price, bargains such as the M Missoni coat she bought at Bicester Village or the Jesire coat-dress she picked up at second-hand store The Stock Exchange…