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What Kate's wearing: Canterbury colours

Published: 3:00PM Monday April 07, 2014 Source: ONE News

Day 8, Latimer Square, Christchurch

Another day, another recycled outfit for the Duchess of Cambridge.

Catherine has chosen a fire-engine red wool suit accented with a black belt by Italian designer Luisa Spagnoli for a day of cricket and ribbon cutting in the Garden City.

The outfit sold out in a matter of minutes after the Duchess first wore the peplum jacket and pencil skirt combo when she visited St Andrews University in 2011.

Fashion writer Isaac Hindin-Miller says her penchant for wearing an outfit more than once shows she's just like the rest of us.

"Kate rocks a lady suit better than most, but the best thing about this Luisa Spagnoli number is that it's a repeat wear - she was first photographed in this outfit in 2011," says Mr Hindin-Miller.

"She's just like the rest of us!"

The Duchess also reflected Canterbury's colours in her choice of accessories, a black clutch and black court shoes.

The heels provided equal measures of elegance and stability when Cate tried her hand at cricket and then navigated mud and sodden grass at Latimer Square.


Day 7 , Cathedral Church of St Paul's, Dunedin

The Duchess of Cambridge stepped out this morning in a sharply tailored, teal dress designed by Emilia Wickstead.

Fashion expert Isaac Hindin-Miller joked saying; "Is it weird if I say that she looks like the poster child for Air New Zealand (and I mean that in the most complimentary way possible).

Mr Hindin-Miller also says Ms Wickstead could gain high sale volumes from Kates publicity.

If her wearing it has the same effect as it did on the Tony Burch dress she wore previously, which sold out in one day, Miss Emilia is going to experience an extreme boost in her sales. Go the kiwis!"

In classic Kate style the long sleeved design flowed to just above-the-knee and was finished with a pair of elegant black stiletto high heels.

To top off the outfit Kate wore a Jane Taylor hat and a fern broach.


Day 6, Rainbow Place, Hamilton

Catherine stepped out in a striking green Erdem coat with a Suzannah dress underneath.

Expert fashion writer Isaac Hindin-Miller commended the Duchess for knowing how to rock a coat.

Especially when it hits at that exact just-above-the-knee length, perfect for showing off her most photographable assets, says Mr Hindin-Miller.

This emerald beauty is by Erdem, the Canadian-born, British-Turkish designer who's a favourite of Vogue and Kate Middleton alike.

Once again it's sharply tailored with that strong collar detail she favours, and in that colour it's a sure fire way to stand out in a crowd; which, one must assume, is a requirement of the job.


Day 4, Government House, Wellington

The Duchess has chosen to play it safe in a subdued black dress by one of her favourite designers at a state dinner in Wellington.

The three-quarter length cocktail dress by British designer Jenny Packham has been Catherine's most demure style choice during the tour so far.


The custom-made dress was saved by an embellished silver fern design on one shoulder and Catherine's glossy soft curls. 

Day 4, Blenheim

The Duchess of Cambridge looked incredible in a military blue Alexander McQueen coat when she arrived in Blenheim for a wreath-laying ceremony.

Fashion writer Isaac Hindin-Miller says the coat perfectly showed off Catherine's features.

"If you've got it, flaunt it, and Catherine has most definitely got it. Legs, that is.

"What happened to listening to that royal dictum? The coat itself, designed by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen (who also designed the Duchess's wedding dress), is sharply tailored with a military bent not unlike the Catherine Middleton coat from day one.

"The best bit? It perfectly shows off the young princess' finer features. Can't argue with the results," Mr Hindin-Miller says.

Day 3, Government House, Wellington

Monochrome reigned at the Duchess of Cambridge's appointment with a group of babies at Government House.

Catherine wore a black and white short-sleeved dress by American designer Tory Burch with black pumps when she and Prince George mixed and mingled at a playgroup organised by Plunket.

The demure fringed-sleeve dress provided the Duchess with enough movement for her to kneel on the floor as her young son crawled around with other babies.

With its fitted waist with its slightly flared, pleated skirt, the dress has a "figure-flattering effect", according to the designer's website. The 'Paulina' dress retails for around $489.93 at upmarket US department stores Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom.

The Duchess wore another black and white dress, this time a jersey wrap dress by MaxMara, when she arrived at Government House earlier in the day.

Known for 'recycling' her famous outfit choices, she was photographed wearing the same dress at Sydney Airport three days ago and at a charity event in London last year.

Day 1, Wellington 

The Duchess of Cambridge did not disappoint her legion of fashion followers as she stepped off a Royal New Zealand Air Force plane in Wellington wearing a slim-cut red jacket and dress.

Catherine chose French-born designer Catherine Walker on her first day of the Royal tour, however, she made a nod to New Zealand with a Silver Fern brooch lent to her from the Queen's collection.

Fashion writer Isaac Hindin-Miller has lauded the outfit a success.

"The Catherine Walker coat has a real military feel to it with the stiff collar and structured shoulder, but the tailored waist and sleeves show off her figure - as did the gust of wind when she was walking down the stairs," says Mr Hindin-Miller.

"The future Queen of England has great, great legs."

However, Mr Hindin-Miller says it is eight-month-old Prince George who completes his sartorial-savvy mother's outfit.

"My favourite bit of the lot is the little red and blue print on George's cream sweater - it picks up the red of mum's outfit and the blue of dad's suit. Don't tell me that wasn't intentional."

The Duchess completed her outfit with a matching Gina Foster box hat and her trademark blow-waved mane.

Check out Isaac's blog at Isaac Likes.