Veil of secrecy lifted: the label behind Kate’s fashion diplomacy


Veil of secrecy lifted: the label behind Kate’s fashion diplomacy

The Duchess of Cambridge’s style nod to her hosts in Pakistan takes its cues – and its designer – from Diana, Princess of Wales

Bethan Holt

When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge landed in Islamabad on Monday evening there were some concerns that it might be tricky to get a great picture of them stepping off the plane in the dark. But little did we know that the duchess had turned to the designer who has become the master of attention to detail.

And so it was that Kate pulled off a wow moment in a tunic and trousers combination that showcased the best of British couture skills and encompassed nods to Pakistan’s traditional dress, while standing out on the tarmac thanks to its vibrant ombré turquoise colouring.

The duchess’ arrival outfit is the epitome of everything Catherine Walker and Co do best. Since its inception in 1977, the atelier has offered a discreet service that brings the tricks of Savile Row tailoring to womenswear and makes clients feel beautiful and perfectly appropriate for the occasion, over and above catering to the whims of fashion. It’s little wonder that the duchess chose Catherine Walker again on Wednesday, teaming a green tunic coat with trousers by Pakistan designer Maheen Khan and a dupatta scarf by another Pakistan label, Satrangi...

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