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Duchess of Cambridge – Kate in Canada

The Duchess of Cambridge is on her first official tour and Canada is the lucky first country to see her in action – for a whole nine days. Many people will be watching every one of the forty or so outfits she will be wearing while there.

Duchess of Cambridge in Canada

Left: by British designer, Roland Mouret. Right: by Canadian designer, Erdem Moralioglu

What a fabulous lace dress in the second photo! I went searching on Trademe for a navy lace dress and found a great one so don’t fight over it. It is size 10 and you will find it here.

Lace Dress on Trade me

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Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge

I thought I’d check what the Duchess of Cambridge has been wearing since her wedding and I am impressed at the simple elegance of her wardrobe.

Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge

William and Kate - 10th Annual Absolute Return for Kids Gala Dinner. Kate in a Jenny Packham gown.Camilla and Kate at the Garter Day Service

Kate and Pippa at a wedding - Kate in Diane Von Furstenberg

Kate and Pippa at a wedding - Kate in Diane Von Furstenberg

William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, at Prince Phillip's birthday church service

William and Kate at Prince Phillip's birthday church service

Kate in Stella McCartney at Prince Phillip's 90th birthday dinner at a restaurant

Kate in Stella McCartney at Prince Phillip's 90th birthday dinner at a restaurant

Kate, wearing Alexander McQueen, and Prince William at Trooping the Colour

Kate, wearing Alexander McQueen, and Prince William at Trooping the Colour

Kate, supposedly wearing this Reiss peacock dress under the white jacket, at the Epsom Derby

Kate, supposedly wearing this Reiss peacock dress under the white jacket, at the Epsom Derby

Celebrities in Denim

Emma Rossum, Kim Kardashian, Kate Middleton, Kate Bosworth

In 1853, the California gold rush was in full swing, and everyday items were in short supply. Levi Strauss, a 24-year-old German immigrant, left New York for San Francisco with a small supply of dry goods with the intention of opening a branch of his brother’s New York dry goods business. Shortly after his arrival, a prospector wanted to know what Mr. Strauss was selling. When Strauss told him he had rough canvas to use for tents and wagon covers, the prospector said, “You should have brought pants!,” saying he couldn’t find a pair of pants strong enough to last.

Levi Strauss had the canvas made into waist overalls. Miners liked the pants, but complained that they tended to chafe. Levi Strauss substituted a twilled cotton cloth from France called “serge de Nimes.” The fabric later became known as denim and the pants were nicknamed blue jeans.

In 1873, Levi Strauss & Company began using the pocket stitch design. Levi Strauss and Nevada tailor David Jacobs co-patented the process of putting rivets in pants for strength. On May 20, 1873, they received U.S.Patent No.139,121. This date is now considered the official birthday of “blue jeans.” Source.

Since then denim has mutated through time to become what it is today – an element of fashion which is forever on trend.

I had a look on Trademe and came up with the following garments.

Trademe Denim

Here are the links:

Classic jacket from Workshop size 8

Dress with denim bodice Size 16

Miss Sixty Luxury Jacket Size 10 (top right)

Supre dress Size 8 (bottom left)

Karen Walker mini skirt Size 8

Rockabilly skirt Size 12

Royal Wedding

Kate Middleton - Royal Wedding

What a spectacular dress. Not way out there or anything – just dignified and elegant and oh so pretty! We know she would have had a lot of guidelines to follow when choosing the design of her dress but she still managed to keep her style intact. This was definitely a throwback to Grace Kelly’s wedding dress and I loved that one too.

What a poised young lady! Kate would have been under strict instructions not to express any emotion during the ceremony and though the lips quivered during the vows, she never lost her composure. But it was worth the wait when she finally relaxed as she and William got into the coach and the smiles came out.

The world will watch them closely and I hope the royal family are kinder to her than they were to Diana.