Mrs. O! Kate Middleton! Together! In the same room!
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are back from their 10-day honeymoon in the Seychelles and for their first royal engagement they met with President Obama and the First Lady. So what did two of the most influential women in style wear to meet each other?
If you thought Kate would ditch her high street standbys for designer dresses now that she’s a Duchess and doing things like meeting the President and First Lady, think again. She looks gorgeous (and quite thin) in a simple $340 camel bandage dress called the Shola, from one of her favorite brands, Reiss. Kate famously wore Reiss in her official engagement portraits. We’re predicting the Shola sells out by the end of the day. At 9 a.m. the Shola was available online. An hour later, it’s impossible to find the dress on Reiss’ site. [Update: the dress has sold out online but is still available in store, though we hear from Reiss PR that stores are being flooded with calls for the dress.]
Never risk-averse when it comes to her sartorial choices, Mrs. O wore a pastel floral frock from Barbara Tfank resort 2011 and paired it with an Easter-egg pink shantung swing jacket. The Daily Mail felt Mrs. O made a fashion faux pas, dressing too much like the Queen (the tabloid deemed Mrs. O’s look “strikingly similar to the monarch’s”). Fair enough, Daily Mail. It’s not the best look we’ve seen on Mrs. O (she looked stunning when she arrived in London that same day in Preen), and it did look very inspired by the Queen. But we still think Kate Middleton could take a tip from Mrs. O when it comes to style and mix her high street pieces with designer togs and throw some prints into the mix.