HOUSE OF TAMMAM
House of Tammam’s Lucy Tammam sees Kate in her “Marlene” macintosh in black, with subtle rose highlights to “complement her fair complexion.” Crafted from organic, fair-trade cotton sateen, and lined with hand-loomed, naturally dyed organic cotton, the trans-seasonal topper is hand-finished to couture standards, “certainly fit for a duchess,” she says.
“Kate is in a prime position to champion ethical fashion,” Tammam adds. “And with designs like this she has no excuses for not wearing independent ethical British designers.”
Because Kate often opts for garments that are classic and elegant, rather than flashy, Emesha Nagy of Emesha pictures the duchess in a pleated navy cocktail dress from her Autumn/Winter 2011 collection. “Simple and sophisticated, the tailoring of the dress would flatter her delicate figure with the front pleats adding softness to her silhouette.”
As one of the most visible style icons in recent years, Kate would the perfect ambassador for the British ethical-fashion industry, Nagy adds.”There is still a common misconception surrounding phrases such as ‘ethical’ and ‘sustainable,’ particularly within the fashion industry and a young, smart and intelligent woman such as Kate could demonstrate to a wide audience that style and sustainability are not mutually exclusive and that it is possible to look like a princess whilst being kind to the world.”
Kate is an exceptional ambassador for British fashion, says award-winning designer Henrietta Ludgate. “Her sophisticated style is influencing women around the world and shining the spotlight on British design. Like a present-day Jackie Onassis, her chic classic style has already become iconic.”
The duchess’s impact on sustainable fashion would be unprecedented, Ludgate says. The designer envisions Kate in a flared, belted raincoat, made from Scottish mackintosh cloth and decked in Prince William’s regimental colors. “We would love to dress Catherine in our sleek minimalist designs which are quintessentially British,” she adds.
For Outsider’s Noorin Khamisani, Kate’s style dovetails with the label’s own ethos: “classic and timeless, rather than slavishly following trends.” Khamisani’s go-to piece is the classic shirtdress, ethically made from organic cotton sateen.
“When Kate has a day off, a relaxed yet smart shirtdress is perfect for a functional chic look,” Khamisani says. “Great for traveling with and layering, we can see Kate teaming our shirtdress with her favorite blue pumps!”
“This handcrafted headband from my current collection is a great headpiece for her,” says href=”http://www.lowe-holder.com”>Michelle Lowe-Holder, who creates accessories from end-of-roll and other salvaged fabrics. “Kate looks elegant in headpieces, also it would showcase her amazing mane of hair!”
Instead of black, however, Lowe-Holder would remake the hairpiece in cream or a bespoke color of the duchess’s choice. “Kate would be an amazing ambassador for ethical fashion,” she adds. “Not a day goes by without her outfit being commented on. The royal family is lucky to have her, she is modern but elegant, pretty but approachable. Dignified.”
“Catherine has an incredible body and would look beautiful in any of the Olga Olsson styles for Resort 2012,” says founder and designer Ruth Ferguson, who supports small producers worldwide with her luxury swimwear.
The French-cut Elin bikini in ebony blue, she adds, would be “perfect for a trip to Monaco,” while the Rita one-piece in midnight is the “epitome of elegance and understated glamour, whether she’s jetting off to Mustique for some winter sun or sailing in Wales with Prince William.” Ferguson also suggests a linen shirtdress with shell buttons—just the coverup a duchess needs to watch the sun sink into the lake at Mount Kenya, where her prince proposed.