Kate Middleton has yet to publicly wear an outfit by Oscar de la Renta, at least since becoming a public figure. Given de la Renta's status as a king of American fashion, we could see Middleton honoring the late designer by wearing something of his. Not to mention, the skirt suits he showed for fall are very much in line with her aesthetic.
One of New York wunderkind Wes Gordon's first collections was partially inspired by the Duchess, but she's yet to wear one of his designs. One of his more classic, nonchalant pieces, like this one would work well for her.
Somewhat surprisingly, the Duchess has only worn J.Crew on a Photoshopped (as in, she wasn't really wearing it) cover of Bloomberg, meant to go along with a story about the American retailer's expansion into Britain. Given said expansion and Middleton's dedication to wearing accessible high street brands, it seems inevitable that she'll wear J.Crew at some point. Plus, the brand has a great maternity selection.
He's another New York fashion star that the Duchess has yet to wear, and he designs a lot of elegant-yet-conservative pieces that are right up her alley.
Kors is one of the few American designers Middleton has worn. She chose a grey wool coat by him to close our her tour of Australia in April. With his wide array of timeless, subdued, non-glitzy designs, we're sure she'll wear him again.
Rag & Bone has always had a slight British feel -- both designers hail from the UK after all -- and while it might seem a bit hip or fashion-y for the Duchess, the brand is actually quite commercially-minded, and they do a lot of normal, approachable, Middleton-appropriate dresses, pants, blazers and the like.
This is a bit of a wild card, but we'd love to see Middleton in something a little ore directional, but still conservative, by a respected up-and-coming designer.
If the Duchess wanted to elevate and modernize her classic aesthetic just a bit The Row would be the way to go.
Another one of the few New York designers the Duchess has worn in the past, Prabal Gurung would be a refreshingly bold departure for Middleton -- and someone with whom she already as a relationship, so perhaps a custom dress (for the baby bump) would be more feasible.
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Get ready for a very fashionable British invasion.
I don't think it would be an understatement to say that New York City is going to be turned on its head next week. And not because of a hurricane or a polar vortex or a fashion week. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with Prince George and a five-month-old baby bump, will be inhabiting our fair city from December 7 to 9, according to multiple reports. It will be the Duke and Duchess's first visit to NYC as a family.
From a Nets game to fundraiser at the Met, several appearances are planned for their visit, one of which we've heard will require police barricades to section off a 10-block radius, meaning that even if you aren't lucky enough to see Kate Middleton, her presence will be felt.
It will also be felt via the tireless online documentation of her every outfit. And given her thoughtful approach to getting dressed -- often wearing a designer or color with symbolic relevance to the event or place she's in -- it's a safe bet that she'll wear an American designer or two during her stay.
She's worn a couple during her time as a princess -- Prabal Gurung for a visit to Singapore, Michael Kors and Diane von Furstenberg in Australia -- but she, appropriately, largely sticks to British names. This being a big opportunity to show New York designers some love, we've compiled a few suggestions.