'Florals for Spring? Groundbreaking.' So goes the withering- and now cult- put-down uttered by editrix Miranda Priestley in The Devil Wears Prada. But the Duchess of Cambridge and her younger sister Pippa Middleton made the case for florals at the tennis- a marginally different scenario- this afternoon as they both attended the Wimbledon Men's Singles Final which saw Roger Federer win an historical eighth title.
The Duchess of Cambridge, who is now Wimbledon's Patron, took her seat in the royal box wearing a cap-sleeved, plain white midi dress with a pretty poppy and wildflower print on its lower half. She accessorised the dress, by Catherine Walker and co., with the same white Victoria Beckham tote bag which she carried for her first visit to Wimbledon two weeks ago, the purple and bottle green Wimbledon ribbon brooch and a pair of gold earrings by British luxury jeweller Cassandra Goad.
Meanwhile, Pippa arrived with brother James and her parents Carole and Michael wearing a dainty floral print, tiered ankle length dress with bohemian lace detailling by Weekend Max Mara and carrying a bright green Tory Burch bag.
Florals may be a natural go-to for elegant style in the British summertime- and an old favourite of the Middleton sisters who are known for their politely ladylike style preferences- but given the pristine white uniform demanded of players at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, many of the championship's most stylish spectators often emulate that dress code themselves.
The all-white look is a tactic we've seen from both Pippa and Kate themselves previously at Wimbledon. On Friday, Pippa wore a cream Isabel Marant Etoile tea dress for her third visit of 2017. The Duchess of Cambridge is renowned for her penchant for literal dressing and Wimbledon has long proven the perfect playground for the strategy; in 2014 she opted for a broderie anglaise white dress by Australian label Zimmermann while in 2012 she wore the most tennis-y of designer dresses, a pleated white design by one of her favourite brands, Alice Temperley.
Although Kate and Pippa's dresses today could never be called daring, they do represent a more adventurous attitude to style which both sisters have exhibited lately. The Duchess has experimented with new silhouettes by more fashion-forward designers than she has generally leant on, such as Preen and Gucci. For her first visit to Wimbledon on the tournament's first day, Kate wore a polka dot dress by Italian label Dolce and Gabbana as well as debuting her stylish new 'Kob' haircut.
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Since her marriage to James Matthews in May, Pippa Middleton has dialled up her look, veering away from her former preference for sweet high street dresses and turning instead to decorative designs by Erdem and little-known designers such as Tephi and Alice Archer.
Today marks the first appearence in what is set to be a whirlwind week of stylish outings for the Duchess of Cambridge as she, her husband Prince William and their two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte set off tomorrow for a tour of Poland and Germany. With three evening galas and numerous daytime engagements on the schedule, there is plenty of anticipation about the looks which Kate will chose to project glamour and diplomacy on this latest Brexit 'charm offensive.'
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