NEW DELHI — Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton has a keen sense of style that has earned her a huge fan following around the world. Just like her mother-in-law, the late Princess Diana, people adore this royal and her fashion sensibilities.
Her ongoing India trip is high on the fashion radar, and she has charmed everyone by mixing her British aesthetics with distinctive Indian colors and prints.
Middleton's sartorial choices received praise April 11 from Indian designers, who have hailed her for respecting Indian traditions, as the 34-year-old Duchess, known for her understated style, seems less conservative in her choice of clothes and accessories for this outing.
For her maiden appearance in Mumbai in India's western state of Maharastra April 10, from where her husband and Duke of Edinburgh Prince William commenced the week-long trip, she opted for a bright red, Alexander McQueen outfit, featuring paisley motifs with a slight slit in the front and peplum detailing.
She soon changed into a colorful printed maxi by Indian designer Anita Dongre, which was an apt choice considering the humid Mumbai weather.
Middleton teamed her Mughal-print inspired outfit with a dangler from Accesorize and mink-colored wedges as she played cricket with kids in the company of her husband and cricket great Sachin Tendulkar.
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"Her team contacted us, but I never knew she chose one of my outfits. Seeing pictures of her wearing my creation was a really proud moment for me. She carried it off beautifully. I have always admired her and loved the way she dresses. She has a strong sense of style," Dongre told PTI.
For the grand Bollywood charity gala, the royal, who met the who's who of the Indian film industry like Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit, Sonam Kapoor and Alia Bhatt opted for a caped blue sequined floor-length gown by one of her favorite designers, Jenny Packham. She teamed the outfit with stunning diamond double oval drop earrings by Indian jewelry brand Amrapali.
It was an interesting melange of Indo-British sensibilities, as the gown by the British fashion house had Indian embellishments. For her Mumbai event in the morning, the Duchess opted for her go-to designer British designer Emilia Wickstead's collared cream dress with large pockets. She flew to Delhi in the same outfit and paid homage to martyrs at India Gate. During a visit to Gandhi Smriti, located at Old Birla House, she put a 'Tiranga' stole over her dress.
“Bajirao Mastani” designer Anju Modi said her style has been “really nice” so far.
"I like how she is making an effort to make her clothes look inspired by Indian motifs and colors. That's the respect she is showing for our country and its fashion sensibilities. She is carrying off the outfits beautifully. I am curious about her upcoming dresses," Modi told PTI.
Designer Rina Dhaka said Middleton has perfect style sense: "She is the perfect modern royal. She knows exactly what to wear without losing the essence of her style. She has been thoughtful enough to wear colors that represent India."
When asked about Middleton's blue-beaded number for the Bollywood gala on the evening of April 10, Dhaka said, "That's probably because she realized she has to be a little more demure in India in comparison to other countries."
Designer Ashima said, "She has always been a great fashion inspiration. She knows how to hit the right chord. I loved her Alexandar McQueen red dress; it had the right amount of tradition and the right amount of style."
Ashima added that she would like the royal to wear a lehenga skirt with a badhgala that will have the right amount of Indian culture but in a contemporary way.
The royal couple is on a week-long visit to India and Bhutan, which kicked-off on the afternoon of April 10 from the financial capital of the country.
They paid tributes to the victims of the 26/11 attacks, played cricket with under-privileged children, and attended a glittering reception and dinner alongside some of the biggest names in business and Bollywood.