The Duchess of Cambridge dazzles in an £ 849 tartan coat from her favorite new UK brand
The Duchess of Cambridge has gone all out for her Scottish ‘tourdrobe’ this week, debuting with a series of carefully considered new wardrobe additions that not only pay homage to the country she is visiting, but should be must-haves for years to come. Long blue pleated skirt worn on Monday in a pink Campbell’s de Beauly sweater worn for sand yachting on the beach Wednesday morning.
But she saved her most glamorous new acquisition for Wednesday night’s event, a screening of Disney’s Cruella for NHS workers. It’s a fashion-centric movie, so it was fitting that the Duchess made a big style statement, wearing a new tartan trench coat from British label Holland Cooper.
After visiting one of her alma maters, St Andrews University, earlier today, the Duchess subtly paid homage to another with her new coat – the style is called the ‘Marlborough’, which is also the name of the boarding school that Kate attended.
The £ 849 double-breasted design also created the Duchess of Travel’s first tartan highlight, a no-brainer for fashion diplomacy. The coat comes in five different tartan types, but the Duchess’s choice of “ heather ” pairs well with the setting of the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
Kate enhanced her new coat with a pair of sapphire and diamond earrings, on loan from the Queen. The Duchess is borrowing more and more pieces from Her Majesty’s vast collection, a sign of her increased status in the royal ranks.
She also wore a glittery gold skirt, believed to be British brand Joseph, and green velvet heels.
The tartan trench coat isn’t the only Holland Cooper piece Kate wore on her trip to Scotland. Earlier on Wednesday she wore the brand’s black gold-buttoned blazer and on Tuesday she was believed to be wearing the Country Crew Neck Knit when she visited the Orkney Islands.
Brand founder Jade Holland Cooper has already aired her excitement about seeing the Duchess in her blazer earlier today on Instagram Stories. “This is a really special and exciting time,” she said, later writing “today has been a day that I will not forget”. No doubt she will be even more delighted to have obtained the Royal Double Seal of Approval.
Holland Cooper is both a surprising and logical choice for Kate. It has become a staple for modern country blingy ensembles who love their traditional tweeds and equestrian clothing with a glamorous edge. Jade Holland Cooper, who is married to Superdry founder Julian Dunkerton, personifies the look, bringing an ambitious new shine to classic country wear.
“It was all a little archaic,” she told The Telegraph last year of rural clothing options for women before breathing fresh air into the genre. “A large group of women were offered such a small selection of mediocre and poorly made products. Heritage fabrics are so beautiful – just look at Diana – but nothing has been created that is structured, tailored, designed to highlight the female figure.
Now Holland Cooper and his gang, which includes Emma Thynn, the Marchioness of Bath, rule the Cheltenham social scene in her stylish designs.
For the Duchess of Cambridge, Holland Cooper’s dedication to making many of its products in the UK using British wool will no doubt have added to the brand’s appeal. From silk shirts to quilted jackets in all the right places, there are plenty more in the Holland Cooper range that Kate might like.
At the event, the Duchess encouraged attendees to enjoy the “fun, drama” and “glamor” of Cruella. Her new trench coat was the perfect choice to set the tone.
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