NEW DELHI: Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton's India trip is high on fashion radar and the royal has charmed everyone by mixing her British aesthetics with distinctive Indian colours and prints.
Kate's sartorial choices came in for praise today 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 choice of her clothes and accessories for this outing.
For her maiden appearance in Mumbai yesterday 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 with a peplum detail.
She soon changed into a colourful printed maxi by Indian designer Anita Dongre, which was an apt choice considering the humid Mumbai weather.
Kate teamed her Mughal-prints inspired outfit with a dangler from Accesorize and mink coloured wedges as she played cricket with kids in the company of her husband and cricket great Sachin Tendulkar.
"Her team contacted us, but I never knew she chose one of my outfits. Watching her pictures 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 is 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 favourite designers Jenny Packham.
She teamed up the outfit with a stunning diamond double oval drop earrings by Indian jewellery brand Amrapali.
It was an interesting melange of Indo-British sensibilities as the gown by the British fashion house had Indian embellishments.