Kate Middleton and Prince William will visit Bhutan and India in April. The week-long tour of the two countries has got the fashion world in thinking about the outfits that the royal might choose to wear. The 34-year-old Kate, who is known to give a nod to the host country she visits, is likely to wear an Indian designer's cloths during her India visit.
Kate is most likely to wear Saloni during her India visit. The British royal opted to wear a design by the India-born designer for The Fostering Excellence Awards held in November. Her royal blue bright crinkle-effect dress is from new London-based label launched by Saloni Lodha in 2007. The Martine matelassé midi dress featured cropped sleeves, a nipped-in waist and a full skirt.
According to Hello, thrifty Kate can also re-wear the same dress. The designer is also a favorite of Princess Beatrice. The label has its roots in both Britain and India and hence would be apt for the princess. “I think the way we as a brand celebrate bold colours and patterns is our way of bringing the spirit of India into the collections,” said Saloni, speaking about her label recently.
Meanwhile, another Indian designer Kate might look up to for her Indian wardrobe is Ritu Kumar. The label already has a royal connection close to Kate’s heart — when Princess Diana visited Pakistan in 1997, she visited the Shaumat Memoriam Hospital wearing a traditional Indian outfit by the designer.
Apart from the late Princess Diana, Ritu has fans in international icons like Mischa Barton (joined as one of the celebrity contestants on “Dancing With The Stars” Season 22) and Anoushka Shankar. She has also designed the wardrobes for the Miss India contestants for Miss Universe, Miss World and Miss Asia since 1994.
In addition, Kate is known for championing high street brands for her designer look. She may choose to wear British brand Reiss and her go-to designers like Alexander McQueen and Jenny Packham. Also, when the royal couple tour Bhutan with its huge temperature drop, Kate is expected to recycle some of her many coats.