KATE’S COAT OF ARMS: In a matter of minutes at Thursday’s garden party in Victoria, Canada, Princess Charlotte and Prince George unknowingly upstaged their royal parents during the family’s weeklong Canadian stay. The well-dressed tikes were all charm, chasing bubbles and watching a balloon artist at work. While some young mothers might now be on the hunt for toddler-sized blue cardigans for their daughters or red velvet shorts for their three-year-old sons, many Canadian shoppers seem to be still transfixed by the Duchess of Cambridge’s wardrobe choices.
Her eight-day trip with the Duke has featured a carousel of designer looks — Jenny Packham, Dolce & Gabbana, Chloé, CH Carolina Herrera and Preen by Thornton Bregazzi among them. By choosing a red CH Carolina Herrera coat for one of this week’s official appearances, the Duchess was photographed in a Carolina Herrera design for the first time.
The former Kate Middleton arrived in Victoria wearing a cobalt blue Jenny Packham dress and a coordinating hat, carrying her 16-month-old daughter down the jetway. For the official welcoming ceremony with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau and the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia at Victoria International Airport, the Duchess kept L.K. Bennett’s Nina clutch neatly on her knee. The compact $325 bag appeared again later in the week, when the Duchess wore a Dolce & Gabbana green dress and L.K. Bennett nude-colored $345 Fern pumps.
One of this week’s big winners in terms of free worldwide publicity has been the Canadian outerwear label Sentaler. During the Yukon stretch of the royal tour, the Duchess wore a belted ribbed sleeve coat in gull gray. The Toronto company is a favorite label with Grégoire Trudeau. Fans of the Duchess have been ordering the $920 Sentaler jacket via the company’s e-commerce site. The little-known brand gained homeland recognition after Grégoire Trudeau wore a white Sentaler coat to her husband’s swearing-in ceremony last fall.
In advance of the royal visit, a stylist requested a few coats from Bojana Sentaler’s company, though staffers were not certain they were for the Duchess. Sentaler has sold out of the gray ribbed coat within hours of the Duchess having been photographed wearing one. (The company posted an image of her wearing it via its social media outlets but not on its web site.) Demand continued along to the degree that the item was first backordered until November, then December and eventually February due to shoppers’ interest, a Sentaler spokeswoman said. “Now all the ribbed styles are back ordered until the spring,” she said.