July 1, 2011 at 12:01 PM ET
By Rina Raphael
Costume-change much, Kate?
The newlywed has already showcased several fashionable dresses during her visit to Canada. Like a Bond character, Kate began her journey by boarding the Ottawa-bound plane in a ladylike navy dress by French designer Roland Mouret, a blazer by Toronto’s Smythe les Vestes and navy Manolo Blahnik Calogera pumps, then switched into another outfit somewhere over the Atlantic. She landed in a feminine lace shift dress by Canadian-born designer Erdem Moralıoğlu and nude-colored LK Bennett Sledge2 Pumps. (Oh those royals and their handy aircraft dressing rooms!)
Onward Kate marched through North American territory, making an appearance at a casual barbecue Thursday night, wearing only one of her favorite designers, Issa. The bird-print dress might look familiar: Middleton wore it the night before her April 29 nuptials. The LK Bennett wedge slingbacks were also repeats, having first made their public appearance in April.
Then this morning, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived at the Canada Museum of Civilization, for which Kate wore the famous white Reiss frock immortalized in her official engagement photos. She spruced it up with a bright red maple leaf fascinator by Sylvia Fletcher at Lock and Co. and a diamond brooch in the shape of a maple leaf, loaned to her by the Queen. (Here’s hoping she wears a palm tree hat when she hits L.A.)
It’s apparent that Kate is deliberate with her style. She specifically chose designers that had a tie to the host country and repeatedly proved she knows how to recycle her wardrobe. As previously reported, Kate did not bring along a stylist along for her overseas adventures. Smart move: It seems the royal can make her accessible, repetitive and high-meets-low fashion choices all on her own.