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British heritage reigns for Duchess designer Emilia Wickstead

Stepping out shyly onto the wooden runway in the tiny Chelsea atelier, the modest brunette said softly: “In case you don’t know, I’m Emilia Wickstead”.

This set the tone for the whole presentation – low-key, discreet and unassuming.

The designer, who is said to have dressed the Duchess of Cambridge on several occasions, let the clothes speak for themselves.




And the British heritage feel that infused the collection seemed to be a nod to Kate and the royal family, with inspiration taken from horse-back riding and royal residence Windsor castle.

To a soundtrack of galloping horses, castle motif-adorned dresses paired with elbow-high leather gloves were paraded through the packed room.

The prints were complemented by flattering silhouettes, nipped in waists and pretty pleats, all acknowledging the feminine aesthetic that put her name on the map.

For the finale, a series of models stepped out in a stunning array of black evening dresses with folds of trailing fabric.

A collection fit for royalty and fashion royalty alike, we have a feeling Kate may well be making a trip back to the atelier soon.


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