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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are heading to India and Bhutan on a diplomatic trip in the coming days, and while the tour is being carried out at the behest of Her Majesty’s Government to expand personal ties with the countries, it’s unofficially an opportunity for Kate Middleton to show off some new styles. With the duchess in a new environment and outside of Kensington Palace’s comfortable grounds, fashion fans are crossing their fingers that the 34-year-old will experiment with local designers and silhouettes.
No one wants this more than Deep Kailey, a stylist whose résumé includes the prestiges fashion editor job at Vogue India, fashion director at Tatler UK and who is currently launching a publication focusing on the vibrant cultural scene in India. In short: Kate should consider giving her a call. “The biggest mistake she could make is looking like a cliché,” Kailey tells Yahoo Style about Kate’s wardrobe. “I know she can pull off all these Indian designers, but all will depend on her choice and knowing how to wear these silhouettes.”
Let’s be honest, the duchess is pretty sartorially unimaginative, but she’s nothing if not proper: She always take into account the appropriateness of her hem and necklines, the height of her heels for maximum comfort, and how much money should be spent on a particular ensemble in order not to anger taxpayers. As Kailey points out, there’s a lot more at stake overseas, and Kate’s style advisers have their work cut out for them.
Will the duchess wear a sari? What should she wear to visit the Taj Mahal? This is an especially difficult decision considering her mother-in-law Princess Diana’s iconic visit to the monument in 1992, in which she is pictured alone wearing a red blazer and purple shoes, has been embedded in the public’s memory for so long. Other stops on the royal couple’s itinerary include Mumbai, New Delhi, Gandhi Smriti, attending a Bollywood gala, visiting a slum, and hiking a mountain. For all of these affairs, will she choose Indian designers? And if so, whom?
To answer these questions, Kailey told us seven Indian designers Kate should consider wearing. And if she does heed this advice, remember that you heard it here first!