On the 19th of August 2011, William and Kate travelled up to Birmingham in the West Midlands. The visit occurred a few days after rioting took place in the city.
In August 2011 widespread rioting and looting broke out in Birmingham city centre and elsewhere in the Midlands. Three men were killed while 12 shots were fired at police by a gang in Aston. – Birmingham Mail.
During their visit, the Duke and Duchess met with local residents, members of emergency services and community group representatives who were affected by the rioting. They also spent time with the parents of three young men who were tragically killed by a car while trying to protect their homes and shops from looters.
It always feels awkward to write about fashion after discussing sad and tragic events. But I recognise this is a style blog, so we must proceed.
Kate chose a military-style skirt and blouse by Alexander McQueen. It’s from the company’s 2011 pre-autumn collection.
The white silk blouse features blue military detailing, gold buttons and a ruffled hem, which Kate tucked into her skirt.
The blouse once retailed for £795 ($1,272) on Net-A-Porter.com, where it was described as follows:
Alexander McQueen’s military-inspired silk-georgette blouse exudes signature sophistication. Tuck this navy-trimmed piece into a structured skirt, adding your highest heels to salute the new season in style.
Kate’s navy blue wool-crepe skirt features gold anchor-embossed button embellishments on a front flap. The ready-to-wear version of the skirt featured two slits up the front. Kate’s skirt has more modest slits. She must have had her skirt custom made or had it altered.
The skirt was also available on Net-A-Porter.com for £580 ($928). Here’s how the company described the item on their website:
Upgrade your new season wardrobe with a hit of Alexander McQueen’s covetable military aesthetic. In a nautical navy hue, this button-embellished wool-crepe skirt is a versatile style. Directional front slits lend it an air of It girl cool – pair with the matching blouse for a head-to-toe look straight from the runway.
Kate wore her dark, long, glossy hair loose. It had a lot of volume and a slight curl at the end, her signature style.
Duchess Kate wore her navy blue suede Alexander McQueen pumps with the skirt and dress combo.
Little is known about the shoes. We speculate they’re bespoke, designed to match the sailor dress she first wore during a visit to Charlottetown, Canada in 2011. (It was designed by Sarah Burton, Alexander McQueen’s creative director.)
Kate also wore a pair of blue and gold coloured earrings from Tiffany & Co. They’re by designer Elsa Peretti and were from her Colour by the Yard collection. They date back to at least 2008 and are no longer available for purchase.