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Duchess of Cambridge has paid tribute to Indian fashion on latest trip

  • Today she sported a custom dress by Mumbai designer Anita Dongre

     

  • However, she paid tribute to British style with Alexander McQueen 

  • Other UK brands included LK Bennett and Russell & Bromley 

  • See the latest Kate Middleton style updates from her India tour 

  • By Emily Hodgkin For Mailonline

    Published: 07:51 EST, 10 April 2016 | Updated: 03:01 EST, 11 April 2016

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    The Duchess of Cambridge dressed to impress at the Bollywood Gala in Mumbai as she capped off a busy first day in India by uniting both the best of British and Indian fashion.

    She picked a royal blue floor length gown with a boat neck by her favourite designer Jenny Packham but had it beaded by artisans in India, creating a stunning look that was the perfect fusion of the style of her home and host's nation. 

    The royal teamed her look with stunning lapis and diamond earrings by Indian jewellery designer Amrapali to make sure all eyes were on her as she and Prince William - resplendent in black tie - walked into the glittering event.

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    Kate has paid homage to her hosts by flying the flag for British fashion while also showcasing Indian themes. Kate arrived at the Bollywood gala in a custom royal blue dress by British designer - with the beading done in India. The Duchess is a big fan of Packham and wears her designs for many prestigious events

    Kate has paid homage to her hosts by flying the flag for British fashion while also showcasing Indian themes. Kate arrived at the Bollywood gala in a custom royal blue dress by British designer - with the beading done in India. The Duchess is a big fan of Packham and wears her designs for many prestigious events

    She accessorised the full length gown with a sheer shawl in a matching blue with sparkling beading to match and a clutch in the same shade

    She accessorised the full length gown with a sheer shawl in a matching blue with sparkling beading to match and a clutch in the same shade

    Drop earrings with two large blue stones hung from her ears, created by Indian designer Amrapali The Duke and Duchess joined Bollywood royalty such as actress Aiswarya Rai and cricketer Sachin Tendulkar

    Drop earrings with two large blue stones hung from her ears, created by Indian designer Amrapali. The Duke and Duchess joined Bollywood royalty such as actress Aiswarya Rai and cricketer Sachin Tendulkar

    The dazzling dress is Kate's third costume change in a busy day in which the couple paid tribute to the victims of the 2008 Mumbai terror attack at the Taj Palace Hotel before moving on to the Oval Maidan for a cricket game whre they also met local street children.

    They were also given a traditional Indian welcome at the Banganga Water Tank before a visit to one of the city's most deprived areas.

    At every step, Kate has been an ambassador for both British designs and Indian fashions, with labels bracing themselves for the items she picked to instantly sell-out - a result of the so-called 'Kate Effect'.

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    As the mother-of-two donned a custom tunic dress by Mumbai designer Anita Donghre for the couple's second outing of the day, an aide explained why she picked the Indian style, saying that: 'She wanted to wear a local designer at the earliest possible opportunity' and it was, 'a tribute to Mumbai's wonderful design talent.' 

    That spirit continued at the event tonight where she rubbed shoulders with Bollywood's biggest stars including Aiswarya Rai and cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar.

    Her stunning £2,730 drop earrings were created by Indian jewellery designer Amrapali, The company, which has its work shop Jaipur, uses traditional techniques to create their pieces.

    Drop earrings with lapis and diamonds hung from her ears, created by Indian jewellery designer Amrapali

    Drop earrings with lapis and diamonds hung from her ears, created by Indian jewellery designer Amrapali

    The Duchess even nodded to Indian style with her make-up, which diverted slightly from her classic look for a Bollywood-inspired cat eye

    The Duchess even nodded to Indian style with her make-up, which diverted slightly from her classic look for a Bollywood-inspired cat eye

    The company, which has a shop in Knightsbridge and sees its designs stocked in Selfridges, takes its name from a famous royal courtesan who lived in India in 500 BC.

    The Duchess even appeared to take inspiration from Indian fashions by swapping her usual classic look for a Bollywood-inspired cat eye. She wore her glossy hair in a French twist.

    Royal watchers were not surprised to see Kate opting for Jenny Packham, her go-to designer for dresses for her biggest events from her first UK state banquet with Chinese president Xi Jinping and the James Bond red carpet last year to both dresses she appeared in to leave hospital after giving birth to her two children. 

    Stylist Simon Glazin told MailOnline: 'Jenny Packham, one of the Duchesses favourite designers, has come up trumps once again.

    'What a dress! What a colour! Packham is known for her fine embellishments, and this dress has been beaded in India, to tie in with their visit.

    'The dramatic sweeping cut of this dress is super feminine, the matching wrap is demure and ladylike, and the blue earrings are the perfect finish.

    'No wonder William is beaming, with his stunning princess on his arm.' 

    The earrings , which are sold out online, cost £2,730.27 full price but are reduced £1,242.75. The company, which has its work shop Jaipur, uses traditional techniques to create their pieces

    The earrings , which are sold out online, cost £2,730.27 full price but are reduced £1,242.75. The company, which has its work shop Jaipur, uses traditional techniques to create their pieces

    Amrapli takes its name from a famous royal courtesan who lived in India in 500 BC

    Amrapli takes its name from a famous royal courtesan who lived in India in 500 BC

    Kate changed into the glamorous gown after spending the afternoon in the flowing pink and green belted number by rising Mumbai-based designer Anita Dongre.

    The dress appears to be a custom design based on a tunic dress shown at Lakme Fashion Week, which takes place in Mumbai.

    The designer is inspired by India's traditional cloth-making and weaving techniques and she uses Benares silks and cottons, tie-die and the hand-painted silks of Jaipur. 

    And the detail and effort that go into her looks does not come cheap, with dresses selling for around £560 online.

    She's popular with Indian celebrities including Bollywood actress, model and producer, Dia Mirza Sangha, who won the Miss Asia Pacific 2000 title, who has been seen in the designer's looks. 

    Indian actresses Sonam Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha have also donned her designs. 

    But ever the diplomat, the Duchess matched the bright silk print number, with pretty floral designs, with UK-made nude rope wedge heels, £99 from Mint Velvet, and sparkling chandelier earrings, for her meeting local children to play a game of cricket at the Oval Maidan in Mumbai.

    The Duchess of Cambridge, famous for her impeccable style, has been nodding to Indian fashion with her style choices during her recent trip to the Eastern country. She wore Indian designer Anita Dongre, above

    The Duchess matched the bright print number, with pretty floral designs, with nude rope wedge heels, £99 from Mint Velvet

    The Duchess matched the bright print number, with pretty floral designs, with nude rope wedge heels, £99 from Mint Velvet, and sparkling chandelier earrings to meet local children to play a game of cricket in Mumbai

    While a new name to UK fashionistas, Anita Dongre's label - which launched in 1995 - is one of the most successful fashion houses in India.

    On her website, she says her designs are inspired by Rajasthan and India's rich craft tradition, her handcrafted embroidered bridal skirts and handwoven heritage creations from Varanasi or Benares are coveted by brides across the world including Bollywood celebrities.

    The designer says she is committed to sustainable design and has launched a sustainable eco-concious luxury label. She is vegan and an animal-lover and creates cruelty-free accessories, thereby representing fashion with a conscience.

    Thrifty Kate paired her high end look with £8 earrings from Accessorize, which she is believed to have already had in her jewellery collection.

    Kate's dangling chandelier earrings by Accesorize feature intricate filligree, beads and miniature gold disks

    Kate's dangling chandelier earrings by Accesorize feature intricate filligree, beads and miniature gold disks

    These elegant leg lengthening nude Mint Velvet shoes are a chic accompaniment to Kate's pretty print dress

    These elegant leg lengthening nude Mint Velvet shoes are a chic accompaniment to Kate's pretty print dress

    Thrifty Kate paired her high end look with £8 earrings from Accessorize

    Thrifty Kate paired the high end look with £8 earrings from Accessorize

    Before the royal visitors took to the cricket ground, they kicked off their official trip by visiting the Taj Mahal Palace hotel, the scene of the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008. 

    The pair laid a wreath at the site to commemorate the lives lost in the tragedy. 

    During this solemn event the Duchess sported British label Alexander McQueen from the pre-Fall 2016 collection.

    The designer is one of her favourites and she requested a custom version of the designer's catwalk look featuring the same scarlet silk with paisley pattern.

    The eye-catching peplum blouse and skirt nodded to India with the tradition print, a popular tear drop shaped design, that although originated in Persia, has become popular in India, especially for Kashmir shawls, and is a prominent design in Kancheepuram saris.

    Beforehand the royal couple visited the Taj Mahal Palace hotel, the scene of the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008. Duchess sported British label Alexander McQueen from the Prefall 2016 collection The ensemble the Duchess wore to the Taj Mahal Hotel

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    The Duchess of Cambridge has been keeping us on our toes here at Fashion Finder during her trip to India. On her first day alone she's already had three outfit changes!

    First, she donned a paisley McQueen number to visit the Taj Palace, before swapping it for a more comfortable Anita Dongre floaty maxi to play some cricket, then finally changing into a Jenny Packham gown for a Bollywood Charity Gala.

    Ever the sartorial diplomat, the Duchess of Cambridge has already worn both Indian and British designers on the trip. And this gown is a fashion hybrid, having been designed by one of Kate's favorite British brands, Jenny Packham, with the embellishment completed in India.

    We love the royal blue hue on Kate; meanwhile the beading adds a glam Bollywood edge to the look making it apt for the red carpet.

    Kate's look was completed with a coordinating jewel-toned embellished shawl, matching clutch bag and earrings by Indian jeweler, Amrapali.

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    Stylist Simon Glazin very much approved of the look, telling MailOnline: 'The Duchess should go touring more often. Her India wardrobe, even though it's only been a couple of days, is far better than anything she wears in the UK.

    'She's fallen into a recycling rut over here, wearing the same dresses and colours over and over again.

    'But when she stepped out in the Saloni dress, we all did a collective air hand punch.'

    Speaking about the Duchess's outfits for her day in Mumbai, Glazin added: 'The red printed Alexander McQueen dress was an absolutely brilliant choice by her stylist. She loves the British House, and this print is a nod to India.'

    'The decorated maxi dress is gorgeous too, and is a great chic/casual mix.'

    'Kate is best when she's dressed up. She hasn't really mastered the off-duty look yet, not like the late Diana. And when she does an interesting print, she looks every inch the modern princess.

    'So far, India is proving very good for her wardrobe!'

    Stylist Simon Glazin said of the  McQueen dress: 'She loves the British House, and this print is a nod to India'

    Stylist Simon Glazin said of the McQueen dress: 'She loves the British House, and this print is a nod to India'

    The eye-catching peplum blouse and skirt nodded to India with a red paisley print, a popular tear drop shaped design popular in India, especially for Kashmir shawls She paired the outfit with a £165 clutch bag from Russell & Bromley and shoes worth by £175.00 by L.K Bennett

    The eye-catching peplum blouse and skirt nodded to India with a red paisley print, a popular tear drop shaped design popular in India, especially for Kashmir shawls. She paired the outfit with a £165 clutch bag from Russell & Bromley and shoes worth by £175.00 by L.K Bennett

    Her earrings 9K yellow gold were by Cassandra Goad and are named Temple of Heaven Girandole Earrings

    Her earrings 9K yellow gold were by Cassandra Goad and are named Temple of Heaven Girandole Earrings

    Representing the British high street as well as the luxury market, she accessorised her look at the Taj Mahal hotel with a £165 clutch bag from Russell & Bromley and shoes worth £175.00 by L.K Bennett.

    Her earrings Temple of Heaven Girandole Earrings by Cassandra Goad are made of 9K yellow gold and come with the steep price tag of £1,495. But while they're inspired by the East, the Sloane Street-based designer notes that the style is influenced by Chinese architecture.

    The couple landed 20 minutes ahead of schedule on a British Airways flight from London with part of the 11-strong entourage that will accompany them on their seven-day trip to India and Bhutan this morning.

    This is the pair's first royal visit together in two years.

    The Duchess was preparing for her trip to India and Bhutan in the style stakes before she had even boarded the plane. On April 6 the Duchess wore a £498 full-length dress by Indian-born designer Saloni Lodha

    The Duchess was preparing for her trip to India and Bhutan in the style stakes before she had even boarded the plane. On April 6 the Duchess wore a £498 full-length dress by Indian-born designer Saloni Lodha

    The royal blue 'Mary Illusion dress', which is currently sold out online, has a plunging neckline with an illusion panel to make it more demure. Kate accessorised her glamorous gown with the same statement earrings by Cassandra Goad and wore her lustrous hair down

    The royal blue 'Mary Illusion dress', which is currently sold out online, has a plunging neckline with an illusion panel to make it more demure. Kate accessorised her glamorous gown with the same statement earrings by Cassandra Goad and wore her lustrous hair down

    The Duchess was preparing for her trip to India and Bhutan in the style stakes before she had even boarded the plane. 

    On April 6, just days to go before their week-long trip to India and Bhutan, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge threw open the doors of their London home tonight to young people from both countries living, working and studying in the UK.

    For the reception, the Duchess wore a £498 full-length dress by Indian-born designer Saloni Lodha, with a keyhole back to reveal a hint of flesh. 

    The royal blue 'Mary Illusion dress', which is currently sold out online, has a plunging neckline with an illusion panel to make it more demure.

    Kate accessorised her glamorous gown with the same statement earrings by Cassandra Goad and wore her lustrous hair down. 

    Saloni grew up in Mumbai before moving to Hong Kong where she now lives. Her grandfather owned a fabric shop in the area, where she discovered her passion for textiles.

    She keeps in mind her Indian heritage when designed clothes, celebrating bold colours and patterns. Her dresses have been worn by international celebrities including Emma Watson, Carey Mulligan, Helena Christensen, Samantha Cameron, Naomi Watts, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Jessica Alba.

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    Picking local designers and showcasing Indian prints and themes on her trip is not the first time the Duchess of Cambridge has used her outfits to pay homage to a host nation. 

    For the state banquet held at Buckingham Palace in October 2015, Kate donned a high-necked bespoke Jenny Packham dress in a fitting shade of red, the colour of China's flag, to welcome the Chinese president Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan. 

    In April 2014, during her trip to Australia and New Zealand Kate nodded to both countries with her sartorial choices. 

    On day three she wore a black and white dress in reference to New Zealand's traditional colours, and the print on her knee-length frock had a hint of the Maori symbols seen in the tattoos at the official welcome on day one.

    While at an unveiling of a portrait of the Queen the Duchess wore a bespoke Jenny Packham number which had New Zealand's national plant, the silver fern embroidered on to the shoulder of her dress.

    Kate opted for a £950 canary yellow Roksanda Ilincic dress as she stepped off the plane in Sydney for the second leg of her tour of Australasia, paying sartorial tribute to her Antipodean hosts in the sunny yellow dress which represented the country's national colours. 

    On another trip to Canada, in July 1 2011, Kate teamed her white 'Nanette' Reiss dress with a bright red maple leaf fascinator, red heels and The Queen's donated maple leaf pin.

    Later in the evening, when Kate and Prince William were the guests of honour at the event which was part of the national celebrations marking Canada's 144th birthday Kate had changed her clothes from her earlier red and white outfit - Canada's national colours - into a purple dress.

    However, she was still wearing the maple leaf brooch, which the Queen has loaned her for the tour - a glittering diamond piece in the form of the national emblem of Canada.

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