The Duchess of Cambridge cut a swathe through the gloomy weather this afternoon as she stepped on to the Spirit of Chartwell wearing a vibrant scarlet Alexander McQueen dress.
What is surprising though, is that the Duchess seemed to have taken style inspiration from two most unlikely celebrities…
Kate’s red Alexander McQueen dress, which she accessorised with her trusty LK Bennett nude heels and a Lock & Co hat – has been worn on two occasions in the past year since it made its debut on the spring/summer 2011 catwalk back in February 2010.
The first was X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos, who wore a sleeveless version of the dress for the reality show’s auditions last July.
She wore the piece, with its flattering pleated skirt and neat peplum, with minimal accessories – just black stilettos and a slick of red lipstick finished off the look.
An even less likely style twin for Kate is Kim
Kartrashian Kardashian, who the Sarah Burton-designed dress for a night out in New York in August 2011.
Her micro mini version was a world away from Kate’s demure take on the piece.
Like Tulisa, Kim’s dress was sleeveless, and the skirt even shorter – showing that Kate, who is a full six inches taller than 5ft 1in Kim – must have had her longer version custom made for today’s appearance.