When the folks at Royal Ascot chose an Emilia Wickstead dress to put in this year's promotional campaign, the move neatly summed up the brand: thoroughbred, regal, and very English. No surprise, then, that the Duchess of Cambridge is a fan. Today's Fall outing seems only to have underscored that point. Although the show notes suggest that the inspiration was the workingwoman as embodied by Diana Vreeland, we saw it a bit differently: more like a working royal, on a walkabout seeing to her subjects. The question is, was this Camilla or Kate?
The mismatched houndstooth and the Prince of Wales check of some of the looks said it was Camilla. Their solid tailoring was a reminder that made-to-measure was the foundation of Wickstead's business. But a long-sleeve, blush pink damask dress seemed better suited to Kate; its decorum is sure to be palace-pleasing. A short dress daintily embroidered with pearls and a coordinating short coat, likewise, had every woman in the room straining for a better look. If there was a weakness, it was the floral prints, in particular the brown cabbage rose that looked better suited for subject than queen. Wickstead's mastery lies in her precise fit and choice of colors. Her signature is that blush pink; they could name a Farrow & Ball shade after it—Emilia Pink, anyone?