Kate’s £428 silk frock splits Britain: Two of the Mail’s fashion experts give their opinions

In London to speak about mental health yesterday, the Duchess of Cambridge turned heads in a £428 pink silk Kate Spade dress that left fashion fans firmly divided. 

Here two of the Mail’s style experts slug it out over whether Kate’s dress was a master stroke…or mistake.

I LOVE IT! by Dinah Van Tulleken, Style Editor 

This is the dress that little girls playing princesses dream about — and one to make every grown woman’s heart soar, too.

Following season after season of dour, dark masculine fashions such as culottes and trouser suits, this dress finally heralds the welcome return of femininity.

Kate mingles with guests to discuss the topic of ‘mental health first aid’ and hear how they’ve been helped by friends and family
The Duchess glances up at The London Eye, which will later be lit up in purple to mark World Mental Health Day

t made Kate look beautiful and confident – and proves that no woman should shy away from wearing pink.

The colour brings out the sparkle in her eyes and the blush in her cheeks, and makes her seem all the more powerful for rejecting the notion that a woman should ape a man in her style of dressing in order to be taken seriously.

The knee length is appropriate,while the blowsy rose print, pleats and oh-so-trendy pussybow neckline keep the look the right side of fashion forward – they’re all huge trends this season, after Miu Miu and Prada both showed similar prim dresses on the catwalk.

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Designer Kate Spade, a sensation in the US where she has more than 140 shops, is known for her flattering, preppy styles that are worn by power women such as pop star Taylor Swift, Vogue editor Anna Wintour and First Lady Michelle Obama.

The blush Gianvito Rossi courts elongate her legs and the simple box clutch works so well with the rest of the outfit. Her bouncy blow-dry completes the look.

And she hasn’t destroyed the delicate line of the dress by teaming it with an unsightly overcoat.

There may be a chill in the air but a jacket would have ruined this delicate look – and when you have a driver one is completely unnecessary.

No doubt some will wince at how unashamedly girly it is, but then this dress has already sold out, so what do they know!
I HATE IT! by Emily Monckton, Assistant Fashion Editor

So prim. So saccharine. So totally ageing and inappropriate for a 34-year-old woman.

Even Margaret Thatcher, the queen of pussy-bow necklines, would have turned her nose up at Kate’s fussy confection.

This is the dress that little girls playing princesses dream about — and one to make every grown woman’s heart soar, too, writes Emily Monckton
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