Well, who knew that you could actually style yourself by wearing a Kate Middleton outfit from her Pakistan trip this Eid ul Fitr even though you still have nowhere to go under lockdown?
Khadijah Shah, the founder of the Pakistani brand Élan, will be making available her design that the Duchess of Cambridge wore for a visit to the SOS Children’s Village during her royal trip to Pakistan in 2019.
For her last day in Pakistan, Middleton chose to wore the cream Élan bespoke number with black thread embroidery while she was travelling back to Islamabad from Lahore.
Talking about the outfit, Shah told SAMAA Digital: “It was one of the designs from our Elan Vital Lines due to be launched this year.”
“We have regular collections that come out bi-monthly for our Elan Vital line, this was one of those designs out of the collection that the duchess was sent to the view,” said the designer.
The white kameez featured pretty black floral embroidery over the front, sleeves and hem. The suit was promised to go on sale next year at that time.
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A traditional hand spun 100% pure grip silk design in classic monochrome, ‘Royal Garden’ with its tapered silhouette features beautifully delicate floral and tribal embroideries in ebony silk thread on a pristine ivory base. Paired with an embroidered pure chiffon dupatta and a meticulously draped shalwar, this elegant ensemble will make a statement this Eid. Price: Rs.29,500/- Launching on 10th May on www.elan.pk Photograhy: @stopstyleofficial #Elan #Elanofficial #ElanEidEdit #UneBelleJournee #EidwithElan #khadijahshah
Earlier, PEOPLE magazine’s Monique Jessen spoke to the team at Élan and found out more. She told us the kurta is made from traditional handspun silk in ivory, has a tapered silhouette and features delicate floral and tribal embroideries using ebony silk thread. It will be available to buy next spring for £70- £100. Alizah Raza, the head of business at Élan, confirmed the company will ship the piece worldwide. But since it is 2020 and the exchange rate has changed, the price is not the same any more; the three-piece beauty will cost you around Rs 25,900. The suit will go on sale from May 10.
According to Shah, the dress is due to be released as part of Elan’s eid collection. “We have just started revealing the campaign on social media and the response seems to be tremendous,” she said. “We have a collection of nine outfits.”
The design was a discovery by Kate’s stylist Natasha Archer on Instagram where it was described as, “A traditional handspun design in classic monochrome. The kurta with its tapered silhouette features beautiful delicate floral and tribal embroideries in ebony silk thread on a pristine ivory base.”
“Her stylist and PA had contacted us via our Instagram page, she found us on her own and messaged us about the Duchess travelling to Pakistan and wanting to wear something from our collection,” said Shah.
In November 2019, Kate Middleton wrote a heart-warming thank you note to designer label, Elan, for working on her Pakistan tour outfit.
The Duchess sent Shah a note that read: “Thank you so much for all of your help ahead of my tour to Pakistan. I am so grateful to you and your team for the wonderful selection you made for me to chose from — although having so many beautiful things did make the decision making a little more difficult! I loved the outfit I wore, so thank you for all your time and effort.”
The Duchess of Cambridge visited the country with her husband, Prince William, from October 14 to 18, 2019. Both Kate and Prince William embraced the culture by wearing traditional outfits.
The Duchess of Cambridge wore shalwar kameezes on several occasions throughout the tour.
The designer confirmed that they were part of the virtual fashion show Catwalk Cares and added that the Kate Middleton outfit will be showcased “and donated for our front line health workers.”