Two Looks for Jamaica: Sunny Yellow Roksanda & A Vintage Dress

The Duchess chose a dress by Roksanda for this afternoon’s arrival at Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, Jamaica.

The Duchess changed into the dress during the flight from Belize. 

The couple arrived to a red carpet welcome with a Jamaican Defense Force Guard of Honor. More about their welcome from this Loop Jamaica story. 

…[they] were greeted Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Kamina Johnson Smith, and Chief of Staff of the Jamaica Defense Force (JDF), Antonette Wemyss Gorman.    

Another view. 

Richard Palmer of The Express shared a video. 

Officials and guests were greeted.

As you can see in the photos, it was very breezy at the airport.

The Duchess and Ms. Johnson-Smith.

On the Duchess’s left (our right), Jamaican MP and former Miss World, Lisa Hanna.

Emily Nash of Hello! shared a video. 

 After the airport welcome, the Duke and Duchess met with Governor General Sir Patrick Allen and Lady Allen at King’s House, the Governor General’s official residence.   

Another view of the Duchess at King’s House.

Following that meeting, the couple changed clothes and headed to Trench Town, where Prince William was slated to play a little football.

Huge sports names were at the event, including Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling and Aston Villa’s Leon Bailey.

A quick video as they arrived. 
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Mr. Sterling is from Trench Town, so you can imagine how eager people were to see him.

The Duchess speaking with Mr. Sterling.

There were people also eager to see the royals. Photographer Chris Jackson, who took the photo below (and almost all the images from tonight’s event), described the scene this way: “Frenetic, hot, hectic, friendly, this picture gives you an idea of how energetic it can be on a Royal Tour like this – People super keen to come and say ‘hi’!” 

Raheem Sterling on the field.

More from Simon Perry’s People story. 

During the visit, William showed off his soccer skills as he took part in a quick game, while Kate cheered him on from the sidelines… William was especially excited to see Leon Bailey, who plays for his favorite team, Aston Villa!

Prince William. 

There was a group photo taken after the football. 

The royals also met the Jamaican Bobsleigh team. 

They even had some fun trying out the sled. 

The Duchess climbed in.

And it was time for a group photo.

The team posted on social media. 

The pair chatted with Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, a gold medalist at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.

The Duke and Duchess visited the Trench Town Culture Yard Museum.  

From The Daily Mail’s coverage. 

Trench Town was made famous by Bob Marley’s No Woman No Cry hit, in which the lyrics refer to ‘in the government yard in Trenchtown’, while the famous singer also named a song after the area.

We return to the People article. 

As they toured the museum, they learned about the impact that reggae music has made around the world.

Donnette Dowe, manager of Trench Town Culture Yard, hopes the royal visit will encourage tourists to start visiting again. Visits to the cultural site have fallen significantly since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The couple listened to some live music and played the drums.

They also did a walkabout.  

Making another friend.

The Duke greeting well-wishers. 

Before we look at today’s ensembles, a quick bit of background on Jamaica, the third-largest island in the Caribbean. You can see how the Duchess used one of the flag’s colors for today’s arrival look.

The Jamaican Information Service explains the flag’s symbolism:

“The sun shineth, the land is green and the people are strong and creative” is the symbolism of the colours of the flag. Black depicts the strength and creativity of the people; Gold, the natural beauty of the sunlight and the wealth of the country; and Green signifies hope and agricultural resources.

Factoids

  • The country’s government is a constitutional parliamentary democracy.
  • In 1962, the country became an independent country and joined the Commonwealth.  
  • Jamaica’s population is 2,900,000. 
  • Agriculture and tourism are key economic factors. 
  • Jamaica is known as the birthplace of reggae (something we’ll learn more about this week).  

Now for our look at what Kate wore for both engagements. 

The sunny yellow dress seen at the airport is by a designer frequently worn on tours,  Roksanda. It is a modified version of the Brigitte Dress in a color called marigold. I am not 100% sure from this next photo if the Duchess had her dress made in a little brighter yellow.

The dress shown above is a limited edition, available to pre-order with estimated delivery in mid-May. Below, the Brigitte in blue ($1355) and in pink ($1525). 

The dress has the fitted bodice and full skirt the Duchess is so fond of, with the elaborate fabric bow at the left shoulder. The Duchess had sleeves added to her dress, and it looked a little shorter to me than the dress shown on the model.   

With thanks to Carly of Kate Middleton Style Blog for the ID, the Duchess’s Ferragamo clutch looks like the version seen on the right, only in bone or ivory.

The ribbon and metal logo echo the style of the brand’s iconic Vara pumps. The bag measures about 6″ x 10″ x 2″ deep and closes with a snap. 

The earrings look like they are by Sézane, the French retailer’s ‘Celeste’ Earrings ($85) in mother-of-pearl. Thanks for this ID also go to Carly.

The Duchess kept the same shoes she wore when leaving Belize, the Aquazzura Cece 105 Pumps (£605, about $795 at today’s exchange rates).

Now for the evening look.

Below you can see how the Duchess had her dress modified, likely using fabric from the wrap to create the thicker shoulder straps. 
The colors are described as “a wonderful striped palette of turquoise blue, coral, and yellow with a black filigree pattern.” The dress also features a straight cut neckline with a turned-down collar along the edges; a fitted bodice accented by a cinched waistline; small gathered pleats along the waistband that drape into the skirt. It has an 11.5″ metal zipper and a single hook and eye. Willow Hilson describes its shop as “Specialising in Vintage Fashion from the 1920s to the 1960s, each piece is hand-chosen by yours truly, for its design, beauty, and history,” and also offers products via an etsy shop. 
Crafted from natural raffia fabric, the slingback style features a pointed toe with a block heel.
The Duchess brought back the Cha Cha earrings ($188) by Copenhagen-based Maria Black. We first saw them when the Duchess visited Denmark. (A reminder, they are sold singly. If thinking about getting a pair and you want a matched set, you will need to order two.)
Her bangle bracelet is by Jamaican jeweler Lashawndla Bailey-Miller. Tonight the jeweler posted the photo seen below right with a bracelet like the one worn by the Duchess; the bracelet worn today does not have the inscription seen on the product photo.   

More about the artist from this Jamaica Gleaner story. 

Bailey-Miller, the designer, initially made jewellery as a hobby and then found it to be therapeutic while struggling with depression.

Now, a few years later, she gets her hands dirty every day, transforming raw materials into gorgeous abstract finishes.

For our coverage of the vintage Yves St. Laurent worn for the Belize departure, this link takes you to that post.  

Here is one more photo from tonight’s event.

VIDEOS

The Jamaica Gleaner offers just about one minute of video from the airport welcome.

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