The Duchess of Cambridge ups her fashion game on Paris visit
One sure-fire, and rather chic, way to smooth over any sticky diplomatic relations is to wear Chanel.
I mean, it's not the solution for everything and one can't expect to pop Donald Trump in a boucle suit and solve the issue of all those awkward meetings with world leaders. But still, if the Duchess of Cambridge's outfit for her and William's first official trip to Paris, is anything to go by, sartorial diplomacy is one heck of a balm.
Who needs to think about Brexit when there's a logo belt cinching in a very nice tweed ensemble?
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were in Paris for a two-day tour of the city, 20 years since the death of William's mother Princess Diana. The prince has travelled to France for various events but until this weekend had not visited in an official capacity.
During the visit the couple met French President Francois Hollande, visited various community and charity groups, popped by the Orsay Museum, attended a dinner hosted by Her Majesty's Ambassador to France and went to an RBS 6 Nations rugby match between France and Wales.
But yes, yes, tell us about the clothes, you say. Because, really, that's the interesting part.
While the Duchess wore a striking green coat by French-born designer Catherine Walker for St. Patrick's Day on March 17 and repped her homegirl Jenny Packham with a gown for a dinner, it was the Chanel 'trifecta' of a tweed dress and logo belt from the house' spring/summer 2017 pre-Collection, and red flap bag from the fall-winter 2015/2016 collection that sent the internet into a spin.
The Duchess completed her look with Cartier earrings and necklace, which match back rather nicely with her Cartier Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch, a gift from William.
For one thing, it seems that the Duchess has once again taken notes from Princess Diana in choosing an iconic French designer (and likely also from former First Lady Michelle Obama who also used her clothes as diplomacy) as a way of playing her cards right when doing important things abroad.
Princess Diana wore bright red Chanel on arrival to Paris for her first state visit in 1988, so the red bag that Catherine covered was a nice little nod there.
Which leaves the real question (after, how many kidneys would I need to sell for that bag/belt/dress), what will the Duchess wear for her next bout of very important/slightly dull business?
The stakes have been raised.