COMMERCIAL IMAGE - In this photo taken by AP Images for YourBash, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, is seen at the The Foundation Polo Challenge at The Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet club on Saturday, July 9, 2011 in Carpinteria Calif. (Alex J. Berliner/AP Images for YourBash)
Even in a town where celebrity-studded awards shows are commonplace, the unveiling of the Duchess of Cambridge's travel wardrobe was the most anticipated event of the season.
Much expectation followed the young royal couple as they took their first state trip to Canada and the United States, with fashion observers waiting for new looks from a duchess whose picks can clear stockrooms within hours of an appearance.
To many, the former Kate Middleton's sartorial choices hit just the right notes — even though she didn't pack any surprises.
She brought all feminine looks, among them: a pleated lilac floor-length gown designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, a vibrant green Diane von Furstenberg shift with a waist-tie, and a silver silk dress with hand-painted flowers by British designer Jenny Packham.