Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, has always been admired for being graceful and down-to-earth — and for her amazing style.
On Sunday, Middleton kicked off the royal one-week tour around India by wearing a customized version of a tunic dress, by local designer Anita Dongre, to a charity cricket match in Mumbai, Mashable reports. The dress was so well-received that within hours hundreds of buyers flooded to Dongre's online store, presumably hunting for the same dress, and crashing the website as a result.
The gorgeous dress from the designer's summer 2016 Love Notes collection features a print motif inspired by the city of Jaipur.
"A couple of months ago, Kate's stylist Natasha Archer had emailed us, which is when we sent her a look book, post which she came in and got some pieces for fittings," Dongre told India Today. "I was so surprised to see her actually wearing one of them, as I honestly had no idea that she would be wearing it. It was such a pleasant surprise for me to see the picture."
The dress comes with a sharara and dupatta, but Middleton's stylist made a couple of tweaks for more of an easy-breezy summer look.
"The Indian media has gone completely gaga," Dongre told The Telegraph. "Of course, we are now waiting to see what she wears next but it makes us feel very happy she's wearing local designers."
The dress retails for $236.60 and there's currently a two-week wait for it.
What a great way to show appreciation to Indian fashion and local designers.
Thanks for putting some seriously talented artists on our radar, Kate.