Kate Middleton Angers Masses With Coat That May Or May Not Be Missoni (UPDATED)

Kate Middleton can wear all the Zara she wants to when she’s off the clock, but for big official royal events, the Duchess of Cambridge normally sticks with British designers. Which is why a lot of people turned their heads and raised their eyebrows yesterday when Kate got out of the car wearing a coat dress the palace says is M Missoni.

It’s not quite the level of ire Michelle Obama inspired when she wore a dress by British house Alexander McQueen to a state dinner last year, but the powder blue knitwear coat dress, which has all the hallmarks of a Missoni design without looking like an colorful electroencephalogram, has set a lot of tongues wagging. Middleton put it on for a trip she took with Queen Elizabeth II and her stepmother-in-law Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, to London’s Fortnum & Mason department store. The royals met with military personnel and toured the store’s restaurant, which has been renamed The Diamond Jubilee Tea Station in honor of the queen’s 60 years on the throne.

To be completely fair, it’s a really nice coat — but the people at Missoni don’t want to take credit for it. A spokesperson from the Italian fashion house told Grazia that neither they nor their diffusion line M Missoni created the coat. So if it’s not theirs, whose is it? Take a look at the photos below and see if you can help us figure it out.

UPDATE: A spokeswoman for M Missoni has just confirmed that they did make the coat and are delighted that Kate Middleton chose to wear it. So why did Missoni deny it made the coat? The spokeswoman told us that Missoni and M Missoni are separate and have completely different manufacturers, and believes “there was simply some confusion with the press this morning.”


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