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Banana Republic's much-anticipated collaboration with Issa London dropped online and in stores today, but there has been some confusion over one of the most anticipated items in the collection: a $130 version of the Issa wrap dress Kate wore for her engagement photos.
The collection lookbook shows a sapphire blue version of the dress, which naturally lit a fire under both royalists and fans of classy dressing in general. But when the collaboration went on sale this morning, the dress showed up on the Banana website in a significantly lighter shade of blue called "tulum turquoise."
(L) The dress in-store, and (R) the original
The incongruity naturally caused confusion, so we sent a Racked
intern spy to a Manhattan Banana Republic location to verify whether the dress is royal blue-ish or turqouise-y in real life. She got confirmation from a sales clerk that it is indeed the Kate Middleton blue of the original lookbook image confusingly called "Tulum turquoise."
Since then, retailer's website has changed the color name to "royal blue."
Anyway, all of this is to say that the dress you see here is, to the best of our ability to confirm, actually royal blue and not turquoise. So you can go ahead and safely order your Kate Middleton lookalike outfit.
However, if anyone has personal verification of this, do let us know (We have contacted Banana Republic and are waiting for confirmation). Hundreds—maybe more—are depending on this information for
personal reenactments in their private homes Halloween.