And The Princess Dressed Well Happily Ever After
Form not so pauper to princess, Kate Middleton is currently the nations newest sweetheart. The country is captivated by her every movement; with special attention aimed at her nods towards fashion. This sort of intense fascination with people is nothing new. Last year all we wanted to know about was Cheryl Cole; what was she doing, what colour was she dying her hair, what trend is she supporting today, and so on. And it’s the same with Kate. Ever since Kate appeared on the scene as Prince William’s girlfriend at St Andrews University, interest in her has been feverish. Even more so since she has begun to prove that her name should be in the fashion column inches. Kate’s influential fashion choices became clear as far back as 2007 when a dress she wore for her 25th birthday (a £40 Topshop tunic) sold out within 24 hours. Extraordinary before that Kate had been criticised as being frumpy, fashion critics had even gone as far to say that her clothing choices epitomized the faux par of ‘lamb-‐dressed-‐as-‐mutton’ Things began to change after the news of Kate’s engagement, not only has her wedding ring reignited the trend that Dianna previously started but her fashion choices have been applauded by the fashion conscious world opposed to them feeling appalled. Did she think she had to start proving herself as something more than just Prince William’s fiancé? Should she even feel like she had to prove something, as after all that is all she is. Regardless of her that, she has begun to prove something. Long gone are the mundane and clumpy suede knee high boots, navy pashminas, long sleeved 1
cashmere cardies and teacher like knee-‐length skirts and dresses that were once her much loved and devoted wardrobe staples. Those coat hangers are newly adorned with elegant, fitted jackets, figure enhancing dresses, and timeless accessories that encompassed the elegance and regalitiy that the public still want to associate with her. Kate’s stamp on the fashion world is so intense that what she wears has the power to spark a fashion stampeded, resulting in sell out lines and numerous high street alternatives being sketched, sewed and then sold weeks after. She may not necessarily pick up on key trends, or debut the boldest of colour palates but she knows how to work timeless pieces and nails the art of giving them a modern, yet classy edge. Being a prestigious lady, who potentially has access to an enviously disposable fund it would be almost sinful for her outfit choices not to stem from some high end items, so it comes of no surprise that she is regularly snapped in British designers such as Temperley, Mulberry and Burberry, thus her choices have been a good blend of patriotic and classic. But Kate isn’t a lady whose fashion eye is blinkered to the high-‐end possibilities; she sports a fondness for the popular High Street stores such as Topshop, Zara, Reiss and Jigsaw. She is fast becoming the most famous woman in the world, with a figure that looks great in clothes, so it’s no wonder that designers are desperate for a little sprinkling of the dazzling Middleton magic. One of the most note worthy examples of how her choices affected sales was the Burberry trench she was spotted in during a visit to Belfast. 24 hours after the photo hit the fashion websites, blogs and forums the classic beige trench with double-‐ breasted pockets and a frilled, flared hem had sold out online. The Middleton magic didn’t stop there though, mums favourite supermarket, Asda
had their own version too, at a far more purse friendly version at a mere £22, a huge price crunch alternative compared to the heavy price tag that was stapled to Burberrys original which would set you back £650 Kate’s wardrobe has had similar successes with pieces like; a Libelula coat, which now has a waiting list of over 300, an Issa dress, which too sold out within 24 hours. When the official engagement photographs by Mario Testino were released, the fashion world was waiting in awe and trepidation. Will it be high street, or high end? Will it be fashion conscious of frumpy chic? Not one to disappoint her new legion of fashion fans, Kate decided on a cream silk dress by Reiss. The dress was from the autumn collection of 2010 and had sold out online before the nation had even seen the released photos. The unbelievable response to Kate’s dress resulted in Reiss relaunched the Nanette dress, and has been selling and selling ever since. The question isn’t whether she can maintain this adoration that as society we are so quick to infuse into someone; its whether she should she even feel entitled to carry on working as a clotheshorse. After all once you take all heirs and graces away from her she is just a middle class lady who has had got a promising future ahead of her. -‐ENDS-‐
Published on Apr 1, 2012
A look at how The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton is currently the nations newest sweetheart. The country is captivated by her every mo...