Once upon a time there was a princess who had a wardrobe that every maiden in the land wanted to get their hands on….
I don’t think that I have ever heard a bad thing said about Kate Middleton. And that is really saying something where we live in a media-saturated world where hate figures are created on a daily basis. Not to mention the infamous ‘ring of shame’ which reigns supreme in magazines to make everyone aware that a celebrity had the worst humiliation imaginable brought upon them- chipped nail varnish or a slightly sweaty armpit.
So Kate Middleton is perfect, that’s the only slightly annoying thing about her! She seems to have it all, she encapsulates the perfect woman. She is clearly beautiful, she is educated and intelligent and she always looks happy. And this has been recognised by the women of Britain and indeed the world. Not since Diana have we seen such frenzy- a woman becoming known just as much for her celebrity status as her royal one.
And on the fashion front, Kate has gone from strength to strength. Kate and her sister Pippa have catapulted the royals back up into the best-dressed category, raised the profiles of certain high street shops and inspired women to dress classy yet on trend. No bum-showing hotpants for Kate!
One such example of Kate creating a fashion frenzy was when she stepped out for her official engagement announcement in a royal blue jersey dress designed by Issa. Consequently the dress sold out almost instantaneously, signalling Kate’s crowning as style crush of 2011. Issa reissued the dress for online fashion week and interest in the dress is still at a high. And it’s been a similar story for most of Kate’s public outfits. Favourite high street stores of Kate’s Reiss and LK Bennett announced record sales in 2011 and other shops such as Whistles, Russell and Bromley and Zara are all cashing in due to Kate stepping out in their garments.
I think people warm to Kate because of this mix of designer with high street. She is now one of the most important figures in modern British culture, she is a royal and she has great responsibilities yet she seems so normal and down to earth. And not forgetting that she makes these clothes look amazing because of the smile she wears with them. Women like Kate. So listen up Samantha Brick- you can be beautiful and be liked by millions of women!
Kate has a clear look. Classy. Whether she is stepping out for a spot of shopping in a Zara dress or attending a red carpet ceremony in Alexander Mcqueen, she always looks the definition of class and perfection. She cleverly combines high street garments with designer accessories such as Mulberry and Prada. And she recycles her clothes! On her Canadian tour with William after their marriage, Kate was frequently seen in her LK Bennett beige Andie shoes which she first teamed with a stunning Erdem dress on her arrival to Canada. And yes, the shoes sold out!
And let’s not forget THE wedding dress designed by Sarah Burton for McQueen. Kate not only looked sensational, but she flew the flag for British fashion by wearing that dress. And her sister Pippa was welcomed onto the celebrity scene as a result of her figure-hugging bridesmaid dress also by Burton. Pippa too is a fan of combining designer with high-street. She clearly has a strong bond with her Russell and Bromley wedges and even has a website dedicated to her daily fashion choices, pippa.middleton.co.uk.
It’s clear that Kate has worked wonders for the UK fashion scene. Only yesterday when browsing through John Lewis, I couldn’t help but think ‘that’s very Kate Middleton’ at half the dresses on the rails in Reiss and Whistles. And when watching the Temperley and Issa catwalks shows for London Fashion week, which emulated elegance and glamour, the same thought occurred many a time. No wonder Kate has been named in the best-dressed lists in Vogue, Harpers Bazaar and Vanity Fair magazine. She has bought something to the UK fashion industry that nobody else could really. And in a world where many girls seem to believe that showing as much flesh as possible is fashionable, Kate is a refreshing sign that class is always en Vogue.