Kate Middleton: Style Icon
I have a confession to make. An obsession confession.
I love Royalty. Specifically, the British Royalty. More specifically, Prince William and soon-to-be Princess Kate Middleton. (See how they fell in love in the new Lifetime movie "William & Kate" premiering April 18!)
Actually, I think now that she's going to be a Princess, they have switched over to calling her Catherine, not Kate. Catherine is a very regal name, suited for royalty. Kate is a bit rough around the edges, or so comes the speculation about the sudden "official switch" in how Clarence House refers to her.
Either way. I love her.
Her wardrobe causes a frenzy that rivals that of Jackie O, and far exceeds the ripples occasionally made by Michelle Obama, or even that caused by Princess Diana. She is already an icon in her own right.
Last week Middleton donned a classic Burberry Trench coat with a ruffled hem when visiting Belfast with Prince William, and the coat caused a downright buying frenzy. The $1,040 price tag didn't slow royal-watchers down one bit - all sizes of the wool double-breasted coat sold out within one day.
Similarly, when the soon-to-be Princess chose a cream silk Reiss dress from her closet for her official engagement photo (Middleton styled herself for the photos, shot by the famous Mario Testino) shoppers launched themselves into a frenzy in search of the now-famous "Nanette" dress. The dress was from the Fall collection, and by the time the photos were released the dress had been sold out for a while. In a wise move, the brand chose to re-launch the dress, which has been flying off of the racks ever since!
The white topaz earrings that she chose for the photo, by Links of London, created a similar frenzy, with two New York City women getting into a fight over the last pair in the Manhattan store!
The now-famous blue silk Issa dress that Middleton wore for her engagement announcement in their signature wrap style also sold out within 24 hours. It was a stunning choice to complement her Sapphire engagement ring. While some have criticized Middleton for dressing a bit older than her age, I think she has done a fantastic job of incorporating modern designs and lines into a wardrobe that is still appropriate for royalty.
So what do you think? Is Catherine Middleton one of your style icons? Will her style withstand the test of time, with people holding her in high esteem with the likes of Jackie O and Audrey Hepburn, or is her influence temporary?
Don't miss the premiere of "William & Kate" Monday, April 18 at 9 pm et/pt on Lifetime!