More ways to get that Middleton look

Whilst Kate seems to be having a break after a flurry of High profile appearances, her influence on British fashion continues to flourish. I spend lots of time trawling the internet looking at new collections from High Street and Web-based companies, and seem to spend an awful lot of time saying ‘that looks like something the Duchess of Cambridge has worn’.

With Kate’s impeccable taste now shown to be retail catnip, it is no wonder that so many companies are trying to harness some of the Kate Effect. George are just one retailer who have talked of the indirect Kate effect – when the Duchess was pictured wearing coral skinny jeans, George reported that their sales of a similar pair of jeans significantly increased.  With the increasingly thrifty Duchess wearing great clothes that are also from past Designer or High Street seasons, purchased from outlets and second-hand clothes exchanges, copying Middleton style to the max can prove difficult. So it makes perfect sense for retailers to create their own, slightly modified and updated versions of Kate’s garments.

Here are a few Middleton inspired designs I found trawling the net.

Boden

Riviera Shirt Dress £75.65

Gorgeous Couture

The Olsen Maxi Dress £239 

Progidy Red

 

Kate Lace Pattern Shift Dress £17.99 

French Connection

Angela Lace Dress £110.00

Danota dress £179 

 

 

 

French Connection…my picks for Pippa and Kate, Tulisa and Kelly

I love French Connection, I think it is one of the most stylish stores on the High Street, and many celebs seem to agree too. Cat Deeley, Pippa Middleton and Tess Daley are just some of the famous ladies who have worn this brand to great effect, and it struck me this morning that you could shop for four of the most famous ladies around at the moment at French Connection.  Here are my key picks for Kate Middleton, Pippa Middleton, Tulisa and Kelly Rowland.

Pippa’s Pick

Pippa loves red, looks great in it, and has an enviable collection of coats,so this great red Nuovo Melton Bow coat  is perfect, and now its been reduced to £132. Bargain!

Nuovo Melton Bow Coat Now £132

Kate’s pick

We all know that Kate has much love for pencil skirts, and this one is absolutely perfect for Christmas. Black velvet and spotty, this is so stylish, but the polka dots add just an element of fun to the proceedings. Love it!

*Velvet Spot Pencil Skirt £75.00 

Kelly’s pick

Kelly has been the queen of full length and fabulous dresses on this years X Factor. Kelly always opts for an elegant look, and I think the beautiful Aztek drape maxi dress fits that bill. Just look at that embellished neckline.

*Aztek Drape Maxi Dress Now £144.00 

Tulisa’s pick

Whilst Kelly often opts for the full length dress,  her fellow judge Tulisa is more often than not found in something short, sparkling and sexy. This silver Samantha sequin dress certainly ticks all the boxes.

Silver Samantha Sequins Dress £165.00 

 

Art Deco style – The Ultimate Christmas Wish List…

I don’t mind admitting that I am a real Art Deco girl. In my dream world my house would have a flat roof and geometric edges,my colour scheme would be black and White and all my jewels would have previously been owned by Wallis Simpson in the 1930s. I love the Chrysler building, the Hoover building, Saltdean Lido, The Electric Palace on the Portobello Road and every single bingo hall converted from an Art Deco cinema. In short, I’m in love with Art Deco. Which is great this season, when there are 1930s influences to be found on a whole range of clothing, accessories and gift ideas. Here then, is my Christmas list.

Articulated Art Deco earrings 

Feather embellished dress £95 

 

Art Deco Curve Jewellery Box 

Art Deco Sterling Silver Circle & Semi-Circle Brooch/Pendant 

 

Arlo Wool Funnel Coat £210

Pretty Perspex Purse £100 

Silver Simmons Clutch £75 

 

Winter Bex Beads Dress £185 

wine coloured sequin top £12

 

Art deco pencil dress £38 

Follie DECO PIPED T BAR SANDAL CHESTNUT £180 

Art Deco London £9.69 click to visit Amazon