Duchess style continues to rule

So it is finally official, the news that all fashion lovers already knew, Duchess Kate is great for the fashion economy. As well as helping companies like Reiss to show huge profits thanks to her patronage of their brands, Kate has helped dresses, fascinators and nude coloured tights to become much sought after items and has guaranteed an instant sell out of any item she wears, or is reported to have bought.

This week  Kate took a shopping trip to Chelsea’s Kings Road and visited boutique Anonymous by Ross+Bute. She made the most of the sales by purchasing this purple jewel collared v neck top, reduced to £84.50. Of course, with the news that Kate had got this jumper, an instant online sellout followed, but you can still create the look for yourself by getting the jewelled collar, which has added versatility, you can add it to any top or jumper to create a new look.

jewel collar £49 

But it’s not just the clothes that Kate is buying that show signs of the Kate effect. More and more companies are openly admitting the influence of the stylish Duchess.M&Co launched the cross front dress on Twitter saying it was a Middleton style dress.It is  definitely reminiscent of the Shola dress, and is just the sort of stylish, elegant look we expect to see from the Duchess.  I also think this really pretty blue lace top, in the wonderfully named Yves Blue, is another Kate influenced look, and one I’m adding to my shopping list.

Cross front shift dress £79 

Lace top Yvesblue 

Another store featuring some beautiful Kate inspiration is Coast. The centrepiece to the new collection is the exquisite Cora Lace wedding dress, which is clearly influenced by the Sarah Burton wedding dress, along with a touch of Grace Kelly for good measure. Coast also has the Erdum influenced Polly lace dress which is just gorgeous, perfect for wedding season.

cora lace maxi dress £695.00 

Polly lace dress £160.00 

If your pick of the Royal wedding was the beautiful evening dress, you can now get a fantastic replica of this dress for less than £100. Light-in-the-box have created a stunning version, which would make a fantastic wedding dress in its own right, or could be a princess for a night prom dress.

A-line Princess Spaghetti Straps Sweetheart Floor-length Satin Wedding Dress inspired by Kate Middleton 

Middleton inspired lace is still everywhere, from haute couture to High Street. You can pick up lots of lace bargains in the end of season sales, and as lace is a style classic, these are a good buy. My favourite lace item is this pretty blue skirt from Lavish Alice which I think is so transitional. Wear it with tights now, then sandals and a simple vest once the weather improves.

Lace Blue Belted Skirt only £22.00 

teaoni lace dress £75.00 

layla lace skirt £39.00 

Navy lace tee £29.50 

Turquoise lace pleated dress £25 






The Kate dresses

The dresses worn by Kate, Duchess of Cambridge are continuing to make news and create mass excitement. Today it was revealed that the Sarah Burton wedding dress will go on display at Buckingham Palace during its Summer opening, From the 23rd July, visitors will be able to view the fabulous dress and accessories during visits to the state rooms.

Meanwhile High Street store BHS have unveiled their version of the Royal wedding dress, along with a copy of the now infamous dress worn by Pippa Middleton. Costing £595, and coming in sizes 8-22,the Rose dress has been made by Canadian design team JS. It is not totally identical to Kate’s dress, the waistband is higher and the corset is looser than the one worn by the statuesque and super slim Kate. But JS have said ‘We think the demand will be incredible’. For those going for the whole picture, the Pippa dress, christened Charlotte by BHS, costs a mere £175.

The dresses aren’t available yet, but  you can register your interest for when they hit stores and the web in September.

Meanwhile, lucky Reiss have another Kate related sell-out on their hands after it was revealed that the fabulously frothy dress that Kate wore to the Derby on Saturday was another Reiss number. The Peacock dress has already sold out!  The jacket was from Jigsaw, whilst Kate accessorised with LK Bennett shoes and clutch bag.

With Kate set to carry out her first evening engagement this week, and then having a busy weekend with Trooping the colour, Prince Phillip’s 90th birthday celebrations, and the Order of the Garter ceremony, all Kate watchers are going to be looking out to see what she wears next.


Kate’s bridal style.

The speculation had been almost frenzied – who would design the wedding dress of the century? Would it be Alice Temperley? Bruce Oldfield was a popular choice for a time, but then tailed off towards the end? Would Kate use Daniella Helayel of Issa, one of her favourite designers? There was a late surge for Sophie Cranston, but on Friday morning at 11.00a.m, the whole of the fashion world  shrieked with pleasure at the news that Kate Middleton had chosen Sarah Burton from the House of Alexander McQueen to design her  wedding dress. And what a beautiful dress it was!

Kate Middleton looked truly regal as she walked down the aisle in  a dress that echoed the Royal brides of days gone by. There was a nod to Princess Margaret with her nipped in waist and full satin skirt. There was another nod to  Grace Kelly, whose Helen Rose designed dress many think was the most beautiful royal wedding dress of all time. With its long lace sleeves and bodice, this dress held the same demure, beautiful appeal as that timeless gown.

Kate had made the perfect choice in choosing Sarah Burton to design the most important dress of her life, and Sarah Burton had created the perfect dress for Kate. It was both simple and yet exquisite. It was a dress that you noticed more detail in the longer you looked at it. It fitted Kate’s slim frame like a glove. Following royal protocol it was demure, with long fitted lace sleeves and a corset bodice covered in intricate lace. The ivory and white gazer skirt flowed beautifully as it was padded underneath so that the pleating flowed perfectly. It felt so contemporary, and yet had a beautiful vintage feel thanks to the lace.

20 embroiders had spent four weeks working on the lace, apparently believing it was for a period drama on tv. There have been various estimates about how much the dress cost, with anything from £40,000 to £250,000 given.

There  is no doubt that Kate made a beautiful Princess Bride. That is why her veil was another triumph. It was a very thin gossamer, almost sheer, which meant we could see every smile and expression on her face. She wore her hair half up. half down, a style she had been trialling recently, and the veil was framed by her something borrowed, the Cartier ‘Halo’ tiara that was on loan from The Queen.

The train was just under 3ft. relatively restrained by Royal standards, but perfect for a modern-day royal bride.

The day saw Kate Middleton become the Duchess of Cambridge, but will also be remembered as the birth of Kate the style icon. The choice of Sarah Burton was fashion forward and brave, and a real result for British Fashion. As predicted, Kate did change her dress for the evening reception, but stayed loyal to Sarah Burton. The second dress was another glorious design.

This was another elegant ivory number, but with an eye-catching diamante band at the waist. She wore this was an Angora bolero (which I.m sure she would’ve removed once the dancing was in  full flow!), and with her trademark loose hair. She looked absolutely radiant, every inch the future queen, and definitely a new queen of style!