Wednesday, 14 September 2011
Don't Be Critical of Kate
Has The Duchess of Cambridge's time as a style icon ended little sooner than it began? It has been only a matter of weeks since Vivienne Westwood criticised Kate's 'hard' eye make-up, and now Gregg Andrews, the Fashion Director of Nordstrom, has become the latest industry insider to hit out against Kate's dress sense. Speaking at New York Fashion Week, he branding her style 'ordinary':
'She's stylish, but she's not setting trends, she's following them. If you take Kate out of the Royal Family, put her on a street in New York, you wouldn't look at her twice. She's a beautiful woman, but she blends into a crowd.'
I doubt Kate would be distressed to hear Andrews' comments. After all, she is not a designer or a model, and it has been reported that she doesn't want to be perceived as a mere clotheshorse.
As a member of the Royal Family, Kate is subject to untold pressures - scrutinised on everything from how she behaves to how she dresses. If she were to wear something particularly avant garde it would look completely inappropriate. As it is, I believe she hasn't put an L K Bennett clad foot wrong. By mixing her designer wardrobe with items from the high street she is showing us that she has not left behind the girl she once was, and is setting a good example in a time of recession. Her elegant, well put together look is one that millions of women around the world are clamouring to emulate - you only have to look at the sales figures for items she has been spotted wearing! Now, if that isn't trend setting, I don't know what is.
The world of fashion can be fickle, but their love affair with Kate is far from over.