Kate s Style Second Edition

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Author Isbn 9781785461996 File size 35 00MB Year 2015 Pages Language English File format PDF Category Family and Friendship Catherine Middleton has become a global fashion icon since marrying Prince William in 2011 She has tackled the difficulties of dressing for diplomatic occasions celebrity bashes and worldwide tours not to mention two blossoming baby bumps with finesse Here we step into Kate s wardrobe to take a closer look at her most memorable sartorial choices and offer advice

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Welcome to

KATE’S

STYLE
Emerging in her much-anticipated wedding
dress, the creation of Sarah Burton for Alexander
McQueen, Catherine Middleton’s marriage to Prince
William cemented her status as an international
fashion symbol. On April 29, 2011, the eyes of the
world were expectantly directed towards her, and
her now-iconic bridal gown was a global success.
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of dressing for diplomatic occasions, celebrity
bashes and worldwide tours – not to mention two
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step into the wardrobe of one of the world’s most
famous fashionistas to take a closer look at her
most memorable sartorial choices and offer advice
on emulating her undeniably enviable style.

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STYLE
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ISBN 978 1 78546 199 6

KATE’S STYLE

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Contents
8

All About Kate
Discover how Catherine Middleton became
one of the world’s most-watched fashion icons,
and how her style has evolved over the years

Including:

͸ The “Kate Effect”
͸Pippa: It’s a Sister Act
͸ Kate’s Calendar of Style

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The Look Book



Take a closer look at some of Kate’s most
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can recreate her style

Including:

͸Nude and Navy: Kate’s Classic Combination
͸Perfect the Kate Up-do
͸Feminine Florals

162 Acknowledgements

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RIGHT: Kate wore this glamorous
loor-length coral satin dress by
designer Issa to attend the Boodle
Boxing Ball in aid of the Starlight
Children’s Foundation at the
Royal Lancaster Hotel London on
January 7, 2008.
OPPOSITE: he Duchess wears
a pretty loral dress by Jenny
Packham to a charity polo match
in Santa Barbara on July 9, 2011,
which she attended with husband
Prince William.

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ALL ABOUT KATE

The Evolution of an
Iconic Look
After graduating from St Andrews in 2006 with a History of Art
degree, Kate worked as an accessories buyer for the high-street
store Jigsaw. It was here, working behind the scenes, that she honed
an ability to make classic high-street staples look like a million
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scarf. During her time there, Kate even collaborated with successful
jewellery designer Claudia Bradby on a “coffee bean” necklace that
became a bestseller.
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Prince William, it was clear that the young lady knew how to dress.
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idea of who she was, and she wasn’t the type to be easily swayed by
passing fashion fads.
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pull off pretty much any style or shape of clothing, so it’s testament
to her strong sense of identity that she has chosen, by and large, to
stick to a simple but effective fashion formula. The look may have
been honed, sharpened and sprinkled with designer pieces over the
last few years, but the fundamentals have been in place since her
student days. Kate’s fail-safe ensemble usually includes: knee-length
shift dresses, simple court shoes and her favourite envelope-style
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become the mainstay of her wardrobe. They also echo her character
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always complimentary slang term used to describe the trendy upper
middle-class inhabitants of expensive areas of west London, such as
Chelsea and Kensington. The future Duchess may have been brought
up in rural Berkshire but throughout her private schooling she mixed
with the smart set, and now, as perhaps the most famous resident
of west London, she is the foremost ambassador for the modern
Sloane look. A typical “uniform” for a so-called Sloane Ranger
includes costly country casuals such as Barbour wax jackets, navy
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Royal Family, it should also be noted!
But while her trademark style is not new, what makes Kate stand
apart is the fact that she has added her very own modern twists to
invigorate what was essentially a tired, out-of-touch look. If Sloane
style is typically safe and slow to evolve, Kate has extended it to
include innovative dresses by high-fashion designers, along with a
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of the British high street has been particularly important in fostering
the public’s love affair with the Duchess. It’s safe to say that in these
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is that it feels accessible as much as aspirational.

OPPOSITE AND ABOVE:
Sloane style outdoors: Kate at the
Badminton Horse Trials in May
2007, opposite far left; at a game
fair at Blenheim Palace in July
2004, opposite left; and attending
the Golden Metropolitan Polo
Club Charity Cup polo match, in
which Prince William and Prince
Harry played, at the Beaufort Polo
Club in June 2012.
OVERLEAF: Kate dressed for a
night out in 2007, overleaf left;
pregnant with Princess Charlotte,
Kate wears a polka dot ASOS
maternity dress that sells out in
30 minutes after appearing at
Brookhill Children’s Centre in
March 18, 2015, overleaf right.

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Another notable aspect of the look is Kate’s old-fashioned
take on female sexuality. With skirts never too short and heels
never too high, her style has been dubbed “the new demure”
but she still manages to look feminine and alluring. Less
on show is certainly more, as far as she is concerned. This
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iconic fashion status. Like any classic style idol – from Audrey
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With Kate, this strong style core seems to come naturally as
she channels her sartorial heritage with charm but manages to
appear fresh and modern at the same time.
The fact that royal etiquette forbids the Duchess to accept
freebies may in itself have contributed to her independent
thinking. Unlike your average celebrity, Kate is not in thrall to
any of the big fashion houses and simply wears clothes that she
really likes. Most probably, she even looks at the price tags! Her
independent streak runs deep – in this day and age, it’s hard
to believe that Kate has never once hired a personal stylist.
Instead, she has masterminded her own fashion transformation,
single-handedly shopping for all her own clothes. This brave
decision shows how much the Duchess knows her own mind and
is an indication that she doesn’t indiscriminately choose pieces,
but is making a deliberate, well-thought-out style statement.
And the personal involvement shows – despite the
international stage and media masses, Kate never looks like a
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time. On almost all occasions, formal and informal, she appears
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skills to think nothing of popping down to Bicester Village
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Although Kate still gravitates toward the mid-range highstreet stores such as Whistles, L.K.Bennett and Reiss, as she
has been increasingly thrust into the limelight, her style has
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colours and eye-catching designs for eveningwear, such as
the striking Jenny Packham teal ballgown she wore to an
Olympic gala in May 2012. She has also started to reach for
more accessories to refresh her look and has become quite
the accomplished hat wearer, as demonstrated by the stylish
tan Whiteley Hat Company fascinator she wore to the Epsom
Derby in June 2011. Teamed with a white Reiss dress, Joseph
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with Debenhams department store selling seven fascinators
for every hat. And, in November 2012, she decided to reinvent
the carefully blow-dried long hairstyle she had sported since
university days, by adding a daring side fringe.

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The “Kate Effect”
It’s safe to say that the Duchess’s impact on fascinator sales
wasn’t a one-off. Figures from search engine Google reveal
that “Kate Middleton” is one of the most searched-for fashion
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on it. She may rarely be seen wearing something as pricey as
the latest must-have Manolo Blahniks or Mulberry tiger-print
bag, but the Duchess certainly has the ability to shift thousands
of copies of her high-street favourites, be it a simple Zara dress
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age, and her effect on sales is often instantaneous as her fans
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Numerous blogs, including What Kate Wore, and mobile apps
such as Kate’s Style List, have been launched to make following
her fashion choices even easier. Examples of this effect are
everywhere. When Kate wore a black velvet coat by Libélula
to the wedding of Sarah Stourton and Harry Aubrey-Fletcher
in January 2011, it sold out in hours, the company website
crashed and the coat soon had a waiting list of 300.
After Kate chose to wear a Reiss “Nannette” dress for her
engagement portrait by Mario Testino, astonished company
founder David Reiss stated: “We have been inundated with
press coverage – at one stage, online was selling one per
minute.” The Duchess again opted for the high-street brand
when she met the Obamas at Buckingham Palace during their
state visit in May 2011. Unsurprisingly, the “Shola” pale camel
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speed. “We’re really proud that Kate is a Reiss customer,” said
a delighted David Reiss, with some understatement. “She has
the eyes of the world on her and is an incredible ambassador.”
Even a low-key engagement can have the same effect. When
Kate chose to wear a red Luisa Spagnoli suit to visit her old
university, St Andrews, she caused a now-familiar shopping
frenzy at Hollie de Keyser, the London boutique that stocks
the label. “We re-ordered 100 suits – that’s £50,000-worth
(over $80,600) of stock. Since Kate wore the suit, we’ve been
inundated,” the store reported.
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unsurprisingly, the famous royal blue Issa dress worn by Kate
when Buckingham Palace announced the royal engagement sold
out in under 24 hours. More impressively, the copycat version
at Tesco was also snapped up within an hour of going online.
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George at Asda quickly reported a 300 per cent surge in sales
of their similar cut-price mac.

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OPPOSITE: Kate holds her own
in a simple camel bandage “Shola”
dress from one of her favourite
brands, Reiss, while meeting the
equally stylish US First Lady
Michelle Obama at Buckingham
Palace on May 24, 2011.
ABOVE: Kate cheers on the
British Olympic team at the
Women’s Laser Radial race in
Weymouth in August 2012,
along with Princess Anne and
Sir Steve Redgrave.

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Pippa: It’s a Sister Act
Of course, Kate isn’t the only Middleton lady to have been
hitting the style headlines. Ever since younger sister Pippa
stepped out of the wedding car to assist Kate down the aisle
at Westminster Abbey, she’s been creating some fashion
waves of her own. Her stunning yet simple cream silk
Alexander McQueen bridesmaid dress drew praise from around
the world – much of it centred on her rather well-shaped
bottom, gaining the then-27-year-old the press nickname “Her
Royal Hotness”.
But it’s not just her derrière that has caused excitement –
her sense of style has created its own “Pippa Effect” on clothes
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an instant classic. Soon after, her trusty Modalu “Bristol” bag
was quickly renamed the “Pippa”, and stockist John Lewis were
toasting Kate’s sister for helping it ride out the high-street
sales slumps.
Pippa’s style, it must be said, is heavily indebted to her
older sister, as demonstrated by the fact that, when she
attended the wedding of Camilla Hook to Sam Holland in May
2012, she wore a red version of the same Issa “Forever” dress
that Kate famously wore in her royal engagement photos. And
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penchant for brighter colours and higher hemlines. It’s a
more overtly sexy style that suits her unmarried status –
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But like her royal sibling, Pippa continues to loudly declare
her love of the British high street by stepping out in bargain
dresses and jackets. When she attended the US Open Tennis
Championships on her 29th birthday in September 2012, she
wore a canary-yellow shift dress by Phase Eight – a mid-price,
high-street brand specializing in day and formal dresses. On
the same trip, she worked both a bold multicoloured block
dress by London designer Paper, and a sky-blue blouse from
ubiquitous high-street brand Next. Perhaps unsurprisingly,
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attention of some serious players in the US fashion world.
Fashion brand Kate Spade New York spoke for many in
America when it commended Pippa on her “feminine yet
modern sense of style”, noting: “She always looks effortlessly
put together and isn’t afraid to wear colour.” The same label
were also impressed by Pippa’s take on a great Middleton
tradition: fashion recycling. “We think it’s fantastic how Pippa
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Kate Spade. “It sets a great example that fashion doesn’t
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OPPOSITE, ABOVE
& RIGHT: Pretty girls
in pretty dresses. Kate
and Pippa attend Simon
Sebag Monteiore’s
Young Stalin book
launch on May 14,
2007, at Aspreys,
London, opposite, and
the sisters walk about
town in 2008, above.
Pippa Middleton
attends Tatler’s 300th
anniversary party, right

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But it was in October 2012, at the launch of her party
book Celebrate: A Year of British Festivities for Families and
Friends, that Pippa really sealed her fashion status in the
eyes of the world. Ms Middleton wore no fewer than four
different designer dresses over 24 hours in London – costing
a total of around £3,000 ($4,800). She began her day with
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“Vespa” patchwork dress by Paper London, then headed off
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change on the way. She arrived in a purple Roksanda Ilincic
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dress by hip fashion designer Markus Lupfer to throw a
children’s Halloween party. Afterwards, she dashed off for her
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the pièce de resistance: a tweed and black Stella McCartney
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OPPOSITE: Jeans and blazers
on the King’s Road. Kate and
Pippa Middleton go shopping in
July 2007.
BELOW: Mother-and-daugher
style: Kate Middleton and her
mother Carole visit the “Spirit of
Christmas Shopping” festival at
London’s Olympia exhibition hall
in 2005. Kate’s classic Chanelstyle tweed blazer smartens up her
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RIGHT: Kate wears a structured
cream coat by Alexander McQueen
for Princess Charlotte’s Christening
on July 5, 2015. Prince George’s
outit melts hearts.

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