Nov 04

Battle of the Royals Fashion

For my British and even American readers, there is little doubt that for many years, Kate Middleton, The Duchess of Cambridge, was the best among fashion icons. Since her marriage to Prince William, she has set the world on fire while becoming the driving force in the sale of women’s clothing worldwide. What she wears is mostly sold out in a matter of hours in the stores. The “Kate Effect” as it has become known has a global impact on women’s fashion and she has turned the image of British royals, which had been declining since the death of Princess DI, into a positive one

But now she has some serious competition from the royal families on the Continent. Hello Magazine asked it’s readers to vote on ten royal women and you may be surprised at the results

royals fashion of the Royal Women of Europe

The Royal Women of Europe

You can read the Battle of the Royals

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Dec 06

Kate’s Necklace Sold Out

Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, is probably the most famous style icon of this century. She has rejuvenated the British fashion industry and what she buys and what she wears is watched by women the world over. Here is just another example of her impact on the world’s fashion. This lady has real style.

Another day, another company strikes gold, thanks to Kate Middleton. One day after the Duchess of Cambridge wore a $35 sparkly, crystal-bead Zara necklace to attend the premiere of “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” to honor the late Nelson Mandela, the necklace has sold out on Zara’s website.

Middleton paired the piece with a cream-colored Roland Mouret gown and wore her hair in a casual ponytail — a departure from the previous evening, when she showed off a glittery tiara (a family heirloom valued at quite a bit more than $35) for an event at Buckingham Palace.

It’s no surprise that shoppers swooped in to buy out the necklace — Middleton’s ability to excite and influence the fashion masses is a phenomenon dubbed the “Kate Effect.” When the duchess posed for her engagement photo with Prince William in 2010, she wore a blue Issa London wrap dress, which sold out in 24 hours. In order to keep up with the demand (still going strong more than two years later), the company teamed up with Banana Republic to create a $130 knockoff.

Seraphine Dress worn by Kate Middleton

Seraphine Dress worn by Kate Middleton

Meanwhile, Middleton’s blue sapphire-and-diamond engagement ring inspired an entire industry of replicas (you can buy your own for $30), and this past May, after she hit the town carrying a series of mini-clutch bags, famed handbag designer Lulu Guinness went to work on a new line of pint-sized purses, saying, “If she’s done anything for the handbag, it’s the fact that she wears small clutch bags. Personally, I am making my clutch bags smaller next season, so they’re more delicate and ladylike, and that’s to do with her, I think.” And the $75 Jolene knotted-front fuchsia dress that Middleton wore in August for her first family photo after giving birth to Prince George a month earlier, sold out just 48 hours after the photo was released.

The girl even made nude pantyhose cool. Well, popular, at least. Hey, even royals make mistakes.