Middleton v Westwood: Round II

09 August 2011

Ding ding!

In the (royal) blue corner, we have Kate Middleton, well-known fan of shift dresses and a nude heel and one of the most photographed women in the world. Iiiiin the red (haired) corner we have Vivienne Westwood, fashion firebrand and one of the most successful British designers, ever.

We know that Dame Vivienne is not a massive fan of Kate's (you will recall, of course, that Viv went on record in the spring saying that Kate needed to ‘catch up in style’ when asked if she was the designer of the future Duchess’ wedding dress) and in this week's Sunday Times magazine, the designer has taken a swipe at Kate's makeup, saying she thinks she has ‘a problem with eye makeup! The sharp line around her eyes make her look hard. Either she should be smudgy or wear none’. Ooh!

Westwood also commented on the Duchess' style, and whilst conceding that she felt she 'might be improving' also said, in her little Northern croak:

‘Let me put it this way. It seems to me that her image is “- she does imaginary quote marks – “’ordinary woman’. Therefore, high-street shopper. And I just think she should be an extraordinary woman, wherever she gets her clothes from. It doesn’t mean you are elitist, it means you are an exceptional woman. Why not be exceptional? Your clothes communicate something about you.”

But what do you think about Dame Vivienne's remarks? Do you think Kate should be more 'extraordinary'? And what are your thoughts about that famous sweep of eyeliner? Answers below please...

- Alex Butt


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