The Middleton effect: it’s official

02 September 2011

Katherine Hooker, favoured designer of Kate Middleton, is set to have her first LA trunk show this week following a similar show in New York in March. The show, which takes place on the 6th and 7th September, sees Hooker open up her swatch book of fabrics and trims so that the lunching ladies of LA can recreate their favourite K-Mid looks.

Hooker has been a favourite of Kate Middleton’s since way before she was the Duchess of Cambridge – even back in 2005 when she was the world’s most glamorous student, Middleton was sporting her immaculately tailored coat dresses – but Hooker, who has been designing since 2001, has decided that this is the moment for her to expand her business stateside.

This is interesting because: Hooker’s style is not very LA. It’s very, very British. She is best known for using heavy fabrics like tweeds, silks and linens, her coats are trimmed with velvet, they hark back to the traditions of British military tailoring. But they’re almost certain to be a runaway success, because anything Kate Middleton touches, or wears, is guaranteed to turn to gold. Especially if it’s being sold in dollars, and even if it’s not climate-appropriate, or even really (whisper it) fashionable. Hooker is one VERRRY smart cookie…

- Alex Butt


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