13 September 2011

Kate Middleton: NOT a Fashion Icon. Apparently.

Kate Middleton, Grazia Daily favourite, is quite the topic du jour over the pond in New York as its fashion week continues apace. But today, having her praises sung, she ain’t.

Reuters have been speaking to New York’s top style-setters in a bid to assess whether Kate is, in fact, THE style icon of the 21st century, who will be remembered waaaay into the future as a defining force in the fashions of today, or whether our excitement over her wedding to prince William has muddled our ability to spot a genuine style icon when we see one. And it seems the latter may be the case.

‘”She is stylish, but she's not setting trends, she's following trends," said Gregg Andrews, a fashion director at U.S. department store chain Nordstrom. "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," he said.’

Ouch. We’re not totally certain that’s true; Kate may be many things, but the kind of woman who you wouldn’t look at twice? Grazia Daily thinks that may be a tad harsh.

Gregg Andrews, of department store Nordstrom reckons that Kate ‘is stylish, but she's not setting trends, she's following trends’, which we agree with (though, of course, the other question is whether or not she wants to be setting trends - the evidence thus far suggests not).

In Grazia Daily’s opinion, Elle Fashion News Director Anne Slowey sums up Middleton-mania most succinctly when she says ‘Is she a style icon of the likes of a Kate Moss? Absolutely not. Is she in the public eye? Are people going to become obsessed with everything she wears regardless of what it is? Yes.’

So what do you reckon? News – or just an affirmation of what we already knew? Read the full article here.

- Alex Butt


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