Vivienne Westwood Asks Kate Middleton To Recycle Her Wardrobe

18 February 2013 by

Vivienne Westwood had a thing or two to say about the Duchess of Cambridge's style over the weekend. Asked ahead of her Vivienne Westwood Red Label presentation at the Saatchi gallery yesterday if she had any words of wisdom for Kate, the Grand Dame of British fashion replied “I don't have any advice for her, [although] I think it would be great if she wore the same clothes over and again, because that's very good for the environment and it would send out a very nice message. I mean you don't have to have a red outfit one day and then something almost the same in blue the next.”

Kate has often been commended for repeating outfits, but she was also criticised when it emerged that Prince Charles had spent £32,870 on her wardrobe in six months. Vogue Australia also calculated that to be as well groomed as the DoC you'd have to shell out £102,379 a year which includes £7,984 in spray tans and £8645 on hair.

This isn't the first time that Westwood has been drawn into debate about Kate's image. In 2011 she told the Sunday Times magazine “The sharp line around her eyes make her look hard. Either she should be smudgy or wear none.” Jeez, we wouldn't want Viv judging our applied on the back of the bus makeup look in the national press.

Take a look through our Kate Middleton wardrobe recycling gallery below...

In Erdem for Trooping The Colour in June 2012 and at Thierry Kelaart's wedding in September 2012

In Roksanda Illincic for LA tour in July 2011 and at Creative Industries Reception in July 2012

In Day Birger et Mikkelson at Mel Nicholson's wedding in May 2011, at Zara Phillips' wedding in 2011, at the Paralympics in August 2012 and at Laura Parker Bowles' wedding in 2006

In Stella McCartney at the National Portrait Gallery in July 2012 and for the Olympics in August 2012

In Joseph for North American tour in July 2011, at Wimbledon in July 2012 and at the Epsom Derby in June 2011

July 2011 in Canada and July 2012 at Wimbledon in Alexander McQueen

Kate Middleton in a Jane Troughton brocade coat in 2009 and together with her Zara dress for Prince Philip's 90th Birthday

Wearing a Smythe blazer as she leaves for her Canadan tour and with J Brand skinny jeans

In Alexander McQueen at Trooping the Colour in 2011 and at the Order of the Garter in 2012

In Missoni at Fortnum & Masons and at a Jubilee event in June 2012

In Emilia Wickstead at Buckingham Palace for a luncheon and for a garden party two weeks later

Wearing Erdem as she arrives in Canada in June 2011 (left) and again at a friend's wedding in April 2012 (right).

In Diane Von Furstenberg in California (left) and again for a reception before Zara Phillips' wedding (right).

At a 2012 wedding (right) combining a Jenny Packham dress spotted on her North American tour (left) and a Katherine Hooker coat worn for the Order of the Garter in 2011 (centre).

A printed Issa dress for the evening before her wedding (left) and again in Canada (right). Both 2011.

Zara for a night out in 2007 (left) and for a wedding in 2011 (right).

The famous Reiss 'Nanette' dress as seen in Kate and William's official engagement picture (left) and on Canada Day in Ottowa (right).

In Katherine Hooker in 2006 (left) and in - probably - a tailored version of the same coat in 2011 (right).


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