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Kate Middleton: The style princess

Kate Middleton, who is all set to tie the knot with Britain’s Prince William on April 29 in London, has already reserved her spot as fashion’s favourite child among the masses.

fashion and trends Updated: Jan 14, 2011 00:47 IST
Aaron George

Kate Middleton, who is all set to tie the knot with Britain’s Prince William on April 29 in London, has already reserved her spot as fashion’s favourite child among the masses. Everything that Kate wears or does is creating waves. From showcasing her simpleton style in no-fuss, demure dresses to breaking ‘royal’ style conventions, Kate is already writing her own style rules. Here's a lowdown on all that makes Kate a style icon for the masses.

She’s the new Mrs O
Kate is fast replacing US First Lady Michelle Obama as the patron saint of new designers. Whether it’s a black coat dress by Brit label Libélula, priced between R18,000 to R20,000 (pocket change for a would be princess) or Brazilian label Issa’s wrap dress (pricing starts R15, 000 onwards), Kate’s preference for off-the rack prêt is touting her as a fashion icon.“She wears ‘regular’ labels which is great. It shows you don’t need to spend a fortune for good taste" says designer Jenjum Gadi.

She is breaking conventions
Her decision to wear a black Libélula coat dress paired with a sheer top (and no brassiere) to the wedding of friends Harry Aubrey-Fletcher and Sarah Stourton has been labelled too controversial for her future stature. She was also recently seen with her mother at a department store in London, busily shifting through the sales racks as they both bargain hunted. “It’s great to see her break style rules but the true testament will be post marriage. Wonder if like Diana, Armani will make a sudden resurgence in her wardrobe, too?" says designer Anand Bhushan.

She has started an industry
An industry of ‘unofficial’ souvenirs such as dolls (R250), T-shirts (R650), baseball caps and crockery is being put on sale online and people are making a beeline for the same. Try www. royalweddingmerchandise.net

All things Will-Kat....
When the official engagement pictures of William and Kate were unvieled royal enthusiats went to town with the striking similarity between their picture and that of Prince Charles and Diana from the 80s.

Kate landed her first fashion glossy cover with Britain’s Tatler magazine’s February edition. The cover image is a picture of Kate from the official engagement annoucement which has been given the famous Andy Warhol pop art twist.

There are murmurs that Rupert Murdoch's channel BSkyB will broadcast the wedding live in 3D for its viewers. Kate will be 29 when she marries prince William, makign her the oldest royal bride, ever! Diana was barely 20 when she married Prince Charles.
Specualation is aslo rife that Will-Kat will be the first royal coupel to sign a pre-nup.

Get the Kate look

A Royal Fit
Structured black, waist-length jacket
Price: R6,490
Available at: Mango in Select Citywalk and DLF Promenade Mall

Retro Love
Broad belt with retro gold buckle
Price: R3,499
Available at: Pavers England at Khan Market and Select Citywalk

Boot Glory
Classic knee-high, lace-up boots
Price: R8,000
Available at: Aldo at DLF Promenade and Select Citywalk

Rocker Cool
Metal stud detailed hold-all bag
Price: R50,000
Available at: Burberry at Emporio Mall

Girly Chic
Easy fit, polka-dot top with cinched waist
Price: R3,500
Available at: ONLY at DLF Saket and Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj

Easy chic is Kate’s fail-proof style mantra as she mixes staples like skinny jeans with a trendy bag and boots

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