Fashion critics of Duchess Catherine have lampooned her for playing it ‘too safe’ in her fashion choices. However, high praise for her impact on the fashion industry has come from none other then the style guru, Gok Wan.
The style guru himself Gok
Wan Image: Gokwan.com
Gok, believes the former Kate Middleton and current, Duchess of Cambridge “looks great” in whatever she wears. The style icon unabashedly says he is a huge fan of Kate Middleton, particularly since she endorses and promotes high street fashion.
Speaking to Gill Harvey of stv.tv during a recent visit to Glasgow, Gok says: “I think she looks great, she looks fine. She has to be conservative. I think she’s brilliant for wearing the high street as well.”
Taking up for the Duchess, Gok says many people pull-up Kate for looking ‘too conservative.’ However, if the Duchess goes attired in a tracksuit while on a visit to an orphanage, then only, “we’d all have something to say about it,” opines Gok.
Catherine’s Issa Dress Credit:
Ever since the former Kate Middleton’s wedlock to the future heir to the British throne, Prince William in April 2011, Catherine has become a kind of fashion icon followed by zillions of fans from world over.
In fact, the hullabaloo began during her engagement announcement itself when she wore the blue Issa dress (on the left). It was such a massive hit, that replicas of the dress swarmed the high street as fans jostled to snag it before stocks ran out.
Kate in £69.99 Zara dress
That was the start of the craze for Kate Middleton, after which she has made waves in the industry through her fashion choices. To give an example when the tall 30-year-old brunette wore a Zara dress (costing £69.99 from high-street), to a recent charity concert, the outfits were sold out online within one hour.
This does not mean the Duchess of Cambridge cannot carry off designer brands. In fact she is equally adept at it. Recently Kate came in for high praise for her selection of a glamorous teal Jenny Packham gown accessorized with stylish Jimmy Choo sandals for an official engagement to mark the Olympics.
Duchess Kate in gorgeous Jenny
Packham Gown Credit: Zimbio.com
The moot point is what makes Kate Middleton have such a tremendous impact on the general public’s own choice of fashion. Why is she looked up to by the common Brit as also people of the world?
Gok believes that is so since she is so visible and high profile. Gok Wan says: “I think everybody in the public eye has a responsibility for people to look at them and think ‘actually I quite like your style’.
Further the style icon goes on to say “Obviously there was a massive wedding, it’s the first time we’ve had a royal wedding in a long time, plus we know William is going to be our King at some point, therefore Kate will be our Queen, so they are bound to be noticed for what they’re wearing.”
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