Kate's no trend-setter
New York's fashion elite sharpened their claws and launched a scathing criticism of Kate Middleton this week, claiming the royal is no style icon. According to the Telegraph, her critics in the Big Apple have described Kate as a style follower rather than a trend setter, and say no one would look at her twice on the streets of Manhattan.
With some claiming that Kate’s status as a fashion icon is purely down to her good looks and position in the public eye, Elle magazine’s fashion news director has added strenth to the argument, by saying: ‘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.’
With New York Fashion Week coming to an end, the world’s best dressers are heading over to continue the party in London. But, says Gregg Andrews of US department store Nordstrom, no one will be looking twice at Kate for future trends. He says: ‘She is stylish but she's not setting trends, she's following trends. 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.’
It’s not all fashion damnation for Kate, though. In a survey of 3000 Brits for VoucherCodes.co.uk, she was voted the Queen of High Street Fashion, beating Cheryl Cole to top place. Who needs New York anyway?