Color us shocked! The spring runways shows and presentations that kicked off New York Fashion Week have already set commenters into a tizzy about a new age of polished refinement. And who can we thank for starting this new epoch in the way women dress? Everyone’s favorite Duchess, Kate Middleton.
The New York Times reports that everyone in fashion is absolutely smitten with her, from relatively new designers like Jason Wu to
power brokers magazine editors like Anna Wintour. They talk of her effortless grace and the demure manner in which she clothes herself like it’s a revolution — and in some small way, it is. Before her wedding to Prince William in April, how many women do you think planned to wear strapless wedding dresses? How many of them do you think started considering a full sleeve as soon as they saw her get out of that Rolls? A ton.
Kate is so classy, in fact, that journalists and bloggers have started referreing to her and the effect she’s having on fashion as “anti-Kardashian.” Dressing up is the new cool thing to do, and in a time when the most visible female celebrities are still stuck in that whole model-off-duty mindset, Kate is the only person these young women can look to for inspiration.
“There’s nothing trashy or vulgar about her,” said Anna Wintour, the editor of Vogue, which has featured the duchess several times. “She dresses her age and never looks out of place.”
And while we love Kate and what she wears, we think it’d be fair to give a little more credit where credit is due. One could hardly call the wardrobes of women like First Lady Michelle Obama vulgar — in fact, her conservative and playful style style has been heralded for teaching women how to dress up again. But of course, Obama is only married to a president, not a prince.
“That fairy tale aspect of fashion is what appeals to Americans,” Rachel Zoe said. “Who doesn’t want to see the storybook come alive?”