How I’d Style It: Kate Middleton

I feel as though I’m missing a gene – the love of Kate Middleton’s style gene. I simply cannot fathom how she has managed to secure the top spot in so many ‘Best Dressed’ lists. She dresses like someone 10 years her senior and when she does wear a stylish dress, the allure is always ruined by her accessories. It has been said before on this blog and it will be said again – nude shoes are awful at the best of times, and when patent (like Kate’s LK Bennett Sledges) are possibly the most unflattering shoe there is. They do not go with everything, so dearest Duchess, please stop pairing them with everything. I know this is a contentious issue and there are many people who disagree, but there are also many who, like me, find it infuriating that Kate pips true style queens like Miranda Kerr and Diane Kruger to the top spot in style ranks. It is obviously not the Duchess of Cambridge’s role to be a trend-setting fashion icon, but she is a very prominent figure in the public eye and scrutiny of her appearance goes with the territory.

Were I the stylist of Kate, I would continue to push her to wear British brands (something she does often) but I would give her the more exciting, colourful, vibrant and less drab outfits. According to a recent Daily Mail colour chart, Kate wears grey 16% of the time, white 10% and cream 6%. She is also, thankfully, a fan of royal blue, one of the key colours for AW 12, so we know she does have some taste for a pop of colour in her wardrobe.

So here is a compiled list of clothes I would put Kate in from the AW12 collections. All are by British designers and all are appropriate for someone of the Duchess’ position.

Alexander McQueen – In keeping with Kate’s penchant for green.

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MET Ball 2012 – Best Dressed

1. Diane Kruger in Prada

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This dress is absolutely amazing! It is the perfect choice for the MET ball, a night of high fashion and dramatic looks. The whole look is simply perfection – stunning dress, relaxed hair and make up so as not to draw attention away from said dress, a complimentary colour of clutch, and a beautiful, simple but bold necklace to bring it all together. Well done Diane.

2. Solange Knowles in Rachel Roy

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Solange is working both the peplum trend and yellow trend in this gorgeous silk dress. The colour is so lovely against her skin tone. I love how the big hair contrasts with the slim silhouette of the dress.

3. Camilla Belle in Ralph Lauren

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An example of classic red carpet glamour but with a modern edge given by Camilla’s choice of lipstick. The dress hints at the 20s, a key trend at the minute, and flatters her figure. It isn’t the most fashion forward look, but you can never go wrong with a classic.

4. Emma Stone in Lanvin

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I love this dress! It is absolutely adorable and looks so good on Emma. The embellishment work is beautiful and the colour is very complimentary on her. I like the lack of jewellery, but had I been wearing/styling this look, I would have added a dress watch or bold ring, just for a bit more detail.

5. Karlie Kloss in Jason Wu

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This look is a winner mostly because of Karlie’s make up. In a sea of dark, gothic lips, her choice of fuschia lipstick stands out in a very good way. I love her lilac eye make up as well. Needless to say, the dress is stunning and she pulls it off very well.

Close but not quite: Cara Delevingne in Burberry

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The dress is absolutely beautiful – I always love a full skirt, and the cowl neck is very elegant – however, the gloves let her down. They look out of place to me. I imagine the idea was to juxtapose the tough studded gloves with her ladylike, sophisticated dress, in an effort to make it younger and more fresh but unfortunately she doesn’t quite pull it off. I love her make up and hair though!

Go to http://pinterest.com/cshawes/met-ball-2012/ for my other picks for best dressed