Report By: Nina Rai
London, 21 May, 2012
Royal watchers must have noted the marvelous transformation offrom an average middle-class Brit girl to being the current style diva. Duchess Catherine is widely acclaimed today as a success in her royal role, as well as lauded as a fashion icon by fashionistas world-over. The tall Duchess is fast moving from demure to daring, metamorphosing herself into the most glamorous royal after her late mother-in-law, .
Since becoming a member of the British royal family, in terms of her wardrobe and dressing style, the evolution of the Duchess of Cambridge has been too astounding. She has stunned everyone with her correct choice of stylish designer gowns right from Jenny Packham to Emilia Wickstead.
Today, a little more than a year into her royal position, Catherine, 30 is turning up the heat, setting aside her normal conservative styles in favor of more eye-catching outfits. The newly assertive Duchess is seen flashing her slim figure with plunging necklines, thigh-high slits and sexy high heels.
So what really is going on with the famously taciturn, demure princess, who rather suddenly is discarding her normal panty hose and prudent high street looks, in favor of more sensuous styles? Prince William’s wife’s bold forays into fashion are all of her own choice, insist royal insiders. It is the result of a wardrobe makeover and her growing confidence in the public eye, believe insiders.
According to Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine: "Kate feels confident in her style … You don't wear clothes like that if you are a shrinking violet." Fashion experts opine that Duchess Kate is already making the kind of bold fashion choices something which took the late Princess Diana years to even feel comfortable trying. Don't believe it .... well..
Speaking to American magazine People, Hollywood stylist and Kate’s friend Nikki Pennie disclosed that the Duchess is becoming more and more adventurous with her fashion choices. She has always been glamorous but now she is even more so.
'High-level glamour is becoming more of the norm for Kate due to her role ... She is becoming more playful, putting her hair in gorgeous up-dos to complement certain dresses. She is clearly enjoying the process and becoming more confident,' opined Nikki Pennie.
Sources, meanwhile, credit Kate Middleton entirely for her own fashion metamorphosis. They believe she has almost single handedly revamped her wardrobe, shopping for all her own clothes, without the support of a fashion stylist or any designer freebies. Note, she was witnessed browsing the rails in French Connection in London last week.
Insiders also reveal that Kate Middleton does her own make-up. However, she depends on the help of hairdressers-to-the-stars Richard Ward to assist her to get ready in case of high-profile red-carpet occasions. Stewart Parvin, Couturier to the Queen, also spoke to People magazine of Duchess Kate's evolving fashion style.
'She is becoming more and more confident, which I think is exciting to see … The way she does her hair, the way she does her makeup is getting better and better and she has this new inner glow,' opined Parvin. While one cannot agree more, at the same time the Duchess cannot really be expected to go too far where fashion is concerned.
Lisa Armstrong, fashion editor of The Daily Telegraph, believes Duchess Kate has really made it cool for young women to dress conservatively. Speaking to People she said "It really wouldn't do for her to dress like a Kardashian … She's dressing for her role in the way that she likes. People feel she is real, and she's wearing clothes that they can wear. But she still has to look like a princess,” added Armstrong.
Well, being the level-headed women, Duchess Kate is, one is confident she will never transgress that delicate line.
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