Kate effect

09.06.125:42 AM ET

Kate Boosts British Fashion (Says Fashion Designer Whose Dresses She Wears)

Dressed in a red puff sleeved Zara blazer and polka dotted flowy top, Kate and Prince William cheered on Great Britain at the final swimming session of the Olympics on August 3, 2012.
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British designer Alice Temperley, whose dresses have been worn by Kate and her sister Pippa, says the Duchess of Cambridge is helping the rag trade to defy the recession.

"She's been brilliant for British fashion and great for the whole economy," says Alice Temperley, whose dresses have been worn by Kate and her sister, Pippa Middleton. "There is no one else who has an effect like her. It has really brought British fashion to the forefront again."

Speaking to The Telegraph at the launch of her Somerset by Temperley collection at John Lewis, the designer said the secret of Kate's success is her mixing of price ranges.

"She is a breath of fresh air and has encouraged people to experiment and combine high fashion with high-street fashion. She is a really nice girl as well."

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