The world has been waiting for
Kate Middleton to make a sartorial slip-up, but so far, the princess-to-be has been spot-on. Her style is classic without being frumpy; sexy without showing too much skin, flamboyantly British (see her many hats) and refreshingly simple. To attend a friend's country wedding in October, Middleton wore a silk blue dress, black fitted blazer, and dramatic lace hat. To announce her engagement to Prince William in November, she matched her new sapphire ring with a royal blue wrap dress by Issa. Within 24 hours, the design sold out from Harvey Nichols, as did bargain replicas of the dress. And now the race is on to see what Middleton will wear at the "wedding of the century," with designers from Karl Lagerfeld to Christian Lacroix submitting sketches to WWD for their dream Middleton wedding dress. As
Gucci's Frida Giannini said of her design, "I admire the balance Kate Middleton strikes between elegant and contemporary with her unmistakable style. For her, I had in mind clean lines, soft shapes, and classic touches such as the boat neckline and distinctive train."