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      Kate Middleton in an Orla Kiely coat

      Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, makes an Orla Kiely coat sell out

      Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, and Angel of Death to All Clothes, has been at it again: wearing clothes, and then prompting a complete shopping frenzy, as people all rush to buy exactly the same thing and look exactly like her. Clothes must shiver when they see her coming, no? This time, Kate’s purchase sounded the death-knell for this brown Orla Kiely coat, which, according to the brand, sold out within minutes of the the Duchess’s appearance at Rose Hill Primary School in Oxford. For those who’re interested, Kate paired her coat with brown  suede Aquatalia ankle boots, which she has – gasp! – been seen in before. We’ve no idea what she wore under the coat, though: whatever it was,…

      Duchess of Cambridge in a grey dress by Jesire

      Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, wears Jesire & Prada to the National Portrait Gallery

      Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, has once again sent the world spinning on its axis by – wait for it – wearing clothes. In public. And not just any clothes, either: on her first solo engagement as a member of the Royal Family, The Duchess proved that she is down with the people by turning up to the National Portrait Gallery in London wearing a grey, 50s-style coat dress by high street brand Jesiré. (Aside: We at The Fashion Police almost always wear clothes from the high street. When do we get OUR medal, we wonder?) Now, before you go getting too excited and muttering about how accessible she is, this dress is unavailable to us commoners as Jesiré is no longer…

      Kate Middleton in a Zara dress

      Kate Middelton wears Zara, has higher hemline than usual

      The Fashion Police would respectfully like to ask The Duchess of Cambridge to please stop buying her clothes in Zara: we’re convinced she’s at least one of the reasons their clothes are currently selling for astronomical prices on eBay, and we’d quite like that to stop now, thanks very much. This dress, for instance, is already sold out, but whether that’s because of the Kate Effect or not, we will never know. With that said, here’s Kate Middelton, always appropriate, causing a few raised eyebrows in royal circles: not because her dress is from the high street (everyone’s used to that by now, presumably) but because it’s has – SHOCKHORROR – a higher hemline than usual. The Duchess is known…

      Kate Middleton shops at Topshop

      What Kate Bought: Kate Middleton shops at Topshop

      This week, certain sectors of the UK media were absolutely astonished by the news that Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, has been spotted doing a bit of shopping at her local Topshop, in Kensington. Honestly, we’re mostly just amazed by the amazement. If she’s anything like any other British girl – and, small matter of being married to a Prince aside, the evidence so far would seem to suggest that she IS – Kate probably grew up shopping at Topshop, just like the rest of us did. Why would she stop now, just because she’s suddenly filthy rich. If YOU were rich, would you walk past Topshop on your way home, without so much as a glance? We wouldn’t. Sure,…

      Green Diane Von Furstenberg 'Maja' dress, as seen on Kate Middleton

      Style Stealer: Kate Middleton’s green Diane Von Furstenberg ‘Maja’ dress

      Attention Kate Middleton fans, Royal watchers and people who are just a bit bored, and are reading this simply to pass the time: we interrupt our Emmys/Fashion Week coverage to bring you the news you’ve probably not been waiting for, which is that the Diane Von Furstenberg ‘Maja’ dress, as worn by Kate Middelton, is now available for us commoners to buy. The dress, which is so loved by the Duchess of Cambridge that she’s now worn it twice (a move guaranteed to rock fashion victims to their very core) is available for £375 at Net-a-Porter, and $398 at Shopbop. What do you think of it, though?

      ~ Vivienne Westwood: more extraordinary than you

      Vivienne Westwood hates Kate Middleton’s eyeliner

      Vivienne Westwood, flame-haired fashion designer, has had a quick pop at Kate Middleton, Duchess, high-street shopper, this week, for having “a problem” with makeup. “I think she’s got a problem with eye make-up,” said Westwood. “The sharp line around her eyes make her look hard. Either she should be smudgy or wear none.” Westwood also thinks The Duchess of Cambridge is “ordinary”, and should take steps to be “extraordinary,” a bit like Dame Viv herself, presumably. ‘It seems to me, that her image is “ordinary woman”. Therefore, High Street shopper. And I just think that she should be an extraordinary woman, wherever she gets her clothes from.” Oh, come on, Viv! Since when was “high street shopper” an insult? It’s…

      Kate Middleton and Prince William on board the Royal yacht Britannia

      Kate Middleton doesn’t buy new clothes for a wedding: do you?

      Now, we don’t know about you, but when a wedding invitation drops through the door of the Fashion Police HQ, we’ve generally started the hunt for something to wear before we’ve even posted our RSVP. This is partly because we’re shopaholics, of course: but for us there’s something about a wedding that seems to demand a new outfit (or at least part of one), especially if the wedding in question involves roughly the same group of people that were at the last eleventy-one weddings we attended: and let’s face it, it normally does. Not so with Kate Middleton, however. Last weekend, the Duchess of Cambridge was in Edinburgh, along with the rest of the Royal Family, to attend the wedding of…

      Kate Middleton makes sheer hosiery popular again

      Kate Middleton causes sales of sheer hosiery to “skyrocket”. Do you wear sheer tights?

      As the nation’s obsession with Kate Middleton continues, the latest news from brands desperate to be mentioned in the same sentence as the Duchess of Cambridge, is that Kate is responsible for a huge rise in the sale of sheer hosiery. Selfridges is reporting a 40″ increase in sales of sheer tights since this time last year, while TightsPlease are doing even better, with a 90″ increase in sales of their “Kate Middleton style” nude tights. (Tightsplease) For Kate Middleton herself, of course, shiny, sheer tights have absolutely nothing to do with fashion: they’re purely a matter of royal protocol, which dictates that female members of the royal family should always wear hosiery, and closed-toe shoes. (Kate slipped up on…


      Peacocks to sell Kate Middleton-inspired wedding dress for £60

      Would you buy your wedding dress from Peacocks? That’s not a question we ever thought we’d find ourselves asking, because the brand is best known for their low-budget fashion pieces (and their recent collaboration with Pearl Lowe) than for dressing brides-to-be, but the recent wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William has apparently inspired the chain to make their first ever wedding gown. The dress, shown above, is a limited edition, and will go on sale on August 7th, priced at £60. Loosely based on the dress worn by the new Duchess of Cambridge, it’s one of many wedding gowns to be inspired by the Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen original, and possibly one of the cheapest. What do you…

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      Fashion Police Roundup: Kate Middleton, Michelle Obama and Reiss’s ‘Shola’ dress

      Now, we don’t normally feature Queen Elizabeth II here at The Fashion Police, but we just had to take issue with today’s Daily Mail, which criticises Michelle Obama for wearing a dress which they claim was too similar to the monarch’s at their meeting this week. This is news to us, because, of course, Michelle Obama’s dress is not even remotely similar to the Queen’s: See? Not even a little bit similar. “It’s never a good idea to dress like an 85-year-old,” says The Mail. Two things about that: 1. It is if you’re an 85-year-old. 2. Michelle Obama isn’t dressed like one. Or like the Queen, for that matter. Sheesh! (Her oufit is by Barbara Tfank, by the way. We…

      Kate Middleton's evening reception dress

      Royal Wedding Fashion: Kate Middleton’s second dress of the day

      It may have been a fairytale wedding, but as far as The Fashion Police are concerned, the real fairytale would be getting to wear two custom-made Alexander McQueen dresses in one day. That was the fate of Kate Middleton, or the Duchess of Cambridge as we should probably now be calling her: Kate’s simple ivory gown for the evening reception (a more “intimate” affair for just 300 people) was also designed by Sarah Burton, who can probably expect to rise to even greater prominence as a designer in her own right after the coup of designing not one, but two royal wedding dresses. We think Sarah did a great job. Like the first dress Kate wore yesterday, this is simple…

      Kate Middleton and Prince William on their wedding day

      Royal Wedding: Kate Middleton wears Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton

      We’re sure those of you who are interested in the Royal Wedding will already have seen The Dress, but we couldn’t resist putting down the Pimms and cake for a few minutes to bring you a couple of photos. Kate Middleton’s dress was designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, and featured a 2m 70cm train and lace applique sleeves. Our verdict? Absolutely perfect. The dress fit her to perfection and we loved the understated elegance, which was reminiscent of Grace Kelly’s wedding dress: simple and timeless, and very true to Kate’s existing style. She looked absolutely beautiful, as did her sister, Pippa, as Chief Bridesmaid:

      Kate Middleton

      Royal Wedding: Are you desperate to steal Kate Middleton’s style?

      So, it’s the Royal Wedding next Friday. While the Fashion Police are viewing the upcoming nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton purely as an opportunity for a day off, however, if the many, many fashion PRs who communicate with us every day are to be believed (And just to be clear: they’re not), the rest of the country – and perhaps the world – view Kate Middleton as the greatest! style icon! ever! and are just desperate to “steal her style”. Really? If this is true, then colour us amazed. Don’t get us wrong: we like Kate. She’s a beautiful girl, and she seems like a nice person, from what we can gather, anyway. But a style icon? No. While she’s…