Kate Middleton and Prince William: Will fashion follow their lead?
From Queen Elizabeth I to soon-to-be-Princess Kate Middleton, royal trend-setters have balanced classic elegance with chic modernity, say experts.
Once upon a time, if the queen wore black – as Britain’s widowed Victoria did – so did everyone in the nation. Happily, copying royal fashion or lifestyle choices is optional these days.Skip to next paragraph
So, what determines the who, what, and where of modern royals as trendsetters?
It's all about the tech, says Cherie Kerr, a public relations expert. “Whomever is the most hip in terms of social media will become the trendsetter among the royals,” she predicts.
“Today's world is fast-paced and tech-savvy," says Ms. Kerr. "If it's Harry, who tweets a particular intercepted message while donning those cargo shorts, or Kate, who is seen in that smashing summer ensemble while texting her hubby,” the world will gravitate to that “royal tech hipster."
People will watch at who is wearing what as they use their gadgets, she says, adding that these tech-driven moments will define the new "cool." And while Kate is the darling of the wedding moment, Kerr adds that Kate's cheeky brother-in-law-to-be may steal some of that spotlight. “People will be wild about Prince Harry because he 'plays to the cool' of all his apparel and gadget choices,” she says, adding that they always showcase his particular style.
'Looking for guidance'
When it comes to taking cues from royalty, the reasons are more than skin deep, says Gwynne Gorr, royal weddings and collectibles expert from The Franklin Mint, based near Philadelphia. “People are looking for guidance in their lives,” she says, particularly when it comes to big life events like weddings. She remembers her own 1984 nuptials, just three years after Diana married Charles in a voluminous dress with large, puffed sleeves.
“I was just looking at the photos of my own wedding dress,” says Ms. Gorr with a laugh, “and I realized that it had a lot of those same design elements."