Described by Vogue as a “rare creature whose appearance appeals to both men, women, and the fashion industry,” the Duchess of Cambridge has undoubtedly sealed its place in the fashion annals of our time.
Right at home in a pair of coaches, as she is in her sparkling Jimmy Choos, she was named Britain’s most powerful royal fashion influencer in 2018 and the country’s most popular influencer in January 2021. Last month, the British Vogue presented her on her list of 25 influential women.
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Known for its classic and related style, Kate routinely puts on clothes again from everyday coats to floor foam dresses. She’s not the first royal to recycle his clothes, but she is perhaps the most productive.
From high-end attire to her favorite high street brands, she has been an avid supporter of British fashion, and many have credited her with giving the industry a significant boost. Jewelry designer India Hicks called her a “great ambassador” and said Kate had “done a brilliant job” while Alice Temperley claimed she had “been great for the economy.”
Since marry the royal family, the Duchess has managed to achieve discreet elegance with relative ease, and her red carpet never seems to elicit a worldwide response.
But after sporting countless narcotics over the last decade, the sparkling gold number she recently put on for No time to die premiere in the Royal Albert Hall undeniably elevated her royal attraction and secured her place in a club occupied by very few.
In May 1994, 28-year-old Elizabeth Hurley caused a sensation when she accompanied her then-boyfriend, Hugh Grant, to the UK premiere of Four weddings and a funeral at Leicester Square in London. Wearing a black Versace dress held together by giant gold safety pins, her arrival catapulted her onto the international stage.
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After being rejected by a lot of fashion houses who did not know who she was, Hurley Versace asked if she could borrow a dress less than 24 hours before the event. The only one available was the body-hugging dress that supermodel Helena Christensen had previously worn in Versace’s spring show.
Talking to With style, Donatella Versace said: “I know you would expect something more interesting behind one of the most famous red carpet dresses in history, but for many things, chance played a big part in making it all happen. No one could really “such a surprising reaction, or that Liz would steal the limelight from everyone else. People all over the globe started talking about the dress. That was when we began to realize the power of the red carpet and celebrities in creating topics of conversation.”
Today, “that dress” is considered largely responsible for launching Mrs. Hurley from a virtual unknown to a media star. In a interview for People magazine completed this week, she was asked where the dress is now. When she admitted that she returned it “immediately”, she said she did not know, but she still added: “I know it has been in places like the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY and it has been in the V&A Museum here. I think it’s been on a world tour. “
The following month, Diana, Princess of Wales — a fashion icon in her own right — elicited a similar response as she wore a black shoulderless shoulder dress to a gala at the Serpentine Gallery in London’s Hyde Park.
Designed by Christina Stambolian, it was subsequently christened the “revenge dress” because she had it on the same night, Prince Charles admitted to being unfaithful in a primetime documentary for Britain’s ITV.
Stambolian later stated that Diana had bought the dress three years earlier, but she had been “too nervous” to wear it because it was “too revealing”. That night, she had planned to donate Valentino, but when publishers leaked the news to the press, she opted for a last-minute shift.
“She would look like a million dollars,” said her friend and former stylist Anna Harvey in 2013. “And she did.”
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Needless to say, photos of her dominated covers the next day. In 1997, following Prince William’s advice, Diana put the dress – and several others – up for auction in New York. The money sold was sold for $ 65,000 USD and was donated to charity.
Latin pop queen Jennifer Lopez is another A-list whose status rose dramatically in the heels of a killer dress.
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In 1999, thanks to a flourishing film career and the success of her debut album, she was undeniably on the rise, but her arrival at the Grammy Awards in February 2000 resulted in her going viral before going viral was one thing.
Considered rather risqué at the time, her green Versace dress with falling neckline reportedly also triggered a major technical advance.
Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt wrote in an essay published in 2015, crediting the dress with inspiring Google Images, after it became “the most popular search query” the company had ever seen.
Marking the 20th anniversary of the dress in another article Vogue, Lopez remembered walking on stage and hearing the murmur in the crowd followed by enthusiastic clapping. “It was one of those perfect moments,” she said. “The dress was just provocative enough to make people really interested.”
Proving that both she and the dress remain equally relevant today, she closed the couturier’s runway at Milan Fashion Week in 2019 dressed in an updated version of the dress. As he discussed the original, Darren told Julien, president of Julien’s auction house Billboard“It’s definitely going to be one of Jennifer’s Holy Grail topics when it comes to fundraising. But it’s really a piece that belongs in a museum.”
Like any remarkable dress, the Duchess of Cambridge’s sparkling showstopper has her own story. Designed by Jenny Packham, one of Kate’s favorites, it forms part of an eight-part 007 capsule created specifically to celebrate James Bond’s 60th birthday.
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Decorated with crystals and metallic sequins on a glitter tulle base, it pays homage to the iconic image of Jill Masterson lying on James Bond’s bed, suffocated in gold paint in the 1964s. Gold finger.
Packham said: “From Ursula Andress walking out of the sea in her white bikini with a knife strapped to her hip to Caterina Murino in a series of honors on the legacy of powerful female characters. Casino Royale draped in lukewarm pomegranate satin, Bond women’s fashion is unique and timeless. It has been incredible to create a collection of Bond-inspired dresses in collaboration with EON Productions. ”
Released for sale on International James Bond Day on October 5, her exclusive series is now available in select stores worldwide. Packham acknowledged Bond’s enduring appeal, saying: “The Bond films have been the cinematic constant of my life, and their glamor has always inspired me. So when I am asked to describe a highlight of my career – to see one of my designs in a Bond film is definitely one of them. ”
After an 18-month delay, the long-awaited Bond premiere was almost certainly a highlight for Kate as well.
Between them, the Windsor ladies have worn a series of jaw-dropping apertures for Bond premieres in their time, but few have made an equally brilliant splash as the Duchess of Cambridge in her commendable gown. Brilliant in gold, she lit the rain-soaked red carpet and consolidated her status as a 21st-century style icon.
The occasion was a crucial moment for Kate and delivered a much-needed dose of pre-COVID glamor, and it could no doubt mean Britain is back. Prior to the film, a typically underrated Daniel Craig marked his fifth and final outing as the famous secret agent, said to Kate: “You look very nice. ”
But based on the reaction from enthusiastic spectators and the enthusiastic praise that floods social media, it is fair to say that the Duchess’ magnificent ensemble shook the majority of royal fashionistas and stirred.
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