Duchess of Cambridge voted ‘Britain’s best dressed’


She may have millions of fans and selling power like no other but the Duchess of Cambridge has had a hard time impressing the fashion world – until now. A high-end magazine has this month voted Kate Britain’s best dressed woman. The newlywed beat Kate Moss, Emma Watson and Samantha Cameron to the top spot on Harper’s Bazzaar’s sartorial it-list. Judges praised Kate’s ability to wear designs from Alexander McQueen to the high street with the same elegance. And despite being criticised for her old-fashioned dress sense, conservative wardrobe choices and love of hosiery, it seems Kate is having the last laugh. The Duchess has single-handedly made the lady-like look trendy again – not bad for a girl who professes to have little interest in clothes. On the judging panel were fashion insiders including the magazine’s editor, Lucy Yeomans, editor-at-large, Kim Hersov and designers, Antonio Berardi Roksanda Ilincic and milliner Philip Treacy. They selected 20 women who continue to represent British style that is peerlessly elegant and gloriously unpredictable. Along with Kate, other women to make the exclusive list were Florence Welch, actress Andrea Riseborough, Tilda Swinton, and Keira Knightley. As well as designer Stella McCartney, designer Phoebe Philo, presenter Alexa Chung and eco-businesswoman Livia Firth, married to Colin. Bazaar’s Editor, Lucy Yeomans, said of the Duchess’ Alexander McQueen dress worn for her royal wedding: “She gave us the year’s – if not the century’s – most thrilling fashion moment.” Harper’s Bazaar’s panel of judges described Catherine’s style as an “incredible style evolution that has gripped us all”.