Royal Roundup: Anti-Kate Backlash at New York’s Fashion Week?

Kate in Birmingham last month. (Rex Features via AP Images)

Last week the New York Times had us convinced that Kate Middleton and her sense of style would be a major influence on New York’s Fashion Week. It seemed like pretty much of a no-brainer, actually.

But even though her influence does appear to be in many of the shows, some people who follow these trends say there’s been something of an anti-Kate backlash in the fashion world.

The Daily Mail went so far as to write: “It seems the Duchess of Cambridge’s style has fallen foul of the sharp-tongued members of New York’s so-called fash-pack.”

“She is stylish, but she’s not setting trends, she’s following trends,” said Gregg Andrews, a fashion director at Nordstrom’s department store. “If you take Kate out of the royal family, put her on a street in New York, you wouldn’t look at her twice. She’s a beautiful woman, but she blends into a crowd,” he said.

“Is she a style icon of the likes of a Kate Moss? Absolutely not,” offered Elle Fashion News Director Anne Slowey, who said that Kate sets fashion trends because of her high profile not her aesthetic sense. “Is she in the public eye? Are people going to become obsessed with everything she wears regardless of what it is?” Slowey asked, and answered: “Yes.” (via OhNoTheyDidn’t)

Other royal related news in this all-fashion edition of the Royal Roundup:

• For others, the “Kate effect” was clearly evident. Some fashion observers said, for example, that Glee’s Lea Michele was clearly channeling Kate. “With her shiny dark hair parted to the side to round out the look, it seems that our Lea’s taken a page out of Kate Middleton’s book,” wrote Lindsay Mannering in The Stir. “Lea knows as I do that the Kate Middleton way is the only way. A warm smile, a coiffed mane, and conservatively sexy clothes are a woman’s best friend.”

But Stylist and editor Mary Alice Stephenson told E! Online said it really should be the other way around, that Kate should learn from Lea: “It’s like Kate Middleton can take a nod from Lea, because I think Kate Middleton has so many eyes upon her and sometimes I think she’s a little too adult. And I know the pressures and Lea kind of does that perfect elegance but still stays young.”

• Meanwhile, back in Britain, there’s absolutely no question that Kate reigns supreme. Technically, she might only be a Duchess, but she’s just been named Queen of High Street Fashion in a survey by a British marketing survey. She beat out her own sister, Pippa, who came in third. Cheryl Cole was the runner-up. (Via Contactmusic)

• Kate Middleton’s mother reportedly called the current exhibit of her daughter’s famous dress “weird.” According to the Sun, Carole Middleton told other visitors that it was “surreal” to see the dress display. The tabloid quoted her telling two tourists: “You look up at the dress and wonder where Catherine is.” As you’ll remember, the Queen found the whole thing unnerving as well, going so far as to call it “horrid.” (via Monsters and Critics)

• Princess Beatrice, who just graduated from college, is going to be starting some internships to help prepare her to be a fully functioning mature royal. But one of her friends told Hello magazine that the young woman who is the fifth in line for throne is still harboring thoughts about another profession: “She is quite interested in fashion” her unnamed friend is quoted as saying. “But she is not sure exactly what sort of job she could do. Whatever she decides she would like to continue her charity work too.” (via Female First)