The Duchess of Cambridge, formerly known as Kate Middleton before her marriage to Prince William, may have won over the public with her conservative and elegant sense of style but apparently British designer Vivienne Westwood is not a fan.
Dame Westwood (70) was recently asked what she thought to Kate’s style and she slammed it as “ordinary.” She was particularly critical of Princess Catherine’s use of black eye-liner, which has become something of a trademark of her look.
According to Vivienne Westwood (yes, the one with the crazy orange hair) the black eyeliner makes Kate look “hard.”
“Either she should be smudgy or wear none,” the British fashion designer and icon said.
Westood said that Kate Middleton epitomized “ordinary woman” to her.
“I just think that she should be an extraordinary woman, wherever she gets her clothes from,” said the fashion designer.
It seems that Kate Middleton’s honeymoon period is well and truly over as people are lining up to criticize her style.
Dutch fashion designers Viktor & Rolf told “Grazia” magazine said, “We’d like to see her wearing different make-up and hair- less eyeliner, less hair. It would bring out her natural beauty.”
Even outspoken Kelly Osbourne has had a pop at the future Queen. She recently told Jay Leno on the “Tonight Show” that Kate should not recycle her wardrobe. The British liking for being thrifty and saving money is not attractive, apparently. She should stop sympathizing with the British people in a recession and wear a new outfit for each engagement.
In the run-up to the Royal Wedding, designer Matthew Williamson warned that Kate Middleton is not “a fashion bunny.” It just does not interest her.
“I don’t know why everyone is waiting to see what she wears,” he said, back then.
So now, almost five months after Kate Middleton married Prince William, is she losing her status as a fashion icon? Is she committing a fashion faux pas with her long hair and black eyeliner? Or is her “ordinary woman” charm what endears Princess Katherine to us? Tell us what you think.