Kate Middleton tops Harper’s Bazaar’s Best Dressed 2011 list
Published 01/11/2011 | 12:27
The Duchess of Cambridge's style transformation has earned her first place in the fashion magazine's annual best-dressed list.
So what if her fashion sense was dismissed by Dame Vivienne Westwood as "ordinary": for today the Duchess of Cambridge is named Britain's best-dressed woman.
The accolade comes courtesy of Harper's Bazaar magazine, which places the Duchess top of its annual list of the nation's 20 most influentially-attired.
According to the title's panel of judges, chaired by editor Lucy Yeomans, the Duchess won first place because her "incredible style evolution has gripped us all."
Since the royal wedding in April, when she was praised by commentators for choosing Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen to design her dress, the Duchess has certainly demonstrated an increasing influence on fashion.
Many of the high-street items she wears become sell-outs, and she regularly showcases many high-end British fashion designers including as Erdem, Alice Temperley and Amanda Wakeley.
Almost as scrutinised as the Duchess in 2011 has been her younger sister and bridesmaid, Pippa Middleton. She, however, is not in Bazaar's top 20.
Those who are include the singer Florence Welch at number two ("magical but powerful" said the judges), television presenter Alexa Chung at number nine ("legs like biros - the best in town") and Samantha Cameron at number 13 ("a great fashion role model").
Other notable inclusions are Livia Firth, the wife of actor Colin Firth, who is placed 10th and praised for wearing ethically-sourced gowns on her regular red-carpet outings.
Kristin Scott Thomas is placed 18th and described as "The woman we all want to be when we grow up. Her substance, wit and intelligence are conveyed through her style."