Aisling O'Connor: Is Kate Middleton really a fashion icon or just a well-dressed object of public obsession?
NEVER has the great Kate debate been livelier than the past week. With her return to public life with William at her side The Duchess of Cambridge has had a string of public events this past week and the resounding style impression she has left is one of confusion. Is she truly a style icon or just a well-dressed object of public obsession?
In a fashion and celebrity drenched society, we are quick to dole out the ‘Fashion Icon’ label. The public and media love a beautiful classy girl, but at the same time glorify the style of scandal-ridden celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Tulsa Contostavlos.
Kate incurs public obsession as the Diana replacement the world at large has ached for since her untimely death in 1997. It’s as if there was a 'Fashion Icon' badge in a tin on every magazine editor’s shelf, labelled, 'Do Not Open Until William’s Engagement'.