Kate couture: Young style brigade who could help future princess jazz up her look

19 NOVEMBER 2010

Kate Middleton has become a byword for classic, tasteful dressing.

Yet many fashion commentators have said that they'd like to see her taking more risks with her sartorial choices.

And royal sources have confirmed that Prince William will show his fiancée the ropes by taking her on a few engagements before the wedding - meaning she will need a new wardrobe rather sooner than expected.

To jazz up her look the 28-year-old may want to emulate today's young style leaders. And she could do worse than consulting hellomagazine.com's guide to famous contemporaries who have learned by experience. 

Since her engagement and marriage, Sweden's Princess Victoria has developed a wardrobe that is adventurous yet appropriate for overseas tours and engagements.






Princess Victoria of Sweden

Her style staple is the striking day dress. The future sovereign loves sleeveless, patterned designs that help her stand out in a crowd and show off her gym-honed arms à la Michelle Obama.  

Both Prince Albert of Monaco's  Chanel-loving niece Charlotte Casiraghi and fiancée Charlene Wittstock are savvy operators when it comes to dressing for the public eye.

A stunning halterneck creation in seafoam green picked out by Charlene, a former Olympic swimmer, for her betrothal announcement, told the world a new royal star was ready to shine.





Charlotte Casiraghi


Though her go-to designer is Giorgio Armani,  whose fashion shows she regularly attends, this gown was by Akris – a Swiss label also worn by Angelina Jolie.

It was the perfect choice to set off the impressive diamond engagement band, worth some £63,000, that the Monegasque prince had slipped onto her finger.





Charlene Wittstock


Of course, our own Zara Phillips, the daughter of Princess Anne, has also tossed her very elegant hat into the ring for title of best dressed royal lady.

The stylish equestrian, who favours Philip Treacy, was named Celebrity Hat Wearer of the year in 2008.

Add statement gold jewellery and towering heels, and she easily clears the hurdles on the way to fashion icon status.





Zara Phillips


Also impeccably turned out at all times are Hollywood's own princesses Anne Hathaway and Dior Ambassador Natalie Portman.

Having played a queen in both Star Wars and The Other Boleyn Girl, Natalie knows how to rise to the big occasion.

This year's Venice film extravaganza when she floated daintly along the red carpet in a scene-stealing, crystal-encrusted affair by Los Angeles label Rodarte was a case in point.




Natalie Portman


Her fellow screen royal, Anne perfected her regal style in the Princess Diaries series and often opts for Valentino, Marchesa and Atelier Versace.

In a bold move for some one with such delicate colouring, the actress loves to experiment with block colours such as a dusky yellow structured Lela Rose number she wore to a recent lunchtime engagement.

Taking a leaf out of Anne's book would certainly add the 'wow' factor to Kate's look and make it clear that a fabulous new wife of Windsor had arrived.



Anne Hathaway



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