Brix Smith-Start talks Queen of Style Duchess Kate’s fashion choices

Brix Smith-Start has predicted that the Duchess of Cambridge will start to wear more “high-powered designer fashion” as her sense of style develops.

Duchess Kate has become something of a style icon since her wedding to Prince William last April, with the items she wears often selling out hours after being photographed in them.

She is regularly praised for combining high-end designer pieces with more affordable items from high street shops including Zara, Whistles and LK Bennett.

But Brix thinks that as Kate finds her feet in the Royal Family and settles into her new role she will start to experiment more and more with the outfits she wears.

“Kate Middleton started out really, really safe and she wore mostly high street stuff. We saw her wear the Issa dress (for the announcement of her engagement to Prince William) but it was mostly high street, and kept it safe so it would appeal to everybody and not be elitist,” Brix explained.

“But I think we’ll see her move forward with more high-powered designer fashion as she grows in confidence.”

A Zara dress worn by Kate to a charity concert, which cost just £69.99 from high street store Zara, sold out in just one hour.

Replicas of her blue Issa engagement dress, and the cream lace dress she wore to the Diamond Jubilee celebrations have also flown off the shelves.

It’s not hard to see why Kate is so important to the British fashion industry, and earlier this year Brix’s partner-in-crime, fellow fashion guru Gok Wan, told stv.tv that he thinks Kate looks “great”.

“I think she looks great, she looks fine. She has to be conservative. I think she’s brilliant for wearing the high street as well,” he said.

“A lot of people turn round and say ‘she looks too conservative’, but if she went out in a tracksuit to visit an orphanage I’m sure we’d all have something to say about it.”  

As well as being a fan of the Royals’ fashion sense, Brix complimented Scottish style while speaking to stv.tv at the recent Scottish Fashion Awards.

The stylist and TV presenter said: “I think Scottish fashion is so important to British fashion in general, it’s such a hot-pot of creativity that comes out of Scotland,

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