Kate Middleton proved she has more sense than money by choosing a £159 dress from high street store Reiss for her and Prince William’s official engagement photos.
The future Princess also wore a two-year-old silk blouse from Whistles, said to cost around £60-£70, for the photos, which were shot by celebrity photographer Mario Testino.
Reiss has confirmed that the currently sold-out ‘Nanette’ dress worn by Kate will be back in shops by January 2011. And Whistles is planning to reissue the blouse, which it plans to re-name ‘Kate’ in honour of the royal wedding.
But some shoppers just can’t wait until January to get their hands on the Nanette dress, and second hand versions are already fetching upwards of £200 on ebay.
Reiss brand director Andy Rogers confirmed he was delighted with Kate’s choice, saying: “She could have gone for any designer in the world. I think she went for us because it meant she was able to wear something luxurious, something of a good quality, that’s appropriate for the current climate.”
It’s not the first time Kate’s style choices have caused a fashion stampede. The blue Issa dress she wore to announce her engagement sold out in a day and prompted copycat designs from Tesco and Peacocks.
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Poor Kate. A highly educated brainy lady joining the most dysfuntional family on the planet. Peckerwood