This evening the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have welcomed the Obamas for dinner at their private apartment, 1A, at Kensington Palace. While Prince Harry championed ‘casual Friday’ in jeans instead of a suit, the Duchess of Cambridge opted for a smart printed midi dress by one of her favourite high street labels, L.K. Bennett.
Less than a week after returning from her six-day royal tour of India and Bhutan, the Duchess is wearing L.K. Bennett’s ‘Addison’ dress, which has delicate sheer sleeves and a jewel-coloured flecked-print, and is currently in stock for £325.
The Duchess’ impact on retail is so significant that there is a designated ‘Kate Middleton effect’ Wikipedia page, and one of her biggest success stories when it comes to shifting stock is L.K. Bennett. Thanks to her support of their dresses, coats and her beloved nude court shoes on the global stage, the British brand has hugely benefited from her habit of making things sell out within hours and opened stores in the United States in 2012.
Meanwhile Michelle Obama is doing Kim Kardashian’s favourite styling trick and wearing head-to-toe camel, in a co-ordinated coat, jumper and lace skirt. Earlier today the First Lady wore a vibrant fuschia lace dress by American label Oscar de la Renta for lunch at Windsor Castle to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.
Shortly before his death in October 2014, legendary American designer Oscar de la Renta appointed Peter Copping, an English designer, as his successor. It’s a fitting, and likely intentional, decision for Michelle Obama to wear a look designed by a Brit at the head of an American mega brand. A number of users on Twitter also hoped that wearing head to toe purple was her way of paying tribute to the late Prince, The Purple One.