Vogue magazine gives a complete guide to Kate Middleton for those seeking to emulate the Duchess of Cambridge’s style.
From the diameter of Kate Middleton’s curls to the number of teeth she shows when she smiles, nothing has escaped the Vogue’s scrutiny.
Ahead of her 31st birthday tomorrow, Vogue has analyzed outfits the duchess has worn since her marriage to Prince William in April 2011, plus a handful from before the couple’s engagement – 100 in total.
So to be a true copy Kate Middleton, you should wear blue, ensure the average drop of your earrings is 33 mm – and carry your clutch bag with both hands.
According to Vogue’s guide, when it comes to her clothes, Kate Middleton’s favorite color appears to be blue, which she has worn on 24% of occasions.
From peacock to Prussian, it is her out and out favorite.
The Duchess of Cambridge also favors red (13%) – which she wore for the occasion of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant – followed by white (12%) and, less popularly with the public, grey (11%).
Next on the list is purple (9%), multi colored or patterned outfits (8%) pink (7%) and green (6%).
Cream and yellow both languish at the bottom of the league table on 5%.
By far and away most outfits worn on her last 100 official engagements come from top end High Street store LK Bennett – worn on 28 public engagements.
But designer Alexander McQueen, whose outfits cost several thousand pounds apiece and who the Duchess chose to design her wedding dress, is her next favorite label with 14.
Vogue magazine gives a complete guide to Kate Middleton for those seeking to emulate the Duchess of Cambridge’s style
Other designers in Kate Middleton’s top five are Jenny Packham (6), who has designed some of her most stunning evening dresses, and Temperley (8).
Once the high street Queen, Zara languishes at seven (probably because the firm have a huge store just a short hop from her home at Kensington Palace).
But surprisingly Reiss, the label Kate Middleton wore to meet US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle at Buckingham Palace, does not even register.
Vogue has even made it its business to scrutinize the length of the Duchess’s sleeves – finding that 6:1 being the most commonly seen arm-to-sleeve-length ratio.
“All the better to display the royal wrist-bling,” it says.
The magazine estimates that on her most recent tour of South East Asia and the Pacific, the Duchess took along 61 items of clothing, footwear and accessories worth around £1,427 per outfit (compared to the late Diana, Princess of Wales whose tour outfits costs the modern equivalent of £4,270 a pop).
Kate Middleton’s other most talked-about asset is her glorious tumbling tresses and the magazine has even, unbelievably, worked out the average diameter of her curls – 25 mm.
The Duchess goes for a glossy “Chelsea blow dry” 73.4 of the time – a perfectly achievable goal if one, like Kate Middleton, has a hairdresser on call 24 hours a day.
Just like on her wedding day, she favors a chic half-up half-down do 13.6% of the time, wearing it either naturally loose or curly or in a ponytail 6.5% of occasions.
Her accessories are equally closely monitored.
Apparently Kate Middleton has perfected the tilt of her hats and fascinators – always to the right at a stylish 50 degree angle – to show off her enviable cheekbones.
The average dimension of her favorite clutch bags is 194 mm by 132 mm and she carried them as thus: one handed 31%, left hand over right 15.5%, right hand over left 5.5%, hands together 48%.
Kate Middleton’s favored shoe designer is the upmarket Stuart Weitzman – sported on 13 public engagements out of the last 100 – closely followed by Jimmy Choo at nine official events.
Even her earrings do not escape scrutiny – the average drop measuring exactly 33 mm.
One of her favorite pairs is a glittering sapphire and diamond set once owned by William’s mother, the late Diana, Princess of Wales, who sported them on the cover of Vogue in July 1994.
Seventeen years later, on her July 2011 official tour to Canada, Kate Middleton wore them in public again after having them slightly remodeled.
Even her teeth do not escape the eagle eye of the fashionistas.
Apparently Kate Middleton, who is believed to have had her teeth whitened and straightened by “micro-rotation” – using invisible braces attached to the back of each tooth – shows an average of 8.6 teeth when she smiles.
The February issue of Vogue is on sale from Thursday.
Actress Anne Hathaway has revealed the extreme measures she took to lose weight for her role in Les Miserables.
Anne Hahaway, 29, takes on the role of the tragic Fantine in the big screen version of the hit musical and she admits she was “state of deprivation, physical and emotional” when filming ended.
To prepare for the part of a dying prostitute in the Nineteenth century French underclass, Anne Hathaway had to shave all her hair off and lose a drastic amount of weight as she didn’t want to rely on props or special effects.
Anne Hathaway told Vogue magazine that she dropped 10 pounds before shooting began on a strict cleanse.
She then lost another 15 lbs by following a near-starvation diet during two-week break in filming, consisting of two thin squares of dried oatmeal paste a day, the magazine reports.
Anne Hathaway told Vogue magazine: “I had to be obsessive about it – the idea was to look near death. Looking back on the whole experience – and I don’t judge it in any way – it was definitely a little nuts.
“It was definitely a break with reality, but I think that’s who Fantine is anyway.”
She said: “I was in such a state of deprivation – physical and emotional. When I got home, I couldn’t react to the chaos of the world without being overwhelmed. It took me weeks till I felt like myself again.
“The first time I really threw everything into a part, which was when I did Rachel Getting Married, there was no one waiting for me when I got back. This time, Adam [Schulman, her husband] was there.
“He gets what I do and who I am and supports me in it, and that’s pretty awesome.”
Anne Hathaway has revealed the extreme measures she took to lose weight for her role in Les Miserables
But now Anne Hathaway seems to have re-gained her curves and she positively glowed on the magazine’s front cover.
Her creamy complexion is flawless and just a hint of cleavage can be seen in her elegant bottle-green gown.
Her elfin crop is slicked back to show off her large eyes and generous mouth and her only accessories are a pair of heavy diamond studs.
Anne Hathaway also opens up about her September wedding to Schulman, 31.
The couple tied the knot in Big Sur, California, and Anne Hathaway wore a custom-made Valentino number.
She said working with the designer was a memory she will “treasure forever”.
Anne Hathaway also proved recently that it’s not just dramatic, high-brow roles she can turn her hand to.
She hosted Saturday Night Live this weekend and her raucous performances, including parodying Katie Holmes and Claire Danes, went down a storm.
Vogue magazine has been the world’s fashion bible for decades, its pages adorned with beautiful clothes – all too often modeled by painfully thin women.
Now, in a groundbreaking move, Vogue has pledged it will no longer use photographs of dangerously underweight models.
In a statement published across all of its 19 international editions on Thursday, Vogue’s editors promised not to picture models under the age of 16 or those who they believe have an eating disorder.
Vogue’s editors said the six-point pact, called The Health Initiative, aims to encourage a healthier approach to body image within the fashion industry, which has been lambasted for promoting anorexia.
Alexandra Shulman, editor of British Vogue, said: “As one of the fashion industry’s most powerful voices, Vogue has a unique opportunity to engage with relevant issues where we feel we can make a difference.”
Vogue also promised to take more measures to look after models, including protecting their privacy and giving them healthy food and drinks backstage at shoots and fashion shows.
In a statement published across all of its 19 international editions on Thursday, Vogue’s editors promised not to picture models under the age of 16 or those who they believe have an eating disorder
Editors agreed to be “ambassadors” for a healthy image and “not knowingly work with models under the age of 16 or who appear to have an eating disorder”.
They added: “We will work with models who, in our view, are healthy and help to promote a healthy body image.”
Girls under the age of 16 have already been banned from catwalks in London and the US, but this is the first time a magazine has issued its own standards.
In 2009, Alexandra Shulman spoke out against the practice of designers providing tiny sample sizes.
She sent a strongly worded letter to fashion houses saying she had been forced to hire girls “with jutting bones and no breasts or hips” so they could get into the clothes.
The letter also revealed Vogue regularly re-touched pictures to make models look healthier.
And in their statement, Vogue editors said they would encourage designers “to consider the consequences of unrealistically small sample sizes of their clothing, which limits the range of women who can be photographed in their clothes, and encourages the use of extremely thin models”.
Vogue will also ask modelling agencies not to send underage girls, and for them to check models’ ages when they are photographed for shoots.
The health of catwalk models was brought into the spotlight five years ago, when two young South American models died from what appeared to be complications related to eating disorders.
Their deaths lead to the British Fashion Council banning the use of models under 16, but they are still used in magazines.
Proposals for medical checks were shelved because they were seen as too intrusive.
And Britain has not gone as far as countries including Italy and Spain, which ban catwalk models whose body mass index is below a certain level.
Sara Ziff, 29, a former teen model and the founder of The Model Alliance, a US union which aims to improve working conditions in the fashion industry, welcomed the move.
She said: “Most editions of Vogue regularly hire models who are minors, so for Vogue to commit to no longer using models under the age of 16 marks an evolution in the industry.”
In a survey, Sara Ziff found more than half of models start working between the ages of 13 and 16.
Jonathan Newhouse, chairman of Vogue’s publisher, Condé Nast International, said: “Vogue believes that good health is beautiful.
“Vogue editors around the world want the magazines to reflect their commitment to the health of the models who appear on the pages and the wellbeing of their readers.”
In addition to agreeing not to knowingly work with models under 16 or with eating disorders, the Vogue pact says the magazines will help “structure mentoring programmes” for younger models and raise awareness of the problem of model health.
The publisher of Vogue, Conde Nast, is also responsible for several other magazines, including Glamour and Allure, but a spokesperson said there are no current plans for these guidelines to be adopted across the company.
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