Kate Middleton has shared many fashionable moments with the world since her royal wedding to Prince William — from her unforgettable Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen bridal gown to her haute fascinators, and those all-too-chic ensembles donned during her and Will’s recent North American tour.
Now, Middleton is getting due recognition from Vanity Fair, taking an esteemed spot as H.R.H. The Duchess of Cambridge on the glossy’s 72nd annual International Best-Dressed List 2011, along with other notables like Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Tilda Swinton and H.S.H. Princess Charlene of Monaco. Sadly, Prince William didn’t make the men’s cut, although guys like Colin Firth, Stavros Niarchos and Justin Timberlake did. Even the highly creative boundary-pusher Lady Gaga received a token honor as a fashion original.
Kate Middleton’s admirable penchant for shopping her own closet and wearing the same outfits with abandon (think uniform skinny jeans and repeated Reiss and DVF frocks) obviously did nothing to compromise her best-dressed standing. After all, great style is tried and true, not to mention timeless.
As for Middleton’s most dreamy look this year — besides that wedding dress — that had to be her cinched-in, light-as-air lavender silk confection, designed again by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, in which she floated to the BAFTA Brits to Watch gala in Hollywood.
And Kate Middleton’s (and Prince William’s) most unexpected outfit? Well, it was definitely the rodeo queen and king’s cowboy couture in Calgary, complete with denim, boots and 10-gallon hats. Gone country, indeed!