Rush to dress princess predicted

Published: Tuesday 21st April 2015 by The News Editor

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The Duchess of Cambridge’s favourite designers will bring out new girls wear collections if she gives birth to a princess , a children’s fashion expert predicted.

Catherine Hudson, Prima Baby magazine’s beauty and fashion editor, suggested Kate will choose classic pieces with traditional silhouettes when she dresses her new baby – whether it is a boy or a girl.

Ms Hudson said Kate was likely to turn to Rachel Riley, whose luxury clothes have often been worn by Prince George, as well as perhaps Belle Enfant for cashmere and silk babywear and Notting Hill-based boutique I Love Gorgeous for vintage-inspired girlswear.

If she has a girl, the Duchess may also follow in the footsteps of the Countess of Wessex, whose daughter Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor has been seen in designs by Pale Cloud – a Norwegian brand also popular with Suri Cruise and the Scandinavian royals.

Ms Hudson said: “Trend wise, the nautical theme will still be big news in childrenswear for spring-summer 2015 – partly inspired by the newborn’s elder brother, George.

“Also, artistic floral prints, black and white monochrome block prints and checks, and tropical jungle animals are topping the style charts in childrenswear.”

She added: “Kate has always dressed George in classic fashion pieces, so although we may see her trial some of these trends, I think she will mainly stick to traditional silhouettes – whether it is a boy or a girl – and, hopefully, continue supporting great British design.

“If it is a girl, I predict we might see some of her favourite fashion designers bring out a girlswear collection.”

Kate has already emulated Diana, Princess of Wales by dressing George in the same style as William when he was a toddler in the eighties, favouring smocked romper suits, dungarees and classic leather shoes. She has gone for brands such as Rachel Riley, Amaia Kids, Neck & Neck, Cath Kidston and shoes from Start-rite.

The so-called “George” effect has seen demand for clothes worn by the third in line to the throne sky-rocket and sell out in record time.

A blue knitted Cath Kidston tank top, which featured marching guards in red tunics and bearskins, worn by the prince in December began to appear on eBay for twice its original value.

“We have now seen ‘the George effect’, and are likely to see the same thing happen after the second child arrives – more so I would say, if it were to be a girl,” Ms Hudson said.

George’s hand-me-downs – which include plenty of dungarees and shorts – will undoubtedly be passed on to a younger brother.

If the baby is a girl, Kate may even turn to the royal family photo albums to decide how to dress a princess.

There has not been a princess born this high up the British line of succession for many years. The new royal baby will be fourth in line to the throne. Princess Anne was born third in line in 1950 and as a toddler was seen in classic white dresses with short puffed or lace sleeves, bonnets, traditional shoes, and double breasted collared coats.

Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie were fifth and sixth in line at the time of their birth. Sarah, Duchess of York often chose white or pastel dresses with embroidered front panels, puffed sleeves and Peter Pan collars for her daughters, with white socks and black Mary Jane shoes.

As youngsters, they were also seen in more modern ski boots, brightly coloured leggings and winter jackets while on holiday in Switzerland.

Ms Hudson, who is also content editor of, said: ” Kate has reams of beautiful British brands to choose to dress her new arrival in if it is a girl.”

Published: Tuesday 21st April 2015 by The News Editor

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