Well, folks. She’s done it again. The Duchess of Cambridge does the market good, merely by looking good.
Allow me to elaborate. Alexander McQueen‘s profits rose 27% in 2011, according to Vogue (via Business Insider). Long after her April 29th wedding last year to Prince William, Catherine’s influence on fashion scored her a spot on Vanity Fair‘s international best dressed list, as well as a slew of other fashion accolades.
Catherine’s wedding dress designer was one of fashion’s best-kept secrets, and insider suspicions were only confirmed as she stepped into her chauffeured Rolls-Royce Phantom VI at the Goring Hotel.
Designer Sarah Burton said of one of history’s most famous creations: “It was a precious, magical time that I’ll always treasure, and I feel like she gave me a gift in many ways. I feel incredibly privileged.”
Another British designer under the same luxury group (PPR) is Stella McCartney, so don’t be surprised to see her number go up, up and away after a banner 2012.
Susan Kelley, editor-in-chief of What Kate Wore, posted an upcoming schedule for William and Kate. The royal couple will officially open the new England Football Training Center in St. George’s Park on October 9th. The next day, the Cambridges will visit Newcastle Civic Center to meet with those who made the Olympics successful in the local area, as well as disabled students from Percy Hedley School.
The day doesn’t end there. Will and Kate will also meet with representatives from the Institute for Ageing and Heath to see what kind of research is being done. Then it’s on to Keyfund, a youth charity in Gateshead, followed by a visit to CRI Stockton Recovery Service, which is partnering with Addiction on Action, one of Kate’s patronages.
Though William will again host the 100 Women in Hedge Funds dinner on October 11th, Her Royal Highness is not expected to attend (last year she wore a striking red Beulah London gown).