Young Girls "Look Up To" Kate Middleton, Says Designer Emilia Wickstead


CNN's Max Foster spoke briefly to New Zealand-born designer Emilia Wickstead, whose counts the Duchess of Cambridge as one of her high-profile clients.  In fact, Catherine has recycled a few of her Wickstead pieces, even while pregnant, the most famous worn to both 2012 and 2013's St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Last May, Catherine paired Wickstead's yellow "Marella" coat with a Jane Corbett hat and LK Bennett heels for a garden party at Buckingham Palace, commanding a presence so strong that it seemed she had the power of a magnet.

I am always designing with the idea of a woman dressing up," British-based Wickstead told Foster.  "And I think she is influencing fashion in that way so that young girls in Britain or around the world can look up to her and -whether you like the way she dresses, whether you like it or not - I think it is wonderful what she does for fashion, particularly British fashion."

Catherine just returned from a family holiday in Mustique, and is expected to attend a gala at the National Portrait Gallery on February 11th.

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