Duchess Catherine is a 'trend follower', says fashion industry

But the ex-Kate Middleton is 'influential' due to her position
Duchess Catherine is a 'trend follower', says fashion industry.

Duchess Catherine is not a style trendsetter, according to a leading fashion expert.

Despite the brunette beauty - who married Prince William in April - winning praise for her clothing choices and any outfit she wears selling out within days, Gregg Andrews doesn't think she's anything special.

Gregg - a fashion director at leading US department store chain Nordstrom - is quoted by MailOnline saying: "She is stylish, but she's not setting trends, she's following trends.

"If you take Kate out of the royal family, put her on a street in New York, you wouldn't look at her twice. She's a beautiful woman, but she blends into a crowd."

Gregg's views were echoed by Elle fashion news director Anne Slowey, who claimed Catherine's look was only admired because of who she's married to.

She said: "Is she a style icon of the likes of a Kate Moss? Absolutely not. Is she in the public eye? Are people going to become obsessed with everything she wears regardless of what it is? Yes."

Ken Downing, fashion director of high-end department store Neiman Marcus, also doubts whether Catherine, 29, will ever be a leading style icon.

He said: "Is she iconic at the moment? Time will tell. She's certainly influential. In the position that she's in you can't be simply stunning as she is and not have influence."

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