Kim Kardashian v Kate Middleton: Who is more influential style-wise?

Posted on Jan 10 2013 - 2:20pm by Gist missy

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Yes! These ladies share some things in common. They are both popular celebrities, style stars, and they are also pregnant if the rumors going by are true. But we have to ask this.

Is Kim Kardashian more influential than Kate Middleton the Duchess of Cambridge style-wise? Whose style resonates most with you: Kim Kardashian’s or Katherine, the Duchess of Cambridge’s?

According to French designer Roland Mouret, Kim Kardashian is thought to be more influential. The designer, who shot to fame thanks to his silhouette-defining Galaxy and Moon dresses, told British Vogue that the reality star is possibly leading this fashionable race. And, how would he know? Both Kardashian and the Duchess have worn floor-length gowns by Mouret. In the February 2013 edition, Mouret suggests that the 32-year-old brunette is more likely to help generate sales, when spotted in one of his creations, than the British royal.

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Mouret explains that fashion-savvy consumers who admire the Duchess’ style may not necessarily purchase those very same pieces. “The kind of people who like Kate’s style are not the kind to rush out and copy her dress,” he says. Whether more people choose to emulate Kardashian’s looks is up for debate, but as far as Mouret is concerned, the Kim Effect is not a far-fetched idea.

While the royal beauty has been promoting both British and international designers, she has garnered a reputation for being a recessionista. The designer items she wears may not fly off the rails, but those who do recreate her look do so using high-street items. Kardashian, who dresses for the cameras, prefers in-your-face pieces found in the Kardashian Kollection, which recently made its debut in the U.K. But she has also been known to splurge on high-end brands. But, that’s not to say that Mouret is on Team Kardashian. Mouret worked with Catherine last year when she chose to wear one of his floor-length gowns (in cream). According to Mouret, she requested some tweaks so as to avoid a Pippa derričre moment, something that Kardashian flaunts regularly.

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This is not the first time that the two have worn the same style and label; a ravishing red ensemble from the Alexander McQueen pre-fall 2011 collection was spotted on both, although Catherine opted for a more formal version with sleeves, and kept the look chic in a pair of unclad LK Bennett heels. Naturally, Kim revved it up with a pair of snakeskin Christian Louboutin heels and a patent clutch.

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But it’s not just about the fashion watch, Kardashian has been keeping a close eye on the Duchess’ trending hair styles too; when she showed off new bangs, the American reality television star followed suit. Now that they are both pregnant, who will top the maternity wear race?

Stay tuned!

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