Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge remains top royal style influencer

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge remains the top style influencer among the British royal family.Since Catherine married Prince William in 2011, every single one of her outfits has courted attention, with her impact on the fashion business often dubbed …

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge remains the top style influencer among the British royal family.

Since Catherine married Prince William in 2011, every single one of her outfits has courted attention, with her impact on the fashion business often dubbed in the media as the “Kate effect”.

Now, a survey conducted by analysts at Brand Finance, a branded business valuation and strategy consultancy, has found that Catherine is the most powerful royal influencer, while her new sister-in-law Meghan, Duchess of Sussex came in a close second place.

“The monarchy is one of the most defining features of Brand Britain and the royal impact on the desirability of British luxury brands cannot be overstated,” said Alex Haigh, director of Brand Finance, in a statement. “Interaction between a brand and any royal, but particularly the Duchesses, is like the mythical golden touch and can transform a brand’s performance overnight.”

Thanks to the sophisticated ensembles worn by Catherine and Meghan, a third of survey respondents commented that they now consider the U.K. a world leader in fashion.

Instances of Meghan’s impact on the fashion world in the time since she became engaged to Prince Harry in November 2017 include the Finlay & Co. sunglasses she wore to an event – which created a U.S. revenue increase of 2,700 per cent.

“A white coat by Line the Label sold out within minutes of her wearing it publicly, and the huge demand for the clothing caused their website to crash. Searches for the Strathberry bag Meghan took to her first official engagement with Prince Harry increased 2,044 per cent, causing the stock to sell out in just 11 minutes,” added Alex.

Of late, Catherine made a splash at a State Banquet held at Buckingham Palace in which she sported an ice-blue gown from Alexander McQueen. And Meghan, who is expecting with her first child, is currently taking part in her first royal tour of New Zealand and was seen wearing a Karen Walker trench coat and Sarah Flint pumps at an event in Wellington before changing into a black Gabriela Hearst dress for an evening reception.

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Cindy Crawford unveils travel shoe collection for Sarah Flint

Cindy Crawford has designed a capsule collection of travel-ready shoes for Sarah Flint.The model continues to be one of the most successful figures in fashion and has numerous business ventures under her belt, including a homeware line and a skincare r…

Cindy Crawford has designed a capsule collection of travel-ready shoes for Sarah Flint.

The model continues to be one of the most successful figures in fashion and has numerous business ventures under her belt, including a homeware line and a skincare range named Meaningful Beauty.

Crawford signed on as an investor and advisor for designer Flint’s footwear company late last year (17), and now she has collaborated on the Jet Set line for the growing brand.

“After working together (as an investor) for over a year, we talked about collaborating on a small capsule collection that reflected my busy life,” she told People.com. “The travel collection is the result. Three different styles of shoes that are beautiful, versatile and easy to throw in my carry-on bag.”

The Jet Set range is comprised of three styles; a pointed flat, a sandal with mid-height heel and a black leather combat boot.

In addition, the flat design is available in black or red suede as well as gold Nappa silk, with Crawford describing the item as one of her absolute must-haves.

“The Travel Flat is the ultimate essential. It’s both a neutral style and elevated with cut out details and a pointed toe. It’s officially become my go-to flat, taking me from the plane, to meetings, and everything in between,” the 52-year-old wrote on Instagram.

Handcrafted in Italy, the Sarah Flint x Cindy Crawford collection is priced from $375 to $695 (£285 – £530).

Flint launched her debut footwear collection in 2013, and while she first began selling to high-end department stores, she later decided to reject traditional retail and focus on e-commerce.

Other celebrity fans of the label include Amal Clooney, Blake Lively and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

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Cindy Crawford investing in Coveteur website

Cindy Crawford has made an investment in the Coveteur website.The supermodel continues to be one of the most successful figures in fashion and has numerous business ventures under her belt, including a homeware line and an anti-ageing skincare range na…

Cindy Crawford has made an investment in the Coveteur website.

The supermodel continues to be one of the most successful figures in fashion and has numerous business ventures under her belt, including a homeware line and an anti-ageing skincare range named Meaningful Beauty.

Now, Cindy has taken a minority stake in the beauty and lifestyle platform, which was originally launched in 2011, as company executives prepare to delve into e-commerce.

“Their growth has been fantastic and I’m thrilled to be a small part of their next chapter,” she told WWD. “By investing in them, I hope to help them reach new global consumers who, like me, are passionate about discovering new products and the people behind them.”

Coveteur bosses did not give details of Cindy’s investment. However, she has long been involved with the brand, having previously been tapped as an advisory board member along with Bobbi Brown and Prabal Gurung.

With regards to Cindy’s investment, chief executive officer Warren Webster shared that he was thrilled to have her on board as the brand undergoes a major period of growth.

“As great products and great content converge, there are few people as qualified to help guide us as Cindy Crawford,” he said. “She has an amazing viewpoint on style, culture and business.”

Coveteur isn’t the only company Cindy has given a financial boost. Last November (17), the 52-year-old confirmed that she was investing in Sarah Flint’s footwear business and would also act as a personal adviser to the designer.

In addition to her business projects, Cindy still takes on modelling gigs and also oversees the careers of her son Presley Gerber, 19, and 16-year-old daughter Kaia Gerber.

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