Having dazzled crowds at the Diamond Jubilee, Wimbledon and a host of public events this year it comes as no surprise that the Duchess of Cambridge has been voted one of Vanity Fair’s most stylish stars of 2012.
Kate (who doesn’t pose for magazine covers) appears in a paparazzi shot on the front of the magazine’s September issue as “Kate the Great”.
Since becoming the first British royal to make Vanity Fair’s list of international best dressed last year Kate has become synonymous with mixing designer pieces with affordable staples.
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She has boosted the profiles of British designers including Roksanda Ilincic and Alexander McQueen and has built up a reputation as the royal recycler as she has been spotted in the same outfit more than once.
Kate’s brother-in-law Prince Harry also made Vanity Fair’s best dressed list – his first time - along with many other fashionable Brits including designer Stella McCartney, model Poppy Delevinge and actor Eddie Redmayne. Meanwhile Colin Firth and his wife Luvia took the accolade for international best-dressed couple.
Hollywood stars Jessica Chastain and Diane Kruger also gained recognition for their stunning red carpet style and Jay-Z and Alicia Keys made the list representing the music world.
Names are submitted by influential people in the fashion and entertainment industry then released in a poll for readers to vote.
Vanity Fair’s yearly list of stylish men and women in the public eye praises an individual’s taste, rather than their ability to translate fashion trends.