From news of a royal engagement, to fashionable "It" girls, it's been a major week for British style. And while we're no strangers to English invasions, here are some of the latest reasons we're all mad for the country that brought us Topshop and Wellies.
With the announcement of her engagement to Prince William, Kate Middleton is suddenly a household name. Fueled the rabid speculation over who will design her wedding dress, Middleton's become an overnight style icon (good luck to anyone hoping to snag that blue Issa dress she donned during the formal announcement—sold out!), not unlike Princess Diana. Lofty expectations, perhaps, however she's already received an inspiring endorsement of Karl Lagerfeld. "For the royals, apparently the royal blood is not in demand any longer. Better for the generation to come,” he said to WWD. “She is very different from Princess Diana, and seems very well balanced and a happy person. She is chic in a way the position needs."
Recently enrolled at Brown University, Emma Watson has been scoring extra credit in our book, not only for her Jean Seberg-like cropped do and supremely chic dressing choices, but also for her earth-friendly fashionable pursuits. In addition to her own sustainably-made People Tree line, Watson's also working on a collaborative collection or organic wares with designer Alberta Ferretti.
Which brings us to fellow Brit "It" girl, Carey Mulligan, who not only made it onto Vogue's very first Top 10 Best-Dressed List along with Alexa Chung, but she'll also be playing the role of Daisy Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann's adaption of The Great Gatsby. Needless to say, we can't wait to see the costuming for this 20's-era story.
Speaking of Vogue's Top 10 Best-Dressed list, while it suprised some who noticed the absence of one style icon in particular, Kate Moss, the Great Kate actually received a distinction entirely of her own: best-dressed woman of the decade. Although her current Topshop collection is her last, that doesn't mean we won't see more of her influential looks. It's hard to imagine Moss ever going out of style.