Kate Middleton may not yet have a personal stylist or dresser—but her fashion secret has been revealed: She’s enlisted personal shoppers from tony London department stores Selfridges and Harvey Nichols to scour their racks for her chic ensembles!
The style-savvy newlywed “has decided to eschew the services of a stylist,” and instead enlisted personal shoppers to help select outfits for her upcoming trip to Canada and California, reports Grazia Daily.
In fact, Grazia Daily reports that one of the personal shoppers Kate, 29, has enlisted, is the same person who does the Christmas shopping for her husband Prince William and his brother Prince Harry.
So what’s the difference between a personal shopper and a stylist?
A personal shopper typically works for one specific store, and selects items under the style direction of the customer. So, for example, Kate may dictate a preference for a particular designer, color, fabric, embellishment or style. In this case, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols carry many of Kate’s favourite designers, so it’s a logical move. Personal shoppers are also available to anyone who requests their in-store services.
Stylists are typically much more exclusive, with a limited clientele, and are often more creative and prone to directing a client’s style. Stylists will cull various stores and designer showrooms to find outfits.
While Kate‘s enlisted personal shoppers, it doesn’t mean she’s totally relinquished control of her wardrobe: Grazia Daily is reporting that Kate was spotted on Thursday heading into Alexander McQueen’s London head office with a garment bag under her arm that was carrying “something red.”
— David Caplan
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