Kate's Vogue Cover: Love It or Loathe It?

In anticipation of The Duchess of Cambridge viewing her Vogue cover in the National Portrait Gallery tomorrow, it seemed timely to end the love it or loathe it discussion that has flowed ever since the release of the soon to be iconic Vogue cover. As expected, Kate's Vogue debut has caused quite a stir among the fans and critics, with many suggesting the shoot is unremarkable.

Portraits of HRH The Duchess Of Cambridge at The National Portrait Gallery via @britishvogue photography by @josholins
Portraits of HRH The Duchess Of Cambridge at The National Portrait Gallery via Instagram @britishvogue photography by @josholins

By now every inch of this shoot has been studied and pulled apart, from the photographer, Josh Olins, to the designers she chose to wear (Burberry and Petit Bateau) and whether her outfit choice was subtly elegant or plain boring. However, as a nation we remain divided by this much talked about shoot.

Void of fashion, Boden-esque, and lacking aspiration are just some of the criticisms being hurled around. A lack-lustre feeling about the cover shoot is not uncommon, with many desiring a look with more of an instant impact. Perhaps an elegant designer dress would have been more fitting for a Princess, but surely this is far too clichéd for Kate.

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge during the Vogue Cover shoot via @britishvogue photography by @josholins
HRH The Duchess of Cambridge during the Vogue Cover shoot via Instagram @britishvogue, photography by @josholins

The Duchess of Cambridge has a more refined way of creating an elegant and timeless look. Privacy is important to The Duchess and she works hard to maintain control over her family’s private life. She would have had a firm idea of how she wanted this shoot to go and has been key in creating its strong focus.

Becoming a Vogue cover girl will have undoubtedly opened up The Duchess’ small but carefully kept private life. It could therefore be said that in an attempt to maintain some control she has played it safe creating a Vogue cover, which lacks the desired wow factor.

Perhaps, instead of criticising The Duchess of Cambridge for being too safe, we should celebrate her modesty and finesse. This may not be the most fashion-forward, ambitious Vogue cover, but it will be iconic and it definitely expresses her classic, elegant style. It can certainly be said that The Duchess of Cambridge ‘graces’ the cover of Vogue’s centenary issue, remaining true to herself and her public image. The pictures are perhaps plain to some, but to others they carefully capture her natural beauty.

June editions of British Vogue featuring HRH The Duchess of Cambridge via Instagram @britishvogue, photography by @josholins
June editions of British Vogue featuring HRH The Duchess of Cambridge via Instagram @britishvogue, photography by @josholins

Love it or loathe it, The Duchess' Vogue cover shoot has got us talking and instead of finding fault in a natural fresh look, we should seek solace in the fact that it celebrates her natural beauty without the need to be airbrushed into a predisposed perfection.

Vogue’s centenary cover shoot has opened up the flood gates of scrutiny, however, it is hoped that people appreciate the photographs for what they are; thoughtful, intelligent and fabulously natural.


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