Kate Middleton’s Statement Year In Fashion So Far—From Pearls To Polka Dots
Kate Middleton’s Statement Year In Fashion So Far—From Pearls To Polka Dots


  • Alessandra Rich revealed that she always includes a split or a body chain in her dresses
  • The 41-year-old Italian-born designer said she's "thrilled" that Kate Middleton likes her clothes
  • The Duchess of Cambridge was spotted wearing Alessandra Rich dresses in several royal outings this year

Kate Middleton's Alessandra Rich dresses may look prim and proper, but they always include a "naughty" detail that royal fans may not be aware of, according to the Italian-born fashion designer.

During an interview with The Telegraph, Rich, whose long, polka dot dresses have been a major part of the Duchess of Cambridge's wardrobe this year, revealed that she always includes a "body chain underneath" or a "split somewhere" in her dresses, explaining that it was important for her clients to feel "sensual" when wearing her designs.

"All my pieces are like this - they cover the arms or the legs, but there's always a split somewhere or a body chain underneath. It is good to be a bit naughty," the 41-year-old designer told the outlet.

When asked what advice she would like to give women who aren't as confident in their own body or don't "always feel sexy," Rich responded, "I think the answer is dressing for yourself and not the opposite sex."

She continued, "It is much more difficult to please another woman than to please a man. Pleasing another woman is more a question of your mind and how you perceive yourself; pleasing a man, well that's easy."

While the 40-year-old duchess may have been spotted wearing Rich's designs on numerous occasions this year, including Prince Phillip's memorial service and the Royal Ascot, the designer said that she has not yet met Middleton in person and that it was a "surprise" to her that her designs became Prince William's wife's unofficial uniform of 2022.

"It was a huge surprise for me," Rich said. "We only know she's wearing one of the dresses when we see her in it - we're never told anything in advance. We don't ask and they don't say."

As for whether she feels frustrated sometimes with being typecast due to her popularity with Middleton, Rich said she is nothing but "super grateful" to have found a fan of her designs in the duchess.

"The buyers know the collection is bigger, so it is fine that the public mostly knows the more conservative pieces. The Duchess of Cambridge is such a style icon, I can't ever say I'm not thrilled she likes my clothes," she told the outlet.

Rich has more to offer than just the ankle-length dresses that Middleton favors, with her collection also including more sexy and modern designs such as micro-mini dresses, high-waisted leather trousers and bulky camouflage jackets.

"Not everything I make is long dresses," she said. "If you see Dua Lipa or Hailey Bieber wearing my brand, you will see there are many different types of women and clothing."

The designer, whose dresses retail for around £1,300 ($1,536) each, also shared that her favorite among all the Alessandra Rich dresses Middleton has been photographed in this year was the cream-and-coffee-colored one she wore to the Royal Ascot in June with a brown hat and clutch bag.

"She looked so beautiful. It was in crepe de chine, with an asymmetrical hem - she was like light in it, she looked amazing. It was the perfect choice for this incredible event. We don't have things like Ascot in Italy so it's wonderful for me to see women like the Duchess dressing up for it here," Rich said.

Last month, Middleton also wore one of Rich's creations when she made an appearance at Wimbledon at the All England Lawn Tennis Club and Croquet Club alongside her husband, Prince William.

The duchess stunned in a blue and white polka-dot maxi dress by Rich, which she paired with white and black sling-back pumps also by the designer, according to Town & Country.

Middleton completed her look with tortoiseshell sunglasses, pearl drop earrings and a white top-handle bag from Mulberry.

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Kate Middleton’s fashion is becoming more regal as she prepares to be the queen. Pictured: Middleton during a visit to officially open the V&A Dundee, Scotland's first design museum, Jan. 29, 2019 in Dundee, Scotland. Getty Images/Jane Barlow