Should Kate Middleton wear British designers?
The Reliable Source noted last week that criticism of Michelle Obama's dress choice for the state dinner honoring Chinese President Hu Jintao had reignited a decades-old debate over whether the first lady is obligated to showcase American designers. (She wore a red gown by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, a British label.)
"This whole schtick smacks of lazy patriotism," writes columnist Hadley Freeman. "The expectation that high-profile people and, in particular, women should support their country's designers is understandable ... [But] If you want her to wear something, make something she wants to wear. It's fashion. It's not complicated."
It's probably not complicated for most clothes -- but it's unlikely that Kate would break with royal tradition and choose a non-British designer for her wedding gown, details of which are still under wraps.
| February 3, 2011; 7:00 AM ET
Categories: Fashion, Kate Middleton, Media coverage | Tags: Autumn Brewington
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