Cover Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is seen during a visit to The Nook in the village of Framlingham Earl, south of Norwich, eastern England on June 25, 2020, which is one of the three East Anglia Children's Hospices (EACH). - The Duchess is the Royal Patron of the charity which offers care and support for children and young people with life-threatening conditions and their families across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. The Duchess of Cambridge on June 25 joined families from East Anglia

Who's your top fashion influencer? Are you more Kim Kardashian or Kate Middleton when it comes to shopping trends? They may seem like polar opposites, yet these two personalities can be just as influential when it comes to making wardrobe updates. According to the latest report from global fashion search platform Lyst, Prince William's sweetheart is one of the fashion world's unparalleled influencers, generating thousands of web searches and causing all kinds of items to sell out fast.

In the space of just a few years, social media has become a key playground for consumers hunting down new trends in fashion and beauty. This has notably been buoyed by the rise of "influencers," hailing from diverse backgrounds such as reality TV, movies, sport, modeling and music, all sharing daily looks that give their followers some fashion food for thought. But what about the world of royalty? Royals may have limited or no social media presence, but they can sometimes prove more influential than the influencers themselves. Just look at Lady Di, who even had one of Dior's most emblematic bags named after her.


Kate Middleton Reigns Supreme

This is confirmed by the Royal Fashion Report 2020 from the global fashion search engine, Lyst, which classes Kate Middleton as the biggest influencer in the field. She sent the internet wild at the end of June, with Lyst registering a 512% increase in searches for her "Marie Louise" dress by Faithfull the Brand. In fact, this floral number is the royal outfit that's triggered the most searches so far this year. It even sold out when demand surged after being worn by the Duchess of Cambridge.

Queen Letizia of Spain is no stranger to the phenomenon either, with her outfits piquing the interest of consumers the world over. The royal has helped designs by Charo Ruiz become more popular than ever (+352%) after stepping out in the "Corazon" maxi dress last summer.

Down-To-Earth Dressing

Another of the report's major findings is that today's royals tend to dress more like mere mortals. It's out with the sheath dresses and ball gowns that little kids dream of, as modern-day royals wear jeans, casual dresses and even caps. This particular accessory has been spotted on the heads of Monegasque royal Pierre Casiraghi, the Crown Prince of Dubai, Fazza, and even Prince Harry, all of whom have driven searches in the field in recent months.

Similarly, Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, gains much media attention when she steps out in H&M dresses, whether day to day or at society events. Indeed, a design she wore in June led to an 57% increase in searches for the Swedish clothing giant's dresses.

For its Royal Fashion Report, Lyst analysed the online shopping behaviour of more than nine million monthly visitors searching 12,000 brands and online stores. Lyst also took into account Google search data, as well as social media mentions and stats since the beginning of the year. The platform based its findings on an analysis of more than 70 million searches as from January 2020, while also studying fashion moments or royal personalities to determine who really proved the most influential. The full report is available here (in French):

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