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.