Middleton has been compared and contrasted with Diana, whose style, charity and scandalous divorce from Prince Charles made Middleton's excited the world's most famous woman. Middleton is not a trendsetter like her royal spouse's late mother Princess Diana, New York Fashion Week say Britain's Kate Middleton is a style follower. When Middleton married Prince William in April, 2011, hundreds of millions of people around the world watched on television, eager to see the wedding dress designed by Sarah Burton.
While experts debate her fashion status, they say there is no question that the new Duchess of Cambridge and wife of the person second in line to the British throne is influential. While more polished lady-like looks have been shown at New York Fashion Week such as evening wear with sleeves some experts were not expecting to see many styles on the runway animated by Middleton. Almost 100 designers are showing concentrates for spring and summer 2012 to retail buyers, media and celebrities, with dozens more showing at other venues around the city with semi annual still on Thursday. Much like U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, Middleton has been praised for wearing affordable Main Street labels.