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The Middleton Effect Hits the Red Carpet

Apr 23 2014 - 2:45pm

Every week, we bring you the best shoppable fashion and lifestyle stories from the editors at Lifestyle Mirror. Today we take a closer look at what Taylor Davies calls The Middleton Effect [1].

Just call it The Middleton Effect. Modest, midi and to-the-knee lengths have become the preferred hemline of red carpet all stars [2]. While on her tour of Australia and New Zealand [3], Kate Middleton [4] has been showing off her new royal wardrobe of skirts and dresses with lower hemlines. Meanwhile, during press events for movies and television shows like Mad Men [5], Noah, and The Amazing Spider-Man, we've noted a similarly demure theme.

Of course, in this chicken-or-egg scenario, we know that the clothes came before the appearance, but we didn't anticipate pencil skirts [6] and a-line midis would catch on among celebrities the way they have with the fashion set. Thanks in large part to Jennifer Lawrence [7]'s deal with Dior, the relationships between celebrities and high fashion designers have become more trend-forward than ever. Gutsy ensembles have seemingly all but replaced "safe" choices on virtually every red carpet, save for The Oscars [8]. And we like it.

Source: Getty / Samir Hussein, Chris Jackson [9]

Emma Stone

Rosamund Pike

Jessica Paré

Karen Gillan

Leslie Mann

— Taylor Davies

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