What Kate could wear next: As the boss of the Duchess of Cambridge's favourite High Street store is named the world's THIRD richest man, we look at Zara's latest looks
07:20 GMT, 9 August 2012
The Duchess of Cambridge is a well-known fan of High Street chain Zara – and where Kate goes, shoppers follow.
Dresses worn by Kate, such as the blue chiffon dress she wore the day after her wedding to Prince William, and jeans she has worn to the Olympics have flown off the shelves – so it's no surprise that the Spanish label's profits have soared in the last year.
While other High Street chains like Marks & Spencer's have struggled during the European recession, Zara has gone from strength to strength. As a result, its owner, Spaniard Amancio Ortega, has just become the world's third richest man, with a fortune of 30billion.
High Street favourite: The Duchess of Cambridge wore a Zara blazer to the Olympics last week, left, a Zara dress to a Prince's Trust event last year, and Zara jeans when she welcomed the Olympic flame to Buckingham Palace last month
The 76-year-old fashion tycoon opened the first Zara store in Spain in 1975 and it gradually spread around the world with the first UK store opening its doors in 1998.
Of course it's not just the endorsement of celebrities like the Duchess of Cambridge who have contributed to Zara's success. Their fashion forward range is sold at affordable prices and appeals to both young and old.
Our fashion writer, Liz Jones, is another of the store's fans and wrote recently about their success. 'As well as being the first port of call for working women, it also succeeded because of one other all-important factor: speed. Its turnaround from drawing board to rail is just ten days,' she said.
She added that their rising sales have also been due to the company expanding beyond Europe into countries like China and Ecuador.
Here FEMAIL looks at some of the fashion label's latest styles. We wonder which outfit Kate could be seen in next…
LEFT: This embroidered blouse with pearls, 69.99, could be worn on its own or teamed with the matching skirt, also 69.99
RIGHT: Combining the popular lace and peplum trends – studio dress with leather peplum frill, 89.99. Kate loves lace but this is perhaps too revealing for royalty
LEFT: The sequinned cardigan, 119, glams up this long sleeve top 35.99 (also available in black) and harem pants, 29.99
RIGHT: This mini skirt with leather frill, 59.99, works as as autumn/winter look when worn with knitwear. Again too revealing for the Duchess but fashionable for shoppers with great legs
LEFT: Get some biker chic with this gold studded leather jacket, 239, and mermaid studio pencil skirt, 59.99
RIGHT: Another winter warmer for when the weather changes, coat with quilted leather sleeves 139, and leather trousers, 239
Blazers: An update on Kate's red blazer – black with satin lapels, 69.99, worn left with shirt, 29.99, and washed out silk velvet blazer, 99.99, right, worn with strappy vest with studs, 19.99
LEFT: If the Duchess wants to swap her coloured jeans for some on-trend pattern, she may like these jacquard loom trousers, 39.99
RIGHT: Sweatshirt with colour studs, 39.99, worn with flapper-style skirt with tie dye feathers, 69.99