Fashion Unzipped Podcast: a royal style special

While we cover all aspects of women's style, if the Telegraph's fashion editors were ever to go on Mastermind, choosing their specialist subject would be easy: royal fashion. From the Duchess of Cambridge's diplomatic dressing and the Duchess of Sussex's Hepburn-inspired looks to royal style rebel Princess Margaret and the legacy of Princess Diana, rare is the day when a royal reference doesn't crop up on our desk.

For this special episode, Bethan Holt, fashion news and features director, and Frankie Graddon, acting senior fashion editor, join host Charlie Gowans-Eglinton in the recording studio.

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The making of a style icon

Princess Diana in 1995 Credit: Tim Graham

It's been more than two decades since the world mourned Princess Diana, but her style is more relevant than ever - inspiring catwalk shows, current trends - like this season's cycling shorts - and, of course, the next generation of royal women. 

But would Diana feel as free to experiment with her wardrobe in the modern day? The royal family has a history of trendsetters and fashion rulebreakers, but in this age of online news and social media, the level of scrutiny is higher than it's ever been.

The Duchess of Cambridge wearing Barbara Casasola Credit: WireImage

After eight years in the royal family, Kate has Duchess-appropriate dressing down pat. But while she's always followed the rules to the letter, in the last few months she seems to have relaxed into her own style, experimenting with new brands and shapes mixed in with her old favourites. Some of this may be due to her old friend (and Telegraph columnist) Virginia Chadwyck-Healey, who's been on hand to offer advice while Kate's stylist, Natasha Archer, is on maternity leave.

Read more about Kate's style evolution here.

Palace-worthy mum style

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with baby Archie Credit: AFP

So far, we've seen very little of the Meghan's new mum style strategy; her navy Clare Waight Keller Trooping the Colour outfit was a return to form, but what will her new off-duty style look like? Will she take her cues from Diana, and bring mom jeans back into fashion, or bring a little Californian cool to the British royal family? And will baby Archie borrow clothes from the family archive, as the Cambridge kids do, or be dressed in designer labels to match mum? 

Look back at the most stylish royal mum moments here.

The royal set's new go-to occasionwear label

The Duchess of Cambridge wears Alessandra Rich Credit: Getty

One of Kate's new favourite labels is Alessandra Rich, whose dresses appeared at both royal weddings last year (at the first by Meghan's Suits co-star Abigail Spencer, at the second by Emma Louise Connolly), have been worn by sister Pippa, and have spawned a thousand copycat polka-dot frocks. 

But perhaps it's unsurprising that the royal set are drawn to Rich's designs, considering that she cites Princesses Margaret and Diana as her muses...

Read our interview with Alessandra Rich here.

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