The British Fashion Council nominated eighteen people for this year's British Style Icon prize. That list includes Victoria Beckham, Florence Welch, last year's winner Alexa Chung, and Lara Stone among others — but not, the Telegraph notes, the Duchess of Cambridge. Write-in candidates are allowed, though, and there's already a campaign to see Kate win via public support without an official spot on the ballot's lineup.
Considering the extensive coverage surrounding Kate's every outfit, this omission is certainly a calculated one. And though it'll cause them to flare up anew, the arguments surrounding Kate's style status are hardly going to change — because neither is her status as a new royal. She can wear fashion (and almost always does so quite nicely), but being fashionable, fashion-forward no less, is not yet considered becoming of a future queen, however modern. So it's not as if Kate could even accept the award if she won it — the Palace would no doubt frown upon such commonality. Let's just give the win to Daphne Guinness instead.