Posted on 11/12/2011 by Emma Dadswell
With the world’s eyes on Britain following the Royal wedding, and more recently the state visit from President Obama, the British high street has won all of the style points. Kate Middleton – the newly crowned first lady of British style – frequently shuns high fashion instead championing the outstanding names of the great British high street. The Duchess of Cambridge trumped both Michelle Obama and Samantha Cameron on the state visit, wearing a stunning bandage dress from Reiss. Kate has always been loyal to the high street wearing a Reiss dress and Whistles blouse for the official engagement photos causing them to fly off the shelves.
And Kate Middleton is not the only one that loves the British High Street. We think that Britain has one of the best fashion high streets in the world! Whether you are looking for a cheap bargain, a mid- ranged outfit, or a high fashion ensemble – the high street has it all! So whatever your budget, you can still look good.
ITV’s Lorraine show celebrated the very best of the British High Street this month with the High Street Fashion awards 2011. Throughout May, Lorraine viewers voted for the high street brands they felt deserved a coveted award.
Judging the nominations for each category included Lorraine style editor and high street extraordinaire - Mark Heyes, Editor of Glamour Magazine – Jo Elvin and singer & fashion icon – Sophie Ellis Bextor. But it was down to the viewers to decide on the winners, who were announced in a special awards ceremony live on the show.
Topshop triumphed as best trendsetter and Debenhams scooped Best Department store. Other winners included Primark for Best Affordable Fashion, French Connection as Best Premium Brand and New Look winning the Best Shoes category.
These high street retailers have become a staple of the Great British high street which looks set to thrive. And with the recent announcement that retail guru Mary Portas has been appointed to rescue British high streets – things certainly look a lot brighter.
So what do you think? Did the right high street shops win? Let us know your views below.