Last week, the Duchess Effect has claimed another victim. Middleton donned a blue tweed suit from Rebecca Taylor's resort 2011/2012 collection to a charity event. The jacket (which had already been marked down for clearance) sold out online in just 30 minutes.
But luckily for those who are eager to snap up a piece of Duchess-sanctioned attire, Taylor's a smart businesswoman: she's reissued a version of the blue suit (as well as a dress version) to sate the sartorial appetites of Kate fans.
The new Rebecca Taylor suit is already available for pre-order on the designer's website, with the jacket costing $450. (The original retail price, we note; it's not on sale anymore.) A matching skirt is going for $265, and Taylor is also making a shift dress version of the design for $425.
Many people have debated whether Kate Middleton is really a style icon -- including, uh, us -- but regardless, designers like Taylor are still keen on the Duchess wearing their looks. "[Dressing Kate is] something I have always wanted to do ever since she got engaged to William," Taylor told NBC New York. "She always looks polished, chic, and feminine."
The Duchess just celebrated her one-year royal wedding anniversary with William on Sunday -- consider the new suit her gift to the fashion world.