Middleton Mania - ‘Duchess Effect’ and ‘Pippa’s Bum’ Among Top 5 Fashion Buzzwords for 2012


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Word up: The Duchess sets tongues wagging in a shawl-collared Jesire coat dress with Jimmy Choo heels.

It's been almost a year since the Royal Wedding, but we still can't seem to shake off those Middleton girls.

Kate Middleton has topped Global Language Monitor's Fashion Buzzword List for the second year in a row (becoming the first person to do so), as it's been revealed that "The Duchess Effect" is the most popular style term for 2012.

Indeed, the Duchess of Cambridge already appears to be making a big impact on the New Year, from inspiring a dress at Banana Republic to helping land designer Jenny Packham a collaboration with Debenhams

"The Duchess Effect appears to extend much further than the economic impact of Kate’s fashion choices; this year the fashion landscape seems to be a brighter, more accessible place with the styles more colorful, feminine, and graceful than we’ve observed in many years," GLM fashion director Bekka Payack says in a press statement.

Per usual, kid sister Pippa is trailing behind, but not by much. The scene-stealing maid of honor has earned the dubious honor of placing fifth on the Fashion Buzzword List with "Pippa's Bum," suggesting the public has more than a passing interest in her most famous feature.

The list—compiled from analysis of the Internet, blogosphere, the top 75,000 print and electronic global media, and new media—also featured plenty of terms that had more to do with Spring 2012 trends than newly minted royals.

"Peplum," "Braids," and "Pajamas" ranked second, third, and fourth, respectively, while "Paisleys," "Gatsby," "Pale Colors," "Tangerine" (2012's Color of the Year), and "Novelty Denim" rounded out the top 10.

Finally, "Luxe Hides," "African Prints," "Ankle Boots," "Mixed Florals," "Color Blocking," "Vintage Styles of the '20s," "Vintage Styles of the '40s," "Vintage Styles of the '50s," "Ethical Fashion," and "Sustainable Fashionable" also made the top 20.

 Hmmm. Guess we fashion folk have a lot on our minds!


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