Nicholas Kirkwood Slams Kate Middleton’s High Street Style, Christian Louboutin Calls Her a ‘Style Icon’

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Nicholas Kirkwood (left) and Kate Middleton in her LK Bennett shoes (right).

Can't win them all, Kate.

Though the Duchess' penchant for nude heels, basic black pumps, and wedges plucked from the shelves of high street shops has sparked countless trends and won admiration from her legion of budget-minded "Copy Kates," one footwear designer isn't so impressed.

In a new interview with The Daily Beast, British shoe guru Nicholas Kirkwood says he'd love to see the royal don his quirky, fashion-forward heels—but suggests that she hasn't got the style chops to make it happen.

“It’d be great if she did wear the shoes,” says Kirkwood, who frequently collaborates with Middleton fave Erdem.

“She just wears too much high street stuff. I know she’s trying to be democratic, but I don’t know how many pairs of L.K. Bennett you can wear. She does occasionally come out and is wearing McQueen or something like that. It’s like, ‘Do that more! You’re meant to be a princess-y type of person, so act like one!’”

Kirkwood—who says he'd love to dress the more envelope-pushing Tilda Swinton—isn't the first fashion designer to give the Duchess some tough sartorial love. Last year Viktor & Rolf dissed her hair and makeup choices, though the brunette still managed to top a recent poll of the most inspirational beauty icons.

In Kate's defense, she has stepped out in heels from Jimmy Choo, while Christian Louboutin told Grazia that she is a "style icon" at the opening of his London exhibition. Take that!

In other Kirkwood news, the designer is launching his first U.S. shop, at 807 Washington St. in New York City, this week. We can guess who won't be paying a visit.