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Zara Phillips' fashion could be better, say experts

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: November 17, 2012

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FASHION experts in Cheltenham have defended Zara Phillips' taste in clothes – but admitted she could do better.

It seems the Queen's granddaughter is better on horseback than as a clothes horse if comments by Daily Mail fashion guru and columnist Liz Jones are anything to go by.

She criticised Zara for her "questionable" attire at the 2013 Magic Millions Carnival in Australia this week. The newspaper focussed on how the 31-year-old outfits "may go down as the worst fashion shoot in history".

The article claimed Zara, who lives in Cheltenham with husband Gloucester Rugby star Mike Tindall looked "as uncomfortable and out of place as Dick Emery on the Prada catwalk".

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Yesterday it went onto criticise the royal with photographs of Zara from down the years claiming she had definitely had more misses than hits when it came to fashion.

But Kate Parker, style expert for the Echo's Weekend magazine defending the Olympic silver medallist.

She said: "Fashion isn't a priority for Zara, which sometimes shows in her choices. She is a very sporty natural woman and probably finds it tough being scrutinised like this all of the time. Unfortunately, it's part and parcel of being in the public eye.

"She has a great physique and with a little professional help I think she could look great when she steps out in front of the camera."

Cheltenham-based style consultant Michelle Blake said she did not want to be too critical of Zara but agreed that not all of her outfits had looked the best on her.

She said: "Occasionally, all celebrities get given outfits that suit the occasion but don't suit them."

Michelle said it was quite nice Zara was interested in fashion and she stressed that she felt she was an attractive woman. But she said she might be falling into the same trap as other high-profile people and wearing the latest designer outfits that might not suit her body shape or personality.

"They sort of get geared up for the latest event by the latest designer but it's not necessarily their own personal style," she added.

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  • Takeaway22  |  November 18 2012, 11:32AM

    verysceptical - Too true :) Daily Mail fashion guru and columnist Liz Jones feels that Zara could do better. She is right...just like 99% of the UK population could do better, but why? The newspaper focussed on how the 31-year-old (Zara) outfits "may go down as the worst fashion shoot in history". Does Zara even do 'fashion' shoots? Sounds like Liz Jones is worried about her job and trying to pick on something controversial.

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  • ShorterNews  |  November 18 2012, 10:49AM

    OK, I'll admit it. This morning I am wearing a charcoal grey towelling robe, black boxer shorts (cotton and lycra blend for snugness), a brown cotton t-shirt, and yesterday's black cotton socks (which I also wore all night in bed). I'm aware that this is a hideous ensemble for most. I'd like TiG to consider printing a critique of it, since this is the sort of meaningless drivel that appears to constitute news. If TiG decides to send round a reporter to cover the story in full, I feel dutybound to forewarn them that I may well be shedding today's outfit fairly soon, in favour of the "au naturelle" look. They'll be needing a double page feature to cover that.

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  • SandraPee  |  November 18 2012, 7:56AM

    Who gives a monkeys what they think ? She's her own person and can wear what she likes !

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  • gloscityguy  |  November 17 2012, 11:53PM

    what a multi millionaire, born into unimaginable wealth and privilege, wears is now headline news. fml

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  • Bonkim2003  |  November 17 2012, 11:02PM

    ignore the Busybodies, just be yourself!

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  • verysceptical  |  November 17 2012, 10:19PM

    Ah the Daily Hate, the epitome of great journalism and everything that is wrong about the tabloid press. Clearly it was a slow news day!

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  November 17 2012, 8:52PM

    I like the "Fashion experts" they are mainly either gay or homosexual!

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  • onelifeonly  |  November 17 2012, 8:18PM

    Zara is a modern down to earth person, does it matter if she wears the clothes she feels comfortable in, perhaps she does not want to be walking roiund in six inch heals and outfits which are not practical, you look lovely Zara and do not let anybody tell you different.

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  • wilburv  |  November 17 2012, 7:56PM

    Why on earth does it matter? She isn't a model or an actress.

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  • Lord_Gaga_  |  November 17 2012, 8:37AM

    so what?

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