host of leading British designers have come together to fly
the flag for British fashion with the creation of an
exclusive and highly collectible toy, the Princess Catherine
Launched in Hamleys on Thursday April 7, 2011, the Limited
Edition Princess Catherine Engagement Doll uniquely
celebrates Champions of British Style™ – and showcases the
very best of authentic British fashion and design.
Fashioned to resemble Catherine "Kate" Middleton, right
down to the Eaton clutch bag, fascinator and shoes, the
Princess Catherine Doll oozes British style and highlights a
nation's intrinsic attention to detail.
And upholding a true British custom, a donation from sales
of the toy will go to the charity, Help for heroes. For
every Princess Catherine Doll sold, Champions of British
Style™ will donate £1 to Help for Heroes.
Of course, some might say that the Princess Catherine Doll
is a touch eccentric or even kitsch, but such quirkiness are
also a great British tradition!
With only 10,000 dolls being produced, it's predicted that
the Princess Catherine Engagement Doll will be a must-buy
for Royal Wedding collectors.
There is also little doubt that children will clamour for a
toy doll that can be dressed up to look like a real-life
The Princess Catherine Engagement Doll, which has won the
respect of Hamleys, is sold in leading toy stores as well as
online at www.arklu.com
Lucie Follett, a spokesperson for Arklu, said: "Since being
catapulted into the limelight and following the announcement
of her engagement to Prince William, Kate's every outfit
have come under scrutiny in the fashion world.
"The catwalks this season show a feminine and elegant trend
that is very much in keeping with that of Kate Middleton.
"Some commentators think we are seeing the beginnings of
"The Kate Effect", which could prove a huge bonus in
promoting the best of British fashion and style to a global
She added: "We have been thrilled by the enthusiasm and
support of our designers and each in their own way has
embodied the ethos of great British style in the creation of
the Princess Catherine Doll.
"Now we also have the full support of Hamleys, which will
offer the perfect showcase for the launch of the highly
attractive collectors' item and toy."
Princess Catherine Doll: Attention to detail and a truly
luxurious British style
Seven British fashion and design leaders have dressed and
accessorised the Princess Catherine Doll, which will retail
at £34.95, and sell at Hamleys, Harrods, The Entertainer,
Amazon, Play.com and all major toy stores as well as online
For every Princess Catherine Doll sold, Champions of
British Style™ will donate £1 to Help for Heroes.
Designers Pussy Willow, of London, have created The
Catherine Dress in keeping with their design philosophy of
simple and elegant cuts that are sculpted to the body.
The blue, dress has a cinched waist, ruched pleating at the
shoulders, and a deep "V" at the front and back. The dress
also boasts a bespoke Pussy Willow couture label in vivid
The Bucklebury Fascinator is exclusively designed by
award-winning Katherine Elizabeth Millinery and is named
after the Berkshire village and home of Catherine "Kate"
Middleton. With its bright fuchsia colour and intricate
lattice-work effect, it reflects Kate's well-documented
passion for wearing fascinators at Society events.
The dazzling and fabulously blingy Princess Catherine Doll
ring pays homage to Kate Middleton's engagement ring, which
was originally Princess Diana's. The doll's Io Ring boasts a
purple Amethyst central stone and is made from sterling
silver, plated with rose gold and set amongst 24
brilliant-cut diamante cubic zirconias. It has been created
by award-winning British jewellery designer Babette
Catherine Middleton's love of the Eaton Clutch Bag is clear
and she has been spotted many times with this delightfully
artisan accessory, which is produced by the emerging new
British luxury goods brand Aspinal of London. The Eaton
Clutch Bag is an exact replica and with its distinctive gold
mock snake leather effect, curvy, horseshoe clasp and gold
chain adds to the Princess Catherine Doll's authentic
The intricate detailing, including the buckle, pale gold
colour and glitter effect - on the Princess Catherine Doll
high-heeled slingback shoes is evocative of leading British
shoe designer Beatrix Ong's signature style. Beatrix Ong
shoes are recognised worldwide for being innovative yet
elegant, versatile yet classic and always very wearable. The
doll's shoes boast a miniature Beatrix Ong label on the
Louise Constad is the make-up artist of choice for many of
the world's most beautiful women and high-profile
celebrities, so who better to add the finishing touches to
the beautiful Princess Catherine Doll?
It was in Scotland that Prince William met his Princess. In
recognition of this occasion, the inner print on the
Princess Catherine Doll box is of Harris Tweed, a luxury
Scottish cloth that boasts of a rich tradition of
craftsmanship and has long been loved by royalty. Indeed,
Kate Middleton has often been seen wearing Harris Tweed
jackets, so it's clearly a favourite of hers too.
The importance of fashion –
and hence the Champions of British Style – to the British
economy: A ‘Value of the UK Fashion Industry' report,
commissioned by the British Fashion Council (September
2010), defines the industry and analyses the true breadth
and economic value of the UK fashion industry. This report
reveals that fashion is one of the UK's most important
industries and is worth more than £20bn to the economy
Arklu Ltd, which has launched Champions of British
Style™, is based in Chelsea, London, and is focused on
innovative and exciting toy development.
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