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The Kate Effect

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Because we'll be talking about her forever, the Times has a story on how Kate Middleton will be affecting NYFW. Neiman Marcus fashion director Ken Downing weighs in: "We are not necessarily going to see exact adaptations of what she is wearing," but adds, "dressing up is the new cool, and dressing down is old school. I attribute much of that to Kate." Looks like the days of sweatpants being the new cool are officially over. [NYT]