The Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, never fails to set fashion and beauty trends, with royal fans around the world constantly coveting her effortlessly elegant looks. Now, Prince William's wife has set yet another craze, reviving the hairnet trend after she was spotted wearing the hair accessory as she joined William and Prince Harry for the Somme Centenary commemorations in France on Thursday.
The Duchess turned heads with an elegant chignon
Looking demure in an £850 Missoni coat, black dress and a pillbox hat, Kate chose to sweep her glossy brunette hair into an elegant chignon, using a hairnet to keep her locks in place. Eagle-eyed fans quickly took note of the subtle hairpiece which matched her natural hair colour almost to perfection.
Kate was spotted wearing a subtle hairnet
The Duchess has no doubt sparked a revival of the trend, with the 'Kate Effect' already taking hold, as fans have quickly begun trying out the look for themselves. It comes as no surprise: the 'Kate Effect' often sees her ensembles and accessories selling out minutes after being identified.
It could be that Prince George and Princess Charlotte's mother was inspired by the autumn/winter 2016 catwalk shows, which saw veils and hairnets making a rare appearance. Models in the Gucci show were spotted with fascinators and headpieces that held their hair together with net detailing, while other designers such as Isabel Marant opted for full on veils.
Hairnets were spotted on the Gucci AW16 catwalk
It's not the first time that Kate has upped the beauty stakes and taken on a major trend. During her royal tour of India and Bhutan with Prince William, the stylish royal wowed her fans when she mastered the braid craze, stepping out with a chic plaited chignon for a meeting with met with the Prime Minister of India, Narenda Modi.
A few weeks later, the Duchess once again gave fans summer hair inspiration when she showed off her beauty credentials at the opening of Hampton Court's Magic Garden, twisting the front two sections of her hair and pinning them back for a twist on the classic half updo.