According to ELLE magazine, Natalie Portman has “been giving a masterclass in maternity dressing.” But she’s had a little help. Kate Young, former assistant to Vogue editor Anna Wintour and current stylist, has been lending a hand.
Young is interviewed this week in New York magazine where she drops a few hints about her approach for Natalie’s maternity style:
“Being pregnant, your body is very specific, and it changes everything. I’m trying to keep her looking clean, modern, and flattering — and trying not to fall into pregnancy clichés.”
Young doesn’t specify what these clichés are. Could she be talking about the poofy, ruffled dresses of yore? They’ve been out of style for ages, generations even.
If anything maternity style these days is adamantly non-maternity: high heels, jeggings, tight tees. There’s also been a trend to wear skin-tight jersey and other stretch fabrics. If it’s the right cut and quality, you can wear a clingy jersey dress to the office, pregnant or not.
But Young doesn’t seem to be going the stretch and jeg route with Natalie: Rather she’s taking a more graceful, classic approach. Natalie has been seen wearing lots of loose but flattering dresses in delicate, feminine fabrics by edgier designers such as Viktor & Rolf, Vena Cava and Jason Wu.
There are so many chic celebrities pregnant right now– Kate Hudson, Marion Cotillard, Selma Blair, Penelope Cruz, Jennifer Connelly and stylist Rachel Zoe– we can look forward to a approximately 40 week-long maternity fashion show.
I’m sure the knock-offs will be hitting the maternity departments of H&M and Forever 21 in no time, which may come as a relief to those of you unable to afford a Viktor & Rolf dress you’ll grow out of in 4-6 weeks.
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