While her mother Kate Middleton is a style inspiration to many, it was Princess Charlotte’s style which some speculate has inspired Gucci’s latest collection.
After models strutted down the runway in Milan wearing the desiger’s newest line, similarities to Princess Charlotte’s, 4, style were clear.
From the long socks, floral smock dresses with peter pan collars to the tailored wool coats, the collection appears to a homage to the style of the four-year-old royal.
Prince William, 37, and Kate Middleton, 38, have long chosen to dress their children in pieces that are traditional and timeless.
Alessandro Michele, who has overseen Gucci for the past five years, said the womenswear pieces showcased during their menswear show, called Rave Like You Are Five, were influenced by the world of childhood.
He told Vogue: ‘The world of childhood is something that is surprising, poetic, captivating. And all the small things that children do. This is something that connects all of us. We were all afraid of losing our childhood.’
But many of the pieces showcased at the menswear show appeared remarkably similar to those worn by the royal.
A smocked floral dress worn on the runway was near-identical to one Princess Charlotte donned over the summer.
The dress, which had cap sleeves, a Peter Pan collar and a pink floral pattern, looked to draw inspiration from a style by The White Company that Charlotte wore to The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club in Wokingham in July.
Elsewhere models strutted their stuff in a selection of Gucci’s double-breasted tailored coats, paired with Mary Jane shoes.
The piece also resembled styles Charlotte has previously worn, most recently when she attended church with the rest of the royal family on Christmas Day in Sandringham.
And even their accessories were similar to those worn by the Princess, with the models posing with bows tied into their hair in a style reminiscent of the four-year-old.
Despite the parallels, Alessandro hasn’t confirmed the young royal, who is fourth-in-line to the throne, as the influence behind the collection.
Instead he revealed he was captivated by children’s clothing from years gone by and has a nostalgia for the time of innocence.
He continued: ‘Sometimes when I look at children’s clothes in markets, I do buy them. Some are really incredible, very beautiful.
‘What is small has a very particular fascination for me, because it’s connected to the world of children who are allowed to do what they want.’
In the past, royal expert and blog founder Marlene Koenig has explained Princess Charlotte’s ‘traditional’ style.
She told Bazaar.com: ‘If you look at photos of young royal girls – from Princess Anne to Charlotte, you will notice that they tend to wear smocked dresses as little girls when they are in public with their parents.
‘Young female royals often get dressed up in “a clean, traditional look”.’