Oh, Baby

Kate Middleton’s micro-sized, human bout of neo-royalty may release at any moment. While we wait, why not have a bit of fun with Photoshop?


Because you are not Patrick Star, and it is therefore unlikely that you live under a rock, you probably already know that Kate Middleton is currently in the early stages of labor (at a hospital which, by the way, bears a striking semblance to Madonna’s Lexington Avenue townhouse). While North West and the geographic coordinates’ parents, Kimye, may be doomed to watch a new baby take over the throne (no, but literally) of exhaustive press, we’re thrilled for a number of reasons. Not the least of which being the relinquishment of press releases titled, “Get Kate Middleton’s Baby Bump Look!” That alone is almost as exciting as the peewee sized bundle of royalty that will imminently emerge from Middleton, itself. (I can see the tabloid headlines already: “Royal babies! They’re just like us! They sprout out of their mothers!”)

Speaking of actually having the child, from what I understand–or have since gleaned from some seasoned experts, including my own mother–having children can change people. The lax become manic. The active become lazy. The forgetful begin to boast elephant memories. But what about fashion? Does baby birth have an affect on one’s sartorial style cues? While we can’t be quite sure (none of us are with – or even close to being with – child), we really, really want to assume that yes: babies are born and their mother’s style completely changes.

We’ve been silently vetting for something of a post-partum Middleton makeover for a while now. Knowing that she has an image of regality to maintain and that – okay – Balmain spikes might not be in the wheelhouse chosen for her, we have to wonder: what’s so wrong with a pair of leather trousers, or a beige, boxy blazer?

In honor of her contractions and the seedless dream that she might just wake up with a deep personal knowledge that her fashion spirit animal is, in fact, Rihanna, please enjoy this slideshow (which starts with three images of Middleton being beautiful but basic), choc full of reasons that Photoshop is arguably the best thing that’s ever happened to computer software, the internet and on the most marginal level: us.

Now try – just try – to guess whose faces we supplemented with hers. We promise to reveal the answers as you begin playing. Frankly, we think this is a great way to pass time while we wait to meet the little dude.

Update: it’s a boy! But just because he’s out and the bump is no more does not mean that this game has to end. Keep on guessing, folks.

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  • Giuliana Bernaola

    Love your blog! Check my last post http://www.theartsartorialist.com/2013/07/hippie-soul.html


  • Samah Mozumder

    I’ve only managed to figure out Anna Dello Russo and Rihanna. Number 8 is killing me!

    • disqus_fwC1IfkxAg

      I think Miroslava Duma

    • marinacasapu

      6 Kalr Lagerfeld, 7 Anna delo Russo, 8 Mira Duma and Tamu Mcpherson

  • Where is Kate/Leandra? Perhaps in overalls?

  • Bridget

    Do I see Anna Wintour’s middle finger?!?!?!

  • Cat

    Mira Duma in 8 perhaps? (left)

  • Kate as Anna Dello Russo is making me really happy. And the last shot of her with the Union Jack sweater is quite fun. I feel like that might actually be a real-life possibility? Thanks for the chuckle.

  • So far I guess Karl Lagerfeld (6), AdR (7), then Shala Monroque (right in 8), Rihanna 9 , then Kate moss (11)

    • Leandra Medine

      You’re so good! ONLY–bizarro Shala Monroque is actually Tamu McPherson

      • Agh! I was debating btwn Tamu and Shala but chose Shala bc she does the hands-crossed thing in some of her photos. So if that’s Tamu, then the left side must be Mira (?) because Tamu seems to shoot her frequently.

    • Marina Zilliacus

      I’m guessing 5 are the Beckham’s?

  • TigerLily Tinkerbell

    Yay, it’s a boy!!

  • I think I recognized Karl Lagerfeld and Rihanna! And talking about kiddies changing their mum’s life and style, having 2 little monsters (twins in fact), they made me feel more womanly and I started to make more efforts as far as dressing with style is concerned.

    Now let’s pray for poor Kate who’s going to shit a watermelon tonight, because that’s what giving birth really is!

    Mafalda ❤


  • Eduardo Cornejo

    HAHA OMG, in the photo with the yellow background, kate looks like Garance Dorè LOL.

    • Leandra Medine

      Genius call! (It is actually one lush-eyebrowed Cara)

  • These photoshop images are amazing haha


  • Julierae2332

    Anna Wintour has a really small head.

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  • Mary Ralph

    I just had a baby (July 4th!) and pretty much the same day I found out I was pregnant I felt a strange urge to create a new (and secret) pinterest board for my future fashion. For some reason it just felt necessary to curate more selectively my style once the babe came.

    I think part of it for me was because my mom’s style always seemed so grounded, effortless, and certain- one of my favorite things about her was her beautiful and classic style. Now, as a new mom, it just seems right to let that impulse for a new (or maybe just more honed?) style take over.

    We’ll see how it goes when I finally leave the house and master the art of not having spit up all over me.

  • Chic Trends

    Is the 4th one Kanye? I’m hoping that by the time I finish guessing who these people are, the royal baby will be born finally.

    xx http://chictrends.co.uk/

  • Marina Zilliacus

    Nothing to do with this article, (which was great as usual), but can you pleeeeaaaaase do a ‘how to look trendy in wet weather clothes’ article? I am yet to find a blogpost which can inform me on how to work it in the rain.

    • Leandra Medine

      Ask and ye shall receive. Also though (and wandering eyes, please do consider this a PSA) if you have any additional content suggestions, we LOVE to hear them so…make it rain.

      • Marina Zilliacus

        Yay! I am so excited to read the post and will be checking back every day to see if it’s out yet.
        P.S. I am so glad that you actually take time to read and respond to fan suggestions, unlike many other famous bloggers. Have a great day Leandra! 🙂

  • Jennifer

    I guess I should care… but I don’t. They aren’t my royals lol

    xo Jennifer


  • Ilana

    Number 8 is definitely Mirsolslava Duma’s bod!

  • Sadie

    image 8: Mira Duma in JW Anderson

  • Constance

    I just recognized Miroslava.


  • Anika Zebron

    Hilarious! Thank you, Anna Wintour for the middle finger, and the club look with the knee high sandals – oh yes.

  • miralev

    best post ever

  • andy

    what are the chances kimye will try set up north west with the new prince sometime in the future?

  • Love the Rihanna one!


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  • Karenina Aleksandrova

    Very cute BUT…having a kid does not have to change your style. I had a son seven months ago, have my pre-baby body back and am rocking everything from leather skinnies to mini skirts. Women that use their kid as an excuse to “let it all go” are doing just thar…using an excuse.

  • Racheal

    Miraslava transformation would be amazing.

  • StyleGodis

    Love this post! Awesome blog!



  • Paula McClelland

    LMAO – Kate is often considered too “safe” sartorially, she should take you girls advice and go with the makeover says this commentator.

    ♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.

  • Astrid

    Kate in Anna Dello Russo’s getup is hilarious, but she actually looks great in Miroslava’s

  • Nico

    Well, I’ve recognized just someone, but this is a good game 😀


  • Oh God those photoshopped photos made me laugh so hard. It’d be interesting to see Kate wear something other than her usually immaculately styled and fitted dresses (though they are fabulous of course), and these photos provided a glimpse of that. Bravo!


  • This needs to be sent to Kate, so she can realise how incredible she’d look in JW anderson. Her head superimposed on Cara freaks me out, too weird, haha loved this though!

  • Sartorial Revenge

    This just made my day! Especially Kate as ADR – imagine the look on the Queen’s face if Kate actually stepped out dressed like that!


  • Danielle Nordahl

    I always wondered how Kate would be dressing now if she hadn’t ended up marrying the future King and continued working in fashion. I believe she’d always be fairly classic, but I think we’d some more daring looks. Oh well, a girl can dream…



  • The best guessing game, it just keeps on going! I can’t wait to see what they name him.
    xx http://enzaessentials.wordpress.com

  • Katie

    These are great photos. Excited that its a boy! Her nude with the blue combo remind me of these womens sandals that i want to pair with a blue outfit!

  • sophia kaylee

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  • Brampersandy.blogspot.com

    wow that made me so excited for a second to see her rockin out so FIERCELY. daaaaaaannnnngggg photoshop Kate, i like yo style.

  • Coffeeandbuttercups

    What I think is that she isn’t really fashionable. She dresses sweet, nicely and appropriately (and mostly boring in my opinion). I do however think she really improved! I didn’t like her style before her engagement – it was very plain and much more boring and unfashionable than now!

    So I doubt she would even consider wearing a great boxy blazer or leather trousers ..
    which is great for us because that means they won’t immediately be sold out :)).

    I love love love your blog! Thank you!

    XXX A