From Buckingham Palace to Beverly Hills, baby bumps are blossoming all over! Stars, celebrities and socialites are making international style statements by proudly showing off impending heir-dom.
Of course, this is nothing new. Medieval European royalty celebrated maternity in definitely pronounced garb that heralded the continuation of the ruling monarchy. In many countries, the expectant royal's wardrobe was mimicked by ladies of the court and female citizenry.
Then came Queen Victoria. The mother of nine, all of whom became spouses of Europe's ruling classes, Victoria herself swathed herself in yards of body-hiding fabric. Kind of interesting when one calculates that Victoria was pregnant almost eight years of her life.
It was due to Victorian prudism that the category of 'maternity wear' was established. The common wisdom was that dressing in smocks and tents was healthier for Mom and babe than more constrictive clothing.
Even as late as the 1960's to 1980's, celebrities took to this notion of hiding one's delicate condition. When Grace Kelly became enciente, the French leatherware House of Hermes created the satchel-like Kelly bag. The idea was that Her Highness of Monaco could hold the bag over the designated area and fool the paparazzi until the monarches chose to make their announcement.
French designer Hubert de Givenchy created the tent silhouette for mother-to-be Audrey Hepburn. Rumor has it that, so garbed, she fashionably fooled movie-goers when starring in the 1963 thriller Charade.
Today, the elegant expectants are once again setting the fashion pace. In fact, they are favoring flats over stilettos, making flat-heeled shoes the footwear of choice for Spring and Summer 2013.
So, for the latest trends, look not to the skinny runway trodders, but to Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, to Kim Kardashian and Jessica Simpson. They've got the look and they've got their